Sunday, October 23, 2011

Another Drowning at Coney Island Point - 1851

Another one???

INQUEST.--An inquest was held by Justice Wright, at Fort Hamilton, on Tuesday afternoon, 2d inst, upon the body of a man who had been found adrift near Coney Island Point. Deceased was apparently 25 years of age, with dark brown hair, and was dressed with plaid pants, white cotton shirt with linen bosom, plaid silk neck handkerchief, pegged shoes, and stockings with elastic garters. The shirt bears the initials O. P. , marked with ink. Verdict, found drowned. The body was interred at Flatbush.
--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Wednesday, September 3, 1851

Will quote the story below, too, to be just a little less depressing.

We hear it said that the managers of the late orphan benefit, sold upwards of 2,500 tickets.--Among the pieces of the pyrotechnic exhibition was one which emblazoned in fire the following motto.--"We adopt the orphans."
--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Wednesday, September 3, 1851

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