W. D. Paul

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
July 17, 1890, page 1
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A Horrible Death.

A Fireman Goes To Sleep on the Track and is Killed.

Mr. W. D. Paul, a fireman on the Western and Atlantic railroad, met a horrible death at Tunnel Hill early last Thursday morning. He was working on a section of schedule No. 7, through north bound freights. The train had gone in on the side track in order to let the north bound passenger, No. 11, pass. It was several minutes before the passenger was due, and Mr. Paul got off of the engine and sat down on the end of a crosstie on the main line, as is a habit with railroad men at meeting points. He had been on double duty and was consequently very weary and tired from loss of sleep. Very soon No. 11 came thundering down the track, running at a high rate of speed, as it is down grade from this point. Mr. Paul had fallen sound asleep with his face in his hands and the noise and jarring of the on coming train did not awaken him until it was right upon him. Engineer Squires, of train No. 11, did not discover the unfortunate man until it was too late, and as he attempted to rise the engine struck him with full force, knocking him about thirty feet and killing him almost instantly. His body was terribly mangled. Mr. Paulís home was in Bartow county, six miles east of Adairsville, in Cedar creek community. He was almost twenty-five years old and unmarried. He leaves a mother and several sisters to sorrow over his untimely and tragic end. He had been on the road only about three months, and the news of his death was a shock. He was well-known and very popular in the upper part of the county, where he was raised.


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