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Description: A Most Distressing Accident - Two Girls DrownedDate: September 24 1885
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 5
A Most Distressing Accident
Mr. D. White, our highly esteemed confrere of the Moulton Advertiser, was recently summoned to Rome, Ga., by the accidental drowning of two nieces, Mary Coulter, aged about fourteen years, and Vivian Coulter, a “sweet little prattler of two years.” Capt. F. M. Coulter and four of the children were coursing down the Coosa in a small boat which he was rowing. We reproduce the following from the Rome Courier’s account of the drowning:
Miss Mary was in the front, sitting in a chair and in her lap held little Vivian. The other two children were sitting in the middle of the boat. About three o’clock, just as the boat neared what is known as the Eight Mile Rock so named from its distance from this city, the baby began crying for some water. The father of the child picked up a muscle shell and threw it to his eldest daughter, telling her to give the child some water in it and warned her not to lean over too far or the chair in which she was sitting might turn over. But the warning came too late, for just as the words came out of the Captain’s mouth the girl leaned over to dip the shell into the water. Instantly the chair tilted over and the young lady, with the baby still in her arms, struck the water. The captain at this time was sending the boat spinning along by powerful strokes of the paddle, and before he could stop the craft he was ten or fifteen feet from his drowning children.