Capt. William H. Stiles

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
December 19, 1878, Page 3
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A Deplored Accident.

On last Monday afternoon Capt. William H. Stiles, a popular and prominent citizen of our county was most frightfully gored by an infuriated bull.  He was walking through his yard in the direction of some laborers in a field near when he encountered the bull in his pathway, and lightly struck him over the head with a stick to drive him out of the way, and passed on.  This instantly put the bull in a fearful rage and he flew at the Captain, who, taken by surprise, was of course, felled to the ground. After running back a few steps the bull made the second plunge and one of his horns entered Capt. Stiles’ thigh and he was thrown into the air five or six feet.  As soon as the Captain struck the ground the bull made the third attack, butting him in the breast.  At that moment the farm hands came to the rescue and succeeded in driving the brute off.

Capt. Stiles wounds are very ugly, and he has been suffering intense agonies,  About eleven o’clock Tuesday night his pains were eased a great deal.  The wound in the thigh is the most serious.  The horn entered the inside of the left thigh and tore a frightful gash some seven or eight inches, laying bare the bone and femoral artery.  A piece of flesh from this wound, of considerable size, was found on the ground.  He also sustained internal injuries.  As we go to press we hear he is resting very quietly and is receiving the best and most scientific treatment from Dr. F. W. Memmler who very fortunately happened on the ground a few minutes after the occurrence.

At ten o’clock this morning we learn that Capt. Stiles grew worse last night and he is now lying in extremely critical condition.  We humbly and fervently pray that he may pass safely through the crisis.


Just as we go to press a messenger has arrived in town for Capt. Stiles coffin and the tolling church bells are announcing his death, he having breathed his last at 11:30 o’clock, this a. m.  Thus expires a noble, brave and true man and our county is in the deepest grief.  Our heart is too full to write more.


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