Submitted by S Carpenter

Distressing Drowning.

The name of the young man drowned at Stewart's landing, on Sunday, was Stephen Smith. The circumstances attending the drowning were particularly distressing, as a number of panic stricken boys were in a few feet of him, and unable to render any assistance, although his cries were most pitiful. The drowning was wholly unnecessary, but for the foolish idea that a person can swim if obliged to, he would not have drowned, as he was pushed out into deep water by some of his companions. who wanted to see if he could swim. He was a widow's only child and sole support, and the first news she had of his death was when the body was brought home.

from Daily Ledger Standard, New Albany, Indiana - 17 Aug 1878

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