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Cincinnati Weekly Enquirer (Newspaper) - October 03, 1877, Cincinnati, OhioVol. Xxxvii no. 10. Wednesday morning october 3, 1877. Whole no. 2104. Twice Hung and slowly strangled at last. Xxx ration and Einon hit Lehett at liar rim Karc v�., Fortl a murder Okui Lynn no full history the bloody deed. With its horrible attendant crimes. Special dispatch to the enquirer. H a rim a Burn va., september 25.�?Anderson Shifflett we executed at Thia place to Day Haring Heen convicted As the principal in the murder David g. Lawson a Farmer March 15,1878. The i acts the Case As they were developed at the trial Are As follows . And mrs. Lawson had not been living very happily together Lawson having proved an unfaithful husband. An intimacy existed Between him and a woman named Rebecca Hall a child being the result. After the woman Hall gave birth to the child Lawson moved her and her child into a tenant House situated in the Yard his residence. Mrs. Lawson finding himself powerless to destroy this intimacy transferred her affections to Sam Hall a brother her husbands woman. This state things existed for about six months. Mrs. Lawson when her husband was at Bome to use the language a witness quot was Likely enough to die at any time but when he was gone and 8am Hall was there she was Lively As a a conspiracy was formed to kill Lawson. Silas Morris a brother mrs. Lawson was hired by her by the Promise a House and lot four acres ground to kill have Lawson killed. He opened negotiations with Anderson Shifflett and Burriss Williams. He sublet the contract to Shifflett promising Shifflett 825 for the Job. Williams and Shifflett were partners in Tho business. On one occasion at a log rolling they attempted to Roll a log Lawson. At another time Shifflett snapped a Cap at Lawson As he was passing along the Road. Both 8hifflett and Morris one occasion travelled Twenty five Miles to an old Witch a woman named Lydia Knighton a Fortune Teller to have a a Pell put Lawson. All these attempts proving Intile they resolved to kill him his return from Bill March 15, 1875. The place selected was along a Mountain Road the Trees and undergrowth being very thick either Side. Shifflett and Morris con waled themselves in the Bushes and about four clock that Day As David g. Lawson was driving his team homeward Andersson Shifflett fired the fatal shot. The weapon used was a Springfield Musket. The Hall entered Lawson a Back to the left the Bone passed obliquely inclining upward coming out the right breast two witnesses swore that As the gun was fired Lawson cried a a whoa a a no other words were heard. These two witnesses hurried to the spot and found Lawson lying the ground Between his Saddle and off wheel horse dead. One them stayed with the body while the other rail for help. In about half an hour nearly one dozen persons had Usser bled around the body among the number mrs. Lawson. She did not go within Twenty feet the body and simply asked if he was dead. Upon being informed that he was 6he said to one the number quot let us go Home. We can do no Good Here. When the Coroner comes he will be brought this is the language a witness. This composure the new made widow excited the suspicions the officers and she was closely watched. After the death her husband. 8am Hall continued his attentions to the widow. She imagined tha Hewus tiring her and As an inducement had a will written devising every thing to him except Small portions to her two children. The detectives get hold this fact and commenced working the fears Hall. He demanded mrs. Lawson that the will be put record. She refused to comply until after he married her. This was the cause Halls apparent quarrel with her and a very few Days thereafter Shifflett Williams Morris Aud mrs. Lawson were arrested. The parties bad their examining trials were sent for action the grand jury and True Bills were found at the March term 18/7. Against Anderson Shifflett As principal Silas Morris Burriss Williams and Louisa Lawson accessories before the fact to the murder David g. L son. Shim Leet was tried at the april term and found a guilty. His counsel appealed to the circuit court a new trial was ordered he was Aguin tried at the june term and again found guilty. Judge Ferrall sentenced him to be Hung to Day. Morris was tried at the june term and the jury failed to agree standing eleven for conviction to one for acquittal. He had ids second trial at the july term and was found guilty and also sentenced to be Hung to Day. Mis. Lawson had her first Aud Only trial it the a just term and was found guilty. She is now in All under sentence to be Hung october 30th. Wiur Risa Williams was bailed and used As a witness against his three fellow conspirators. And is yet at Large an Effort to have mrs. Lawson a punishment commuted to imprisonment for life is being made but the probabilities Are that governor Kemper will decline to interfere. Personnel the murderers. Anderson Shillett was a Well built Man about five Leet ten inches High weighing about one Hundred and forty pounds. He had a dark lowering forehead piercing Black eyes was stoop Shoul dered and had a Peculiar twitching the Mouth ail protruding the Toji Guo which As it issued from beneath Kis Black Mustache rendered him hideously ugly. His Steps As he emerged from his cell and along the corridor the jail were More in a the tread a Panther than those a human. He was in his forty Thull year. Silas Morris is a much More attractive Man. His physiognomy does not betray the characteristic expression the hardened cri Muul. He is a stouter Man than Shifflett but not As tall. His step was firm Aud heavy. He was to have been Hung to Day but was respite by the governor a few Days ago till october 23d. The execution took place in the jail Yard and there were about Muty persons present. Shifflett passed a very restless night Ana refused this morning to partake a very sumptuous breakfast prepared