Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Tussle with a Burglar

New York, 1895

Mrs. Dora Miller Proved Herself a Plucky Woman.

Early Sunday morning Mrs. Dora Miller, residing on Madison street, Queens, had an exciting time with a burglar, who had gained admittance to the house by cutting out a glass in one of the basement windows and removing the window fastening. Mrs. Miller was awakened by the noise the burglar made in trying to force open a door adjoining her bedroom. She got up, and, arming herself with a short club she kept near her bed, opened her room door. As she did so a man wearing a handkerchief tied over his face to conceal his features pushed his way into the room. She struck him over the head with the club and he grappled with her and threw her to the floor twice. Her son, a boy 12 years of age, went to her assistance. In the struggle the handkerchief was torn from the man's face and he proved to be a burly negro. The boy ran to a window and gave an alarm, which was responded to by Mr. Doty, a neighbor, and the negro, hearing foot-steps approaching, made good his escape. Mrs. Miller believes that it her son had not given the alarm the negro would have killed her.

A Mistake In the Food

Tuesday morning Herbert M. Reeve, of Northville, lost a horse valued at $250. The horse died from the effects of rough on rats. Reeve had sprinkled the poison on the beams of the barn; the horse reached up to eat some of the meal which was also scattered over the beams, and succeeded in obtaining enough poison to kill him.

Mrs. Talbot Gets a Divorce

Annie Talbot of Flushing, who sued for a divorce from her husband, William H. Talbot, has obtained judgment in her favor. She is to have alimony in the sum of $50 and the care of her three children. The decree was made by Justice Bartlett Saturday afternoon.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, March 22, 1895, p. 1.

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