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Frozen To Death

Frozen To Death
Number of Persons Reported Frozen to Death in the Strip

February 16, 1894 - The Hennessey Clipper

A special to the Republic from Guthrie O. T., dated February 12, says:
A terrible blizzard struck this territory early Sunday morning and continues with terrible severity. The wind blows a perfect gale and the snow is two feet deep on the ground.
Reports of death and suffering come in today from all parts of the Territory. In the strip country recently opened to settlement the people are in a precarious condition. At Red rock, James Blount and family consisting of a wife and two children, girls, aged 10 and 12 years were almost frozen to death.
Mrs. Fannie Spencer, a homesteader, twelve miles from Cross, was found frozen stiff. All her fuel had burned out.
Many people are still living in tents, and as fuel is scarce, their condition is awful. James Mulligan, living four miles south of Perry, was found this evening frozen to death and his partner, Harvey Newcomb, died from exposure and cold fifteen minutes after being found.
A party of hunters discovered Colonel Henry Melon, a cowboy, who was with Buffalo Bill at the world's fair, early this morning, dead under his horse, near Newkirk.
Late this evening a report reached here that a family named Shears residing on a claim near Woodward was found frozen to death, but no particulars can be obtained.

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