Briefly Chicago – January 23, 1914

The following tidbits appeared in the January 23, 1914 issue of the Chicago Daily News (City Brevities column);

“Three horses were burned to death and a woman narrowly escaped a similar fate when she ran into a smoke filled warehouse at 3146 Cottage Grove avenue shortly before midnight and attempted to rescue the animals stabled in the rear. Policemen saved her when she was overcome. “I couldn’t resist the neighing of the horses,” said Mrs. Patrick E. O’Brien, wife of the owner of the warehouse, who had attempted the rescue.”

“Mrs. Leona Van Winkle, whose funeral from a hair dressing shop at 3120 Cottage Grove avenue was halted by the police Jan. 15 after neighbors asked the coroner to investigate the young woman’s death, died from arsenic poisoning, according to a verdict returned by a coroner’s jury late yesterday. The jury was unable to determine whether the poison was taken with suicidal intent or had been administered by another person.”

Cook County Hospital“Investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of John Lyons, 732 South California avenue, who died in a barn after being turned away from the county hospital, brought out the statement from Dr. Richard Dawson that Lyons was suffering from alcoholism when he reached the county hospital.”

“Daniel Donahue, 60 years old, a janitor employed in an eighteen flat building at 1365 South California avenue, was beaten to death last night in his living room in the basement. James McInerney, 42 years old, who was discharged from the position of janitor in the building several days ago, was arrested. He confessed, the police say.”

“Girls under 21 years old will have to appeal at the window of the marriage license clerk’s office hereafter with the young men to whom they expect to be married. If they are not on hand the young men will be refused licenses to marry. Evasion of this rule, which went into effect to-day, by giving the girl’s age as more than 21, if she is under that age, will mean arrest and prosecution under a provision of the law whereby a fine of from $100 to $1,000 and a jail sentence in addition may be imposed.”

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