This section is from the book "The National Capitol. Its Architecture Art And History", by George C. Hazelton, Jr. Also available from Amazon: The National Capitol Its Architecture Art and History.
Few men have had the good fortune—if death can be called a good fortune at any time—to die in the Capitol. Ex-Attorney General Augustus H. Garland died in the presence, practically, of the Supreme Court of the United States, while arguing a case before the Chief Justice and Associate Justices Harlan, Gray, Brown, Shiras, Peckham and McKenna, on January 26,1899. The records of the Court give the case as " No. 198. Blanche K. Townson et aL, appellants, v. Christiana V. Moore et al. Argument concluded by Mr. A. H. Garland for appellants." In a pencil note, the Clerk has added, " Mr. Garland fell while making this argument, and died in the clerk's office." Attorney General Griggs formally notified the Court of the almost tragic demise. The Chief Justice responded in a sympathetic manner, and, as a mark of respect to the memory of this distinguished member of the bar and eminent public servant, the Court adjourned until the following day.