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For many years during the  late 1900s and early 1900s, the opulent Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs was host to the rich and famous, as well as politicians and stars of film and stage.

For many years during the late 1900s and early 1900s, the opulent Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs was host to the rich and famous, as well as politicians and stars of film and stage.

Dueling newspapers

The Glens Falls Daily Times and The Post Star are currently exchanging journalistic courtesies after the style of some 50 years ago when editors dipped their pens in gall and wrote bitter words of contempt for their “esteemed contemporary” down the street. The Warrensburgh News has absolutely no desire to chime in and will not do so.

Timothy Hill indicted for murder

Tim Hill’s trial for murder will commence Monday, May 6, 1912. Hill, of Minerva, is accused of causing the death of Mrs. Maurice Loveland of that place by poison and was indicted by the grand jury of Essex County for first-degree murder before Justice Henry T. Kellogg at Elizabethtown. A panel of 100 jurors was drawn for the case and the names will be kept secret until three weeks before the trial.

Mrs. Loveland had left her husband and was living with Hill at the time of her death last August. He was said to have been insanely jealous of her and had been known to quarrel with her frequently when he fancied that she had been shown some attention by other men. The pair lived with William O’Donnell who is expected to be a material witness in the case.

Hill was with the woman when she died. He says she took the fatal dose herself and died in his arms. Hill’s defense will attempt to prove this to be true. The case against the man rests upon circumstantial evidence alone. Soon after her death Hill rushed from the house and informed some people passing by in a rig that the woman was dead.

Coroner J.J. Owen and Dr. John Breen were hastily summoned and after a brief investigation decided to have the stomach of the dead woman analyzed as there was suspicion of foul play. An empty bottle labeled strychnine was found in the stove.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210

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