April 21, 1926

Wednesday, April 21, 1926

Nova Scotian Shattered World’s Marathon Record

J. C. Miles, of Sydney, Captured Boston Marathon in Record Time.

Cambridge, Mass., April 19. – Beating Albin Stenroos, Olympic champion 1924, Clarence DeMar, four times winner, and one hundred other contestants, John C. Miles of Sydney Mines, N. S., won a place in the niche of fame when he trotted home first in the classic Boston Marathon, in the world’s record time of two hours, twenty-four minutes and forty and three-fifths seconds.

It was a magnificent victory and the eighteen year old wonder, was acclaimed by approximately half a million people, as he, with head erect, and bearing on his chest the Maple Leaf of Canada, covered the last four miles of the course, and finished with a burst of speed, in front of the Boston Athletic Association clubhouse.

Wednesday, April 21, 1926

Waterville Man Takes Own Life

Lifeless Body of Freeman Wentzell Found in Cooper Shop Near His Residence.

Residents of Waterville were greatly shocked on Monday morning when it was learned that Freeman Wentzell had ended his own life by cutting his throat with a razor. He had kindled the fire as usual and when his wife got up he was nowhere to be seen. She found that he had not dressed his feet nor put on his outside clothing. On a cursory search she could not find any trace of him. She immediately went for her brother, Loran Lightfoot, who with Roy White made a search and found the lifeless body behind a door in the cooperage with a gash in the throat and a razor on the floor.

The Coroner, Dr. McGrath, of Kentville, was summoned by telephone and when he arrived a jury was sworn in. C. O. Cook was appointed foreman. Evidence of the finding of the body was given by Walter Smith, Loran Lightfoot and Roy White, and the jury returned a verdict that he had ended his own life by cutting his throat with a razor.

The man had been somewhat despondent during the past few weeks, perhaps owing to the fact that he had been unable to find employment. He leaves besides his widow, five children and several brothers and sisters in Lunenburg county.