"Sick List" Newspaper Stories
Goes Crazy While At His Work
B. & M. Track Worker Wanders Away and is Arrested
Gretna, Neb. May 19 – (Special) – Monday morning a fellow giving his name as Richard Grace commenced work on the B. & M. extra gang here, but soon quit, saying he was sick. He lay about the boarding car all day acting strangely, and toward evening started afoot toward Lincoln. Early Tuesday morning reports came from farmers on the bottoms about six miles from here that a crazy man was at large there. City Marshal Wagner started after him and located him about a mile from town at the home of Frank Ryeberg, where he had the women scared nearly to death. He was taken to Papillion last night, where the Board of Insanity will examine him.
It was learned this evening that he came from near Joliet, Ill., and for the past four months has been working in the quarries at Louisville. About ten days ago he quit there and drew about $150. Since then he has been drinking heavily, which may have caused his insanity.
[From the Omaha Daily Bee (Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska), dated May 20, 1897 - Sub. by Denise Hansen]
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