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Cairo Daily Bulletin

 6 Jan 1874-29 Dec 1874


Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed by Darrel Dexter

Tuesday, 6 Jan 1874:
Mr. Edward Terrell, of
Ballard County, Kentucky, died at his home on Sunday last of pneumonia.  Mr. Terrell was probably the wealthiest citizen of the county in which he lived.  He was well known in this city. 

Saturday, 10 Jan 1874:
The execution of the two negro murderers, John Feefee and George Williams, who were to have been hung in Pinckneyville yesterday, did not take place, the governor having commuted their sentence to that of imprisonment for life.  The people of the town, who were furious against the prisoners and determined to witness an execution, were not informed of the change of programme, and the two men were half way to Joliet before the people were aware of it.
Captain R. M. Hill, who died on the morning of the 5th inst., on his farm in Franklin County, in the sixtieth year of his age, and was familiarly known as Turn Hill, commenced his career on the river in 1830.  He has been regularly engaged, either as captain or engineer of a steamer on the waters of the Mississippi Valley since that period until the last year, when he retired to his farm.  While engaged in his pursuit of steam boating, he has built several steamboats, among which we will name the Swallow the Revolution, the Yuba, the A. N. Johnson, the Annawan, and the J. B. Ford.  Capt. Hill may be said to have been a steamboat officer for forty-three years and during which long period no disaster or accident ever happened him by which a human life was lost.  The record of itself speaks columns both for his skill and prudence in his line of business.  As a man he was kind and generous, as a father loving and indulgent to his family.  He leaves a son and daughter to mourn his loss.  And their bereavement comes with crushing force as they have but recently followed to the grave a good and affectionate mother.  Capt. Hill was a brother of Mr. Sam Hill, chief engineer of the James Howard, and brother-in-law of Capt. William H. Dorsey (St. Louis Times, Jan.8th).
Saturday, 17 Jan 1874:
Mrs. Nancy Willard, aged ninety-nine years and ten months, died at her home in Anna,
Union County, on Monday last.  Had this old lady lived two months longer she would have celebrated her one hundredth birthday, which was to have been the occasion for a reunion of her kith and kin.  She lived in Union County for upwards of fifty years. She was the mother of Mr. Willis Willard and Mrs. Winstead Davie, both of Anna.

(The Saturday, 17 Jan 1874, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Nancy Willard died 12 Jan 1874, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. Davie, in Jonesboro, aged 99 years, 10 months, and 5 days.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 20 Jan 1874:
William Radcliff, son of Judge Radclifff of
Paducah, was drowned while skating on a pond near that city on Saturday.  The deceased leaves a wife and two children.  His death is regretted by a large circle of friends.

Wednesday, 21 Jan 1874:
Moses Ingraham of
Sterling, injured his hand on a horse-power wood cutting machine, about two weeks since, and on Tuesday of last week died of lock jaw.
Saturday, 24 Jan 1874:
11 o’clock yesterday morning, Alice A., wife of Mr. W. H. Walker.  The funeral will take place from her late residence at 2 o’clock this afternoon by special train to Beech Grove Cemetery.  Friends and acquaintances invited to attend.
Thursday, 29 Jan 1874:
Yesterday morning while the
steamer City of Vicksburg was lying at Halliday Bros. wharfboat a passenger said to have been a resident of Chester, Randolph County, fell over board and was drowned.  It is said the unfortunate man had eight hundred dollars on deposit with the clerk of the boat for safe keeping.  We could not ascertain his name.  The body was not recovered.

Friday, 30 Jan 1874:
D. Dunham was the name of the man drowned off the City of Vicksburg while at our wharf on Wednesday morning.  Dunham was on his way to
Chester, but whether that was his home is not known.  The story about his having $800 in the hands of the clerk of the boat for safekeeping is contradicted.  It is said he was intoxicated when he fell overboard.

Saturday, 31 Jan 1874:
On last Tuesday evening, five prisoners in the
Union County jail broke out and for a while there was a lively time about the jail.  Four of the prisoners were recaptured, one of them being shot and slightly wounded.  Jack Siddons, charged with murder, was the only one that made good his escape.
Thursday, 5 Feb 1874:
The Sun of last night says about all that can be said with reference to the murder of Mrs. Ryan at Carbondale, on Monday evening last, and the arrest in this city yesterday of Twite, the murderer:  “On Monday morning a Mrs. Ryan, wife of a section boss of the Mt. Carbon railroad, was murdered at her home by some unknown party, and the house was robbed of between two and three hundred dollars.  The killing was apparently done with a hammer and axe belonging to the house.  Mr. Ryan had left his house early in the morning, and after going a mile or two, he met a negro man named Twite, who had two dogs with him.  Twite is a man of bad character, having been guilty of one or two outrageous deeds sometime since.  When Mr. Ryan returned to his home, probably at noon or sooner, he found the body of his wife lying where it had been left, and the house robbed.  At once suspecting Twite, he raised the alarm, and officers and telegrams were sent in every direction for Twite’s arrest.  Sheriff Irvin of this city, receiving a telegram to look out for him, kept on the alert, and spent Monday night, and yesterday in company with his deputies, in watching for him.  The negro got to this city yesterday, but the officers did not know that he was their man.  This morning he hired a horse from a livery stable in the city, and somewhere between here and Villa Ridge, he was overhauled by Sheriff Irvin in person.  He would make no confession, but told enough lies to convince the sheriff that he had the right man.  The officers and prisoner came into this city on horseback, but just when they got down as far as Pat Fitzgerald’s, the negro turned his horse and away he went like the wind.  The sheriff followed close after him, calling and demanding a halt.  The prisoner paid no attention, and when the Sheriff got near enough, he fired at him, the ball entered his back just beneath the shoulder blade and lodged against the skin of the left breast.  Of course this stopped him.  He was taken to jail, and though badly wounded, was taken to Carbondale in the afternoon where he will doubtless be hung as soon as he gets there.  The excitement in Carbondale is said to be terrific.  There can be but little doubt that Twite is the man.  The sheriff found what he believes to be the woman’s pocketbook and fifty or sixty dollars on his person.  He is also accompanied by dogs that answer the description given.  Our sheriff is entitled to the thanks of everybody for his faithfulness in the discharge of his duty.  He is, without doubt one of the best officers in the state of

            (The alleged murderer’s name was Alex Wyatt, instead of Twite as reported in this story.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 6 Feb 1874:
William Welman, the well-known dealer in second hand goods, died suddenly yesterday between one and
two o’clock.  He was not sick more than an hour.
Judge Lynch at Work in Jackson County
Wyatt, the Murderer of Mrs. Ryan, Hanged by Mob
He Did “Not Want to Die with a Lie in His Mouth”
And Confessed that He Did the Killing
Sheriff Irvin Lodged Wyatt Safely in Jail at Murphysboro,
But the Authorities There Could not Protect Him from the Mob

(Special telegram to The Bulletin)

Mount Carbon, February 5—A mob numbering about five hundred men tonight took the negro Wyatt out of the county jail and brought him over to Mount Carbon.  At first
all knowledge of the killing of Mrs. Ryan and the mob hung him up, but did not let him hang long.  When they let him down, he asked them if they were “going to kill him.”  They told him they were, of course.  He then said, “Well, I don’t want to die with a lie in my mouth;
and took her money.”  He had no more than said this when a man in the crowd jumped up and threw a rope around his neck and
He is still hanging and the mob will not allow anyone to interfere with the body.
A. H. Irvin

From Sheriff Irvin, who returned home by the 2:30 train this morning, we learn the following of his trip from Cairo to Murphysboro:

On Wednesday afternoon Sheriff Irvin took the prisoner, Alex. Wyatt, and taking the 3 o’clock train, started for Carbondale.  When the train arrived at Villa Ridge, Ryan, the husband of the murdered woman, who had just returned from the funeral, was met by the sheriff.  Ryan went into the car and seeing Wyatt, remarked that he was the murderer of his (Ryan’s) wife, and at the same time kicked him in the face, causing blood to flow from his nose.  The sheriff interfered and Ryan was removed to another car, and the train proceeded on its way.  Before reaching Jonesboro, however, Ryan re-entered the car, carrying in his hand a large knife, and attempted to kill the prisoner, but was prevented from doing so by Sheriff Irvin.

The conduct of Ryan and other parties on the train convinced Sheriff Irvin that it would be as good as the prisoner’s life to attempt to take him through Carbondale, and he concluded to leave the train at Jonesboro and place the prisoner in jail there until something definite could be ascertained with regard to the true condition of affairs at Carbondale.  Accordingly, when the train reached Anna, Wyatt was put into a hack and taken to Jonesboro, where he was placed in jail.

When at Jonesboro Sheriff Irvin laid his plans, concluding to take the first up freight, and have the train stop a short distance south of Carbondale, where he would leave the cars and go across the country, and thus avoid Carbondale at all.  According to arrangement the train was stopped just below the college (if the reader knows where that is) or about half a mile below the station, and Sheriff Irvin and his prisoner accompanied by Marshal McCullough of Carbondale got off.  McCullough suggested that they could go into town without fear of molestation from the mob, but Sheriff Irvin determined to run no risks; and then McCullough started to town for a buggy in which to convey the prisoner to Murphysboro.  In the meantime this train went on up to the station, and some one, probably one of the brakemen, told someone that the sheriff had got off below town.  The train had not been at the station but a very few minutes when the sheriff could hear the yelling of men, and the cracking of pistols and in a few minutes the hurried tread of men, indicating that the mob was coming.  The sheriff was not long in making up his mind that it was time to leave his hiding place, and though McCullough had not yet arrived with the buggy, he told the negro to jump a fence nearby and they would take to the woods.
However, when they first got off the train they went to a house nearby and McCullough rapped at the door, and was asked the oft repeated questions, “Who’s there?”  He answered and asked where the men were and was told in reply that they were “all down town.”  Wyatt hearing this reply, said, “Yes, dey’s all down dare waitin’ to hang me.”  After getting over the fence, they ran through two fields, and finally came up close to the new normal school building, where the sheriff halted to listen and ascertain, if possible, what the mob were doing.  Everything appearing quiet, the sheriff took hold of the prisoner’s hand and started in the direction of Murphysboro, avoiding as much as possible houses and public roads.  Every now and then they could hear men hallowing; and just when they struck the Murphysboro and Carbondale road, a hack came along, as but a very short distance from them two men came out of the woods and enquired of the driver of the hack if “they had yet caught the nigger.”  The sheriff and his prisoner took to the woods and traveled on, several times when near the road seeing and hearing men passing back and forth.

When they got to Big Muddy Bridge the sheriff found that it was guarded, but after waiting a while the guards left and they crossed over.  On the way up town though, it was after one o’clock, Sheriff Irvin met a well known doctor who was known to be strongly in favor of lynching the prisoner, but he did not recognize them.  When they arrived at the jail and Jailor Cully was aroused, he could hardly believe it possible that Sheriff Irvin could have succeeded in traveling the distance and escape being caught and his prisoner taken from him.  Sheriff Irvin slept in the jail last night, and says that all night he could hear men prowling about the premises.

The lynching of Wyatt was done about five o’clock yesterday afternoon.  He was hung on a tree on the bank of Muddy River, near the bridge.

Saturday, 7 Feb 1874:
FUNERAL NOTICE.—The funeral of William Wellman will take place at his late residence on Fifth between Commercial and
Washington, this afternoon at one o’clock.  A special train will leave the foot of Sixth Street for Villa Ridge at half past one.  Friends of the family are invited.

Saturday, 10 Feb 1874:


More about the Lynching of the Murderer Wyatt

The Hanging of Wyatt Claimed to Be the Result of the Action of Governor Beveridge in the Case of the Perry County Murderers

Carbondale, Ills. Feb. 6, 1874

Editors Bulletin:—We have just passed through another great excitement.  Yesterday at about five o’clock


assembled around the jail in Murphysboro and demanded the negro murderer Wyatt but the sheriff of the county refused to surrender him.  A number of men then entered the jail.


and all the sheriff ‘s deputies present and then broke open the cell where the prisoner was confined.  He was taken outside and from thence to Mount Carbon, where he was hanged.  He maintained his innocence until but a few minutes before he was strung up, when he confessed the murder of Mrs. Ryan.

On the way from the jail he was recognized by the girl upon whom he tried to commit an outrage the day before he murdered Mrs. Ryan.

Wyatt’s body was left dangling in the air until a late hour in the night, when it was cut down.

The crowd was highly excited, but seemed to desire no other blood than that of the negro Wyatt.

The recent action of Governor Beveridge in commuting the sentence of the Perry County negro murderers led to this affair.  In this case an innocent and good woman was brutally murdered.  The people were frenzied, and rather than wait the slow process and law’s delays, put the prisoner to death.

I am credibly informed that not a drunken man was in the crowd that did the hanging.

Want of time prevents a more extended account.  Will write again.



Sunday 8 Feb 1874:


The Spirit of a Hanged Murderer and his Victim Appear to the Friends in Muhlenberg County

(From the Louisville Courier Journal)

            About three weeks ago an account of a murder near Rockport, Muhlenberg County, appeared in the Courier Journal.  Dudley White, colored, killed a white man on the road near Richmond mines, opposite the house of Mr. Theo. Youts.  The negro was promptly arrested and imprisoned.  A few nights after the murder, White was taken from the Greenville jail by a band of men and hanged.  A correspondent writes with a great deal of earnestness, accompanied with evident alarm that the spirits of both the executed murderer and his victim make regular and oft-repeated visits to the scene of the bloody tragedy.

            A few nights ago, according to the writer, a couple of young men living in the neighborhood rode by the house of the murderer, and they relate that just as they were passing the place Dudley came out from his yard, looking “as natural as life” and walked between their horses keeping company with them for some distance, frequently changing his position, sometimes walking around and under their horses.  On their return by the same road, they again saw the apparition, and it acted as before.  When the negro was found hanging to a limb the next day after the execution, he was taken down and “laid out” in an old house nearby.  It is said that he is now often seen at this house passing up and down stairs and moving about in a restless and mysterious manner.

            Mr. Youts, who is said to be one of the most reliable and respectable gentlemen in the neighborhood, has often seen the murdered man near his house.  The ghostly visitor is generally seen walking about in the road near Mr. Youts’ house, passing at intervals of every few minutes the spot of ground on which he was murdered.  Mr. Youts has become greatly annoyed by those ghostly visits, and it is said is talking of moving from the neighborhood.

            The affair has created a great sensation in that section of the country, and especially amongst the blacks, who are quite numerous in the neighborhood of the murder.


A young girl by the name of Elmira Merrifield committed suicide by taking poison on Saturday at Sparland, about ten miles above Chillicothe.  The cause of her rash act was that she had been deceived by promise of marriage from one John Dixon, and also seduced by him.  She was an industrious and hitherto virtuous young woman, worked out for her living, and divided the proceeds of her earnings with her aged mother.


R. C. Campbell, formerly marshal of Shelbyville, was killed in that city a few days since by a man named Reynolds.  It is thought the deed was done in self-defense.


A man named Matthew Jay committed suicide at Joliet on Wednesday by hanging.  Domestic trouble is assigned as the cause.


James Moore, of Galesburg, committed suicide last week on account of general depression of spirits.


 Tuesday, 10 Feb 1874:

Henry alias Charles Smith, a colored man, who killed another colored man named Tom Morris, in Mound City, on the 10th of October last, and made his escape was arrested a few days ago in this county somewhere near Unity or Dog Tooth.  Smith is now in the Pulaski County jail at Mound City.


The funeral services of the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Winston, who died on Saturday night took place at the Church of the Redeemer yesterday afternoon, Rector Gilbert officiating.  The attendance was large.


Wednesday, 11 Feb 1874:

Augustus Knufloe, a citizen of Madison, Indiana, and a tailor’s cutter by occupation, took passage on the General Lyttle for his home on Thursday last, and it was supposed when the boat landed at Madison he had got off with other passengers.  When the Lyttle resumed her trip, his coat, vest, hat, and boots were discovered in his stateroom, and it was quite evident that he had jumped into the river and was drowned.  As soon as the boat reached Louisville, a dispatch was sent to Madison informing his friends of the facts.  When the boat came back on her return trip, a large crowd was assembled at the Madison wharf to learn if possible more of his case, but nothing further was elicited only that the last seen of him on the boat was at Florence, thirty miles above Madison.



Saturday, 14 Feb 1874:

Elder R. B. Trimbel will preach the funeral sermon on the death of the late Mrs. Spiller, at one o’clock tomorrow in the Christian church, Eighteenth Street, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street.  The public is invited to attend.

