Alex. Lindsey

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
July 9, 1891, page 1
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Killed and Mangled.
Were a Small Party Attempting to Cross the Railroad.
The Rome Express on Thursday Evening Sends One Man into Eternity and Seriously Injures Two Others.

It was Thursday.
Saturday, would come the glorious fourth.
A small party out in the Malbone settlement, doubtless, figured it out to have a big time.
Certain it is that Alex. Lindsey, a colored man, had offered his tem for a trip over across the Cherokee line. He, accompanied by Perry Saxon, colored, and Andrew Roach, a white man who lives on the Stiles place, started Thursday morning in a double buggy for Cherokee distillery, about twelve miles distance from the city.

They loaded up the vehicle with whiskey and beer and started leisurely on the return. They reached this city a little before six o’clock in the evening and were driving slowly and unconcernedly along the streets.

From Tennessee street they drove into Leake street and when nearly opposite the mill of the Cartersville Ochre company a negro woman living near by hallooed to them to stop or the train might run over them. She heard the Rome express from Atlanta coming.

The men, if they heard either the woman or the train, seemed utterly oblivious to the warning or the possible danger. Lindsey was driving and sat with his back to the mules and was talking with the two men behind him. They were all under the influence of liquor. Slowly, leisurely he drove past the ochre mill and on to the track, when the train came speeding up and drove itself right through the little caravan.

When the train had passed, slowed up and stopped a few who saw the disaster hurried to the spot and it was only a little while until there were two hundred at the scene, which was one none who saw will forget.

Alex. Lindsey lay beside the track dead and near him were the other two men seemingly badly hurt. The two mules were down in a ditch by the track, one of them dead. The buggy could only be found in pieces. There were seven jugs and they were broken to pieces and the odor of liquor permeated the air; lager beer bottles lay around in profusion; some broken, some not.

Dr. Johnson was summoned, and Lindsey being killed, his attention turned to the other men. They were soon removed from the place and through attentions have rallied beyond danger.

Mr. Jesse Permenter, an old experienced and trusty engineer, ran the train and says he saw the men as they drove from behind the ochre mill and some freight cars on the switch track on to the main track, but it was impossible to slow up in time to prevent the accident.

Coroner Frank Patterson came up Saturday and held an inquest over the body of Alex. Lindsey. The jury after hearing all testimony and deliberating came to the conclusion that the railroad folks were in no sense to blame and found a verdict which exonerated them; the carelessness of the men seemed to them the cause of the accident.

Lindsey and the other men each have a family.


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