May 16, 1887|
Andrew Miller, a farmer, of Lee County, Virginia, who had lost considerable butter by thieves, poisoned a firkin and placed it where the thieves would be pretty apt to come across it. The firkin of butter was stolen, and in some manner became scattered broadcast throughout the neighborhood, carrying death into a number of households. Three brothers, named James, Andrew and Joseph Jackson, of Elk Garden, died from the effects, also Miss Alice Gatewood, a beautiful young lady who was visiting the Jackson family. Twelve other persons, including George Dabney Wooten, a prominent lawyer, Drs. Fitch and Cowan, the two leading physicians of the county, and the editor of the Lee County Sentinel, were seriously ill from the effects of the poison.