William Cope 1895
PECULIAR Circumstances Snrrounding tie Death of Blacksmith 'William Cope, in - CummiiisTille, Yesterday. William Cope, aged 81, a blacksmith, re siding at 29 Spaeth street, met death to 4 peculiar- peculiar- manner yesterday, and one which for a time led the police and Coroner to suspect foul play. About X o'clock his body waa found lying- lying- in a pit that runs along the side of the Cincinnati Abattoir, -on -on Alabama street. In Cumminsvtlle. He waa lying on his stomach, and was bleeding freely from -a -a large gash on tbe side of his head. " One of- of- his pockets was turned inside put. and his hat ' waa lying quite a distance from his body. Hla bead was cent unoer nis ooay, ana wnea iouna life was extinct.-' extinct.-' extinct.-' Coroner Haerr was notified notified and visited the scene. On the surface the case appeared to be one of murder, and be at once notified police headquarters. Colonel Deltsch detailed Detective Wltte te act with Coroner Haerr. and they at once Tirm n m n investigation. It waa learned that Com had disposed of bis shop on Coleraia avenue, near Elmore street, some time ago, ana it was generally understood that he bad considerable money. The fact that not a cent was found on him strengthened the theory of murder and robbery, but a doner Investigation showed death to be due to accidental oauaes so far aa could be learned. Since Cope sold his shop he had seen out every day collectln bills. He was SuMect to fainting spells an was treated at the hospital a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Meade held a post mortem upon the rernaina at the request of Coroner Haerr and found that the skull was not fractured, and that his neck was not broken, as at first suppoeed. Several blood vessels leadlns- leadlns- to the brain were ruptured, and that organ was found to be diseased. Cope also suffered from fatty degeneration of the heart, and it Is thought that this was primarily primarily the cause of death. Incident to the snoca receivea ny ine ism Mr. Lowenstein. or the Abattoir comnanv. who was at first under the lmpresaloo that Cope had been murdered. Is now convinced tnat ne met aeatn acc.aentauv. Coroner Haerr will begin aa Inquest In the case to-day, to-day, to-day, at which it la expected more complete ana airect testimony will be de- de- veiopea. .