Ark City Oct. 15, 1900
A BOY KILLED. Herbert Goff Accidentally Shot While Hunting Saturday Afternoon. Saturday afternoon between 2 and 3 o'clock Herbert Goff was shot and killed while hunting. The boy is a son of Mrs. Goff, who lives about three miles northeast of the city, and Is 14 years of age. Saturday about noon he started out hunting with six other boys of about his age. They were in the woods near the bluff west of the Santa Fe railroad and about three miles north of the city. One of the boys had just killed a 'possum and they were all together when the accident occurred: They were walking through Borne rather thick underbrush and Harold Wool-dridge, Wool-dridge, Wool-dridge, a boy about 12 years of age, was carrying a 22 calibre rifle in his hand. The barrel of the rifle was pointing behind and it is not known whether or not the gun was cocked. He was swinging his hand and it is supposed that the trigger caught on one of the bushes and that caused it to be discharged. Young Goff was walking a few feet behind Wool-drJdge Wool-drJdge Wool-drJdge and the bullet struck him a little left of the center of the forehead. forehead. The bullet passed through the brim of his hat before it struck-his struck-his struck-his head. The course of the bullet was upward until it pierced the brain. The wounded boy fell and the other one ran Into town and told his mother. Doctors Guinn and Day went out, but the boy had been dead some time when they got there. The boys notified Mrs. Goff, who went immediately to her son. The boy lived about thirty minutes, but was unconscious all of the time. The boys in the party, besides the one that was shot and Harold Wool-drldge, Wool-drldge, Wool-drldge, were Harry Blenden, Clair Wooldridge, Don Bigley, Harry Hol-lingsworth Hol-lingsworth Hol-lingsworth and a little boy who lives in the vicinity of the shooting. The boys had three rifles like the one mentioned above, and a shotgun. shotgun. At the time the Goff boy was killed he was carrying the shotgun, both barrels of which were loaded and cocked. It was not discharged when he fell. Mrs. Goff wished that an inquest be held and as the coroner, Miss Hall, of Winfield, was out of town and could not get here, Judge Dunn acted in her place. A jury was drawn consisting consisting of L. E. Woodin,J. W. Hutchison, Hutchison, O. II. Isham, W. J. Gray, J. S. Hubbard and A. T. Buchanan. They went out Saturday evening and viewed the body and then were dis missed until this morning, when the Inquest was held In Judge Dunn's court room. The funeral occurred- occurred- yesterday from the Christian Science church, with burial in Parker cemetery. The Jury listened to the Inquest this morning and they found that the deceased came to his death by an an accidental shot from a 22 calibre rifle In the hands of Harold Wooldridge. Wooldridge.