Friday, September 12, 2008

Was He from Baltimore?

New York, 1895

The body of a man was found floating in Flushing Creek Monday afternoon. It is so badly decomposed that it is unrecognizable and had evidently been in the water about six months. The body was in dark clothes of good material. In the pockets were found a match box with the name "J. G. McShane" engraved on it, and a business card with the name "R. Stuart Littlepage, with Henry McShane manufacturing company, Baltimore, Md."

Tuesday the remains were identified as those of R. S. Littlepage, a traveling salesman for the McShane company of Baltimore, who mysteriously disappeared February 5. He was last seen on the morning of that day on the deck of the steamboat New Hampshire of the Stonington line, on the way down Long Island sound to New York. When the steamboat reached her dock in New York it was discovered that Littlepage was not then among the passengers. His coat was found in his stateroom, with a five dollar bill and letters in one of his pockets. All his other clothing was gone, together with his satchel. Two weeks previously Mr. Littlepage had left Baltimore on a trip to New England. He was returning home when he disappeared.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, June 28, 1895, p. 2.

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