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Tony The Greek Dies From Broken Neck In Dive At Pool Resort . o Well Known Local Pugilist Never Comes Up from * Plunge—Two. Doctors, Lifesavers With Pui- motor Work Vainly Until Cause of Death Is Discovered—Was Lusty Swimmer—Coroner's Inquest Held at Schoolfield. _o _ Funeral services for Tony Nlar- hakos will be conducted ; here tomorrow afternoon at four o'clock from the home of his uncle, Harry Sakellaris, 215" South Ridge and interment will be made In Green Hill cemetery. H!s mother, Mrs. Pota Niarhakos Is expected to arrive here tonight, at ll'o'clock froM-UnlontOR-n, Pa.,- accompanied by her brother. Magistrate R. S. ' Fitts, following an . Inquest at Schoolfield early this afternoon, rendered a verdict that young Nlarhakos died from a broken neck. An autopsy performed on the victim this .morning, showed that Tony's neck was broken. The autopsy was performed by Dr. C. L. Bailey and. Dr. H. J. Langston. Antonio NIarhakos,,aged 19, known to hundreds here as Tony the Greek, a promising middleweight was taken from deep .water In L,una : Lake, last night at about 'seven o'clock unconscious and Dr. H. J. Langston who later examined his body gave the opinion : that he died . from a broken neck. . : ...... The -tragedy- happened while a. large crowd of bathers were enjoying tbe evening swimming, Tony was at the bathing establishment with a party of friends and was see- * '^— ' 1 seen- 16 * he 'wall 1 rounding the lake. His friends did not see him come up at once and thought he was. making a long, underwater swim. Then it became apparent that he had not comei to the surface and Garland' Hudgins, who had witnessed the dive, signalled frantically to Johnny Walker, one of the lifeguards. Hudglns dived and combed the bottom: at the point where Tony had last' been seen. Before the horrified bathers Walker, who had also plunged in, came to the. surface .bearing the limp body of .the handsome Greek who was hemorrhaging from the mouth and nose. He had been under the water less than 3 minutes. Hastily moved to the emergency 'treatment room calls were sent for Dr. W.B.Sager, Dr. H. J. Langston and for the Swicegbod puimotor. A2I of these agencies responded swiftly while the life : savers : worked ' on . the inanimate victim. ' . At first It appeared as though there was the flicker of an eyelid and the lifesavers hoped they would bring him round but that spark went as they worked. The doctors found that life was extinct but the puimotor -was tlsed. However, there was no symptom of drowning for .the lifeguards. Walker and "Bull" Durham who also worked-, on the victim found no water In .his lungs. Dr. Langston later opined that he had struck the bottom in his dive arid had broken his neck. Examination of the body showed a small scar 'above .the bridge of the nose, and Walker said there was a whelp across •• his shoulder blades. This apparently was done before going Into the water as he playfully scuffled with a party' of friends. Tony was a strong swimmer, being an all-around athlete" and never defeated In his locaJ ring contests. Those who observed the tragedy.said that-his dive was quite normal and the depth of the water at that point was quite ample to take care of body impact, as hundreds have dived from the same point without injury. He weighed about 150 pounds. The gay cries of people enjoying themselves In the,, cool aftermath of a thundershower were 'stUTed as a crowd hovered about the srnall^ room where work was 'belng^'dcW IS 'restore the popular young' pugilist who had gone to: the pool with, friends and relatlvae apparently In the best of health and spirits. His remains were later removed to Townes 1 funeral home, where many people passed before the coffin. Tony was but 19 years of age. and a nephew of Harry Sakelarls, who was devoted to him, bringing him here from. Uniontpwn, Pa., to go into the restaurant business with him. He leaves a father and mother, living at Uniontown. His prizefight ventures were all in leisure moments but the youth had been spotted as a pugilist who with proper training might be heard from in a large way. Following the tragedy, Magistrate R. S. Fitts was called and viewed the body, and -he called a coroner's Inquest for this morning in his office at Schoolfield, when eyewitnesses •were expected to give their versions of the accident.

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  1. The Bee,
  2. 02 Jul 1934, Mon,
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