MR. ALLEN'S FUNERAL
Did He or did He Not Commit Suicide, the Question
from: The Macon Telegraph, Macon, GA, July 8, 1887, @http://oldnews.i-found-it.net/mrallensfuneral.html:
The funeral of Mr. Frank G. Allen occurred yesterday afternoon. The remains was taken from the Daisy House and carried to Rose Hill Cemetery, where the beautiful service of the Episcopal Church was read by Rev. Dudley Powers, rector of St. Paul's Church.
The following were the pall bearers: Messrs. R. S. Collins, J. N. Neel, Lee Worsham, A. H. Small, E. B. Grace and S. J. Holland.
Mr. Gadsden Allen, brother of the deceased, arrived in Macon yesterday from his home in Bartow, and was the only relative who could reach here to attend the funeral.
The death was the subject of conversation all over the city. The circumstances attending it and the doubt that isentertained by many as to its cause probably made it so. There are many who do not believe that suicide was committed. There was no letter to indicate in the slightest that such was Mr. Allen's intention or desire; there was no bottle or other evidence of poison either, though his effects, his room, and even the yard which his windows overlooked were thoroughly searched. There were no marks of injury on his person, and the only circumstance favoring the self-destruction theory was the remark made to Mr. Sparks on the morning before. It is the opinion of those who hold to the idea that he died a natural death. They theorize that he had been drinking heavily for three or four days; that the day was warm and that he left the hot sun of the street and taking off his clothes while his body was heated, not only by the hot sun but by an enormous quantity of alcohol, the sudden cooling off resulted in congestion, which brought on death.
The coroner's jury had no evidence before them other than the statement that he would commit suicide, and this is why a verdict that he came to his death from unknown causes was rendered. Since the inquest nothing has
developed that could warrant changing the verdict.
The case is regarded as a peculiarly sad one in many respects. A letter received yesterday from a sister, telling him that she expected him and his bride to be with her a day or so, was read by those whose duty it was to open and read it, with tears.
It will probably never be known whether the unfortunate man died by his own hand.
Rose Hill Cemetery
Created by: Samuel Taylor Geer
Record added: Nov 06, 2012
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