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Cairo Evening Bulletin and

Cairo Daily Bulletin

 3 Jan 1870-30 Dec 1870


Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed by Darrel Dexter

Monday, 3 Jan 1870:
Death of Alderman John P. Gibson

At eight o'clock, on the evening of New Year's Day, Alderman John P. Gibson died at his residence in this city, after an illness of several weeks duration.  He died without a struggle, suddenly, before his friends knew there was danger of such a swift dissolution.  He was a native of Ireland, comparatively a young man, and during life was a man of indomitable perseverance, and great deal of energy.  His remains were taken to Villa Ridge yesterday afternoon, and buried in the Catholic Cemetery.
The funeral of Alderman John P. Gibson was attended by a very large concourse of citizens.  The disease of which he died was erysipelas, and owing to the fact, that cars could not be obtained on Monday, the funeral was appointed for yesterday.  The consequence was, that many of the friends of the deceased did not hear of his death until it was too late to be present at his burial.


[Note by the Webmaster:  A Tribute of Respect for John P. Gibson, passed by the Board of Aldermen on 3 January, appeared in the issue of Monday, 10 January 1870]

Tuesday, 4 Jan 1870:
The Mound City Journal says:  "Phil Reily, an old and well-known citizen of this city, died last Thursday."

Tuesday, 11 Jan 1870:
(Special Correspondence of the Daily Bulletin)

Jonesboro, Jan. 10th, 1870

The circuit court of this county, which has been in session, more than three weeks will soon adjourn.  All the common law and chancery cases have been disposed of and there yet remain only three criminal cases undisposed of.  In case of the People vs. Abram Misenhimer, Jr., for murder, the venue was changed to Alexander Circuit Court.  In the case of The People vs. William Whitehead and Mat Conigan for the murder of Buck DupassWhitehead has moved for his trial to Murphysboro and Conigan's trial will be commenced this p.m.  This is a case of much importance and notoriety, on account of the character of the deceased, and the manner in which the homicide will be conducted by Col. Robert R. Townes, and the defense of F. E. Albright, Esq.

Wednesday, 12 Jan 1870:
A colored woman, a resident of the barracks, "overlaid" her infant child, night before last, and, waking up in the morning, found it a corpse.  She slept so soundly that the cries and struggles of the child failed to disturb her.

Thursday, 13 Jan 1870:
The body of Mr. Jack Martin, the cook of the towboat Mary Davidge, found dead along side the railroad track yesterday morning, bore no wounds or bruises of that frightful nature inflicted by cars.  In truth, we understand that his body was neither torn nor bruised, and the only evidence of injury was presented in the swollen breast.  It is to be regretted, perhaps, that the body was not subjected to a post mortem examination.  All doubts as to the manner of his death might by such means, have been dissipated.  The general conclusion is that he was killed by the cars.  There are a few, however, that feel disposed to ascribe his death to apoplexy, and a few others are rather inclined to insist that the unfortunate man has been foully dealt with.  At all events the manner of his death is not unquestionably ascertained; and the doubt existing may, and doubtless will, be harrowing to his friends and family.  The deceased was a resident of Davenport, Iowa.  The inquest was held by coroner P. Corcoran, to whom all letters of the inquiry may be addressed.
The Carbondale New Era of yesterday, gives the particulars of a fatal accident that should stand as a perpetual warning, particularly to boys who handle firearms.  John Smith, a young man about nineteen years of age, living in the vicinity of Carbondale, lost his life by the accidental discharge of his revolver.  The careless fellow held the muzzle of the weapon against his stomach, and with the blade of his pocketknife attempted to push the cartridge from the cylinder.  One of the cartridges exploded, sending the ball though his stomach to his hip, where it lodged.  He died almost instantly.

Friday, 14 Jan 1870:
Illinois Cavalry Attention!

Charles A. D. Jenkins is confined in the Sangamon County jail, charged with the crime of murder.  He protests that he is innocent, and will be able to establish his innocence, if he can learn the whereabouts of certain comrades of the 16th Illinois Cavalry.  These parties all lived in Cairo in the year 1863, and enlisted with Jenkins in Capt. Fletcher's Company of McClernand Body Guards, which was afterwards consolidated with the 16th Cavalry.  In furtherance of the object of the accused we give place to the following advertisement.

Information wanted of any men who enlisted with Capt. Fletcher at Cairo for the McClernand Body Guard, and was afterwards mustered in the 16th Illinois Cavalry, at Camp Butler, 1863; also of the man who kept a saloon at the upper end of the levee in 1863, and lodged Capt. Fletcher's men previous to their going to Camp Butler.  I think the saloon was called "The Red White and Blue" Saloon; also information wanted of William W. Vititow, John P. Hutton, Oscar Addison, Charles H. Bentley, or the man that was going to be Lieutenant of Capt. Fletcher's Company.  Any information of either of the above parties will be thankfully received by Ed. A. Wilson, Springfield, Illinois.
            (The descriptive rolls of the 16th Cavalry show that Charles A. D. Jenkins was 29, a native of New York, N.Y., and a resident of Toledo, Ohio, when he enlisted on 18 Dec 1862, at Cairo, Ill.  He deserted on 6 Aug 1863, at Marion, Ill.  The other men listed were also in Company K, 16th Illinois Cavalry.  William W. Vititow, a native of Owensboro, Ky., was 2nd lieutenant, from Madison, Ind.; John P. Hutton, a native of Centerville, Ind., was 1st lieutenant from Indianapolis, Ind.; Oscar Addison, a native of Zanesville, Ohio, was a private, from Chicago; and Charles M. Bentley, a native of Utica, N.Y., was quartermaster sergeant from St. Louis.)

Monday, 17 Jan 1870:

Yesterday morning at 6 o'clock, of pneumonia, John, infant son of Louis and Margaret Blatteau, aged 16 months.  The remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge today at 12 o'clock by special train, a considerable number of the friends of the family accompanying them.
A young man named Ad. Blew knocked a negro named Stewart, on the head with a crowbar, in Metropolis, one day last week.  It is thought that the negro's injuries are fatal.  Blew will have his preliminary examination today.
Mrs. Frazier, the destitute woman to whom we made reference a few days ago, was removed from her miserable abode at the corner of Fifteenth and Poplar streets to more comfortable quarters further downtown, where she received quite all the attention her case required. Death, however, had marked her as a victim, and on Saturday night, she died.  To the last moment she indignantly rejected all proffered help from the county, and charged her children not to permit her body to be buried in a pauper coffin.  Whether the remonstrance of the children had the desired effect or not, we cannot say.  We understand that they regarded the death of their mother as a "big thing," and looked forward to her burial as one of the most enjoyable frolics of their lives.

Tuesday, 18 Jan 1870:
Man Drowned

About five o'clock yesterday evening a white man named Valentine Seigelman, fell overboard from the steamer Commonwealth, lying at our landing, and drowned.  The ill-fated man had on a heavy overcoat, which buoyed him up during an interval of three or four minutes, and several seconds after his head disappeared beneath the surface of the water, his coat tails were plainly visible.  He floated at least one hundred yards before sinking.  If there had been a skiff or yawl at hand, the poor fellow might have been rescued.  He had been filling the position of fireman we understand, on the Commonwealth.
The trial of young Misenhimer, charged with the murder of a young German, at Dongola, about a year ago, will probably take place during the present term of the circuit court.  The case is brought here by change of venue from Union County.

Thursday, 20 Jan 1870:

This gentleman, generally known as a kind and inoffensive man of more than ordinary intelligence, died yesterday evening in the St. Mary's Hospital, having been entered only a few hours.  He had lived in Cairo about four years, filling, during that time, temporary positions in quite all the county and city offices, where the services of a good clerk, and a correct accountant are in demand, and not unfrequently in the counting rooms of our large business houses.  He was a good-hearted man of a most genial nature, good social qualities, and one of the most ardent partisans of the city.  Quite all his acquaintances will recall the figure he presented during the last presidential campaign, in the ranks of the Seymour "Tax-payers."  His tattered and torn garments, his battered hat and monster broom, rendered him "the observed of all observers."  He died penniless, but his friends, who may be found in almost every home of the city, will see to it that his body secures a respectful burial.
Friday, 21 Jan 1870:
In Memoriam.
Death of the Hon. D. J. Baker, Sr.
Proceedings in the Supreme and United States District Courts
Eulogies Pronounced by the Hon. Sidney Breese, Gov. Koerner, and Gen. McClernand

At a meeting of the members of the bar in attendance upon the Supreme Court, in Springfield, held on the 7th inst., the propriety of taking some action in reference to the death of the Hon. D. J. Baker, Sen., a distinguished citizen, and member of the Illinois bar, the Hon. O. B. Ficklin was called to the chair and the Hon. N. M. Knapp was chosen secretary.


[Note by the Webmaster:  There follow an extensive series of resolutions lamenting the death of Connecticut-born David Jewett Baker, a young lawyer who arrived in Kaskaskia in 1820.  He briefly represented Illinois in the United States Senate and served many years as United States District Attorney for the State of Illinois.   Eulogies by Gov. Koerner, Mr. Sawyer, Hon. Levi Davis, Hon. O. B. Ticklin and remarks Gen. McClernand provide additional personal details on Baker, who died at his home in Alton on August 6, 1869. The full text of the resolutions and eulogies can be found in the microfilm copy of the newspaper.]

A Reputed French Count and Captain Takes Strychnine
He Advises his Friends of his Purpose and Is not Believed

            Dr. A. Carre, more generally known as the “French Doctor” visited the City Brewery yesterday afternoon, shortly after 5 o’clock, and asking the bystanders to drink with him, called for a glass of beer.  Before drinking it he drew a small vial from his pocket, and taking a small quantity of the contents upon the blade of his knife, sifted it into the beer, and, with the remark that it was “strychnine—good for the stomach—excellent for those who intended to go to Villa Ridge”—emptied the glass.  As it had been his custom to take medicines in this way, his conduct excited little or nor attention.  He insisted, however, that he had taken strychnine and would “finish” at six o’clock.  He then passed out on the platform in front of the brewery; sat down, and soon tumbled over in a terrible convulsion.  True to his prediction that he would “finish” at 6 o’clock, he died while many of the timepieces of the city were proclaiming that hour.

            Dr. Carre was not a regular physician, but those who were acquainted with him say that he had been well educated, was known in France as Count Veitte, and filled the position of Captain in the French army.  He fled his native country to escape the consequences of conspiracy against Emperor Napoleon, whom he hated with an inveterate hate.  Arriving in Cairo in 1863 he commenced a round of dissipation that was continued, with occasional intervals of rest, up to the time of his death.  Whether the story of his career and position in France is true or false, it is undoubtedly true that his wife occupies a place near the person of the Empress; and it was the receipt of a letter from her that hastened the end of his existence.

            He has during his stay in Cairo received several letters from his wife, nearly all of them imploring him to return.  He received a letter of this kind yesterday morning, and the reflection that he was a poor, penniless castaway, who perhaps would never be in a condition to rejoin his family, spurred him on to self-destruction.

            Yesterday morning he entered Mrs. Kluge’s grocery and asked the clerk to go to Mr. Feith’s and buy him a coffin.  He subsequently met Mr. Feith, who had just shipped the body of Gen. Herron to Villa Ridge, and assured him that he would soon have the job of disposing of his body in like manner.  During the day he told other parties that he “had too soon much trouble here; but would be happy tonight.”  His bearing, however, gave no proof of his sincerity, so everybody addressed by him paid no heed to what he said.  Those who saw him, as we did this morning, stark and stiff in his pauper coffin, have evidence that he was fearfully in earnest in all he said.

            An inquest was held by Coroner Corcoran over the body, during which most of the above facts were detailed by the witnesses.  The verdict of the jury was that the deceased had come to his death from poison administered by his own hands.

            During the day the friends of the deceased provided means to secure a good coffin, and respectable interment of the body in the cemetery at Villa Ridge.

Saturday, 22 Jan 1870:
The Misenheimer murder case has been set for next Monday week.  There is no certainty, however, that it will come off at that time.  The alleged murder was committed in Union County, and it will probably occur that material witnesses will not be in attendance.  In that event a continuance will be unavoidable.

Monday, 24 Jan 1879:

George D. Prentice, the journalist and poet, is not more.  He died at his rooms in Louisville, at 10 minutes to 4 o'clock Saturday morning.  As a poet, as a wit, and as a satirist, Prentice was without an equal to his day.  "What shall be his place in the temple of fame, it is scarcely for us, who live yet in the magic of his presence, to determine."  We only know that in his death one of the greatest of American poets and writers has fallen, and that we may never seen his like again.

Tuesday, 25 Jan 1870:
One Man Killed and Another Mortally Wounded

(From the Nashville Union, Jan. 21.)

            We are again called upon to chronicle another deed of blood, involving the loss of the life of one man who was killed outright and probably mortally wounded of another.  Though the tragic event did not occur to our immediate vicinity it promises a high degree of local interest, as the party killed was formerly a resident of this city, and his many friends and acquaintances who still live here.  It argues a bad state of things, not to say an absolute increase of crime throughout the country, when we can scarcely issue a paper without recording the shocking murder, killing or maiming one or more parties.  The laxity of the law in enforcing the proper rigorous penalties, and the free and indiscriminate use of firearms and deadly weapons everywhere on all occasions have made the frequency of desperate attacks, murders, and killings, and scenes of blood so common that they excite scarcely an extraordinary interest.  The shocking affair here referred took place in a drinking saloon I the town of Hopkinsville, near 10 o’clock, last Saturday night, through as to the particulars of the origin of the affair we are not fully informed.  It appears that a number of persons were drinking and carousing in the saloon, and that a general melee was going on, in which weapons were freely used.

            One of the parties, a man named Donahue, was particularly obstreperous and seemed to be at the bottom of the difficulty.  Mr. J. R. W. Pearcy, who is acting policeman of Hopkinsville, and who was formerly a policeman in this city, went to the saloon to arrest this party.  While endeavoring to make the arrest, arms were freely used, and several pistols were fired.  Before the arrest could be made, Mr. Donahue drew his pistol and fired at Mr. Pearcy, the ball striking him and taking effect in a vital part.  Mr. Pearcy fell bleeding profusely, and died in five minutes after the fatal shot was fired.  Other shots were fired in the confusion, and one of the balls struck the bar tender, inflicting, it is thought, a mortal wound.  Mr. Donahue was promptly placed under arrest and lodged in jail.  A brother of Mr. Pearcy, who lives in Pulaski, passed through the city yesterday on his way to Hopkinsville to be present at Donahue's preliminary trial, which will be had today, and to look after his deceased brother's interests.  Mr. Pearcy, who was killed, was about 33 years of age, and leaves a wife and young family to mourn his untimely death.  His remains will arrive by this morning's train, and he will be buried by the Order of Pale Faces.

Details Relative to His Death—Preparation for the Funeral

            Louisville, Ky., Jan. 23, 1870

            The death of George D. Prentice, on Saturday morning, at the residence of his son, a few miles from this city, though not entirely unexpected, was received with every mark of profound sorrow throughout the city, and many flags were placed at half-mast.

            Mr. Prentice had been dangerously ill for some time.  He has made his home in the Courier-Journal office for a year past, but has been in the habit of going down to his son’s farm on Saturday afternoon, and returning on Monday.  On the Saturday before Christmas, he left the city in a buggy, late in the afternoon, arriving at his son’s after night, very much chilled, and shivering with cold—the weather having changed suddenly, and found him without sufficient wrappings.  The next morning he woke up sick, and was seized with pneumonia.  For several days his life was despaired of, but his strong constitution mastered the disease, and until Friday morning he was thought to be recovering rapidly.  From that time he commenced sinking, and all the efforts of his physicians to rally him were of no avail.  They ascribe his death to no specific cause but general exhaustion of the vital powers.  He was conscious up to within a few moments of his dissolution.  His last words were:  “I want to go.”  On the previous day he signed a deposition, after doing which he said:  “My work is done.”

            His remains reached the city today, about 12 o’clock, and were taken charge of by the Masons, of which body he was an honored member.  The body was conveyed to Masonic temple, where it will lie in state until the funeral, which will take place from Christ’s church tomorrow.  No one was admitted to the hall today, but it will be opened tomorrow from 9 o’clock to 1, when thousands of the people he has so long served will be allowed to gaze upon all that is mortal of the illustrious post-editor,= before its final passage to the tomb.

            Mr. Prentice was in the 69th years, and leaves one son.  He was at one time comparatively rich, but it is understood that little of his former riches survive him.

Wednesday, 26 Jan 1870:
Dora, youngest daughter of Nicholas and Adelia Hunsacker, died yesterday evening, after a short illness.  She was a beautiful and interesting child, and her loss is a heavy blow to the devoted parents and surviving children.  Mr. Hunsacker was absent in the country during the little girl's illness, and, without suspecting any serious termination of the case, returned yesterday evening and found her a corpse.

Saturday, 29 Jan 1870:
Mollie Trammell, known in this city during the war as a brilliant member of the demi monde, is insane in California.
The French vice consul at Chicago, has addressed the mayor of Cairo to obtain information in regard to the suicide of Dr. Carre. He adds," I will also pray you to find, if possible, the whereabouts of a Frenchman of the name of Toussaint Bourgeois, who is said to live or to have lived in Cairo.  His wife was a Miss Bocquet.  She was a governess. 

This information, the Consul says, is demanded by the French Foreign Department.  Any citizen who knows anything about Mr. Bourgeois will confer a favor on the Mayor by communicating this information to him, as soon as possible.
The Misenheimer murder case is set for Monday, but it will probably go over until the next term of the Circuit court.

Tuesday, 1 Feb 1870:
The Misenheimer Case.

It will be seen in our court proceedings that the Misenheimer murder case has been continued, on the affidavit of the accused.  This much we anticipated.  The accused sets up in his affidavit that he can prove by one Smith, whose presence he could not secure at this term of the court, that one Huggins had an angry altercation and a fight with deceased after the altercation between the accused and the deceased had terminated, and that he, Huggins, dealt deceased the fatal blow.  The trial, therefore, has been postponed that the presence of this very material witness may be secured.

Thursday, 3 Feb 1870:
The French vice consul at Chicago having extended inquiries through us as to the whereabouts of a French subject, named Touissaint Bourgois, we have been placed in possession of the following facts.  Mr. Bourgois died in this city on the 1st day of February, 1868, having a widow in the person of Augustine Bocquet, who was his second wife, and who still resides here.  His first wife by whom he had two children, died several years ago, but precisely when and where, we have not been informed.  The widow, by whom he had one child, is quite anxious to ascertain why these inquiries are made.

Thursday, 10 Feb 1870:

Mr. Charles O. Faxon, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died at the residence of his mother, near that city, on Friday morning, 28th ult.  As a journalist, Mr. Faxon had few superiors in the Western press.  He was principal editor of the Louisville Courier, from the reestablishment of that paper, after the war, to the time it was merged with the Journal.  He leaves a family and many friends to mourn his death.—Paducah Herald.

Mr. C. O. Faxon was the brother of Len G. Faxon, who, during the period intervening the years 1854 and 1859, was connected with the press of this city.  He was a fluent writer, and in every respect a first class newspaperman.
Friday, 11 Feb 1870:
In this city, at 11 o'clock last night, Paulina, infant daughter of Jacob and Rosina Lehning, aged 26 days.  The remains will be conveyed by a special train to Villa Ridge, tomorrow, at 10 o'clock p.m.  The friends of the family are invited to attend.
Ten lives Lost

(Memphis, Feb. 11)
To J. H. Oberly:
Steamer Maggie Hays exploded her boilers last night, above Helena, instantly killing the captain,  second engineer and eight deck hands.  Boat and cargo a total loss.  No passengers injured.

Saturday, 12 Feb 1870:
By a provoking typographical error, in yesterday's paper, we were made to say that the remains of Mr. Lehning's infant child would be conveyed to Villa Ridge for burial at 10 o'clock p.m., instead of 1 o'clock p.m.  The good sense of the reader, probably enabled him however, to correct the error.

Monday, 14 Feb1870:
Frightful Occurrence on the Mississippi, Below Helena
Explosion of the Steamer Maggie Hays while En Route to St. Louis
Causes of the Accident—A Full and Interesting History of the Disaster.

From the
Memphis Avalanche 12th

A terrible steamboat explosion occurred on the Mississippi River at the foot of chute 66, about forty-five miles below Helena, Arkansas, shortly after noon on Thursday, which resulted in the total destruction of the steamer Maggie Hays of Pittsburg, the death of the commander, Bernard C. Martin, the second engineer Michael McDermitt, three colored deckhands, and one fireman, and the scalding and bruising of several other persons.

The captain, a heroic commander, was found near the capstan, writhing in the greatest agony and frightfully scalded.  He had been blown from the top of the hurricane roof down on the lower deck.  He was still conscious, and although suffering the greatest pain, his first thought was the safety of his passengers and turning to the mate, Mr. Wilson, he asked with a semi-bewildered look, "What has happened?"  When told the boat had exploded, he anxiously said, "Go and try and save the people and leave me here."  He appeared resigned to his fate when told that all the passengers had been placed in safety on board the board. 

The second engineer, Mr. Henry McDermitt, whose home is in Algiers, Louisiana, was in charge of the engine at the time of the explosion, and when discovered he was found lying outside the engine room door.  He was terribly scalded about his head, face, and other parts of the body, in fact, in the words of our informant, he was frightfully scalded from head to foot.  The flesh was hanging in shreds and although he was still conscious and when picked up placed on his feet was able to walk along the deck toward the bow.  Here everything was done for his relief which human skill could suggest.
Three Deckhands and a Fireman Missing.

