Washington, DC Representative Killed By Train, June 1912
KILLED BY A TRAIN.
REPRESENTATIVE WICKLIFFE, OF LOUISIANA, HAD BEEN ON A FISHING TRIP NEAR WASHINGTON.
HE DIDN'T SEE THE TRAIN -- HIS BODY WAS BADLY CRUSHED AND MANGLED.
MRS. WICKLIFFE, WHO WAS AT THE CAPITOL WHEN SHE HEARD THE NEWS OF HER HUSBAND'S DEATH, FAINTED FROM THE SHOCK.
Washington, June 11. -- The badly crushed body of Representative ROBERT C. WICKLIFFE, of Louisiana, was found on the railroad tracks near Potomac Park. It was presumed he fell from a south bound train.
Later evidence of the engineer showed that WICKLIFFE had been struck while crossing the track, returning from a fishing trip. MRS. WICKLIFFE was at the capitol, when she heard the news. She fainted. WICKLIFFE was alone when killed. Despite the sign of warning against trespassing on railroad property there, he was seen to climb the elevation apparently unconscious of the oncoming train. He was struck and instantly killed.
The Emporia Gazette Kansas 1912-06-11