Two Negroes Die Suddenly

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
March 15, 1883, page 3
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Last Thursday night as an old colored man by the name of Mildred Riveson was carrying some wood across a lot near Mr. W. H. Hackettís residence he dropped dead, with heart disease. A coronerís jury was summoned early next morning and an inquest was held, the jury finding that he died from the above stated cause. Mildred was an honest colored man and was generally liked by both white and colored, and much regret was experienced at his demise.

Friday night another colored man by the name of Henry Hemphill died suddenly, and it was thought at the time, rather under suspicious circumstances. A coronerís jury was empanelled next morning, and from the testimony that could be adduced it was plain that he died from the effects of mean whiskey and an overdose of sausage, he having eaten nearly a pound of that food just before retiring.


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