Scrapbook page of New York news clippings announcing the mysterious circumstances of the death of William Marsh Rice
Scrapbook page containing various news clippings announcing the death of William March Rice. At the top of the page is written "Sept. 26th, '00. Syracuse, N.Y. Journal, Brooklyn, N.Y., Standard-Union." The two headlines from the news clipping below that are "Investigating Rich Man's Death," and "Police Stop Cremation of Dead Millionaire." Written above the headline "A Millionaire's Death" is "Bridgeport, Conn. Standard." Two separate paragraph clippings have the following written above - "Rochester, N.Y. Times." and "Batavia, N.Y. News."
William M. Rice died on Sunday, Sept. 24, 1900, in his apartment in New York City. On Sept. 25, 1900, suspicious banking transactions by Mr. Rice's valet, Charlie Jones, tipped off Mr. Rice's bank that something was wrong. Jones sent a telegram to Capt. James A. Baker in Houston regarding the death. Baker and Mr. Rice's brother Frederick Rice left for New York immediately, calling for a halt to the cremation plans. That night, Mr. Rice's attorney, Albert T. Patrick, announced that Rice had recently changed his will, leaving the bulk of his wealth to Patrick. By the next day, Sept. 26, newspapers in New York were announcing mysterious circumstances and a coroner's investigation.
Citable link to this pagehttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/63459
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