Canton’s Great Tragedy. The Murder of George D. Saxton, Together with a History of the Arrest and Trial of Annie E. George, Charged with the Murder. With Biographical Sketches of George D. Saxton and Annie E. George . . . by “Coe.”. Thurlow K. Albaugh, Crime, Law.

Canton’s Great Tragedy. The Murder of George D. Saxton, Together with a History of the Arrest and Trial of Annie E. George, Charged with the Murder. With Biographical Sketches of George D. Saxton and Annie E. George . . . by “Coe.”

(Wooster, O. Press of Clipper Printing Co., 1899.). First edition. 8vo (7.75 x 5.38 inches), original green cloth, gilt lettering, 308 pages. Frontis, 13 plates. Cloth stained and fly-specked, with some nibbling from the spine; occasional light marginal staining, cheap paper stock toned but supple; a good copy. Item #20437

A sensational murder trial: George Saxton, husband of President William McKinley’s sister, was known as a something of a bounder and a cad; he had persuaded Annie George to leave her husband and obtain a divorce, only to go back on his promise to marry her. Saxton was gunned down on the porch of another of his lovers, and despite heavy circumstantial evidence against Annie George (gunpowder on her hands, seen in the area by a streetcar conductor, etc.) the jury (in accordance with popular sentiment) acquitted her. This account bears all the signs of hasty topical publication, but spares little in the way of innuendo, etc. McDade 334.

Price: $250.00

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