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Socked in the eye

Ernest LaFlure, of Chestertown, met with a peculiar accident at that place Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21, 1912 which may cause him to lose his sight in one eye, although Dr. H.S. Paine, the eye specialist at the Glens Falls Hospital, gives some hope that he might retain partial sight.

LaFlure was driving a spirited colt on the Friends Lake road when the animal became frightened at some cattle and made a wild dash. As it did a stone was picked up by one of its fore feet and was thrown with great force into the driver’s face, striking him on the bridge of the nose and cutting a bad gash. Glancing off, it struck the eye and pulled the covering from the eye ball.

The injury caused the man much pain and he suffered terrible agony during the drive of two miles to his home. Little could be done to relieve him and the next day he was taken to the hospital and the eye specialist, Dr. Paine was summoned from his summer home in Lake George to attend him.

Citizens shocked at vandalism

The desecration of the Catholic Church in Wevertown one night recently by persons who broke into the building has excited great indignation in that place. The alter was pulled to pieces, the seats tipped over and general disorder prevailed when the sexton opened the church for Sunday services. As there was little of value in the church the damage was wrought in pure malice and the culprits should be severely punished when they are caught.

Sailing away to a happy life

Rev. James Maxwell Corum of West Orange, N.J. and Miss Laura May Vetter were married at the home of the bride’s father, Fred Vetter in Chestertown. Rev. John Fulton Patterson performed the ceremony.

Contact correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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