Benton, LA Brother and Sister Shot and Killed, Aug 1880
Two Children Killed.
Sunday morning about three miles southeast of Collinsburg, Bossier parish, a most distressing accident occurred, resulting in the instant killing of two children, a boy aged two years and a girl aged four years. The circumstances as we learn them are about as follows: a white man by the name of Robert Gilbert, living on Mr. Frank Strayhan's place, had been out hunting Saturday but from some cause his gun would not fire, and Sunday morning he went into Mr. Strayhan's workshop, screwed his gun up in the vise, took off one of the locks and began hammering about the gun when one of the barrels was discharged, the load going through an inch plank, which formed a part of the wall of the shop.
Unfortunately Mr. Strayhan's two little children were playing just outside of the shop and in range of the gun, and when it fired the little boy dropped dead, several of the shot penetrating his brain, and his little sister fell mortally wounded, having been struck in the abdomen.
Dr. Waters, living at Collinsburg, was immediately summoned, and did all in his power to save the life of the little girl, but his efforts were of no avail. She lingered until about 11 o'clock Sunday night, when she expired.
This is one of the most unfortunate and distresssing accident we have ever had to record, and we deeply sympathise with the grief-stricken parents in the great calamity that has befallen them.
-The Shreveport Times, Aug 12, 1880