November 25, 1871
COSLEY, J. - Mr. J. Cosley, son of Mr. D. Cosley of this town, a young man twenty-three or twenty-four years of age, was killed at Middletown on Tuesday evening by being thrown from a wagon while the horses were running. Mr. C. was at the railroad depot assisting in loading a heavy box in a wagon, when the horses became suddenly frightened and started, throwing him out, his head striking a stone in such manner as to fracture the skull. Mr. Cosley was an amiable and excellent young man--a music teacher by profession--and much beloved by his acquaintances. The family have our warmest sympathies in their deep affliction. A later report states that Mr. Cosley was in a buggy and not a wagon, as at first reported, and the horse starting to run he became frightened and sprang out, alighting on his head and breaking his neck. The occurrence is a sad one, however, it may have been brought about.
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