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John Leuark

Posted 2019-07-11 by Judy Wight Branson
The Weekly Miner, Prescott, Arizona Territory
Friday, January 11, 1878, page 3.3

The death of John Leuark, at verde, which we mentioned a few days
since, occurred under peculiar circumstances, as we learn by private

He and Benjamin Barney were carrying on a blacksmith shop, near
Hull's store, on the Verde, and wishing a piece of rawhide, for some
purpose, applied to some parties living in the valley, and obtained a
hide, which, being hard and dry, the put into the river to soak.
After it had become soft the cut it up to suit their purpose.

Soon after, John Leuark was taken sick, and his arm commenced
swelling, and soon the swelling passed up his arm into his chest.
The sent to Camp Verde for a doctor, who came and examined him, and
at once pronounced it poison from a dead carcass, and that he
wouldn't live 24 hours. He died that night.

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