May 24, 1828 Issue of the FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
   Transcribed and Posted by Myrtle Bridges December 14, 2009

We learn from John C. Williams, Esquire, of Harnett County, that during the storm on Tuesday evening last, 
the 18th instant, a bolt of lightning passed down the chimney of one of his negro houses, around the fire of which
were five negroes-one man, one woman and three children. They were all struck down, and the skin from the upper 
portions of their bodies was literally peeled off. By the timely application of cold water they were brought to 
life; but it is doubtful whether the children will recover. Neither the chimney nor the building has any appearance 
of having been struck.

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