            (A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Elizabeth Spiller, 1812-1874, Grandma.  This may be the Mrs. Spiller referred to in this funeral notice.—Darrel Dexter)


We regret to heart of the death of the only child of Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Pope, which died in Springfield, a day or two ago.


Wednesday, 18 Feb 1874:

SUICIDE—John H. Bennett, late engineer of engine No. 6 on the Cairo and Vincennes railroad, committed suicide yesterday by taking laudanum.  Bennett had been drinking for some time and was either about to be or had been discharged from the services of the railroad company.  On Monday afternoon he went to McCauley’s drug store and purchased two ounces of laudanum.  He went to his boarding house, and after loitering about the barroom for some time, was induced to go to bed.  Nothing more was heard of him until yesterday morning when Mr. Clonan, proprietor of the house, went to Bennett’s room to tell him to get up for breakfast.  When Mr. Clonan entered the room, he found Bennett in a stupor, and believing that there was something besides the effects of whiskey the matter with him, sent for Dr. Sullivan.  The doctor went to the house but found Bennett beyond the aid of medicine or medical skill.  He died in less than an hour after.  Coroner Gossman was notified and selecting a jury, an inquest was held on the remains.  The verdict of the jury was that Bennett “came to his death from the effects of poison administered by his own hands.”  Bennett’s home was in Nashville, Illinois, whither his remains were forwarded per the Illinois Central railroad this morning.  Bennett was about forty-five years of age, and has been an engineer on the Vincennes road ever since its completion, previous to which time he was on the Illinois Central.  He was well liked by those who were acquainted with him.  It is said that his greatest fault was his love of strong drink.


 Thursday, 19 Feb 1874:

State’s Attorney A. R. Pugh of Jackson County, gives notice through the Jackson County Era that he “will do all in his power, in a legal way, without fear or favor, to punish as they deserve” the persons who took part in the lynching of White.

            (The man who was lynched was in earlier issues called Twite, but his correct name is thought to have been Alex Wyatt.—Darrel Dexter)


The first of the Williamson County Ku-Klux cases are now being heard in the United States court at Springfield.  We take the recapitulation of the facts in the case, which many of our readers no doubt remember, from the St. Louis Globe, of yesterday:  In the spring of 1872, Isaac Vancil, an old man of seventy, was taken from his house at night by a party of masked men and hanged to a plum tree.  A coroner’s jury found that Pleasant Veach, Marion Gray, Samuel Gossett, and others had committed the offense and Veach and a man named Jones G. Elliott were apprehended, indicted and tried in the circuit court, where the jury failed to convict.  Thereupon the cases were moved to the United States court under the provisions of the Ku-Klux Act, a course which has caused much discussion in legal, political and journalistic circles.  The evidence against the prisoners is very complete and shows that they contravened the Ku-Klux Act in every essential, having a secret organization and going masked upon their felonious errands.  They whipped many men and compelled others to leave the county; unroofed houses and destroyed crops, and used many other violent means to induce persons obnoxious to them to submit to their behests concerning land boundaries, etc. and to relinquish the rights which had been proclaimed theirs by legal process.


Friday, 20 Feb 1874:

On last Saturday evening a gang of masked men made a raid on the county jail of Jackson County at Murphysboro, and attempted to rescue the murderer McDonald in jail there for the murder of George M. Brush at Carbondale in the early part of last month.  But the jail being well guarded and the guards anticipating an attack, were prepared for the mob and when they made their appearance gave them such a deal as to send them away in utter confusion.  One man is known to have been wounded, but how badly or who he was is not known, as his friends helped get him away and he has not since been heard of.  The mob did not renew the attack.  Is it not about time the law abiding citizens of Murphysboro and vicinity should do something that will put a stop to such outrages as have recently been occurring there?  The impression is that they should.  If they do not, it will not be long until their thriving little city will be accounted the hardest and worst town in the state.


Saturday, 21 Feb 1874:

The funeral of John H. Bennett, the engineer who committed suicide in this city a few days ago, took place at Centralia on Wednesday afternoon, and was very largely attended.  We learn that the deceased was up to the time of his coming to Cairo, a strictly temperate man, and a consistent member of the Baptist church in the town where he lived.  He leaves a wife and several small children.


Sunday, 22 Feb 1874:

A very serious accident occurred to the north bound train on the Mississippi Central railroad on Friday evening.  The cause of the accident as near as we could ascertain appears to be this:  On Friday evening owing to the large number of people returning from the carnival, it was found necessary to divide the train into two sections.  Both sections left New Orleans on time, and the train passed Canton, a place a short distance this side of New Orleans, all right, but the switchman there did not notice that the train had a flag out, indicating that a second train was coming, and opened the switch to let out a freight train, which had been placed on a side track.  In a few minutes after, and before the freight train had got under way, the second section of the passenger train came along and collided with the freight train.  The result of the collision was the killing of a negro boy, who was in the baggage car, and slightly wounding two or three other persons.  This report comes from a reliable source.


DIED—On the 16th inst., of pneumonia, James Hogan, of Charleston, Missouri.  Mr. Hogan was an old and highly esteemed citizen of Mississippi County.  His death is much regretted by the people of the city and county in which he lived.


DIED.—In this city on Friday night, the 20th inst., Josephine, daughter of Patrick and Catherine O’Callahan, age five months.  The funeral will take place from the residence of the parents at one o’clock this afternoon.


Mr. David Brown, who was born in Union County sixty-two years ago, died at his home five miles east of Anna on last Tuesday.  Mr. Brown had been a member of the Baptist church for twenty-four years.

            (The Saturday, 21 Feb 1874, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Abram Brown died five miles east of Anna on Tuesday, 17 Feb 1874, aged 62 years.—Darrel Dexter)


Tuesday, 24 Feb 1874:

“The funeral of the late William H. Stokes,” says the Mound City Journal, “took place in Louisville on Thursday, 12th last.  The expressions of sorrow were general throughout the city, where the deceased was looked upon as one of the most enterprising and public spirited of citizens.  He has been eminently successful in business there, and was largely interested in various corporations.  He was one of the directors and for a long time president of the Louisville Mutual Insurance Company, a tribute of respect from the board of directors of which will be found in this paper.  In this city Mr. Stokes was years president of the Emporium Real Estate and Manufacturing Co., and at the time of his death was president of the Mound City Marine Ways Company, also the Mound City Hub, Spoke and Felloe Manufacturing Company.


Mr. Isaac J. Barber, an old and highly esteemed citizen of Pulaski County, died at his home near Caledonia a short time ago.  Mr. Barber was at one time an Associate Justice of the Pulaski County Court.


DIED—Sunday morning, February 22d, Corinne M., infant daughter of W. W. and M. M. Thornton.


Thursday, 26 Feb 1874:

On Friday last the sad intelligence of the death of Mr. Lewis Howes, formerly a distinguished and highly esteemed citizen of Evansville, and father-in-law of Mr. James L. Orr, of this city, was received.  The sad event occurred at this residence near Memphis, Tennessee, on last Friday morning.  Mr. Howes was for nearly thirty years the business partner of our well known fellow citizen, Mr. H. D. Allis, and was a high-toned honorable gentleman.  Towards the close of the war he removed to Memphis, where he carried on business for several years and subsequently purchased a small farm a few miles within the country, where he resided at the time of his death.  His death will be sincerely regretted by a host of friends in this city.  His remains were expected to arrive by rail at one o’clock this morning and will probably be interred today.  He was about sixty years of age.

            The above we find in the Evansville Journal of Monday last.  Mr. Louis Howes was the father of Mrs. C. P. Parsons of this city.  Mrs. Parsons, who accompanied the remains from this city to Evansville returned yesterday.  Mr. Parsons and family have the sympathy of all who know them, in this the hour of their bereavement.


 Friday, 27 Feb 1874:

DIED—of scarlet fever, Joseph Felix, infant son of Felix and Susanna Malinski, aged two years and five months.  Time of funeral will be made known tomorrow.


Saturday, 28 Feb 1874:

Mose Hill, a colored man, a resident of this city, who, to use the phrase “followed the river” for a living, was drowned at Cincinnati, on the 13th of this month.  Hill was a mulatto and was once indicted by the grand jury for stealing meat from Messrs. Stratton & Bird.  We mention this latter fact that our readers may the more readily remember who Mose Hill was.


Mr. Lee, an old citizen of Wolf Island, died at Greenfield’s Landing on Thursday evening.  Yesterday the ferry boat Selmas was draped in mourning and conveyed the remains of the deceased to his late house on the island.


Last night a report came to the ears of the local of The Bulletin that a woman living somewhere in the upper part of the city had been “burned to death.”  It was twelve o’clock when the report reached us, and we at once began the search to find out who the unfortunate being was and where she lived.  It was not long until we ascertained that the name of the poor woman was Madden and that she was the wife of the well known carpenter of this city of that name.  At half past one o’clock this morning we went to Mr. Madden’s residence which is on Locust between Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth streets and from a sister of Mrs. Madden’s, who was at her side when the accident occurred, learned the following particulars:  Mrs. Madden and her sister had been to church and did not reach home until about ten o’clock.  Mr. Madden was in the garden working, and after talking with him for a few minutes, Mrs. Madden and her sister went into the house, and the former took down a lamp, but finding that it was empty, she brought out an oil can from which to fill it.  It being dark, Mrs. Madden told the girl to light a match and hold it while she poured the oil into the lamp.  The girl did as directed, but the match burned out, nothing but the fiery ember remaining, before the lamp was quite full, and she remarked to Mrs. M. that she would get another.  To this Mrs. Madden said “hold on,” and just as she uttered the words, with an awful flash and loud report the lamp and can both exploded, scattering the oil all around and saturating Mrs. Madden’s dress, which immediately took the fire.  The room was one sheet of flame, and for a moment it seemed that every one in the house would be burned to death.  Mrs. Madden ran to the back door and fell with her face to the ground.  By this time her husband had reached her, and running into the house, he took from one of the beds a heavy blanket, and wrapping it about her, with much difficulty he succeeded in smothering the flames.  In the meantime, the girl had got another blanket, and after the utmost exertion finally subdued the fire in the house.  Mrs. Madden was removed into the house, and when her charred clothing was removed it was found that both her arms and right side were terribly burned, and by another person, not Mrs. Madden’s sister, we were told that the flesh was dropping from her arms.  Dr. Gorden was sent for, and upon arriving at the house did everything he could to relieve the suffering of the unfortunate lady, but stated that he could not then say what would be the result of her injuries.  It is strange, but the girl, who was standing at Mrs. Madden’s side when the explosion occurred, did not get any of the oil on her clothing and escaped unharmed.  It was Aurora oil that was in the can.  At the time of the explosion there were several children asleep in an adjoining room, and had the house taken fire in all probability they would have perished in the flames.  Mr. Madden, who is an old resident of Cairo and one of our best citizens, will have the sympathy of all who hear of this fearful accident to his wife.


Sunday, 1 Mar 1874:

Mrs. Madden, the lady who was so severely burned by the Aurora oil explosion night before last, is still alive, and some hopes of her recovery are entertained.  Dr. Gordon, her attending physician, believes that if she did not inhale any of the fire she will recover, but she was very low last night, and the doctor has been unable, so far to determine whether she inhaled any of the flames.  Her face, arms and body were terribly burned.


On Friday afternoon the incoming train on the Illinois Central railroad, when a short distance above Mounds Junction, ran over and instantly killed a man.  An inquest was yesterday held on the remains, but the jury, of which Mr. Walbridge of Cairo was a member, though a number of witnesses were examined, were unable to give any information as to who the unfortunate man was, or anything about him further than that he had a short time ago come from Kentucky.


The funeral of Joseph Felix, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Malinski, will take place at 2 o’clock by special train from the foot of Sixth Street.  We sympathize with the stricken parents in their sorrow, and hope that the goodwill of their friends will be expressed by their turning out to the funeral.  Mr. Malinski has been a resident of Cairo for twenty years, and all who know him will bear testimony to his worth as a neighbor and citizen.  Let there by a large attendance at the funeral.


Saturday, 7 Mar 1874:

Natt Drew, an old time pilot, died at Smithland, Kentucky, on the 4th of this month. 


From parties living in Hazlewood Precinct we learn that considerable sickness has prevailed in that neighborhood for some time past, and within the past two or three weeks a number of well known citizens have died.  The prevailing sickness seems to be principally pneumonia.


DIED—Yesterday morning, March 6th, 1874, at 8 o’clock at the residence of his parents, of pneumonia, Michael J. Marnel, aged 20 years, 10 months, and 24 days.

            As is well known to a large portion of the readers of The Bulletin, the deceased was from the day The Bulletin made its first appearance an attaché of the establishment; first as one of the carrier boys, then as an apprentice in the job office, and finally about two years ago he was promoted to the foremanship of that department.  Michael Marnel was a young man of exemplary character—sober, honest, and industrious; and in him the proprietors of The Bulletin found a servant whom they could ever trust and rely upon.  In his intercourse with his fellow workmen and associates he was always kind and affable, and was held in the highest esteem by them all.  He was a great favorite, not only with his employers, but with everybody with whom his business brought him in contact.  He was a great help to his aged parents, for whom he always evinced the strongest affection.  In his death his parents have lost a dutiful and affectionate son, his employers a faithful servant and the community at large a noble-hearted and promising young man.

            Full particulars of the time and place of the funeral will be made known in tomorrow’s Bulletin.


Sunday, 8 Mar 1874:


            The funeral of the late Michael J. Marnel will take place from the residence of his parents this afternoon at fifteen minutes past one o’clock.  After the services at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, corner Ninth Street and Washington Avenue, the funeral cortege will proceed to the cemetery at Villa Ridge by special train to leave the foot of Eighth Street at 3 o’clock p.m.  Friends of the deceased are invited to attend.



            The members of the Hibernian Fire Company, are hereby notified to assemble at their engine house today at one o’clock, sharp, in uniform, for the purpose of attending the funeral of our deceased brother, Michael J. Marnel.

By order of the company,

M. J. Howley, Sec’y


Tuesday, 10 Mar 1874:
Caldwell County, Kentucky, has a suspected case of wife murder.  The stomach of the dead woman has been sent to Louisville for analysis, and her husband, named Egbert, and Miss Scott, supposed to be his accomplice, are under arrest.

The funeral of the late Michael Marnel, which occurred on Sunday afternoon, was one of the largest we ever saw in Cairo.  The funeral train consisted of five cars, all of which were closely crowded with friends of the deceased.

At Hackensack, New Jersey, yesterday (Monday) morning, Mr. John R. Paulison.  The deceased was the father of Mrs. W. F. Pitcher of this city, who left for New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, hoping to arrive in time to see her father alive.  Yesterday morning the family received a telegram announcing his death.  Mrs. Pitcher will probably arrive in time for the funeral.

Wednesday, 11 Mar 1874:
At a meeting of the Hibernian Fire Company, held on Friday evening last, the following resolutions of respect to the memory of the late Michael J. Marnel, were adopted:

WHEREAS, It hath pleased Almighty God in His infinite mercy, to call from our midst in the bloom of youth, one of our most zealous and creditable members, Michael J. Marnel, therefore be it

Resolved, by the officers and members of this company, that in the death of our beloved brother, Michael J. Marnel, the Hibernian Fire Company has suffered an irreparable loss, the community at large an honorable and upright citizen, and his parents a kind and dutiful son.

Resolved, That to the stricken and bereaved family we tender our earnest and deepest sympathy.

Resolved, That we bury our departed brother with all the honors of a fireman, and in a manner worthy his past services towards this company.

Resolved, That the foregoing resolutions be spread upon the journal and published in the city papers, and also that a copy of the same be sent to the family of the deceased.

Thursday, 12 Mar 1874:
On Tuesday afternoon a difficulty occurred at Blandville between a shoemaker named Roote and Mr. J. H. DaltonRoote and
Dalton are brothers-in-law and the former is or was in the habit of whipping his wife.  On Tuesday he gave her a hard beating, and not satisfied with whipping her, determined to thrash Mr. Dalton, her brother.  But Dalton was not in the humor to be whipped, and when Roote started in on him, he drew a knife and stabbed Roote in the breast, and then took a brick and combed Roote’s hair with it.  Roote was so badly used up that his friends had to put him in his little bed, and it is expected that about Sunday next they will have to put him in his little grave.  Dalton was arrested, and held to bail in the sum of $300.  Dalton was once a resident of Cairo.
Matt Burns died at half past eight o’clock last night.  He will be buried on Friday afternoon at three o’clock by a special train from the foot of Fourth Street.  Friends and acquaintances of the deceased are invited to attend.

