From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 6, 1911:
"While attempting to save his little pet dog who had broken through the ice on the river, Albert Johnson, 10 years old, ventured too far out on the treacherous ice and was himself lost beneath the black icy waters of the Kaw river yesterday evening shortly after 5 o'clock. The body was recovered a little more than an hour afterward.... Albert and his little dog had been playing along the river bank during the afternoon and were having a great time. Teddy saw a stick out on the ice and darted after it. His weight was too much for the thin coating of ice and he broke through. He struggled for some time against the ice but seemed unable to break his way through to the bank or to crawl out on top again. Albert saw the predicament into which his dog had fallen and not realizing the dangers attending rushed out on the ice to save his little pet. A moment later and the ice broke the second time and the little master was also beneath the cold water. His shouts were in vain and as no one was able to assist him the brave little hero sank out of sight. About an hour later his cold, lifeless body was taken out of the watery grave, while the little dog for whom the boy had given his life walked up and down the bank, barking and whining plaintively. He had been saved, but the little master who risked so much to help him perished in his efforts.... Albert and Teddy had always been friends. They had learned to love each other and to play together as two children play. They were always together at home and at play. When Albert went to school Teddy followed and waited outside.... G. J. White of California, who is visiting here, and another small boy are the only witnesses to the tragedy. When Mr. White saw the boy go through he immediately ran for a brush to reach out to the boy to pull him ashore, but there was nothing loose that he could get a hold of in time to save the boy. When at least he had unloosed a small shrub and was about to reach it out to the little boy the latter had lost his hold on the edge of the ice and slipped away beneath."