for him. He was shaved and dressed in a new suit Cashmere clothes at eight clock and immediately thereafter the sacrament was administered to him in his cell by Rev. David Barr Rector Emmanuel episcopal Church. After the sacrament religious services were performed by Rev. Barr and Rev. Eggleston the methodist Church. At 9 65 clock sheriff Rolston entered his cell and informed the criminal it was time to go. Shif Flett replied a i am he was supported through the corridors and the jail Yard by Rev. Or. Barr and sheriff Rolston. The sheriff ascended the Steps first then Shifflett then Rev. Or. Barr. Alter 8hifflett was seated Rev. Of. Barr asked him if he had any thing to say. He replied quot no you Lead . Burr then read the dying statement Shifflett the salient Points being As follows quot i. Anderson Shifflett do. On this 25th Day september 1877, Moke the following statement and Call god to witness that it is True about four weeks before the murder David g. Lawson Samuel Hall offered me about $25 to kill Lawson put him out the Way someway. I refused to do it. 1 did not kill Lawson. When he was killed i a a Knoll fully three fourths a mile away. I expected he would be killed that Day and went to hear the shot fired and did hear it. 1 had not been there More than ten minutes when the shot was fired. I do not know who fired the shot. After Lawson a death 8am Hall Cave me two three dollars not to Tell that he offered me Money to kill Lawson. Keither did Silas Morris persuade to nor Louisa Lawson pay offer to pay me any Money to kill Lawson. Mrs. Lawson one time said to me a if you were to do it you would be paid for it but i have fot no Money.1 this is my dying statement and now. Praying the merciful god to forgive All my sins and looking to Jesus Christ for salvation i say Farewell. Bis am Uwom x Mark daring the Reading Shifflett sobbed loudly Fra itly calling god to witness that he was inno to. At Tho conclusion the Reading . Barr b bands with him and sheriff Rolston asked to stand up. While the sins Riff and deputies Sartre Pinio Ning him Shifflett a up tau Many times that he was innocent and called loudly As the Black Cap was drawn Over his face for the lord Jesus Christ to have mercy his soul. At 9 46 the rope sustaining the trap was Cut by Deputy sheriff Bear and the allows rope broke with a snap resembling the explosion a percussion Cap. Shifflett fell into the pit beneath the scaffold a helpless Masa there was not a sound for forty three seconds. The first word he said was quot lord you know i am innocent Why must i Suffert he waa then helped from the pit and Laid upon the Grasa he turned upon his stomach Ana for several minutes he moaned most piteously. The rope used was a White Cotton one three eighths an Inch thick. At 10 03 another rope a Hempen one five eighths an Inch thick had been placed in position and Shifflett was carried by three deputies to the scaffold. Re again Rayed loudly asserting his Leno once. After the Lack Cap had been placed Over his face the second time he asked that it might be removed so he could see Daylight once More. His request was complied with when he said quot gentlemen Good by 1 am innocent May the lord Jesus Christ have mercy me a at 10 09 the drop fell and Anderson 8hifflett was suspended Between heaven Aud Earth. He struggled for several minutes violently. At 10 14 his pulse was seventy two at 10 17 it was Twenty five and at 10 22 he was pronounced by the surgeons dead. His body was Cut Down at 10 50, and placed Ina coffin after which the usual ceremonies were held and the body Given to his brother to be taken to his former Home in the mountains for interment. Every thing passed Oft quietly there not being Over two Hundred persons around the jail. Sam Hall was the principal witness against the parties As Well As against mrs. Lawson. He was the most remarkable witnesses. For from five to nine hours each the five trials he was subjected to the strictest Cross examination but in no single instance did he vary from his first statements. The Effort was made to connect him with the conspiracy but failed. Quot Shifflett s hollow a the local name the Region country where the assassination was committed is a Canon in the Blue Ridge Mountain. Ever since the formation this county it has been a terror spot. The first White criminal executed in this county hailed from quot Shifflette a every crime from murder Down has been committed there. The citizens that Mountain Gorge eke out an existence in Winter by Bunting and in summer they come Down into the open country and help off with the wheat crops. A plurality wives is the Rule not the exception. The highest ambition a citizen Shiff Lett s hollow is to own the largest number hounds falling in that to keep the most women. Churches there Are none and school houses Are. In fact in that Region a lost Art. Neither the men condemned were Able to read write. Shifflett about four weeks ago was married in the jail to 8usan Gladden a favorite woman his by whom he had five children. As a specimen the wretchedness their lives one week ago. Sheriff Rolston sent a messenger for Shifflette a wife and children. When the messenger arrived there he found the wife and four the children prostrate the bed with measles and the other one dead. It was during the equinoctial and a rain commencing to fall the messenger was compelled to lift mrs. Shifflett and the living children from the bed and place them underneath to protect them from the rain. The dead babe he covered with the bedclothes. I refer now to the quot hollow proper. In the immediate neighbourhood there Are Many honest hard working people some whom own very cozy Homes and till their land to advantage. Among that number May be mentioned the Morris family which Silas proved an unworthy member. David Lawson the victim owned a farm about four Hundred acres. He was considered an honest hard working Farmer. He was what the mountaineers called a quot stuck up fellow. Beyond