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THE LARNED EAGLE-OPTIC, 11 November 1892
The Coroner’s Verdict

Upon information furnished by James Davidson on Tuesday Coroner J. B. Ingels summoned a jury and proceeded to the farm of Amos Funk northeast of Larned where they found the dead body of Will Brown. The indications were that he shot himself. Master Brown and Charles Huffman, two boys, were out hunting, both armed with muzzle loading shot guns. The testimony of Charles Huffman is to the effect that Brown shot himself. In his statement he says that he was walking ten feet ahead of Brown. They carried their guns cocked.
“All at once I heard a shot and turning about saw Billy fall to the ground. There was a wound in his head. He never uttered a word and died without a struggle. I went home at once to tell my folks, but when I got there they were all away. My brother was the first to come, and I told him of the accident.”  It is a little singular that Huffman should have run two miles before notifying anyone as there were men at work in that vicinity. The coroner’s jury, however, gave the boy the benefit of the doubt and found that Will Brown came to his death from a gun-shot discharged by his own hand.
The jury was made up of the following citizens: W. M. Yoder, Owen Webb, Frank Wells, Isaac Coberly, Jacob Carl and Elmer Wynkoop.
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

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