Little SUSAN WILLIAMS, the six-year-old daughter of MR. and MRS. T.F. WILLIAMS, of Decatur, was acidently shot by her cousin, BROWN AKERS, age about twelve years, at the WILLIAMS home in Decatur last Thursday evening. Little SUSAN lingered until Saturday morning when death occurred shortly after ten o'clock.
The little girl with several little friends, including BROWN AKERS, was at play in the yard at the WILLIAMS home. BROWN had gone to the house and secured a twenty-two rifle with which he was playing. The children were running about the yard and the lad pointed the gun at his little cousin, not realizing that a cartridge was in the gun, and pulled the trigger making at the same time some playful remark to the little girl. The ball struck the child on the right side at the point of the breast bone. The little girl fell to the ground and the report of the rifle and the frightened cries of the children brought the mother of the child running from the house. The child was gathered up and hurried into the house and Dr. Brittan, of Decatur, and Dr. Layton, of Leon, summoned. They realized that the injury was a most serious one and everything possible to medical skill was done to save the child's life but death came Saturday morning shortly after l0 o'clock.
The little girl was a bright child of sunny disposition and was loved by everyone. Her tragic death is a great shock to the people of Decatur and the entire county. She was six years, six months and twenty-six days old at the time of her death.
BROWN AKERS, who is about twelve years old, is the son of MR. and MRS. BEN AKERS, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and was in Decatur with his mother visiting with relatives and friends. The funeral services were held Sunday.