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William H. Hayward

Wm. H. Hayward, a Private in the Regular Army, while on a Furlough, Meets Death Mysteriously.

Section Boss Chas. Asplund, of the Lake Shore road, stationed at Millers, discovered the dead body of a man between Millers and Dune Park Tuesday morning at 6 o'clock. The body was lying in a puddle of water about 15 feet from the track, and had evidently laid their for some hours. He brought the body to Chesterton, and turned it over to undertaker Lundberg, and he in turn notified Coroner Coates. The Coroner held an inquest Tuesday afternoon, and from papers on the body ascertained that the deceased was a soldier, by the name of Wm. H. Hayward, a prive in Troop "D" of the 7th Regiment of Cavalry U. S. A. stationed at Salineno, Texas, who was on a furlough extending from April 19th, 1893 to July 13, 1893 and that he had enlisted in Detroit Mich. April 19, 1890, for 5 years. His birthplace was Hillsdale, Mich. and he was 29 years old. From another paper found on the body, it was learned that Hayward had left east St. Louis for Chicago, over the Wabash railroad, in charge of 569 sheep from McHardy at East St. Louis, who lives in San Antonio, Texas addressed to Messrs. Evans, Sunder, Bull Co. Chicago says "The bearer is a good man with stock. He came from Texas with some cattle for your firm here. If you assist him in getting to Buffalo it will be appreciated by him and oblige yours greatly."

A worn letter written in lead pencil from a lady in Eureka, Mich, was also found on the body. From its tenor the writer was evidently a sweetheart of the dead man. How he came to his death is only a matter of surmise. He may have fallen from a passenger or freight train. He may have been walking on the track and got knocked off. He may have been murdered or was a suicide. No one here knows. Both legs were broken in several places, blood vessels near the heart was ruptured, the nose was split, and the bones broken. One wound puzzles the doctors and all who have seen it. The arch of the aorta has a slit in it two inches long cut as if with a knife and through it one may stick his finger into the heart. Undertaker Lundberg took steps to locate friends of the dead man and found that Eureka was not a telegraph office but simply a country post office lying nine miles from St. Johns, Mich. He wrote the postmaster of St. John particulars, and asked for information by wire which at this writing, has not yet been received. The body will lay in Undertaker Lundberg's morgue until friends of the man are found or it has been ascertained that he has none. Coroner Coates has not yet rendered a verdict.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: May 5, 1893
Volume Number: 10
Issue Number: 4
Page: 1
Column(s): 3

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