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Source: "The [Ottawa] Evening Citizen", Wednesday, 21 August 1907, p. 3, columns 1-4.
Accessed at Google News archive, 26 February 2011.
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Verdict in Death of Mr. Thomas McTiernan.
Understood no Criminal Proceedings Will Follow
(By Staff Reporter.)
There were all kinds of rumors of foul play. The deceased had left his home, a mile and a half from Bryson, on Monday morning, and it has since been ascertained that he walked to the village, where he had drinks and where he also secured a couple of bottles of liquor. In the afternoon his dead body was found beside the road, about two hundred yards from his home. There were indications of violence on the body and a sensational aspect was given the affair by the story of the two witnesses who said they had seen the deceased with his brother, John McTiernan, at the place where the body was found an hour or so later, and that they had seen John strike the deceased with his fists in the face. Another peculiar feature was that John McTiernan, when questioned by Mr. Hugh Matheson of Shawville, who found the dead body, denied that he knew the dead man and said it was a Frenchman from Bryson. Dr. Hurdman, corner, when he learned these facts, opened an inquest which was conluded last night. The inquest was held in the McTiernan home and the jury returned practically an open verdict, that death was due to violence though the nature of such violence was not known to the jury.
There evidence showed that both the deceased and his brother had been drinking. The direct cause of death was a clot of blood on the brain but it could not be determined whether this was due to a blow administered at the hands of a second person, or to a fall by the unfortunate man.
The late Thomas McTiernan was 49 years of age, and is survived by a widow and two children. He had lived for some time in the village of Bryson, but for the last couple of years had a hundred acre farm on which he was very successful and had built a comfortable home and outbuildings. He was respected and liked by neighbors and others who knew him, his one failing being his excessive drinking at times. The funeral took place this afternoon at the Bryson cemetery.
The brother, John McTiernan, is 40 years of age and unmarried. He does not bear as good a reputation as the deceased and had no fixed place of abode.
The widow of the deceased, in her evidence, said she had last seen her husband alive between nine and ten o'clock on Monday evening. He had been drinking since Saturday and left the house about ten o'clock. When he did not return she asked John to go after him. John went, and some time later came back and said his brother was down the road, but would not come home. Some time after, a man passing the house in a buggy told them that a man lying beside the road was in bad shape. John went down and a few minutes later she followed with her little daughter. She then saw the dead body of her husband. She did not know of any quarrel the brothers had.
Mr. Slack Caldwell gave evidence that he had seen the deceased lying by the road and had told John McTiernan that the man was in bad shape. He could not say whether life was then extinct or not.