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•100 Years Ago – Sept. 1911•

Found hanging in his jail cell

Daniel Reardon, of Glens Falls, 65, a veteran of the Civil War, committed suicide the night of Oct. 3, 1911 by hanging himself in a cell at police headquarters in that city, where he had been placed pending an examination as to his sanity.

Mr. Reardon was employed as a street sweeper by the city and for some time his friends had noticed in him symptoms of mental derangement. At noon he became rather violent at his home on Cooper St. and an officer was summoned to quiet him. Later in the afternoon the man began beating his wife and neighbors went to her rescue.

Reardon then went to an upper room and securing a razor began slashing his throat in an attempt to end his life. He succeeded in cutting a long but not fatal gash. Summoned were an officer and Dr. Dever, who dressed the wound. He was then taken to the city jail where he ripped the bandages from his neck which he said itched severely. He told his jailer, “I would rather die than go to court.”

When the door of the cell was later opened, police were horrified to find the prisoner’s lifeless body hanging from one corner of the cage where he had taken the bandage covering his wound and tied it around his neck, fashioning the other end to the iron grating of the cage. Stepping back a distance, he threw his whole weight upon his neck. The shock was so great that he died less than half an hour later. He leaves a widow and two daughters.

Mad bull, broken leg

C.A. Dewey, a farmhand on the Coolidge farm in Queensbury, lies in critical condition at his home as a result of an attack by a savage bull which he was leading to water.

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