Lincoln, NE Killed By Cistern Gases, July 1889

FATAL CISTERN GASES.

SUCCESSIVE RESCUERS DROP IN AND DROWN WITH FIRST VICTIM.

Lincoln, Neb., July 17. -- This afternoon four men lost their lives in this city under peculiar circumstances. A watch was dropped into cesspool and the men were endeavoring to recover it. They dug a large hole at the side of the cesspool, which was filled with water by the rain.
One man stood on a ladder above the water and made an opening into the cesspool; the foul air and gas rushed out and overcame him and he fell into the water. A friend went to give aid and was likewise overcome. Others came to help and one by one seven men fell into the water which by this time was full of muck and slime from the vault.
Three were rescued, some by men who afterwards perished in attempting to save the others.
The dead are:
JAMES CRAWFORD, a bricklayer.
ALBERT KUNKLER, a laborer.
JOHN CLEARY, a blacksmith.
FRANK MALONEY, a plasterer.

Boston Daily Globe Massachusetts 1889-07-18