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    DEATH BED CONFESSION MADE BY THE INVENTOR OF THE ROLLER FLOUR PROCESS.

    interesting read about one of my ancestors.

    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lc...ed-1/seq-2.pdf

    11/24/1890

    DEATH BED CONFESSION
    MADE BY THE INVENTOR OF THE ROLLER
    FLOUR PROCESS.
    He Says He Killed a Gambler in Pittsburg
    and Fled Wanders Around the Country
    Tortured by remorse The Case Is Not
    Remembered Here.

    A special telegram from Elmira, N. Y.,
    to The Dispatch tells the following
    strange story, for which no corroboration
    can be found among the police officials and
    sporting men of this city:
    On October 26, Wilson W. Agar died at a
    hotel in Elmira, N. Y. At the time of his
    death be was penniless, although be had once
    been a millionaire, and his remains were buried
    in the potter's field by the city authorities.
    Agar went to Elmira about three months
    previous from New York. He was the
    the inverter of the roller process of making flour,
    and at the time of his death was engaged in a
    number of improvements on his patent.

    A story is told of a confession he is said to have
    made to a friend at the hotel just before bis
    death The story is that 20 years ago he lived
    in Pittsburg, and the man who recently died
    here in poverty was one of the foremost business
    men. He was addicted to gambling, and
    had won and lost fortunes at cards. One of the
    most reckless gamblers of the city was Charles
    Selwin. a dangerous and desperate man. He
    courted Agar's society with the object of winning
    his money. Finally one night 'when
    Agar was drunk he was enticed into a
    game of poker with Selwin and of
    course lost rapidly. There were but two
    other men in the room at the time, and as the
    hour grew late they left, leaving the two gamblers
    alone. Within a short time Agar had lost
    $20,000, and Selwin quit against Agar's protest.
    a fight ensued, during which the men grappled,
    and in the scuffle Agar plunged a dirk
    knife, which he carried, into Selwin's heart.
    He then secured the checks and money given
    the dead roan and fled,

    The police were never able to ascertain the
    murderer and Agar wandered about the country
    until be had lost every dollar he had.
    Filled with remorse as death approached, be
    confessed the crime, and gave to Edward
    Cormstock the man who tells this story of the
    confession the dirk with which the deed was done.

  2. #2
    Kentucky Kache

    Re: DEATH BED CONFESSION MADE BY THE INVENTOR OF THE ROLLER FLOUR PROCESS.

    Interesting story, but I was expecting a treasure lead.

  3. #3
    us
    Oct 2005
    Northern, Michigan
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    Re: DEATH BED CONFESSION MADE BY THE INVENTOR OF THE ROLLER FLOUR PROCESS.

    This is one time when real justice was done.
    Pretty neat story. There are many like this. In fact, even today, in some areas of our country more murders go unsolved than solved.
    "Everything is an anomaly" Michigan Badger

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    Tuberale

    May 2010
    Portland, Oregon
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    Re: DEATH BED CONFESSION MADE BY THE INVENTOR OF THE ROLLER FLOUR PROCESS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky Kache
    Interesting story, but I was expecting a treasure lead.
    Maybe it is.

  5. #5
    Kentucky Kache

    Re: DEATH BED CONFESSION MADE BY THE INVENTOR OF THE ROLLER FLOUR PROCESS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuberale
    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky Kache
    Interesting story, but I was expecting a treasure lead.
    Maybe it is.
    Could be, if someone in the area wanted to research it.

 

 

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