Petersburg Observer, June 28, 1913|
Death By Carbolic Acid
“We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire of the death of Thomas Naylor on oath do find that he came to his death by taking carbolic acid with suicidal intents, Saturday, June 21, 1913.
On Saturday Dr. H. P. Moulton, county coroner, held an inquest at the City Hall in Athens on the body of Thomas Naylor at which time the jury arrived at the above verdict. The following testimony was given:
Dr. O. P. Brittin, residence Athens, testified: “About 3:15 p. m. today I was sent for to go to the city hall to see Thomas Naylor. On arriving he was sitting on the table. I asked him what he had taken and he said he had taken ten cents’ worth of carbolic acid. He lived probably ten minutes after I saw him”.
T. L. Cantrall, residence Athens, testified “Probably about 3 p. m. I was sitting in store. Thomas Naylor came in talked a few minutes and then said ‘Give me ten cents’ worth of carbolic acid I want it for a horse with a sore shoulder.’ He then went out and in a few minutes I heard some one say that Tom Naylor had taken carbolic acid. I immediately went to city hall with some alcohol which Dr. Brittin called for me to bring. He lived about ten minutes after I got to city hall.”
Mr. J. T. Barger testified and corroborated the evidence given by J. A. Courtright.
The decedent has been in poor health for some time and he feared he was a victim of tuberculosis. Brooding over this his mind doubtless became shattered which led him to commit the rash deed.
Thomas Naylor was a teamster employed in and about Athens and was about 32 years of age. He leaves a wife and four children.
Contributed by Matthew Ferricks