A Mysterious Death
A well-known farmer names Charles Roland met with a sudden an mysterious death at his home in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, a few days since.
It seems that a number of associates, including Messrs. Roland and Wolfe and their wives, had collected at a neighbor’s house to enjoy a social musical rehearsal. When about to disperse, Messrs. Roland and Wolfe took a walk. After proceeding some distance, they came to a bridge which crossed deep ravine, which Mr. Roland insisted on crossing, and did so, his friend declining to accompany him, but agreeing to await his return.
Mr. Wolfe sat down and unconsciously fell asleep.
When he awoke, he searched for Mr. Roland and found him about one hundred yards distant, in the dark ravine, beneath the bridge, bruised and dead.
Everything was found in his pockets which he usually carried except a pocket book containing about six hundred dollars, which raised the suspicion that he was murdered by some unknown hand. His remains were taken to Lewisburg for interment.
Before proceeding to the grave, several physicians were called in, who examined the wounds. They found a large lacerated bruise upon the back of the head, another upon the temple, and several small scars, but the scull was unbroken. It was their opinion that his death was caused by blows inflicted by the hands of another person, and not, as was the opinion of some, by a fall from the bridge, which was about twenty-five feet high, and spanned a very rocky spot.
The afflicted widow has but recently been bereft5 of all her children, a son and a daughter, and with the death of her husband, she remains the only representative of a once interesting family group.
News clipping is from Newspapers.com.
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