Street Children

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
May 18, 1876, Page 3
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.Two Children Drowned.
A Heartrending Calamity which Happened on the 4th inst.

We were furnished with the particulars of a most sorrowful accident which happened in this county, on the 4th, in time for our last paper; but in the absence of the editor it was unintentionally left out of the paper, by an oversight which sometimes happens in a printing office in spite of the greatest care.  Two children of Mr. James Street were drowned at Gillam’s spring, near Capt. T. J. Lyon’s in this county on the 4th, the facts of which are follows:

On the day designated Mr. Street had come to Cartersville and his wife and Mrs. Ponder were washing clothes just above where Hardin and Ware’s saw mill had been removed from.  The eldest child, a daughter thirteen, and her younger brother were playing on a pile of saw dust, the mother having lost sight of them, thought they were off at play.

Mrs. Ponder starting to the house saw the little boy’s clothing laying on the bank of a slew.  Thinking the child had seen her coming and had hidden himself from sight, commenced to look for him.  Failing to find him she gave the alarm, believing at once both children were drowned.

It so happened there were no male persons near, all the tenants on the place of Mrs. Dent having gone to town.  Finally the alarm of the woman was heard by some one fishing near by, who came at once and soon found the bodies of both children. 

It seems the little boy of Mrs. Ponder was with them at play.  The little boy of Mr. Street’s had pulled off his clothes and went in to bathe, and soon got into water over his head.  His sister seeing his peril as he sank, rushed in to rescue her brother, when both went down together to rise no more.

This is a most startling calamity, and we deeply sympathize with the afflicted parents in their sad and mournful bereavement.  It is a warning to parents to keep their children away from water courses when there is danger of such catastrophes.


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