Friday, 13 Mar 1874:

We are pained to learn of the death of little Harry Partee, son of Henry Partee, pilot on the Capital City.  Harry died at St. Louis yesterday, but from what disease is not stated.  The Capital City was due at Memphis from Vicksburg last evening, when the sad intelligence will first reach Mr. Partee.


Saturday, 14 Mar 1874:

A painter named Cal. Boaz, a resident of Mound City, was killed at Memphis, yesterday.  Boaz and another painter were at work on the fourth story of J. B. Semmes & Co.’s store, when the rope broke and the ladder on which they were standing turned over.  Boaz fell to the pavement and had his brains dashed out, his partner hung to the ladder and was rescued by being taken into the building through a window.  See Memphis telegram on second page.



Memphis, March 13—About 10 o’clock this morning while two painters were at work on the front of the 4th story of B. J. Simmes & Co.’s store on Main Street, the rope broke and the ladder turned, and one of them named Cal. Boaz, of Mound City, Illinois, fell to the pavement, striking on his head and dashing his brains.  The other man clung to the ladder, looking down upon the mangled remains of his partner until some parties ran upstairs and pulled him in the window, when he almost fainted, having hung there for five minutes.


The last issue of the Mound City Patriot says:  Mrs. Dyer, daughter of Hon. N. R. Casey, is very low and not expected to live.  A few weeks ago she went to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for her health, but it seems that the change did not benefit her, and it is feared she will not recover.


We understand the colored children of Cairo contemplate holding a mass meeting for the purpose of expressing regret on the death of Charles Sumner.


Tuesday, 17 Mar 1874:


Another Cold-Blooded Murder near this City

The Murderer Arrested and Is Now in Jail

            On Sunday morning last a party of four colored men called at the residence of Coroner Gossman, and informed the coroner that on the night previous while on his way home, a colored man named Gillman Jones, had fallen from his wagon and received such injuries as caused his death in a few hours.  They stated that Jones’ body was at the cabin of Jerry McKinny a colored man, who lives on the line of the Cairo and St. Louis railroad, about four miles from the city, and wished the coroner to hold an inquest on it.


            Coroner Gossman at once repaired to McKinney’s cabin and finding a number of colored men present, formed a jury and commenced to hear evidence as to the manner in which Jones came to his death.  A colored man named


was the first witness called.  Laschae stated, in substance, that himself, Jeff Tillman and the deceased had come to town on Saturday afternoon with a load of cord wood.  Disposing of the wood they had started on their_____ (line missing) a short distance above the residence of Mr. Smallenburg, Jones got his feet entangled in one of the wheels of the wagon and fell off, the hind wheel passing over his head, inflicting the injuries which caused his death.  Laschae gave this testimony in an open and frank manner and Coroner Gossman nor any of the jury suspected that there had been foul play.  But the reader will readily understand their surprise when the second witness


told them “the truth” about how Jones had been murdered.  Being sworn “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” Tillman hesitated a moment and then said, “Well, I am sworn to tell the truth about this matter and I’m going to do it.”  Tillman then gave his evidence, which was substantially as follows:  Laschae, Jones and himself (Tillman) had started on their way home, and when a short distance from the courthouse met a white man named Hunter, (Hunter is in the employ of Mr. Smallenburg, the gardener) who wanted to ride.  Hunter had a bottle of medicine in his pocket, and before the wagon had proceeded far, Laschae succeeded in stealing it from him, doubtless believing the bottle contained whiskey.  As the wagon passed Mr. Smallenburg’s Hunter got off and went into the house.  The three colored men continued on their way, and when out of hearing of the house, Jones said to Laschae that he “did not think he (Laschae) would steal.”  Without anything further being said, Laschae


out of the wagon frame and struck Jones a heavy blow on the head.  Jones fell off the wagon and begged Laschae not to hit him again.  But the wretch paid no attention to his pleadings and dealt him a second terrible blow, which knocked him insensible.  Tillman and Laschae put Jones on the wagon and took him to Jerry McKinny’s cabin, where they left him.  Jones lingered until twelve o’clock Saturday night, when he died.


            When Laschae found that his victim was dead, he prevailed on Tillman to say that Jones had been killed by being run over by the wagon; but when asked to swear to a lie, he backed out.


            Coroner Gossman at once arrested Laschae, brought him to the city and turned him over to Jailer Dick Fitzgerald, who locked him up in the county jail.  He admits the killing of Jones, and says that he was neither drunk nor angry when he did it.

            Jones was about 20 years and leaves a wife and one child.  Laschae is supposed to be between thirty-five and forty yeas old and is a single man.

            On Wednesday (tomorrow) morning a preliminary hearing of the case will be heard before Judge Bross.



Meeting of the Colored Citizens Last Night

Resolutions of Respect to the Memory of the Late Senator Sumner

Speeches, Songs, etc.

            The colored citizens of Cairo, to the number of several hundred, assembled at Scheel’s Hall last night for the purpose of giving appropriate expression of their feelings in relation to the


            Rev. Charles Caldwell of the Fourteenth Street Baptist Church was called to preside, and Messrs. Taylor, Britton, and Green were appointed vice presidents and R. H. O’Bryan secretary.


            Were made by W. T. Scott, J. W. Williams, J. Gladney, and J. J. Bird.  After the speeches the teachers of the colored school provided the assemblage with songs appropriate for the occasion.

Messrs. J. J. Bird, J. W. Williams and W. T. Scott were appointed a


            The committee retired and after an absence of a few minutes reported the following, which were unanimously adopted:


            WHEREAS, By an act of Divine Providence Honorable Charles Sumner, late United States Senator, has been summoned from a life of eminent public duty therefore

            Resolved, That, in common with the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, whose honored representative he was, we deeply deplore the loss of him whose life, character, and public services were for a quarter of a century interwoven with the peace, progress and perpetuity of our “Free American Institution.”

            Resolved, That his untiring devotion to and unexampled advocacy of “liberty and justice” for the “colored American” for which he was inhumanly treated, and brutally assaulted in the Senate chamber, have won for him the unfeigned regard and lasting gratitude of the true lovers of liberty everywhere.

            Resolved, That his almost expiring words, “Take care of my Civil Rights Bill,” are unimpeachable evidence of the purity of motive and fidelity of purpose (line missing) __vocate the passage of that, to us, intrinsic measure.

            Resolved, That language is inadequate to express even an approximate estimate of his matchless worth; we therefore commit that imposing duty to the future historian, and remote posterity, who, perchance, after having reaped the benefit of his legal attainment, scholarly ability and unbounded knowledge, may rise in the majesty of unselfish patriotism, and call him great, and

            WHEREAS, It has been recommended by the Civil Rights League that steps be immediately taken to raise funds to erect a monument in honor of Charles Sumner, therefore

            Resolved, That we heartily concur in said recommendation and will use every endeavor by means and measures to consummate that noble purpose, and be it further

            Resolved, That in order to show a still further appreciation of his public services, we recommend that the private residences of families and our houses of worship be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days.

            After the adoption of the above resolutions the meeting adjourned.


Wednesday, 18 Mar 1874:
Laschae, the man who murdered another on the outskirts of the city on last Saturday evening, will have a preliminary hearing before Judge Bross in the county court room this morning at
ten o’clock.
In compliance with a resolution adopted at the meeting of colored citizens on Monday evening to express their sentiments on the death of Senator Sumner, we notice that many colored families have draped their residence in mourning.
Friday, 20 Mar 1874:
three o’clock, Thursday, March 19, 1874, at her residence in this city, Mrs. Carl Peters, aged 21 years.  The funeral will take place from the German Lutheran church on Thirteenth Street, at 10 o’clock today.  After the services at the church, the remains will be taken by the afternoon train to Jonesboro.  Friends of the family are cordially invited to attend.

At a meeting of the lady members of the German Lutheran church, of which the deceased was a member, held last evening, the following resolutions were adopted:

WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God in his infinite wisdom to remove from our midst and the church, by death, our beloved sister, Mrs. Carl Peters, therefore

Resolved, That while we bow with humble submission to the will of the Master, we shall ever feel the great loss we have sustained in the death of our loved and loving sister; that in the councils of the church especially will we miss her valuable advice; and further

Resolved, That to the bereaved husband, who in the death of his wife, has lost his best and truest friend, our most heartfelt sympathy, and pray God to make his burden as light as possible; and be it further

Resolved, That we, as members of the German Lutheran Church, tender to him our assistance in bringing up his motherless children that they may be taught to follow the path of rectitude and lead an honest, Christian life.

Resolved, That these resolutions be spread on the records of the church, that a copy be furnished the bereaved husband, and that they be published in the city papers.

Saturday, 21 Mar 1874:
How the Notorious Younger Brothers Defend Themselves—
Two Detectives, One Guide, and One Desperado Killed

(Special to the
St. Louis Republican)
Appleton City, St. Clair Co., Mo.
March 19, 1874

A messenger has just come in for Judge T. Younger, cousin to John and James Younger, to attend the funeral of John, who was killed in a fight with detectives near Monegaw Springs, on Tuesday evening.  The messenger states that three detectives, belonging to Pinkerton’s famous Chicago force, met the two Youngers near Monegaw Springs and attempted to arrest them, when the Younger brothers, who were fully prepared and determined not to be entrapped, instantly drew their revolvers and the firing commenced.  The daring bandits proved too much for their would-be captors.  The first shot killed one of the detectives.  John Younger was next to fall, and immediately afterwards Jim succeeded in unhorsing another of the detectives.  It is said that at this juncture the third detective fled to the woods, and has not been heard of since.  There is no doubt that John Younger and two of the detectives were killed.  Parties left Appleton City at 4:30 p.m. yesterday to learn further particulars.
Appleton City, March 19.—12 m., Later

Only two of the parties who went out to Monegaw Springs have returned to the city.  They state that the detective is wounded with three bullet wounds and one charge of buckshot.  A guide named Donovan was killed.  John Younger is killed and it is believed that his brother is wounded.  The detective who fled to the woods has not been heard from.  There were five of the Younger party it is said.

Additional telegrams from the scene of Monegaw Springs affray state that three detectives were killed outright, in the attempt to capture the Younger brothers.  The name of one of the attacking party killed is Edwin V. Daniels, a former deputy sheriff of St. Clair County, of which he was long a resident.  The names of the detectives killed are merely surmised by the gentleman receiving the telegrams, and are withheld until more direct information is received.  The nearest telegraph station to the scene of the tragedy is at Appleton City, over twenty miles distant, which fact will account for the delay in forwarding authentic and fair particulars.  Daniels it is believed, was at Rolla at the time of the Gad’s Hill robbery, and probably furnished information that led the detectives in pursuit of the Younger brothers.  John Younger, the only one of the brigands killed, was buried yesterday, a messenger having been sent the day before to T. J. Younger, one of the judges of St. Clair County, and a cousin of the murdered man, requesting him to attend the funeral.  There are four brothers of the Younger boys, who have made their headquarters in the vicinity of Monegaw Springs since 1865, and have exercised a sort of terrorism over the people of the region, and though their desperate character was well-known, they were shielded from arrest by an indisposition and a dread among their neighbors to inform against them.  The worst one of the gang is Cole Younger, who formerly hailed from Independence, Jackson County.  Those who profess to be best acquainted with them, disbelieve that they were concerned in the Iowa train robbery.  Monegaw Springs, the headquarters of the desperadoes, are located in a mountainous country, heavily wooded, and are somewhat secluded, although but five or six miles from Osceola.

Sunday, 22 Mar 1874:

A gentleman from Belleville, Illinois, reports that Sheriff Hughes, of St. Clair County, has returned from the scene of the murder of the Stiltzenreiter family, near Centreville.  He obtained no clue to the assassins, but says the murder was evidently committed for plunder, as the house was thoroughly ransacked, and the contents of the bureaus and closets strewn all around.  The elder Stiltzenreiter had considerable money in the house, which the murderers are supposed to have got.  The house is situated some distance from another dwelling in the vicinity of the settlement called Saxton.  The neighbors are in a state of great excitement, but suspicion is attached to no one.  It is believed the murder was committed Thursday night, as the bodies of Mrs. Stiltzenreiter and the children were in bed when found.  That of her husband on the floor beside a lounge on which he slept, and that of the old man in the passageway leading room his own to his son’s room.  The heads of the men were nearly severed from their bodies, while those of the mother and children were crushed with some blunt instrument.  The county court of St. Clair County offers $1,000 reward for the murderers.
A colored deck passenger on the James D. Parker, named David Mason, from Memphis, bound for Reiley’s Landing, accidentally fell overboard while the boat was taking on lumber at the mouth of Obion River.  Every effort possible was made to save him.  He never came up after falling in and it is supposed that he drifted under the boat.

Tuesday, 24 Mar 1874:
A Family of Five Murdered in Cold Blood

(From the
St. Louis Globe, Sunday)

The terrible tragedy enacted near Centreville, St. Clair County, Illinois, a brief account of which appeared in the Globe of yesterday, created intense excitement among the citizens of Belleville, where the murdered family had numerous friends and acquaintances.  Everybody was anxious for details, and in order to satisfy this desire, your reporters managed to gather as full particulars as it was possible to obtain

The murdered family numbered five souls, and consisted of Fritz Steltzereide, aged seventy-five years, his son Carl Franz Steltzereide, aged about twenty-eight, and his son’s wife and two children, one of them an infant eight months old, and the other a little girl aged three years.  They resided on a farm about four miles south of the town of Centreville, which is distant from Belleville eight miles, in a southwesterly direction.  The house is a one-story frame, facing the east, and is set back from the road.  It contains three rooms, one of which was occupied by the young man and his wife as a sleeping apartment, the adjoining room being occupied by the old gentleman.  It was in these two rooms that
took place, and the floors which were uncarpeted, were literally flooded with the blood of the victims.  The discovery was made about 5 o’clock Friday afternoon, by Mr. Benjamin Schneider, a neighboring farmer, who called at the house of Steltzereides to inquire about some seed potatoes which he had purchased, and which had not been delivered.  Failing to arouse anyone by calling, he entered the yard and approached the front door.  Finding it was unlocked, he opened it, when, to his horror, there upon the floor was
lying partly on its right side, near a table, with a ghastly wound in the throat and the head all beaten to a jelly.  He evidently made a severe struggle for his life, as his hands and body were fearfully cut, and the middle finger of one hand was cut off.  The horror stricken farmer gazed around the room with the hope that something would discover itself to explain the horrid sight, when suddenly his eye rested upon the bed, and there, sleeping the cold sleep of death, lay the mother and wife, with her two innocent children—the infant clasped in her arms, as if to protect it.  The skull of the woman was crushed in, and

The children were both killed by blows upon the head.  Schneider had seen enough to satisfy him that a dreadful crime had been committed, and, with cheeks blanched with terror, he posted with all speed to the nearest magistrate and gave the information.  It was not until after the arrival of the authorities that the discovery was made that the old grandfather was also a victim to the knife of the human butchers.  He was found upon the floor in his room, the hairs silvered by the frosts of seventy-five winters, dabbled with blood which flowed from a ghastly wound in his throat.
was evidently committed at night—sometime during Thursday night, it is supposed—as the bodies when found were in their night clothes, with the exception of the young man, who had on a pair of pantaloons.  That the object of the murderers was robbery is proven by the disordered state of the chests and drawers, which were broken open and the contents scattered around the rooms.  It is known that Steltzeriede had lately received $130 in cash, the price of some wheat sold by him, and this is missing; but whether this is all the money taken is not known.  The family were in comfortable circumstances, being the owners of the farm upon which they were living, and having a sum of money in bank.  The excitement in the neighborhood is intense, and
was visited yesterday by hundreds of the friends and acquaintances of the unfortunate family.  Sheriff Hughes, who was at the scene of the tragedy all day yesterday, returned late last evening, and in a conversation with your reporter, he informed him that he had two under arrest to await the result of the coroner’s inquest.  One of them is a brother-in-law of young Steltzeriede, is strongly suspected of having been concerned in the murder, as it is known that he
with the male members of the murdered family, and that a feud of long standing has existed between them.  The sheriff is also of the opinion that the crime was not committed for the purpose of robbery, and that the ransacking of chests and drawers was merely a blind to divert suspicion.  He also found in a drawer in the old man’s room $5,000 in notes and two certificates of deposit, one in the Belleville Savings Bank for $650 and one in the People’s Bank for $280.  The result of the inquest is not known, as the sheriff left before any conclusion had been arrived at.

