Death of son of Mr. L. COHN in CA in 1862
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Transcribed by Dee Sardoch
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>THURSDAY, 20 NOV 1862<<
SAD CASE of DROWNING -- Yesterday morning, about half past 7 o'clock, as 3 children were frolicking on the wharf in front of the Corninthian Block, north side of Stockton Slough, opposite the end of Centre street, one of them fell through a hole and was drowned. The lad was 2 years and 10 months old, a son of Mr. L. COHN. One of the lads -- a boy about 7 years old, gave the alarm, which soon became general, and many rushed to the spot intent upon rescuing little Michael, but every effort to recover the body before life was extinct, proved unavailing. The body was recovered by Mr. CHANDLER, mate of the steamer Helen Hensley, who left with a boat when the alarm was given. Among those entitled to special credit for the noble manner in which they exerted themselves, were Mr. Charles LYONS and Mr. Thomas RILEY, one of the deck hands of the Helen Hensley. Mr. LYONS, as soon as he could be rowed across the slough in a boat, on reaching the spot designated where the boy had fallen through the planking, at once plunged into the water, diving down to secure the boy, but he failed because of having been directed a distance of more than 20 feet from the correct spot. This, we believe, is the 4th time that Mr. LYONS has exerted himself in a similar manner, in order to save life. Such meritorious conduct ought to receive the lasting gratitude of the community. Mr. RILEY likewise used every exertion in his power, by diving under water; but it was the lot of Mr. CHANDLER to secure the body. The manifestations of sorrow on the part of the grief-stricken family, were heart-rending. They boy must have been nearly half an hour in the water. The wharf, on which these children were frolicking, is in the most dilapidated condition. It has been used as a place to pile up hay for shipment, and it is more like a hay-rack than a levee on which to pile produce -- the planks being loose, and in places, almost far enough apart to let a bale of hay through. While it is certainly the duty of parents to keep their children aloof from such traps and dead-falls, it is certainly not very creditable for the city to have any part of the city property so horribly out of repair as the wharf in front of the Corinthian Block.