Fort Worth, TX shotgun accident, Oct 1912


William Cain, Aged 54 Years, Meets Death While Cleaning and Oiling His Weapon.


Fort Worth, Tex., Oct. 15 - William Cain, aged 54 years, was accidentally shot and killed at his home, 2518 McKinney Avenue, about 4 o'clock this afternoon.

He lived there with his daughter, Mrs. J. M. Booth, whose husband, a traveling man, is out of the city. Mrs. Booth had gone to the city on some business errand and Cain was alone at their home. He had taken his pistol and shotgun into the yard to clean them. He had cleaned, oiled, and laid aside the pistol and then undertook to clean the gun. The supposition is that he thought the gun unloaded and with the "safety" on. The outside of the gun had been cleaned and oiled, and he had the ramrod, whith an oiled rag attached with which to clean the bore of the gun. From the position of the gun it is believed the jar against a wooden walk, near which he stood, caused the discharge of the gun. The charge struck him under the chin and passed out of the top of the head. A neighbor who heard the report turned and saw Cain as he was falling. Cain was dead when his body was reached.

Justice Maben held the inquest. The body is at Gause's undertaking establishment awaiting advices from relatives in New York. Mrs. Booth, his daughter, is his only relative in Fort Worth.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 16 Oct 1912