Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, June 08, 2012 at 06:25:24 :
Marin County Tocsin
Saturday, June 23, 1900
Miss FLORENCE ABRAMS was fatally injured last Sunday near San Anselmo. The young lady, 22 years of age, had left San Francisco with William B. Longwill for a days outing, and together left the train at San Anselmo proceeding on foot in the direction of Fairfax, choosing the railroad track in preference, presumably, to a dusty road. The two had not proceeded far round the curve, and when on a trestle that crosses a creek, a train came along. Both evidently alarmed at the suddenness of the approaching train, momentarily lost self possession, and instead of coolly stepping aside on to a footbridge provided for the people who wish to cross, commenced to run ahead of the train, when the deceased slipped and fell beneath the ties; being caught by the engine, both legs were completely severed and also her right arm. Longwill made for the footbridge, and was endeavoring to help his companion but owing to the fall was prevented.
Dr. Howitt of San Rafael was in immediate attendance, but from the moment he viewed the heart rending scene, at once realized that not the slightest hope or any chance for recovery could be held out, and about one hour from the time of the accident, life gave its last flutter. The sufferer was unconscious the whole time until death. The body was subsequently removed to the morgue where an inquest was held by Coroner Eden on Monday, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. William B. Longwill, who was the companion of Miss Abrams, was a witness before the Coroner.
Miss Abrams was a charming young lady aged 22 years and was much respected by her employers, Messrs. Newman & Levision. She was a native of San Francisco and lived with a married sister. Her mother is dead.
All medical and funeral expenses President Stetson has ordered to be paid by the Railroad Company.
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