appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 29 Sep 1898, p. 2, column 3
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A GEORGETOWN BOY SHOT.
Jeffery Bescoby the Victim of a Sad
Jefferson Bescoby, of Georgetown, left home on Saturday afternoon to go hunting with two of his chums, David Tost and W. Thurston, and was brought home a few hours afterward fatally wounded. The young man and his two companions all aged about 22 years, went for a rabbit hunt in the woods on the west side of Georgetown. Notwithstanding the rain of the afternoon and bad luck in finding game, the three young men continued to hunt until the evening and were just emerging from the bush a couple of miles west of Georgetown at a few minutes to six.
All three had been carrying their guns loaded and cocked, and upon reaching the edge of the woods young Bescoby suggested that they let down the hammers of their guns. Dave Tost, who was carrying a double barrel gun with one barrel not loaded, thought he would snap the trigger of the barrel that was unloaded, instead of lowering it with his thumb. He in some way mistook the barrels, and instead of the hammer falling on the empty barrel, it fell on the one that was loaded discharging it. The charge struck his companion, young Bescoby, who was standing about 10 feet away, on the inside of the thigh on his left leg, tearing a wound that was large enough to put a man's hand into, completely severing the large arteries and shattering the bone. The muscles of the leg contracted making the wounded limb 3 inches shorter than it formerly had been.
The unfortunate young man lay bleeding on the ground without any aid for considerable time when at last help arrived and he was taken to his home and Dr's. Webster, Roe, Nixon and Emmerson were summoned, but their combined efforts were of no avail. The unfortunate victim of the accident died at 6 o'clock on Sunday morning. Deceased was a member of the Aetna Lacross Club and No. 3 Co. 20th Lorne Rifles. He was widely known and respected by his companions. The funeral, which took place Tuesday, was attended by nearly the entire community. The sorrowing parents and friends have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their sad and sudden bereavement.
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