Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mrs. Andrew Craig's Death

New York, 1895

Two Flushing Negroes Arrested for Being Responsible for It.

Mrs. Andrew Craig left her home in Flushing on Thursday evening to call on her daughter, residing in another part of the village, and returned late in the evening. As she approached her residence two negroes called out to her in an insulting manner. She was frightened and started to run. The negroes pursued her and threw stones at her.

Mrs. Craig was 59 years of age, and when she reached home she was barely able to stagger into the house, where she fell unconscious to the floor. Her husband carried her upstairs to bed, and in a little while she recovered sufficiently to describe the assault and to name Daniel and William Howlett as her assailants.

As she seemed to show signs of improvement, her husband did not call a physician. He was afraid to leave her long enough to notify the police.

Mr. Craig remained awake after Mrs. Craig fell asleep. At 1 o'clock his wife awoke, and after a few minutes' conversation fell asleep again. Mr. Craig noticed nothing alarming in her condition, and decided to retire also. Two hours later he was aroused by sounds from his wife as though she was choking. He spoke to her, but received no reply. She was dead.

Mr. Craig went before Judge Smyth and charged the two negroes with the responsibility for his wife's death. A warrant was issued and they were arrested.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, April 19, 1895, p. 1.

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