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RICCARDNE, Thomas


SOURCE NOTATION:
    Cambria Freeman, 4 Sep 1903, Contributed by Patty Millich

The body of Thomas Riccardne, an Italian employed by C. A. Sims & Co., was found lying on the road below the arch culvert near Benscreek Monday morning. When Coroner Miller made an investigation in the afternoon he found that the man had unquestionably fallen from the railroad 30 feet above the road, striking the edge of the arch with his chin and breaking his right leg so badly that the thighbone protruded through his trousers.

The coroner decided that the man died simply from the lack of care and that he would have survived his injuries had he been discovered within a reasonable time.

The unfortunate foreigner and several companions had been at Benscreek the night before and they were playing an accordion. Later they went to the company's commissary a couple of hundred yards distant when Riccardne left without saying anything to his companions.

After the body was discovered the Italians refused to allow its removal until Coroner Miller arrived and asserted his authority. The coroner decided that an inquest was not necessary.

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