Tragic Halloween tale from Glasgow

From the Hereford Journal, November 19th 1845

Boy Frightened to Death – On Sunday last a boy named James Forsyth, residing at 285, Argyle Street, Glasgow, died from the effects of a fright occasioned by another boy in the same court presenting suddenly before him a mask, or what is generally known as a ‘false face’ , two days previous. We believe the circumstances occurred in connexion with the accustomed recreations of children on Hallow’e’en on Friday evening. The poor child who sustained the fright was driven into such a state of mental insensibility that he did not recover the shock.”


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