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Description: Fatal Initiation - College Boy Mangled by TrainDate: November 2 1905
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 2
Mangled Body of College Boy Found by Comrades
Gabier, Ohio, Oct. 30.—Stewart L. Pierson, a freshman at Kenyon College, was killed by a Cleveland, Akron and Columbus train last night while awaiting initiation into the Delta Kappa Ipsilou fraternity. There were no eye-witnesses to the accident so far as known.
According to the statement of members of the fraternity, Pierson had been told to station himself at the foot of an abutment of a railroad bridge and await the coming of a committee to take him to the fraternity house for the initiation. When they went to the spot an hour later Pierson was not there. A hurried investigation resulted in the finding of the student’s mangled body on the railroad track on the bridge. How he came to be on the bridge the students are at loss to understand.
Rumors were afloat today that Pierson had been tied to the railroad track by the initiators, but the fraternity men emphatically deny that such a thing was done or even contemplated.