Disasters · Graves · New York

Boy killed on birthday to avoid a kiss

February 15, 1909
New York, New York
George Spencer Millet dies at the age of 15 while avoiding being kissed at his work

George had been well liked amongst his female counterparts for his “gentlemanly ways.” When it was discovered it was his 15th birthday, the girls decided to each kiss him 15 times. During Gertrude Robbins’ turn, the bashful teen resisted, falling on a metal pen eraser (a knife-shaped metal tool used to scrape ink off paper) and piercing an artery. He died half an hour later at the hospital.

Gertrude was arrested and held for six hours before being released unconditionally at midnight.

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