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Stockton Daily Argus Stockton,
San Joaquin Co., CA
>>Monday, 14 Jan 1861<<
INQUEST -- Coroner DOWNING held an inquest yesterday upon the body of John TERRY who died suddenly on Saturday evening in a wagon on Centre street near NYE?s stable. We present below all the evidence of a positive character adduced, as also the verdict of the jury:
THOS. J. KEYS, sworn: I know deceased; his name was John TERRY; his occupation was that of a teamster; he was in the employ of JOHNSON,
formerly of the firm of JOHNSON & HICKS, of Visalia. I was present a few moments before his death, which took place on Centre street, near
the corner of Washington, in the city of Stockton, last night between dark and 8 o?clock. Deceased was in his wagon, where I think he has been sleeping since he came to the city. My attention was called to him by hearing screams and I was told a man had the cramp and went up there and found him in a rigid condition, which I concluded was the result of cramp. He hold me he had suffered in like manner before at 2 different periods, but never so bad, and he believed he should die. I attempted to administer some tea, which had been brought, to which he objected, saying I would choke him to death. That was the tea which was seen in the glass standing at his head after death. Myself and Others rubbed him and he went off into a convulsion or fit. There
was great contraction of the muscles, frothing at the mouth, &c. I was told he drank very hard, and thought it true from his appearance, therefore I attributed these symptoms to the use of Alcoholic beverages. On Monday last I saw him, when he first came in off his trip. He puts his team up with me, and the team is now in my yard. I should have mentioned above, that he talked with us after he came out of the convulsion last alluded to. The papers found upon his person me by Dr. SHURTLEFF, and I gave them to the Coroner.
DR. G.A. SHURTLEFF, sworn: I recognize the deceased as being the man to whom I was called last night and who died in my presence between 7 and 8 o?clock on Centre street, near NYE?s stable, in the city of Stockton. He died of Tonic spasms. I cannot tell the cause. I never saw just such symptoms produced by delirium tremens, but there might be by the use of whisky containing strychnine. The symptoms resembled those of death by poisoning by strychnine, although there is generally, rather more motion. The death was very sudden; unusually so. I did not think he had been poisoned because he gave me an explanation of his condition. He said he had eaten a hearty supper, and I thought that had been the cause; and I prepared to administer an emetic, but he died before I could do so, as he protested, saying he could not swallow for it would choke him. He then asked for a little water, with which he only wet his lips, being unable to swallow. He then remarked, ?there is another coming, and I am dead!? He had not more than so said, when the action of the heart and lungs ceased, and he died almost as quick as a man could if his head had been cut off. His mind was perfectly clear up to the time of his last spasm, which might have been the case if poisoned by strychnine. I do not think the convulsions were the result of exposure to cold and damp. I know nothing of his business (The bottles were now shown). I do not know what the bottles were used for last, but they do not bear the appearance of bottles containing poison. The larger one is a bottle of Camphor or camphorated liniment. I think it was brought there by some bystander.
WM. CRIDER, sworn: I knew deceased; he went by the name of John TERRY. His occupation was that of a teamster. I saw him yesterday morning for the last time in life. I fed his team last night; he had requested me to do so in the event of his going out, which I supposed he had done from the fact of his not having fed himself.
JACOB VANHOOZER, sworn: I have been acquainted with deceased some year and a half. His name was John TERRY. His age I do not know. His occupation was teaming most of the time. Was engaged with a threshing machine during the Summer. I am somewhat acquainted with his business. The bill of sale numbered one by the Coroner, I think is all arranged. His partners were by the name of SMITH, 2 brothers, at Visalia. He had 5 mules, 2 wagons and 1 horse, which he sold since he has been in this city. Deceased told me he got $780 for all. I know what he did with some of the purchase money. I borrowed $100 for the man that was with me. He told me he owed a man named John PAWN, at Visalia, $100, and I should pay PAWN, which I have made arrangements to do. I sold him a watch about a week ago for $100. I saw him last, yesterday morning, Jan. 12th. He was sober as usual; drank a good deal, but was seldom intoxicated. He told me 2 or 3 days back he should not live long; was unwell, etc. I saw he was melancholy, and told him he was drinking too much, which he said was true, and he intended to quit. Said nothing about killing himself. The deceased told Jim CURTIS, who is with my team, that he did not think he should live to get back to Visalia, and if he did not, to go to a certain place where he had $500 buried and get it and pay me $46 out of it, which he still owed me on the watch. I know the team he had in charge at the time of his death. It belongs to JOHNSON & LEHMAN of Visalia. TERRY has not been to Visalia since he sold his team. Since he hired to JOHNSON he has made a trip to Columbia. I never knew him to have fits or convulsions before.
SQUIRE T. HART, sworn: I know deceased. Have known him 3 or 4 weeks. He went by the name of Visalia, sometimes by John TERRY. He was a man that drank considerable.
S.W. HURST, sworn: I have known deceased for 3 or 4 weeks. I loaned him $18 some time ago, which he failed to pay at the time agreed on, and he offered me his watch to secure the debt he owed me and HART. I refused to take his watch. He was playing at rondo when I loaned him the money referred to. I always thought him sober, although he drank some.
CHARLES COCHRAN, sworn: I knew deceased, haven been acquainted with him about 18 months. His name was John W. TERRY, his age he told me was 31 years; he has told me he was born in Tennessee. I think he told me he had a mother and step father in Texas somewhere. He told me on Friday morning last January 10th that the money he had received for his team, that he sold to BROWN was deposited in this city, but did not say in whose hands. He lived at Visalia in Tulare county. I saw him with the watch on Friday morning last. The watch was an open faced gold watch worth about $75. He told me he had lost nothing recently of any importance by gambling.
JACOB VANHOOZER, re-called: The watch I sold him was a ladies' god watch, open face, worth about $80.
FRANCIS M. BROWN, sworn: I know deceased, his name was John TERRY. His home is at Visalia, in Tulare county. He sold me a team last month sometime, of 5 mules, 2 wagons, and 1 horse, for which I paid $708. He told me that he had sent nearly all the money to Visalia, some week or so after the trade. He told me he owned an ox team at Visalia in company with a man named Jonathan PETERS.
VERDICT -- We the undersigned jurors summoned to appear before J.L. DOWNING, Coroner of San Joaquin county, at Stockton, on the 13th days of January, 1861, to inquire into the death of J.W. TERRY, having been duly sworn, according to law, and having made such inquiry after inspecting the body, and having the testimony adduced, upon our oaths, each and all do say that we find the deceased was named John W. TERRY; was a native of Tennessee; aged about 31 years, and came to his death on the 12th day of January, in the city of Stockton, from cause unknown to the Jury.
>>Wednesday, 16 Jan 1861<<
WAS IT SUICIDE? -- Coroner DOWNING was engaged yesterday in hearing further evidence touching the cause of the death of John W. TERRY. The jury upon the inquest held on Sunday last, were summoned to appear at the office of Justice BOURS, where additional evidence was brought out, sufficient to cause the jury to amend their verdict already rendered, so as to embody the opinion that the deceased came to his death from the effects of poison, administered by himself or by the hand of some person unknown. No testimony was adduced giving any clue to the whereabouts of the watch and money proven to have been in the possession of the deceased a short time prior to his death. The circumstances attending his decease point to suicide as the cause -- an act to which he may have been driven from reflection of the loss of property by gambling, or otherwise.