Fire death at New Salem jail

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Fire death at New Salem jail - I J ft ex- en- BORNEO IN THE LOCKUP. A PHIIOIKH...
I J ft ex- en- BORNEO IN THE LOCKUP. A PHIIOIKH AKTN FIRK TO HIM C'KI.I, AND nKKTR 111 OKATII. A Qaarrrl Kmdm la i Mtartllag Occarrei a Awfal Dealk A re al New Males. On Saturday afternoon George Eyater, a crjjuter, residing one mile tbi side of 8veu Valley, came to New Salem for the purpose of having ft good time. After indulging in intoxicating beverage at Various saloon he went to John Klin and became very boisterous, belligeraut nod profane, continuing thus for some time. Mr. Kline, remonstrated and threat- cued to have him locked up, which remark having no effect on Mr. Eystcr, he ct for Constable Smith, who took him to the borough lockup. He found it necessary to call on Officer Weis of Seven Valley, who happened to be present, for assistance. Arriviug at the lockup they scanned Eyster and fonud a pint bottle abont one-quarter full of whiskey, and nothing else iu his pockets. They placed him in the cell and locked the inner door, leaving tbe outer door ajar, a i customary, and walked back to the hotel, a distance ot about GO yards. A Wit ten minute after some person cried "fire!" and and smoke wa seen to issue from tbe lockup. Constable Smith harried up and opened the door, releasing the prisoner and said, "what have yoa been r!oing f Eyster replied, "Ye what have I done." The constable then extinguished the fire. There was little smoke in the room and but a small blaze. There was a small bnndls of straw in tbe cell that was very dry. It was placed there for prisoners to lay on. After Eyster was brought to the outer door his clothing was searched again and maU he were discovered between the cloth and lining of hi vest. He waa burned about the face, neck and hand. He could scarcely speak. Mr. Smith said: We placed him on a largs blanket and conveyed him to his home near Zsigler church, be died the following evening. Eyater frequently stated to the people In New Ssletu tbst he would burn down tbe lockup if lie ever was placed in it. He tuade the same remark shortly before he was arrested oa Saturday in Kline's bar-rvoiu. Tbe general impression, of the community is. that he ignited the straw to frighten tbe officer in order to be released and that the inhalation of the dame and aud effect of external burn were the cause of hi death. Tbe jury composed of the following eiti-xens of North Codoru township, I endured the subjoined verdict: That George Eyster came to his death resulting from the effect of - 'in a wilful Inruoi

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  1. The York Daily,
  2. 24 May 1887, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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