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Subject: Sept 16, 1902 - Kent - Dingle
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 23:00:13 EST
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Tue Sept 16, 1902
CONFUSION OVER GIRL'S NAME
Finding the names "BATES" on the linen collar and on a handkerchief of
the girl led at first to the conclusion that that was her name. It is said by
her brother-in-law that her middle name id BATES. At the Riverside Hospital
Dr. RANDALL called her Ethel Blanche DINGLE. Miss DINGLE is said to have had
an intimate girl friend named BATES in Buffalo.
An incident in connection with the finding of the letters and the
search for the girl's name caused some caustic comment at the morgue yesterday.
Coroners KLEINDIENST and KILLIP and half a dozen others struggled most of
Sunday afternoon in piecing together a torn letter that they thought would give
the girl's full name. They did not know that Detective O'LOUGHLIN had in his
pocket four letters and a note bearing both KENT's and the girl's names. The
detective was watching KENT at the hospital.
INVESTIGATION IS THOROUGH
Coroner KLEINDIENST has covered an amazing amount of ground in his two
days investigation of the case. He has the statements of many persons who have
information concerning the relations of KENT and the girl. Dr. J. H.
ACHESON, of Atlantic avenue, who graduated from the Buffalo Medical College this
summer, has made a statement to the Coroner, as has also Dr. L. Edward VILLAUME,
who came from Buffalo Sunday. John BOWMAN has also made a statement to
Coroner KLEINDIENST. The two doctors are friends of KENT and refuse to talk to
newspaper men about the case.
Director HAYDEN, who promptly took hold of the case, left town Sunday
night, and has not been seen or heard from since. It is believed that he has
gone to Buffalo or Canada to investigate the past of Miss DINGLEY and young
THE MATTER OF DRUGS
Investigation of the strange tragedy leads the officials into the
subject of drugs to a depth to which few of them had ever before delved. There is
contradictory testimony on the point of Miss DINGLE being addicted to the use
of drugs. Some way that she took a drug with beer, and others assert the
contrary. Dr. JOHNSON, who made the autopsy, says of the condition of her body.
"Her organs were in normal condition. The tissues were firm and well
nourished. Her heart was one of the best I have ever seen. If she were a "dope"
user she would have a strychnia heart. There was not even the slightest
evidence of this. Her lungs were excellent, her stomach was in fine condition,
and there wasn't the slightest trace of drugs anywhere on her. If she used a
hypodermic the needle would have left scars wherever inserted. I looked for
scars. There was none visible."
It is said that KENT was jabbing a hypodermic needle into his arm when
the door of his room was burst in Sunday morning. It did not seem to work,
and he threw it on the floor exclaiming: "Damn the gun, it's jammed again."
It is understood on excellent authority that the throat cutting
occurred at about 5 o'clock. KENT was able to staunch the flow of blood at his own
throat, yet he did not ring for a bell boy, which seems the logical thing for
one to do under such circumstances. Instead, he returned to bed beside the
corpse of his companion, and raved and groaned until attention was drawn to the
room by the strange sounds.
GIRL WAS BORN NEAR HAMILTON
Special Dispatch to Democrat and Chronicle.
Hamilton, Ont., Sept. 15 - Ethel Blanche DINGLE was a daughter of the
late James DINGLE, butcher, and was born on the old DINGLE homestead near
Hamilton. Her father kept a butcher shop here for a number of years and died
fifteen years ago. Afterwards Mrs. DINGLE moved to Toronto, taking her children
with her. She lived with her mother, Mrs. McDONALD. She died a few years ago,
when the three daughters went to live with an aunt, Mrs. McPHERSON, in
Buffalo. Ethel was a most attractive girl and had many admirers. She was here last
summer visiting her brother, James DINGLE. The family is well connected
here. James DINGLE went to Rochester this morning as soon as he heard of the
PALMYRA WAS AROUSED
Palmyra, Sept. 15 - The news of the tragedy at the Whitcomb House in
Rochester was received here with great surprise. Young KENT was a son of Mr.
and Mrs. A. Dorr KENT and the family had always resided in Palmyra until about
three years ago, when all moved to Buffalo in order to give Leland the
advantage of an education at the University of Buffalo.
Besides the son there were two daughters, and they were very popular in
Palmyra. The three children received instruction in the Palmyra-Union
School. The father owns a large farm a few miles north of Palmyra and the children
were all born there, but the family removed to Palmyra village when they were
quite young. They all gained popularity as soon as they went to Palmyra,
Leland especially being a favorite. He was a big, whole-souled fellow. He was
very large for his age and soon became a well-known athlete and football
player, and took an active part in the social affairs of the village. He was a good
student, always well advanced in his studies.
In the spring of 1899 he was united in marriage to Miss Madge TAYLOR,
but he kept on with his studies and soon began to prepare for entrance to the
University of Buffalo. His father being a traveling man, his headquarters
could as well be in that city as in Palmyra, so the family moved to Buffalo.
Leland would have finished his university course this year. His wife and young
son spent the summer in Palmyra and he was here a good deal with them. They
did not return to Buffalo until about two weeks ago. His sisters were both
graduates from the Onconta Normal School and are now teaching.
One of Leland's friends in Palmyra said to-day. "There wasn't a mean
thing about him." His friends seem confident that he will be able to explain
things to the satisfaction of all. Owing to the prominence of the families and
relatives of the young man, the affair was the main subject of conversation
in Palmyra to-day.
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