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18810212- Best Escape

Cleveland Lakeside Press
02/12/1881, Feature Story

Best Escape

February 12, 1880

Ed. Lakeside Pres.

   William (alias Honicky) Best amused himself by beating his brother-in-law, George Moore, Monday afternoon, and a warrant was issued by Justice Sanders for Best's apprehension.  Constable Coilier went in search of Honicky and discovered him at the bar of the Railroad House, where he was engaged in drinking and talking with some chums.  The constable concluded to wait until Best had finished his drink and talk; so he stepped back into the sitting room and stood by the stove with back toward the party.  After a moment or two, the officer, hearing an unusual noise, turned round and just in time to Honicky disappearing through a trap hole behind the bar.  Coilier made a rush into the room and demanded Jim Dwyer, who was acting as bartender, to open the trap.  Dwyer did so.  The contable bounded down the stairs and followed in the direction of the noise made by Best.  A lively chase followed, among case of beer bottles, kegs, etc., and Coilier finally cornered him as he was making for another stairway leading into the kitchen.  Best, of coursed, showed fight, but at last cooled down and concluded to go up-stairs with the officer.  There was crowds gathered around and declared that Best should not be taken out the door.  The plucky little constable had lots of 'sand', however, and gave the party to understand that he would make it mighty hard for them if he was interfered with; so they conceded it would be ___ to intercede in the matter and Honicky was mustered out and brought into the presence of his majesty Squire Saunders.

Owner/SourceCleveland Historical Society
Date12 Feb 1881
Linked toRailroad House, Cleveland, Oswego, New York; William H. Best (Legal); James Dwyer (Occupation)

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