Corpse wins a race

Mail advices from Australia, received at Vancouver (British Columbia), report that James Somerville, a champion bicyclist of Australia, was racing in a cycle carnival at Sydney when he died suddenly.

When within 25 yards of the winning post he released his hold of the handles, and his head dropped forward, but he apparently continued to work the pedals, and came in the winner.

He was lifted from his bicycle, and found to be dead. The doctors said he had died during the last lap.

The Sheffield Evening Telegraph, February 25, 1899.

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