Last Sunday Coroner Wm. Harris received a telegram from the railroad agent at Elm City saying that a Negro man had been found there in a dying condition with a wound in his head, and telling the coroner to come over. The coroner went and obtained an affidavit from one John Rice that the body was that of James King, an employee of the Southern Railroad.
A jury was summoned, who, after examination of the body, rendered the following verdict:
That according to the evidence and after viewing the body of James King, (col.) that the deceased came to his death by some unknown cause.
The general supposition is that he was struck on the head by another of the train hands while he was on the top of the moving freight.
— Wilson Daily Times, 10 September 1897.