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This appeared in the Rockland (Maine) Gazette of Dec. 1, 1859:
“Mr. Joseph Fuller, at work in the mill of Lemont, at Brunswick, on the 18th inst., while going down stairs, made a mis-step, and was precipitated from the floor to the flume, a distance of twenty or twenty-two feet. No bones were broken, but he was badly bruised, his escape from death was almost miraculous, as the flame is quite narrow.”