John Evoy (Chicago) near drowning - 23-Feb-1890
A PECULIAR ACCIDENT. Two Drunken Men Itrlvw Into a Xdnootm Park- Park- Pond, and One Disappears. John Evoy, tha proprietor of a saloon and boarding-house boarding-house boarding-house at the corner of Ashland avenue avenue and Forty-first Forty-first Forty-first street, had a narrow escape from drowning in the north pond ia Lincoln Park last evening about 9 o'clock. Hia adopted son. Christ Evoy, it is believed, waa drowned, and up to midnight the officers from ta North Hslsted Street Police Station were dragging tha pood in hop of recovering the body. Mr. Evoy haa been a resident of Chicago for more than twenty-five twenty-five twenty-five years and is quite influ ential among the Irish people in the section where he Uvea. Yeeterday afternoon Evoy, ia company with hia adopted eon, went to South Water atreet to lay in a aupply of victuale for the boarders for the ooming week. They had loaded their wagon with fruit, vegetables, meat and the like, when they met soma friends who invited thsm to take a drink. It resulted both of them becoming quite intoxicated. About 8 o'clock tbev started for home, but in their drunken condition got mixed as to the direction, aad instead of going south, went north. They drove alone the lake shore till they c eared the north end of Lincoln Park. In some wsy they got past the guard stakes and drove off tbe main road onto a bridle path. In short time they come to the steep incline at the bank of the north pond. Tha horse stopped, bat they struck him a heavy blow wita a whip Tbe animal plunged forward aad down the embankment into the poud, So abrupt waa tas descent that Chriet Evoy waa thrown head foremoet into the pond. He weal through the ice wita a crash, and has not since been seen. Whether he stuck under the ice and drowned or managed to drag himself himself out on the shore is not yet known. Mr. Evoy got out of tbe vehicle, but was so far under the influence of liquor that he could do aething. At tost be became so be numbed that he oould hardly drag himself out of the water. After wanderiug about in the park for a long time, he brought up at the animal animal house, mere de.d then alive. He managed to tell one of the park policemen what had hap pened, and the North ilaisted street patrol wagon waa at once called. Wben the officers reached the pond the horse waa still standing in the water np to his body, aod waa so oold ti.at tt waa with difficulty tbat they got him out They at once aet about to find, if possible, the young man. A diligent searcb waa made through the trees and ah rubbery with no success, and than it was decided that he bad beau drowned, A draa waa scut for. and un to midnight tne body had aot been recovered. recovered. Mr. Evoy waa eeen at tbe Halsted Street Po lice Station, bat he was still so much under the influenoe of liquor and so badly dazed from the ducking he had received that he oould aoaroely talk. At times he maintained that hia eon bad fallen headforemost into tbe water aa soon as they made tbe deecent down tbe banks of the pond. Again he haa it that tho yeaug man re tained hia aeat oa the wagon till they were in tbe water; that he got out to turn the horse's head toward the shore, aad than disappeared. Evov then got ont and tried to find the young fellow. dui Decame ao cniiiea in tne water tnat ne came Bear drowning. It ia impossible to aay which of Mr. Evoy's veraione of the accident ia correct He tells a straight atery till tha pond la reached, aad there he beglne to wander About lour or nve years ago Mr. Evoy took the young man Into bie borne aod haa einee treated him aa hia eon. Hie right name ia knowa to but a very few. It is not known where he came from. He ia about 21 years of age and is known aa Mr. Evoy's sou.