|Posted 2017-09-10 by Judy Wight Branson|
|Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner, Prescott, Arizona Territory|
Wednesday, October 21, 1891, page 5, column 2
Preferred Death To Blindness
Robert Scott, who had his eyes blown out during the building of the
Walnut Grove dam, committed suicide Sunday night by taking morphine.
He was not found until late yesterday afternoon, the indications
being that death had ensued several hours previous. His remains
were taken to Undertaker Randall’s shop where an inquest was held
this morning at 10 o’clock and a verdict as above was rendered.
Deceased was buried this afternoon.
During the construction of the Walnut Grove dam Scott was employed
on the work and the accident which caused the loss of his eyesight
occurred through his own carelessness and through violation of
strict orders from the contractor.
Notwithstanding this, Contractor Nagle paid him something over
$1,000 as a compromise for a suit for damages. On receiving this
money Scott went to Phenix where he was robbed of the money and he
again returned to Prescott as a charge of the county. He was
opposed to entering the hospital and has chafed every since under
the thought of being a pauper and dependent upon charity for his
About a year since he wandered off into the hills with the avowed
intention of starving himself to death but was returned to the
hospital by authorities.
Transcriber's note: Mr. Scott is buried in any unmarked grave at the
Citizens Cemetery in Prescott, Arizona.
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