Three deck hands and a fireman, all colored, are missing, and it is supposed they were all blown overboard into the river and drowned.  Their names are as follows:  James Mordling, fireman; Tom Wilson, Belair; David Skinner, Belair; and John Harris, Pittsburg, deckhands.
Death of the Engineer

Mr. Henry McDermitt suffered the most extreme agony, and all efforts for his relief proved unavailing , and about midnight death came to his relief and his spirit returned to the God who gave it.  He was buried yesterday, near the foot of the chute 66.
Death of Captain B. C. Martin

Captain B. C. Martin was carried on board the steamer Commercial where he was most kindly cared for by Captain Glass, his officers and passengers.  It was however soon observed that he was beyond the power of human aid, and about a quarter past 4 o'clock he commenced to sink rapidly, and at 5 o'clock death came to his relief and his spirit was gently wafted towards that bourne from whence no traveler returns.  His remains were taken ashore at Helena, and will be forwarded from that city to Pittsburgh, where Captain Martin leaves a widow and a young family to lament the untimely loss of a kind husband and an affectionate father.
Wednesday, 16 Feb 1870:
Captain Thomas Newell of Memphis was lately surprised by receiving notice of a bequest of $2,000 left him by David Kalar, of Nashville, Tenn., who formerly ran with Captain Newell, as watchman and mate on the C. Conner, and other steamers on the Cumberland River, and New Orleans trade, twenty or twenty-five years ago.  Old Davy was well known to the writer, and was a singular man.  He had been a sailor, and always wore a full sailor rig—tarpaulin hat, blue jacket and white pants—always of the most scrupulous cleanness and finest material.  He was a native of Portugal.
Man Killed and House Destroyed by Lightning

During the prevalence of the storm Monday evening, a young man named Alfred Palmer, stopped for shelter, at a dwelling house about midway between Ullin and the saw mill owned by Morris, Rood & Co.  He was on his way to the mill, where he had secured employment, and while standing in the doorway, conversing with the master of the house, there came a terrific flash of lightning that killed him instantly, and set the building on fire.  The proprietor of the house was greatly shocked, but recovered in time to save a portion of his effects, but the house burned to the ground.  Young Palmer's parents, who are said to be honest and hardworking people, live near Pulaski, and thither the body was conveyed for burial.

(His name was recorded as William Saulsbury in the 23 Feb 1870, issue.)

Thursday, 17 Feb 1870:
Capt. T. A. Packard of St. Louis died on Tuesday last, from the bursting of veins, which had probably been imperfectly secured when his leg was cut off some three weeks ago, after being badly crushed by machinery at the new bridge of St. Louis.  He was born at Pittsburg, but has made his home in St. Louis for the past 25 years.  His age was about 50 and was unmarried.  Since the writer was a child of six years old he remembers Tim Packard.  Peace to his soul.
Leg Crushed by the Cars

Edward Coleman, a brakeman, attempted to jump on the cars of the I. M. Railroad at Belmont, on Wednesday evening, while they were in motion and losing his footing fell upon the track.  The wheels of one of the cars passed over his leg, crushing it from the knee downward in a shocking manner, inflicting probably, mortal injuries.  He was carried to a neighboring house, where he received all the attention possible under the circumstances.


Tuesday, 22 Feb 1870:
February 22, Katie, twin daughter of Rose and Bernard McManus, aged 2 months, 2 weeks, and 6 days.
The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, the 23rd, by a special train to Villa Ridge.  The friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend.

Wednesday, 23 Feb 1870:
KILLED BY LIGHTNING.—A young man named William Saulsbury was struck by lightning and instantly killed, while standing in the doorway of a house near Soule & Co.'s mill at Ullin, in this county, last Monday afternoon, 14th inst.

(His name was recorded as Alfred Palmer in the 16 Feb 1870, issue.)
DIED.—At Unity, in Alexander County, Ills., on Friday the 11th inst., after five months sickness of dropsy, Lucinda Axley, wife of Middleton Axley, aged 27 years.  The deceased was a most exemplary member of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church, and she died happy in the faith of an existence in a better world.  The funeral, which was held on Sunday, 13th instant, was very largely attended as many as 350 people being present.—Mound City Journal, 21.

(Middleton Axley married Lucinda Lee on 27 Dec 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.  He married on 26 Oct 1873, Martha L. Atherton, in Alexander Co., Ill.)


He is Badly Beaten and Left for Dead.

Sometime during Monday night, Mr. Dean, a steamboat pilot to some extent known in this city, while passing over the high sidewalk on Poplar Street, to the vicinity of the Orphan Asylum was set upon by two or more villains, thrown from the sidewalk and beaten in a most cruel and shocking manner.  He was found by passersby, about daylight next morning, and was shortly afterwards conveyed to the St. Mary’s Hospital, where he now lies.  One of his legs was broken and some of the bones of one of his hands, and his face and head were shockingly cut, bruised and swollen.  It is thought the he will recover, but his confinement will necessarily be painful and protracted.  Under what circumstances he was assailed and by what number of persons, we have not learned, as, at last accounts he was lying insensible, having spoken not a word since he was beaten.


Thursday, 24 Feb 1870:
There was considerable excitement in the neighboring town of Hickman, yesterday, occasioned by the finding of the body of an old resident of the locality, horribly mangled and torn, on the track of the railroad.  The opinion prevailed that deceased had been murdered and his body thrown upon the railroad, that the impression might go abroad that the killing had been done by the cars.  On the same day at the same place, the dead body of an unknown man was found floating in the river.
The Work of Assassins

We made reference yesterday to the midnight attack made upon a steamboat pilot named John Dean, by two or more unknown ruffians closing with the remark that the wounded man was conveyed to St. Mary’s Hospital, and that hopes were entertained of his recovery.  Those hopes, it appears, were not well grounded, for at the hour of 6 ½ p.m., yesterday, Mr. Dean died, having remained in a state of insensibility from the moment his murderous assailants left him for dead, until he breathed his last.  The kind sisters and the hospital physician bestowed all possible care, watching closely for the faintest gleam of consciousness in the wounded man, but all to no purpose.  He died without giving the slightest intimation why he had been assailed or who were the assailants.

All that we have heard concerning the terrible affair may be detailed in a very few words, and in the hope that it will furnish some clue to the murderers, we make it public.

The day preceding the night of the attack Mr. Dean visited the hospital.  He had been drinking and presented evidences of intoxication.  After remaining a short time, he started down town.  He stated to the sisters that he had no money, having given his last ten dollars to a destitute passenger of the ill fated Emma No. 3.  he was seen in different town saloons during the day (Monday) and at night visited a dance given in the upper part of the city.  About two o’clock Tuesday morning, such residents in the vicinity of the Orphan Asylum, as happened to be awake, heard the cry of “Murder!” “Help!”  “Help!”  The city was soon silenced, however, and no immediate inquiry was extended to ascertain the cause.  This cry, beyond doubt, was raised by Dean, when set upon by his murderers.  About daylight, Tuesday morning, the passersby discovered Dean’s body lying on the ground, where it had been thrown from the high sidewalk.  One thigh and arm were broken, the face and head were terribly cut and bruised but it was not thought the injuries severe as they were, were necessarily fatal.  A dray was procured, the wounded man placed thereon and conveyed to the Sisters’ hospital, where he died of his wounds as above stated.  The report in circulation that a considerable sum of money was taken from Mr. Dean’s person, is untrue, as he had no money about him.  It is also untrue that he was beguiled into the suburbs by two pretended friends whom he met down town in a saloon.  He was doubtless set upon by persons lying in wait for him, or persons who followed him for the purpose they have accomplished.  The policeman who will unravel the mystery will show himself the “right man in the right place,” and be entitled to the thanks of the community.

Friday, 25 Feb 1870:
Death of Peter Williams.

Peter Williams, more generally known as "Cairo Pete," cleared the shores of time on the evening of the 22d inst., after an illness that was painful and somewhat protracted.  He had resided in Cairo fifteen or sixteen years, and was known as a somewhat peculiar character.  He was singularly fond of excitements, and was ever present at fires, on occasions of celebrations, and took an especial delight in the crashing roar of cannon, or the sound of martial music.  A year or two ago, while celebrating the national anniversary, his right arm was so torn by the premature discharge of a cannon, that amputation became necessary.  A few months ago, accompanied by a few friends, he repaired to the Villa Ridge Cemetery and there buried his amputated limb, with all the form and solemnity of a regular interment.  The balance of his mortal part was put away yesterday in the same narrow resting place.

Saturday, 26 Feb 1870:

A St. Louis dispatch under date of the 24th instant says:

The Negro, Anderson Reed, who was arrested a few days ago for the alleged murder of Frederick Sudikee, near Venice, Ill., a few miles from here, was lynched on Tuesday evening while being conveyed from Venice to the jail at Edwardsville, by a party of men who took him from the wagon.  After knocking the officer I charge insensible they shot the Negro several times through the head and then hung him to a tree.  The Negro was fully identified by Mrs. Sudikee as one of the murderers of her husband, and he confessed having assisted in the murder.

The same evening a young man named Joseph Tuttle, of St. Louis, was arrested at Venice on suspicion of horse stealing.  Tuttle protested innocence, and sent a messenger to St. Louis for evidence of his good character.  In the meantime he was left in Justice Robinson’s office, in charge of two men, one of whom asserts that during the night Tuttle was allowed to go outdoors, when he started to run, and was fired upon, but with what effect is not known.  It seems to be a fact however, that he has not since been seen or heard of, and the impression prevails that he was also lynched, which is deeply deplored by the citizens, as the messenger who went to ST. Louis returned with abundant evidence of the young man’s good character.


Thursday, 3 Mar 1870:
A correspondent of the St. Louis Republican says that a Cairo father, having lost a child, invited all the friends of the family to attend the burial, and then collected a dollar each from the friends to pay the hire of the funeral train.  We must have better evidence of the truth of this statement than the mere (perhaps malicious) say so of an anonymous correspondent of a St. Louis paper.

Saturday, 5 Mar 1870:
Death of Mr. John C. Miller.

Our community was not a little shocked, this morning, by the announcement that Mr. John C. Miller was no more.  His illness was a protracted and exceedingly painful one, and, although his physicians abandoned hope of his recovery several days ago, those connected with him by ties of relationship hoped one while there was life.  Last night he died, however, and all that is mortal of John C. Miller lies composed for the tomb.

Mr. Miller was one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens, having resided in Cairo during a period of fifteen or sixteen years, surrounding himself with many friends, and performing a faithful part as a father, citizen and friend.  He has taken part in the councils of our city, and has satisfactorily filled other official positions under our city government.  He was a zealous Christian, and a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, working faithfully and persistently to build up that society in this city.  He lived to raise his family and to see his sons and daughters grown, and well settled in life.  Indeed, he seemed to have performed his mission on earth, and at a ripe age firmly believing in God and his revealed will, he passed away to the great and eternal rest.  The community deeply sympathizes with the bereaved family, and hope that time may soon relieve their load of sorrow.

Funeral services will be held in the M. E. church tomorrow, at 2 o’clock p.m.  The special train with the remains will leave for Beech Grove Cemetery, Mounds Junction, at precisely half past three.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Murder and Vengeance

A man by the name of Hutchinson, a resident of Ballard County, we believe, was killed, a few days since at the hands of a Mr. Tetter.  The killing is said to have been unjustifiable and almost unprovoked.  At all events the friends of Hutchinson were so deeply exasperated that they pursued the guilty man, and overhauling him near Hickman summarily dispatched him.  He was shot dead in his tracks, we hear, and his body remained where it fell until the residents of the vicinity disposed of it.

One Hundred and Thirteen Years Old.

A colored man, named James Coathes, died, in the neighboring town of Blandville, on the 1st instant, having reached the extraordinary age of one hundred and thirteen years.  Coathes served in the Revolutionary War, as the driver of an artillery wagon, and, it is said, was with Washington at the famous “Crossing of the Delaware.”  The Blandville News says that the venerable darky had a very distinct recollection of the “Father of his Country,” having frequently spoken to him in person.  Coathes was a slave during a period of one hundred and six years, being freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln.
At her residence in this city, about 1 o'clock today, Mrs. Susanna S., wife of Edward Buder, aged about 22 years.

Monday, 7 Mar 1870:
Judge John B. Hicks died very suddenly at his residence at this place, on last Monday.  The judge has been a very prominent citizen of this county for many years and has held several important offices (Metropolis Promulgator).

A young female deck passenger, name unknown, who had taken passage on the Mary Houston at Louisville for New Orleans, jumped overboard from that boat Sunday morning at Paducah, while crazy drunk, and was drowned.  She had a little son, about eight years old, with her.  He is a bright, intelligent little fellow, and the officers of the Mary Houston put him in charge of Fowler, Lee & Co., Paducah, to be sent back to B. C. Levi, Louisville, with instructions to find the boy's relatives, if possible, and deliver him to them.
Death of Judge J. B. Hicks

A short paragraph, clipped from a Metropolis paper, and published in another column, announced the death of Judge J. B. Hicks, of Massac County.

The name of no man is more intimately connected with the history of Southern Illinois than that of Judge Hicks.  A man of strong mind, resolute will and some culture, and taking an active part in politics, and in support of all those projects that had in view the material advancement of Egypt, he was, perhaps as generally known as any man among us.  He was a lawyer of very respectable ability, a gentleman of fine social qualities, good citizen and true friend.  At the last State election, he was a candidate for the office of State’s Attorney in this judicial circuit and “barely escaped” election, although the majority in the circuit against the party with which was connected was nearly, or quite five hundred.  He had frequently filled positions of honor and trust and was never known to abuse the confidence of the people.  But, it is for those who know him more intimately to pass a eulogy upon his life.  Such may be found in almost every community, and will not hesitate in the performance of that ad duty.  At the time of his death Judge Hicks was about 48 years of age.
The funeral sermon over the remains of John C. Miller was pronounced by Rev. Vantrease, yesterday, to one of the largest audiences ever seen in a Cairo church building.  Every available seat was filled, and a number, who were unable to secure seats, remained on the outside.  The discourse of the Rev. Mr. Vantrease was impressive, and commanded the profoundest attention of the audience.  At half past 3 o'clock the special train left for Beech Grove Cemetery, where, in view of a large crowd of mourners and spectators, the remains were committed to the grave.
Mrs. Kate Hamilton, relict of the late John Hamilton, has instituted suit against the Home Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Cincinnati, for the recovery of the $5,000 risk taken by that company on deceased’s life.

The refusal of the company to adjust and pay this loss has called out rather damaging comments.  On more than one occasion we have been urged to hold the company up to public execration, but feeling it no part of our duty as a public journalist to take part in individual controversies, we have persistently forborne.  The brother of the deceased, is said to be embittered against the widow, and but for his representations the claim would have been settled sometime ago.  He has used all the means in his power, it is said, to defeat its payment. If his course is instigated more by hate than a sense of justice, he merits a large share of the censure that is now so freely heaped upon the company.


The report, in circulation yesterday evening, that Mrs. Charles Galigher had died during the day, created a profound impression in the community, as no lady is more universally known and loved.  The contradiction that followed was most joyfully received, and relived many a heart of a load of sorrow.  Mrs. G. is very sick, and has been so during the past week or ten days, but her recovery is by no means despaired of.

Henry Moore, a colored deck hand, stopped at the house of a colored woman named Francis, yesterday and retired at night in apparent good health.  He was taken with a congestive chill, however, shortly after retiring, and died before daylight.  The question now arises:  Who shall bury the body?  Deceased left no money.  The woman with whom he stopped is an invalid and penniless.  The city has made no provision for such cases; the county officers declare that he is not entitled to the benefit of the pauper laws; and the Surveyor of the port does not feel authorized to take charge of the body as that of mariner.  Meanwhile the body remains (or did at 2 o'clock today) where it died.  It seems quite clear to us that the case demands a coroner's inquest. If this is to the burial of the body is clearly chargeable to the county.
Another Atrocious Murder

(From the Paducah Kentuckian, 5th.)

A notice of a murder of particular atrociousness was unavoidably crowded out of the Kentuckian yesterday.  It seems that a German, who was some sort of artist, and has been residing at Trenton, Tenn., was coming toward Mayfield, and was walking with a man whom he chanced to meet and whom, as the stranger had no money, he treated.  When they, at about 10 o’clock on Wednesday night, got to within a mile and a half of Harris’s Station, on the Paducah and Gulf Railroad and were walking along the track, the stranger suddenly demanded the money of the German, who refused to give it up.  The stranger then said he had killed a man before for money, and he would kill him, (the German) and knocked him down.  The stranger then drew a knife and attempted to cut off the head of the German, or at least to sever the jugular vein.  The German seemed dead and supposing him so, the stranger kindled a fire by the railroad track and then placed the German in such a position that it would seem he had been injured by the cars.  After this he made off but without securing the money for which the crime was committed, as the German when attacked had held it in his hand and had thrown it away.  Its entire amount was twenty-two dollars and a half in gold and silver, tied in a rag.  The German, bathed in blood, lay all night on the railroad track, and at eight o’clock yesterday morning was found by a farmer and cared for.  He was still able to describe the murderer and tell the circumstances of the desperate assault, but he was not expected to live.  The murderer is described as six feet high, with a goatee, a soft white hat and an overcoat that has a cape in it.  The place where the murderous assault was committed is about 57 miles from Paducah.

Tuesday, 8 Mar 1870:
Death of Jimmy Smith.

In a recent number of the Bulletin we spoke of the serious sickness of Mr. James Smith, and expressed doubts as to his recovery.  His dreadful disease (consumption) continued to wear upon him until 4 o’clock this morning, when he breathed his last.

A faithful and fearless discharge of his duty as a fireman cost young Smith his life.  During one of the coldest nights of the winter he unhesitatingly faced all the hardships and dangers that attended a discharge of his duty, and, returning home, his clothing stiffened by ice, and his strength paralyzed by over-exertion, he retired to his room and bed, in which, today, he lies a corpse.

He was a member of the Hibernian Fire Company, and his death tells of his devotion and fidelity.  The company proposes to accompany the family and friends to the cemetery, where beside the dust of his father, all that is mortal of Jimmy Smith will be laid to rest.

[Webmaster’s Note:  An In Memoriam Resolution by the officers and men of the Hibernian Fire Company follows.  Signers were James Kennedy, John W. Miller, Timothy Gorman, John Hyland, and M. J. Marney, Sec'y
The body of Moore, the colored man who died night before last, in the dwelling of a colored woman named Francis, was at 10 o'clock this morning, still lying uncared for.  The coroner was notified of the facts, and probably took the case in hand.
The remains of James Smith will be conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment. For this purpose a special train will leave Fourth Street at half past 1 o'clock p.m. tomorrow.  The officers of the Hibernian Fire Company, of which Mr. Smith was a member, have extended invitations to the Arab and Rough and Ready fire companies to attend the funeral. 
Friday, 11 Mar 1870:
The announcement yesterday afternoon that the dead body of a newly born babe had been secreted under the sidewalk at the intersection of Levee and Tenth streets, succeeded in drawing thither a considerable number of curious men, women and children.  Of course there was a vast amount of conjecture and speculation, but no one was able to solve the mystery.  A little inquiry, however, developed the following facts:

Last December, a lewd woman named Anna Johnson, arrived in Cairo from Paducah, and took up board and lodging in "Windsor Castle."  About two weeks ago she slipped and fell from the rear steps of the house, to the ground, a distance of some six or eight feet.  Day before yesterday the consequences of the fall revealed themselves in miscarriage.  The foetus was placed in a small box and given in charge of a negro man who had been employed to carry it to a point between the Mississippi levee and there bury it.  Instead of carrying it the negro concealed it where it was discovered yesterday afternoon.  These facts were drawn out before a coroner's jury of which A. J. Curle was foreman, empanelled by Coroner Corcoran during the evening.

Saturday, 12 Mar 1870:
Some of our readers complain that no reference was made to the procession that escorted the remains of James Smith to the church and cars.  If these parties had read the paper closely they would have found the following paragraph.  As our paper was nearly ready for the press when the procession passed our office, we were compelled to limit ourselves to a few lines.  Here they are:

"The procession that followed the remains of Jimmy Smith to the train was one of the most imposing of the kind ever seen in Cairo.  The Arab, Rough and Ready and Hibernian fire companies, in uniform, headed by the Silver Cornet Band, led the columns, and ladies and gentleman on foot, numbering about 200 brought up the rear.  There were over 400 persons in the procession. 

Tuesday, 15 Mar 1870:
During the war a great number of bodies—mostly those of colored people who died of small pox—were buried at a point about a mile above town, on the outside of the Mississippi levee, subsequently deep excavations were made in the vicinity by the removal of earth for street filling purposes.  Heavy rains and floods having washed the neighboring surface sand into these excavations, quite a number of coffins have been thereby exposed.  Some of these coffins have been torn open, exposing grinning skulls, and, in some instances the entire skeleton of a human being.  We need scarcely urge that the commonest feelings of humanity, (to say nothing of the danger of disease to which frequenters of the locality are subjected) require that these coffins and their contents should be buried.  Mere mention of their condition ought to, and probably will, secure the necessary attention.
Friday, 18 Mar 1870:
A Shocking Homicide

We received yesterday, at an hour too late for publication in the evening paper, the particulars of what seems a most shocking and cruel murder, on board the steamer Quickstep.  It occurred on Monday night last while the boat was lying at Uniontown, Ky., and forms another horror to place to the account of drinking and gambling.  Mr. Alexander Gumbert, recently barkeeper on board the steamer Fayette, and a young man named McSherry, a resident of Evansville, had been playing cards.  The latter approaching Gumbert (who it is said felt the influence of liquor) expressed dissatisfaction over the result.  Gumbert replied angrily and a quarrel ensued.  Harsh epithets were given and returned until finally Gumbert drew his revolver, McSherry begged him not to shoot, declaring that he was unarmed, but Gumbert, blind with excitement and rage gave no heed to the entreaties, but leveling his weapon, fired four times upon the young man, in rapid succession, at least two of the balls inflicting mortal wounds.  McSherry fell upon the cabin floor, when Gumbert, not yet satisfied with his horrid work, placed the revolver to his head, and sent a bullet crashing though his brain.  The bystanders transfixed with horror, seemed unable to raise a hand to prevent what (if our report be true) was nothing less than the slaughter of an unresisting man.  The body of McSherry was sent back to Evansville, and Gumbert was placed in charge of the police of Uniontown.

(The next day’s issue gives his name as Alexander Bumgerts.)
Saturday, 19 Mar 1870:
The Quickstep officers confirm the cold-blooded details of the murder committed at Uniontown, and noticed in our columns yesterday.  From what we can learn, it was one of the most deliberate and malicious murders of which we have heard.  Alexander Bumgerts, the murderer, is only about twenty-one or twenty-two years of age.  He is in custody at Uniontown, Ky.

(The previous day’s issue gave his name as Alexander Gumbert.)

Monday, 21 Mar 1870:
We are pained to hear of the sudden death of Capt. Henry W. Smith, president of the St. Louis and Memphis Packet Co., and well known to many of our citizens.  He was one of the most energetic and capable businessmen of the West.  We could learn no particulars of his death, and will be compelled to await the arrival of the St. Louis papers this evening.

Tuesday, 22 Mar 1870:
Mr. Martin Smyth, brother of our fellow townsman, Bernard Smyth, has made a host of friends during his residence in Cairo.  He proposes to return to his home in Ireland within a few weeks, and will take back with him the friendship and good wishes of every person who has made his acquaintance in this city.

