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THE LARNED EAGLE-OPTIC, 27 September 1901
Obituary of HARRY SMITH
A Fatal Accident

Harry Smith, an orphan boy ten years old, who was herding cattle for Albert C. Anderson, north of Garfield, was dragged to death by a pony last Friday morning. It appears from the statements of those acquainted with the circumstances of the accident, that the boy was in the habit of getting off the pony while the heard was grazing and lying down on the ground, and that upon two or three previous occasions the pony had gotten away from him and gone home. In order to prevent the pony from getting away the boy had tied the halter around his arm just above the elbow. Whether he as thrown or got off the pony is not known, for when the pony arrived home dragging the boy he was dead, his arm to which the rope was tied was broken, his head completely scalped, and his face and head mutilated almost beyond recognition. The pony had dragged the body two or three miles and came home on a trot and
went into the stable, where Mr. Anderson soon afterwards found the lifeless remains.

Dr. U. I. Ward, county coroner, was notified, and after visiting the scene of the accident and viewing the remains issued a certificate of accidental death, in accordance with the above facts, without the expense and formality of summoning a jury. The victim of the accident was a waif child who had been sent out from the east by the Methodist benevolent association, and probably had had but little experience with horses,
and failed to realize the danger of tying the halter to his arm.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf


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