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Killed by His Own Gun.

     Deputy sheriff John S. Rawlins received a telegram from Deputy Sheriff Peacock, of Lancaster, yesterday, stating that F. P. Johnson, a respected citizen of that section, had been killed by an accident. He had been out squirrel hunting, and on returning home, he sat his gun down rather hard on the floor, which caused it to discharge, the load entering his left side, just below the heart, producing almost instant death. The deceased is a member of the order of the Knights of Honor, and his funeral will be attended by the order. He was wedded only twenty days go to a young lady of that section, whom he leaves to mourn his untimely end.

- April 28, 1881, Dallas Daily Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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Shot and Killed.

     John Davis, Jr., an eight-year old son of Mr. John Davis, who lives on Duck creek, started out last Saturday evening, running for plover. He carried a double barreled shotgun. Late that evening, he was found a few miles from home, bad wounded and lying beside a rail fence. The gun, one barrel of which had been discharged, was on the other side. He had handled his gun recklessly in scaling the fence, and one of the loads was discharged by the hammer catching on a rail, the charge taking effect in his left side. He was taken home and died in a few hours afterwards.

- April 28, 1881, Dallas Daily Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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Man Drowned.

     Edward Thompson, an expressman, was drowned at the Trinity ford yesterday afternoon about 2:30 o'clock. He drove into the river in his wagon to water his horse, and the river being up, he got into deep water before he knew it, when he, wagon and horse were swept down the stream by the strong current. The bed of the wagon came off and he endeavored to hold on to it, but it turned over, causing him to loose his holt on it, when he went under. The horse and wagon lodged in the branches of a tree and the vehicle was afterwards recovered, though the horse drowned. The stream was dragged for the body, but it has not yet been found. The drowned man is a brother of Johnnie Thompson, of Thompson's theatre, and he leaves a wife and five little children in destitute circumstances.

- April 29, 1881, Dallas Daily Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
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Weekly Mortuary Report.
(For the week ending May 14, 1881)

    W. S. Smith, paralysis, age 83 years.
    Infant, colored, inanition, aged 6 months.
    Thomas Greer, cancer, aged 28 years.
    James Blank, acute dysentery, aged ____ months.

- May 19, 1881, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 5, col. 5.
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Declined to Foot the Bill.

     Dr. J. L. Carter, late city physician, received a letter from Manager Hoxie, of the Texas & Pacific yesterday, stating that the road declined to pay the doctor and medical bills of Mrs. Victorie Santeere, who was crippled on the Texas & Pacific near Eagle Ford some time ago, which necessitated the amputation of her leg. The train that maimed her brought her on to the city and she was turned over to the city physician with the understanding, he says, that the road was to pay what bills that accrued in caring for her. The expense amounted to $300, and the road declines to pay it on the grounds that they were in no way responsible for the accident. At the time, Mrs. Santeere was not in her right mind, and there are two theories as to how she came to be hurt. One is that she was crossing the track when the engine struck her, and the other is that she had attempted to commit suicide by throwing herself in front of the train. She had threatened repeatedly to commit suicide. She was in the hospital twenty seven days and every possible attention was shown her.

- May 26, 1881, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 6, col. 3.
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Weekly Mortuary Report.

   Birdie Tyler, 1 year, 6 months, white; congestion.
   Infant, white, still born.
   Charles Cranshaw, 2 years; dysentery.
   Annie Garner, 36 years; phitisis pulmonalis.
   Helen [all given], 4 months, colored, enteritis.
   Gustave H. Eisenlohr, 69 years, white; marasmus senilis.
   Merritt Johnson, colored; dropsy.
   Daisy Staples, 1 month, white; pertusis.
   Simon S. Philp, 6 months, white; convulsions.
   John Taylor, 57 years, white; dystentery.
   Susie Bell, 4 months, white; unknown.
   Infant [of] J. W. Searly, white; unknown.

- May 26, 1881, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 6, col. 3.
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Weekly Mortuary Report.
Mortuary report for the week ending Saturday, May 28th, 1881.

    Walter Browning, colored, aged 10 months, scrofula.
    William Lawrence, white, aged 10 months, cholera infantum.
    Lillian Lawrence, white, aged 10 months, cholera infantum.
    Infant of J. L. Barney, white, aged 5 months, inanition.

- June 2, 1881, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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Death of W. L. White.

    Colonel E. G. Bower received a telegram from Nashville yesterday morning announcing the death of Mr. W. L. White, whose home was at Lancaster in this county. He was afflicted with gravel and went to Nashville to have an operation performed. It was done, and for a day or so, seemed to rally, but he was suddenly taken worse, and yesterday morning at 12:20, he breathed his last. The deceased was a worthy citizen, a kind husband and father and leaves a wife and a host of friends to mourn him. The remains will be shipped to Lancaster for interment.

- June 2, 1881, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 5?, col. 2.
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Weekly Mortuary Report.

(For week ending Saturday, June 4, 1881, made by
Dr. S. W. Field, health officer.)

    Infant of Laura Jackson, colored, female, stillborn.
    Nancy Reynolds, white, female, dropsy.
    Charles H. Page, white, male, hydrocephalus
    Theodore Chamberlain, white, male, phthisis pulmonalis.
    Malcom Calhoun, white, male, dysentery acute.
    I. L. Stewart, white, male, enbrites.
    L. B. Armstrong, white, male, chronic diarrhea.

- June 9, 1881, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 4, col. 3.
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Weekly Mortuary Report.

    The mortuary report for the past week as prepared by Dr. Samuel W. Field, health officer, shows ten deaths within the corporate limits, and is as follows:
    Infant of N. E. Craddock, white, female; premature birth.
    Tom Moran, 46 years, white; consumption.
    Loulin M. Antoine, 5 years, female; meningitis.
    James Burns, 2 years, white; cholera infantum.
    ___ Miller, white, female; cholera infantum.
    Kittie Pearce, 16 years, white, female; typhoid fever.
    Knowles A. Myers, 3 months, white, female; cholera infantum.
    E. M. Foelines, 39 years, white, female; dysentery.
    Infant of Wm. Dye; malarial fever.
    Infant of Mrs. Williams; premature birth.

- June 23, 1881, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 5, col. 1.
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     Walter Slaughter, infant son of C. C. and Carrie Slaughter, yesterday at 2 p.m., of congestion of the brain, aged eleven months. The funeral will take place from the residence this 4 p.m. to Trinity cemetery. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral services.

- June 30, 1881, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 4, col. 6.
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The Indictment was Destroyed
by Fire.

     The case of S. J. Parker, charged with killing Sam Varnin about nine years ago [circa 1881] at Saxsie [Sachse], near the Collin county line, was called to-day. The case was dismissed for the following reasons: Because the evidence showed that a conviction could be had only for manslaughter, and, as the indictment burned and a new indictment found manslaughter was barred by statutes of limitation. Parker lives near Garland, and is one of the most prominent farmers in the county.

- December 15, 1890, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1.
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