Wednesday, 25 Mar 1874:
No Clue Yet Discovered—A Dumb Witness

(Special to the
St. Louis Democrat)

BELLEVILLE, ILL., March 23.—The wholesale butchery of the Steltzereide family, near Saxetown, Illinois, on Thursday night under such mysterious circumstances, continues to be the exciting topic of conversation here, and much speculation is indulged in as to who the perpetrators were, their motives, and manner of doing their bloody work.  Every bit of information received concerning it is eagerly sought for, and the one wish of all is that the demons who did this quintuple murder may be speedily discovered and as speedily receive the punishment which their awful crime merits.  Several detectives from St. Louis arrived at Belleville Sunday night, and immediately commenced to “work up” the case.  Messrs. Frederick Eckert and Charles Kemper yesterday took out papers of administration in the St. Clair County, Illinois, probate court on the estate of the deceased Steltzereides, which is valued at about $15,000.  They offer a reward of $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of the murderers, which with the $1,000 offered by the St. Clair commissioners, make the amount $2,000, which it is thought Gov. Beveridge will increase to $3,000.  The two men, John Afkhen and Frederick Boelz arrested by Deputy Sheriff J. R. Hughes on Sunday and lodged in the county jail at Belleville on suspicion of being connected with the murder still remain there.  Boeltz, who is a brother-in-law to the young man Steltzereide, they having married sisters, came to this country about six years ago, and is about thirty-five years of age.  He is small of stature and slender built.  He seems to be a very religious man and is said to have been a teacher in the Sunday school near his home.  On being brought into the jail he requested the matron, Mrs. Dawson, to get him a Bible.  In answer to a question by a reporter, as to how he felt, (meaning physically), he replied, “My heart is all right.”  He seems to be in very little concern about the awful position in which he is placed.  His wife, too, on parting with him Sunday when the officer arrested him at his residence, showed but very little uneasiness or alarm.  His farm is about two miles from the scene of the tragedy.  John Afkhen, the other man under arrest, is a German of powerful build, and of about 180 pounds weight.  He has blue eyes and light hair and complexion.  He is a farm laborer, and on the night that the murder was committed he was at the house, and was particularly noticed as saying but little to anyone but seeming to pay much attention to all that was said concerning the murder by the men who assembled there.

There is one circumstance connected with the discovery of the murder by Mr. Ben Schneider, on Friday evening, which may help to determine whether a stranger or not committed the dreadful deed, and that is that a large Newfoundland dog belonging to the murdered family was found by Mr. Schneider in the room with the dead bodies, and as soon as he opened the door the animal came out.  The supposition is that the murderer was either acquainted with the dog and he with him or else the assassin had been concealed in the house and did not have to encounter the dog outside, but, after committing the murder, he had induced the dog to enter the house, when he closed him in there to prevent his following him or otherwise interfering with his flight.  If this brute could tell his story of how his master’s family were murdered, and how the assassin, with more savageness than any brute, attacked and killed innocent babes and a sleeping mother, the murderer’s doom would speedily be sealed—to such a height of excitement has public feeling been stirred.
That “oldest woman” has just died again.  Here is what the Golconda Herald says about her:  “On last Saturday
Elizabeth Cowsert, the oldest woman in this county, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Ashford, living a short distance above Shetler’s.  Her age was said to be 108 years.  Her husband died with the cholera in 1832.”
A dispatch published on the second page of this morning’s Bulletin gives a brief account of the destruction of the Mississippi Valley Transportation Company’s towboat
Crescent City, which occurred yesterday morning at half past eight o’clock, ten miles below Helena, Arkansas.  Nearly every member of the crew of the ill-fated boat had a host of friends in this city.  We don’t believe there is half a dozen men on the river better known in Cairo than was Capt. James Dawson.  He was a whole-souled, big-hearted, noble fellow, and whoever met him once loved him ever afterward.  The horrible fate that has befallen him will bring sorrow to the hearts of his friends everywhere.  Pilots John Ostrander and William Munday and Mate Henry Gessler were also well and favorably known to all river men at this point.  Dan Weddle, the watchman, had been on the Crescent City some time, and is spoken of in the highest terms by those who knew him.  Betsy Ross, a sister of Davis Ross of this city, was chambermaid on the ill-fated boat.  She had her little son Atrice with her, but as the dispatch does not mention her name it is probable that both mother and son escaped uninjured.  The Crescent City was one of the best, if not the best boat owned by the Mississippi Valley Transportation Company, and was valued at $70,000.  She was a new boat, having been in use only a little over a year.
Terrible Disaster on the
Lower Mississippi
The Towboat
Crescent City Blown to Atoms
List of the Killed and Wounded
Capt. James Dawson among the Dead.

Memphis, March 24—A special to the Appeal from Helena, Arkansas, received this evening, says the
bound from New Orleans to St. Louis with a tow of five barges, one fuel barge and a trading boat laden with thirteen tons of sugar
at eight o’clock and thirty minutes this morning, at the foot of Montezuma Island, ten miles below here.  Every part of the boat was
and she sunk in three minutes.  All the barges were destroyed by fire.

So afar as is known the following is a list of the killed and wounded:

James Dawson, captain; Henry Gessler, mate; John Ostrander, pilot; Mrs. John Ostrander; William Munday, pilot; Dan Weddle, watchman; and cabin boy, name unknown.

Three colored firemen, names not given, were severely injured; George Vanhouton, leg dislocated; Patrick Bacon, second engineer, badly bruised; William Dunn, second cook, scalded; Peter Holt, owner of the trading boat was badly bruised.

The family of the last mentioned were all saved, and are on the steamer Phil Allen bound for Memphis, as are also all the wounded, who are under the treatment of physicians from Frier’s Point.  The remainder of the crew are with them and rendering all the assistance possible.

Captain Good, agent of the line here, is making every arrangement possible for the care of the wounded when they arrive here.

John Ostrander and wife, who are among the lost, leave six children, who are in St. Louis.  Mrs. Ostrander had accompanied her husband on a pleasure trip.

Thursday, 26 Mar 1874:
—DIED—At his residence in this city at
one o’clock yesterday afternoon, Nicholas Wilhelm Artur James Van Kas Schmallenberg.  The deceased was an old citizen of Cairo, and highly esteemed by those who knew him.  The funeral will take place from the residence at 10 o’clock tomorrow.  The remains will be taken to the German Lutheran church, where the services will be conducted by the Rev. C. Duerschner.  After the services the remains will be taken to the seven mile burying ground for interment.
From the dispatch published in this morning’s Bulletin, it will be seen that Lizzie Ross, chambermaid of the ill-fated steamer
Crescent City, had her skull fractured.  Her little boy escaped unhurt.  The same dispatch says that Clarence Adsit, one of the cabin boys, was killed.  It was expected that the City of Vicksburg, on which all the crew of the Crescent City, including the wounded, who are being taken to St. Louis, would arrive here at about midnight last night, but up to the time of our going to press this morning she had not yet arrived.

Memphis, March 25.—From survivors of the Crescent City who arrived this morning on the steamer Phil Allen, the following particulars of the disaster are obtained:

William Briggs, first engineer, who was on watch at the time, states that at the time of the explosion he was aft mending a fire hook—that he was suddenly knocked down by the concussion, though he heard no unusual noise.  On springing to his feet, he started forward, but was stopped by steam; a moment afterwards he found himself standing in water, and realizing his danger he ran upstairs close followed by water.  Within three minutes after the explosion the boat sunk, leaving only the after part of the roof above the water, on this the survivors huddled until released by the Phil Allen’s timely arrival.

The engineer states that at the moment of the explosion the boat was carrying 140 pounds of steam, and five minutes before he had tried the water and found it flush.  He can give no theory as to the cause of the explosion.  The boat had five barges in tow, containing 500 tons of coal, 600 tons of sugar, and about 200 tons of queensware, all of which was lost.

In addition to the lists of deaths reported are:  Frank Kelly, St. Louis, day watchman; William Dunn, 2d clerk, Wheeling, died on the Phil Allen; Clarence Adsit, cabin boy, Cairo; John Davis and Ki Adkins, Cincinnati; Ben Johnson, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, colored fireman, lost.

The following were wounded:  James Brewster, cabin boy, Madison, Indiana, cut on head; Arthur Welsh, rouster, St. Louis, cut on head; Thomas McLean, rouster, Memphis, shoulder badly bruised; Lizzie Ross, chambermaid, Cairo, skull fractured; George and Albert Hall, sons of the proprietor of the trading boat at Davenport, Iowa, were considerably bruised; their father was also badly scalded about the chest.

The following are unhurt:  James O’Connor, Pittsburg; Frank Miller, Peoria; Gus Sauer, Jake Lichti, Joseph Miller, Morris Dhner, Henry Ealenstein, Charles Harrison, Henry Murphy, Allen Cooper, and George Tilley, St. Louis; Attress Ross, Cairo; Mrs. Hall and four children, Davenport, Iowa.  Also the following colored firemen:  James Hughes, Moundsville, Va., Jerry Thomas, Brownsville; James Robinson, Dave Archer, Dick Harris, and Alfred Jones, St. Louis.

All the wounded with those unhurt, and George Van Hauton, whose left leg is dislocated, left for St. Louis on the City of Vicksburg.  All the survivors speak in the highest terms of the treatment received from the officers of the Phil Allen.  No bodies of the killed were recovered.
A portion of the remains of a man supposed to be John Ostrander, the pilot, were taken up on the steamer,

Friday, 27 Mar 1874:
The funeral of Mr. Schmallenberg will take place at
half past ten o’clock this morning from the German Lutheran church.  After the services the remains will be taken to the Seven-Mile Graveyard for interment.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.
The body Clarence Adsit, killed by the explosion of the steamer Crescent City was the son of a woman known as Lou Smith, who resides in one of the little houses on Sixth Street between Commercial and Washington avenues.  Betty Ross and her son Attress came up the river yesterday on the steamer
Vicksburg which arrived here at about 11 o’clock.  Mrs. Ross, though pretty badly hurt about the head, will doubtless recover.  Her son was not hurt.

Friday, 27 Mar 1874:
Nicholas Wilhelm Artur James Van Kas Schmallenberg was born
January 22d, 1817, in Holland, Europe.  He was married to Johanna Wilhelmina Hoogonleich, January 1st 1837, and died on March 25th, 1874.

Though the grandson of a minister of the gospel, the deceased had been an unbeliever all his life.  His wife has been a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church for many years, and ever since her union with this church, had made the conversion of her husband the subject of her earnest and most constant prayers.  After long years it pleased God to grant her request.  During the sickness which proved fatal, Mr. Schmallenberg saw the error of his ways, experienced a change of heart and became a childlike believer in the gospel of Christ.  Though satisfied with the will of God to remove him, he expressed earnest wish to live to prove to the world that his conversion was real and that he had truly accepted the religion of the Christian’s God.  It is the knowledge which consoles his widow.
A young man who came to this city yesterday afternoon by the Mississippi Central Railroad, and had entered a car of the outgoing train on the Illinois Central, died very suddenly a few minutes after taking his seat.  His remains were carried into the ladies’ room at the depot, where an inquest was held.  From letters found on his person, it was ascertained that his name was Oliver Copeland, and he is supposed to have been a resident of Leroy,
McLean County, this state.  Among the letters were several signed by Thomas Saunders, and in them Copeland was addressed as “dear brother,” from which it is inferred that Copeland and Saunders were either half brothers or brothers-in-law.  The remains were taken charge of by Coroner Gossman, who telegraphed to Saunders to know what course to pursue.  At last accounts Mr. Gossman had not received any word from him.  Copeland had in his possession a through ticket from Memphis to Champaign, dated Memphis, March 25, 1874.

Saturday, 28 Mar 1874:
The remains of the young man who died so suddenly in a car at the depot on Thursday afternoon was not, as stated in The Bulletin of yesterday morning, sent to his home by express.  Though put in a neat coffin they were still in one of the sitting rooms of the Illinois Central depot last evening.  It was said they would be forwarded to
Champaign by express this morning.
The funeral of N. W. A. J. V. K. Schmallenberg took place yesterday morning at 10 ½ o’clock, and was attended by a very large number of friends and acquaintances of the deceased.

Tuesday, 31 Mar 1874:
Another Attempt at Assassination

Young Bulliner and Mrs. D. P. Stansel the Victims
Carbondale, March 30, 1874

Editor Bulletin:  Again open your ledger of crime and enter another bloody page.  Another waylaying and shooting has taken place, the details of which are not less mysterious and heart-sickening than those which have recently preceded it.  In a former letter giving the particulars of the killing of George W. Bulliner, I gave the opinion that an old family feud and grudge were at the bottom of it.  Others thought that parties from a distant section of the country had committed the murder.  The crime which I now record, and the developments now coming to light, strengthen my belief that the murderers being hereabouts, and the end is not yet.

On last Saturday night service was held in what is known as the “Russel meeting house” on the Carbondale and Marion Road, some six miles east of this place.  Among those present were the whole Bulliner family and Mrs. Stansell, wife of D. P. Stansell.  After the services the congregation broke up and were returning home.  When the Bulliners were passing a point where a lane intersects the road, about one-fourth of a mile west of the church, two of the boys, Dave and Monroe, who were a few rods in the rear of the rest of the company, were fired on by two men concealed behind the fence.  The Bulliner’s drew their pistols and returned the fire.  The assailants also drew revolvers, and twenty shots in all were fired.  The Bulliner’s exhausted their pistols and commenced to run, upon which two shots took effect upon Dave, bringing him to the ground after running a short distance.  The attacking party ordered the other one to halt, saying with an oath that they intended to kill him.  The firing having attracted the attention of the crowd, Mrs. Stansell had turned back when she was struck by a pistol ball.  Bulliner was shot in the back, one ball entering the chest, and passing through the body, came out near the region of the heart.  The other ball remaining in the body.  He was carried to his home, and is at latest accounts still alive, but with little hope of recovery.  Mrs. Stansell, it is hoped, will recover, but her case is critical.  The ball took effect in the abdomen, but it is thought the intestines are not materially injured.

Suspicion is directed at two young men, Thomas Russell and Dave Pleasants, as the perpetrators.  If what I learn proves true, the evidence will be quite strong against them, not only in this case, but in the murder of the old man.  It would be injudicious to publish this evidence for the reason that Russell is under arrest and the capture of Pleasants is hourly looked for.

The most wonderful part of the affair is that both the Bulliner boys were not killed at the first fire, as the murderers were within fifteen or twenty yards of their victims when they opened fire.  The Bulliners declare they recognized the men, as the night was clear and moonlit.

These are about the particulars of the affray as I have been able to cull them from the thousand rumors in circulation.  If further developments are made I will inform you. 
Grand Tower brought the body of Clarence Adsit to this city and is taking the remains of Billy Munday and Mrs. Ostradner to St. Louis.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Clarence Adist Died March 24, 1874, Aged 20 years.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 1 Apr 1874:
A desperado named Terrell shot and killed a lawyer named Myers at Covington, Kentucky, a few days ago, because the lawyer, who was the attorney of the desperado’s wife in a divorce case, had dared to ask questions the assassin professed to believe were derogatory to his honor.  Terrell is a type of a class of men who would kill a fellow man in cold blood, if they could construe a wink, glance, or word into an insult.  They were always heavily armed with pistols and knives and walked with a swagger.  Always informed those who come into contact with them that they were gentlemen, they had in their composition no gentlemanly traits.  Excessive drinkers of whiskey, they were not often responsible human being, liquor adding fuel to their innate savageness of disposition.  This class of gentlemanly bummers has been decimated by the events of the last few years, but now and then we meet one of these “gentlemen” even as far north as Covington, Kentucky.  The halter is one of the relics of barbarism, but if it must be used, it should be employed in strangling fellows like Terrell.  His “taking off” would be a benefit to the world.
The Latest Murder
Death of Young Bulliner
Arrest of Pleasants, the Supposed Assassin

Carbondale, March 31

Editor Bulletin:—Young Bulliner, one of the young men engaged in the affray of which I wrote you yesterday, died last night of his wounds.

Mrs. Stansell is still living, and thought to be slowly recovering.

Pleasants, spoken of as one of the supposed murderers, was arrested.  Both he and Russell are now in the Williamson County jail.

It is feared that more blood will flow, for both the Bulliners and the parties suspected belong to gangs of the most desperate men.

