Old Negroís Dead Body.

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
November 11, 1897 Page 1:
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Old Negroís Dead Body.

Lewis Allen, Sr. Lays Dead for Several Days in the Woods.

On Monday morning a young man named Melvin Clark, while hunting in the woods east of Cass Station, ran upon the body of an old colored man laying beneath the wires of a barbed wire fence with one leg entangled in the wire. The spot where the body laid was on the side of the mountain, with a fence enclosing some lands used as a pasture running along its side. The property was that of Mr. Scott Dodd.

The body was badly decomposed, and the body is supposed to have lain where it was found for something like a week.

Mr. Clark notified citizens of the neighborhood who repaired to the scene and removed the body to a house near by.

It was ascertained that the body was that of Lewis Allen Sr., the father of Lewis Allen Jr., a well known drayman, of this city. The old man had left here a week ago, to go to the home of his son, on Mr. Munfordís farm, near Cass Station. It is supposed the old man got lost and wandering about came to this fence and attempted to cross it, and being feeble became entangled and struggling hopelessly to free himself, became exhausted and died. He was quite old.

An inquest was held yesterday by the justice of the peace of the district but there was no evidence of foul play and the verdict was to the effect that he died helpless of exhaustion.


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