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CINEMATOGRAPH PANIC. .

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CINEMATOGRAPH PANIC. CHILDREN'S FATAL BUSH. A panic, 'resulting in the death of one child 1nd wj Gries to eight others, occurred on Satur- day afternoon at a cinematograph entertainment ó!!). tllti) ctoi-ia Hall. Portsmouth. The audience mainly of children. Soon after the pvi « ot mance began, and while the second film eing shown, an electric wire fused, causing .J&e; aim to snap and ignite. „ llivre was no danger, but the panic which had :M:tz<2<i the audience was not easily dispelled. In the gallery were some 200 children, who fcsht/d to make their escape Owing to the Jttt.-vsure the side rail of the bannister gave way, &&& ,.i hhiub-er of the Hfctle ones were precipitated i i i > (' >r. They made pell infill for the ;m:-Ii'J\8. ieacang to the side exit, and became 111 H. hriefcing mass in the doorway at ih* leading out into the street. 1 evum of the children fortunately attracted 41!f attention of the spectators at a recreation gro 0, -i) > opposite side of the read, where a -cricket match was in progress. Aid was quickly -.forthcoming, and by main force some forty or j wfty children were extricated anc? placed, in a •^cnio: ot aafetv in the street. hall was cleared in a quarter- of an hour ,:#.ft<1 the alarm. In going through the building "w* police found the body of a. boy named John jHeiu-y Graitam, of Landport, aged about nine in the corridor outside the gallery.

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