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Newspaper accounts of deaths, 11/29/1862-12/5/1863.

INQUESTS. - An inquest was held yesterday on the body of George Roxbury, a laborer, 34 years of age, who was killed accidentally while engaged in hoisting ice from on board of the brig Lizzie Bell. A spar supporting the staging broke, and a block of ice fell on the head of Roxbury, killing him immediately. Another man who was on the staging was slightly injured, but he saved himself by catching hold of the tackle. Verdict, "accidental death.:THE DAILY PICAYUNE - SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 14, 1862 - page 3
An inquest was also held on the body of a slave girl named Betsey, belonging to Wm. Cox, of Lafourche, who died in the Touro Almshouse, of pneumonia. Verdict accordingly.THE DAILY PICAYUNE - SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 14, 1862 - page 3
SMOTHERED - An inquest was held yesterday on the body of a male child, one month old, named Marion Johnson McChesney, found dead at 202 Annunciation street, and a verdict of accidental death was rendered. The parents of the child, it appears, were passengers on board of the steamer Marion at the time that she was wrecked on the Double Headed Shot Keys and the infant was prematurely ushered into this breathing world on that melancholy occasion. The young immortal received the joint name of the ship and captain and was doing well apparently until Saturday night, when it was accidently smothered in bed.*** PICAYUNE - TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 12, 1863, PAGE 1:7
CRUSHED BY THE CARS - Yesterday morning a shocking sight presented itself to those who reside in the neighborhood of St. Charles and Philip streets, in the Fourth District. There were, lying on the Carrollton Railroad track, the terribly mangled remains of a human being who had evidently been crushed to death when the train made its last trip on Sunday night. All the facts and circumstances of the case lead directly to the supposition that the act was intentional. One of the legs of the deceased was crushed both above and below the knee, and the head and other parts of the body were contused and mutilated. Deceased was evidently a German, and between 30 and 35 years of age. From registry papers found in the pocket, it is supposed that his name was William Fidler (sic), and that he had never abjured his original nationality. A Masonic chart and a memorandum book were also found about his person, the first of which was inscribed with the name of Robert Saunders, and the other was helf filled with scraps of German poetry, some original and some selected. The original poetry was peculiarly of a crackbrained order, being evidently the offspring of "a mind diseased." Among the last lines there were direct allusionsto his fate, which may be translated thus:
"I am now upon the rail.
The spirits of earth and air invite me.
I come. My back is turned upon my fatherland.
Shaking off mortality, I become immortal.
The thirsty earth will drink my blood,
And flowers will spring into fragrance
Where I fester. Spirits of my fathers, welcome me.
I hear the whistle of the iron horse:
The catastrophe approaches."
A verdict was returned, setting forth the manner in which deceased came to his death, though it could not be definitely ascertained by the jury whether the occurrence was intentional or accidental. The above translation, however, seems to leave no doubt upon that subject.*** PICAYUNE - TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 12, 1863, PAGE 2
THE CITY--FATAL ACCIDENT. - An inquest was held yesterday at the Treme Police Post on the body of J. B. Lafosse, and a verdict was returned attributing death to injuries occasioned by car No. 74 on Rampart street. Deceased was a native of France, and about sixty years of age. For a year or so he had been a member of the Second District police force, and recently performed the special duties of policeman for Place d'Armes, formerly Congo Square. He was a curious old man, full of strange reflections of "La belle France," yet a thorough Republican in feelings, and an American in patriotism. Shortly after 8 o'clock, on Sunday night, he went to a corner grocery opposite to the tree-embellished breathing place which he guarded, for the purpose of procuring a bottle of whiskey to aid in commemorating the great events of the week just ended. After obtaining the whiskey he undertook to recross the street, humming "La Marseillaise," when he came in contact with the mule attached to car No. 74 on Rampart street. He fell, and before the car could be stopped one of the wheels passed over his neck and arm, breaking them both, thereby occasioning injuries which in a short time resulted fatally. Thereupon the body was conveyed to the Treme Post, where the inquest was held yesterday.Daily Picayune - Tuesday Morning, July 14, 1863 - page 2
PAINFUL AND FATAL CASE OF BURNING. - Yesterday a little child named Rose Ellen Fallon, aged 11 months, was burned to death at the residence of her parents, No. 201 Tchoupitoulas street. The mother had gone to market and the father was employed in the lower portion of the building. There were three children together; a little girl, a little boy and the infant Rose. The boy in playing lighted a match and set fire to the mosquito bar of the bed where the child was lying, and little Rose was at once surrounded by a sheet of flame. The girl screamed, and the father rushed to the spot, taking the child from the bed and burning his own arms severely in the act. But it was too late. In an hour the mother was weeping over her poor faded Rose a lifeless, disfigured mass! The Coroner was sent for, and after due formalities a verdict in accordance with the facts was rendered. Daily Picayune - Saturday Morning, September 26, 1863 - page 2

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