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Prisoner begs for mercy

William Gifford was recently placed in the Lake George jail on suspicion of heading up a gang which purloined stolen grain from a Lake George storehouse. He is a brother of Whitman Gifford, who a short time ago cut his own throat in the county jail while awaiting the action of the Grand Jury on a charge of stealing a horse. Whitman Gifford died two days later in the Glens Falls Hospital.

William Gifford, on being committed to the Warren County Jail, begged Under Sheriff Smith to confine him to another part of the jail than that in which his brother so recently committed his rash act.

(Note: The strange story of Whitman Gifford, 40, of Hague, who had been confined in the Lake George Jail until he decided to end it all with a straight razor, was told in this column in the Nov. 23, 2013 and Jan. 11, 2014 Adirondack Journal. Gifford had stolen a horse from Charles Belden of Horicon while Belden was in jail awaiting trial on a charge of bigamy. After cutting the horse’s tail and mane off and trying unsuccessfully to use black paint to cover over the horse’s distinctive spots, Gifford headed for the woods with a posse in hot pursuit.)

Fine old man retires

Capt. Lee Harris, 82, of East Lake George, a veteran steamboat man of the Queen of American Lakes is now retired. He has many reminiscences of the old days on Lake George when he was a prominent figure as a steamboat captain and guide for many prominent visitors of that time.

Capt. Harris, who does not look his age, is a fine example of the value of right living. He has a sturdy body, an honest heart and a kind and genial disposition and is a remarkably fine specimen of a well-preserved octogenarian.

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