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Tragedy In Michigan

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Parent Issue
Day
24
Month
July
Year
1896
Copyright
Public Domain
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Attica, Mioh., July 32. - Gorman Swain, a farmer, living one mile south of this place, early Tuesday morriing killed three of his children with a butcherknife. set fireto his house, and then committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart Swain was about 48 years old and was in comfortable circumstances Ho liad a violent temper, and for years had threatoned to kill his family and himself. His wife died 1 :st spring, since which time Swain's o;ubursts of temper have been more frequent and of a more violent nature thau heretofore. Last Sunday evening he had trouble with three of tho older ehildren, Fred. aged li) years ; Anua, aged 17, and Birdie, aged 15. Went to a Xeighbor's House. He whipped them severely. and they tooit refuge in a neighbor's honse. Monday he trieJ to induce them to return home, but they refused, and probably saved their lives. Xeighbors were aroused by the burning of Swain's house shortly aftcr S o'clock in the morning. When they reached the place ' a horrible sight confronred them. Lying on the roadway with their throats cut from ear to ear were Frank Swain, aged 11 years; Lucy, 9 years. and Jinnnie, 7 years. The father ïay near them with a bullet hole above the heart. B" his side were the weapons with which he had ended their lives and his own. It is supposed that Swain was lemporarily insane.

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Ann Arbor Argus
Old News