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Turning Back The Pages 5-15-10

("As she was going to her home, she heard the church bell tolling. O hand me down that corpse of clay that I may look upon it. I might have saved that young man's life, if I had done my duty.")

The funeral was held at the family home with the Rev. Watson E. Perry of the Wesleyan Methodist Church presiding. Clifford Burns was buried in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.

(Note: The well-known old ballad of Bonnie Barbara Allen, as quoted above, was first printed in 1740 and it also goes, "Twas in the merry month of May, all the flowers blooming, a young man on his death bed lay, for the love of Barb'ra Allen.")

Popular English king dies

King Edward VII, 69, monarch of England, Ireland and emperor of India died in London Friday May 6, 1910, of pneumonia and bronchitis. He was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and had only been on the throne for nine years. He had married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 and their second son followed his father to the throne.

King Edward's brief reign was known as the Edwardian era and his last words were, "I know that this is the end. Tell the Queen."

Drowned man, dry shirt, cut throat

Patrick Cohan, 60, of Corinth was found dead on the bank of the Heath River, near his home May 16, 1910. His neck was cut which was thought to have been inflicted by the man's falling against a barbed wire fence. It is presumed that, weak from the shock and pain, he stumbled and had fallen head first down into the creek. The autopsy showed that he died by drowning. His body was out of the water but his head was submerged.

The man's remains were found by his son, John P. Cohan and he is also survived by a widow, five daughters and three brothers.

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