Mac Smith’s misfortune | Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago — March 1914•

Trouble comes in pairs

Wellington S. Morse, of New York City, who last fall was tried before Judge Raley and a jury in Warren County Court at Lake George on a charge of second-degree manslaughter and was acquitted, figured in another shooting case, March 11, 1914 in the big city.

Morse’s mother, Mrs. Hattie M. Morse, was attacked in her home by John H. Price, 35, a traveling salesman for Armour & Co. meat packers, who shot and dangerously wounded her and then shot and killed himself. He was in love with the woman and she had spurned his advances. She was shot in her own apartment on the third floor of the apartment building where Price formerly had lived. He then descended one flight of stairs to his current apartment and there ended his life with a bullet in his right temple. Wellington Morse had grappled with Price but was unable to save his mother. She was dangerously wounded but is expected to recover.

Morse was tried at Lake George in November, 1913 on a charge of having caused the death of 14- year old Frank Spaulding of Silver Bay by shooting him in the leg with a charge from a shot gun, in a camp at Thirteenth Lake, Sept. 2, 1913 near North River, in the town of Johnsburgh. Spaulding bled to death in an automobile on the way to the Glens Falls Hospital.

Morse was confined in the county jail at Lake George until after the trial at which his mother was present and then he accompanied her to New York. He was defended at the trial by Attorney Edward M. Angell of Glens Falls. The jury was out only twelve minutes before returning with a verdict of Not Guilty.

(Note: The story of the shooting death of Frank Spaulding was told in this column in the Sept. 21 Adirondack Journal.)

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