his infatuation for Rebecca Hall i hear none the citizens this Community speak ill him. He was about forty five years age when killed. He left two legit mate children boys aged twelve and fifteen years. The youngest one sat beside his Mother in the court room during the trial and waa to Day with her at the jail. As the procession moved away from Shifflette a cell he remarked to Bis Mother that he was going to see the Man who murdered papa Hung. The property owned by Lawson at the time his death was not entirely paid for one payment i believe being due it. This debt counsel fees and court expenses have absorbed the farm and farm Stock and after october 30th, David g. Lawson a children will not Only be orphans but penniless. The crowd in town to Day was the largest since Tho War every Street and Alley appeared filled with people and had it not been that judge Ferrall refused to say until lost thursday whether the execution would be Public private there would have been a larger crowd Here. This is the first execution Here since the War the first i am informed in the Shenandoah Valley since the War. Previous f.xeoimon8. Since the formation Thisbe it unto there have been the following executions As i learn from an old citizen in the year 1801 a negro slave named Bill Daniel was Hung for the murder another slave. In 1818 a slave named Ben Hopkins stabbed with a sickle a negro named Cato and was Hung. In 1822 a White Man named sprouts hailing from Shifflett a hollow was Hung for killing his wife. The next hemp Puller was one Robert Hoy for killing mrs. Smoots in a quarrel about a tallow Caudle. Hoy got a gun and walked into her breakfast room and mowed the top her head Oft quot while she was eating. He was Hung in 1836. The next person to dance nothing was a slave named Grigsby for rape a White woman. He was Hung in 1849. In 1852 another slave gave a like entertainment. Judge Lynch gave a noted desperado living at port Republic a a ticket leave quot in 1858. It was the subject some remark to Day that the first White Man Ever Hung in the county was for wife killing the other White Man for woman killing and to Day a White Man for husband killing. Pennsylvania Poison. Suspected poisoning a Young girl in Westmoreland 1 duty. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Pittsburg september 26.�?a Case alleged murder by Poison involving the reputation a Well to do family at mount pleasant Westmoreland county i9 just now the subject investigation by the people that town. Some time ago . And pcs. Haverstick who live near mount pleasant took from the poor House a Young girl named Mary Campbell and retained her i s a Domestic. Rumours were current at various times afterwards that the child was treated badly and in one instance the details wore published in several the City papers. The Story then was that the girl in punishment for some offence had been compelled to place her baud a red hot stove. The charge was never brought to a trial in court and consequently May to Token As false. The Story now is that last sunday . And mrs. Haverstick went out for a walk taking the Campbell a bold with them. When the three returned the child was suddenly taken with convulsions and died in a Short time in terrible agony. Physicians who at the request the neighbors made an examination the Case reported that the circumstances gave suspicions Poison having b in taken by the deceased and in consequence This statement the stomach the girl was to Day b ought to a chemist this City for an analysis. The coroners jury at mount pleasant found that the death had been occasioned by improperly administering an a Glaize Treasury robbery. Discharge the Haupin party at Richmond. jury fail to agree. Richmond ky., september 25.�?the Maupin party gave themselves up again to Day. The grand jury returning no verdict foil and they were de missed by the court and went quietly borne. The jury in the Case the Commonwealth is. Bob Bolton resulted in a Hung jury eleven for two Yean in the Penitentiary and one for charter Oak a forty per after All. Hartford conn., september 27.�?the directory the charter Oak life insurance company ask policy holders to release 40 per cent the Reserve liabilities. The directors find that the condition the company imperatively demands such action the part the policy holders they will deem it their duty to turn it Over to a by a Devil flab. Victoria v. A Fie tember 28.�?an Indian woman while bathing waa seized by an octopus Devil fish and drowned. The body wee discovered by Indiana tile next Day laying at the Bottom the Bay la tha grasp the Octa Pue. They out the tentacles and rec Varad the body. Ivy Era. The a a tortured quot tre Aonder takes a clean breast it he alleges that j. F. Smith the county auditor waa the Man who a born eds him Pleada the a a Scapegoat Dodge and claims that several prominent Cut Sens have profited by Ilia Crimea. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Wapakoneta o., september 26.�?the following will appear in the Wapakoneta Bee to Morrow Myers made a clean breast it this afternoon and this is How it name about lie waived examination at the preliminary hearing yesterday thereby creating a feeling distrust the part his Recognizers and they refused to go the Bond for his appearance at court. To therefore could not find men willing to assume the obligation which was fixed at 125,000, and he was committed to jail. In the Treasury examination Myers swore that he had never loaned a cent either the county a Money his own to the several parties about whom he was questioned but upon examining them they testified quite differently. J. H. Mesloh the county a representative testified under oath that he had borrowed about 12,000 from Myers at different times during his term office. He said however that he borrowed it without suspecting it was county Money and paid it All Back except 8431 50. Mouch testified that be borrowed five thousand dollars from the treasurer the Day