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a. Note:   The Peterboro Transcript Peterboro, N. H. Thursday, August 18, 1898 Volume 50, Number 33
  Little Alexander Betts [Betz] drowned. Last Sunday afternoon, about 2 o'clock, Alexander, the nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Betts [Betz] who reside on Granite Street, was drowned in the Contoocook River just below the old White dam, few rods from above the residence of F. B. Holden on Bridge Street, and but a short distance from the lads house. The place has long been a popular swimming hole, and is not particularly dangerous. Just how the accident happened is hard to ascertain, but it appears from the accounts given by the two or three boys about his own age who accompanied him, that Alexander disrobed and started to wade into the river, but as soon as the water reached his middle he threw up his hands and fell backward. His companions spoke to him but he made no reply and as he failed to come to the surface they fled in alarm to his house to notify his relatives, who quickly hastened to the river, before their arrival the body has been taken from the water by one of the workmen upon the Cheney mansion, who first heard the alarm sounded by the boys and hastened to the scene. Although the body was in the water but a few moments, all efforts at resuscitation proved unavailing, and is believed that it was a heart trouble, with which he was known to be affected, that caused him to fall unconscious in the water.


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