Precipitated into the Court Yard

FEARFUL SITUATION OF A
FEMALE SOMNAMBULIST

IN SOMERSETSHIRE

Miss Clara Dalrymple in a precarious situation

The large illustration in our front page is a correct representation of the perilous position of a young girl, as seen by two spectators, on Friday last. The circumstances are thus described in a local journal:—

“On Friday night, the 24th inst., a harrowing scene occurred at a small village near Glastonbury. It appears that a young girl, aged seventeen, named Clara Dalrymple—who has been in the habit of walking in her sleep on very many occasions—rose from her bed on the night in question and opened the window of her bedroom, which was on the fourth storey of the house, and stepped on to a plank that ran across from her father’s residence to one opposite. Some workmen had been repairing the latter, and—to facilitate these operations—had neglected to remove the plank which had been improvised as a communication between the two dwellings. Miss Dalrymple, to the horror of two persons who had witnessed her proceedings in the narrow passage below, stepped on this plank which gave way before she had reached its centre, and the unfortunate girl was precipitated into the court yard beneath—falling from a height of seventy feet. In her descent her dress caught the arm of a lamp-post in the passage, thus breaking her fall, and was the means of saving her life. A man, named James Grimsby, a servant of her father’s, and Mr. W. Styant, a tradesman in the village, were the sole witnesses of the accident. When the first shock was over they hastened to her assistance, being at the time under the full impression that she was dead. Such, however, proved not to be the case. Beyond a few bruises Miss Dalrymple was in no way injured; for, in less than half an hour after the accident, she was conversing with her parents upon her miraculous escape.”

The Illustrated Police News Saturday 1 June 1867

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