I learn that a preliminary examination of the men under arrest will take place tomorrow.
Friday, 3 Apr 1874:
Dr. Thomas J. Griffiths, surgeon in charge of the United States marine hospital at the port of Louisville, reports the following as the conditions of the hospital under his charge during the month of March 1874:  Number of patients remaining the last day of February, 79; admitted during March, 52; treated during the month, 126; number discharged, 59; died during March, 2; number remaining on the last day of March, 65; outdoor patients treated during March, 8; private patients treated during March, 10.  Matthew Williams, carpenter of the Frank McHenry and Jerry Jordan (colored), rouster on the steamer Charmer, were the men who died at the hospital in March.

Sunday, 5 Apr 1874:
(Special to the
St. Louis Democrat)

SPRINGFIELD, ILL., April 3.—Hon. James R. Loomis, of Shawneetown, member of the lower house of the Twenty-eighth General Assembly, representing the Forty-ninth District, died here today very suddenly, of typhoid pneumonia.  He was not able to leave for home, when the Legislature adjourned last week, but was not considered very sick.  He was out day before yesterday, feeling much better, but yesterday was taken worse, and this afternoon, about 4 o’clock, suddenly died.  His body is in charge of the Odd Fellows of this city, who will send the remains to Shawneetown tomorrow morning.  His wife was telegraphed for this morning, but that telegram has been recalled since his death.  Mr. Loomis was circuit clerk of Gallatin County and was of good standing with his people.  He leaves a wife and five children, who will be shocked to learn of his sudden decease.  He was a clerk in the office of Governor Yates during the early part of the war, at which time his brother, John Loomis, was assistant adjutant general.

Tuesday, 7 Apr 1874:

The most unexpected death of Hon. J. R. Loomis, member of the house of the General Assembly, has been announced.  He died at Springfield last Friday.  Mr. Loomis has been in ill health ever since he took his seat in the house.  About three weeks since he had a severe nervous attack, and his life was despaired of by his friends.  On Friday he had another attack of the disease and died.

Mr. Loomis had many warm friends and an interesting family who will be thrown upon the world almost penniless.  The remains were taken in charge by the Odd Fellows of Springfield and forwarded to Shawneetown, where they will be buried.

Wednesday, 8 Apr 1874:
The fate of Mrs. Louisa Skinner, was sad, and should be a warning.  Last week she attended prayer meeting in
Tazewell County, and just before the close of the services the minister called upon her to lead in prayer.  She knelt and uttered a word or two and then fell back a corpse.  We do not believe that praying killed her, but the incident should be a warning to the devout and induce them to be temperate in prayer.  Loud and violent prayers are not more effectual, we have been informed, than calm and earnest ones.  Indeed, a lady of our acquaintance who has had considerable prayer experience has assured us that calm and earnest invocations are more frequently answered than boisterous and exciting appeals.  This testimony is of considerable importance, and may induce the intemperate in prayer to tone down and learn to believe that the Lord hears the inaudible appeal of the heart as distinctly as the shout of the excited petitioner for grace, who storms like a fury and shouts with the voice of thunder. 


Mr. M. Z. Glass, one of the oldest citizens of Massac County, died recently.


Mr. Norton, for sixteen years proprietor of the Shawnee House, Shawneetown, died in that town on the 30th ult.

Thursday, 9 Apr 1874:
The Hon. Thomas J. Turner, who recently died at
Hot Springs, Arkansas, was a citizen of Illinois.  During nearly a third of a century he occupied a prominent position before the people, and was generally esteemed as one of the ablest men in the State.  In 1846 he was a member of Congress, and several times in the legislature, sat in the two last constitutional conventions and was a member of the Peace Congress from Illinois.  He commanded a regiment during the Civil War.
William Barham was charged with the murder of A. J. Lowe November, 1868, and escaped September 1869.  Was arrested at Coatsville, Sumpter County, Tennessee, and lodged in a jail at Nashville, until a requisition was received from the governor of this state.  T. B. Ballou and Frank Lowe brought Barham back to this city (Marion) last Wednesday, and lodged him in jail to await trial at the circuit court (Williamson County Farmer’s Advocate, 3d. inst.).
We learn that Samuel Cleveland was killed in a fight at Galatia, Saline County, on Monday evening last (Benton Standard).
Sunday, 12 Apr 1874:
The dead body of an infant was found, a few days ago, in a field in the west end of the town of
Jonesboro.  The affair was created considerable excitement in Jonesboro.  An inquest was held upon the body, but no facts tending to criminate anybody were elicited.
On Wednesday last Thomas W. Littleton and wife, and his daughter, Fannie Littleton, were arrested and taken before Esq. Daniel Hileman for preliminary examination on a charge of murder.  Miss Fannie Littleton was suspicioned as being the mother of a deceased child.  There were a number of witnesses on both sides of the case.  Jackson Frick, Esq., prosecuting attorney of this county, appeared for the People and Gov. Dougherty and Col. R R. Townes conducted the defense.  The charge was not sustained by the evidence as to T. W. Littleton and his wife, and they were acquitted by the court.  The trial of Fannie Littleton was continued until
3 o’clock yesterday afternoon for hearing the closing speeches of the prosecution and defense; and as that hour is after our time for going to press, we are unable to give the decision of the court (Jonesboro Gazette, yesterday).

            (Thomas W. Littleton married Nancy E. Bean on 1 Aug 1861, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 14 Apr 1874:
Fraley, the murderer who has been confined in our jail for sometime, left here in custody yesterday for Elizabethtown, where his trial is to take place (Golconda Herald, 9th inst.).
Clara, aged about eleven years, and daughter of J. M. Kirby of Kirby, Ulen & Brothers Mill, near Pulaski, died last Wednesday from injuries received the day previous by the overturning of a large ash hopper, or leech, which fell upon her.  She was under the hopper when found, and it was not known how long she had been lying there.  She probably was playing about the leech and disturbed it on its inclined and not very sure foundation, when it fell over upon her.
From the Carbondale Observer we learn that the Bulliner family have offered a reward of one thousand dollars for the apprehension of Thomas Russel, and his accomplices in the murder of the Bulliner father and son.

Sunday, 19 Apr 1874:
The Independent says: 
Williamson County has been the scene of almost another murder.  The desperadoes seem to have a mania for waylaying and shooting almost anybody.  The circumstances of the last attempt, as near as we can learn, are as follows:  One Mr. Rod, living in or near Herrin’s Prairie, attended a sale some distance from home, so that it was nearly dusk before he returned.  It seems that by crossing a farm of the Hendersons, he would save considerable travel.  He proceeded but a short distance when he saw, as he supposed, the body of a man lying near the road, thinking that the man had been murdered, and started toward him, when the supposed dead body began firing at him, shooting him through both thighs.  Mr. Rod thinks it was a stranger lying in wait for some of the Hendersons.  We would suggest that Williamson County be placed under martial law for awhile.
Wednesday, 22 Apr 1874:
Fannie Littleton, of Anna, has been bound over in the sum of two hundred dollars to appear at the next term of the circuit court to answer to the charge of infanticide.
Mrs. Samuel Carter, aged ninety-one years and one month, died on the 7th inst. (in
Johnson County).
Jonesboro, April 21, 1874

Editor Bulletin—Yesterday (Monday) Alfred Cotner and Henry L. Gazelle were drowned in the Mississippi River, opposite Hamburg Landing, in this (Union) county.  They went to the Mississippi shore in a skiff for a load of stone.  On the return the wind was blowing a gale, and the boat sunk in the middle of the river.  One of the parties swam two miles and a half and was within a quarter of a mile of there when he went down.  Mr. Cotner was about sixty-five years of age.  He was raised in this county and was a good citizen.  Mr. Gazelle was a young man and not so well known.  At our last advices the body was not found.


Tuesday, 28 Apr 1874:
Williamson County reports her case of murder for last week.  A grocery keeper and blacksmith quarreled about a lease.  The former knocked the latter down with a piece of timber.  The wounded man was carried into a drug store and properly cared for, but he sank and died within a few hours.  The murderer, who was placed under guard, escaped and has not since been seen.  His name is Fulgum; that of the murdered man was Robinson.

(The story in the 3 May 1874, issue of the paper, see below, suggests that the murderer’s name was Isaacs and that the crime occurred in Saline County.—Darrel Dexter)
MURDER—A young man named E. J. Keen, brother of Martin Keen who lives at the ferry landing on the
Kentucky side, was yesterday shot and killed by a young man named John Haws.  It seems that on Tuesday last young Keen had a difficulty with a man named Allcock, an intimate friend of young Haws.  Yesterday morning Keen took his skiff and started up the river to see another brother who lives near Keen’s Landing.  When he came to the residence of Mr. A. Hall he met with young Haws, when the subject of the difficulty between Allcock and Keen was brought up, and Keen remarked that he would “settle the trouble with Allcock,” and started off with his skiff.  Haws asked him if he should tell Allcock what he (Keen) had said, and was answered that he should.  Young Haws then told Keen that if he would come back to the shore he would whip him himself.  Keen turned his skiff, and when it struck the shore, raised up as if to get out, at the same time picking up his gun which lay in the bottom of the skiff.  As Keen picked up the gun, Haws drew a revolver and fired, the ball, it is said, taking effect in Keen’s breast, and causing death in thirty minutes.  Haws was soon after arrested and taken to Blandville where he was locked in the county jail.  He is only seventeen years of age.
Friday, 1 May 1874:

Louisville, Ky., April 30—George Weler Alfred, (colored) convicted of the murder of Dr. Granville, will be hanged tomorrow in Washington County.  A Courier Journal letter says the condemned man is preparing a full confession, implicating the wife of the murdered man, who is now out on bail on the same charge, as a party criminal in the murder.

Various attempts at the rescue of the prisoner, said to be preceded from Mrs. Alfred’s friends, have all been frustrated and preparations for the execution are being perfected.  The condemned man has professed faith in the Catholic church and expressed a willingness to die.
MURDER—On Wednesday evening last about six o’clock, a quarrel occurred at Pulaski Station between a man named Jerome Davis and another named Joseph Reed in which the latter was stabbed and killed.  We have been unable to ascertain particulars of the affair.  The following is a description of the murderer.  He is twenty-two years old, smooth faced, somewhat freckled, full six feet tall, a little round shouldered, slight bowlegged, nose and mouth like a negro’s.  When he left he had a rifle with him.  Has relations in
Ballard County, Kentucky, and an uncle named William Carr, at Cobden, Illinois.  A reward of $300 is offered for his arrest.  Information concerning him should be addressed to Sheriff Irvin of this city.

Saturday, 2 May 1874:
NOT CAPTURED.—The murderer, Jerome Davis, who killed Joseph Reed, at Pulaski on Wednesday evening, had not been captured up to dark last night.  It is said that he spent Thursday night with friends in this city, but got out early yesterday morning.

Sunday, 3 May 1874:
The murder committed at
Bolton in Saline County some days since charged to a Mr. Fulgham of that place, was the work of a man named Isaacs, and was nearly the cause of a double calamity.  Morphine had been administered to the wounded man, and after death, doubts were expressed whether it had been the result of the wound or of an overdose of morphine.  The body was exhumed, and during the dissection, Dr. Bozarth of Saline County was cut on the wrist; the poison from the decomposing body of the dead man infected his blood, and in a very short time he was in a high state of delirium.  The wounded arm was cupped and relieved of a large quantity of blood, and proper remedies administered, after which the patient soon recovered.  The examination showed that death had resulted from the wound.  The murderer Isaacs has not been apprehended.

(The 13 May 1874, issue of the paper, see below, stated the murder happened at Stonefort in Saline County.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 5 May 1874:
We regret to announce the death of Mr. George Erwin, of Unity Precinct, which occurred at Anna a week or ten days ago.  If we are correctly informed Mr. Erwin had gone to Anna on a visit, and while there took sick and died very suddenly.  His remains were interred at Anna.

(An obituary in the Saturday, 2 May 1874, Jonesboro Gazette states that George W. Erwin, of Anna, was born in Little York, Pa., and died 25 Apr 1874, aged 53 years.—Darrel Dexter)
A Cold-Blooded Deed of Blood
Killed for Using a Nickname

We published a day or two ago the announcement of the killing of Reed by Davis near Ullin,
The deed was cold-blooded murder.

Davis, the murderer, is ungainly in his person, with long awkward legs, which have fastened upon him the nickname of “Shanks.”  The use of this nickname by his acquaintances always angered him.

On the evening of the murder, Davis was visiting at his aunt’s about one mile and a half from Ullin and about three miles from his father’s house.  He was standing or sitting before the house, when Reed drove up in a wagon.  The two men were acquainted, and Reed in a jocular tone addressed Davis, saying:
“Hello, Shanks, what in the h--l are you doing up here!”

“D--n you,” said Davis, “you must not call me that name.  I’ll whip h--l out of you if you get out of that wagon.”

“That’s just to my hand,” responded Reed; “I don’t care if I do take a little of that in mine.”

Reed accordingly got out of the wagon and faced Davis.  The two were soon engaged in a battle, which resulted in a victory for Reed, Davis crying, “Enough!”

Reed at once desisted, as the rules of a knockdown fight require, and allowed Davis to get up.

“I presume you are satisfied now,” said Reed, and turned his back and started to walk away.

“Look out, Reed,” shouted a cousin of Davis who was present at the fight, “He’s after you with a knife.”

Reed turned around to face his antagonist, and as he did so Davis plunged the blade of the knife into his heart.

“You d----d coward!” was all that Reed said and then fell dead.

Davis was arrested, but made his escape.  While his guards were consulting together, he walked out of the house in which he was being detained, mounted a horse his father had provided for him and went off at a breakneck pace.  He was last seen at Grand Chain, and it is believed he is in Kentucky.  The report that he was seen in Cairo is not true.

Thursday, 7 May 1874:

Pinckneyville, Ills., May 6.—The trial of Wesley Wilmore for the murder of Ed Jones, in Jackson County, July 4th, over a year ago, commenced here today.  The prosecution is conducted by A. Pugh and D. W. Fountain.  F. E. Albright, J. Blackburn Jones, R. W. S. Wheatley, and E. H. Lemen for defendant.  The prosecution closed their case this evening and the defense opens in the morning.  The case has excited much feeling among the parties, and there is a lively interest manifested in it.  Public sympathy is running generally in the interest of the defendant, especially since the hearing of the evidence on behalf of the prosecution.  The case will probably close tomorrow.

For not a few years back Williamson County has been the scene of many deeds of outrage, violence and murder, many of them bloody and nearly all of them dark and mysterious.  Men have been waylaid and murdered on the public highways; they have been cruelly assassinated in their own yards and on their own thresholds; they have been dragged from their beds at night, hung upon trees and their lifeless and ghastly forms left suspended in the air to startle the traveler and drive terror and apprehensions to the hearts of their friends and neighbors.  In nearly every case, the perpetrators have managed to conceal themselves from the knowledge of the public; surrounded by a veil of mystery which neither the officers of the law nor the just revenge of the surviving friends of the murdered victims have been able to penetrate; they have managed to elude justice and escape altogether the penalty their crimes so justly deserve.

The Farmer’s Advocate published in Marion, Williamson County, dated May 4th, contains a communication which throws an air of wild romance around the desperadoes who have so long been the terror of Williamson County. The correspondent of the Advocate tells a story the substance of which is as follows:

Not long since a party of hunters were out at night.  During their rambles they met another party, who they were horrified to see, were carrying a dead man.  The hunters, who had escaped the observation of the others, concealed themselves until the party with the dead man had passed on, when they followed, keeping at a safe distance behind from the (distance) of perhaps a mile, when the whole party, dead man and all, suddenly disappeared.  The pursuers searched but could find no trace or sign of the party.  The next day the hunters returned to the search and were rewarded by discovering a cave, the opening of which, large enough to admit the body of a man, appeared in a cliff of rocks overhanging a small stream of water.  The explorers procured lights and a reinforcement of three or four other residents of the vicinity and returned to the cave.  Just before they reached it, three men were observed running away from it in haste.  Two of the party entered the cave and found themselves in a large room, carpeted and furnished and showing evidences of recent occupation.  The sides of the room showed openings which they felt assured led to other rooms.  The possibility that they might be occupied made the searchers feel uncomfortable and they quickly vacated the place.  The party concluded they had come upon the rendezvous of a band of desperadoes and on their way home, stopped at the house of an old farmer and told their story.  The farmer became excited—left the room and soon returned with four men, masked and armed, who made the party of explorers kneel and take a solemn oath never to reveal what they had that day discovered.  The writer of the communication says the families of them men who made the discovery were leaving the country—that others are preparing to follow, and that great excitement exists on the borders of Jackson and Williamson counties in the vicinity of the cave.