(They also had a brother Thomas Smyth, who according to the 1860 census of Cairo, Alexander Co., Ill., was born in Ireland about 1834 and was a merchant.  See the 31 Mar 1870, issue.)
The measles is a malignant form is raging in Mound City.  Several children died of the disease during the past week and others are lying in a critical condition.  We hear of no cases in Cairo.  The disease prevailed here to some extent a month or so ago, but has entirely disappeared.
Saturday, 26 Mar 1870:
A negro man in the Fourth Ward, was attacked the other day by pneumonia.  The disease began in his arm, passed up to his shoulder and finally reached his heart and killed him.  When he first complained of the disease, his wife immediately came to the conclusion that he had been "hoodooed;" and in the belief that she could drive away the spell, began a series of incantations.  While she was industriously at work, the unfortunate husband died in great agony.  A physician would have saved him; but the widow still persists in the assertion that he was the victim of the spells of some other negroes who desire to possess themselves of the property he left.  She says that when she put a silver quarter of a dollar between his teeth, and then withdrew it, she could see all kinds of snakes, lizards and other crawling things upon it, and that after death his forehead was covered with reptiles. 

The Cairo Daily Bulletin

Thursday, 31 Mar 1870:
We regret to learn that the infant child of Judge Green died today.
A beautiful monument purchased by Bernard Smyth for the grave of his brother, Thomas, was manufactured by Zackreigel, Newberry & Co., at Owensboro, Ky.  Mr. Carl L. Thomas of this city is authorized to receive orders for the firm. 


Friday, 8 Apr 1870:

Miss Alice Kinney, sister-in-law of our townsman, Mr. William Longergan, died yesterday evening, and was buried this afternoon.  The deceased was an estimable young lady and will be mourned by a large circle of acquaintances and friends.

Monday, 11Apr 1870:
Mr. Misenhimer last week effected the arrest of two of the witnesses against his son who killed Dommermuth about a year ago, and who is now in the Alexander County jail.  His intention was to implicate the witnesses in the crime.  They were discharged.

Tuesday, 12 Apr 1870:
The Rev. C. H. Foote, received intelligence yesterday of the death of his father, residing near Rochester, New York.  The Reverend gentleman took the afternoon train intending to be present at the rites of the burial.  He was the sincere sympathies of our citizens in his deep sorrow.
Thursday, 14 Apr 1870:
A woman giving voice to the most piteous lamentations passed along Eleventh street yesterday evening, arresting not a little attention.  She mourned the loss of a babe, and scarcely lighter was her grief than that of Lear over the loss of a home, a family, and a kingdom.
An Innocent Man Killed

On Saturday last two men, whose names we could not learn, entered a grocery in the town of Santa Fe, in this county, about twenty miles from Cairo, and soon afterwards engaged in an angry altercation.  Words lead to blows, when on of the men, seizing a heavy glass tumbler, hurled it at the head of the other with all the force at his command.  Wesley Price, a respectable citizen, of the county, was sitting in his wagon, directly in front of the grocery door. The glass, missing the object at which it was thrown, struck Mr. Price directly in the forehead, knocking him senseless, and inflicting injuries from which he died without forty-eight hours.  Mr. Price was wounded on Saturday and died the ensuing Monday.
Monday, 18 Apr 1870:
We clip the following from the Jonesboro Gazette, of Saturday:

Mr. John C. Hunsaker, lately deceased, was not only himself a good farmer, good citizen, but as his will proved, the friend of the farmer.  He was a great advocate for scientific agriculture, and so eager was he to elevate the science of farming that he bequeathed the whole of his farm and other estate to the Union County Agricultural and Mechanical Society to be expended in furthering the efficiency and usefulness of this worthy association.  All honor to his memory.
On last Monday, a little daughter of Jacob Norman, aged about six years, and a younger brother were playing the field near a burning log heap, when the little girl's clothing caught fire and burned her so terribly that she died, a few hours afterward (Harrisburg Chronicle, 14th).
On Monday, April 4th, Mr. W. P. White of Herrings's Prairie, formerly assessor and treasure of this county, left his home to go over the Capt. Young's house, on business, telling his wife that as soon as he transacted his business he would return.  After leaving Young's house he visited another neighbor and the started to D. K. Harrison's store, about a mile distant; since which time he has not been heard from.  His friends became alarmed and on Tuesday started in search of him.  About a mile from
Harrison's store blood was found on the fence at the side of the road and also in the road.  Up to the present writing his whereabouts have not been ascertained, and Mr. White's friends entertain fears that he has been foully dealt with.
Widow Dinan, whose husband was killed by an earth fall in Pulaski County and to whose care are charged several helpless children, will give a ball Thursday night, which we hope will be well enough patronized to place the widow in funds to make the numerous purchases that will be necessitated by the incoming season. She is a hardworking deserving woman.  Let her benefit be a substantial one.

(See the 12 Aug 1869, issue for the article about the accident in which Dinan was killed.)
The Raven Disaster

The wreck of the exploded towboat Raven lies sunk and nearly submerged in the Ohio River a short distance above the foot of Ludlow Street.  It is supposed three lives were lost by this disaster—the mate, J. C. DeWolfe, nephew of the captain, of Syracuse, Ohio, the pilot, Asa Woodward, and the colored chambermaid, Jane Bell, of Middleport, Ohio.  They all have families.
Thursday, 21 Apr 1870:
A cold-blooded murder occurred on the M. E. Forsyth on Monday last between Columbus and Memphis.  Her carpenter named
Clark was instantly killed by being struck on the head with a billet of wood by a negro deck hand, while Clark was repairing a barrel.  The negro was arrested and confined in jail at Memphis.  We have no particulars.

Friday, 22 Apr 1870:
The Rev. Isaac P. Labagh

(From the Home Missions.)

            Desirous that some further mention should be made of the labors of that active and devoted Missionary of the Church, the late Isaac P. Labagh, I send you the following brief outline of his biography.

            The Rev. Isaac Peter Labagh was born in Leeds, Greene Co., New York, in 1803.  His father, the Rev. Peter Labagh, was a minister of considerable prominence in the Dutch Reformed Communion.  He sent his son first to Rutgers College, New Jersey, and afterwards, on his removal to Pennsylvania, to Dickinson College, Carlisle.  Soon after his graduation, young Mr. Labagh began a course of theological study, preparatory to entering the ministry of the communion of his forefathers.  In due time, he was ordained as a minister in that body, and continued as such for some years.  Having occasion however, to examine the subjects of ecclesiastical order and church organization, questions to which, in his theological studies, he had paid but little attention, as they were deemed by his instructors of very secondary importance, he was surprised to discover what he considered a lack of scriptural and primitive precedent for Presbyterian government, and that it appeared a plan of some of the Reformers for bridging over, for the time being, some of the difficulties in which they were placed.  The uneasiness, which a knowledge of this created, led him to seek orders in our church.  He was then living on Long Island.  He received Deacon’s Orders from Bishop B. T. Onderdenk in 1865, by whom also he was advanced to the priesthood.  Mr. Labagh’s first work in the Church was done as missionary to the Jews in the city of New York.

            In 1847, he became rector of the Church at Haddenfield, New Jersey.  The occasional missionary services, which he then gave to Gloucester, resulted in the organization of the parish, and the erection of the church there.  In the autumn of 1849, he became the first Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Brooklyn, then recently organized where he remained about nine years.  During the rectorship he delivered a course of lectures on the subject of unfulfilled prophecy, which were issued from the press here, and afterwards in England.  In 1860, he removed to Illinois, and at considerable cost to himself, established at Marengo a large school for the education of girls.  The school was intended to be of a high order, and was receiving considerable patronage, when the building, most unfortunately, was burned to the ground.  The insurance policy had expired a few days before, and had not been renewed so that Mr. Labagh’s pecuniary loss was very heavy.  Defeated in his attempt to work for the church in this way, he accepted a missionary appointment to Cairo, where he remained from 1862 to 185.  He then removed to Fairfield, Iowa, laboring as missionary first there, and afterwards in towns still farther in the interior of the state, until his death.  Until the summer of 1869, he had enjoyed uninterrupted good health, but about that time, it became seriously impaired.  Unwilling to own it, he continued is labors, until, in October, increasing illness obliged him to cease.  He died of jaundice, December 28, 1869.  Mr. Labagh was a man of much more than ordinary attainment, and his sermons were marked by much earnestness and vigor of thought.  He thoroughly understood and loved the church and was always ready and able to defend her against all assaults.

            He died with a calm, quiet trust in the merits of his Saviour, with no transports indeed, but with no doubts.



We copy today, from the Mission a deserved tribute to the memory of the late Isaac P. Labagh, of whose death most of our local readers have already been advised.  During a period of three years the Reverend gentleman was a resident of this city, filling the while the rectorship of the Church of the Redeemer.  He was a profound theologian, a ripe scholar and an author of more than ordinary merit.  His oratory was plain, entirely unadorned, being of that kind that appealed to the reason, and not the passion or sympathy of this hearers.  His nature was eminently sociable, his will strong, and his industry unflagging.  He was a man indeed of whom it may be said the world is better because of his labors.
An Attempted Mutiny
Two Men Killed and Their Bodies Thrown Overboard

A gentleman, who arrived this morning from New Madrid, gave us a few details of one of the bloodiest affairs that ever occurred on the Mississippi River.

It appears that one Captain McIntyre undertook the delivery of a raft of lumber to Col. Matthews, of Vicksburg, and engaged as his crew Dennis Dowd, Michael McGuire, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Ferguson, and a Negro.  The raft left Cairo about ten days ago, and had reached Cottonwood Point, when McGuire and Dowd, without any apparent cause became very stubborn and unruly.  About eight o’clock Capt. McIntyre and Wilson and Ferguson retired to their bunks, leaving Dowd, McGuire and the Negro sitting outside.  The first named parties had been in bed but a few minutes when McGuire and Dowd entered, McGuire with an ax in hand, and Dowd carrying a large knife.  They at once avowed their purpose, which was to murder the balance of the crew and take possession of the raft.  By a violent effort Ferguson kicked off the weather boarding at the back of his bunk, and made his escape, leaving McIntyre and Wilson to contend with the would-be murderers.  True to his threats, McGuire dealt a blow at the Captain, but in doing so tumbled and fell, relinquishing his hold upon the axe, which fell upon the floor.  In an instant McIntyre seized the weapon and buried it to the eye in McGuire’s brain.  By this time Dennis had gained the bank where Wilson was lying, and had his knife poised for a blow, when McIntyre’s axe descended and killed him on the spot.  The bodies were then hustled into the river, and an hour later no traces of the terrible tragedy could be seen.

From the Memphis Appeal, of yesterday, we learn that McIntyre and Wilson, fearing the delay and expense inseparable from a legal inquiry into the matter, abandoned the raft at that city, leaving Ferguson and the Negro in charge for the balance of the run to Vicksburg.  The evidence is such as would acquit Messrs. M. and W. in any court, yet they propose to submit to an investigation only on compulsion.



The telegraph has already announced the death of the Hon. Henry W. Billings.  He died in New York, on the 19th inst., after an illness, more or less severe, running through a period of three months.  Mr. Billings resided for a number of years in this city, and took an active part in the management of our county affairs.  Our county records show that when a county clerk became too sick or drunk to attend to his duty, the services of Mr. B. were brought into requisition; when a treasurer failed to pay over, or got his accounts into a mux or tangle, Mr. B. was called on to rectify matters.  He enjoyed the fullest confidence of everybody who knew him, and being a young man of good business qualities, it not unfrequently happened that he was called upon by our county officials to bring order out of chaos.  His nature was genial and frank, and he felt kindly towards everybody.
            When the old Cairo City and Canal Company ceased operations here, Mr. Billings removed to Alton where he resided until the day of his death.  He gained considerable reputation as a lawyer, and was known as a very energetic and successful businessman.

Shortly after taking his seat as a member of the Constitutional Convention he presented symptoms of insanity, which finally assumed such an aggravated form that his friends were compelled to remove him to an insane asylum.  Although he died in an institution of that kind, the immediate cause of his death was an attack of erysipelas.  His remains will be buried in the Alton cemetery, and there may they rest in peace.

Saturday, 23 Apr 1870:
The fracas in the country by which Mr. Price lost his life, took place in the town of Thebes, and not in Santa Fe, as stated by our informant. The Santa Feishers ask us to make this correction.

Gumberts, who shot and killed McSherry, on board the steamer Quickstep, about three or four weeks ago, near Uniontown, Kentucky, is now on trial in that village for murder. The officers and a portion of the crew of the Quickstep, were detained by the sheriff, last Monday, as witnesses. As a consequence, the boat came to Cairo, managed by a force of ad interims, viz: a temporary captain, clerk, steward, barkeeper and porter.

Little Birdie Brigham, daughter of Dr. R. S. and Mrs. Brigham, died at three o'clock this morning, of typhoid fever, aged three years and eleven months and fifteen days. The presence of little Birdie—a bright and beautiful child—was a perpetual sunshine, a gladness and a joy to her affectionate parents and the going out of her young life into the spirit world, has brought a shadow upon their hearts that may never be dispelled. This loss is a severe one, and all who knew the treasure they mourn, must deeply sympathize with them—even drop a tear in the little sleeper's coffin. The remains will be conveyed to Villa Ridge for burial, tomorrow—a special train for that purpose, leaving the foot of Tenth Street, at three o'clock p.m. Services at Dr. B.'s residence, at two o'clock p.m. The friends of the family are invited to attend, as well the services as the rites of burial.

Thomas Downard, engineer of Captain Dugan's new submarine steamer, Eckert, was suddenly killed at Memphis, on Wednesday last, while unloading the shaft of the steamer Guidon, recently sunk in White River. The shaft was being hoisted by a crane, when one end suddenly swung around, crushing the head of the unfortunate man against a wooden stanchion and dashing his brains on the men standing near him. Singular to relate he lived an hour and a half. His body was forwarded to his relatives in Covington for interment.


Monday, 25 Apr 1870:
The funeral and burial services over the remains of Dr. Brigham's little daughter yesterday, were attended by a large number of the most respectable ladies and gentlemen of the city.

Wednesday, 27 Apr 1870:
Engineer of the Mary Alice Killed and Thrown Overboard.

Another murder has been added to the number that blackens the history of the steamboat navigation of the Mississippi River.

Benjamin Canady, engineer of the towboat Mary Alice, and at one time the partner of Mr. Perry Powers in the livery stable business in this city, was attacked by two Negro deck hands, last Monday night, stabbed and thrown overboard.  The particulars of the terrible affair as detailed to us are as follows:  During the last trip of the Mary Alice the two deck hands referred to entered the engine room.  Canady ordered them out.  Angry words were passed, coupled with threats, it is said, from both parties.  About nine o’clock Monday night, when the boat was at a point some twenty miles below Memphis, Canady appeared in the fire room, before the furnace doors, and being observed by the two Negroes, was immediately attacked, and disposed of as above stated.  He cried for help but disappeared beneath the water before he had floated half the length of the boat.

On the arrival of the boat at Memphis, the Negroes were handed over to the authorities, and were immediately placed in prison.

A Young Man Mortally Wounded

While the steamer Fanny Brandeis was lying at the Metropolis wharf, yesterday afternoon, one of the deck hands went ashore, and was set upon by two young men of the town, one of them being Tobe Hicks, who was born and raised in Metropolis, and who is spoken of as a wild and dissolute young man.  The deck hand, being of a resentful turn, knocked Hicks’ friend down, and seeing that Hicks was about to draw a pistol, and being of a discreet, as well as of a resentful turn, he vamoosed the premises.  Hicks fired at him, and the friend, gaining his feet, drew a pistol and also fired, but the deck hand escaped unharmed.

From the wharf, Hicks and his friend, passed up into town.  They soon met a Mr. John Farrell, with whom they forced a quarrel.  The quarrel having gained a point where Hicks thought a fight should commence, again drew his pistol, cocked and aimed it.  Before, however, he had time to pull the trigger, Farrell seized the desperate young man’s arm, and in the scuffle that ensued, completely reversed the direction of the muzzle of the pistol, so that when Hicks fired, the ball entered his own abdomen.  It is not thought that Farrell purposed anything more, in the scuffle than to save himself; but had he aimed at the result that followed, it is scarcely probable that public sentiment would have severely censured him.  Young Hicks was conveyed to the National Hotel, where physicians were called in, and examined the wound.  As the boat upon which our reporter was a passenger, was about to push out, he was unable to seethe wounded man; but it was reported that the ball had entered the intestines, and that, consequently, there is scarcely a possibility of his recovery.  It is said that both Hicks and his companion had been drinking, and were decidedly under the influence of liquor.

The meanest and most vicious negroes in the country seem to have congregated along the Mississippi River as roustabouts and firemen on steamers and have lately commenced showing their blood thirsty disposition. Last week we gave our readers an account of the cold-blooded murder of the carpenter of the Forsyth and yesterday's papers bring us intelligence of the murder of an old Cairoite—Mr. Benjamin Canady, formerly partner of Mr. Perry Powers in a livery stable in this city. Mr. Canady was engineer on the tow boat Mary Alice, bound from New Orleans to St. Louis. When the boat was a few miles below Memphis he attempted to eject two troublesome negro deck hands named Jerry Anderson and Alick Henderson from the engine room. They seized, stabbed him to death with large sheath knives, and threw his body overboard. The boat's watchman witnessed the murder and attempted to save Canady's life, when he, too, was set upon and beaten—his life being saved only by the timely arrival of the captain and other officers of the boat who placed the murderers in irons, and arriving at Memphis turned them over to the authorities where they are now held on charge of murder in the first degree.

A few days previously the mate of the Celeste, a steamer running in the coast trade above New Orleans was compelled in self defense to kill a negro deck hand on his boat. The testimony was so plain that he was immediately admitted to bail.

Thursday, 28 Apr 1870:
Our attention has been directed to the fact that there are a number of graves at a point a short distance from the city, inside the levee. It is conjectured that they are, chiefly, the graves of persons dying in families that were unable to meet the expense attending burial at Villa Ridge. Be this as it may such burials must be stopped. The Cairo cemetery is within ready reach, and if families or friends, charged with the disposition of deceased persons are unable to pay for burial there, they should apply to the county authorities.

The murder of Mr. Ben Canady, head engineer of the Mary Alice, took place last Sunday night. When the two desperate negroes attacked him he called for help. The watchman of the boat responded, but was twice knocked down for his interference, and narrowly escaped the fate of the engineer. It is stated that Canady's business in the fire room was to urge the firemen to increase the steam, and that the attack was not immediately provoked. Another statement is to the effect that he was killed while attempting to expel the two negroes from the engine room. Mr. C. was unmarried.


Saturday, 30 Apr 1870:
The Rev. C. H. Foote returned home, last night. He was called East, it will be recollected, to attend the burial of his father.



Monday, 2 May 1870:
One day last week Mr. Tom Milan, of this county, met with a peculiar accident that caused his death.  With a drawing knife he was dressing a piece of white oak, held in a crack of his house.  The knife took a foul hold, when on giving it a violent jerk the piece of oak slipped out, striking him down.  He was assisted to bed and died within forty-eight hours after the accident.  (State Gazette, Dyersburg, Tenn., April 30th).

Wednesday, 4 May 1870:
A young man by the name of Brown was instantly killed in a saw mill, in the little village of Brooklyn, on Saturday last.  The top of his head was cut entirely off by the saw, which was a circular one.
Friday, 6 May 1870:
We were informed yesterday evening, that a man named Boyle stepped overboard from the steamer Petrolia, two or three days ago, disappeared beneath the water and drowned.
A Serious Accident

The colored folks of the country, to the number of 700 or 800 assembled in Columbus, Kentucky, yesterday, to manifest their happiness over the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment.  The Phoenix band of Cairo, was present and assisted the speakers in blowing.  Bird of Cairo, and Jones of Corinth, were the principal talkers.  We hear Jones' speech extolled as an eloquent and conservative effort that lasted two hours, Bird, it is said, repeated, substantially, his Cairo speech, an imperfect synopsis of which was given in the Bulletin.

The car containing thirty-six colored girls, capsized while descending the hill and injured one of the girls so seriously that no hopes were entertained for her recover.  When picked up she was speechless and bleeding at the mouth and ears.  She was also injured internally.  The other girls escaped with slight bruises and scratches.

Monday, 9 May 1870:
Mr. Barney McManus buried another child, yesterday, being the second within a few weeks.  Both children were infants, and twins.  A large number of friends accompanied the remains to the grave.

We referred, last Thursday, to the drowning of a man by the name of Boyle from the Cairo and Paducah packet, Petrolia, Capt. John W. Trover.  The unfortunate man fell overboard Tuesday night, at a point known as the Grand Chain, about twenty miles above Cairo.  Suffering somewhat from the effects of liquor, one of the hands of the boat prepared as place for him to lie down.  When a few minutes afterwards, the hand passed around to see how his charge was faring, he could fine no trace of him.  He had walked or fallen overboard, and without a single cry for help, that was heard, sank to rise no more.
Early yesterday morning the body was found in the river opposite the round house, and brought to the shore.  Coroner Corcoran was immediately notified and convened a jury, naming Mr. C. Kelly as foreman.  The verdict was that deceased came to his death by drowning by means unknown to the jury.  The body was taken in charge by Mr. Arthur Boyle, deceased’s brother, and given decent burial.

Tuesday, 10 May 1870:

Terrible Reminders of the Stonewall Disaster

We were informed by gentleman from Goose Island, today, that the dead bodies of three men and one woman lie lodged in the drift in the Mississippi River at Dog Tooth Bend, about eighteen miles above Cairo.  One of the bodies is entirely naked, and all of them far advanced in the process of decomposition.  That they are victims of the Stonewall disaster can scarcely be doubted.  The burned and charred clothing, the decomposed state of the bodies, and other facts point unerringly to that conclusion.  One of the bodies bears a mortal wound, inflicted evidently with a knife.  This is, no doubt, the body of the man who was stabbed by another while clinging to a bale of hay—a tragical occurrence alluded to by the Bulletin a day or two after the Stonewall disaster.  Besides these facts, there are others, which go to prove that the bodies are those of the Stonewall victims.  About two weeks ago the body of a man was taken out of the river at Commerce.  By the initials on the shirt studs it was recognized as the body of one of the Stonewall’s pilots.

