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NY Tribune, Michigan Fires, January 1872


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 NY Tribune, 1872

Jan12 - Mi Fires

Fears are entertained that Frank A. Brurer, of Newark N. J., committed suicide at Niagara Falls, on Sunday night last. From a letter received from him while at Philadelphia, suspicion was aroused that he intended to do away with himself. He was traced to the Sp------- -- ----- ------- where he was on Goat Island by the gatekeeper at the bridge.

Gov. Baldwin, of Michigan, has issued a proclamation to the people of the United States, in which he says it now takes pleasure in announcing the further contributions of money for relief of sufferers by the late disastrous fire in that State are unnecessary. The Governor tenders the hearty thanks of the whole people of Michigan to those whose earnest sympathy and liberal aid have so greatly alleviated the sufferings of so many of its citizens.

The New Jersey Court of Pardons has decided not to interfere in the case of Botts, the murderer of "Pet" Halstead, and a warrant has been issued by the Governor, directed to the Sheriff of Essex County, for his execution. The day named in the warrant is Friday, Jan. 26. His spiritual advisors are pained to find that he cannot be induced to consider his condition, and that their efforts to interest him in religious matters have proved unavailing.

A Woman's Suffrage Convention, under the direction of Mrs. H. B. Stanton, Mrs. Woodhull, Mrs. Hooker, Susan B. Anthony, Dr. Mary Walker, and others, commenced its sessions at Washington on Wednesday. Its main purpose is to secure from Congress the enactment of a law enforcing women suffrage, founded upon the provisions of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Mrs. Stanton, Mrs. Woodhull, Mrs Hooker, Dr. Mary Walker, and others, were among the speakers. Mrs. Stanton presided.

The annual renting of pews in Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, took place on Tuesday evening, the attendance being large, the bidding spirited, and the prices obtained slightly in advance of those of last year. The amount bid was the premium above the stated price of the pew. The highest premiums were for seats in the vicinity of the pulpit. The prices of seats on the ground floor ranged from $5 to $190, and of chairs from $3 to $12. In the gallery the prices ranged from $10 to $50, the highest figure being for seats near the choir.

About 3 p. m., on Tuesday, Charles T. Perry, one of the oldest citizens of Hoboken, President of the Hoboken Gas Company, and Mayor in 1863, shot himself in the head, and at 11 p. m. was at the point of death. He had been in ill health for two years, and about three months ago he lost a sister by death. He went to an outhouse in the rear of his residence, at the Elysian Fields, and soon afterward the report of a pistol was heard. He was found lying on the floor insensible, with a wound in the forehead, and a revolver lying by his side.

A terrible accident occurred near Union, Broome County, on Thursday, the 4th inst. A Mrs. Barnes, her daughter and daughter-in-law started from that village to go home, with a horse and wagon. On the way they had to cross a bridge about en feet high. On this bridge the horse commenced kicking, and backed the wagon off the bridge, throwing the occupants out. Mrs. Barnes was instantly killed; three of her daughters-in-law's ribs were broken, and the daughter was severely injured.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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