E. Gertrude Semon, 32, housewife, rescued Elizabeth G. King, 36, from burning, Galesburg, Illinois, December 14,1910. In her home, Mrs. Semon, who was in a weakened, nervous condition, saw Mrs. King running toward the house with the entire back of her clothes in flames. Mrs. Semon grabbed a quilt and opened the door, but as Mrs. King rushed into the house, she evaded Mrs. Semon and ran past her. Mrs. Semon followed, tore off some of her burning clothes, and tried to detain her. Mrs. King struggled and, clad only in her burning union suit, went out onto the back porch. There, Mrs. Semon rubbed the fire out with her hands and then, after assistance reached them, fainted. Mrs. Semon’s skirt and rough cotton dressing sack were found in flames on the floor. Mrs. King died about six weeks later as a result of her injuries. Mrs. Semon was badly burned and shocked, and she was totally disabled seven and a half months.
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