On Saturday last, the body of a man floated ashore at Goose Island.  Esquire Farrell organized a jury and held an inquest.  The clothing found on the body consisted of a gray woolen undershirt, a gray cassimere over shirt, black cassimere pants, and a fine pair of sewed calf boots.  A patch had been inserted in the instep of the right boot.  In the pantaloons pocket was found a leather port-monia (?) containing six dollars.  It was thought that deceased was about 35 years of age, but the bloated and decomposed condition of the body rendered all conjectures of this kind quite uncertain.  This, too, is no doubt another victim of the Stonewall, given up by the waters of the Mississippi, which during a period of five months served as its sepulcher.  Will the sad reminders of that awful disaster never cease?

Wednesday, 11 May 1870:
Matthew G. Stokes, for a considerable length of time conductor on the Illinois Central, died in Centralia, on Thursday of last week.  He was born and raised in Union County.
The Marion, Williamson County Friend of the 5th instant, records the death of Mr. E. T. Wiley, a prominent citizen of Marion, and a devoted member of the Masonic fraternity.
A young man named Henry Cover, of Saratoga, Union County, slipped and fell while walking along the sidewalk in Anna, one day last week, discharging a loaded revolver he was carrying in his pocket.  The ball entered his groin, and may prove fatal.
Three Men Killed and One Man Badly Wounded

One of the bloodiest occurrences that mark the history of Southeast Missouri occurred yesterday, at the crossing of the Iron Mountain railroad and Little River.

It appears that four men of that neighborhood, who had shipped a carload of staves, and received returns there from, disagreed about a division of the money.  A violent quarrel ensued, but was, for the time, quieted down.  The man separated, but each apprehending further contention, armed himself.  About one o’clock p.m., they again met in the vicinity of the hotel kept by a man by the name of Patterson, and renewed the quarrel.  The inmates of the hotel heard the discharge of firearms, but before anyone could reach the spot to interfere, three of the men were shot down, and all of them, it seems, by the man who had possession of the money about the division of which the altercation arose.  Two of the men fell dead in their tracks; the other, although he received a bullet in his brain, lived about a half hour.  The survivor, who claims that he was the assailed party, and acted in self-defense, received a slashing cut, entirely across the obliquus externus abdominis (?) muscle, making a frightful and possibly a fatal wound.

As our informant left on the train that arrived immediately after the close of the terrible tragedy, we are without full particulars.

Thursday, 12 May 1870:
In Mound City, Ill., May 10th, at half past 10 p.m., of consumption, Mrs. Hannah A. Hiner, wife of Capt. David Hiner, aged 48 years.  Cincinnati, St. Louis and Mobile papers please copy.  Due notice of the funeral ceremonies will be given in these columns.
Monday, 16 May 1870:
Two Men Killed and Several Wounded

Again the fire fiend has visited out city; and what yesterday was a costly and elegant block of buildings, the scene of business bustle and industry, is now a shapeless mass of charred and smoking ruins.

The saddest feature of the calamity was reserved for the last.  The walls stood the shock of the tumbling roof, partitions and inside timbers, but only, it seemed to lure men to their deaths.  About half past seven o’clock the rear portion of the lower sidewall fell with a crash, smashing the adjoining building, and burying two men under the rubbish.  When taken out they were dead.  The first body taken out was that of Thomas Davis, well known by most of our citizens as the “ice man.”  His skull was badly crushed, and his head and face covered with cuts and bruises.  He had resided in the city eight or ten years, and was known as an honest, hard working man.  He leaves a wife, an aged mother, and four children, who were dependent for subsistence solely upon his daily labor.

The second body was that of James Holmes.  Seeing the wall giving way he ran under the adjoining building, and was in the act of passing out of the window, when the great mass of rubbish above fell upon him.  His body was found, face downward, lying across a barrel—in which condition he died.  Mr. Holmes will be remembered as the late steward of the David Watts, and as a prominent witness in the somewhat notorious Magnolia insurance case.  He was, we understand, unmarried.

Tuesday, 17 May 1870:

Judge Corcoran was called, on Saturday last, to hold an inquest on the dead body of a man found floating in the Ohio opposite the old fort.  The body was much decayed, having been in the water probably a month.  The clothing consisted of a grey coat, black pants, and brogan shoes.  In a tin box in the pantaloons pocket were found twenty-eight dollars and sixty cents in greenbacks and fractional currency.  No letters or papers or marks upon the clothing were found to indicate the unfortunate man's place of residence.  His height was about five feet six inches, and his age was supposed to be thirty-eight or forty years.  The jury, of which Ed. Shannessy was foreman, arrived at the conclusion that the deceased came to his death by accidental drowning.  The money found upon the body was, or will be, paid over to the county treasurer.

Thus are the remains of another human being put away to rot and be forgotten—his parents, friends, perhaps a wife and children, anxiously waiting and watching for his coming—hoping, longing for a reunion with him, which, now is appointed for the eternal world.

Wednesday, 18 May 1870:

Considerable excitement was occasioned in Metropolis yesterday by the finding of the dead body of a young woman in the Ohio River, under circumstances that aroused suspicion of foul play.  The body was nicely and rather expensively dressed.  On one arm was a gold band bracelet, and on the other arm the marks or imprint of a bracelet.  The marks of a finger ring were detected on one of the fingers, and being of a peculiar character they were closely observed, in the hope that they might assist in furnishing a key to the mystery of the young woman's death. A man, a stranger in the country, was found lurking in the neighborhood, and upon one of his fingers was found a ring capable of conveying an imprint almost identical with that left upon the finger of the corpse.  The stranger was taken into custody. There were no shoes upon the feet of the deceased, and from the appearance it was judged she had not been in the water longer than a few hours—not over a day at farthest.  Who is the unfortunate, and where did she come from?

Friday, 20 May 1870:
Harry Cover, son of Mr. Samuel Cover, of Grand Tower, while playing on the bank of the Mississippi, fell into the water and was drowned.  He was a bright little boy, about six years of age—the idol of the family.
Saturday, 21 May 1870:
Mr. Ed H. Baker, late ticket agent of the Illinois Central railroad, in this city, died in Chicago, yesterday evening, of typhoid fever.  Mr. Barber was well known in Cairo and enjoyed very general respect and confidence.  Of a genial, sociable nature, warmhearted, kind and obliging, he won the friendship of all who were throw in contact with him, whether in the line of business or pleasure.  His death will be earnestly and deeply lamented by all who knew him.
Tuesday, 24 May 1870:
Two Citizens Killed by Lightning
Several Others More or Less Injured

A sad result of the terrifying thunderstorm that visited our city yesterday was the death of two citizens by lightning.  Between 4 and 5 o’clock Mr. John Stafford, section boss, with a gang of six men was at work upon the track in the vicinity of Levee and Thirty-second Street.  While in the act of moving a “dummy car” loaded with ties, the fatal volt descended, being succeeded by a crash of thunder that fairly shook the whole city.  Five of the seven men were knocked down, one of the number, Mr. Stafford, was killed instantly, and another, Mr. Bart Cashman, so terribly injured, that he died before regaining consciousness.  The others soon regained their feet, and, although severely shocked, bestowed the necessary attentions upon their more unfortunate companions.  Mr. S. had, as already stated, been killed instantly.  The bolt had struck him on the head, and passing down his right side and leg, plowed up the skin in its course, and finally passed out at the sole of his boot, tearing the boot into shreds, and communicating fire to his clothing.  It also embraced his sliver watch in its course, melting the case as if it had been wax.  Mr. Cashman remained motionless and in a state of insensibility until about 7 o’clock, when he breathed his last.  The other parties will not, probably, realize any injurious effects, although they were for the moment, rendered senseless.

The concussion must have been very severe.  Mr. Joe Abell, a hundred feet or more below the scene of disaster, and Mr. Brown, watchman for Mr. Arick, a still greater distance above, were both knocked down and stunned quite severely.

Mr. Cashman had resided in Cairo about sixteen years, and was known as an industrious, hard-working man, who gave special attention to his own business and never interfered with that of his neighbors.  Only a short time ago his house was burned, subjecting him to a loss of several hundred dollars above the amount of his insurance.

Mr. Sifford was one of the first settlers of Centralia, but had lived in Cairo a year or more.  He enjoyed the highest confidence of the railroad company, and the friendship of all who knew him.  It was his purpose to start for Iowa, in a few days, where a more responsible and lucrative situation awaited him.  He leaves a young wife, overwhelmed with sorrow at the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and protector, and friends in every part of the city to sorrow with her.

The occurrence taken altogether, is the saddest that ever happened in our city.


It is a singular coincidence that one of the pilots on the Dick Fulton, which arrived this morning, is of the same name as the unfortunate man who was killed here yesterday by lightning.
Wednesday, 25 May 1870:

It affords us much pleasure to state that Mr. Bart Cashman whose death by lightning, we reported yesterday, still lives; and that the chances are strongly in favor of his early and complete recovery. We were very positively informed that he lived only a few hours.  It turns out, however, that his injuries are not even serious.
Tribute of Respect to His Memory

A meeting of the friends of the late E. H. Barber, was held at the St. Charles Hotel May 23d, 1870.  Mr. F. E. Swift was called to the chair, and Mr. Jewett Wilcox was appointed secretary.

The following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, the inscrutable hand of Divine Providence has been laid heavily upon us, in removing by death, evermore from our presence four beloved friend, E. H. Barber, Esq., be it

Resolved, That while we bow in submission to His infinite will, yet in the death of E. H. Barber, we fell that we lose one endeared top us by many social ties, and whose many virtues will ever be enshrined in our hearts.

Resolved, That in the loss of our friend a blank is left in our midst, which it will be difficult ever to fill.  We shall ever miss his genial smile, his cordial greeting, his kindly words for all.

Resolved, That we hereby tender to his bereaved wife and relatives that sincere sympathy which we feel, even more deeply than our words can express, and trust that their loss will be his eternal gain.

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the papers of the city, and a copy of the same forwarded to the bereaved family of our beloved friend.

Attest:  Jewett Wilcox, Sec’y

W. P. Halliday, H. H. Candee, James S. Morris, A. A. Arrick, D. Hurd, C. H. Foote, P. W. Barclay, Ed F. Sisson, H. Meyers, E. H. Fallis, B. FG. Whittaker, Charles Thrupp, Thomas Winter, H. C. Miller, A. G. Ransom, Isaac Walder, Sol A. Silver, D. Hartman, James Johnson R. H. Cunningham, John Antrim, J. F. Cavinson, F. W. Bedford, Louis Jorgensen, M. B. Harrell, C. W. Dunning, C. D. Arter, H. C. Loflin, G. J. Steinhouse, H.A. Hannon, H. Wardner, William Winter, J. M. Lansden, M. S. Cox, S. P. Peabody, J. M. Phillips, Louis Mathews, John Howley, Robert Smyth, H, W. Webb, M. L. Dunning, C. Hanny, W. H. Sandusky.

A.B. Safford, W. H. Morris, A. Sweeney, C. R. Hurd, John N Patton, G. D. Williamson, John H. Oberly, Thomas S. Barclay, Louis Herbert, F. Bross, B. S. Harrell, Alex H. Irvin, John Q. Harmon, C. C. Davidson, R. W. Miller, N. Cantwell, Wood Rittenhouse, T. Carrigan, Peter Saup, Walter Hyslep, C. H. Evans, Thomas D. Holmes, George W. McKeag, Frank Hundly, W. B. Gilbert, C. W. Green, H. E. Spaulding, William Stratton, Thomas Wilson, Al. H. Hurd, R. S. Brigham, R. C. Weinck, F. S. Kent, A. Marx, Joseph McKenzie, Phil. Howard, C. N. Hughes, W. M. Williams, P. G. Schuh, J. T. Rennie, George Fisher, Henry Winter, P. H. Pope, and many others.

Conductors I. C. R.R.–W. J. Morgan, J. G. Cormick, A. M. Putnam, C. N. Gilmore, Sam George,


Monday, 30 May 1870:
Fatal Quarrel Between Two Roustabouts of the Thompson Dean.

About noon today a quarrel occurred between two colored roustabouts of the steamer Thompson Dean, now lying at our wharf, which resulted in the death of one of the men.  The name of the murderer is George and the murdered man is Jack.  The difficulty began in the morning and George persisted in denouncing and in every possible way insisting on a fight.  He finally rolled a heavy barrel against the left of his victim, and provoked him into angry language.  He then approached him sneeringly, with a joke on his lips, and when he got within arm's reach plunged a knife, which he had concealed in his sleeve up to the hilt in jack's heart.  He then withdrew the blade, and as the wounded man fell stabbed him again in the back.  The wounded man died almost instantly.  Marshall Bambrick and Constables Cain and Arnold succeeded in arresting the murderer, and he is now in the county jail.  Several heinous murders have been committed in Cairo within the past few years, but the murderers have escaped and the public and press, for fear of offending lawyers, have been compelled to keep profound silence.  Let justice be down in this instance, at least.

(“George” is likely George Morse.  See the 25 Jul 1870, issue.)
The Skeleton of Two Little Boys Found

Mr. Withrow, living a few miles from Commerce, Missouri, informed us Saturday, that considerable excitement and conjecture were excited in the neighborhood of Forest Mills, a few days ago, by the finding of the skeletons of two little children, side by side, lying among the roots of a tree, about two miles from the mills.  The skeletons are those of little boys, probably seven and eight years of age, and the fact that they were found together, suggests the thought that the children were lost, and lying down, among the roots of the tree, frozen or starved to death. How long the skeletons had been lying where they were found, is of course unknown; but the bleached appearance of the bones, is evidence of long exposure.  As no children of the neighborhood have been lost, within the memory of the oldest resident, the most reasonable conjecture is that the little boys became separated, in some manner, from one of the emigrant trains passing through the country years ago, and wandered about in the deep woods where their remains were found, until overcome by hunger and cold, when they lid down and died.

Wednesday, 1 Jun 1870:
In Unity, Illinois, June 1st, Caroline, daughter of Judge A. C. Hodges and wife, in the 13th year of her age.  Her disease is said to have been inflammatory rheumatism.

Thursday, 2 Jun 1870:

A short time ago the Commerce, (Mo.,) Dispatch published the details of the murder of Thomas Baker at the hands of Elijah Griggs—both residents of that part of Missouri.  The same paper of the 28th ult., gives the particulars of another murder in the same neighborhood.

On Saturday last James Moore, Alonzo Gregg, and John Verden met in the village of Sikeston.  Gregg, who had been drinking, became involved in a quarrel with Verden, and finally concluded he would shoot him.  Mr. Moore interfered to save Verden’s life, and in the scuffle that ensued between him and Gregg, the contents of one of the barrels of the pistol was discharged, and took effect in his thigh, severing the femoral artery.  Mr. Moore was immediately removed to his residence, about three miles distant, where, on the succeeding Monday, he died.  He was an old resident of that part of Missouri, and the father of five children.  The announcement of his death and of the fact that one John Flagg urged on the fight, and even furnished the pistol that was used, occasioned a great deal of excitement, and induced a number of the citizens to seriously contemplate the organization of a vigilance committee to preserve order, by driving the ruffianly element of population, to whose account his and sundry other bloody renconters are chargeable, from Southeast Missouri.  The Dispatch deprecates mob violence, but thinks that the law having failed to protect the people from scenes of bloodshed, outrage and murder, the people should exercise the right of protecting themselves.

Friday, 3 Jun 1870:
More Victims of the Stonewall.

Bloated, burned and partially decayed bodies are found almost every day floating in the Mississippi between this point and the wreck of the ill-fated Stonewall.  Two bodies more taken from the water at Cape Girardeau, on Monday; a third one was taken out on Tuesday morning, and a fourth one was seen floating in the channel of the river.  There were no papers, no marks about the bodies recovered, by which they could be identified.

Four miles below Commerce the body of a female, richly dressed, but bloated, black and distorted was seen, on Tuesday morning, tied by a piece of bark, to the shore.  How it was disposed of, we have not learned.

The Cape Girardeau Argus accounts for the appearance of these bodies at so late a day as follows:  "The channel of the river is shifting over to the eddy in which the Stonewall sunk, and displacing the sand previously washed upon the bodies, sends them to the surface to drift down the stream."  Will these sad reminders of that terrible disaster never cease?
Wednesday, 8 Jun 1870:
The remains of Miss Violanda, daughter of Mr. D. G. and Mrs. Rebecca Saul, of this city, were conveyed to the grave yesterday.  The young lady died on Sunday morning of consumption, aged nineteen years and three months.  The bereaved parents have the unfeigned sympathies of a large circle of acquaintances.


A Negro Boy Terribly Mangled by the Cars

One of those accidents of which our citizens live in hourly dread, occurred yesterday afternoon, shortly after the arrival of the passenger train.

A Negro boy, named George A. Porter, about twelve years of age, confirming to what has become a habit with at least fifty of the youngsters that frequent the levee, mounted the cowcatcher of the switch engine for a ride.  The engineer admonished him to keep off, but the youngster persisted in maintaining his place, until by some movement of his own, or the efforts of some one to make him leave his perilous position, he lost his balance and fell to the ground.  As the engine was in the act of passing over him, he caught hold of some of its parts, and was dragged a distance of fifty or sixty feet.  When he could no longer maintain his hold, the engine passed over him, crushing his left arm in the most horrible manner, lacerating his scalp, cutting off his left ear and severely bruising his body.  He was immediately picked up and conveyed to the house of his brother-in-law, on Twentieth Street, where his arm was amputated at the shoulder, and his case, generally attended to.  The ordeal was a terrible one, and the cries of the sufferer might have been heard a quarter of a mile.  The chances are certainly against his recovery.

We wish that every body who is in the habit of imperiling his life and limbs by jumping upon the moving cars, could have witnesses the agony of this poor little Negro boy.  It would have cured every one of them of the dangerous habit, except such as are determined to fine no cure except in the grinding up of their bodies.

Thursday, 9 Jun 1870:

The colored boy, George A. Porter, who was so terribly mangled by the switch engine Tuesday evening, died this morning.  The little fellow suffered a thousand deaths, horrifying the whole neighborhood by the shrieks rung from him by the pain.

Will this case, so terrible in all its features, serve as a warning to the reckless youngsters who, every hour of the day, clamber upon the cowcatcher of passing trains?  If it does not, the city council should interfere for their protection, and commit them to the calaboose every time they so recklessly imperil their lives.

Friday, 10 Jun 1870:

Anthony Hart, fireman of the engine that ran over the Negro boy, Porter, a few days ago, was arrested, yesterday, at the instance of the boy’s relatives, who suspected that he was privy to the terrible and fatal occurrence.

On the trial, this morning, a Negro boy swore very positively that Porter fell beneath the engine because of a push Hart gave him to get him off the cowcatcher.  On the other hand, the engineer swore that Hart was not on the engine at the time of the accident and knew nothing whatever of the occurrence.

Under the circumstances ‘squire Bross was bound to discharge the prisoner.  When the squire announced that the evidence was not sufficient to sustain the charge, the sister of the deceased boy “carried on” at a high rate, declaring in a loud tone that Hart was guilty; that after throwing her brother under the locomotive, ran home and changed his clothing that he might not be identified.  How much truth there is in this assertion we shall not pretend to say.  Of this, however, we have been assured, that the engineer who swore that Hart was not on the engine is entitled to the fullest credence.  His acquaintances speak of him as a man of impeachable integrity.

Saturday, 11 Jul 1870:
Charles Pendleton, infant son of John and Nettie Brown, died yesterday afternoon, of congestion of the bowels—aged 6 months and 7 days.  The remains were taken to Jonesboro for burial by the train this morning.  The community sincerely sympathizes with Mr. and Mrs. Brown in the loss of their first born—a bright and promising child, and the very light of their household.
Friday, 17 Jun 1870:
A barber named J. B. Tombas, an old resident of Cape Girardeau, committed suicide last Saturday night, by breaking his neck.  He was insane.  The Argus says that Mr. Tombas attempted to destroy his life about two months ago, by shooting himself in the forehead, but the ball failed to inflict mortal injuries.
Monday, 20 Jun 1870:
The Hon. John F. Yoreknen, of Friendsville, died on the 28th ult., in the 64th years of his age.  He had lived in Wabash County 40 years and represented the county in the State Legislature in the year 1844.

A Missouri Farmer Stabs and Mortally Wounds a Steamboat Man. 

He is Arrested and Imprisoned.

Johnson Malone, a resident of Rush’s Ridge, Mo., visited Cairo on Saturday last, to purchase family supplies.  He made his purchases and shipped them by ferry boat, but having taken a glass or two with a friend, he felt decidedly hilarious and concluded to remain in town and have a “time of it.”  During the afternoon he fell in with a steamboatman named Mike Duffey, and felling very liberally displeased, asked Duffey to drink with him.  Duffey drank with him, and afterwards treated him.  The pair then walked down the Levee, stopping at the foot of Fourth Street.  Duffey appeared exceedingly anxious that his newly made acquaintance should accompany him down Fourth Street, but Malone stubbornly refused to go.  Duffey finally became insultingly importunate when Malone shoved him off somewhat roughly with the remark:  “Go off and let me alone.  You want my money.  I won’t have anything to do with you.”  This rebuff was not sufficient, however, to drive Duffey away.  He continued to urge Malone to accompany him down Fourth Street catching hold of him and trying to force him along.  Malone finally became somewhat exasperated, and dealt Duffey a blow with his fist, exclaiming at the time:  “Let me alone, d--- you; I don’t want anything to do with you.”  Shortly afterwards Malone passed into Mr. Lehning’s clothing store, and bought a pocket knife, for which he paid a half dollar.  “That fellow wants to rob me,” he remarked, “and if he don’t let me alone I’ll cut him.”  He then passed out to the sidewalk, and was again accosted by Duffey, who had not, it seems, abandoned the idea of getting him down Fourth Street.  He warned Duffey to let him alone—told him that if he did not, he would certainly cut him.  About a minute afterwards he assailed Duffey with a knife, inflicting a severe, if not mortal wound, at a point just below and to the right of the sternum.  The blade of the knife entered near the point of the sternum and made a large incision at right angles with the external oblique abdominal muscle, probably penetrating the lower portion of the lungs.

The wounded man was conveyed to St. Mary’s Infirmary where he received prompt and skillful medical attention, and where, under the kind nursing of the sisters, he may recover.

Malone was immediately arrested, and committed to the county jail.  We called on him, yesterday, and found him asleep.  Awakening him, we asked for his version of the unfortunate affair, and he solemnly protested that he was unable to recall any of the details.  He said he was very much under the influence of liquor; recollects meeting Duffey, and has a misty, dreamy impression that he had trouble with him; but what it was about, where it occurred, the result, etc., he is wholly unable to remember.  He said that he was aware that drunkenness did not excuse but rather aggravated his conduct.  He could not furnish us the details for the simple and only reason that he did not recollect them.



