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Amazing Stories

TWO HORSES KILLED

One of Them stepped on a Live Wire and Touched the Other

Two horses were instantly killed by electricity from a trolley wire on Metropolitan Avenue, near Newtown Creek, about midnight. The horses were attached to a coach owned by E. E. Wheeler of the Oriental Livery stables, South Eighth Street, and driven by Patrick Madden. The latter was driving home P. H. Paulus, a marble and granite monument maker, who is engaged in business near the Lutheran Cemetery at Middle Village. All the way home Madden found it necessary to drive his horses along the trolley tracks, the sides of the road being ridged with snow. When near Maspeth he saw a fire wire dangling across a trolley wire in front, and emitting sparks at the crossing point. The end of the fire wire reached near the surface of the street. On getting near, Madden struck at the wire with his whip, but when in the act of doing so it struck one of his team on the breast or harness. Both horses instantly dropped on their haunches, dead. Madden jumped into a snowbank terrified by the extraordinary fate of his team. It is supposed that the circuit of electricity was completed by one of the horses stepping on a car rail and that after doing so the horse touched the other. Both animals were valued at $400. The Stagg street station was informed of the occurrence and made arrangements for the removal of the bodies of the horses. ‒ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 17, 1899

Boy, 2, Dies After Fall From 2d-Story Window

Charles Baier, 2, of 59-81 58th Road, Maspeth, was fatally injured last night when he fell from a second-story window of his home. The infant's mother, Mrs. Helen Baier, found him lying on the cement pavement below the window. He was taken to the Wyckoff Heights Hospital, where he died. It developed that the child was playing on the window ledge and fell when the screen gave way. ‒ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 21, 1946

THE WORK OF A FIEND.

An Almost Successful Attempt to Kill a Motorman.

As the trolley car that leaves the Grand Street Ferry at 11:30 for Maspeth was speeding along near Malvina it struck a barbed wire that had been stretched across the road and securely fastened at either end. Motorman Scott Radcliffe was caught by the wire, the sharp barbs of which tore his neck badly and almost hurled him from the car. Fortunately the wire broke and the car was stopped before any further damage was done. It was found, however, that Radcliffe had been severely injured. He was removed to the hospital. ‒ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 19, 1895

MASPETH GIRL KILLED BY SHOT

Emil Borst Jr., 15, of 59-26 Linden St., Maspeth, is to be arraigned in Children's Court, Jamaica, tomorrow, charged with the fatal shooting of Mabel Krug, also 15, while at target practice in the rear of his home. The girl was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Krug of 60-13 53rd St., Maspeth Police say the shooting was entirely accidental. Young Borst, they say, was demonstrating his prowess with a .22 caliber rifle. The dead girl had fired at the target – a tin can on a rear fence-- and had rushed forward to examine the result of her shot when the gun was accidently discharged by young Borst as he was attempting to reload, police say. ‒ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 30, 1929

SHOT ENTERED HIS LUNGS.

Henry Leissner Meets with a Fatal Accident Near His Home

(Special to the Eagle.) Long Island City, L.I. August 8 – Henry J. Lessner, 23 years old, accidentally shot and killed himself in the presence of his mother last night within sight of his home on Maurice avenue, Maspeth, L. I. Young Leissner loaded his double barreled shot gun and went away from home in a rowboat to shoot some ducks early in the evening. He shot one bird and while waving it in the air over his head showing his mother the prize the other barrel of the gun was discharged. The shot tore through the young man's hand and some of the pellets penetrated his lungs. He had strength enough to crawl out of the boat with the aid of his mother, but died in her arms while she was assisting him into his home. ‒ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 3, 1898

SAILOR KILLED AT GLENDALE.

One of Constellation's Bluejackets met a Frightful Death-Hit, by Locomotive Pilot

A United States sailor, believed to be G. B. Wren of the U. S. S. Constellation, a vessel attached to the Training Station at Newport, R. I., was struck by a westbound train at the Dry Harbor Road crossing, in Glendale, Queens Borough, about 7 o'clock yesterday morning, and was instantly killed. Every bone in the man's body was broken. The body is that of a man about 30 years old, five feet nine inches in height, weighing about 176 pounds with black hair, gray eyes and smooth face. The clothing was the regular blue uniform of the navy, and on the round cap was stamped the name of the man's ship. Over his uniform he wore a black overcoat, and he had on black lace shoes, with the initials G. B. W. cut into the heel: gray socks and white cotton underwear. The latter was marked with the name G. B. Wren. The train was a westbound express on its way to Long Island City. Accord to August Brooks, the young son of a farmer who resides at Dry Harbor and Cooper avenue, and who was the eyewitness, the sailor, when first seen, was standing on a small platform beside the tracks, waving a stick in his hand. He appeared to be under the influence of liquor, the boy says. As the train approached, the fellow left the platform and started to cross the tracks. He was about to step between the westbound rails when the train shot past. The engine did not strike the sailor squarely, but a portion struck him a glancing blow, knocking him some distance to the side of the tracks, and mangling the body considerably. The engineer did not stop after the accident and it is thought that he knew nothing of it. Ambulance Surgeon Criley of the German Hospital officially pronounced the sailor dead. The body was taken to the Glendale police station to await the action of the coroner. The Brooklyn Navy Yard officials, when notified by the police, said that the man had probably been on special holiday leave. What he was doing in Glendale is not known. – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 2, 1908