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Nathan Lane

Went To His Death By the Lake Shore Route.
Killed by the Cars is The Fate of Another Unknown.

Last Monday morning, the engineer of the west-bound passenger, due in Chesterton at 6:12, saw a man lying side of the track just below Hageman, apparently dead. The train was stopped and the crew found the man alive, but in a dying condition. On the opposite side of the track was a broken whiskey bottle, and the man smelled of liquor. The trainmen put him in a safe place, and went on, notifying the crew of an east-bound freight waiting at Millers, and instructing them to pick the man up and bring him to Chesterton. This was done, and he was brought to Chesterton and placed in Johnson's Hotel. A physician was summoned and a nurse procured, but after lying in a state of total unconsciousness until Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock he breathed his last, without ever speaking a word. The man was a stranger in these parts. No one knew him, and nothing on his person except a silver watch and chain by which he could be identified. He was first seen around Hageman Sunday, and while talking with the operator, said his home was in Geneva, Ohio. He had been drinking, and it is supposed, while on the railroad was struck by the early morning passenger train, going west. He had been badly bruised about the arms, shoulder and head, and died from concussion of the brain. From appearances, he was an American, used to farm life, between 50 and 60 years old, medium long chin whiskers, about 5 feet, 9 inches high, and weigh perhaps 135 or 140 pounds.

After death, the remains were turned over to the township trustee, and buried on Wednesday afternoon. Before the funeral, his picture was taken, and word sent to the postmaster of Geneva, Ohio, inquiring if such a man was missing from there. No inquest was held.

LATER: -- In answer to inquiries sent, a young man from Adrian, Mich., came here Friday morning who claimed to be a nephew of the deceased. He said the dead man's name was Nathan Lane and that he had made his home with relatives in Hudson, Mich., up to a short time ago, when he went to Chicago to live with his sister. For some time his mind had been failing and was irresponsible. Last week he slipped away, and wandered to Porter. The police were notified, but they failed to find him before he got out of the city. The remains were fully identified, and put into a neat casket and shipped to Michigan for burial.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: October 21, 1886
Volume Number: 3
Issue Number: 29
Page: 1
Column(s): 7

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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