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Richards, Clarence Alvin - Lieut


Destroyer’s Commander Deliberately Grasped Heavily Charged Wires

SAG HARBOR, L. I., May 26.—Lieutenant Clarence Alvin Richards, commander of the United States destroyer Fanning, was instantly killed by an electric shock in the station of the Sag Harbor Light & Power Company here today.

Harry D. Christian, night watchman at the station, said it appeared to him that the lieutenant deliberately committed suicide by taking hold of two heavily charged wires.

The Fanning was one of a fleet of war vessels which has been maneuvering in Gardiner’s Bay, making their headquarters here, but the vessels were under orders to leave for Newport at 3 A. M. Why Lieutenant Richards was ashore after the sailing orders were issued is unknown. Christian said the lieutenant came to the power station two hours before the fleet was to sail and said he was a government inspector. He pushed Christian aside and walking into the station picked up two wires, receiving the shock which killed him. Lieutenant Richards was appointed to the navy from Kansas and was 34 years old.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 27 May 1916

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