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Free Fight At A Wake

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Chicago, April 1H. - Grewsonie scènes were enacted early Tuesday rnorning at a wake held over the body of John Furlong's infant child in the former's home at 141 LaSalle avenue. The men at the wake beoame quarrelsome and a brawl ■was the result, during wliioh the coffin was broken to splinters. While the mother wás lyiñg ín her bed the mourners made fres with liquor and by midnight every nian was in ïnaudlin state. They sang and joked and the soene becanie so revolting to Mrs. Furlong that she got up from her bed and insisted on taking her child to her sister's home. The husband objected to such a prc ceeding, and walking to where the coffin lay on the two chairs placed his hands on it and declared it should not be taken from the house. McDonald took his sister's part and attempted to wrest the coffin from Furlong. While doing so the child's body feil from the little casket into McDonald's arms. A lively fight ensued, during which the irate husband broke the coffin into splinters. While Furlong was beating McDonald with the einpty coffin the latter was holding on to the body of the infant. He became so exclted during the nielee that in his attempt to defend himself he swung the tiny body about his head and struck Furlong's face with it. The fight grew general, and when MoDonald inade a second attempt to use the body as a club he relaxed hia hold and the remains struck the floor in the corner of the room. Neighbors who were awakened by Mrs. Furlong's pitiful cries were greeted by a sickening sight when they rushed into the room. The pólice were summoned in time to arrest McDonald, who was taken toa station and lockedup. Furlong esoaped, but was arrested later in the day.


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