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The Assassination of Dr. Patrick Henry Cronin.

A Complete and Authentic History of the Greatest of Modern Conspiracies.


HENRY M. HUNT, The Noted Journalist.

Profusely Illustrated with Original Engravings.

Apart from Its Value As a History of a Celebrated Case, the Story Itself Is of Thrilling and Fascinating Interest.

[Illustration: From a Photograph taken just before the Murder. ]

Copyright 1889, By H. L. & D. H. Kochersperger.


This volume is not intended as an addition to the criminal literature of the country. It has not been published solely for the pleasure of those who delight in devouring morbid tales of crime and criminals. It rather owes its existence to a general demand from all parts of the United States, from the Canadas, from Great Britain, and from many points on the continent of Europe, for a complete, concise, and accurate story of one of the greatest of modern crimes and the events connected therewith. The reports of the public press, while of the most searching and elaborate character, have nevertheless been of necessity so disjointed, fragmentary and confusing, covering a period of over seven months, each day and week replete with new discoveries and new sensations, as to make it well nigh impossible for even the most careful reader, with unlimited time at his disposal, to grasp or comprehend anything more than the barest outline of this remarkable case. The object of this volume therefore, is to present in consecutive form and as a complete narrative all the facts which have been brought to light from the day of the disappearance of Dr. Cronin, to the close of the trial of those accused of his murder. Many circumstances have combined to make the task a difficult and laborious one, but the results are submitted in the belief that as the only effort of its kind, it will prove not only a story of thrilling interest to the general reader, but also valuable, by its accuracy and continuity, as an historical work.




A Crime That Shocked the Civilized World The Mysterious Stranger A Sudden Summons The Instincts of Humanity Triumph over Personal Considerations Last Moments at Home Parting Words with a Friend Dr. Cronin's Eventful Life How He Worked His Way Upward on the Ladder of Honor and Fame, 15


Dr. Cronin Fails to Return Home Anxiety of His Friends The Early Morning Ride to the Ice House O'Sullivan's Surprise and Ignorance The Mysterious Wagon and Its Occupants A Bloody Trunk is Found The Search Commenced "It is His Hair," 27


An Accidental Clue Frank Woodruff's Arrest How He Was Hired to Get a Wagon to Carry the Mysterious Trunk to Lake View A Corpse is Dumped Out He Thinks It was That of a Woman His Sensational Confession The Police on a Wild Goose Chase, 46


"It is a Conspiracy" Dr. Cronin's Friends Claim the Murder was a Political Assassination The Public Skeptical until Startling Developments Are Made The Physician in Danger of His Life for Years Previous Attempts to Remove Him The Trouble in the Clan na Gael Charges and Counter Charges The Buffalo Convention Why His "Removal" became a Necessity to Certain People, 57


Strange Influences at Work Miss Anna Murphy Thinks She Saw the Doctor on a Street Car His Long and Mysterious Ride with Conductor Dwyer Reporter Long also Encounters Him, This Time in Toronto The Police and Public Satisfied, but His Friends Still Anxious Efforts to Prove Him a British Spy A Big Reward Offered 101

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