Fri, Feb. 21

1881: CAMP VERDE; Ed Dougherty's Terrible Suffering.

"TERRIBLE SUFFERING: Frozen and 17 Days Without Food."

"One of the most heart rending and appalling cases of suffering that has been our duty to record, was given us to-day, by Hon. W. S. Head of Camp Verde, which is substantially as follows: A man by the name of Ed. Dougherty, who was stopping with Ike Lothian at Strawberry Valley, 18 miles east of the Verde, left the former place on the morning of the 10th of March en route to the scene of railroad operations on the Little Colorado, expecting to stop the first night out at the Verde."

"After leaving Strawberry Valley it commenced snowing, covering the trail so that following it was out of the question. He went wide of the proper course, was soon bewildered, simply badly lost. He wandered around through the mountains and rugged canyons until night compelled him to desist."

"The next morning he again commenced to march, but in the snow and his bewilderment made bad work; his journeying generally bringing up at his old camp. The snow fell to the depth of two feet and his wanderings were kept up pretty effectually for the first six days during which time he had matches to light fires and keep warm."

"After the sixth day his match box being empty he found himself without fire or food and his feet badly frozen. Still unwilling to give up he kept up his wanderings by walking, creeping, and dragging himself along as best he could until the 17th day when he got back to Mr. Lothian's place a breathing corpse."

"For three days he was so close to the premises that he could hear the chickens cackle and dogs bark. He was unable to walk however and only made the premises by rolling over and over."

"Being discovered by Mr. Lothian, he was carried into the house and nourished carefully for a day or two, when he was taken in a wagon to Fort Verde and placed in the hospital."

"During the seventeen days he was out, the only food he ate was the tops of some wild parsnips and a few ant eggs. His feet and legs were frozen nearly to the knees and should he so far recover as to undergo the operation, amputation will be performed. However, the poor sufferer is very low and grave doubts are entertained by the physicians as to his recovery. Mr. Head describes Dougherty as being very much emaciated, in fact, a mere skeleton."

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; April 8, 1881, page 1; and Arizona Weekly Citizen; Tucson; April 10, 1881; page 2.)

"Dougherty, the man so badly frozen and now in the Verde Hospital, is still alive, although the flesh has all dropped from the bones of his feet." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; April 8, 1881; page 3.)

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