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[They] appeared already in a state of suffocation . . .
Fearless or ignorant of danger, and irresistibly impelled by the cries of their wives and children, who surrounded the spot, Catherine Vassent, a servant in the town, insisted on being lowered without delay into the noxious opening; and fastening a cord around two of their bodies, she restored to life and to their families. And in descending a second time, her breath began to fail, and after fastening a cord around the body of a third man, she had sufficient presence of mind to fix a rope to her own hair, which hung in long curls round her neck.
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