after he took Possession and fifteen Hundred several weeks afterwards. Mouch knew it came from the Treasury but has repaid the amount except about Twenty nine Hundred dollars. Twelve thirteen thousand dollars thus loaned out have been traced to prominent democrats the county but they have not yet been brought before the examiner. This afternoon detective Norris and seven the Bondsmen went to the jail to persuade him to make a confession. His sons also pressed him to Tell All. When he was told the testimony the men he had favored he weakened and told the Story his fall which we will give briefly and for what it is Worth one Day about eighteen months ago he was in his office with the auditor j. F. Smith. He had occasion to go out for a moment and when be returned a package 87,000 was missing from the Safe which he Haa left open. Myers with a simplicity which seems almost incredible said Little to Smith about the matter and never revealed the loss to any one except his son Lawrence. Smith said he would cover it up for him and it was planned Between them to Rob the Treasury Over nine months ago but my Ora could never screw his courage up to the sticking Point until the last hour. Had they executed their plan in August a haul about 870,000 would have been secured. The treasurer said he had made up his mind to be a defaulter without robbing the Treasury but the auditor would not let him. No one helped him to Rob the Safe the night the festival except j. F. Smith. He did not intend to peach but when he became convinced that the ring intended to make a Scapegoat him his intention changed Wesloh still owed Over fourteen Hundred dollars Treasury Money and he Myers had burned his note for <1 ,000, for fear it might be discovered. This places Mesloh in an ugly position and he will probably be indicted for perjury As Well As for conspiring to Rob the Treasury. On the strength Myers confession and other Strong circumstances guilt a warrant for the arrest Smith was put in the hands Norris. Smith a attending a democratic rally at Luna and Norris went after him in a buggy bringing him Here at eight clock this evening. Great excitement prevailed in town and among the incensed germans there was talk Lynching the prisoner. Threats violence Avert also Maue against his obstreperous attorney in. V. Layton. 8mith was lodged in jail and will be arraigned in the morning but he will undoubtedly be unable to get bail. Minnie Stripe the woman in the Case was also arrested and put into jail. Minnie Lias been Smiths mistress for several years and it is thought that she has played no insignificant part in the robbery As he has squandered thousands dollars annually upon her. This feature adds to the terrible severity the blow to his wife and family. About twelve fourteen thousand dollars were taken from the Safe the night the robbery the rest the deficiency having been loaned out quot Long before. Myers says Smith took the Money and that he Myers has not got a cent it. The auditors House was searched tonight and the sum $1,795 secreted under the carpet. A guard was placed around Minnie stripes House and it will be searched in the Moraine. The sex Varte treasurers examination will go until every Man who is suspected having borrowed Money from the Treasury is hunted Down. In relation to this matter the next grand jury will doubtless have several Prima Facie cases perjury to consider. There is a general feeling Relief now that the guilt has fastened upon the right persons. Some our citizens who have been unjustly suspected will sleep sounder to night than at any time since the robbery. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Wapakoneta september 27.�?mayor my Murray a court to Day presented a most interesting scene in which the whole Community avas deeply interested. The first Case was that Mary Thomas a a quot Minnie Stripe a charged with keeping a House for the purpose prostitution. To this charge under the advice counsel she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a Fine $50 and sixty Days imprisonment. I merely mention this important Case for the purpose stating that to this woman j. F. Smith a promising Young Man Aud our present county auditor Waves All his present trouble. Although he had a most interesting wife and daughter Mary Thomas had Complete control his heart and pocket Book. To satisfy the desires this Siren Smith As alleged. Committed his first great offence eighteen months since when Myers the defaulting treasurer alleges that Smith stole from his Safe about 83,200. So Strong was Smiths affection for his mistress that he furnished for her in magnificent style a House Avi thin sight his own wife and daughters door Yard. He purchased for her a Carriage and horse costly jewelry and Fine apparel. The next Case was that j. F. Smith. To the charge robbing the county Safe and conspiring with treasurer Myers to embezzle $27,000 he pleaded not guilty waived an examination and asked to be bound Over to court. His Bond was fixed at $25,009�?the same As Meyers a which he was unable to give and to night he lies behind the bars a cell within a few feet the office Juste vacated to which he was elected by admiring friends. While the late treasurer Myers and the present auditor Smith Are within felons cells grieving Over the past two most estimable families Are overwhelmed with grief and the people Are mourning a depleted Treasury. The confession Myers can not yet be wholly made Public for the reason that other arrests Are contemplated in the near future but enough can be made Public to show what men will do to cover up their Bod deeds. Although Myers As he says made a confidant Smith about the repeated losses in his office aggregating $7,000, months two even after he accused Smith stealing it Smith had the Hardihood to propose to him a robbery the Treasury. To this men after awhile consented but when the hour come Lor action Hie better nature overcame him and he re canted. As the Day for settlement approached something must be done to cover no the Deal cation an Asp oeuvre would follow. Smith again offered to help men out his dilemma and wednesday night september 6th. Was selected. They both went to the Catholic festival then in Progress. There they a Tara till about ten clock. Both left the room and shortly after they Wero in the Tom user s office. An Entrance was gained easily. Myers opened the Safe and Smith put the Money in a sack and took it away. He then returned to the Wood House and got some shavings when Myers struck a match with his own hands and applied the flames slightly to his pants and boots. 