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What Burns Was It

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Parent Issue
Day
8
Month
September
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Superintendent ot the Poor O. E. Mills, of Mancelona, is in the city and brings newspaper clippings regarding a stranger calling hinaself Tom Burns and clainnng to be from Ann Arbor, who committed suicide in that village ou Wednesday of last week, and whose )ody is now in the vats of the auatomieal building of the university. Jnst who he is no one here seems te know. Torn Burns had been employed at Sands lumber camp east of Ealkaska and had gone on an extended debauch. 3e wound up at Maucelona, seeming ;o be impressed with the idea that he iad committed some crime and that he lad an enemy who wad followiug him to kill him. He kept crying out that je was awfully crazy and entreated Deputy Sheriff Kittle to lock him up. This was done. He insisted that the door of his cell should be locked. This was done, but shortly after being lefc alone he broke a window and with a piece of the glass ent his throat, completely eevering the wind pipe and nearly severing the gnllet. He was !ound in this condition and every effort was made to save him. He was aunble to talk. Beef tea was introducect in ais stoiuach by means of a rubber tube nserted through the gasn in the throat. 3e improved and by ineans of a pencil and paper offered to bet $5 that be wonlfl get well. He was taken to the connty farm and scemed to staud the journey well, but the loss of blood aad been too great aud on Saturday last he died. After cutting his throat and after the doctors had worked over bim he penciled on papsr that his name was Torn Burns aDd that he carne from Anu Aibor where he had a sister and son living. He wrote that he had worked for J. Polhemus. He told about Jobn, Tom and Dick Burns Mr. Mills, the superintendent of the poor is jn the city, was not home at the time of Barns' death and his body was shipped to this city in accordance with law Afterwards it was st'ted by some who knew him at the camp that he had been au old soldier. If tbis were so bis body should not have been shipped here but taken care of by the Soldiers' Relief Oommission. He gave his age as 57, bnt those who have seen the body say the man was not over 40. The mysterious thing about the matter is that there was a man who worked for Polbemns formerly by the name of Tom Borus. There used to be a John and a Dick Bnrns in Lndi, bnt the Tom Bnrns who worked for Pol hemus was a shorter man tban is the body of the man who claimed that name. Those who kuew Tom Burns well are positive that the body is not tbat of Burns. Mr. Marsh, the custodian of the body, says he knew Tom Burns, and that this is not him. Patrolmau OolHns also failed to iaentify him aud thinke he never saw tbis man before, Since the above was in type, further investigation shows that there was a carriage maker known as "Brickie" Burns, with red hair, tall and rather slender who usd to be about Polhemus' four years ago. He had a wife and one child. The last that waa known about them tbey were in Jackson. Patrolman Oollins, however says it is not him, and that "Bricike" Burns is in Jackson. "Tommy" Burns, says Patrolman Collius, was au adopted son of James Burns now jaiiitor of the First ward schools, who used to work for Polbemus, and he had an adopted brother uamed John who bas since died. Bnt Mr. Collins, who knew "Tommy" Bnrns, could uot identify the body.