Tuesday, 21 Jun 1870:
A most deliberate and unprovoked murder was committed in that part of Mound City known as “Happy Hollow,” on Tuesday night last.  The Mound City Journal gives the name of the murdered man as Alexander Robinson, and that of the murderer as Billy Smith—both Negroes.  The quarrel which led to the killing was about an old rusty pocket knife which Smith claimed and which Robinson’s son refused to surrender.  Smith visited Robinson’s hut about midnight, bursted open the door, and fired his pistol at the bed in which Robinson and his family were lying.  The ball passed through Mrs. R.’s arm.  Robinson immediately sprang from the bed, but the moment he reached the floor Smith fired upon him.  The ball took effect in R’s side, and he fell dead in his tracks.  Smith then left, and has not, since then, been heard of.  He is a full-blooded African, about 35 years old.  His face and forehead are scarred, and there are two scars on his head covered with gray hairs.  Both of his arms have been broken near the wrists and the bones having been bunglingly set, form a mark by which he can readily be identified.  We do not know that reward is offered for his arrest, but certainly such a desperado should not be permitted to run at large on that account.  As it is quite likely that he is in Cairo, we hope our police will keep a look out for him.
Little Charley Dismer, an interesting little Mound City boy, seven years old, was sent to school last Friday morning; but falling in with a little playmate, was persuaded to "play hooky" and go in swimming.  The little fellow was carried home about noon, a ghastly corpse.  He waded into the river beyond his depth and met a horrible death by drowning.
Friday, 24 Jun 1870:
We regret to learn, as we do from the St. Louis papers of yesterday, that Dr. C. Gerricke, late of this city, met with an accident on Tuesday that may cost him his life.  He was returning from Cincinnati Saengerfest and about the pass on the ferry boat at St. Louis, when the horses attached to one of the numerous omnibuses crowding about the spot, ran against him and threw him down.  Before he could recover his feet the wheels of the omnibus ran over his breast, inflicting serious and probably fatal injury.

Tuesday, 28 Jun 1870:
The death of Mr. Scofield, late of the house of Messrs. Redman & Co., of this city, was announced yesterday.  He died of an attack of dysentery.  He was a gentleman highly respected in this community, and his death is deeply lamented by all who knew him.
Several cases of cholera morbus have been reported during the past few days, three or four of which proved fatal.  Too much care cannot be exercised in matters of diet. etc.  During the prevailing hot weather, green apples, green corn, cucumbers, etc. should not be used at all.  In every peck of green apples in market there are at least a half dozen full-fledged cases of cholera morbus.

Mr. J. N. Goddard, of Williamson County, Killed by the Cars.

The friends of Mr. J. N. Goddard will receive the intelligence of his terrible death with feelings of the profoundest sorrow.

Mr. Goddard was in this city, on Saturday and Sunday, and left, if we mistake not, on the Monday morning train.  At Carbondale, on Monday, he was in the act of boarding Mr. Cormick’s train, at a moment when a freight train was moving on the sidetrack.  One of the freight cars struck him on the hip, and threw him beneath its wheels.  One of his legs was shockingly mangled in two places.  The other leg and one of his arms were broken, and his body received several severe bruises.  He was removed to one of the neighboring buildings where he received prompt medial attention, but all to no purpose.  His injuries were moral.  He died the ensuing evening.

Mr. Goddard was a brother-in-law of our fellow citizen, Judge Allen, and one of the leading citizens of Marion and Williamson County.  He was widely and favorable known in Southern Illinois, and his violent taking off will cast a gloom over the feelings of hundreds and even thousands who knew him and respected and loved him for the many excellent qualities that distinguished him as a true man and a good citizen.  His remains were conveyed to Marion today, where his bereaved family and friends will give it burial.
W. A. Ritter, late assistant editor of the (Cape Girardeau) Missouri Democracy died on Sunday last, of paralysis. His death was very sudden and unexpected.


The name of the man accidentally killed at the Mounds Junction last Monday is Jack Carr.  A hand car ran over him causing his death in a few hours.  He was a section hand, and worked under James Mullett.

Wednesday, 29 Jun 1870:

A Citizen Killed by a Circular Saw

Details of the Sad Affair

About three o’clock yesterday afternoon the report gained currency that Mr. James L. Ross, who for sometime past has been operating a sawmill on the Ohio Levee near the foot of Twenty-second Street, had been cut in two by the circular saw.

About five o’clock we repaired to the mill, and, at a glance, received sufficient confirmation of the truth of the report, startling as it was.

The upper circular saw, about thirty-six inches in diameter, had been thrown from its boxing, and broken into two pieces.  One piece, with its heavy iron axle, was thrown directly forward.  The other piece struck the joist, and, making a deep indentation in the hard timber, bounded off to one side.

We passed to the second story of the mill, where, in a room overlooking the river, we saw the lifeless body of Mr. Ross composed for the grave.  From his brother who was present at the time of the accident, and from the Rev. Mr. Foote who arrived on the spot shortly afterwards, we gathered the following particulars.

Mr. Ross was acting as sawyer, and was standing in the usual position directly in front and about six feet distant from the saws.  A log, some four feet in diameter, and sixteen or eighteen feet in length, was on the carriage, undergoing the slabbing process.  The rope with which the logs are usually turned, on the carriage, had been broken, and to serve a temporary purpose Mr. Ross had brought into the same service, the hawser with which the logs are drawn from the river.  O use this hawser it became necessary to pass it from one side of the mill across the log on the carriage to a block and tackle suspended on the opposite side and several feet forward.  The saws had just cut a slab from the log, and Mr. Ross had run the carriage back to readjust the log, but running it back a few inches farther than usual, the hawser slipped off the end of the log and was caught up by the teeth of the saws.  At this moment Mr. Ross was in a stooping position, scraping the sawdust from the timbers of the log carriage.  An employee of the establishment, standing forward, noticed the mishap, and called to Mr. Ross to get out of the way; but Mr. Ross was not knowing what to get our of the way of, for the moment maintained his position.  The teeth of the saws failing to cut the hawser in two, the upper saw was finally broken, as stated, the larger part, with its heavy iron shaft or axle, flying forward and striking Mr. Ross in the right side, its sharp teeth cutting a gash, six or eight inches in length, penetrating the cavity of this body where they struck deep into his lungs, lacerating them badly, and cutting in the most shocking manner, a portion of his intestines.  Rising to his feet, he called for help, and seeing his brother near at hand, he walked toward him and fell into his arms.  He remained conscious only a moment; but during that moment he fully realized that his wounds were mortal.

He was carried upstairs and a physician was called, but he was past all help.  Within thee quarters of an hour he breathed his last.  And so perished James L. Ross, who two hours before was full of life, sporting with companion of his own age with as fair promise of long life as any of them.  The Rev. Mr. Foote rendered very kind and essential service in preparing the body, and to perfecting arrangements for its burial.  Mr. Ross was a young man, about 27 years of age and unmarried.

If we mistake not, Mr. Ross is the third man killed in that mill; certainly the second within our recollection.  Two years ago a German was sawed entirely in two.  Mr. J. W. Stewart lost his hand there, and when we say that a full quart of human fingers have been snatched off by the greedy teeth of the self same saw, we scarcely exaggerate.  The establishment is rapidly becoming a “man trap” that should be shunned with horror.  


On the trip of the steamer Sam Brown from Louisville when she was making a landing near the mouth of the Wabash, June 25th, one of her deckhands, named William Comes, of Louisville, Kentucky, was drowned.  He had taken a line ashore in a skiff, made it fast and was returning, when the skiff was upset by the line becoming afoul of it.  He swam some distance, but finally sank within twenty feet of shore.  The above is furnished us by Capt. John Gordon, of the Sam Brown, who desires Louisville papers to copy, as the deceased probably has relatives in that city.

Thursday, 30 Jun 1870:
A Mr. McGarvey, a resident of Lovelaceville, Ballard County, was assassinated on Monday evening last, while standing on his own porch.  The Paducah Kentuckian says that he was shot by someone concealed in a shop about thirty yards distant.  Six buckshot entered his body, one of these in the region of the heart, killing him almost instantly.  Who committed the atrocious and dastardly deed has not with certainty been determined.

Saturday, 2 Jul 1870:
June 26th after a short illness, William H. Scofield, in the 39th year of his age.  Friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral service at 2 o'clock tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at the Methodist church, and also to accompany the body to Villa Ridge for interment.  Tickets will be issued to friends of the deceased.
Friday, 8 Jul 1870:

The trial of young Misenheimer, of Dongola, for the alleged murder of a young German, something over a year ago, will commence in our circuit court on Monday next.  All the leading attorneys of the circuit are engaged in the case, and the indications are that it will be the most closely contested trial ever held in Alexander County.  The case was brought here by change of venue from Union County, and as it is one in which a large number of our readers feel interested, we shall publish the evidence.

Saturday, 9 Jul 1870:
Mr. Michael Gibbons, of Alton, met with a sudden and fearful death on the Edwardsville road, Saturday morning.  He fell between the cars of the train, on which he was employed as brakeman, and was run over and cut in two.
Lipstein, who killed Weil in Columbus, last week, has had his preliminary examination, and held to bail for manslaughter, in the sum of one thousand dollar.  The Columbus Dispatch says that although the killing was not entirely unprovoked, it was unnecessary.  For “an unnecessary killing,” the bond is certainly a very light one.

Monday, 11 Jul 1870:
The case of The People vs. Misenheimer was called this morning, and the parties pronouncing themselves ready for trial, the work of empanelling a jury commenced.  At noon that work was only fairly inaugurated, and we should not be surprised if the whole day is devoted to the selection of a jury.  As stated a few days ago, the case is one that has created considerable feeling in the country, and will be warmly contested, and carefully watched on both sides.  On one or the other side, the best legal talent in the country as been retained, and will be actively employed in the conduct of the suit.
Tuesday, 12 Jul 1870:
The progress made in the formation of a jury, yesterday, in the case of People vs. Misenheimer, was very inconsiderable indeed.  Only one juror was accepted out of the regular panel of twenty-four.  Twenty-one were "excused" for cause, and two were "excused" peremptorily.  It will be quite a difficult matter to form a jury in the case; but perseverance and plenty of men and time will finally accomplish it.

Dennis Mahoney, one of the oldest settlers of Cairo, departed this life, yesterday and today his body was out away to its final rest.  An honest, well-meaning, old man, he had not an enemy living.  The surviving members of his family have the sincere sympathy of all who knew how deeply they are bereaved.  Friends to the number of 200 or 300 accompanied the body to the cars, and a large number followed it to the grave.

Wednesday, 13 Jul 1870:
The Misenheimer trial drags along slowly.  The whole day yesterday was spent in an effort to complete the jury, but the hour for adjournment found only four jurors in the box.  Four panels, ninety-six men, had been examined, and only four of the number proved acceptable to the parties to the trial.  Every person seems to have "formed or expressed an opinion" as to the guilt of the defendants.  It would not surprise us a particle if the close of the week would find the jury incomplete.

Thursday, 14 Jul 1870:
The scarcity of men who know nothing of the Misenheimer-Demmermeuth case, suggested the idea of carting the tobacco Indians that stand before Meyer's and Korsemeyer's stores into court, as individuals who have neither formed or expressed an opinion in that or any other connection.


[Note from the Webmaster:  Coverage of the 5-day Misenheimer trial, including evidence by the prosecution, statements by witnesses and cross examination by the defense appears in the issues of  16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 July 1870.  The text is too extensive for on-line publication, but may be found in the microfilm edition of the newspaper.]

Saturday, 16 Jul 1870:
Trover-Worthington Trouble

Another Version of the Affair

The following extract from the Metropolis Times gives the wounding of Captain Worthington at the hands of Captain Trover an entirely different aspect.  If the Times is correctly informed, Trover pursued Worthington on his own boat, and struck him down as he was in the act of ascending the stairs.  But here is the extract:

This morning a serious difficulty occurred between Hugh Worthington captain of the Milbrey, and John W. Trover, captain of the steamer A. Baker, at Paducah.

Each one wished to secure some deck passengers on the wharf—about which they had words.  Worthington left and was going up stairs on his own boat; Trover followed with a half a brick or boulder and threw it at him hitting him on the left side of his skull, and stripping it of flesh for two inches in diameter.  Worthington remains insensible and in danger of losing his life.

We are glad, for the sake of all parties concerned, to add that Worthington is not dead, as reported yesterday evening.  On the contrary, he has recovered consciousness, and will, most probably, get well.

Monday, 18 Jul 1870:
Mrs. Windrem, wife of John Windrem, Jr., died in childbed, yesterday morning.  It is said that her sufferings were intense.  Neighbors tendered all the kind ministrations the occasion seemed to call for.
A note from Metropolis, addressed to Dr. Arter, says that hopes of Capt. Worthington's recovery have been abandoned.  His sufferings became so intense, that it became necessary to place him under the influence of opiates.

Negro Man Killed

While the steamer Idlewild was lying at our wharf, yesterday evening, a Negro deckhand went into one of the wheelhouses and clambered on the wheel, but for what purpose we are not advised.  The engineer, unapprised of the negro’s whereabouts, let on steam.  The Negro was thrown from his position into the river and was not seen again.  We hear that his neck was broken before he was thrown into the water.  We could not learn his name.

Wednesday, 20 Jul 1870:
The evidence in the Misenheimer murder trial was concluded yesterday.  For some good and sufficient reason which neither the prosecution nor the spectators were able to fathom, the defense presented only two witnesses and the evidence of these was by no means important.  The case will probably go to the jury this evening.


[Note from the Webmaster:  Extensive coverage of the 5-day Misenheimer trial, including evidence by the prosecution, statements by witnesses and cross examination by the defense, was printed on 16, 17, 18 , 19 as well as in this issue.  That full text is not on line, but it may be consulted in the microfilm edition of the newspaper. The not guilty verdict on 22 July is summarized in the issue of 23 Julybelow.]


A Tribute to Their Memory

One, Albert H. Christian, a resident of this county, recently “shuffled off this mortal coil,” leaving effects for which there were no legal claimants.  The administrator of the estate recently submitted to the probate court, the following unique and poetical report.

Said administrator would report that no claims have ever been allowed against said estate, that the said Albert H. Christian died leaving no known heir at law or legal representative—that the graves wherein repose the ashes of the dead, Albert, and of his only brother, William B., through whom he inherited the said money, and of his father, Samuel L. Christian, who devised the same to said William, remain unprotected and unmarked by stone or monument—nothing to perpetuate the memory or make the resting place of father and sons, the last of all the Christians who lived and died and left to other times, money for the coffers of the county; but not a cent to protect their own hallowed dust or to proclaim to other Christians, in a Christian land, the spot where these Christians sleep, except by permission of this honorable court.

Oh, sad estate!

Oh human wretchedness!  So weak is man,

So ignorant and blind, that did not God,

Sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask,

We should be ruined by our own bequest.

Said administrator, in consideration of the premises, and in order that these three “Christians” may not, while funds that were theirs remain, sink into their graves unknelled, uncoffined and unknown, would respectfully ask of this honorable that he be permitted, as a part of the burial expenses and expenses of administration, to invest the said sum of money now in his hands, in enclosing the said graves and in erecting over them a suitable marble slab, “sacred to the memory” of these men that

What we have seen our sons shall see—

Remnants of things that have passed away—

Fragments of stone reared by creatures of clay

And also to the graves of said Samuel’s wife and daughter, and that this cause may be continued until said administrator can make a final report of his action in the premises.

But if this honorable court shall not, in its wisdom, grant what seems so meet and proper to said administrator, viz:  that the funds of the dead, when unclaimed by justice, and uncalled for by the living, should be appropriated towards giving honorable sepulcher to its owner; then and in that case, said administrator respectfully asks that this be approved as his final report, an that he be discharged as such administrator, upon his paying into the county treasury the said sum now in his hands, and filing with the clerk of this court the treasurer’s receipt therefore.

Yet, I beseech you,

Rest once the law to your authority,

To do a great right, do a little wrong.

And give the money to the dead and not the State.

Respectfully submitted,

Adm’tr of Albert G. Christian, dec’d
Thursday, 21 Jul 1870:
The arguments of counsel in the Misenheimer murder case will probably be completed this evening.  Judge Mulkey commenced his argument at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and at 11 o'clock this forenoon had not concluded.  Judge Allen will probably occupy the afternoon, and State's Attorney McCartney will close the argument in the morning.

Friday, 22 Jul 1870:
Spencer Gregory was the name of the colored boy drowned at our wharf from the wheelhouse of the Idlewild, a few days ago.  With other hands of the boat he was in bathing, and when Gregory was in a position directly under the wheel, the engine was put in motion.  One of the buckets striking him a violent blow on the head, he disappeared and drowned.  His body has not been recovered.
The argument in the Misenheimer case closed about noon today.  Judge Mulkey spoke eight hours and a half, Judge Allen spoke three hours and a half; Albright spoke two hours and McCartney spoke five hours.  Here, then, are four speeches of an average length of five hours!  Some of our readers will probably wonder at the endurance of human nature when we remark that the jury "still lives!"
Mr. Thane Tucker, brother-in-law of Mr. James S. Morris, and for a short time a residence of this city, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the 15th instant.  He has been an invalid for several months.
Gen. Add. H. Sanders has been appointed Secretary of Montana Territory.  The General will make his mark in the new territory.  We expect to hear of him taking an active part in every movement calculated to aid in developing the territory into a state.

General Sanders heads the list of Cairo newspaper men.  In 1848 he published a paper here—The Cairo Delta—known far and wide for the exceeding piquancy and raciness of its original matter.  In every essential particular he was a good enough fellow to head the list of Cairo editors.  We can pay him no higher compliment because we don't know how.

Saturday, 23 Jul 1870:
The latest intelligence from Capt. Worthington who was wounded at the hands of Capt. Trover, is to the effect that he is restored to consciousness and is in a fair way of recovery.  Grave fears are entertained that his minds has been seriously and permanently impaired by the injury.

By passengers down the Illinois Central we learn of the accident near Odin, by which a man was killed and his little daughter seriously wounded.  The two had been gathering blackberries, and were returning home.  We are unable to explain how it occurred that a train ran over them, but in that way the man's leg was cut off, inflicting injuries from which he died in fifteen minutes.  The little girl’s arm was cut off, and her body rather badly bruised—the whole forming a sum of total of wounds that will probably have a fatal result.
About nine o'clock last night the jury in the case of the People vs. Abraham Misenheimer, returned a verdict of “not guilty.”  The jurors no doubt honestly believed Misenheimer innocent of the charge preferred against him.  We have no disposition to question their honesty, but their verdict surprised quite a number of our citizens, and among this number were several who had heard the evidence and weighed all the doubts suggested by the defendant's attorneys.  But, while there are many who believe that Dammermuth died at the hands of young Misenheimer, we have seen no one who was not willing to acquit him of the charge of “murder.”   Nobody believes that he intended to kill the deceased.  The weapon he used not being a deadly one, and the fact that he struck but one blow, go to confirm this belief.  But the matter has not been passed upon.  Whether guilty or innocent, young Misenheimer has already suffered a punishment sufficient to atone for the crime, and there are, therefore, only a few who regret his acquittal.

Monday, 25 Jul 1870:
FOURTEEN YEARS.—The negro who stabbed and killed another negro sometime ago on the steamer Thompson Dean, at our wharf, was arraigned on Saturday in the Circuit Court, and plead guilty.  He was sentenced to the penitentiary for fourteen years.


Off for Joliet. Sheriff Meyer's took the following prisoners to the penitentiary at Joliet:
George Morse, for manslaughter, thirteen years.
A NEGRO DROWNED.—Yesterday afternoon while a number of our citizens were bathing in the Ohio River, they observed a negro man who had the appearance of a steamboat roustabout, divesting himself of his tattered clothing a short distance below the place where they were bathing.  He walked into the water and sprang forward as if to swim, and sank beneath the surface.  He did not rise again, and was undoubtedly drowned.  Whether he got beyond his depth unintentionally, and being unable to swim lost his life, or deliberately committed suicide, cannot be ascertained.  The body has not yet been recovered.  Who he was nobody knows.
Tuesday, 26 Jul 1870:

The verdict of the jury in the Misenheimer case is creating considerable discussion in the southern part of the state.  The Mound City Journal, referring to it, says:  “The jury brought in a verdict of not guilty and the prisoner was released.  If a man who has plenty of money commits a high crime let him get his case into Alexander County if possible.  They get up mighty funny juries there when they try.”

To say the least of it, this is an unkind insinuation.  It is more; it is a serious charge.  Although those who did not hear all the evidence in the Misenheimer case may believe that the young man deserved punishment, only a bold man, or a very careless one, will assert or even insinuate that twelve men were purchased and a verdict against the law and evidence thus obtained.  No matter how guilty a man may be, if he cannot be convicted by sworn evidence beyond reasonable doubt, the public weal demands that he should go free.  To establish the precedent of conviction on impulse or [prejudice, would be bad policy, fatal to the interest of the people.  That young Misenheimer struck the fatal blow most people believe, but that he intended even to inflict a serious injury upon the unfortunate man he assailed, and that the jury acquitted him for money, as the Journal insinuates, we cannot believe.  The lawyers for the defense are skillful men and had an incentive to use every possible exertion to secure the acquittal of their client.  That they did this, is a result at once surprising and creditable to their ability as lawyers.
NEGRO SUICIDE.—It now appears that the negro who was drowned on Sunday was a suicide.  Investigation shows that he hung his clothes on a bush at the margin of the water.  On his paper collar he wrote the words, "July 25th" and other words, which could not be deciphered.  He then pinned the collar to his clothes where it could not fail to be seen, and took the fatal plunge.  In his pocket was found an A. Baker deck passage ticket from Mound City to Cairo, bearing date July 18th.
Monday, 1 Aug 1870:
Supposed Drowned—A deck hand named Martin Hines shipped on the towboat Grand Lake on July 4th, 1870, at Grand Tower, Ills., it is supposed was drowned near Island No. 69 the night of July 22d.
Tuesday, 2 Aug 1870:
Sudden Death.—Last night, about 10 o'clock, a man was seen to fall from the stage plank of Phillips’ wharf boat, and, it is presumed, instantly died.  This morning Judge Corcoran held an inquest on his body. The jury returned a verdict that he died of some unknown disease, which is as clear as mud.  What was he named and where was his home could not be ascertained.
Wednesday, 3 Aug 1870:
DEAD—Many of our readers, who were his friends, will be astounded when they read the announcement that "Toppy" Craig is dead.  On the 4th of last month he came to Cairo from Memphis, where he has been working in the telegraph office for about a year, and was in the possession of excellent health.  He remained among his friends here for a week or two, and left them with the assurance that he would again visit them in a short time; but how uncertain is life!  This morning, when he was about to rise from his bed, the inexorable enemy of life struck him, and he died as suddenly as if a thunderbolt had pierced his brain.  Unfortunate Craig!  He was just in the prime of life, and had a host of friends, who will, in sincerity, lament his death.  Kindhearted, liberal, a true friend, in his business most proficient, gentlemanly and a gentleman, he was a man more than ordinarily useful in this world; and, when time had cooled down the fever of his youth, would have taken his place among that class of citizens who shine with only a gentle light but make society enjoyable and the world prosperous in its industries.  Mr. Craig was a native of Auburn, New York, where his parents and other relatives now reside.  Peace be with his soul.