8mith then went into the auditors office got a piece twine and tied Myers to a chair and the stove with a gag in his Mouth As found in the morning. 8mith and Myers both relied the latter a thirty years honorable social and business life in the Community but in this they were disappointed. A treasurer and auditor at the same time in jail and unable to give Ball is something for tax payers to contemplate the whole matter with us is looked upon As a great calamity which creates distrust in the minds the people hut it will Bear its Good fruits. Every Man who owes Tho Treasury a Dollar will to prosecuted. Persons High in business circles will be destroyed forever but men higher moral cd trader will fill our offices in the future. To the cred our people the guilty ones Are not to be allowed a moment s respite till punished. Ours is a duplicate the Coshocton robbery years ago. The proof secured. Chamberlain and Patterson pounding the door the Penitentiary and very certain to break in. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Columbia s. C., september 25.�?the committee have been unusually reticent recently and have had All avenues information Cut off. This was proper enough As they were engaged in hearing the most important evidence Ever brought before them at least so far As Chamberlain Ami Patterson Are concerned. The clerks were kept out the committee room but. The game being about completed i am prepared to give you to night the following facts which have come out within the last hour the committee have unimpeachable evidence against Patterson in at least ten new cases the vouchers in his own handwriting Avrich will dispel All doubt about honest Johns Rasca Lity. Chamberlain too has been fixed beyond All Cavil and that virtuous statesman will hardly dare make any additional denial. The enquirers idea that his greatest safety lies in his silence will hardly Avail him now As the proof is conclusive. Jacobs who was indicted along with Patterson telegraphed to the committee to Day that he too wanted to peach and course Clear Bis own skirts thereby. At an Early Day warrants will be issued for the arrest at least Twenty felons at least so far As the Public knows. This number includes nearly Allol the Radical members the present Senate South Carolina who Are implicated in bribery forgery and general corruption. The warrants for their arrest will be issued in time to have them All up before the grand jury which assembles in a few weeks and their cases will come up at the october Terra the general sessions this county. Lively work is ahead and it is conceded All sides tonight that if no guilty men Are to be permitted to escape there will be none left to Tell the tale. Protecting the president. Call for a mass Farr Tang Mew York Republican to endorse Hayes policy. Special dispatch to the enquirer. New York. October 1.�?the committee fifty chosen to make arrangements for a Kepu ohioan mass meeting in support president Hayes and As an offset to the Rochester convention s actions Issue the following Call quot republicans and All others the City new York who approve the administration president Hayes in its efforts to promote permanent Union Aud Harmony the whole country and to restore every Branch the civil service to its Early efficiency and purity and who feel that the action the late Republican state convention has placed the Republican party and people the state in a position toward inc president and his administration at once false and injurious Are requested to meet in Cooper Institute october 10th, at 8 p. M., for the purpose declaring their unabated Faith and Confidence in the integrity ability and patriotism president Hayes their sense the Wisdom and Justice the Aims and purposes his administration and their belief and Joy that the country is beginning to realize and will soon fully reap the Blessing Domestic quiet and Happy Concord in and Between a All the states which Tho Universal love the Union and respect for the Constitution As now established Are sure to produced restored Confidence and abundant labor to All departments Industry and Commerce and sound and permanent Prosperity which shall bring plenty and happiness to All the judge Noah Davis presided and letters were read from Many prominent republicans signifying their intention being present. George w. Curtis Joseph Choate and general Dix were invited to address the mass meeting. John band. Another acc Tsiou to the great company. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Chicago october 1.�?George k. Clark a Well known real estate operator this City went into bankruptcy to Day his Orvn petition. Preferred debts $3,050 90 secured debts $155,000, with securities valued at $109,000 As far As known unsecured debts $113,263 70 As far As known besides $16,823 91 due discounted Bills and about $32,763 43 accommodation paper. The assets comprise land valued at about $84.000, heavily encumbered Bills and notes about $87,000 also Stock in the Hudson and st. Lawrence Railroad the Scioto and Hocking Valley Railroad the Illinois Valley Gas and Bond company 390 shares in the Globe insurance company in All about $190,000 to $200,000. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Warren o., october 1.�?Thomas Mchriston jun., stationer and bookseller this to Day. Assets and liabilities not ascertained. To the associated press Chicago september 28.