News from The Cartersville Express

 
The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
May 26, 1871, page 3
 
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Henry Hemphill, colored, while engaged in cleaning out the public well on the West side of the Square on Wednesday morning last, was struck on the head by a piece of curbing which knocked him senseless into the water below.  The vessel with which they were drawing the water out of the well, being below, had to be drawn up, before any assistance could be rendered the drowning man.  When the vessel reached the top, Dan Ray, a colored man, who was less excited than the rest of the crowd, stepped in to it, and ordered them to let him down, which they did, and just as he struck the water Henry was sinking the third and doubtless the last time; Dan caught him by the hair of the head, and by a manly effort succeeded in bringing him to the top, with barely life in his body.  Dan deserves great credit, not only for rescuing his fellow, but for maintaining his presence of mind so perfectly.

 

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