1874-08-19 Territorial Enterprise
AUGUST 19, 1874 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Fatal Accident at Gold Hill.
Night before last, Joseph Gilsenan,
while wandering in his mind, as is supposed,
left his lodging-house in Crown Point Ravine, Gold Hill, and strayed out to the high trestlework of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company,
near the Belcher works.
While trying to cross the trestlework he fell to the ground, a distance of about twenty feet and sustained injuries which shortly resulted in his death.
Some men of this city, who were going to the Belcher works with a wagon-load of pipe,
found the man iving in the American Flat road,
which passes under the trestlework,
and removed him to the roadside, thinking that he was insensible from drink.
A couple watchmen employed at the Belcher mine saw him about the same time and also thought him drunk,
but passing that way again towards daylight they found him dead.
At first the opinion prevailed that the man had been stabbed in the right eye with a miner's candlestick or something of that nature -
the eye showing a small would and being black and swollen.
A post mortem examination, however,
made by Drs. Hall and Kirby, showed that the man's right hip was broken,
that his right side and arm were bruised and that his skull was badly injured near the right eye.
He was last seen the previous night by a Mr. Roach who conducted him to his lodging room
after he had left it once or twice on account of it being full of snakes, as he said.
During the night cries of distance were heard in the direction of the trestlework,
but no one paid much attention to them,
it being supposed that the cries were uttered by Indians camped in the vicinity.
Deceased was about 26 years of age,
and had been in the State only about six months.
He was highly esteemed by those who knew him; was well educated, and came of an excellent family in the old country,
he being a native od Billywood, County Meath, Ireland.
He does not appear to have drunk much until of late,
but it is said that he had been more or less under the influence of liquer ever since the Virgnia Miners' Union picnic.
It is said that he had lately came into some property,
and it is probably that feeling elated over this he started in on a spree,
and without knowing anything of the consequences,
drank so freely as to derange his mind.
An inquest was held in the case yesterday afternoon by Cornoner Holmes.
The verdict of the jury was substantially as follows:
"We find that deceased came to his death from a fracture of the skull,
caused by a fall from the trestlework of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company at the Belcher works,
and we deprecate the action of the two watchmen of the Belcher mine for leaving deceased so long without attention."