�?charles l. Woodman a prominent Baker has filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy. Liabilities about $100,000. Encumbered re in estate is the principal Security. Leetonia o., september 25.�?the Avell Knoten firm Charles Koll amp co., this place Avrich dealt largely in dry goods and groceries has failed. Liabilities said to be Large and assets Small. Ann Arbor mich., september 26.�?trueman Carpenter a Large Stock miser Mooreville failed to Day. Liabilities $14,000 assets unknown. Boston october 1.�?the savings Bank at Hyannis has suspended. The Chappel a Gap in ref. Crab Orchard ky., september 29.�?the facts in regard to the Way laying Aud killing William Petre by William Daks thursday evening Are about As follows Oaks tuesday met petrels son James the Road near Chappells Gap and had a falling out and Drew a pistol Young Petre and choked him. Young Petre informed his father we. Petre Oaks treatment to him and the following morning we. Petre repaired to the office Adam Petre a magistrate for a writ breach the peace and carrying concealed weapons and placed the writs in the hands the Constable but they Avert not served. On thursday evening Oaks concealed himself behind some logs the Roadside with an old army Musket loaded with Buck shot and As the senior Petre returned from Bis work without a word Oaks fired nine the shot taking effect in the Back and shoulder Petre. He expired in about fifteen minutes. Oaks dropped his inn in an instant and fled through the Woods foot As yet he has not been apprehended though friends the deceased Are in hot Panni the Morder from what we can glean is purely wilful and premeditated. 8ome fears Are entertained that if a is caught be will be summarily dealt with. His brother Adam Oaks waa brought before an examining court at this place to Day As an acre Amory to the crime but Lor want Teeth Mony be was released. The officers Ara using every Effort to bring such criminals to Justice and doubtless Oaks Freedom will soon expire. The murderer Wea a Nephew blood again asserts itself. The general cases a m. Clair in the role an avengers he squares account with a negro desperado by putting two Balia in his body. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Richmond ky., september 80.�?hon. Cassius m. Clay formerly minister to Russia under president Lincoln a administration to Day shot and killed a negro Man Perry White. The affair occurred at ten clock this morning the farm general Clay six Miles from this place. General Clay has had in his employ As Cook for some time a negro woman the Mother Perry White. A few Days ago he discovered that she bad been robbing him his Silver plate his table service and other articles and he discharged her. Being a very violent woman she swore vengeance against her employer. Previous to this Perry had also been ordered from the place being known in Tho neighbourhood As a negro who lived by stealing who had frequently been implicated in robberies and was otherwise notorious As a bold daring Man and desperate negro. The negro his own account and to avenge his Mother Hod resolved to kill Clay and a letter written by White containing a threat to carry out his murderous purpose was shown to Clay. The latter has anticipated trouble with the negro and for ten Days past when he went out his farm he carried his pistol. This morning general Clay mounted his horse with a Small White boy behind him and started to a negro Church in the neighbourhood where lie intended to hire a Cook in place the one discharged. He had proceeded but a Short distance from his House when he saw a Loose horse in a pasture near the Roadside. Just As he was passing the Little boy remarked quot there is Perry White a looking in the direction the horse which had neither bridle nor Saddle . Clay saw the negro in the act hiding dodging behind the animal. Knowing White had no business there and believing Liat he had come for some bad purpose while All the other darkies were at Church and at once supposing that the negro intended to make an attack upon him from the cover Ciao leaped Down Ami passing immediately in front the horse confronted the negro and ordered him to throw up his hands. The negro obeyed sinking to the ground. Clay then talked to him roughly ordering him from the place and telling him if quot he moved from his position until he Clay got his horse he would kill him. Clay then turned and started to his horse w hen the negro Rose suddenly and made at Clay at which time the latter Drew his pistol and fired twice. Both balls took effect one in the neck and the other in the breast and the negro fell dead. General Cluny immediately Rode to town and gave himself into the hands an officer the Law and he is now in custody await Long an examination trial which will take place to Morroa morning. The feeling the Community is entirely Avith general Clay who is one the most quiet and Pace Early disposed men in the country awhile the negro avas known As a Stout bully a dishonest Knave and an exceedingly bold and dangerous Man. Verdict the coroners jury a justifiable killing held in $1,000 Bonds for manslaughter. Richmond ky., october 1.