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100 Years Ago - November 1912

Cherished relic destroyed

An old cannon, probably a relic of the Revolutionary War, which has occupied a place on the grounds of the Fort William Henry Hotel at Lake George for upwards of 75 years, was destroyed Thursday night, Oct. 31, 1912 by a crowd of Halloween frolickers. The canon was for many years stored in a small house built for that purpose on the knoll east of the hotel, but this was torn down some years ago and the cannon has since stood exposed to the elements.

After indulging in various pranks about the village, the crowd of roisterers, whose identity is unknown, loaded the old canon to the muzzle and at 1:30 A.M. it was discharged with a roar that shook the town. The explosion shattered the gun and strewed fragments for a quarter of a mile in all directions. The piece was mounted on a carriage of oak and hickory and this was also completely destroyed.

The cannon was highly prized by the villagers as a relic and there was much indignation over the destruction. Should the miscreants be discovered, they will be severely punished. The piece was once used to fire a national salute for General Ulysses S. Grant when he arrived at the hotel on a trip through the lake on the old steamer, Minnehaha.

Young man commits suicide

Edward Seelye, formerly of Dunham’s Bay, Lake George, committed suicide Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 1912, by shooting himself in the temple at the home of his aunt in New Jersey.

The young man fell from a window about a year ago, striking his head. Since than he has been in a nervous state and often was unable to sleep for days. It is believed that his mind was affected by the injury.

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

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