Wednesday, December 11, 1912
This story is so very sad!
“Sterling, Dec. 11—Consigned to a hut in the middle of the cemetery Ralph Hitch of Morrison has been left to live or die as the case may be. Hitch is dangerously ill of smallpox which is infecting the western part of the county. Being a batchelor, Hitch had no place to go when he was taken ill and the city having no pest house search was made for a suitable place. The only available building was an abandoned hut in the cemetery. Here the officials left him, placing groceries and fuel within his reach. No one can be found to attend him and he has been left alone with only the tombstones as companions, to fight out as best he may his battle for life.”