�?this morning hon. W. Miller judge the Madison county court thought the circumstances in the Case against hon. Clay for killing Perry White coloureds detailed in the enquirer to Day justified nothing More than a warrant for Man Slaughter and the charge was accordingly preferred in that form. Soon the warrant was served general Clay he Avent into open court and in the presence the judge and the county attorney waived an examination. Judge Miller then fixed his bail at $1,000, Avrich avas promptly Given. Brutus j. Clay and James Bennett the son and son in Law general Clay entering upon Tho Bond As his securities that he would Render himself amenable to the process the Zhav at the next March Torrn the Madison circuit court. At the meeting the court at that Date the charge Avill be investigated by the grand jury Aud if that body finds sufficient grounds for indictment he will be indicted for manslaughter but from the violent character the negro and the statements Gen eral Clay and the Little boy under ten years age who alone a witnessed the killing it is a foregone conclusion that after an investigation the att air further proceedings will be ignored. The verdict the Coroner s jury which held an inquest Tho dead body the negro to Day reads As follows a we the jury find from the testimony that Perry White name to his death by a pistol shot from the hands Cassius m. Clay sunday september 30th, said testimony being Given under oath by c. Clay he being the Only witness. We Are constrained from said evidence to j the said c. Clay in taking the life said Hite and we believe he did it in his own necessary a gentleman jut from Irvine in Estill county has informed your correspondent that he was at the circuit court in that town to Ilay and that danger was apprehended very serious trouble. At two clock in the afternoon two hostile parties consisting fifteen men each Side confronted each other and a very serious fight seemed imminent. Other parties however interfered and when the informant left a temporary truce had been arranged although it was believed the trouble Avold be renewed. The difficulty grew out an old election feud several years ago in which a prominent Man by the name Sam Tyre avas killed. In the present fight the parties Are the Tyre and the anti Tyre factions. Mure it. Another family feud set f led in the Shnal manner. Special Dis it atch to the enquirer. Crab Orchard ky., september 28. Caas was received Here to Day a cold blooded murder which occurred about five Miles from this Point late last night. It seems from what can be gathered for details the affair Are very meager that there had been for years a family feud Between William Oak icy and William Petre two Farmers living in the Vicinity Chappells Gap and that last night Oakley while partially intoxicated and annoyed by fresh insults a from Petre shot him with an old Musket causing his death. The Section country where these people lived some seven eight Miles from Here is rough and sparsely settled bordering upon the Mountain Region and barely affording subsistence to the people who live there much their time being spent in Hunting and outdoor life. The rude bar rooms Avrich however abound throughout the entire Section furnish enough bad whisky to keep alive and renew the family feuds which Are so common there and to this cause May be traced the trouble Between Petre and Oakley. It seems that their feud was one Long stand lug and had grown out family difficulties and insults Given both parties in drinking bouts which Wero frequent among them and that the result had been one two fights Between members the families in which. It is supposed the Oakley had been worsted. The Oakley also claim that Petre had made numerous threats against we. Oakley and that the killing was a matter self defense. Chappells Gap the Point near which the shooting occur a is located about five Miles from Here. It furnishes one two whisky shops and it seems that it was at the store that the quarrel was resumed. After some fresh trouble had occurred Oakley who seems to have been unarmed withdrew and disappeared going it is supposed to his Home and obtaining a old Musket which he loaded with heavy shot and locating himself by the Roadside where he knew Petre must pass waited his arrival. This did not occur until quite a late hour and in fortunately for Petre. Not until after the Moon Hod Arisen thus giving Oakley a better Opportunity to carry out his plan which he did evidently to his entire satisfaction the Musket bails entering petrels head and body causing death in a Short time. Oakley then led and though the sheriff and a posse have been in Pursuit for some time has not yet been taken nor is it Likely he will be As his thorough knowledge the Mountain regions will enable him to elude his pursuers. There is much excitement Over the affair As Petre had Many friends and the frequent affairs this sort in this Section have impressed the Good citizens with the necessity putting a Stop in some Way to the system wholesale murder upon the slightest provocation which seems to be gaining in favor among the citizens the farming Aud Mountain districts. Thompsons tricks. Peel Lar performances an ill Nolsie preacher who Wen abroad to recuperate. Special dispatch to the enquirer. New York october 1.�?Rev. Alfred Thompson the free methodist Church Elyria Illinois was arrested in Jersey City to night under rather Peculiar circumstances. Last Spring . Thompsons parishioners gave him permission to spend the summer in Europe. He went to England where he was born in june last and remained there until the latter part August when he sailed for Home. On the Steamer avas a female named mra. Cobham married but separated from her husband. On the passage . Thompson and she had frequent opportunities for discussing religion and other matters and Tho result avas that they became very intimate so intimate that the arrival the Steamer at new York they went to a Small hotel West Street and there it is alleged took up their abode As Man and Azife. There they resided together until to Day when . Thompsons eyes were opened to the sinfulness the Llie he was leading and in his repentant mood he ret sealed to mrs. Cobham the fact that he had a wife and two children in Chicago. Then he disappeared leaving mrs. Cobham undoubted evidence the sincerity his repentance and an abiding interest in her welfare in the fact that he took with him eleven sovereigns a valuable Gold watch and some $400 Worth Jea Velry belonging to her. When mrs. Cobham became convinced that Rev. Alfred Thompson had departed she went to Jersey City and placed the matter in the hands detective Francis who with officer to we found Thompson at the office John Lamb Corner Exchange place and Hudson Street effecting the Exchange a second for a first class ticket for chi ago. He made no attempt to deny his identity nor to conceal the property Avrich he said mra. Cobham had made him a present . He waa locked up at the first precinct police station and in the morning will be sent to new York for trial Utah divorces. The mormon Mills in successful operation. Salt Lake september 27.