Shocking Accident at a Paper-Mill - A Girl Torn to Pieces by the Machinery

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Description

This New York Times article, reprinted from the Cincinnati Enquirer, gives a recounting of Margaret Kriegenhafer’s death. She was a worker at the paper mill of Beckett & Laurie in Hamilton, Ohio, and fell through a trapdoor into the machinery. The writer fixates on the condition of her body when discovered. Blending gruesome detail and a romantic reflection on the woman’s face, this piece illustrates the sensational and sentimental tropes often found in these death stories.

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Title

Shocking Accident at a Paper-Mill - A Girl Torn to Pieces by the Machinery

Creator

Unsigned

Source

New York Times

Date

February 9, 1871

Subject

Paper mills--United States
Accidents, Industrial

Coverage

New York, New York

Citation

Unsigned, “Shocking Accident at a Paper-Mill - A Girl Torn to Pieces by the Machinery,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed December 15, 2017, http://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/33.