|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 7/27/1897.
Two small boats collided here last Saturday evening, which came very
near costing the life of little Russel, son of A.R. Johnson. Mrs.
Johnson and son, Fred, were coming to this side with a boat and little
Russel got in another boat and started to meet them, and did without their
seeing him, and when the boats came together Russel fell out in deep water.
This frightened the woman and boy in the boat until they were wholly unable
to render any assistance or help the boy out. Jesse Scott happened
along and without hesitating jumped in the river and swam to the boy just
as he was sinking to rise no more. He was perfectly limber and apparently
drowned when taken from the water, but after working with him for some
time he came around all right.