Thursday, 4 Aug 1870:
The Remains of Mr. Craig.—The remains of Mr. Archibald Craig, were forwarded from Memphis, this morning, to his home in Auburn, New York, via Louisville.
A CRAZY PRINTER DECLARES HIMSELF A MURDERER.—Some three months ago, a printer named Bentley, hailing from Harrisburg, in this State, land in Cairo, and strange to relate, was broke.  He applied at this office for money and work and received both.  His actions at the case excited notion and remark and he explained it by saying that he was subject, at times to spasms.  He continued laboring for a few days; received his money, got drunk, and was put upon the chain gang.  He worked out his fine on the streets and left for Gayose Landing, Mo., where he remained until a few days since.  Shortly after his arrival here, he called at the Bulletin office.  For a while nothing unusual was observable about his actions.  In reply to interrogations he said that he had a pretty rough time of it while absent; but, warming up it would soon be all over.  He was going back home to Harrisburg and deliver himself up to the authorities.  He could stand it not longer.  It affected his mind, and if things went on much longer as they had been, he believed he would go stark mad.  When asked what was the nature of the crime which weighed so heavily upon his conscience he replied in the most excited manner:  "Murder, murder, gentlemen," and detailed the matter with the greatest minuteness and seeming accuracy.  His father, he said, became involved in a lawsuit, and charged the constable having some of the papers relating to the suit in his possession, with dereliction of duty.  This incensed the officer, and a quarrel ensued in which Bentley's father was considerably injured.  "When I heard of it," he said, "it almost drove me mad; I armed myself with a club, and took up a position near a point where I knew he was sure to pass; and he did come.  You ought to see me let into him.  I knocked him senseless the first blow, and mashed him into a jelly!  Oh! but it did me good; you bet he never will hit my father again; maybe I didn't gather him to his fathers  or nothing; oh! no!" and ran on in a similar strain until he frothed at the mouth.  In leaving the office, he said, "I am going right off; I will stand my trial, and would as lief swing as not."  We have not since heard from him.
Friday, 5 Aug 1870:
MERITED TRIBUTE.—The Memphis Avalanche of the 4th, thus speaks of the late Mr. Craig:  An estimable young man named Archie Craig, an operator in the Western Union Telegraph office in this city, was found dead in his bed yesterday morning, in his room on Main Street.  The jury of inquest could find no particular cause of death. He had no relatives in this city, was from New York, where his father is still living, and where one of his brothers follows the same business that he was engaged in here.  His remains, in charge of Joseph Fowler, chief assistant operator in the Western Union office will be sent to New York today.

Monday, 8 Aug 1870:
MURDER.—Chief Gossman received a telegram from Memphis yesterday advising him to be on the look out for a negro who had committed a murder in that city and had escaped.  It was thought by the Memphis authorities that he had taken an upriver boat.
Thursday, 11 Aug 1870:
NEGRO BITTEN BY A RATTLESNAKE WHILE GATHERING BLACKBERRIES.—DIES ALMOST INSTANTLY.—Yesterday morning a party of colored men and women left the city on a blackberrying excursion.  After they had arrived at the patch they began to pick the berries, which were numerous and finally became separated into parties of twos and threes.  One man, whose name we could not learn, wandered away from the party a considerable distance.  In about an hour after he was missed by his companions, they heard him shouting as if in great alarm and immediately instituted a search for him.  The search was protracted several hours, but finally a boy of the party stumbled over his body, and affrighted raised an alarm that soon brought the whole party to the spot when they ascertained that their companion was dead.  He was lying a short distance from his bucket, and investigation showed that he had been bitten by a poisonous reptile most probably a rattlesnake, and had died of the effects of the bite.

Saturday, 13 Aug 1870:
DEATH OF MRS. READE.—Mr. D. Reade, architect, received information by telegraph this morning of the death of his wife, Mary F. Reade.  Mrs. Reade, died at the residence of her mother, in Hickman, Kentucky, at 8 o'clock this morning, after a painful sickness running through a period of eight and a half months.  Her disease (inflammatory rheumatism) was of the most acute and painful character, but was borne with great fortitude and resignation.  Although quite young, being only twenty years of age, she expressed herself ready and willing to die, and passed away, trusting implicitly in the redeeming grace of her Savior.  Her remains will be brought to this city tomorrow, and thence conveyed by the regular passenger train to Villa Ridge for burial.
COL. SLOO AT THE POINT OF DEATH.   About noon today the report reached us that Col. J. C. Sloo was rapidly approaching dissolution.  Before this paper is delivered to its readers he will, doubtless, have breathed his last.  He is lying at his room at the corner of Washington Avenue and Sixth Street, receiving the devoted attentions of his children and commanding the best medical talent of the city; but it is thought that no earthly power can stay the fatal work of his disease.  Col. Sloo, for more than a quarter of a century, has been a man of note and influence in Southern Illinois, and thousands will learn of his death (which is regarded as inevitable) with feelings of sincere regret and sorrow.

Monday, 15 Aug 1870:
DEATH OF GEN. JAMES C. SLOO.—Col. James C. Sloo, whose dangerous illness we announced on Saturday, breathed his last at 3 o'clock yesterday (Sunday) morning.,  A brief reference to his life and service may be found in another column.  The funeral services will be held at the residence of Mr. J. B. Taylor, on Washington Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh streets tomorrow (Tuesday) commencing at half past 1 o'clock p.m.  At 3 o'clock p.m. the remains, accompanied by the family and friends, will be moved to a special train at the foot of Sixth Street, and thence to Beech Grove Cemetery (near Mounds Junction) where they will receive the rites of burial.


THE LATE COL. JAMES C. SLOO—The death of Col. Sloo—which sad event took place in this city at the hour of 3 o’clock yesterday morning—has already come to the knowledge of quite all our local readers.  He died after an illness, more or less painful, protracted through a period of about three weeks.

            During the last half century Colonel Sloo has been a resident of Southern Illinois, occupying most of the time, prominent official position.  He was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in the year 1805, and located in Shawneetown in the year 1820.  In the year 1829 he succeeded his father in the office of Register of the Land office for the district of Shawneetown, holding the office during the eight years of Jackson’s administration.  He filled the same position under Presidents Tyler and Polk, serving the government and the people; the while, in the most acceptable manner.  At a later day he acted, in conjunction with others, as commissioner of the Joliet Penitentiary, holding that position until the completion of the building.  In the year 1852 he was independent candidate for a seat in the State Senate, but the district being largely Democratic, his principal competitor, A. J. Kuykendall, was elected.  During the past six or eight years he occupied a prominent place on the Republican State Central Committee, being a member of that committee at the time of his death.  He located in this city in the year 1858, and succeeded D. T. Linegar, Esq., in the Cairo post office.  In that, as in all other positions, he served the people faithfully and satisfactorily, maintaining throughout, the reputation of an honest and upright man.  He leaves two daughters—wives of Mr. J. B. Taylor and P. H. Pope, Esq.—two sons, W. A. and Thomas, and hosts of friends to mourn his death.  Indeed, few men in Southern Illinois are more widely known than Colonel Sloo; and, few there are whose death would cause more general or sincere sorrow.  His remains will be conveyed to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment, a special train starting from the foot of Sixth Street at 3 o’clock p.m., tomorrow, for that purpose.  The friends of the family are invited to be present.

Tuesday, 16 Aug 1870:
The Funeral of Col. J. C. Sloo—The non-arrival of a member of the family, who is absent from the city, necessitated a postponement of Col. Sloo's funeral and burial services, until tomorrow Wednesday morning.  The funeral services will be held at the residence of J. B. Taylor, Esq., at the hour of 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.  At half past 10 the remains will be moved to the cars, at the foot of Sixth Street, and thence to Beech Grove Cemetery, where they will be interred.  The friends of the family are invited to attend.
Monday, 22 Aug 1870:
The Herald contains an obituary notice of Rev. Charles H. Clay, lately of Golconda.  He died on the 3d instant, aged 71 years and 6 months.  For over 40 years he had been a minister of the Baptist church.
A little son of Mr. L. K. Goodall, of Jonesboro, was drowned, a few days ago.
One Man Killed and Two Men Badly Wounded.

The Crescent City Circus spread its canvass in the neighboring town of Blandville, on Saturday, and gave an afternoon and night exhibition.  After the close of the night exhibition, an altercation arose between members of the circus company and a number of citizens, which led to serious consequence.  It is alleged, with how much truth we do not pretend to say, that a number of the circus employees were under the influence of liquor, and provoked a fight with the citizens by offering very gross insults and then opening "a promiscuous fire" upon the crown.  The citizens promptly returned the fire, killed one of the circus men on the spot, and then drove the whole troupe out of town.  On the part of the citizens, John Ray was mortally wounded and Robert Lowery slightly.

These details, which come from a resident of Blandville, are given as they were received.  From other sources, we have learned that the fight was provoked by a number of the residents who were under the influence of liquor.  We shall, most likely, receive full reliable details through the day.  If so, we shall make them known to the public in tomorrow's paper.

After writing the above we learned that Mr. Ray is still alive this morning.

Tuesday, 23 Aug 1870: 
AN EXCITING BLOODY AFFAIR—A GANG OF HORSE THIEVES BROKEN UP—In a late number of the Bulletin we referred to the presence, in our city, of three loose characters from Missouri, to their return homer and their unsuccessful attempt to steal a horse from a neighboring farmer, by the name of I. N. Smith.  From the Charleston Courier, of last week, we learn that these men were members of a regular organized gang of murderers and horse thieves.  The organization had its headquarters on Rush’s Ridge, a locality in Mississippi County, about twelve miles from Cairo, and embraced the following persons:  Charles Taylor, John Smith, James Warren, Robert Warren, and Henry Berry.  It was proposed to inaugurate operations by stealing a valuable mule from Mr. Smith, but
Berry’s conscience smote him, and he divulged to Mr. Smith the purposes of the gang and the names of the members.  In pursuance of the agreement Smith’s stable was laid under contribution for a fine mule.  Smith was on watch, and fired at the villain who entered the stables, seen times, but without effect.  Great excitement ensued, and a determination was at once formed to break up the gang, at any cost of blood and treasure.  A number of armed men repaired to the residence of Mr. Berry.  As they approached they saw a man in the act of running from the house, who, in answer by a command to “halt,” drew a pistol, and snapped the cap thereon.  Before he could reap it, he was given the contents of a shotgun.  He then attempted to run, but a second charge of shot brought him to the ground.  The Warrens were then visited, and although armed to the teeth, surrendered without any show of resistance.  All the desperadoes were now in charge, except John Smith, and he had crossed the lake a few hours before, on a hunting expedition.  The exasperated citizens made pursuit, and, after lying in ambush a few hours, succeeded in capturing him also.  The whole gang were bagged, before they had time to steal a horse or commit a murder.  They were confined in the Charleston calaboose during the succeeding night, and next day forwarded to the Potosi jail, where they will be found when wanted.

The arrangements of the gang for an extensive business is horseflesh were quite complete.  The stolen horses were to be forwarded to Point Pleasant, thence to Osceola, and thence to the interior of Arkansas, where confederate would take the animals in charge and dispose of them.

Taylor, the man who was shot, is a bloody villain and a fugitive from justice.  He stands charged with the commission of two murders—one in New Orleans last summer, and one in Mound City only a few months ago.  The details of the latter were given in the Bulletin.


Wednesday, 24 Aug 1870:
Fred Hayden, well known in Mound City, and to some extent in this city, was drowned at Hurricane Island, about the 25th ultimo, from a raft of logs, which he was about to bring down the river.  He had resided in Mound City about thirteen years and was a widower.
THE BLANDVILLE AFFRAY.—The account of the affray at Blandville on Saturday, that was published in the Bulletin, and formed a part of Monday’s associate press dispatches, was, generally incorrect.  The facts, as we received them from what we consider a reliable source, are as follows:

Noyes’ Crescent City Circus, which exhibited at Blandville on Saturday, fixed the price of admission at 75 cents.  This is the price exacted by respectable circus companies, at all points in the South.  While a resident of Blandville was in the act of purchasing a ticket, a Mr. John Ray, said to be marshal of the town, addressed the circus treasurer, substantially as follows:  “Why is it that you rob the people here?  You charge 50 cents at Cairo, but here you charge 75 cents.  It’s simply robbery.”

At this juncture an attaché of the circus, who was standing by, remarked to the applicant for a ticket that if he didn’t want to pay the price, he could take his money back.  Ray instantly rejoined:  “What in the hell is it your business—what do you put in for?”—adding other remarks which the circus man considered as intended to insult him.  An angry altercation then ensued, but the parties finally separated without resorting to violence.

After the night exhibition had closed; Ray and three or four companions visited a saloon in the village, and had been seated but a short time, when three or four of the circus men entered, among the rest the one who had the quarrel with Ray, whose name it appears was E. D. Phillips.  As soon as Ray recognized Phillips he approached him and demanded an apology for the insult he had offered him, but Phillips not being in an apologizing mood, a quarrel ensued of the most violent character.  At the very moment Ray and Phillips were about to come together, the latter placed his hand in his side coat pocket.  The report of a pistol followed, and Ray fell, shot in the abdomen.  Ray’s companions at once vacated the barroom, leaving the circus men inside.  The latter, believing that the withdrawal of Ray’s companions was for the purpose of firing upon them as they returned to the circus, remained in the room.  A few minutes later the house was surrounded by armed men, who demanded the surrender of the man who shot RayPhillips knowing he was the person sought after, and believing that a surrender of his person would be a surrender of his life, tried to make his escape by flight.  This attempt was discovered and he was shot down before he had run fifty feet from the barroom.  The contents of a shotgun and pistol were fired into his body, killing him instantly.  The other circus men were then permitted to retire.

On Sunday morning an inquest was held over the body, and a verdict returned in accordance with the facts.  Ray’s wounds are believed to be mortal.

MAN DROWNED—About five o'clock yesterday evening a negro man named James Lewis, was in the act of bringing a log to the foot of the logway to Ross' saw mill, when he slipped and fell into the river.  The water was only about four feet deep where he fell, but becoming strangled, and losing all presence of mind, he worked himself into deeper water, where he went under and was drowned.  Two or three persons were standing with in view, but were unable to extend help.  The body was recovered about six o'clock, but was thought to be beyond the reach of all means of resuscitation.  Lewis was about twenty years of age and a sober, industrious man.  He was unmarried.
Thursday, 25 Aug 1870:
A colored man informs us that a spring of splendid fresh water discovered in the vicinity of the old graveyard presented no signs of drying up during the hottest period of the year.  A number of colored families in the neighborhood use the water, and find it cool, clear and healthy; but it won't wash.  Never failing springs are decidedly scarce, this side of Cache River—hence this mention.
NOT TRUE—It is not true as stated in the telegraphic report from Blandville, that, after the affray, of which we gave an account yesterday, the Crescent City Circus Company was driven out of town.  The company left quietly and in good order, there being no attempt on the part of anybody to hasten or prevent their departure.

We have received additional details, as to the origin of the difficulty, which go to show that Mr. Ray, who was seriously wounded, was by no means blameless.  We think it unnecessary, however, to make them public.
Saturday, 27 Aug 1870:
The Jonesboro Gazette learns from Mr. George Kimmel that a man by the name of Cash was shot at a place four miles north of Pulley's Mills, in Williamson County.  On Monday last Cash was driving his team in the woods, and was shot with a shotgun and instantly killed by a concealed enemy.  This is supposed to be the result of a shooting affray at an election some time since, between the Cash party and some others in that neighborhood.

(The 27 Aug 1870, Jonesboro Gazette reported the name of the deceased as Isaiah Cash.  Another Mr. Cash was killed by a Mr. Stanley on 3 Nov 1868, according to the 7 Nov 1868, Jonesboro Gazette.) 
The DuQuoin Tribune of yesterday contains the following:

We are called upon to record the death of one of Perry County's oldest and most respected citizens in person of Mrs. McElvain, who was killed last week while riding in a hack.  From the best information we have, the deceased came to her death by the accidental upsetting of a hack, while on her way to visit friends.  Mrs. McElvain took leave of her children, Harvey and Sam McElvain, and Mrs. Wiley Lipe, of this county, only a few weeks since, to visit her children in Missouri.  She was something over eighty years of age and remarkably vigorous for one so old.  She leaves a large circle of bereaved relatives and friends to mourn her unexpected death.

Wednesday, 31 Aug 1870:
A Man Slides from the Top of a Wheat Stack Upon the Handle of a Pitchfork and Is Killed.

We receive this morning the details of a strange and terrible accident that occurred on Thursday last, in a harvest field, about two miles back of the town of Brooklyn, in Massac County.

A number of hands were engaged at the work of collecting and stacking the sheaves of wheat.  The stack had been built up to a height of fifteen or sixteen feet, when the men stopped to rest, one of them leaning his pitchfork against the side of the stack, the prongs resting upon the ground.  The man on top the stack had occasion to come down, and, as he has often done before, attempted to slide down the side of the stack.  While descending, the handle of the fork passed between his legs and entered his body to the depth of eleven inches.  Thus impaled he fell forward to the ground, the handle of the fork breaking off within about five inches of his body.  His companions came to his assistance, and, as no medical aid was within convenient distance, it was deemed best to remove the broken handle from the suffering man's body.  It required all the strength of a strong man to do this, and when it came out, clinging to and following it were lacerated portions of the poor fellows entrails.  Of course, the result of such horrible injuries could only be death.  In great agony the poor man lingered, until after dark, when death put an end to his sufferings.  His name we were unable to learn.



Thursday, 1 Sep 1870:
Old Paddy McLoughlin is dead!  Make solemn pause!  The rollicking, rattling, old man, who has put away his hundreds of paupers to their final rest, has shuffled off the coil of mortality, and now occupies a like narrow bed.  Poor Paddy!  He was a character that will long be remembered.  No man's enemy but his own, full of life, making himself heard above all the noise and din that surrounded him, we may never see his like again.

The manner of his death was this:  He was on the streets, Tuesday night, considerably stimulated, but managed to reach his home.  Yesterday afternoon while attempting to take a cup of coffee, he fell from his chair in a frightful fit.  From that time he remained in a state of insensibility, until 4 o'clock p.m., when he breathed his last.

He Is Killed by the Accidental Discharge of a Shotgun

The friends and relatives of Capt. Joseph F. Blake, of Ballard County, have just received intelligence of his death, by the accidental discharge of a shotgun.

It will be recollected that Capt. Blake severed a business connection with Mr. C. C. Davidson, of this city, a short time ago, with the avowed purpose of locating in the State of Texas.  In pursuance of that purpose the captain accompanied by Mr. Hugh Upshaw, started intending to make the greater portion of the trip by land.  They had gained a point in Arkansas, beyond Little Rock, where they encountered a stretch of very rugged, rocky road.  While passing over this road, Capt. Blake discovered a shotgun lying in the bottom of the wagon bed, and apprehending that the jolting would discharge it, caught it by the muzzle and attempted to remove it.  In doing so, he struck the hammer against the wagon bed with sufficient force to explode the cap.  In the twinkling of an eye the entire contents of the gun—nine buckshot—were deposited in the Captain’s breast.  Without a word or a groan, he fell to the ground and died.  What disposition was made of the body we did not learn.

Captain Blake was an intelligent, enterprising gentleman, of great personal popularity, and, had he lived, would have acquired both wealth and distinction.  The news of his death will come as a crushing blow to his family.

Friday, 2 Sep 1870:
A young man named Richard E. Strouse, was drowned in the Ohio River, opposite the mouth of Hurricane, a few days ago.
Saturday, 3 Sep 1870:
We learn that the person who was so strongly suspicioned as being instrumental in the murder of young Cash has left the country and has probably made good his escape.  Nothing has been heard of him since the morning of the murder.  In 1868, at the School House in Southern Precinct, a difficulty arose between a man named Stanley and the Cash brothers, in which affray Stanley was killed, and this is supposed to be the cause of the murder of this young man, at least the community in which the deed was committed think so (Marion Friend).

Monday, 5 Sep 1870:
DEATH OF J. BIRNEY MARSHALL.—Just as we were going to press we received intelligence of the death of J. Birney Marshall, at one time editor of the Cairo Democrat, but more recently connected with the press of Memphis.  The news of his death is communicated in the following brief telegram, dated Memphis, Sept. 4th:

J. Birney Marshall, a well known journalist, fell from the window of his room in the old post office building last night, and was instantly killed.  It is supposed he sat in the window to cool himself after undressing preparatory to retiring, and fell asleep.  His lifeless body was found this morning.
Tuesday, 6 Sep 1870:
We received notice, yesterday, of the death of Julia, daughter of John H. and Joanna Barton—a bright little girl of three years old.  She died on Sunday.


Friday, 9 Sep 1870:
Shocking Occurrence
Col. James Birney
Marshall Killed by a Fall from a Window

(From the Memphis Avalanche)

On Sunday morning out citizens were again startled by the announcement that Colonel James Birney Marshall had been killed by falling from the window of his room, which was located in the second story of the old Post Office Building.  At what time he fell it is difficult to say, as his body was found by officers Neil and Duffy, at an early hour in the morning.  From all appearances he had been lying there for some time.  His right arm was broken and the hand considerably mashed as if he had put it out in order to break the fall.  A jury of inquest was summoned, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.

