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Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago - Nov. 1913•

Boy let off easy

John Hanson, 15, the lad who killed the aged Patrick Cushing at Willsboro last summer, “because the old man wasn’t any good,” was sentenced by Judge Pryke, at Elizabethtown, to the New York Catholic Protectory until he became of age.

The youth had been brought from that institution to do the work about the Cushing farm as Mr. Cushing was in his dotage and had suffered from some strokes. The boy mixed Paris Green in water and gave it to the old man to drink, causing his death. (Paris green is a very poisonous copper and arsenic compound used long ago as an insecticide and dye.)

After being accused of the crime the boy took to the woods, but his capture was easy. The Grand Jury indicted him for the murder, but in view of his youth and the extreme age of the old man, District Attorney LaDuke accepted a plea of guilty of manslaughter in the second degree.

Halloween, come and gone

Highways hereabouts, Hallowe’en harbored horrible hobgoblins, hideously humorous, hiking hurriedly hither - hollering hilariously happy hordes. This tumultuous triumph took the town tipsy, topsy-turvy on Hallowe’en night.

Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween. Many elderly widows suffered from this particular ailment a century ago as it was the custom of the time for rowdy adolescents to tip over outhouses.)

Fire scare uptown

Live coals in an ash barrel at the rear of John G. Hunt’s residence in upper Main St., Warrensburgh, started a lively blaze Nov. 17, 1913 which reached an ice house and caused considerable excitement before it was extinguished with several pails of water. The ice house was slightly damaged but fortunately the flames were checked before they attacked the nearby house.

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