Buford Smith

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
March 16, 1899, page 1
Transcribed by:  

Fatal Fall.
A Child Tumbles in a Well and is Drowned.

There was a sad happening on the east side of town on Saturday morning last.

A little son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Smith, named Buford, and eighteen months of age, was missed by its mother on last Saturday morning about nine o’clock.  The little fellow had been playing about the premises and search was made around the home and on other premises adjoining.  The child was not found and some in the search thought to investigate to see if he had fallen in an old well on an adjoining lot that had been used by negroes.  The well had a low curbing and no covering and children had been seen playing about it the day before.  A looking glass was procured and a reflection from it was thrown in the well which revealed some object floating on the water.  Some hooks were procured and lowered, which caught the object and it was brought up.  The worst fears of all were realized.  It was the lost child and life was extinct.  Efforts were made to resuscitate the body, but to no avail.  There was only one slight bruise seen about the child and that was on its face, supposed to have been made by a bucket with which a negro woman had drawn a full tub of water after the child had fallen in the well.

The body of the little one was buried at a family burying ground near Cross Roads, on Sunday.


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