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Death From Abortion In Augusta

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Augusta gives rise to a sensational criminal case this week. Jane Harrington, as she was known, a girl of eighteen or twenty years of age, died early Wednesday morning evidently from an attempted abortion. A jury was summoned and an inquest held by Justice Antón Gabel, of Augusta. The jury brought in a verdict in whicn they "on their oaths say that the deceased carne to her death by medicine furnished by Lorin Jackson and Dr. Patterson." The justice brought his evidencí to the city yesterday and laid it before the sheriff. To a reporter of the Argus he stated that the girl who has just died and her sister were tarred and feathered at Whittaker about four months ago for keeping bad company. She then went away to work but came back again sick and was living with her mother. The justice says she was an innocent girl up to a few months ago. The man charged with causing the crime is Lorin Jackson, who has been working at Mooreville. The girl's maiden name was Harrington. At the inquest William Johnson testified that she was his wife, and that he married her July 2, 1892. They had never lived together. He visited her three months ago to see about getting a divorce. She said that she was willing that he should have one. He saw her again twenty-four hours before she died. She told him that some one had given her something to get rid of a child. He asked her whose child it was, and she said Lorin Jackson's. Jackson had given her money to get medicine with. Several women testified to the girl's statement just before she died. She said she had taken half an ounce of British oil and half an ounce of oil of tansy, which Jackson had got for her in a Milán drugstore. As this did not work, he advised her to go to Ypsilanti, and gave her seventy-five cents to get medicine with. She went to Dr. Pattison and told him what she wanted, and he gave her some black pills, of which she took all but one. This pill is now in possession of the sheriff. The statement was testified to by Mrs. Mary Klose, Clista Demay, Mrs. Almedia Kilingbeck, and Mrs. Mary Bird. This was all the testimony excepting the evidence of Dr. H. R. Post, who testified as to the cause of her death. The officers were unable to find Jackson, as he had left irnmediately on hearing of the inquest. It'is but iust to Dr. Pattison to state that he was not called to give evidence at the inquest. He states that he gave no medicine to procure abortion and he is perfectly willing :o have the medicine he gave analyzed.


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