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Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - January 1913

Drunken interlopers caught

Cornelius “Woodchuck” Sullivan and Daniel “Gagen” Lynch, shining lights of the Glens Falls Bummers Association, were recently engaged in their usual occupation of hunting for booze. On the night of Jan. 9, 1913, they discovered a closed saloon on the Glen Street Hill in Glens Falls with the side door invitingly unlocked — the proprietor,Charles Yattaw left it that way when he was taken to police headquarters with an attack of delirium tremens.

No one was present, and the bums entered and made themselves at home, drinking so freely of the stock of liquors that they became “ossified,” and fell into a deep sleep.

Their loud snoring in the morning awakened the occupants of the living rooms above and the police were notified. The two are now in the Warren County Jail at Lake George, booked for 59 days. “Gagen” Lynch is a barber and was employed several weeks this fall in the downtown barbershop.

Looking back at the news

It was just one year ago, Jan. 17, 1912, that after enduring horrible hardships to be the first in history, English explorer Robert Falcon Scott, 44, along with the members of his Terra Nova expedition, finally reached the South Pole. Scott along with Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans and Lawrence Oates, were aghast there to discover evidence that Norwegian explorer Roald Engebreth Gravning Amundsen, 39, along with four others, had beaten them by 34 days.

Scott and all of his men died from starvation, exhaustion and bitter cold on their desolate trek back towards civilization.

(Note: In the winter of 1908, British explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and his 14 men weathered a miserable winter in Antarctica on Ross Island wracked with severe blizzards and in 1909 they failed in his attempt to reach the South Pole. He died in 1922 on his fourth voyage.)

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

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