Indiana Weekly Messenger, 8 Nov 1916 page 1
VOL. 01, NO. 51 SAD FATALITIES Gunshot Wound* C«use Two Deaths— Another Boy Seriously Wounded at Clymer Three boys, Robert Carl McBeth, aged 12 years, step-son of Mr. John Sprankle, and son of Mrs. John Sprankle, of Maple street, widow of the late Garfield McBeth, and Andrew Fordjeska, aged 12 years, of West Water street, and Russel Harshberger aged about 12 years, went on a hunting hunting expedition to White's woods, adjoining adjoining the borough on the northwest, ^Saturday last, which resulted fatally ''-for young McBeth. According to the evidence submitted before the Coroners Coroners jury, and from what they could gather from the excited youths it appears appears that young Fordjeska, who was carrying the gun, a 22-calibre rifle, got angry at the other two boys for not doing as they were bidden, and drawing up his gun told the boys to look out as he was going to shoot. Harshberger dodged behind a tree while McBeth stood his ground and did not move, and when the gun was discharged McBeth received the bullet bullet which struck a little above the heart. McBeth cried and said "I'm shot through the heart," and fell and his • last word was "Andy" and that was the last of the unfortunate boy. Young McBeth, according to his parents and all who knew him, was a bright, active boy, large for his age, and a very obedient boy, willing, to work and help carry on his share of work in providing for the family, and besides had a fine savings account. . Harshberger ran to the home of J. Willis Wilson, who lives near the scene of the accident and the proper authorities were called and the officers .found young Fordjeska hiding under •his mother's clothes basket and was taken to the county jail. The young- boy is hot-headed and refuses to talk and was released shortly after when 'the Coroner's jury gave the verdict A a J. that death had been due to accidental means. According to Mr. Sprankle, the ideath of his son was accomplished by premeditated means and he has proof which will mean the arrest of the foreign foreign youth on serious charges. Mr. .Sprankle said that Forjeska had endeavored endeavored several times this year to .have his son and young Harshberger run away, out West and go into the 'trapping business. The two boys •could not be persuaded and then an invitation was given them by Forjeska to form a black-hand society. The . funeral srvices will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock by the Rev. W. L. McKee, pastor of the Baptist church and interment was made in Oakland cemetery. The deceased leaves his parents and two brothers, Albert and Clark. _ At.Clymer, Saturday aftrnoon, happened happened another shooting scrape, when Ralph Neely, aged 14 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Neely, was accidentally accidentally shot through the right arm. He was hunting with another companion companion and he was sitting down on a log waiting for a dog to scare up a rabbit. He had the gun, a rifle, across his lap and heai'ing some one driving along the road turned around to see ' who it was when the gun slipped and was discharged and the bullet lodged in his right arm about two inches above the wrist He was rushed to the Dixonville hospital where the doctors doctors hope to save the hand. The young boy is a junior in the Clymer High school and is popular and well-liked by every one who knows him • Herbert Miller and two companions of Bolivar, started for rabbits Thursday Thursday morning last. They were going- single file, Miller leading the way. A companion about ten feet in the rear of Miller tripped and fell discharging his gun, the load striking Miller in one of his legs, which bled profusely , and with the subsequent shock caused his death shortly after. He was aged 17 years and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Shields Miller.