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Suffragette Emmeline Goulden Pankhurst was repeatedly arrested and imprisoned in 1912 though 1913. She died in London in 1928 at the age of 70 and did not live until 1929 to see the law changed — a completion of her life’s dream. She was nationally revered at the time of her death.

Wright biplane crashes

Lieutenant Leighton Hazelhurst, an army aviator and Al Welsh, a professional flier, were dashed to instant death at Collage Park, Md. The Wright biplane which they were testing had risen about 30 feet and was going at a speed of about 50 miles an hour when it suddenly pitched forward. When the spectators reached the scene of the accident it was found that both men were dead. Lieutenant Hazelhurst’s neck was broken and Welsh’s skull was crushed. The flying machine was badly shattered.

The cause of the accident is unknown, though it is believed that some of the support wires on the aeroplane snapped suddenly and caused it to plunge forward. Immediately following the accident the flyers were placed in an automobile and rushed to Walter Reed General Hospital, but death had been immediate. (Note: The Wright flying machine, after being subjected to tests at Ft. Myer, Va., had been accepted Aug. 2, 1909 by the U.S. Army.)

Gala banquet at Leland House

The Leland House at Schroon Lake, famous for many years as one of the leading summer resorts of the Adirondacks, has been the scene of many brilliant gatherings, but never has there been a more distinguished body of business and professional people as was entertained the nights of June 1 and 2, 1912, at a house party given by Hon. Lewis W. Emerson for his twenty distinguished guests.

The party, which consisted of friends and associates in the directorate of the Troy bank, made the trip to Schroon Lake in automobiles driven over the Great International Highway, now in progress of construction, which has been only possible because of the efforts of Mr. Emerson’s brother and partner in the hotel, Sen. James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh. The party stopped at the new Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George, for luncheon.

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

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