Saturday, 9 May 1874:
Jerome Davis, the murderer of Joseph Reed, at Williams’ saw mill near Ullin, in the early part of last week, is still at large.  It is believed, however, that his arrest will yet be consummated.

Circuit Court—A Big Docket—Important Cases

Vienna, Ills., May 7, 1874

Editor of Bulletin:—Circuit court was called here on last Monday morning.  Judge Baker presiding.  There were 27 criminal, 47 common law and 81 chancery cases on the docket.  Of the criminal cases the most important are—the People vs. Peter Herren, People vs. Dilts and People vs. Dazy Breese, each indicted for murder.  The court has been engaged for the last three days in the trial of Peter Herron.  It is a very interesting trial and is largely attended by spectators.  As many of your readers know, Herren killed Cyrus Heith in Cobden, in the year 1871, while attempting to arrest him as town marshal of Cobden, for the violation of ordinances.  It seems that Heith, while sober, was a quiet and law-abiding and industrious citizen.  But when under the influence of liquor was very boisterous, quarrelsome and annoying to the citizens of the place.

On the occasion of his killing he had come to town, got drunk and was defying the town and its ordinances, and with the attempt to arrest him in a saloon he was by Herron shot and killed him.  Herron is ably defended by Judge Allen and S. P. Wheeler of your place and Gov. Dougherty of Jonesboro.  He is backed up by the entire population of Cobden and quite a number of citizens of the place are in attendance.  The case of the People vs. Breese is set down for Monday.

(His name is recorded as Cyrus Keith in the 13 Aug 1871, issue of the Cairo Bulletin and in several issues of the Jonesboro Gazette.  His marker in Collins Cemetery in Union County reads:  Cyrus S. Keith Died Aug. 3, 1871, Aged 33 Yrs., 8 Ms., 23 Days.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 10 May 1874:
A little child was found today in the sipe water uptown, dead.  We suppose from what we can hear that it was a new born babe, thrown into the water to get rid of it.  At the time of writing, an inquest had not been held.  We hope the necessary steps may be taken to discover the guilty party or parties, and an example be made.

Wednesday, 13 May 1874:
A week or ten days ago a difficulty occurred at Stonefort,
Saline County between a man named Robinson and another named Isaacs.  High words led to blows when Isaacs seized a plow beam with which he struck Robinson on the head, from the effect of which Robinson died in a very short time.  Isaacs immediately left the country, and the last heard of him he was about eight miles from the scene of the murder.  It is supposed he was on his way to Cairo.  The following is said to be description of Isaacs:  Twenty-three years of age, five feet ten inches high, light build, thin chin whiskers and long light hair, thin, lean faced with sallow complexion.  A reward is offered for his capture, but we could not ascertain the amount.
The witness in the Breese murder case, taken to
Johnson County on a change of venue from Alexander, left by the Vincennes train for Vienna yesterday morning.  The case was to have been called yesterday morning.  The Dilts murder case will be tried at the same place during the week.


Thursday, 14 May 1874:
DIED—At her residence, corner of Twelfth Street and Commercial Avenue, Cairo, Illinois, May 13th, 1874, at 2 ½ o’clock, Mary Barry, wife of John Clancy. The funeral will take place today, May 14th, at 2 ½ o’clock from the residence. A special train will leave the foot of
Twelfth Street at 3:15 p.m. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

(John Clancy married Mary Barry on 15 Mar 1858, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

DITLZ, the murder, whose trial was set to come off at the present term of the
Johnson County circuit court, succeeded in procuring a continuance to the next term, and was brought back to the Alexander County jail on Tuesday morning.

D. T. Linegar, Esq., left yesterday morning for
Vienna, to assist the defense in the Breese murder case now on trial in that place. The trial will probably take up the greater part of the week.

Friday, 15 May 1874:
The evidence in the Breese murder case was all taken at
noon on Wednesday.  Judge Allen, who was engaged to conduct the prosecution, was compelled to withdraw from the case on Tuesday, having received a telegram from Marion announcing that his brother was laying at the point of death, and desired his presence.

Arrest of the Murderer of Fred Hancamp.
Inquest on the Body of the Dead
Arrest of Runner

Henry Runner, the murderer of Fred Hancamp, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff John Cain between three and four o’clock yesterday morning on the Illinois Central railroad track near Schultz & Morelock’s distillery. It seems that after committing the murder Runner went up the railroad track as far as the incline plain, and onto the transfer boat, but was told by Captain McKinny that he could not cross the river unless he got into a car. He left the boat and went up the track a short distance to wait for the train, and while waiting Deputy Cain, who was guarding the track, succeeded in arresting him. Runner was brought back and locked in the county jail where he now is.
The Inquest.

As stated in the extra which accompanied The Bulletin of yesterday morning, the inquest on the body of Hancamp, the murdered man, was held until yesterday morning at 9 o’clock.

At that hour Coroner Gossman empanelled a jury and proceeded to the residence of the deceased’s mother where the body lay, and the inquest was held. From the evidence given before the coroner’s jury, it seems that the murder occurred in about this manner. Hancamp was very drunk, and some time between 11 and 12 o’clock, Wednesday night, went to see a girl by the name of Devon who lives in one of the small houses on Fifteenth Street opposite the custom house. Miss Devon it appears refused to have anything to do with Hancamp, and ordered him to go away. He refused to go, and she then started after a policeman to take him away. Hancamp followed her down Poplar Street to near the gate leading into the custom house yard. At this point Runner came up, when angry words passed between him and Hancamp, and they came to blows. It was sworn to that Runner struck Hancamp two or three times before stabbing him but that he (Hancamp) was too drunk to make much of an effort at resistance. Runner had a large knife in his hand, with which he stabbed Hancamp, the blade entering the left breast a short distance below the collar bone, cutting one rib entirely in two and severing the main artery leading to the heart. Hancamp fell to the ground and Runner ran down Poplar Street to Fourteenth, where he was lost sight of. Hancamp died in a very few minutes. The balance of the story is as related in the extra published yesterday morning.

With this evidence before them the jury returned the following

We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of Fred Hancamp on oath, do find that he came to his death by a wound inflicted with a knife in the hand of Henry Runner.
Runner in Jail

During yesterday forenoon several parties visited the jail and were shown the cell where Runner was incarcerated, but he was in no humor to converse. However, it seems that he was not aware until then that Hancamp was dead. When the party was ready to leave he came to the door of his cell and inquired of Jailer Fitzgerald “how Fred was.” Mr. Fitzgerald hesitated a moment and then said that he had “heard that he was dead.” When Runner heard this he became very pale and much agitated. To another gentleman standing near he said, “Is it so that he is dead?” He was told that Hancamp was dead and that an inquest was then being held on the body. Runner said no more, but pale and apparently scarcely able to stand up, crept away from the door and laid down on one of the bunks in the cell. The unfortunate man evidently feels the enormity of his crime, and dreads the punishment that is almost sure to follow it.

(The Saturday, 23 May 1874, Jonesboro Gazette reported that a man named Runner stabbed a man named Henkains at a house of ill fame in Cairo on Wednesday, 20 May 1874.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 16 May 1874:
Eliza Sweeny, of Blandinville, who was disappointed in love, suicided with strychnine last week.

The trial of Daisy Breese, which came to a conclusion in the
Johnson County circuit court on Thursday, resulted in the conviction of Breese, and the jury fixed the punishment of imprisonment for life. Breese was taken to Joliet yesterday via the Illinois Central railroad. Parties who conversed with him while on the train state that he persisted in asserting his innocence and said he would much rather have been hanged than go to prison for life.

Sunday, 17 May 1874:
Another Assassination Near
A Man Shot Down in His Own Door Yard

(Special correspondence of The Bulletin)
Carbondale, May 16, 1874

EDITOR BULLETIN:—If I were disposed to be facetious, I should apologize for my long delay in writing to you, and give as my excuse that no more people had been killed. The monotony, however, was broken on yesterday. About four o’clock in the afternoon James Henderson, a man about forty-five years old, living in Williamson County, six or seven miles from this place, was shot down in his own dooryard. Three loads of buckshot lodged in his body, inflicting mortal wounds. He professes to know his murderers, and has made a written statement, which, however, has not yet been made public.

Henderson is one of the party at enmity with the Bulliners. Thus, it seems, the work of death is commenced on both sides.

I will write again as soon as I learn further particulars.

Tuesday, 19 May 1874:
ANOTHER MURDER—Through a private letter in the city yesterday we learn that another murder was committed in
Williamson County near the scene of the Russel-Bulliner troubles. The murdered man’s name was Ditterman, who at the time he was shot was plowing in his field. It is not known who shot him, but it is supposed to be some one connected with the Russell-Bulliner crowd. It is about time that something was being done to bring to justice the parties who of late have been committing so many murders in that county.

(The 20 May 1874, Cairo Bulletin identified the man as Jason Dittmore and reported that he was not dead.—Darrel Dexter)

A. J. Gray, sheriff of
Johnson County, returned from Joliet, and reports Daisy Breese safely caged within the penitentiary walls.

Wednesday, 20 May 1874:
DIED.—In Cairo, Illinois, May 18th, 1874, of typhoid fever, James M. Straughn, oldest son of Green B. and Malinda Straughn. The deceased was born in
Ballard County, Kentucky, November 20th, 1854. We deeply sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Straughn in this their saddest bereavement. Memphis Appeal and Alamo Patriot please copy.

Further Particulars in Regard to the Shooting of Henderson.
Henderson not Dead—More of the Bloody Work
Shooting of Jason Dittmore

(Special correspondence of The Bulletin)
Carbondale, May 19, 1874

EDITOR BULLETIN:—Since writing to you last Saturday, I have taken some pains to ascertain the facts in regard to the shooting of James Henderson. Mr. Henderson was at work in his field when the parties quietly approached him and simultaneously fired. The shots took effect, lodging seven buckshots in the body of the victim. Three other shots were fired from guns and one from a pistol, seven in all. I have talked with parties who have conversed with the wounded man. He asserts positively that the assassins were John and Monroe Bulliner, and one James Norris. Although badly wounded, it is now thought Henderson will recover. He is a powerfully robust man, over six feet in height, weighing some two hundred and thirty pounds and possessing the strength and endurance of a Hercules. The opinion of the surgeon is that his powerful constitution will carry him through.

James Dittmore was shot while working in his field last Saturday. The villains approached him as they did Henderson, firing a load of buckshot at him. The shot did not take effect. Upon turning around he received two other shots taking effect in his right side. He ran for his house and got his gun, but was not further molested. Mr. Dittmore is a quiet, inoffensive man. He is not identified with any of the various parties who are constantly quarreling, fighting, cutting and shooting, and his attempted assassination is only accounted for in the belief that he had seen the parties as they were firing on Henderson the day previous. His wounds are severe, but are not considered fatal.

There is a perfect reign of terror in that neighborhood. I have it from pretty good authority that a paper was found containing the names of nineteen persons to be killed in revenge for the murder of the Bulliners. Among these are six of the Hendersons, three or four of the Russels, and four of the Sisneys.
Henderson says positively that he knows his would-be murderers, and says he will never die until he has killed the last one of them. He states that after he received the six shots, one of the villains approached within five steps of him and fired the pistol shot. He says he threw up his hand just in time to catch the ball in the fleshy part of his hand, and that saved his life. He threw himself on the ground, when the men left him, believing him to be dead.

And thus matters stand at this writing. God help the poor people of that neighborhood. Yours,

Thursday, 21 May 1874:
IRVIN—The Mound City Journal of a late date says: “Sheriff Irvin, of
Alexander County, is on the trail of Davis, who killed Reed in this county last week. As he seldom fails when after a criminal, it is possible he will secure this man in this case. By untiring vigilance, sleepless energy and unwavering devotion to the duties of his office, Irvin has won an enviable reputation as an officer.”

Friday, 22 May 1874:

The grand jury having returned an indictment for the murder in the first degree against Henry Runner for the killing of Fred. Hancamp in this city on the night of the 14th of the present month, he was brought into court, and when asked if he had counsel, or the means to employ counsel to conduct his defense, replied that his friends had promised to procure counsel for him, and requested that his sister be sent for. His request was complied with, and in a short time Mrs. Windrum, sister of the prisoner, arrived. After consultation, Judge W. J. Allen was retained to defend the prisoner. It is not probable that the trial will take place at this term of the court.

Saturday, 23 May 1874:
SUICIDE—We learn that Louis Turner, of Goose Island Precinct, shot himself on Thursday evening. It is said that insanity induced him to commit the suicidal act, but from what we can learn we are led to believe that there was a “woman at the bottom of the matter.” Turner had been paying his address to a young lady, and a short time ago she jilted him, and hence the “shuffling off, etc.”

KILLED.—A few days ago a party of men from Pleasant Grove,
Union County, were out fishing, and when night came on built a fire at the foot of a large dead tree. When bed time came they made down their beds, and all lay down to sleep, leaving the fire still burning. During the night the tree burned off and fell, killing a man by the name of Hunkle and seriously injuring another.

David Laschea, indicted for the murder of Gillam Jones, on the outskirts of the city some three months ago, was brought into court, and pled guilty to the charge of manslaughter. Sentence was reserved.

Henry Runner was again in court and pled not guilty to the charge of murder of which he stands charged. No time has been fixed for his trial but it is sure it will not come off at this term of the court.

Sunday, 24 May 1874:
Daniel DeLuschae, the murderer of Gillan Jones, near the residence of Mr. Smallenberg, in the upper part of the city, some two months ago, was sentenced to serve fifteen years in the state penitentiary. De Luschae may thank his stars that his case was not submitted to a jury. If it had we would have been called upon the chronicle another hanging, sure.
Thursday, 28 May 1874:
MURDER WILL OUT—Our readers will remember that on the 14th inst., we published a brief account of the murder of Thomas J. Caverhill, at Rutherford Station,
Tenn., and that at that time no clue to the murderers had been obtained. We are indebted to Mr. T. R. Watts of this city, in whose employ Caverhill was, for the following particulars: Caverhill was murdered by a man named Collie, Caverhill’s wife and a Mrs. Gelleger, with the coupling-pin of a railroad car. Mrs. G. has turned state’s evidence, and Mrs. Caverhill has made a full confession in regard to the horrid affair. We understand that Caverhill and Collie were brothers-in-law, and were connected in business. Both were born at Smithland, Ky., and Caverhill was in the employ of Mr. Watts, commission merchant here, as a traveling agent. Collie’s trial will take place today.

Henry Runner, charged with the murder of Fred Hancamp, in this city, a short time ago, applied for a change of venue and his case was sent to Union County.

From Mr. Bent Ogden, of Ogden’s Landing, Kentucky, we learn that Capt. Porter, aged 60 years, died at that place on the 19th inst. Capt. Porter was the first male child born in McCracken County, Kentucky, and spent his whole life in the neighborhood of the scenes of his childhood. For a long time he had charge of the McBannis Ferry at Metropolis, and latterly attended to the lights that Capt. James Mathena kept on the Grand Chain. Capt. Porter is known very widely through Kentucky and his death will be generally regretted.

Saturday, 30 May 1874:
SAD ACCIDENT.—On last Wednesday a little boy named Willie Kratzinger, son of Mr. Richard Kratzinger, of Anna, Union County, while climbing on a passing freight train, fell between two cars and was dangerously, if not fatally, injured.

Sunday, 31 May 1874:
WHITE COUNTY—Mr. John Eubanks, for many years a resident of this county died in St. Louis a few days ago.

Wednesday, 3 Jun 1874:

The desperadoes who have made Williamson County a name and a disgrace throughout the state, keep to their line of conduct. They fear neither the laws of God nor men and outrage both persistently and with a high hand.

A few nights ago, says Carbondale Observer of Saturday last, Mr. J. S. Barret, living on Eight Mile Prairie, Williamson County, had a threatening notice posted on his barn, warning him of the vengeance of the writers, if found on his farm, or in Williamson County, in ten days after the date of the notice.

This proceeding is in thorough keeping with the manner of doing things in Williamson County: if a man expresses the opinion that to shoot a man down in his yard or doorway is wrong, he is warned that such opinions are not tolerated by certain residents of Williamson and that if he would avoid the assassin’s bullet himself, he will have to get beyond its range that is, outside of Williamson County.

