South Manitou - Lovers Dispute





Miller Tried to Deprive the Coveted Girl of Her Lover

Daily Eagle
Traverse City, Michigan
29 Jul 1903 pg 1

(From a Special Correspondent)
South Manitou, Mich., July 29-- Maddened by unrequited love and jealous of his successful rival, Arthur Miller of Empire, employed as engineer here at the sawmill of B. J. Morgan of Traverse City, had a narrow escape from losing his life in a fight Monday night with Dan Ford of Glen Haven.  Miller escaped with nine knife woulds in his body extending from his head to his hip.  He will recover.

For some time, Miller, it is said, was the nicest young fellow at the camp kitchen.  He was frequently in her company and the men cast many envious glances at him, as the young woman showered her smiles on him and accepted his attentions.  At the end of last week, Miller came to the mainland for a couple of days.  During his absence Ford succeeded in integratating himself into the favor of the pretty woman and when Miller returned on Monday, she gave him a decidedly cool reception.  Her smiles were all for Fred.  Miller claimed that his rival had been unscrupulous and had told untrue tales of him to the girl.  Being ousted from her attention, he swore he would have his vengenance.

Ford suspecting trouble, stayed down at the mill with the night watchman until a late hour after spending the evening in the young woman's company.  He concluded it would be safer to wait until Miller had gone to sleep before returning to the bunk house.  Finally, about 11:30, he walked into camp.  Miller was seated on his bunk talking to a companion.  He addressed Ford and hot words were exchanged which soon lead to blows and clinching.

The room was in perfect darkness and little could be understood, save the occasional yells of Miller who cried, "Stop biting me!"  Finally one of the mill hands struck a light and Miller was seen to be covered with gore, the blood streaming down from cuts on his head, shoulder, arms and hips.  The fighters were quickly separated and it was found that Fred had a large pocket knife in his hand with which he had cut his rival.  He claimed that he had been whittlling and had the knife in his hand when he entered the camp and the fight began.

Millers wounds were washed and dressed temporarily by Mrs. Thomas Foster.  Dr. Fralick of Maple City was summoned and was brought over yesterday morning by Captain Loufberg of the life saving station.  The sea was running so high that no other boats dared go out on the lake.  The doctor found that the wounds looked more serious than they really were.  They were long in several places, especially on the hip and the back of the head, but they were not deep.

No arrest will be made and the affair will be kept out of the courts.  Ford has agreed to pay the doctor bill and this has been considered satisfactory to Miller.  The girl will still choose her own sweetheart, no matter how many duels are fought over her.  Miller will return to his duties as engineer in a few days.