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Knearsey Incident on the Aurania, 1899

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Daily Iowa State Press Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa Feb. 10, 1899 LITTLE IMMIGRANT S SAD LOT Little Alice Knearsey s story is a sad one. She is only 6 years old
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      Daily Iowa State Press
      Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa
      Feb. 10, 1899

      LITTLE IMMIGRANT'S SAD LOT
      Little Alice Knearsey's story is a sad one. She is only 6 years old and
      when she left her native land, Ireland, two weeks ago, her father, John, a
      stalwart young Irishman seemed in the best of health. He had been on the police
      force in Dublin and had risen to be a sergeant. Then he lost his position and
      with Margaret, his wife, and his little Alice, he decided to come to this
      country. Two other children were left with their grandparents. The first night
      at sea a shriek went through the steerage of the Aurania. Ship's officers, crew
      and the passengers found Knearsey insane, standing over his wife threatening to
      kill her. Next morning the frightened child crept to the main deck and saw her
      maniac father struggling in a straitjacket. Mother and daughter passed a
      cheerless Christmas together. As the madman seemed better the next night the
      straitjacket was partly removed. During the night the devoted wife crept from
      her bed to see her husband. The delirium returned to him in a flash and Knearsey
      attacked the woman. Three days later she again saw her husband, who was once
      more violently insane. The shock wrecked the woman's nerves and that night the
      ship's physician found her in convulsions. A few hours later she died. Mrs.
      Knearsey was buried at sea, and little Alice, weeping and frightened, was taken
      to the cabin. A collection was taken up for the child and she will be sent back
      to Ireland.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Iowa Old Press
      http://www.IowaOldPress.com/
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldnews.com/
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