As Senator Coke's casket was being lowered into the grave, a bolt of lightning
struck a tree some sixty feet from the principals in the funeral ceremony. The
drama of the episode was caught in the drawing that appeared in the Dallas
Morning News, May 17, 1897.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101186/. Accessed December 28, 2014.