This article appeared in the Hartford Courant on July 22, 1890





An East Hartford Man Assaulted Before His Own House.

Frank Miner, a carpenter, was dangerously, if not fatally, wounded last evening about 10 o'clock at his home in East Hartford. He lives at the house of Daniel Bryan, near the Hockanum bridge on the west side of the East Hartford street at the junction of that street with the south meadow road, and about a quarter of a mile south of the Congregational Church. He heard two men using profane and foul language and making a disturbance near the house, and requested them to move on. They replied with abuse. He then ordered them away when one of them called out that if he would come out they would give all he wanted. Miner stepped out upon the walk in front of the house, and the shorter of the two men drew a revolver and fired at him several times. The second shot struck him in the right side about half an inch above the border of the lower rib. It appears that Miner returned the fire but unsuccessfully and the men escaped in the direction of Glastonbury. Doctors E. J. McKnight and E. H. Griswold, of East Hartford, were summoned and found the bullet under the skin on the left side. Miner lay in a critical condition and it was several hours before he rallied from the shock. The two men were not seen very clearly by anyone on account of the darkness. One of them had a bundle and one was considerably shorter than the other.

Miner did not know them and was unable to give a clear description of them. Sheriff Moore drove in his wagon toward Glastonbury in pursuit of the ruffians, but could not find them. Dr. Griswold said early this morning that it was his private opinion that Miner could not live, though there is some chance for him, as the course taken by the bullet is not definitely ascertained, and possibly no vital part was pierced by it.




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