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James B. Davis

Horrible Death of An Unknown
Early Saturday morning the remains of an unknown man were found scattered along the Michigan Central tracks one mile east of Furnessville. The remains were literally ground to pieces and scattered along the tracks for nearly a quarter of a mile. Undertaker A. F. Earl, of Michigan City, was notified of the fact by railroad officials, and his assistant, W. H. Goodhue, accompanied by an employe, went after the remains and brought them to Michigan City. The body presented an appaling sight and was beyond recognition. The head was severed close to the body, both arms were ground off and both lower limbs were severed and crushed. The skull was crushed into a mass of bone and flesh.

The victim was doubtless instantly killed, never knowing what happened. It is not known whether he fell from a night train or was struck by a train while walking along the track. Identification was impossible, but from paper found upon the body it is thought to be that of James B. Davis, of Francessville, Ind. He was apparently middle-aged, with dark brown hair and mustache. He wore dark colored clothes and a striped calico shirt. As the body was found in the county, Coroner Ketchum went to Michigan City to hold the inquest Saturday afternoon.

Newspaper: The Westchester Tribune
Date of Publication: May 2, 1896
Volume Number: 13
Issue Number: 3
Page: 4
Column(s): 4

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    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
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                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

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                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
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