|Death: ||Apr. 12, 1898|
aged 60 years
THE FLOATER IDENTIFIED.
S. E. Carson the Name of the Man
Found in the Trinity.
The body of a white man was found floating in the Trinity river about one mile north of the Commerce street bridge yesterday morning at 1:55 o'clock. The discovery was made by three fishermen who were spending the nigh on the banks of the stream. They took it
out of the water and notified the sheriff's office.
Deputy Sheriff William Work, who responded to the call, found that the throat had been cut from ear to ear. The cut was fully four inches deep, the head being nearly
severed from the trunk. The horrible slash had evidently been inflicted with a razor. In addition to this, there was a contusion over the right temple, which resembled a bullet
hole. On being probed, a hard substance, which was caught in the skull, fell back into the cavity and was not recovered.
The body had evidently not been in the water more than three hours. Mr. Work sent several men up the river to search for traces of a struggle. The searchers found a razor strop about half a mile north of where the body was found. A short distance away was a big pool of blood.
The remains were brought to Dallas at 3 a. m. and turned over to an undertaker, who prepared them for burial. Justice Skelton viewed the body at 10 o'clock, but withheld the verdict because he was unable to determine from the evidence whether it was a case of murder or suicide.
The body was dressed in a pair of blue overalls and a tattered coat. From letters found in the pockets of the latter, it is surmised that the dead man's name was S. E.
Carson. Carson was a printer by trade and came to Dallas about two weeks ago. He rented a room at a boarding-house on Pacific avenue about two doors west of North Harwood street. The letter also showed that he had relatives living in Pittsburg, Pa., and that he had but recently left the Printers' Home at Colorado Springs, Col.
Among the other papers found was a working card issued by Dallas Typographical union, Dec. 5, 1895.
Carson was about 50 years old, and it is claimed that at one time he was well known here.
Pending the rendering of Justice Skelton's verdict, Sheriff Cabell's force of deputies is carefully investigating the affair, for many believe that death was due to
The body was buried yesterday evening.
- April 14, 1898, Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 6.
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