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Washington, DC Drowning, May 1907

Alouies Burkley, a native of Germany, twenty-six years old, was drowed in the Potomac, just off the plant of the Old Dominion Glass Company, about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Burkley and J. Charles Schmith, of 718 North Columbus street, were in a rowboat, which suddenly began to fill with water.

Schmith, who can swim, jumped overboard to push the boat ashore, and it is said, told Burkley to retain his seat. Burkley, however, evidently became panic-stricken, and jumped into the water. People who were on shore and saw that Schmit would be unable to handle Burkley, who was struggling wildly, went to their assistance and brought them ashore. Schmith was exhausted. Burkley was unconscious, but life was not entirely extinct, and Dr. Llewellyn Powell, who happened to be riding by at the time, used several methods of restoration in his effort to save the man.

Burkley was unmarried and boarded at the residence of George Magner, 716 North Columbus street. He had been in America only about six months. Burkley was employed at Portner’s brewery and was a member of Brewers’ Union No. 118, of Washington. The body was removed to Wheatley’s undertaking establishment, and Dr. S. B. Moore, the coroner, said that he would issue a certificate of accidental death.

The Washington Post, Washington, D. C. 13 May 1907



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