It is time the people of that county, those who believe there is something else to live for beside the brutal gratification of personal or political spite, should take some steps to assert their power. For years past, Williamson County has been virtually under the heel of a band of cutthroats and murderers who lack even the virtue even of Italian banditti or highway robbers. Their incentive to murder is not the hope of gain—but is the offspring of the worst passion of the human heart—that of a deep, deadly and unforgiving malice towards a fellow creature. They have kept the whole community about the scene of their operations in fear and trembling for years, until at last, man who value freedom of speech and a quiet life, have determined to procure them outside of Williamson County. Farmers and mechanics are leaving it, persons in quest of homes do not seek them within its borders, its real estate is depreciating in value, and this state of things will continue and grow worse until a change for the better in its moral condition takes place. It behooves the people of the county who would not see their material interests suffer to an almost irreparable extent, to bestir themselves before it is too late.

KILLED.—We learn that a negro man, in attempting to get on a moving freight train yesterday near Mound City, fell between the cars and was run over and killed. We could not learn his name.
Saturday, 6 Jun 1874:
The man Sullivan, who was shot by Mr. Martin Keen on Thursday evening at the ferry landing on the
Kentucky side, was brought to Cairo in a skiff late Thursday night and taken to the hospital. Sullivan’s wounds are not so dangerous as at first supposed and with proper care he will recover. The general opinion is that Keen served Sullivan just about right.

Sunday, 7 Jun 1874:
DROWNED—A colored boy by the name of John Lewis, about fifteen years of age, was drowned yesterday afternoon in the
Ohio River below the old fort. He, with others, went to swim. Divesting himself of his clothes, he ran to the water, jumped in and did not rise again. His body has not yet been recovered.
Wednesday, 10 Jun 1874:
six o’clock p.m., June 9th, 1874, Maurice Patrick, infant son of John and Mary Clancy, aged four months and nineteen days. The funeral will take place today, June 10th, by special train at 1 ½ o’clock. Friends of the family are invited to attend. One year ago yesterday Mr. Clancy buried a bright little boy and less than a month ago his wife took sick and died and now he is called upon to follow another child to the grave. Mr. Clancy has the sympathy of his friends and our citizens generally.

(John Clancy married Mary Barry on 15 Mar 1858, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 11 Jun 1874:
DIED—Miss Carrie Helm, the young lady so terribly burned on Tuesday morning while attempting to start a fire with coal oil, died yesterday afternoon. During the thirty-six hours which she lived after the occurrence she suffered all the agonies of a thousand deaths. This should prove a warning to everyone not to attempt to use coal oil in kindling fires. The funeral notice will be found in another place.

DIED.—In this city on
June 10th, 1874, at 4 ½ o’clock, Carrie Helm, in the twenty-second year of her age. The funeral services will take place from the residence of her brother, Gus. Helm, Fifth Street, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street, at three o’clock, this afternoon. The funeral will take place by special train at half past three. Friends and acquaintances of the deceased are invited to attend.

Friday, 12 Jun 1874:
The death of Eugene L. Gross, is announced.  He died at
Springfield on the 4th inst. The deceased was the well-known law compiler and law-book publisher. For a number of years he has been the victim of lung disease, and his death has been anticipated many months. He was universally respected.

The trial of Mr. Martin Keen for the shooting of the man Tom Sullivan, at the ferry landing on the Kentucky side, a week or ten days ago, came off yesterday. Sullivan failing to put in an appearance or testify as to how the difficulty which led to the shooting came about, Keen was discharged.

Mr. William Brown, husband of Mrs. Sarah E. Brown, of Thebes, who was a candidate at the election last fall for superintendent of public schools, died at his residence in Thebes on last Saturday, a week. Mr. Brown had been in ill health for a number of years.

The funeral of Miss Carrie Helm, which took place at half past three o’clock yesterday afternoon, was very largely attended.
Sunday, 21 Jun 1874:
Last Saturday evening a difficulty between two women terminated in the shooting of one of the parties and her husband, Andrew Belford, by a man named Commodore
Downey, living near the Stogdon mines, in this county (Pope County), and about eight miles northeast of this city. We are unable to learn how or in what manner the difficulty originated, but understand that on Saturday morning, Belford’s wife went over to Downey’s and abused the wife of the latter scandalously, stating that she intended to bring Andrew (her husband) over and “clean out the ranche.” Her threat, though probably made on the impulse of the moment, was particularly carried out, for on that evening Belford, accompanied by his (line missing) the gate, were told by Downey not to come inside, else he would shoot them. This so enraged Belford that he broke the gate down and entered, and had proceeded but a short way before Downey emptied the contents of one barrel of his gun into his abdomen, five shots taking effect while his wife on whom Downey fired next, only received one shot in the hand.

Last Tuesday evening Downey was arraigned before a justice of the peace in this place for examination, and acquitted. A report has gained credit here to the effect that Belford’s wife attempted to poison the family of Downey by dropping a quantity of arsenic into a bucket of drinking water, and has been considerably strengthened by the fact that Belford, rather than stand trial, sold out his crop and escaped to Kentucky Tuesday morning. His wounds are not considered dangerous.

(Commodore O. H. Downey married Susan C. Cowgill on 30 Dec 1869, in Pope Co., Ill.  Andrew J. Belford married Louisa Tolley on 7 Sep 1869, in Pope Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 23 Jun 1874:

Sequel to the Halbirt Murder.
The Murderer Clark Evans Lynched

            CARROLLTON, ILL.—June 22—At last we have the sad sequel to the horrifying details of the recent Halbirt murder in this county, which have been given in your columns, together with the particulars of the arrest of one Clark Evans, and his subsequent confession of the murder and other crimes of which he had been guilty in the course of the past few years.

At about 2 o’clock this morning the jail in this city was visited by a large number of men in wagons and buggies.  The jailer was aroused by an alarm at the door, and the statement that the party on the outside were in possession of a party arrested for murder, whom they desired to imprison.  When the door of the anteroom was opened some nine or ten men rushed in, pushing one of their number before them, under pretense that he was the culprit.  Getting fairly in, the jailer discovered that they were all in disguise, either by wearing masks or with blackened faces, and at once suspected the object of their visit; but as quick as thought he was pinioned by several of the party, pointing cocked revolvers at his head, and demanding the keys of the main door and cells.  Simultaneously some of the party discovered the keys hanging near the barred entrance, and took possession of them.  While one half of the party held the jailer at bay, the other half proceeded to unlock the doors, going immediately to the cell where Clark Evans was chained down, and they released him by means of a hatchet and cold chisel.  In a few moments they rushed back to the entrance, with Evans in charge, and hurried him into one of the wagons.  On looking out into the streets the jailor saw a large number of persons afoot as well as in the buggies and wagons, and they hurried away in various directions.  He gave the alarm at once, but could not get enough persons together at the hour to pursue.  The sheriff and deputies started out, but could not get on the track of the fleeing party.  About 7 o’clock this morning ex Sheriff Bell, who resides at Providence came in, bringing the news that a man was found by some passers by hanging to a tree by the road side, near the south approach to the Apple Creek bridge.  Hurrying thither the officers ascertained that it was Clark Evans, the prisoner, who had been taken from the jail a few hours before.  The culprit was suspended in such a way that his feet nearly touched the ground by the bending of the limb, but was dead and cold.

A coroner inquest was held in the presence of a vast crowd of people, who had gathered from all quarters.  The corpse was taken down and placed in a rough box made at the saw mill nearby, and the deposited in the Providence Graveyard.

Of course, the authorities have not the remotest idea as to who composed the lynching party, but the whole affair was well planned and adroitly executed.  One of the buggies, evidently used by some of the midnight visitors, broke down within a block from the jail, by running off a small bridge.  Doubtless as quick as the horses could be removed from it the parties accompanying it fled, as in the buggy was found an old felt hat, the sleeve of an old coat, two plugs of tobacco neatly wrapped in a portion of the county papers, a quart bottle with about a half pint of whisky in it, and a small leather valise containing some heavy twine, a cold chisel and a hatchet.  This buggy has not been identified or claimed, but a rumor prevails that it belongs to a party residing near Whitehall.  The whole affair has created a profound sensation and so outrageous was the murder committed by Evans that but a few disposed to blame the parties who have taken the law in their own hands.  The broken buggy is in the hands of the sheriff and will probably never be claimed.
Thursday, 25 Jun 1874:
DESPERATE AFFAIR.—A desperate fight took place at Centralia yesterday afternoon between Mr. Michael Whalen, an old brakeman and extra conductor on the Illinois Central round house when the unknown party commenced firing, emptying his revolver of five shots, three of which took effect; one entering the left breast, near the heart, the second taking effect in the hip and the third entering the head. While the firing was going on both parties steadily advanced, and before Whalen fell he plunged a knife which he had in his hand into the left side of his assailant. Mr. Whalen is well known in Cairo and along the line of the Illinois Central railroad between
Centralia and Cairo. Both parties lie in a critical condition and are not expected to survive over the night.

DIED.—Wednesday, June 24th, Johnnie, aged one and a half years, infant son of Mrs. Farrell, who lives at the corner of Eleventh Street and Washington Avenue. The funeral will take place at 1 ½ o’clock today. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

DIED.—In this city on Friday, June 19th, at
2 o’clock a.m., Willie, aged seven months and two days, and on Wednesday, June 24th, at 7 o’clock p.m., Herman, aged seven months and seven days, twin children of Herman and Lizzie Schmetzstorff. The funeral services will take place at the residence of the parents at two o’clock p.m., today. The train will leave from the foot of Twelfth Street at 15 minutes past 2 o’clock.

(Two markers in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge read:  Willie Schmetystorff Born May 17, 1873, Died June 18, 1874 and Herman Schmetystorff Born Nov. 17, 1873, Died June 21, 1874.  Herman Schmetzstoff married Elizabeth Resch on 10 Jul 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 28 Jun 1874:
DIED.—In Cairo yesterday, at the residence of her parents, Mary Margaret, daughter of Herman and Margaret Bloms, aged 8 months. A special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 4 o’clock p.m. today. Services at St. Patrick’s Church at
half past three.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Margaret Bloms 1873-1874.  Herman Bloms married Margaret Maloney on 5 Jan 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 30 Jun 1874:
I.O.O.F. NOTICE.—The brethren of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F., are notified to meet at their lodge room this morning at 8 ½ o’clock, to attend the funeral of their late brother, A. Eschbach. Transient brethren are cordially invited to attend. By order of the N. G.

ESCHBACH’S FUNERAL.—The funeral of Anthony Eschbach will take place at
9 o’clock this morning, from his late residence on Seventh Street. The Odd Fellows, Arab Fire Company and Cairo Casino will be in attendance. The funeral train will leave from the foot of Eighth Street promptly at 9 o’clock.

The Cold Blooded and Heartless Murder
Arrest of the Desperado Who Perpetrated the Deed.
Unsuccessful Attempt to Lynch Him.
Accidental Drowning of John Kennedy

Sunday last was a day of unusual excitement and commotion in Cairo, and such scenes as occurred during that day and night were never before witnessed in the city, and it is to be sincerely hoped never will be again. 

Two men, both good citizens and highly esteemed by their neighbors, were hustled into eternity without warning or admonition. Two homes were made desolate, two wives made widows, and in the one case one, and in the other four little children are robbed of a father’s care and protection.

The murder of Andy Eshback, which occurred at about half past seven in the evening, was one of the most deliberate and cold-blooded that ever occurred in this part of the state, and naturally enough created intense excitement among his friends and acquaintances.

Mr. Eschback had been to Villa Ridge to
of Herman Blom’s child, and when the train returned to the city, went directly from the train to his barber shop, where he commenced to put things to rights and clean up so that he would be ready for work when he went to the shop on Monday morning.  Shortly after, probably not more than five minutes after Mr. Eschback opened his shop doors, Bill Gupton, a steamboat pilot, and a man of
entered the shop.  Just what occurred after Gupton went into the shop is not known, but he had been there but a very few minutes when people who were in the vicinity of the shop heard
and a moment after saw Gupton backing out of the shop door, and just as he stepped outside he was seen to fire the third time, the ball striking the glass in the door, which Eschback was trying to close.  Then pushing the door open, Gupton fired the fourth shot, pointing his pistol into the shop.  In a few seconds after
of the shop, and said to some men near by, “There is the man who shot me!  Catch him!  Catch him!”  Mr. Al. Heightman bartender at Lane’s saloon, came out of the saloon just as the last shot was fired, and seeing what was going on, ran up to Gupton and attempted to take the pistol from him.  Gupton resisted, and Heightman and he had a tussle, in which Heightman succeeded in getting the revolver.  By this time quite a crowd had gathered about the corner, and Officer John Hogan coming up, took Gupton in charge and took him to the city jail.  After Eschback came out of the house, he
as far as Chris Anther’s meat shop, several times saying, “There is the man who shot me!—Catch him!  Catch him!”  He then returned to the shop and lay down.  A number of his friends gathered around him, and seeing that he was badly hurt, sent for Dr. Wardner, who arrived in a few minutes, and at once administered to the wounded man’s wants, but he died in half an hour afterwards.

As soon as Eschback was dead, Coroner Gossman summoned a jury and proceeded to hold an inquest, and Drs. Wardner and Parker were called to make the post mortem examination.

The following witnesses were sworn and examined:  Joseph Saurs, James K. Lane, Henry Lattner, Albert Heightman, Robert Levy, James Cassiday, John W. Cornell, John Hogan, Thomas Coyne, A. Botto, John Joyce, and John McNulty.

The following is the substance of the evidence elicited:

Mr. Botto testified:  I was sitting on the Sixth Street front of my saloon; heard a shot in door of Eschback’s barber shop; turned towards the place from which the sound of the shooting came; saw Eschback run to the left behind the door that don’t open; Gupton, the man they have in jail, shot him again, standing within two steps of him; Eschback then ran back through his shop, and as he passed the first chair Gupton shot him again, when Gupton was standing outside right against the door, but was looking into the barber shop; then I saw Joyce come out of Lattner’s door; Lattner after him and Eschback following Lattner; I don’t know whether Eschback came out of Lattner’s or his own shop; when Eschback got out he said, pointing to Gupton:  “There is the man who shot me; catch him; catch him;” then Gupton was pointing the pistol towards Joyce, Lattner and Eschback, trying to cock the revolver; Eschback went down as far as Chris Anther’s butcher shop, saying “Catch him; catch him; there is the man who shot me;” saw Heightman come out of Lane’s saloon about the time Eschback was crying “Catch him” and caught the revolver, and pulled it around; saw Gupton fall and Heightman beside him; Sauers got in about the same time; and there was wrestling; a big crowd of people got around and Hogan took Gupton to jail.

Mr. Cassiday testified—Was setting in front of Lane’s saloon this evening; was looking down the street towards Eschback’s barber shop; heard two shots in the shop; a man backed out of the shop just after the shots were fired; just as he got outside the door he stood up against the frame of the door and fired another shot into the shop; think Eschback was trying to shut the door just before the third shot was fired; I think so because I saw the door come to after the man had backed out saw Gupton shove the door open and shoot into the barber shop; saw him then step back from the door two or three steps, with the revolver in his hand cocked.

John McNulty testified:—Helped take Gupton from the city jail to the county jail; he wanted to know of me how Eschback was getting along; wanted to know if I thought he would die; I told him he (Eschback) would be all right in a few days; he said:  “I wish the G-d d----d fellow wouldn’t die; because I wouldn’t like my mother to know anything about the scrape;”  I asked him how it came that Andy and him got into a fuss; he said he was sitting in Andy’s shop fanning himself with his hat; and Andy caught hold of him and commenced shoving him out of the shop; said Andy kicked him; then he said he shot him; he remarked to me, “You know G-d d---d well I wouldn’t allow a man to kick me if I had anything to defend myself with;” kept remarking, “I wish he would get all right;” was acquainted with Gupton two or three years; he is a pilot.

Henry Lattner testified:—I saw William Gupton come out of Lane’s saloon and go into the barber shop where Eschback was, who had just come from the funeral; I heard a noise in the shop as if there was scuffling; I heard three shots.

Albert Heightman testified—I approached William Gupton, who was pointing a pistol at Joyce, and caught the revolver with my right hand in the center; I tried to bend his arm back and throw the muzzle up but could not do so; he then turned on me with the pistol and pointed it at me, when I placed my other hand on the revolver, and threw my cylinder out into my hand; I then caught the muzzle of the revolver in my left hand; I put my right foot between his knees and tripped him and he fell and I with him; Andy was standing at the door when my attention was attracted to Gupton; Andy spoke to me, saying he was “shot by that man;” meaning Gupton.  The cylinder was hot and smelt of powder, and smoke as it came into my hand, as if recently discharged.  I examined the cylinder after Gupton was arrested, and there was three chambers empty.  I heard them discharged.

