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100 Years Ago - April, 1913

Experiment begets explosion

Washburn and Hickey of Indian Lake, in their chemical researches, have found that a mixture of air and hydrogen make a good explosive and recently gave a demonstration of the fact. Gretchen Houghton, who was studying biology nearby was the victim as flames flew in her direction setting her hair on fire and burning her face. Her eye was only slightly injured.

Child torn from loving arms

In the chambers of Warren County Judge Raley in Glens Falls, a pathetic scene was enacted April 15, 2013 when two prominent people, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dickinson of Warrensburgh, were forced to part with their beloved granddaughter, Myrtle Burnham, 8, who they had given since her birth the only parental love she ever knew. The child, greatly against her will, was wrested from her grief-stricken dear ones and forced to go to Bellows Falls, Vt. with her legal parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Burnham who betrayed no interest in her welfare from the time she came into the world until last fall.

Clinging to her weeping grandparents and sobbing as if her heart would break, the little one was virtually torn from the only friends she had and forced to go with strangers to a strange place. Despite her pleadings to be left with her grandparents, her parents remained stubborn. The child is frail and would listen to no inducements made by her father and mother. With tears streaming down their faces, the grandparents left the little girl, expressing fear that she would die of a broken heart.

Deciding the petition for the custody of the child upon the Beaudoin case, which has attracted considerable attention, Judge Raley had no course but to give the child into the keep of her parents. Mrs. Burnham formerly lived in Glens Falls and Walter Burnham lived in Corinth. Six years ago they moved to Bellows Falls. Burnham is employed as a machinist and earns $18 per week. The couple has three other children.

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

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