Bloody cure for melancholy
Driven to desperation by extreme nervousness and suffering from melancholy induced by a long period of ill health, Mrs. John A. Manning of Brooklyn attempted to commit suicide May 31, 1911 in her room at the Warren House in Warrensburgh by cutting her throat with her husband's razor. She succeeded in making an ugly wound in the left side of her throat when her husband was awakened by her movements and wrested the keen-edged weapon from her grasp. Dr. Griffin was summoned and sewed up the gash which was about three inches long but not deep.
Mr. Manning stated that his wife underwent a serious operation in a New York hospital about five years ago and has since been in poor health. She resolved to seek health among the mountains here and about a month ago she came to stay at Henry Cameron's boarding house in Thurman. She failed to improve and telegraphed her husband to join her and he came at once to Glens Falls and than made the trip to Warrensburgh on the trolley. They decided to stay for a few days at the Warren House where she appeared to improve.
Mrs. Manning could give no explanation for her actions except to say she was temporarily insane. (Note: The Warren House hotel stood on the lot just south of the former Potter's Diner.)
Man wracked with sorrow
The Rev. Thomas O. Grieves, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Greenwich and well known in the Warrensburgh locality, ran down with his automobile 8-year-old Mary Maginn Saturday night May 13, 1911 and inflicted injuries which resulted in her death at the hospital later that night.
The incident occurred in Saratoga Springs. Pastor Grieves' automobile is a powerful touring car.
Rev. Grieves was running up Broadway about 9 o'clock p.m. and made a sharp turn into a side street driving his machine directly into the throngs of people passing along the crosswalk. The child was walking with her mother who was struck first and thrown to one side and badly shaken up. The automobile passed over the little girl fracturing her skull and jaw. The clergyman carried the little victim to the hospital in his automobile and than drove to police headquarters where he gave himself up.
He was arraigned before Justice Andrus on a charge of manslaughter in the second degree. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a bail of $5,000 to await the grand jury which will meet May 22, 1911.
(Note: Rev. Grieves was grief-stricken and so upset after the accident that he vowed he would sell everything he owned and turn the entire proceeds over to the bereaved parents of little Mary Maginn in an effort to comfort them.
He sold his automobile, which he refused to ever ride in again after the accident and he placed on the market a cottage on the campgrounds at Riverside which he owned. He steadfastly maintained that the accident was not the result of his alleged carelessness. No indictment was made by the Grand Jury and the child's parents stated that they had no desire to press charges.)
For a considerable number of years a frequent subject for argument in uptown Warrensburgh sitting places where men congregate has been whether or not it would be a wise plan to cut off the top of the hill which extends from the News office to the residence of Postmaster Robert Murray on Elm Street and deposit the dirt on School Street in front of the high school building where it would effect a great improvement by raising the level of the street above the pond of water which accumulates there in extremely wet weather such as we have not had within the memory of older inhabitants in their teens.
The "No's" were beaten but not conquered, for they still insist that the project calls for an outlay of the town's highway funds which could be used in many other more favorable ways. The powers that be have instructed George Washington Farrar, Town Superintendent of Highways, to go ahead with the work and the improvement is under way. (Note: the Warrensburgh News office in 1911 was on Elm Street, south of the bandstand. Apparently the mound of dirt was moved, considering that the area now exhibits merely a gentle slope. School St. is today called Stewart Farrar Avenue.)
While fighting a fire on the Warrensburgh fairgrounds recently, Fred Hayes was turning up the turf near the base of a tree and brought to light a hammer, saw and double-bit axe, the handles of which were entirely rotted away. They had evidently been secreted there at least 25 years ago, but by whom is a mystery.
Adirondack bear tales
Arthur Brailly of Newcomb, while fishing at Chain Lakes, captured a big bear. He caught some fish and laid them on the bank and when he went to get them they were gone. Bear tracks, which could be plainly seen, gave him a clue to the identity of the thief.
The next day he set up a trap and placed some more fish near it and in a short time Mr. Bruin was his prisoner and Mr. Brailly found him crying pitifully over his plight.
News near and far
• The state Senate has passed the Sullivan bill which prohibits the possession of revolvers in the hands of unauthorized persons. It makes it a felony to have a weapon of this kind in one's possession and a misdemeanor to have one in the house without a permit.
• Alfred Bornefeld, a Saratoga Springs jeweler, found $140 in bills neatly tucked away in a corner of a mattress which he purchased at an auction sale at the dismantling of Canfield's famous gambling house in that place. It was surmised that the money was placed there in the mattress many years ago by one of the dealers in the clubhouse.
• In other Saratoga news, "Maude S.," the famous trotter owned by the late George S. Stearns, was shot to death as provided for in Stearns' will. She was 35 years old and blind.
• A large pavilion at Glen Lake owned by Frank Greenburger of Glens Falls burned May 23, 1911. The fire was discovered about 8:30 p.m. and raged so fiercely that the building was reduced to ashes in about an hour. Only the piano was saved and the origin of the blaze is unknown.
• Another Glen Lake hotel property, part of which was destroyed by fire last winter, has been purchased by M.J. Dolan Jr., and Sterling F. Higley of Glens Falls who will make necessary improvements to reopen the hotel by June 1, 1911.
• The third week of May was hot, hot, hot - and many people pined for the comfort of the good old wintertime. The thermometer registered 90 degrees. It is said that the sweet corn planted a week ago is now two inches high.
• In Johnsburgh, Mrs. Louisa Ross is ill with rheumatism and Mrs. Abram Ross has the measles. Mrs. George Ross has them also. George Greene has been very ill with pneumonia.
• In Bakers Mills, Ellis Dunkley is ill with paralysis. The children of John and William Millington are ill with the measles. In Garnet, the two-months old son of Fred Washburn was found dead in bed on May 5, 1911 and Dr. Brush pronounced the cause to be heart failure.
• In North Thurman, Wilbur Barton lost his black mare and suckling colt valued at $200. The colt was found dead on the barn floor and the mare died soon after.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.