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Death story - SAMUEL SrPAGUE DIES Former Lieutenant, Expires...
SAMUEL SrPAGUE DIES Former Lieutenant, Expires trom Orerdose of Chloral OLD STORY REVIVED Court Martial for Attack on Colo nel Crofton Recalled. Penniless Ex-OBeer Ex-OBeer Ex-OBeer Eas Life im sV Clark Street Hotel His Army ' - " Beeera. - ' ' Samuel S. Pague, former lieutenant in tho -United -United States army; who was dismissed be- be- cause of bla attack npon Colonel Crofton at Fort Sheridan In 1893. was found dead in the New Era hotel. No. 148 Clark street, yesterday yesterday morning. A coroner Jury decided, that death was caused by chloral taken to produce sleep. - '- '- Pague entered the lodging-house lodging-house lodging-house Friday evening and asked for a room. J. H. Mc-Ginnis. Mc-Ginnis. Mc-Ginnis. the clerk, said tho price of a room, would be 15 cents, but Pague replied that' he had but a dime. This, he remarked, was all the money he had- had- or over expected to bave. McGinnis gave him a room, telling some other time. Pague arose yesterday a few minutes after o'clock and left the hotel. He was not gone long, however, for about 7, o'clock ha returned. . Theodore Larson, a porter, met him going up the stairs, and noticed be waa breathing heavily and rapidly. - Pague went Into the office and sat In a chair. He waa still breathing heavily, and whea tho clerk reached him he was dead. In his pocket waa a bottle partly filled with chloral, and this led the police to believe at first that he hat ended hia own life. The body waa removed to Rolaton'a undertaking establishment on Adams street. In the man's pocketa were several letters, relating to army matters, one of which showed ho had at one time made application to bo made -paymaster -paymaster of the army. There waa also a medal Inscribed "Sharpshooter, 189&-93-94." 189&-93-94." 189&-93-94." 189&-93-94." 189&-93-94." In a memorandum book was written tbe following: My name ia S. 8. Pague. No. 69 Dearborn street, room 611. In case of accident or serious illness notify Colonel T. " UHartlgan." Troable at Fort Sheridan. Pague gained notoriety in the fall of IS?! by his attack oa his commanding officer. Colonel E. A. Crofton. at Fort heridan-Pague heridan-Pague heridan-Pague vs at -that -that time first lieutenant ot company F, Fifteenth Infantry. On the afternoon afternoon of Oct. 2 the fort wa visited by Major General Wesley Merritt, - then commandiug the Department of the Lakes, who hsd eomo for an official Inspection. , While General Mer- Mer- '' ritt was reviewing the troops on parade Lieu- Lieu- tenant Pague appeared to bo officiously cour- cour- ' teoua. and offered the commanding General a cigar through his aide-de-camp. aide-de-camp. aide-de-camp. aide-de-camp. aide-de-camp. Other actions ot the lieutenant of company F showed blm ' to be under the influence of liquor, and he. was Immediately ordered to the post hoepital. . . Tbe neat afternoon, about 4 o'clock. Pague evaded the vigilance ot the guards and escaped -from -from the hospital ward. Going hastily to his quarters In the second loop north of the hospital, hospital, the-lieutenant the-lieutenant the-lieutenant entered his home and found his wife with Colonel Crofton... With- With- -out -out any words Lieutenant Pague drew hia revolver.- revolver.- Mrs. Pague screamed and tho colonel turned Just In time to see the Junior officer officer pointing a revolver at him. Before any shots were fired Pague was disarmed by hi wife, and he at once left the bouse. He returned returned again in leos than fifteen minutes with an angry look on his face and another revolver in his hand. Colonel Crofton waa atill in Pague's house, but he rose to leave as the lieutenant approached him. Tho excited lieutenant lieutenant followed hia commanding officer totb porch, and as the latter walked away Pague fired. The colonel turned aa another shot was fired and passed through his overcoat without without doing any harm. Colonel Crofton and Mrs. Pague rushed at the lieutenant, and as they struggled with him the revolver was again discharged, the shot entering ' tbo ground. Tho shooting brought a number ot officers and men to the scene, and Lieutenant Pague was forced Into submission. He waa Immediately placed under arrest. . - Sensation la the Fifteenth. The Incident created confusion at Fort Sheridan. Sheridan. None of the principals In the event would talk cf the shooting except Colonel Crofton. He was much agitated and declared there waa no cause for the shooting ex-erpt ex-erpt ex-erpt Pague's intoxicated condition. This incident, incident, following close upon the former attacks attacks oa Colonel Crofton and the killing of Captain Hedberg by Lieutenant Maney at Fort Sheridan, attracted the attention of tho country, and especially of the War Department, Department, to the condition of affairs at the fort. Major General Merritt was much chagrined at the event. He was unable to offer an explanation explanation of the attack, in view of Lieutenant Pague'a pre vie us good record. At that time Adjutant Mitchell was about to be removed, and it was rumored about the fort that Lieutenant Lieutenant Hague was ambitious to succeed him. Some of the army officers hinted that Colonel Crofton stood in the way ot Lieutenant Pague'a promotion to the place- place- of adjutant, and thia waa given as a possible excuse for the shooting. All admitted, however,, that the lieutenant was in such a condition at to bo irresponsible for the attack. A ecu it martial was ordered, and on Jan. 2. 1S96, Lieutenant Pague waa dismissed from the army by order ot tho President. Lieutenant Lieutenant Pague was popular among the efflcers and men ot tho regiment. He waa at the time of the shooting about 42 years of age. and hart been ia the army since 1876. when he waa graduated from West Point. Hit record at a soldier was good, both in the field and during tbe local railroad troubles In 1S94. After his diecbarge from tbo army Pague went to Washington with hie wife aad child. In 197 Mra. Pague secured a divorce in - Lancaster. Lancaster. Pa.

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 09 Jul 1899, Sun,
  3. Page 13

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