Fatal Fool hardy Feat.
--A Chattanooga (Tenn.)
correspondent of the Detroit Tribune
gives the following:
Three days ago a young man, whose name I did not learn, a private in the 78th Pennsylvania infantry, fell from that point of Lookout Mountain
known as Point Lookout
, a distance of some eighty feet, upon a kind of table that is formed in the mountain, about that distance from the top. Of course he was killed.
The victim being a photographer, had been allowed to erect a tent, while his regiment was stationed on the mountain, and practice his profession.
When his regiment was ordered from the mountain he was a lowed permission to remain, as he had been to some expense in getting up stock and apparatus.
Sad to relate, he was given to the intoxicating cup, and was often in a state of drunkenness.
While in such a state he was foolish enough to run around the extreme edge of the rock for the amusement of visitors to the mountains.
He had done this so often while drunk that he got so careless as to do it while sober, and on the fatal day I am told he was perfectly sober.
In the presence of a lady and her husband he stepped to the extreme edge, and placed the palm of one of his feet on the edge and attempted to bring the other with it when a small piece of the rock broke off. It was enough to throw him off his balance, and sway him backwards, and precipitate him to the dizzy
In falling he attempted to catch the skirt of the lady's dress, but with great presence of mind she drew back and saved herself the same fate.
When the unfortunate man was found he was quite dead.
His neck and back were broken, literally snapped in two.