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Train strikes auto

Four women were killed and a man was seriously injured when an automobile, driven by Edwin Schurz, treasurer of the Hobart M. Cable Piano Company, was struck at the crossing by a Pere Marquette freight train. Two ladies were thrown under the wheels of the train and two others were hurled to the side of the track and crushed.

Suicide stuns family members

Charles P. Jones, the young forger who committed suicide by shooting himself Oct. 15, 1913 to evade capture by a sheriff’s posse at the home of Percy Bruce, in the town of Horicon, was buried, funeral services being held at the home of his mother Sarah Jones on Landon Hill near Pottersville. Neighbors who have known Jones since childhood attended his funeral and threw the mantle of Christian charity over the dead man’s acts and he had a truly sympathetic following marching to his freshly dug grave.

Three of Jones’ five brothers, Jordan, Melvin and John were in the north woods hunting when the shooting occurred and could not be reached and knew nothing of the family tragedy until they came home after the funeral was over and hearing of the end of their brother was a great shock to them.

Percy Bruce, who sought to prevent the officers from entering his house because they had no search warrant and opened fire on them with a Winchester rifle was prostrated with grief and nervous excitement after the trouble was over and had to be under the care of Dr. George Bibby. He will not be prosecuted for his rash conduct. (Note: The spellbinding full story of this suicide may be found in this column in the Oct. 12, 2013 Adirondack Journal.)

Local home trashed by vandals

A vacant house on the Chester Road, about a mile north of the village, owned by William Langworthy, was broken into Thursday night, Oct. 16, 1913 and the contents were strewn about and considerable damage was done.

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

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