by Lisa Y. Henderson
Coroner Wood held an inquest yesterday over the dead body of a free colored man, named Jordan Howard, employed at the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, who came to his death from the effects of a shot from a pistol, accidentally discharged, on Saturday last, while in the hands of Mr. Strouse, who keeps a store above the Railroad. The man died on Monday.
The verdict of the jury completely exonerates Mr. Strouse from any blame in the matter.
Wilmington Journal, 2 May 1856.