Mary Tippins

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
October 8, 1896, Page 1
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Died From Fright.

Mary Tippins Supposing Her Cousin Dead, Herself Drops Dead.

A peculiar case of death from fright occurred on the Felton farm, near here, last Friday.

Henry Jones, colored, while at work in the field with his wife, had a quarrel with her, which grew more and more violent until his temper got the better of him and he picked up a stone and threw at her. The stone struck her in the back and she immediately fell to the ground apparently dead. Mary Tippins, a cousin of the woman, heard the commotion incident to the fuss and leaving her home, proceeded to the scene. She tried to revive the hurt woman but failed and believing her dead and giving her up as such started homeward when she soon fell and in a little while expired. The case was pronounced by Dr. Howard Felton as heart disease.

Henry James was arrested and was given a preliminary trail by Judge Stanford. There was nothing in the proof to convict the man, and he was released. He pled guilty, stating he had thrown at his wife in a passion but had no idea of hurting her.

The injured woman is said to be recovering.


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