Not Exactly “Charlotte’s Web”

Neither life nor the press spared those who came before us, however sensitive they might have been. This appeared in the Syracuse Post-Standard, Friday, April 6, 1900:


William Murphy Found with His Head Partly Eaten Off.

Skaneateles. April 5 – William Murphy, brother of James Murphy, was found dead one mile west of Skaneateles Junction yesterday afternoon. He went to the barnyard Monday to look for eggs and did not return. Nothing, however, was thought of it inasmuch as he often went away and stayed away three or four days. When Edith Wilson went to look for eggs yesterday she found Murphy behind a strawstack in the barnyard with the top of his head eaten off by hogs.


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