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Originally published in The Seattle Star, November 14, 1905

Negro coal miner at Ravensdale expires under mysterious circumstances—glass of beer followed by fatal convulsions

Matt Starwich, the deputy sheriff at Ravensdale, is pictured top left (#1). King County Sheriff Robert Dodge (center) was previously deputy sheriff at Black Diamond.

Matt Starwich, the deputy sheriff at Ravensdale, is pictured top left (#1). King County Sheriff Robert Dodge (center) was previously deputy sheriff at Black Diamond.

Ravensdale, a coal mining town in King County, is in the throes of what appears to be a murder mystery.

The death of Thomas Myers, a negro coal miner, Monday morning after hours of intense suffering, has caused the authorities to suspect foul play.

Feeling runs high in the town against Frank Marcus, a saloonkeeper, and his brother, Steve Marcus. While they are not accused, they are being watched by Deputy Sheriff Matt Starwich. A few says ago Steve Marcus quarreled violently with the dead man over money matters. Frank Marcus claims that the colored man owed him $4 and refused to pay it. (more…)

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