Friday, March 04, 2011
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: William F. Marriner
From 1902 to 1905 he worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York World (briefly) and T.C. McClure's Syndicate...
His first comic was Foolish Ferdinand…Mary and Her Little Lamb was another, longer running feature, and Sambo and His Funny Noises ran until Marriner's death….
Marriner's most enduring and engaging effort, however, was Wags, the Dog That Adopted a Man. It...ran from 1905 to 1908, with reprints years thereafter by boiler-plate syndicates.
Mystery in Death of Artist in Fire
Shot Heard Before House Burst into Flames—Police Seek Burglars.
Hackensack, N.J., Oct. 9 — The fact that a shot was fired just before the home of William Marriner, an artist, at Harrington Park, burst into flames at 3 o'clock this morning, led County Detective Blauvelt of Hackensack, to make an investigation.
The artist's body was found in the ruins of his home burned almost beyond recognition. It was near the front door. The authorities think that Marriner, who was alone at the time, may have interrupted a burglar and was shot. It was accepted as strange that his hat and handkerchief were found in the roadway near his home.
Walter Bogert, who owns the house that was burned, gave two strokes on the fire alarm, but as the signal is seven strokes the firemen did not respond.
The residence was valued at $6,000. Mrs. Marriner had been visiting relatives in New York City with her son. A neighbor hurried to notify her. Marriner was said to have been employed on "The Cosmopolitan Magazine."
Told of Arson Threat
Sleuths Say Dead Artist Planned to Burn Village.
Hackensack, N.J., Oct. 10 — County Detectives W.V.A. Blauvelt and John W. Courter, of Hackensack, after an investigation of the death of William Marriner, a magazine artist, whose charred body was found in the ruins of his summer home at Harrington Park yesterday, are of opinion that Marriner died a firebug and a probable suicide. The detectives base their conclusion on an interview with Carl Hoberman, a neighbor of Marriner, late last night.
"Marriner was under the influence of liquor on Thursday afternoon, after a visit to Westwood, and when I stopped to speak to him he remarked: 'If my wife doesn't come home tonight, I'll burn my house and the whole village.' " Hoberman told the detectives.
County Physician Samuel E. Armstrong of Rutherford, who ordered the investigation, says he now feels satisfied that the artist was not a murder victim.
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Clare Angell was also a member of The Blue Pencil Club and a contributor to Blue Pencil Magazine. He was born on March 4, 1874, in Lansing, Michigan. He was a cartoonist and illustrator of newspapers, magazines, books, and postcards. But I can't find a record of his death. Do you or any of your readers know where and when he died?