The deceased was aged about sixty years.  He was a native of Kentucky, and brother of Gen. Humphrey Marshall.  Her first published a paper at Louisville, called the City Gazette.  Afterward he was editorially connected with the Ohio Statesman, published at Columbus.  He was next employed upon the Cincinnati Enquirer, in similar capacity.  Going to New Orleans, he became connected with the Delta and Picayune.  At the close of the war he went to Cairo and engaged in the publication of the Daily News, then published in that city.  His first appearance in Memphis was in the summer of 1861.  He wrote occasionally for different papers and in a few months went into the real estate business in conjunction with Mr. O. H. Lide (since deceased) and Mr. Passmore.  The firm was Passmore, Lide & Marshall, and continued until sometime in 1862.  Colonel Marshall left Memphis and returned to Cincinnati soon after Federal occupation in 1862 and engaged in the Cairo newspaper enterprise.  He returned to Memphis in 1866, since which time he has seldom been out of the city.

Colonel Marshall was one of the veterans of the press, having been engaged in editorial and literary pursuits perhaps thirty-five years.  He possessed abilities of a high order, and a superior education.  His writing revealed both intellect and cultivation, strengthened by good judgment and had he applied himself as assiduously to producing results as to acquiring the knowledge necessary for them, no eminence in his vocation would have been beyond his reach.

Her had a large number of friends, and few, if any, enemies.  No one who knew him will learn of his death without sorrow.  His remains were attended to the Memphis and Louisville depot by members of the press, Typographical Union and other friends, and were forwarded yesterday afternoon, to Frankfort, Ky., for interment, in charge of Captain F. L. James and Mr. M. Nealis.


Monday, 12 Sep 1870:
William H. Walker, the mayor of Evansville, died on Saturday morning last.  He had been ill about six months.

Friday, 16 Sep 1870:
Charley Lewis, the negro man who committed a rape upon the person of a white woman near Mayfield, Kentucky, was arrested in Paducah, on Tuesday last.  As two or three negro men, guilty of like offense, have been strung up to trees in that vicinity, during the past year or two, Lewis has occasion to look to the immediate future with the gravest apprehensions.
Saturday, 17 Sep 1870:
While the steamer Norman, here yesterday, was aground at Cottonwood bar, a colored "rouster" named Sam Earl, was seriously, and probably fatally injured by being struck on the head by a broken snatch block.  His skull was badly crushed and he has remained insensible ever since.  On the boat's arrival here he was transferred to St. Mary's Hospital.

Monday, 19 Sep 1870:
The Suspected Party Under Arrest

About 11 o’clock last night, Louis Parker, of Bird’s Point, a quiet, inoffensive colored man, was murdered in his own dooryard.  Hearing a call, the doomed man responded to it; but no sooner had he made his appearance outside of his house, than he was shot dead in his tracks.  Two musket balls entered his head, two entered his breast, and one his neck, killing him instantly.

Constable Arnold was duly informed of the affair, and undertook to search out the guilty party.  He learned that three Negro men named Jake Haspil, Aleck Merritt, and Aleck Cook had made threats against Parker, Haspil declaring a purpose to take his life.  Cook and Merritt voluntarily accompanied Arnold to Bird’s Point, and there established their innocence—proved to the satisfaction of everybody that they had no part in the murder.  Haspil, however, told conflicting stories; claimed that certain burs on his coat—a kind that does not grow in Cairo but does grow at Bird’s Point—were found by him in Cairo, and was unable to prove where he was at the time the murder was committed.  He was, therefore, taken in charge by the Missouri authorities and committed for trial.

Parker leaves a family of five or six children.

Tuesday, 20 Sep 1870:
DISTRESSING OCCURRENCE.—We were not advised until two or three days ago, as to the distressing circumstances under which Mr. John H. Barton, of the Carbondale New Era, lost his only little girl. Mr. and Mrs. B. had just returned from a tour North, and finding the little girl ailing, directed the nurse to administer a dose of medicine.  After supper it became necessary to repeat the dose, but the little girl alleged that the medicine burned her throat and objected to taking it.  She resisted all pleadings until her father placed a five-cent nickel in her hand, and told her if she would take the medicine the money should be hers.  The child, thus approached, swallowed the potion, was seized with excruciating pains, and died with the nickel in her hand!

Two bottles of medicine, almost exactly alike—one a virulent poison and the other a harmless remedy for the child’s sickness, were standing in the cupboard; and although Mr. Barton took the precaution to taste the medicine before administering it, he gave his child the poison.  Every effort was made to save the little sufferer’s life, but without avail.  The fatal potion did its work, and, a few hours after swallowing it, the little girl was a corpse!  We need scarcely add that the occurrence almost drove their parents to distraction.  Over Mr. Barton’s life it has cast a shadow that long years can scarcely dispel.  The blow was a terrible one, and could scarcely have fallen upon a father and mother who would have more deeply and sincerely bewailed it.

We have been restrained from making these particulars public, though out unwillingness to harrow up the feelings of the parents; but as others have placed them in print, we shall probably add nothing to the measure of sorrow the ad occurrence begat by giving them a place in the Bulletin.

Wednesday, 21 Sep 1870:
Two negro deck hands belonging to the Colossal, become involved in a fight with each other yesterday, soon after that boat's arrival when one of them, George Brown, who also calls himself Jackson Archer, struck the other, named Charles Jackson (Johnson?), on the head with a pick handle, inflicting such injury as will probably cause death.  Johnson was taken to the St. Mary's Hospital, and Brown or Archer to jail.
MAN'S SKULL CRUSHED—Seeing a bloody-headed Negro, stretched upon a dray, en route for St. Mary’s Hospital yesterday evening, we immediately formed the conclusion that somebody had been a party to a fight and got worsted.  George Brown alias Jackson Archer and Charles Johnson, deckhands on the steamer Colossal, became involved in a quarrel, shortly after that boat’s arrival here yesterday afternoon, that led to active hostilities.  Brown seized a pick handle and dealt Johnson a terrible blow on the head, inflicting what was believed to be a fatal wound.  Johnson was conveyed to the hospital where Doctor Wardner took his case in charge, removing a large fragment of the parietal bone, and relieving the brain of the pressure of other fragments that had been crushed down a half-inch or more.  The Doctor left the patient as comfortable as possible under the circumstances, regarding his recovery as one of those doubtful cases that are very uncertain indeed.  The Doctor informed us, in fact that the chances against the poor fellow’s recovery were about as fifty to one; yet, when he visited him this morning, he not only found him rational but cheerful!  From all this it may be inferred that if anybody wants to kill Charles Johnson, he must do something more serious than smashing in his skull.  Injuries of that kind don’t amount to a circumstance!
THE MURDER OF LOUIS PARKER—We referred, the other day, to the arrest of Jake Haspil, Wash. Wyatt and Aleck Merritt on suspicion of complicity in the murder of Louis Parker, of Bird’s Point, Missouri.  Lest our Radical friends make an electioneering outrage out of the affair, we will say that the parties are all colored men, and vote precisely as their white Radical friends tell them to vote.

The suspected parties were conveyed to Bird’s Point, Monday morning, and the balance of the day was devoted to the work of hunting up evidence.  The preliminary examination was made yesterday, quite a number of Cairo negroes being present as witnesses.  The evidence pointed rather positively to Haspil as the guilty party.  Wash. Wyatt, a negro seventy-two years old, concluded he would “make a clean breast of it.”  He therefore confessed that Haspil, Merritt and himself killed ParkerHaspil loaded the gun, putting in a heavy charge of powder and buckshot.  Wyatt called Parker out of the house and Merritt shot and killed him.  Of the nature of the quarrel that led to this tragic affair, we have not been informed.  Haspil, Merritt and Wyatt were placed in irons and conveyed to Charleston, and there committed to jail to await final trial in the Mississippi County circuit court.  Aleck Cook, who was also suspected, established an alibi and was acquitted.

The gun with which Parker was killed, was brought to Cairo by Haspil and concealed in a house on Third Street, where Constable Arnold found and took possession of it.

From all we can learn, we judge that Haspil was the principal—the prime mover—in the murder—that he laid the plans and persuaded Wyatt and Merritt to assist him in executing them.

Thursday, 22 Sep 1870:

Hon. Austin Brooks, for many years and at the time of his death editor of the Quincy Herald, died at his residence in Quincy, on the 20th instant, after a short but painful illness.  Mr. Brooks was an elegant writer and forcible editor, and, for many years, has acted a leading part in the politics of Illinois.  He had a host of friends, who will deeply regret his untimely death.
Monday, 26 Sep 1870:
DIED.—In this city, on the 25th instant, Lizzie, daughter of John H. and Caroline Gossman, aged one year, eleven months and 27 days.  Funeral services will be held in the Catholic church at half past 2 o'clock p.m. tomorrow.  A special train will leave the foot of Sixth Street at 3 p.m., to convey the remains to Villa Ridge for interment.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

(John H. Gossman married Caroline Kahn married on 31 Dec 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.)


Wednesday, 28 Sep 1870:
A fetus was found in the Ohio River near the upper wharf boat, yesterday, and properly disposed of.  It was so swollen and discolored that it could not be satisfactorily determined whether is was of white or black origin.  It is conjectured that it was thrown overboard from some steamboat.

Thursday, 29 Sep 1870:
We announce elsewhere the death of Legrand Wood, the little son of Mrs. Sallie Wood.  He died at his grandmother's near Caledonia, yesterday evening, of a congestive chill.  His mother, who resides in Cairo, was promptly notified of his illness, but arrived at his bedside too late to see him alive.  He had been dead about a half an hour.
DIED, at Caledonia, on the evening of the 28th, S. L. Wood, only child of Mrs. Sallie Wood, relict of the late Legrand Wood, aged four years, four months and seven days.

3 Oct 1870:
James Murphy, known as the oldest drayman in Cairo, departed this life on Friday night last, and was buried at Villa Ridge yesterday evening.  He was an active, energetic old man and enjoyed the friendship of all who knew him.

4 Oct 1870:
Died on Sunday, October 2nd, 1870, at half past 12 o'clock, Flora Ada, daughter of Ed F. and Fannie A. Sisson, aged 10 months, and 21 days.  The remains were taken to Columbus for burial.  We sincerely sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. S. in the loss of this, their only child.  (Her name was Clara Ada Sisson.  See the 5 Oct 1870, issue.)

5 Oct 1870:
DIED, on Sunday, October 2nd, 1870, at half past 12 o'clock, Clara Ada, daughter of Ed F. and Fannie E. Sisson, aged 10 months and 21 days.  The remains were taken to Columbus for burial.  We sincerely sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. S. in the loss of this, their only child.

6 Oct 1870:
DIED on Tuesday, October 4th, at 8 p.m., at his residence in this city, of erysipelas, William Yocum, aged 58 years.

10 Oct 1870:
DIED, in this city at 5 o'clock this morning, of chronic diarrhea, Joseph Higlin, aged 61 years.  The remains will be conveyed to Villa Ridge for burial by the regular train tomorrow (Tuesday afternoon) at 2:45 o'clock.
Joseph Higlin, for many years connected with the police force of Cairo, and known as a very quiet and inoffensive old man, died in his rooms near the corner of Eighth and Levee, at 5 o'clock this morning, of chronic diarrhea.  He has been a resident of Cairo during the past twelve or fourteen years.
AND WOUNDED—A riot of a most bloody and desperate character took place in the neighboring town of Columbus, on Saturday evening, between five residents of the neighborhood, named Smith Gibson, George Gibson, a Mr. Conrad, Mr. Austin, and Mr. Brockman.  Clubs, knives and pistols were used, and for a few moments it was thought none of the combatants would escape with their lives. Smith Gibson was stabbed twice and died almost immediately.  George Gibson was stabbed and otherwise injured so seriously that his recovery is not thought possible.  Conrad was shot and may die; Austin's skull was crushed in with a club, and Brockman was badly cut and beaten.

The fight was one of the bloodiest that ever took place in that portion of Kentucky, and the parties to it being men of fair standing, the excitement the affair occasioned was intense.  Two of the survivors are said to be mortally wounded, and the others dangerously.  We shall, probably, receive further details by tomorrow.

11 Oct 1870:
DEATH OF DAMOS MERIEN.  It is with feelings of sincere regret that we record the death of Mr. Damos, alias Thomas Merien.  Mr. Merien came home from St. Louis on Saturday evening so violently ill that but little hope was entertained of his recovery.  At the suggestion of Dr. Wardner, he was removed yesterday to St. Mary's Hospital, that he might enjoy perfect quiet and the nursing of strong men who could handle him as occasion might require.  Here he received the most devoted attention, but half past seven yesterday evening, he breathed his last. Merien was a native of Canada, and thirty-five years of age.  He was a fine mechanic and was well known, especially among the residents of the Fourth Ward, where his bereaved wife and three children now reside.  He left many devoted friends to join his family in their sorrow, and commanded the respect of all who knew him.  His remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge for burial, by special train that left at 2 o'clock this afternoon.

Early on Monday morning Mr. Thomas Ryan, who for sometime past had been driving dray for Thomas Meehan, was found lying under the high sidewalk, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street.  He had, sometime during the night, fallen from the sidewalk, a distance of eight or nine feet, to the ground, and being so seriously injured that he could not recover his feet, or make sufficient noise to attract the attention of the neighbors, he remained where he fell until daylight. 

He was promptly removed to the residence of Mr. Thomas Meehan, on Poplar Street, between Division and Twenty-first streets, where medical aid was called, but to no purpose.  The unfortunate man had received injuries that placed his case beyond all human control.  His entire body was paralyzed.  He could move neither hand nor foot, and, save a sluggish action of the brain was a dead man hours before his soul left his body.  He died last night, and we hear that his body will, today, be subjected to a post mortem examination. 

Ryan was a young man, of industrious habits and was generally respected by all who knew him.  He was unmarried.

His remains were taken to Villa Ridge for burial, by the special train that left at 2 o’clock this afternoon.  The remains of Joseph Higlin and Damos (Thomas) Merien were taken out on the same train.


13 Oct 1870:
In alluding to the death of Damos Merien, yesterday, we remarked that the patient was removed to St. Mary’s Hospital at the suggestion of Dr. Wardner.  The removal was made at the suggestion of Mr. Merien's friends, and the superior arrangements of the hospital for nursing, etc. might redound to the patient’s advantage.
Three of the parties who engaged in the Columbus riot are dead.  The fight occurred in a saloon, and was one of the most bloody and desperate rencounters that ever took place in Western Kentucky.


15 Oct 1870:
Mr. George Fry died at the residence of his brother Aleck Fry, about 12 o'clock today, after a protracted and painful illness.
Nicholas Strott, a brother-in-law of Mr. Horrace Hannon, of this city, died at his residence at Springfield, on Thursday the 13th inst.  He was a civil engineer by profession.

(Nicholas Strott married Susan R. Lamb on 24 Mar 1868, in Sangamon Co., Ill.  Horace A. Hannon married Eliza R. Lamb on 13 Nov 1866, in Sangamon Co., Ill.)

17 Oct 1870:
Ben Green, the negro man who fell from the high sidewalk on Fourteenth Street, last Sunday a week ago, died last night, about nine o'clock—one week to an hour, after receiving his injuries. The fall would have resulted in no serious injury probably, had not two persons with whom the unfortunate man was talking fallen on top of him.  Paralysis spread over his body soon after he was carried to his home and all the appliances of the medical arts failed to expel it.  His remains will be interred in the Cemetery of the Lotus this evening.

20 Oct 1870:
DIED at her residence in this city, at 10 minutes past 8 o'clock this morning, Susan A., wife of Victor Trussell, aged 46 years.  The remains will be conveyed to the family burying grounds in Dog Tooth Precinct, for burial, tomorrow, the 21st inst.

22 Oct 1870:
The following item is taken from the Jonesboro Gazette Camp Ground correspondent:

During the past two weeks we have been having quite an epidemic of diphtheria among the children in this community.  Thirteen cases have occurred in succession, one of which were of the typical varieties and four of the ulcerative—two of which terminated fatally in a few days.  In every case yet recovered there has been the subsequently characteristics sequel as unmistakable evidence of the disease from which the patient has just recovered.
The DuQuoin Tribune of Thursday says:  A little child, about a year old, died in this city from the effects of an overdose of morphine administered by its mother, Mrs. Joseph Kramer, on Thursday night last.
William Edell, a highly respected citizen of DuQuoin, was killed, in DuQuoin, on Thursday last, by a fall into a coal shaft.  He lived two hours after the fall.

29 Oct 1870:
DIED.—At his residence, near Goose Island, at 10 o'clock a.m., on the 26th inst., of typhoid pneumonia, Sylvester Webster, in the 40th year of his age.

He leaves a devoted wife and interesting family, and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.
The subject of the above notice was born and raised in Alexander County, and his many virtues, strict integrity, and kindness of heart, had endeared him to a host of friends, who are left to mourn his untimely death, stricken down in the very prime of life and the midst of his usefulness, ere his hair was silvered with gray, or time had furrowed his cheeks or brow.
Leaves have their time to fall,

And flowers to wither at the Northwinds' breech;
Stars their time to set and fall

But then, hast all seasons for thine, O Death.
Thus wrote the sweet and pensive Hemans, when musing on the flight of those that we love from earth to Heaven.  It is a sweet melancholy with which we contemplate the death of the pure in heart; for if there are angels in heaven, their unstained souls look down on the dear ones of earth with an everlasting love.
We hope the bereaved wife, may bear her great loss with Christian fortitude, and that time may soon remove the great weight of grief that is now weighing her down.

(This obituary was repeated in the 1 Nov 1870, issue.)


The Thompson Dean received over 400 tons here.  While she lay at our wharf last night two young men, who were assisting a man who had a large lot of poultry for New Orleans, began scuffling in play on the guards of the wharf boat, when one of them named Joseph F. Hoyer, originally from Carbondale, but recently from Cape Girardeau, fell into the river and was drowned.  The other, name unknown, while endeavoring to save Hoyer, also fell in and was drowned.  The body of Hoyer was recovered this morning, and buried.  The body of the other has not been found.
Soon after the above occurrences, a deck passenger on the Dean commenced beating his wife, when the wife's brother interfered.  High words ensued, and at length the brother struck the husband on the head with a stick, fracturing his skull.  The wounded man was not dead when the Dean left, with him on board, but it seemed scarcely possible for him to live more than a few hours.
1 Nov 1870:
The body of the young man who was drowned at our wharf Sunday night, in an attempt to help a friend who had fallen overboard, has not been recovered.  His heroic devotion to his friend deserved a better reward.
Coroner's Inquest—The body of Joseph Hoyer, drowned from the steamer Thompson Dean, Sunday night, was recovered yesterday and taken in charge by the county coroner.  A jury was empanelled of which Michael Bambrick was foreman, and returned a verdict in accordance with facts as stated in our river column yesterday.  Mr. H., formerly lived in Carbondale, but at the time of his death was a resident of Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  His trunk was found on the wharf boat and its contents, which consist of a few articles of clothing, will be sold, and the proceeds applied toward the payment of the burial expenses.  Parties desiring further information can address P. Corcoran, coroner.

2 Nov 1870:
MAN SHOT.—F. Josephus Henderson, who has been boarding of number of the laborers on the Southern Insane Asylum, now being erected near Anna, in Union County, was shot by one of the men last Saturday night.  The shot took effect in the abdomen and produced what Dr. Garlington considers a mortal wound.  The man who did the shooting has not yet been arrested.
7 Nov 1870:
The desperado Brashiers who killed a young man in the town of Thebes, was convicted of the crime and sentenced to the penitentiary.  We are very directly informed that Dan Munn asked Governor Palmer to release the murderer, insisting that he (Munn) was actuated only by a desire to vindicate an innocent man; yet, when the papers in the case were forwarded, the Governor found among them Brashier's note of hand for $400, to be paid to Munn in the event of his (Brashiers) release from the penitentiary!  Munn had placed the note among the papers and forgotten it.

When it is known that Brashiers was the bloodiest minded desperado that ever lived in Alexander County, that the sheriff could only keep him confined in jail by placing inch-and-a-half iron manacles upon him, and by chaining him to the floor of the cell, Mr. Munn's desire to vindicate "innocence" will be understood.

Voter, if the name of D. W. Munn is on your ticket, think of Brashiers!
8 Nov 1870:
NEGRO KILLED.—While the steamer City of Cairo was near Island No. 1, last night, en route, for this city,  a negro watchman named Wash was directed by the mate to go back on the deck of the boat and ascertain if any of the hands were shirking duty.  Wash obeyed, and found a negro deck hand named Jerry.  He ordered Jerry to go forward.  Jerry obeyed, and the two arrived where the carpenter, was at work making a new fender. Jerry seeing a hammer lying on the deck, picked it up and dealt Wash a crushing blow on the forehead immediately above the right eye, killing him almost instantly.  In the confusion that ensued Jerry ran to the stern of the boat, clambered over the guard and into the yawl, where he attempted to conceal himself.  He was found by the mate, however and on the arrival of the boat at Cairo, turned over to the civil authorities.

There may be other versions of the affair; we merely state the fact as we heard them.

10 Nov 1870:
Two Negro Children Burned.

Two negro children were burned to death in the upper part of the city yesterday evening, under circumstances the most distressing and horrible.

A negro woman who lives near Mr. Aubrey's residence, left her little child, only one year and three months old, tied in a chair near the fire, and went out to gather up an arm load of wood.  She was not gone more than twenty minutes, but when she returned she found the child enveloped in a sheet of flame.  The other child, about three years old, was found lying on the floor beside the chair of the little one, a charred mass of lifeless remains.  The mother found it impossible to extinguish the flames in time to save the life of the younger child, and it died, we hear, a few hours afterwards in the most horrible agony.
NEWTON REYNOLDS.—The hundreds of citizens who knew J. Newton Reynolds will deeply regret to learn that he has passed from the scenes of earth.  He died of consumption, in Maysville, Kentucky, on the 26th of Oct.

Mr. Reynolds was a young man who was highly respected by all who knew him.  He was generous hearted, kind, frank and genial, and no one could truthfully say that Newt Reynolds ever stooped to the performance of a mean act.  Peculiarly sociable in his nature, and light hearted, he was courted as a companion, and valued as a friend.  But he has "crossed over to the other side," and all who knew him here are left, only blessed memory.

15 Nov 1870:
The mortal remains of young McGee were in this city, yesterday en route for Metropolis, where they will be interred.  The body was most shockingly mangled, one leg being broken in two places, the throat badly cut and lacerated, the breast crushed down and other portions of the body bruised severely.  The parents and relatives of the deceased have the sympathies of hundreds of our citizens and especially of the young folks who for years were deceased's friends and schoolmates.

