Terrible Effects of Lightening

October 5, 1864 Issue of the WEEKLY STANDARD (Raleigh, North Carolina)
   Transcribed and Posted by Myrtle Bridges February 19, 2003

We learn that on Saturday afternoon last, about five o'clock, Mr. Nelson Low, who lives in this county, 
between Lilesville and the Grassy Islands, had three children (boys) killed from the effects of 
lightening--aged respectively 17, 14 and 7. It appears that at the time they were killed no rain had fallen 
immediately in their neighborhood, and that two of the children were sitting in the door watching the play 
of the lightening at the cloud was passing, with the third lying behind them on the floor near the door. 
Their mother was somewhere about the house. She was considerably shocked by the stroke that killed her 
children. When she recovered, her first thought was of her children, and when she went to look after them, 
she saw the one that had been lying on the floor, still in that position with his clothes on fire. She put 
the fire out, and found him dead. The other two had fallen from the door outside--one lying on his face, the 
other on his side, and both dead. Wadesborough Argus

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