Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Sat May 30, 1885
NIAGARA'S LAST VICTIM
A Showman Out of Luck Leaps to His Death in the Awful Chasm
Niagara Falls, May 29 - Thomas McCOMB, of Welland, Ont., is, or was, the
leader and proprietor of McCOMBS Merry Minstrels, a troupe of negro minstrel
performers who have lately been traveling through Canada, exhibiting in the
smaller cities and towns, until, as the report goes, they became financially
embarrassed. McCOMB, who was about 45 or 50 years of age and a man of
considerable business ability and intelligence, has for the past four or five
days been stopping at one of the hotels at Clifton, on the Canadian side, and
during his stay has been more or less under the influence of liquor much of
the time. It is supposed that his dissipation was induced by his bad luck in
business. As he has a wife and children, his friends became anxious in their
behalf and insisted on trying to induce him to return home. All efforts were
unavailing, however, as he seemed determined to continue his spree. This
forenoon, about 10 o'clock, a friend was walking with him along the river
bank, just below the new suspension bridge, again urging him to return to his
family. In his earnestness the friend took hold of his arm and endeavored to
draw him along. McCOMB seemed to lose all reason at the effort and suddenly
broke away from his friend, rushed madly to the verge of the bank and took the
terrible leap into the awful chasm below. He fell over 100 feet before he
touched any obstacle. Then he struck, head downward, upon a rock, crushing in
his skull and breaking his neck. His horrified friend soon summoned
assistance, but life was of course extinct when his remains were reached. The
coroner at Clifton is engaged in holding an inquest upon the case to-night and
adjourned to Wednesday next week when a verdict of suicide will of course be
rendered. McCOMB is well known by the theatrical and amusement fraternity
ANGLE - In this city, on the afternoon of the 27th of May, 1885, of
consumption, Morris B. ANGLE, aged 24 years.
-Funeral from St. Patrick's cathedral at 9 o'clock this (Saturday) morning.
Friends are invited.
HAIGHT - In this city, May 28, 1885, at his residence, 46 Elizabeth street,
Isaac HAIGHT, aged 85 years and 8 months.
-Funeral from the house to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. The burial
will be private.
STANLEY - At Parma Center, May 13, 1885, Thomas STANLEY, aged 57 years and 6