�?the committee appointed by the grand jury to investigate the records the probate court Salt Lake county report that from september 1876, to september 1877, Pavard three Hundred divorces were granted. Eighty per cent that number were applied for when both parties to the suit were non residents and beyond the jurisdiction the court. There is reason to believe that the other county probate courts the territory Are likewise engaged in this class divorce business to an equal if not greater extent. One Hundred Aud fifty cases give in detail the places residence the plaintiffs and defendants the Date the complaint and names attorneys when Given. This last shows that attorneys have appeared in Only fifty seven cases George a5 Webster Twenty seven George c. Bates Nineteen m. Bane sixteen s. S Smith one. Shock lug outrage ii Pon a child a Load Call Lor judge Lynch. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Mead Halle penn., october 1.�?an outrage which has few parallels in the history crime was committed saturday near Bloomfield this comity. Mary Ann Kelly aged nine years daughter a labourer the Dayton and Titusville Railroad went to Lineville about one mile Distant an errand saturday evening. She was returning Home about five clock and Ashen a Short distance from Home avas brutally outraged by Clayton King a Young and dissipated Man who is now in jail Here. The child made her Avay Here and told her parents and search avas at once made for the perpetrator. A physician was summoned who rendered All possible Aid but it is said he pronounced her recovery extremely doubtful. King was take before the unfortunate girl who at once identified him but said the clothes were not the same that King had a pair Check ered in ints. Upon examination at Kings room a pair pants answering the girls description were found which were blood stained and pronounced fresh Marks human blood. The evidence is conclusive and King awaits trial. No bail Avold be accepted. A reporter visited King at the jail. His countenance indicates a rather Low order intelligence. Upon informing the prisoner the report that the girl was dead this morning Kwh go a face flushed und he replied quot i know nothing about it after Thattie would not look up. He does not seem to want bail probably being aware that he is safer in the hands the Law than he would be with the excited friends and neighbors Tho Avold undoubtedly Hung the villain to a tree. The st. Elmo desperado identified.? terse haute ind., september 27. A Frank Nichols who was nne top tuesday evening last it the residence his Mother in Livingston 111., was conveyed to the jail at Vandalia. He was visited tins morning by Frank Wireman the Only survivor the Trio Avaio Avert shot by the desperado the 10th inst. Wireman without the least hesitation fully identified Nichols As the Man who did the shooting. St. Elmo the scene the tragedy is located thirteen Miles East Vandalia but the citizens that Village Are in such a state excitement that the officers fear an attempt at Lynching. A Strong guard Deputy sheriffs surround the jail and a attempts at mob violence Avill be stoutly resisted. iiautf., ind., october 1.�?Frank Nichol the st. Elmo murderer has been indicted by the grand jury Fayette county and his trial will occur at the term court now in session. Kre Altig up a gang horse thieves and desperadoes at Bowling Green Kentucky. Bowling Green ky., september 29.�?the country around Allen Springs ky., has Long been infested with a gang horse thieves Aud desperadoes a Hose depredations Are becoming intolerable. They frequently steal and drive off Peoples Stock and sell them plunder houses and engage in All manner pillaging. No one dared to divulge their mischief for fear having their houses burned destroyed. Their actions recently became so desperate that the people organized a party and yesterday started in Pursuit. Fortunately they soon struck the Trail after vigilant efforts. Captured two them to Day at Memphis Junction by. Several escaped but Are being pursued. The Leader them is a Young Man highly / connected and Avell to do. Rustic suspensions will probably ensue. Tie cattle plague in Michigan a Duel spoiled. Detroit mich., september 26.�?inquiries Moda Farmers in the markets to Day show that the cattle plague has secured a Strong hold in this and adjoining counties. 0\-cr thirty cows have died in this City and the milkmen Are rapidly losing their patrons. The Board health is to Day sell tiny some measure to Check Tho plague and guard against it. A Duel Between two Young bloods might Havu been fought this morning the Lake st. Claim Road but before the pistols Avert ready the father one the Young men appeared and with i Little Cane broke up the Soiree and drove some the party half a mile across the Fields. A woman is at the Bottom it course. Another Kentucky shooting affray. Louisville september 29.�?a desperate Light took place at noon to Day about two Miles from Bardstown Nelson county Between John Hardin and Bob Holthouser two desperadoes the Man got into a quarrel and while almost up to each other both commenced firing. Twelve Zanoto we exchanged. Hoi trouser received Flo bullets in to loft Side which penetrated the lungs and waa shot in the left shoulder. Hardin waa shot in the breast Bat Bis wounds Are no quot dangerous eolthouser1 a wounds Are thought y in a Atal it heavy fall Are in Moet Rael. Montreal september 28.�?the lure j. In Stevenson a co., Grain and commission merchants. Is announced. Liabilities $390,001

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