19 Nov 1870:
An Irishman, name unknown, fell into the river Tuesday night, in attempting to pass from the wharfboat to the steamer
Arlington, and was drowned (Columbus Dispatch, 18 Nov 1870).
We are informed that while Mr. John Griffith and a Mr. Lyle were in the woods, day before yesterday, hog hunting, about a mile back of Belmont, and quarter of a mile from the old Whitehead place where Griffith and Lyle had raised a crop on this year—that while they were walking through a canebrake, carrying with them some cane, intending for fishing poles, Griffith's gun was accidentally discharged, killing Lyle instantly.  This we understand is Mr. Griffith's statement.  No one was with them, and of course no one witnessed the accident, but the statement is not questioned by any man (Columbus Dispatch, 18 Nov 1870).

Monday, 21 Nov 1870:
The Mound City Journal, of Saturday, gives currency to a rumor that the wife of the Rev. D. W. Phillips, late of Mound City, became insane, a few days ago, and killed her child, an infant about three months old, by smashing its skull with a stick of wood.  Mr. Phillips was formerly pastor of the Mound City M. E. Church.

(Daniel Phillips is listed as a minister in the 1870 census of Mound City, Pulaski Co., Ill.  His wife was Susan, a 22-year-old-native of New York.)

Tuesday, 22 Nov 1870:
There is an individual in the city who claims that he saw the corpse of young McGee; and another who saw the box containing the body, en route for Metropolis for burial.  Notwithstanding these facts, we are reliably assured that young McGee is not dead and is not likely to die.

We present both sides of the matter and leave the reader to form his own conclusions—only remarking that we hope that the last report that reaches us is reliable.

Wednesday, 23 Nov 1870:
It is the easiest matter in the world for some people to be mistaken.  For instance, a young man of this city is absolutely certain that he saw the City of
Evansville lying at the Cairo wharf on Monday evening, twelve hours after she was burned to the water's edge at Evansville.  Another young man saw the corpse of young McGee; another saw McGee's coffin; while a third is equally positive that McGee is not dead and not likely to die!

Friday, 25 Nov 1870:

A Family of Five Persons Butchered in Missouri—Their Heads Cut Off and Their Bodies Burned.

A Dreadful Story

            A most horrible murder of a whole family, numbering five persons, was committed near Potosi, on the Iron Mountain Railroad, Washington County, Mo., last Saturday.  The particulars, as related by special dispatches to the papers, are as follows:  John Armstrong and Charles Jolly, miners working in the neighborhood, went to Potosi on Saturday to sell their mineral.

They drank freely in town and while returning home called at the cabin of David Lapere, a French Creole residing a mile and a half north of Potosi.  While there a difficulty arose between Armstrong and Jolly and a sister of Mrs. Lapere.  Mr. Lapere interfered to quiet the disturbance when Jolly drew a revolver and shot the old man four times, killing him instantly.  Jolly then turned upon Mrs. Lapere, who had endeavored to the killing of her husband, knocked her down with his fist and then shot and killed her.

Armstrong in the meantime had procured an axe with which he knocked down Mrs. Lapere’s sister and then completely severed the heads from all the bodies.  The two children were also murdered.  The men fired the cabin and burned it to the ground with the bodies of the butchered people in it.  The murderers then fled and have not yet been captured, but the officers and a large posse of citizens are in pursuit, and their arrest is regarded as certain.

Saturday, 26 Nov 1870:
We are glad to receive corroboration of the report that young McGee will survive his injuries.  By a note from Mr. M. S. Leftcovich we are informed that McGee's leg was broke in two places and that his throat was badly lacerated, but that his physician expresses the belief that all danger in his case is now passed.  We are pleased to record this fact.
Monday, 28 Nov 1870:
Mrs. Royalty, mother of Mr. Samuel Royalty, living near Columbus, in this county, caught fire to her clothes last week and, before it could be extinguished, she was so badly burned that she died on last Thursday.  The deceased was seventy-five years of age, and a very estimable lady (Golconda Herald).
We are just informed of a terrible affair, which occurred in the edge of Johnson County, near Glendale, on the 12th inst., which resulted in the mortal wounding of a man by the name of Thomas Welsh.  The particulars as near as we could gather them are as follows:  Welsh, who is represented as rather a desperate character, was a tenant upon the farm of Mr. Joseph Harper, and was receiving his share of the rent corn, which John and James Harper, sons of Joseph Harper, were hauling to his house, which, it seems, he was dissatisfied with; stating that they only brought him nubbins.  One word brought on another, until the damned lie was given, when Welsh started into the house declaring that he would shoot them; as he entered the door, James Harper drew his revolver and shot him, and followed him into the house shooting as he went. Welsh failed to find his pistol where he had put it, as it had been removed by his wife, and began running around a loom to escape the shots.  He then came round and seized James Harper and took the pistol from him, but before he could use it, John Harper snatched it from him and shot him through the shoulder.  They then knocked him down with stones and kicked him a number of times, breaking his jaw bone, cutting his upper lip off and knocking all his front teeth out, and left him in a dying condition; and probably, before this time, he is dead.  The two Harper boys came through this place, on last Monday night, making their escape.  Another cause assigned for the difficulty, reflects upon the chastity of Welsh's wife.

All for Love

(From the Mount Vernon Free Press, 25th)

The quiet of the Township of Field in this county was disturbed on Friday night last by the news that a young lady by the name of Myers, daughter of David Myers, Esq., had deliberately taken her own life by shooting herself through the body near the abdomen, producing death.  The young lady was about 15 years old, was beautiful, accomplished, and a great pet in the neighborhood.  Her father is one of the best farmers in that part of the country, is well off, lives easy and comfortable, and those being the circumstances surrounding her life, the news that she had committed suicide naturally produced great excitement in the neighborhood.

It appears that she had been keeping company with a young man in the neighborhood, with whom she had become deeply enamored.  Her parents objected, it is said, to her receiving the attention of the young gentleman from causes best known to themselves, but she did not heed their remonstrances, and at every opportunity was in his company.  On the evening of the suicide she had been in his company, and her father took her to task about it, reprimanding her severely perhaps.  She then proceeded to her room upstairs, and in a few minutes two reports of a revolver were heard by the inmates of the house, which seemed to come from her room.  They ran up and bursting open the door, found her upon the bed weltering in her own blood.  She had procured a revolver in some manner, and discharged two balls into her body just below the abdomen.  It was at once seen that the wounds were fatal, yet an effort was made to obtain medical assistance.  She however, only lived about an hour and a half, expiring in great agony.  She appeared to be very reticent as to the immediate cause that had led her on to the commission of so terrible a crime, but in answer to the questions asked, said she wanted to die.

Friday, 2 Dec 1870:

A young man named Rhodes was killed in the woods near Paducah, on Saturday last, under circumstances which are detailed as follows by the Herald:

Young Rhodes, with three other boys from the city, was out coon hunting when the fatal accident happened.  They treed a coon, some two or three miles from the city, up quite a large tree, which they proceeded to cut down.  The tree was very much bent over; and when nearly cut through it split off and shot backward over the stump with a terrible force.  Young Rhodes was standing directly in the line upon which the tree reacted, was crushed beneath the butt.  When his companions drew him out, he gave a single gasp and died.
Murderous Shooting Promptly Avenged.

A dispatch from Evansville, Indiana, of the 30th instant says:

A desperado named Pelham, assaulted an inoffensive negro at Fairplay, Union township, in this county, about dusk last night, and wantonly shot him in the back, supposed fatally.  Pehlam then turned and snapped his revolver, at Mr. Cravens, the proprietor of the store where the shooting occurred. Cravens took a revolver out of his desk and shot Pehlam though the breast.

Another rough named Oastern, who drew a knife, received a bullet from Craven's pistol though the shoulder.  Oastern escaped.  Pelham and Oastern belong to a gang called Shawneetown Boys, from Shawneetown and Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, who have been a terror to that neighborhood.
I desire, in this public manner, to express my obligations to the Germania Life Insurance Company, of New York, for the prompt payment of $1,000 on the life of my deceased husband; and also to express my thanks to the agent of said company, Mr. R. V. Belzner, for his very kind and obliging attentions, rendered freely and cheerfully in procuring for me the above amount.  I would, therefore, most cordially recommend the Germania Company, which Mr. Belzner so efficiently represents, as worthy of the patronage of all who desire safe and satisfactory life insurance.
Mrs. Josephine Willinger
Cairo, Dec. 2,

Saturday, 3 Dec 1870:
Jackson County Circuit Court.—The Jackson County Circuit Court convened on Monday last, with Judge M. C. Crawford presiding.  The docket contains in  all nearly 500 cases, two of which are for murder.  The case of William B. Whitehead, charged with the murder of Buck Dupas, at Anna in Union County, is one of them.  The trial will commence next Wednesday, and consume the remainder of the week.  Col. Townes, state's attorney, will be assisted in the prosecution by Messrs. Mayham & Layman, of Murphysboro.
Monday, 5 Dec 1870:
A Bloody Affair in Unity

The residents in and about the neighboring village of Unity, were thrown into a high state of excitement on Saturday evening, by the instant killing of a man by the name of Oller, and the serious wounding of another man by the name of White.

The facts as detailed to us are about as follows:  White and Oller had involved themselves in a quarrel with other parties and were in the act of resorting to violent measures when constable Holden appeared on the ground and commanded the peace.  No attention was paid to the command, and the constable seeing that prompt interference was necessary called upon a bystander (whose name we could not learn) to assist him in enforcing good order.  No sooner had the bystander been thus designated than White and Oller attacked him, but before they could seize hold of his person, he drew his revolver, killed Oller on the spot, and fired a bullet into White's breast, which may or may not work a fatal termination.
White and Oller, we are informed, were rather quarrelsome men, and, when under the influence of liquor were considered desperate.  We shall, perhaps, be further advised in the premises tomorrow.

6 Dec 1870:

One Man Killed, and Another Mortally Wounded.

We briefly referred, yesterday, to a shooting affair in the neighborhood of Unity, in this county, which resulted in the death of a man named Hiram Oller, and the serious wounding of another man, named John W. White.

The details of the affair, as furnished to us by a party who visited the scene of the tragedy, are as follows:

White and Oller were returning from Unity to Pulaski, about dusk, Saturday, somewhat under the influence of liquor, and meeting Theron Gilson (who was on horseback and accompanied by a boy named Thomas Sowers), drew him from his horse and commenced beating him.  Mr. William Holden, county constable, was working in a cornfield nearby, and observing the fight hastened to the spot, and commanded the peace.  White and Oller, thereupon attacked the constable, compelling him to retreat to the cover of the cornfield.  They immediately returned to Gilson and resumed operations on him, manifestly intending to beat him to death.  Holden again came to Gilson’s rescue, and called upon the boy Sowers, to assist in arresting White and OllerWhite instantly drew his knife and Oller picked up a wagon feloe (?) and advanced in a threatening attitude.  Holden, discovering that Sowers was armed, ordered him not to permit the desperate men to approach any nearer unless they laid down their arms, and told them the consequence of a persistence in their attack.  White and Oller continued to advance and Holden and Sowers to retreat, until the latter saw the time had arrived, when they must resort to decisive measures.  The assailants were again told to advance no further, but disregarding the warning, Sowers drew his revolver and fired, planting a ball in White’s breast, and inflicting what is thought to be a fatal wound.  Oller continued the attack, but had advanced only a few yards further before Sowers shot him through the heart, killing him instantly.

The body of Oller was permitted to remain where it had fallen, the only watcher for hours being young Sowers.  Late in the night the corpse was removed to Pulaski, where the wife of the deceased resides, and where the body was interred on Monday last.

White was assisted to the residence of Widow Atherton, where he remained until Sunday afternoon, when he was removed to Pulaski.  As the ball penetrated the cavity of his body, causing considerable internal bleeding, grave doubts are entertained of his recovery.

Oller had been married only a few months.  White has a wife and a number of children, all dependent upon him for support.

Holden and Sowers immediately surrendered themselves to the authorities; a preliminary inquiry was instituted before Squire Holmes, who discharged the prisoners after a five-minute trial.

Our informant says, that little or no sympathy was expressed for the wounded man or his more unfortunate companion.  They were regarded as quarrelsome and when under the influence of liquor, were thought to be dangerous.


Wednesday, 7 Dec 1870:
We are informed that Thomas Welsh, the man who was shot and beaten by the Harper boys, is slowly recovering from his wounds.  We have not been enabled to get any particulars farther than those given last week.
Mina, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Poor, died yesterday morning, and was buried today in Beech Grove Cemetery.  She was a bright, beautiful, little girl, four years of age.  Mr. and Mrs. Poor have the sincere sympathies of their neighbors.

(George B. Poor married Adaline A. Coons on 19 Sep 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.)
Constable Holden, who as an act of self-defense was compelled to order the shooting of John White and Hiram Oller, was in the city yesterday.  He says that White was not mortally wounded; that the ball struck him in the breast and flattened out against the sternum, creating nothing more than a severe flesh wound.  Oller was killed before White was wounded.  The latter, as soon as he felt the ball strike him, threw up his hands as a sign of submission.  Had he persisted in his attack, he, too, would have been killed.  The coroner's jury empanelled over the body of Oller, unhesitatingly decided that Constable Holden and his assistant Sowers, acted in self defense and should be acquitted of all blame.

Thursday, 8 Dec 1870:
AND ANOTHER "MISSING."—A few days ago a brace of individuals who claimed Paducah as their home, stole a couple of fine mules from Mr. Dexter, joined by some of his neighbors, made immediate pursuit, and during the day came up with the thieves and commanded a halt.  The thieves disregarded the command and put spurs to their animals in the hope of escaping.  The pursuers immediately opened fire, and brought one of the fugitives to the ground, but before they came up with him, he regained his feet and climbing a fence nearby disappeared under cover of a field of corn.

The chase was kept up until the other thief was captured and both mules recovered, when it was thought advisable to make search for the individuals in the cornfield.  The search was not a protracted one, for within a hundred yards of the road they found a dead body, which proved to be that of the other thief.  The party then started for Charleston, but when they arrived there their prisoner was “missing.”  It was surmised, by some that the rascal had, a la Absalom, caught himself in the limb of a tree and thus miserably perished.

Horse thieves will probably learn ere long that Southeast Missouri is not the safest place in the world in which to operate.
10 Dec 1870:
DIED.—In this city, on Friday evening Dec. 9th, at the residence of his father, W. S. Lane, Anthony D. Lane, in the 27th year of his age.
Monday, 12 Dec 1870:

A PARAGRAPH recently published in a St. Louis paper concerning the death of an old German, named Charles Rhoderick, calls to mind of an old resident of this vicinity, the following facts:

            About the year 1840 Mr. Rhoderick reached Cairo, on his way to New Orleans; but learning that the yellow fever was raging in the South, he concluded to go no further.  Being a carpenter by trade, he secured employment from Mr. Richard McDonald, who was then engaged in the erection of a number of buildings for the Cairo Company.  He assisted in the erection of the Holbrook house, the “big carpenter shop” and foundry, remaining here until the summer of 1841, when he went to St. Louis, where he located.  He left his family near Baltimore, Maryland; and, after reaching St. Louis, wrote for them to come on.  He received no tidings from them.  After the lapse of several weeks he wrote again; but receiving no answer, finally wrote to an acquaintance requesting information, and then learned that his family had left the neighborhood, but no one knew whither they had gone.

            Although greatly troubled in mind, he devoted himself to his trade, and in the course of a year or two accumulated several hundred dollars, with which he started out in search of the truants.  After a year’s fruitless search he returned to St. Louis, and again devoted himself to his trade.  A few years afterwards he made a second search, passing through Canada, northern New York, Maryland and Virginia, returning after the lapse of six months, in a state of mind bordering on distraction.  Nowhere could he obtain the least trace of his family; and conviction was now fixed upon his separation from them was final.  His worst fears were realized.  The ensuing twenty-six years brought him no tidings of the missing ones and a few days ago he was found dead in his hut, in the vicinity of St. Louis, where he died of pulmonary hemorrhage.



Thursday, 15 Dec 1870:
The will of Mrs. Hariet M. Boyle deceased was filed for probate in the St. Louis County Court a few days ago.  Among the bequeathments we notice one of two thousand six hundred dollars to Mr. Thomas B. Ellis, of Cairo, "for his kindness during deceased's last illness."
We regret to learn, as we do from the St. Louis Times, that Dr. Charles Gerricke, late of Cairo, has been missing during the past week and fears are entertained that he has been foully dealt with.  The doctor left his office last Thursday morning, and the most diligent search and inquiry have failed to give his friends any clue to his whereabouts.  He was one of the inspecting physicians appointed under the social evil law of St. Louis, and it is apprehended that while in the discharge of his duty, someone, whose enmity he may have incurred, has made away with him.  We truly hope that the worst fears in this case will not be realized, but are constrained to believe that there is scarcely a probability that the doctor will ever be found alive.

Friday, 16 Dec 1870:
Yesterday's Paducah Herald says that Tom Jones, living in Pope County, Illinois, about twelve miles from Paducah, was killed by Bart Lynn, while engaged in a difficulty on Tuesday morning last. 
Lynn stabbed Jones with a knife in the abdomen, from the effects of which he died.
Dr. C. Gerricke, whose "mysterious disappearance" formed the subject of considerable speculation for St. Louis reporters, has "turned up" sound and hearty.  He had merely been out of town on business—went out without "telling anybody"—and being missed, nobody could account for his absence.  Hence the "mysterious disappearance."

Saturday, 17 Dec 1870:
The Golconda Herald of Thursday gives full particulars concerning the murder of Thomas Jones, to which we briefly referred yesterday, to wit:

A most brutal murder was committed at the grocery of James M. Henley, in the county, 12 miles southwest of this place.  The particulars are about as follows:  Old Bart Lynn and Monroe Spence, two notorious scoundrels of Massac County, were engaged in a game of cards, for money, with Thomas Jones, a well-to-do farmer, living near Henley's grocery, which had been protracted during the night, as the difficulty, which resulted in the killing of Thomas Jones, occurred at about 5 o’clock in the morning.  The difficulty which is supposed to have been premeditated for the purpose of robbing Jones of a sum of money he was thought to possess was begun about the game, and Jones was knocked down with some heavy substance, supposed to be either a weight or the barrel of a pistol, in the hands of one of the parties; and when he fell they drew their knives and cut his throat and stabbed him a number of times in the left breast and side; and parties who saw the body state that the left side and breast were literally cut to pieces.  The cutting was done on last Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock  and he died at 9 o'clock that night.  A warrant was issued for the arrest of the murderers, but the officers in whose hands it was placed, failed to find them.  It is supposed that they fled into the State of Missouri.
A rumor is correct that Robert Fuller was killed by the falling of a tree near Massac Creek and in a similar manner to Sim Rhoades whose death we chronicled a few weeks since (Metropolis Times, 15th inst.)

Last evening about half past nine o'clock a miner by the name of Fleming, who has been engaged at the Enterprise mines, and who was returning to his boarding house from town, was run over by the southbound freight and killed.  Fleming had imbibed too freely of the vile liquid, and it is believed he fell asleep on the track and was run over before the engineer discovered him (DuQuoin Times, 15th inst.)

Thursday, 22 Dec 1870:
MAN DROWNED.—The steamer Oil Valley, Captain Jackson, was here yesterday, being somewhat short of hands the captain gave employment to Mike Carmody, who, for sometime had been a resident of Cairo.  When a short distance up the Mississippi, Carmody was seen on board wheeling coal.  A few minutes afterwards, however, he was missing; and as the barrow he had in use could not be found, it is believed that both man and barrow tumbled overboard.

In the valise which Carmody carried on board were found a number of private letters from which it was learned that he has a wife and two children living in England; that he was a member of the Masonic or some other secret body, and that he recently resided in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  As he wore heavy, iron-spiked shoes, it is probably that he immediately sunk to the bottom of the river and did not rise again.  No one saw him tumble overboard.
A Mother and Daughter Burned to Death

A private letter to Mr. Sam Orr, of this city, states that a few days ago, the house of Mr. McGurley, a farmer living near the Sulphur Springs, Crittenden County, Ky., was burned down during his absence, and that his wife and daughter, the latter about 24 years of age, were both burned to death.  The wife was confined to her bed by severe illness, and as the charred remains were found together near the door, at some distance from the bed, it is supposed the daughter had lifted her mother out of bed, and was endeavoring to escape with her from the burning building, when overcome by the stifling smoke.
There was about $1,500 partly gold and silver in the house, and it is possible that the inmates were murdered and the house fired to conceal the double crime.

Friday, 23 Dec 1870:
WORK IN MARBLE.—We have seen a photograph of the monument recently finished by Mr. Zuckreigel, of Owensboro, Kentucky, for the grave of our late fellow citizen, G. W. Hagey, deceased.  As a work of art it deserves the highest praise, and furnishes ample evidence that as a monumental designer and worker in marble Mr. Zuckreigel has few equals in the United States.

Saturday, 24 Dec 1870:
The Columbus Dispatch of Thursday says that a young man named Lamb was walking along the track of the Iron Mountain Railroad near Belmont, a few days ago in company with his brother.  While attempting to step across a "cattle guard" he fell heavily on his breast, and died in twenty-five minutes.
Thursday, 29 Dec 1870:
The death of Mrs. Quince Stancil is announced in another column. Mr. and Mrs. Stancil were raised in Cairo.  While he has ever been known as an honest hardworking man, no one ever spoke of her as other than an exemplary woman—a faithful wife and a Christian mother.

(John Quincy Stancil married Mary Hill on 22 Jul 1851, in Alexander Co., Ill.)
The funeral of Mrs. Mary A. Stancil will be attended in the Presbyterian Church, Friday morning, at 10 o'clock, in time for the body to be taken to Villa Ridge by the 12 1/2 o'clock train.
Friday, 30 Dec 1870:
DIED.—Dec. 29th, Cora, infant daughter of Charles F. and Annie Nellis, aged two months.
POSTPONED.—The burial of Mrs. Stancil has been postponed until tomorrow.  The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge by the 12:24 train.  Friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services which will be held in the Presbyterian church at 10:45 a.m.

The burial of the remains has been postponed on account of the absence of the brother of deceased who is expected to arrive by the morning train.

The following old citizens of Cairo have been designated as pall bearers:  Miles W. Parker, Samuel Wilson, Thomas Wilson, James Quinn, R. H. Baird, B. S. Harrell, Henry Winter, A. J. Carle, M. B. Harrell, D. C. Stewart, D. T. Linegar, J. S. Rearden, C. D. Arter, John Myers, R. J. Cundiff, M. J. Buckley, John Patton, Dr. C. W. Dunning, Fritz Whitcamp, C. Osterloh, and Henry Whitecamp, all of whom are requested to meet at the residence of Mr. Stancil on 9th Street at quarter past 10 a.m.

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