Manitowoc, WI Accident Kills Circus Performer, July 1884


Milwaukee, Wis., July 19. -- MISS MAGGIE CLAIRE, the aerial performer with SELL'S Circus who was fatally injured by a fall at Manitowoc yesterday, is still alive, but is unconscious and cannot live. The accident was caused by the breaking of one of the ropes at the end of which she swung. This threw her heavily against the tent pole, where she struck on her head, becoming insensible, and falling a distance of 35 feet to the ground. The little lady was a general favorite, and the sad accident has cast a gloom over the whole company, which arrived here to-day.
The fall produced concussion of the brain.

The New York Times New York 1884-07-20