At Tonawanda, Scribner pleads with governor for protection, article (Jamestown Journal, 1893-06-22)


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At Tonawanda, Scribner pleads with governor for protection, article (Jamestown Journal, 1893-06-22).jpg

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Two years before the double murder, P. W. Scribner of the Eastern Lumber Company sends a telegram to Governor Flower on behalf of the area lumber dealers. He complains that neither the sherifs nor village authorities will provide protection for them to unload vessels on their docks in Tonawanda. North Tonawanda / Niagara County is currently "protected by military," so they have been "obliged" to transfer vessels to that county to unload. He asks for military protection.

Flower telegrams back that the call is the Erie County Sherif's to make, not his, and lists the powers the sherif has (posse, National Guard, other counties). The governor also telegrams the sherif and says he expects him to do his duty, and that "peace and good order must be maintained at any cost."

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1893-06-22