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Holloway Cemetery
Dallas Morning News
April 14, 1891

Sherman, Tex., April 13 - William Harris, the unfortunate deaf mute who was struck by the train near the Choctaw bridge on the Houston and Texas Central railway last evening, has since died.  Engineer Brown, who was at the throttle, makes the following statement:
"I saw him some little distance ahead of the train.  It is a very common thing for people to walk on the track and until we were within about 150 yards of him nothing was done.  Then the fireman began to ring the bell.  He did not pay any attention to it, but still walked in the middle of the track.  I then whistled the road crossing call and still he paid no attention.  I then applied the regular cattle alarm and applied the air.  I don't think he noticed anything at all until we were withint twenty-five or thirty feet of him, when he looked around and made a spring from the center of the track; but he was too late, the guard of the pilot struck him and hurled him into the drain, which is on the side of the roadbed in the cut into which we had just run.  He had an overcoat on his shoulder at the time and that was left hanging on the pilot.  We checked up in about 150 feet and went back to him and picked him up.  He was about insensible, but was breathing at the time."

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