The Free Press, August 23, 1883

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
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Two years ago Mr. Dan Ledbetter, of this county, accompanied by six other gentlemen, emigrated to Arkansas, hoping to better themselves in this world’s goods. Soon after arrival all got sick with fever and of the seven three only survived, Mr. Ledbetter being one of them. He returned to old Bartow yesterday and said that the other two would come home if they had the means to do so. “Go west young man, go west.”


While cleaning out a well last week, a negro, Hamp Morris, happened to a terrible accident, which may probably end in his death. He had been down in the well and had finished his work, but upon being brought to the surface the rope broke and the unfortunate man fell about fifty feet. His left leg was shattered, so much so, that it was necessary to amputate it, which operation was successfully performed by Drs. Johnson, Shepard and Young. Other serious wounds make it very doubtful as to his recovery, though he is doing very well at present.


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