Dec. 9. T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47. Aboutsunset, the uncle of Henry Megerlecame in great haste for the Dr.saying that he had been shot,Dr. accordingly went up there,and found that it was really tootrue. He found him lying deadin the little cabin by the roadsidehaving expired shortly after beingshot. The circumstances are these,as nearly as can be ascertained. Itseems that Henry, ruder the influenceof liquor, got into a quarrelwith an Indian who was passingand had a gun. The Indiansays that Henry pulled the gunaway from him and endeavoredto break it; and that in doing sohe struck it upon the ground withsuch force as to break it in twopieces, and discharge the contentsinto his own breast. His uncle, whowas near and was aware that theywere quarreling, looked roundimmediately upon hearing thereport of the gun, and saw Henryjust falling. The gun was then inthe hands of the Indian, whoDec. 9. helped to carry Henry into thecabin and place him on a bed, andremained there until he was takento a house near by for safe keeping.This is a sad accident, and was obviouslyoccasioned by whiskey, and is thethird from the effects of whiskey onthis river, since I have been here.Mr. Russell lost his hand andwrist, Peter Hagan got so severelyscalded as greatly to endanger hislife, and now, the most seriousaccident of all, Henry Megerle haslost his life. Let this be a warningto all to "touch not, taste not, handlenot," last they meet with thesame sad fate.Dec. 10. Wednesday. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 45.S.S. 44. This has been a rainy day.Dec. 11. T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 46.Today has been cloudy in the formerpart, and rainy in the latterpart. The funeral exercises of HenryMegerle were solemnized today at theplace of his death. As there was no clergymanto officiate, Mr. Holman read theEpiscopal service for the dead. A processionwas formed to his grave, which
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