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Youth sacrifices life for his lover

Arthur Kingsley, 17, of Adirondack gave up his life Sunday, April 10, 1911 in a successful attempt to save the life of his sweetheart, Miss Edna Avery of Ossining. Young Kingsley had been visiting for several months past with his grandmother, Mrs. J. Freeman Wells of Ossining and had been Miss Avery's constant companion.

The two young folk started for a walk and were strolling along the track of the New York Central railroad. Because of the high embankment they did not see the southbound train approaching but when they heard it, they leisurely crossed to the other track into the path of the northbound train which they had not heard coming because the noise had deafened them. The express was only a few feet away when Kingsley saw it bearing down upon them and he hurled the girl down the embankment but could not save himself from being crushed beneath the wheels and being mortally injured.

So quick was his action to save the girl that she was hurled with great force rolling over and over down the bank for nearly 50 feet, stopping within a few feet of the Hudson River and being badly scratched and bruised. The boy was removed to the home of Ella Wells, his grandmother, where he later died.

Arthur Kingsley was the son of Charles Kingsley of Adirondack, where his remains were taken. He had three sisters, Mabelle, Anita and Muriel Kingsley and four brothers, Forest, Horace, Charles and Thomas Kingsley. Among the many floral tributes at the funeral was a pillow of white flowers bearing in purple the words, "My Hero," sent from Ossining by the young lady whose life he had saved. Burial was in the Leggett Cemetery, Chestertown.

A bitter potion ends in death

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