Keaton, OH Gas Fumes Kill Six, Dec 1910

MEN AND WOMEN IN BIG CAROUSE, SIX DIED BY GAS.

(By United Press.)
Kenton, O., Dec. 24. -- Six persons were killed by gas fumes early today as a result of a secret carouse of several men and women in a room in the Lintz block.
The dead are:
CLARK LATHAM, 35, and his wife.
HARRY NEWCOMB, 23.
MISS BAILEY, 21.
WILLIAM KENNEDY, 50.
PEARL KENNEDY, 24, his son.
The KENNEDY'S roomed in the block, but so far as could be learned, they, nor any of the others, had no right to be in the room in which they died.
A gas pipe in the room was found disconnected and empty liquor bottles were scattered all around.
The police are investigating a story that NEWCOMB changed the lock on another man's room using the room for the carousal last night. When the bodies were found this morning their attitude seemed to indicate that the entire crowd had become insensible from drink, and were suffocated from the gas while in that condition.
A clerk in a restaurant on the first floor, receiving no response to repeated calls, gave alarm and this led to the discovery. When one of the rooms opened a gas stove, without chimney connection, was still burning.

Portsmouth Daily Times Ohio 1910-12-23