Stared At By The Dead
Steele Scrapbook - 1886



STARED AT BY THE DEAD.


A TWO DAYS' VIGIL KEPT BY A CORPSE.


Alone, Unattended, Desolate—An Experience Possible to So Many Others.


Early one morning recently the guards on the elevated road in New York noticed a middle-aged man apparently kneeling beside an open window. Although it was a raw and cold morning, his head was uncovered. His eyes seemed to be staring intently across the street. All day long, as the trains thundered past, the man seemed still to be watching, and even when night came on a glimpse of a white face could be seen staring out into the darkness. The next morning the guards were all on the lookout, and still the man could be seen with his chin resting on the back of his hand.

Coroner Doulin, who chanced to be looking out of the car window during the day, saw at once that it was no common face that glared at him. He left the train, went to the house, and there found kneeling by the window the stiffened corpse of a man. For two days he had kept the vigil of the dead. Awaking in the night, alone and oppressed, he had struggled to the window, and gasping for breath died. The Coroner's examination revealed the fact that death had been caused by Bright's disease of the kidneys, which came unannounced, sudden and sure.



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