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Singular Fatal Accident. Death of Dan Hallahan—Universal Mourning.
Dan. Hallahan, Mining Recorder of Homer District, and a young man who enjoyed the respect and esteem of all classes in this community to perhaps a greater degree than any other, met with a singular accident last Monday afternoon, from the effects of which he died Wednesday evening. Although he had the misfortune to lose his left arm by an accident some years ago, he was self-reliant, an indefatigable worker and a man of great physical strength, and when he met with the accident which caused his death, was engaged, alone, in letting down into his arastra in Lake Canyon some huge stones to be used as drags. One of these stones, weighing about 1,000 pounds, he was engaged in moving into place by means of a couple sticks or hand-skids - placing the one at the time engaged against his body while he worked the other under the rock with his only hand. In this manner he had managed to work the huge stone into some elevated position - probably upon the inclosing plank rim of the arastra bed - when suddenly the only supporting skid gave way, and the ponderous rock started to fall upon him. Quick as thought he realized that he could not escape its crushing weight by jumping, and instantly putting forward his shoulder and clasping the rock with his strong right arm, he threw his whole strength into one sudden and supreme effort, arrested the progress of the stone and saved himself from being crushed into a shapeless mass - but the effort cost him his life fifty hours afterward, as by it he ruptured himself badly and bursted either a blood vessel or the bladder, it is believed the latter. he went on with his work, however, for nearly two hours, unaware of the extent and serious nature of his injuries; and when he finally grew faint from pain he quit work and walked down to town - a distance of nearly two miles and a descent of more than a thousand feet. Tuesday afternoon he suffered great pain in the abdominal region, and that evening Dr. Rogers of Bodie was telegraphed for and arrived about 2 o'clock Wednesday morning, remaining with the patient about five hours. Wednesday evening the pain again became excruciating, the patient not having passed any water since the accident, and on being telegraphed to for instructions, Dr. Rogers requested that Dr. Guirado of Lundy be called in to relieve the patient by the use of instruments, but just as the latter was preparing his instruments in the room, death put an end to the patient's sufferings.
The event is the most mournful in the history of this district; for young Hallahan was a noble, warm-hearted, genial, generous, self-reliant, industrious and energetic young man toward whom all men were imperceptibly drawn and firmly held by the strongest ties of true friendship. He was every inch a man, and one of Nature's noblemen. Though maimed, he was distinguished for his self-reliance, as well as for his firmness of purpose, love of justice and his fearless advocacy of his ideas of justice - which were very generally correct. His personal popularity was shown by his recent election to the office of Mining Recorder by a large majority over the combined vote cast for three other popular citizens. Attesting their esteem for the deceased, the miners of the district, almost to a man, yesterday left their work on the mountains and came down to attend the funeral - though the funeral has not yet taken place, the body being held to await orders of his brother, Jack Hallahan, late foreman of the May Lundy mine, who was at Hines' Hot Springs in Esmeralda county, Nevada, and for whom a messenger was dispatched from Bodie Thursday morning.
The sad affair has cast a gloom over the entire community, for no man in the district was more highly esteemed, and few, if any, in passing away, would be so universally and sincerely mourned as Dan. Hallahan. (Homer Mining Index, 11/5/1881, Saturday)
Burial of Dan Hallahan.
The funeral of the lamented Dan. Hallahan took place from the Oakland House at 2 o'clock last Sunday afternoon, the remains being interred on the plateau on the left bank of Mill Creek, below Lake Lundy, where the somniferous music of the pines and the rippling of the stream commingle in a perpetual requiem. Nearly the whole population of the district, including the miners from distant and lofty mountains, turned out to participate in the duty of paying the last sad tribute to one whom all had learned to love, and upon every countenance present was depicted a sorrow as sincere and heart-felt as if each had lost a brother. The funeral oration by Judge H. M. Eddy was very impressive, eloquent and pathetic, and brought tears to many an eye unused to weeping. John Hallahan, the brother of deceased, for whom a messenger had been dispatched to Hinds' Springs in Nevada, arrived Saturday afternoon, and was deeply affected by the loss of a brother between whom and himself there existed the most devoted attachment. It is the intention of the survivor to remove his brother's remains next Spring and bury them close by the sea, as Dan. loved the sea, and the two brothers, whose tastes were very similar, had often discussed the future together and had agreed that ultimately they would settle down by the surf of the Pacific and live and die in hearing of the roar of (the) old ocean. (Homer Mining Index, 11/12/1881)
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