The World Citizen
Published by G. Zahm, 373 Main Street, near the corner of Mohawk, Buffalo, N.Y.
October 5, 1844, page 2, column 1
James K. Polk,
George M. Dallas,
For Lieutenant Governor:
The editor and publish of the Weltbürger, Colonel Georg Zahm, was killed last Saturday, September 28th, at the raising of a liberty pole in the Town of Cheektowaga, five miles from Buffalo. The reporting of details for this tragic event, in which Mr. Karl Esslinger and Mr. Peter Schmitt of Buffalo were also severely injured, is entirely too painful for his friends, who have taken over the publication of the Weltbürger until Zahm's widow returns from a visit with relatives in Seneca County, Ohio. For this reason we refer the public to extracts from the various newspapers of this city, as follow. The friends of the dearly departed are determined to continue publication of the Weltbürger in the same spirit, which it has always possessed, and they ask friends and supporters to give the newspaper the same degree of trust and support it has always enjoyed.
"The accident was the kind, which human caution could scarcely have prevented. The iron hook attached to the pulley, from which the pole was suspended, broke. This was the same hook with which most of the poles in this city had been installed and most of these poles were much heavier than the one being raised in Cheektowaga. The above listed men and many others stood below the bottom of the pole in order to fasten it and they had no inkling of any danger. The pole was approximately 15 feet above the ground when it fell. Colonel G. Zahm was struck in the neck and on the back and crushed between the pole trunk and some pieces of wood. Death was instantaneous. Mr. Esslinger was hit on the right side of the head and his injury is severe but not life threatening. — His left leg was broken when the falling pole pinned it. Mr. Schmitt was also struck in the head and his left leg was broken. He complains of substantial pain in the back and left hip. Dr. Brunck was present and did everything in his power to attend to the injured. He was close enough to have shared his friends' fate. He was standing on the same side. — Another physician, Dr. Loomis, was immediately sent for and everything possible under the conditions was done to care for the injured.
"His fellow citizens of German heritage have lost a brother, who, in loving the land of his birth and in faithfully observing the laws and institutions of his adopted fatherland, was a true model of the warm feelings they had in their own hearts. His voice, unbending courage and tenacity impassioned them to prevail over hardship and adversity when confronted as strangers in a country marked by a different language, manner and custom.
October 5, 1844, page 2, column 2
"His passing is especially hard for the Democratic Party. By means of his hard work, perseverance and spirit of enterprise he succeeded in establishing a democractic newspaper, the Weltbürger, maintaining it for seven years and broadening its beneficial sphere of influence with each passing year. The Weltbürger has been a capable and loyal supporter of democratic principles. Although this newspaper will continue to be published and find its support in the friends of the late publisher, who will maintain the paper's high standard in political matters and other affairs, in the person of the late publisher the Democratic Party has suffered a heavy loss, which it will continue to feel for quite some time."
Dreadful Accident - The Death of Colonel Georg Zahm, Publisher of the Buffalo Weltbürger. At the intersection of Genesee and Batavia [Broadway] Streets last Saturday afternoon a tragic incident occurred when a pole, which being installed, fell. — When the pole had been lifted 8 to 10 feet off the ground, since the upper portion was heavier the lower portion suddenly jerked up. The men considered it necessary to throw a rope over the pole to keep the lower portion closer to the ground. A large number of men grabbed the rope and while the lower portion was being moved the upper hook attached to the set of pulleys broke. The pole fell and killed former Major, now the Governor's aide-de-camp, Georg Zahm, publisher of the Buffalo Weltbürger. There was a piece of wood laying on the ground and he fell on top of it as he was crushed by the pole. Two other men, Messers Esslinger and Peter Schmitt, were also severely injured. The first sustained a broken left leg and a portion of his scalp, almost the entire length of the left side down to the ear, was torn off. The second man broke his left leg and sustained a minor injury fo the upper portion of his skull. Both were unconscious when they were moved.
Mr. Esslinger was brought to the city yesterday afternoon and Mr. Schmitt was taken to Lancaster — Both appear to be well and are under the medical care of Doctors Brunck and Loomis.
The sudden and premature departure of Major Georg Zahm is deeply felt by his fellow citizens and is generally mourned.
Gentle, honest and stately in his comportment with his friends and fellow citizens, he gained the love and affection of all who knew him. He possessed in great measure a punctual, ever prepared and infinitely trustworthy nature as well as an active and persistent approach to life (character traits often attributed to the German people) and through the exercise of these virtues he established a fine existence for himself. He had the closest of friendships with his countrymen, by whom he was highly respected and great deal of trust was placed in his integrity. He voiced his political opinions with decisiveness but he was neither hostile to those who thought otherwise nor did he try to impose his opinions upon others. As publisher of a political newspaper he had great influence among his fellow German citizens and his opinions were shared by many of them.
He was an excellent citizen, a welcome member of society, a loving and caring husband, who comported himself properly and valiently in all of life's situations and his memory is unsullied by any mark of reproach.
Major Zahm reached the age of 45 years. — He leaves behind a loving wife, who currently is in Ohio. There were no children.
Out of respect for the deceased, the Whigs cancelled their concert, which was supposed to be held last Saturday.
The Funeral of Col. Zahm. Nearly the entire city accompanied the much-mourned, loved-by-all Zahm to his final resting place. All uniformed companies of the city (German as well as English) marched under the command of the senior captain, Mr. Jakob Hellriegel. All were impressed by the precision in all manoeuvres and the excellence of military bearing. — A large number of Bookprints and members of the German Young Men's Association and the Odd Fellows followed the deceased in the procession. After them came the citizenry, undifferentiated by political party ties; some were on foot while others followed in buggies. All together they formed an incredibly large procession. It was certainly the largest funeral procession ever to take place in Buffalo.
The funeral procession originated from the home of the deceased and went to St. Louis Church, where the ceremony of the Catholic Church was held by Reverend Guth. For this occasion Rev. Guth gave a very nice funeral oratory (in the English language) and used the opportunity to make some very appropriate comments concerning political party spirit with an exhortation to seek harmony and cooperation. After the church service was ended, the entire funeral procession went to the gravesite, where the coffin was interred with military honors.
New York. The stationary and liquid assets of this city are estimated to be worth 238 million dollars.