Monthly Archives: May 2017

Fatal Journey Part Three

Grace died on Wednesday, July 11, 1906. Chester was arrested for her murder on Saturday, right after eating a leisurely breakfast at the Arrowhead Hotel.   Auburn Prison, Site of Chester’s Execution in 1908   Chester was tried in Herkimer, … Continue reading

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Fatal Journey Part Two

Chester wrote Grace one last letter a week after his previous one. In it, he says I think it is best that you should go to Hamilton next Monday and meet me there. It would be better to go where … Continue reading

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Fatal Journey

Part One The young woman on the left was my cousin, Grace Brown. The young man on the right was Chester Gillette. He was also my cousin. When I started learning their story, I had no idea there was any … Continue reading

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WATERFALLS

Waterfalls are dear to most people, like rainbows. The sights and sounds of them have a universal appeal, restful and calming. There are some exceptions, like that tiny horror in the sheer north face of the Eiger that some climbers … Continue reading

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TWO VIEWS OF TOLEDO

A photograph – and a painting. Toledo now, and Toledo four hundred years ago. Toledo, as the camera reveals it. Toledo, as the artist, El Greco saw it, filtered through his own experiences, religious beliefs, mission as an artist, and, … Continue reading

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THE TWAIN SHALL MEET

Mark Twain and H. L. Mencken All you need is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. Always do right. That … Continue reading

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PRINCE OF WALES

PRINCE OF WALES As an American with little knowledge of English history and tradition, I have wondered what in the world the Prince of Wales has to do with Wales. I have some ancestors, way, way back, who were said … Continue reading

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LINCOLN

First Inaugural Address March 4, 1861 Fellow-Citizens of the United States: In compliance with a custom as old as the Government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by … Continue reading

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RAINBOW CROW

The Lenni Lenape people, “tribe” in modern vernacular, had many stories that were told and retold, handed down from one generation to the next for centuries. As must be true with any oral tradition, these tales changed over time and, … Continue reading

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