flora hammaker daug of patrick poisoned by mother 1889
- an "I Harrisburg yesterday. WAS SHE POISONED f A' Wierd Taie or a Ulrl's Death in Perry County. Special Correspondence of the Telegraph. Newport, May 13. A case of probable poisoning occurred at New Buffalo, about ten miles from this place, last week, which is creating some comment. There is a family named Hammaker, consisting of a father, Patrick Hammaker, his wife and a daughter, who was 21 years of age. It seems, at least such is the report that Flora Hammaker loved unwisely, but too well, and got into trouble. Her child was born last summer. She expressed a wish to marry the father of the offspring,, but her mother objected, and did not allow her daughter to leave the parental roof for months. Flora persistently declared that she would marry her lover, Wm. Freet when she became of age, but her mother declared that she would "sooner see her hauled to her grave than she should marry him. Wednesday of last week Jblora being 21 years old determined to leave home, and her mother, knowing that she could no longer restrain her, persuaded her to take a drink of coffee before leaving. Flora took tnedrink, and in a very short time she complained of being very sick. At 8 o'clock in the evening she began to vomit a greenish suds tan ce, and she continued to to grow worse until 9 o'clock, just one hour, when she died. No physician was sent for. After her death her mouth and lips began to grow green,' her eyes bulged out and she swelled as tight as the skin. Her funeral took place on Friday. This morning word was sent to the district attorney, J. C. M'Allister, and it is expected that he will summon the coroner and disinter the body and hold an in quest Uhe affair looks very much like as if the girl had met with foul play at the hands of some one.