Robert Levy testified:—Had just left Korsmeyer’s store on Sixth; had got near Hartman’s store; heard one shot; when I got near the crossing of the Vincennes track I heard another shot as if in Eschback’s shop; Gupton, after I heard second shot, was standing at door of shop with a revolver in his hand; pointing it at two or three men on sidewalk; got close to him; Al. Heightman and Saurs had Gupton down on sidewalk; in the meantime John Hogan came; saw Hogan have frame of revolver in his hand, and Heightman had cylinder in his; saw Eschback at front door; he said to me:  “I’m shot, I guess I’ll die; that man shot me,” pointing to Gupton; know Gupton; he is a pilot.

A number of other witnesses were examined, but their testimony was only a repetition of that given above.

The evidence having all been heard and Drs. Wardner and Parker having concluded the post mortem examination, the jury returned the following verdict:

We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of Anthony Eschback, on oath, do find that he came to his death from three shots fired from a pistol in the hand of William Gupton, and that the shooting was done without provocation.
The verdict was signed by all the jurors.

Drs. Wardner and Parker submitted their report of the post mortem examination, but we failed to get a copy of the report.

While the post mortem examination was being made, a large crowd gathered about the front doors of the barber shop, and the lynching of the murderer was freely discussed, and it was evident that a storm was brewing, and unless steps were promptly taken to check it,

Sheriff Irvin knew this fact, and, although doing it quietly, was active in making preparations to meet any emergency that might arise.  When the post mortem was over and the doctors had made their report, the verdict of the coroner’s jury was made up and the jury dismissed.  Then the crowd began to scatter, but not for the purpose of going to their homes.  Knots of men were gathered on every street corner, at all the public houses, and more especially about the fire engine houses.  Their very actions told that there was something more than usual on the taps—that there was mischief ahead.  A little after eleven o’clock

This was the signal, and a rush was made for the engine houses.  The engines were quickly on the streets, and all going in the direction of the courthouse.  At the courthouse the engines were halted; and in ten minutes from the time the bells first rang, not less than four hundred men had congregated in the street and on the sidewalks in front of the courthouse.  The purpose of the mob was no longer a secret.  The object was to
and cries of “hang the murderer!” “Bring out the murderer!;” “Break open the jail!;” and a hundred other like exclamations were freely indulged in, and the crowd began to gather about the gate leading into the court house yard.

The gate was guarded by four or five men—Judge D. J. Baker, M. B. Harrell, John H. Oberly, Constable John McNulty, and several of the police officers being there.  Judge Baker, seeing that the crowd were advancing, and that the time for action had come, commanded in the name of the people of the state that the mob disperse, and admonished them to desist from an act that would bring disgrace upon themselves and the city.  Mr. Oberly and Mr. Harrell also admonished the crowd to disperse and go to their homes; not to carry out their design and thereby bring disgrace and reproach upon the name of the city.  But the louder they talked the more boisterous the crowd became, and cries of
and “Remember poor Briback!” “Justice is played out!”  “Bring out the murderer!” etc. were heard on all sides.  The crowd came closer to the gate, and it began to look as though they would accomplish their purpose and break into the jail.

About this time Mayor Wood and a number of other persons arrived at the scene, and took up their position at the gate, thus strengthening the force there, and the mob was held back.  Thus matters continued for at least an hour, save the crowd on the sidewalks became less boisterous, and began to reason the matter over among themselves.  Judge Baker called upon the captains of the several fire companies to call their companies together and return to their engine houses.  The order was complied with and the mob soon after was broke up and everything became quiet about the courthouse.

And thus, through the efforts of a few determined men the object of a mob was balked, and the city saved the disgrace and shame of having it go abroad that we were compelled to take the law in our own hands in order to secure justice.

Gupton undoubtedly is a very bad man, and must be punished for the crime he has committed, but it would be just as criminal for a mob to take him from the officers and hang him, as it was for him to kill Eschback.  Let the law take its course, and no one will have reason to complain that justice has not been done.  This is our advice—let the law take its course; aid the officers in the discharge of their duties, and when his trial comes up make it a point to see that the witnesses are all on hand.  This done and no one will have cause for complaint.  Gupton will be punished, and that through the law, and not by mob violence.  Let the law do the work.  Do not break it, but help enforce it.

It has been said that the firemen of the city are in a measure to blame for calling the mob together.  This is wrong.  The firemen are in no way responsible for it, and it was not a fireman’s affair.

Some time early in the afternoon John Kennedy, an Irishman—and a good citizen, was drowned in the Ohio River, near Brown’s coal fleet.  Kennedy had divested himself of his clothing for the purpose of taking a bath, and descended into the water.  Some men who were nearby noticed that he had hardly got out into deep water before he went down, and failing to come up in time, believed there was something wrong, and went toward him, but before reaching the place where they had last seen him, he disappeared and did not come up again.  Pike poles were procured and a search for the body commenced.  After twenty minutes hunting the body was recovered and taken out of the water.  Kennedy was about twenty-eight years of age and an honest, hard working man.  He leaves a wife and four small children, whole were entirely dependent on their father’s labor for a living.  Kennedy’s remains were buried yesterday.


Wednesday, 1 Jul 1874:
DIED—In this city, on Tuesday, June 30th, at
2 o’clock p.m., Miss Kate Crowley, of consumption, in the 25th year of her age.  Notice of funeral will be given tomorrow.
ESCHBACH’S FUNERAL.—The funeral of Anthony Eschbach, according to previous announcement, took place yesterday morning and was largely attended, the Odd Fellows, the Cairo Casino, and the Arab Fire Company turning out in full dress.  The funeral cortege left the residence of the deceased on
Seventh Street at a little after nine o’clock, marching up Seventh Street to Commercial Avenue, up Commercial to Eighth Street, and up Eighth to the levee, where a special train was in waiting.  Some time was spent in getting everybody on the train, and it was nearly ten o’clock before it stated for Villa Ridge.  The funeral ceremonies at the grave were conducted by the Odd Fellows.  The funeral was very large, probably the largest that has taken place in Cairo for a long time.
A SUGGESTION.—The gentlemen who, in their anxiety to punish crime, attempted to lynch the murderer of Eschback, have now an opportunity to prove that their zeal is not simulated.  They can show that they are really anxious to have the law vindicated by acting upon this suggestion:  Let a subscription paper be circulated and a sum of money raised to pay lawyers to assist Pope in their efforts he may make to hang Gupton.  Who will circulate the petition?  Come, now; let us make Judge Bross or some other honest man the treasurer of the fund, retain Green & Gilbert, Mulkey, Wheeler, Webb, Linegar & Lansden, and show by our works that we are as willing to spend our money as to spill blood unlawfully in vindication of law.
RESOLUTIONS OF REPECT—At a meeting of the Arab Fire Company, held on Monday evening, the following resolutions were adopted:

            WHEREAS, It hath pleased Almighty God in His infinite mercy, to call from our midst in the vigor of manhood one of our most zealous and creditable members, Anthony Eschbach, therefore be it

Resolved, By the officers and members of this company, that in the death of our beloved brother, Anthony Eschbach, the Arab Fire Company has suffered an irreparable loss, the community at large an honorable and upright citizen, his wife an affectionate and loving husband, and his children an indulgent and kind father.

Resolved, That the foregoing resolutions be spread upon the journal, and published in the city papers, and also that a copy of the same be sent to the family of the deceased.
Henry Lattner
J. C. Huels
Jacob Lehning, Committee
DEATHS AMONG CHILDREN.—Within the last four weeks, or since the hot weather set in, there has been a good many deaths among the children of the city.  “Summer complaint” seems to be the prevailing malady, and parents can not be too careful in what they allow their little ones to eat.  Good care, healthful nourishment and plenty of fresh air are a few of the important requisites to prevent sickness among children.

Thursday, 2 Jul 1874:
SHOP.—Rudolph Leffel, an experienced barber, will open the shop of the late Eschbach this morning, and conduct it for the benefit of the widow.  Patronage of Rudolph will be an act of kindness to the family of the deceased.
FUNERAL NOTICE.—The funeral of Miss Kate Crowley, who died in this city yesterday afternoon, will be attended tomorrow morning from the residence of Mr. John Howley at 9 ½ o’clock.  Requiem high mass at St. Patrick’s Church at 10 o’clock.  The corpse will remain in the church until
3 p.m., when the funeral services will be held.  The funeral will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 2 ½ p.m.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Sacred to the Memory of Kate Crowley, Died June 30, 1874, Aged 25 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
THE MURDERER—The grand jury brought in a bill of murder against William Gupton.  There was talk of having his case come before the court this week, but this is not probable.  If it should be called, he will, without a doubt, take a change of venue to some other county, claiming as a reason that the people of this county are so prejudiced that he would not receive justice.  Several of Gupton’s relatives arrived in the city yesterday, and are negotiating for attorneys to defend him.  We learned at a late hour that Linegar & Lansden had been selected to help him through.
Friday, 3 Jul 1874:
THE PROSECUTION.—We copy the following from the Sun of yesterday evening:

Dear Sun—I noticed an article in The Bulletin yesterday advocating that the citizens subscribe money in order to help prosecute the man that murdered Eschbach.  I would like to ask, why should it be necessary to hire extra counsel to prosecute a man indicted for murder?  Is the law so tame that it requires two or three lawyers to prosecute, in order to give a criminal his just deserts?  If it is, the sooner a change is made in the law the better, as I am sure the citizens of Cairo would not care to spend their money to help do that which should be done without.

The writer of the above paragraph is evidently ignorant of many things he ought to know; and that he may be enlightened, if he wishes to be, we will inform him why it is necessary to hire additional counsel to prosecute a man indicted of murder.

We have a state’s attorney, Mr. P. H. Pope.  He is a gentleman of sound sense, of considerable knowledge of the law and he will do all he can to convict Gupton of the murder of Eschbach; but Mr. Pope is not as good a lawyer as Judge Mulkey and does not claim to be.  He is not a jury lawyer, possessed of the ability to capture a jury by his oratory, and in forcible speech to present the facts of the case.  He can prepare the papers and get the evidence well in hand; but it is impossible that he would do all the work in such a case, besides the other work of his office—the prosecution of fifteen or twenty other criminals, one of them, also indicted for murder—and do it as well as it should be done.  Who believes that Pope alone can conduct this case against Mulkey and one or two others of our ablest lawyers—get the witnesses together and pen and close in the argument—as it should be conducted?  Nobody, who does not believe Pope to be a miracle of a lawyerly learning, industry and eloquence.  He can and will do his best; but no one man can prosecute so important a case in a satisfactory manner.  He should have aid, and since Anthony Eschbach has not rich relations to fee lawyers to prosecute his murderer, his friends must step forward; and certainly the friends of the law who so highly regard it that they wished to do violence to it by hanging Gupton, will not hesitate to contribute to the law vindicating fund we proposed.  Laws will not execute themselves.

Saturday, 4 Jul 1874:

They kill one man per week in Cairo, Ill.  The last one murdered was an inoffensive barber, who was shot by a steamboat pilot last Sunday morning.  The people of Cairo like to kill their man on Sunday, as it affords something for them to talk about during the day, Sunday usually being dull.—(Springfield Register

The Register slanders Cairo.  Within the last few years several citizens of this place have been killed, but in only one instance was the killing done by a resident of the city.  We believe we are correct in saying that in every other case the deed has been committed by strangers passing through the city, strangers who belong to the class who are either ruffians by nature or are made rowdies by liquor.  No city or town in the state is inhabited by a more quiet, well-behaved resident population than this same much-abused city of Cairo.
It Terminates in a Fatal Affray in
McLeansboro, Illinois.

On Friday evening last, the village of McLeansboro, Ill., was the scene of a desperate encounter between Green W. Burton and Jefferson E. Ellis during which the latter was shot and instantly killed by the former.  The contending parties had heretofore engaged in difficulties, but not of a serious character, and the remembrance of these enmities was kept alive by constant quarrels.  On the night in question, the deceased visited McLeansboro and a renewal of their former disputes was engaged in.  The parties from words proceeded to blows, and before they could be separated or their crime prevented, Burton drew a pistol and discharged it at his adversary, with the unfortunately fatal result.  He was immediately arrested and lodged in a jail, pending the action of the coroner’s jury in the premises.  Yesterday that body was convened; who, after hearing the testimony, rendered a verdict that death ensued from a ball fired from a weapon in the hands of Burton, and charging the latter with the crime of murder.  He was committed to jail but later in the day sued out a writ of habeas corpus, for the purpose of procuring a judicial examination into the merits of the case and being admitted to bail, but no decision had been rendered at a late hour last night of the question involved.  Both men were old residents of McLeansboro, Green being engaged there as a merchant, and his victims residing in the vicinity, where he carried on a farm.  The sad tragedy has filled the community with gloom.
MURDER IN JACKSON COUNTY.—A few days ago at Headquarters,
Jackson County, a difficulty occurred between a party of roughs and an old man named Selden Johnson, who in the melee shot and almost instantly killed a man named Meager.  An investigation of the cause of the murder revealed the fact that the murdered man, with a party of his friends, went to Johnson’s saloon for the purpose of creating a disturbance.  Johnson, who is said to be a peaceably disposed old man, stood their abuse as long as he could, and when it became too much for him, and believing that Meager and his friends intended to do him harm, shot Meager through the left breast, causing death in a few minutes.  Johnson was arrested and taken to Murphysboro, where he was locked up in the county jail.  Judge Allen and F. E. Albright have been retained to defend him.

Tuesday, 7 Jul 1874:
DIED.—Saturday, July 4th, at
5 o’clock a.m., of cholera infantum, Dora, infant daughter of J. C. and Pauline Huels, aged one year, five months and nine days.  The remains were conveyed to St. Louis for interment.
FUNERAL NOTICE.—The friends of Mr. and Mrs. McKinny, deeply sympathize with them in their sorrow over the death of their only child, which occurred yesterday.  The funeral service will be held at their residence corner Twentieth and Poplar, this afternoon at 2 o’clock.  A special train will leave the foot of
Twentieth Street at 3 o’clock for Beech Grove Cemetery.  The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited.
Wednesday, 8 Jul 1874:
A correspondent of the Metropolis Times after remarking that Com. Downey had deposited a load of shot in the bowels of Andy Belford and stating that the wives of the men had created the difficulty, blandly says that “a man hasn’t any business with a woman or a dog, for either of them will always have him in some difficulty.”

Thursday, 9 Jul 1874:
DEAD—Mrs. William Gearin, who has been insane a number of years, died at her home in this city at about
ten o’clock on Tuesday night.

Friday, 10 Jul 1874:
The Golconda Herald says that “Bill Gupton is a desperado well known here, and is the same man, who, last winter, while on one of the packets, so cowardly beat up a Mr. Van Garner, a resident of
Livingston County, Kentucky.  If there is any justice in Cairo courts, this last act will probably put an end to his career in this section.”
DIED.—Thursday, July 9th, 1874, of consumption, Chelsey Wah, aged 21 years.  The funeral will take place this afternoon at 1 ½ o’clock, from the residence of the deceased, Washington Avenue, between Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets. Friends of the family invited to attend.

RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT.—At a meeting of Alexander Lodge, No. 224, I.O.O.F., held on Thursday evening, July 2d, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:

WHEREAS, Our brother, Anthony Eschbach, has been removed from the fellowship of this lodge by death, therefore;

Resolved, That, in the untimely death of Brother Eschbach, struck down without warning by the hand of an assassin, we recognize an impressive illustration of the warning that in the midst of life, we are in death—that the living of today become the dead of tomorrow.

Resolved, That in our lamented brother’s death, this lodge has lost a consistent member in whose character was reflected the elevating principles of our beloved order; society a good man, and his family a kind husband and considerate father.

Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the disconsolate widow and son of our lamented brother, in their great sorrow, and will do all that we are instructed to do by the tenets of Odd Fellowship to make smooth before them the path of life.

Resolved, That a page of the records of this lodge be dedicated and made sacred to the memory of our late brother, Anthony Eschbach.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of the deceased, and that they be published in the papers of the city.

Saturday, 11 Jul 1874:
SERIOUSLY ILL—Dr. Williams received a telegram yesterday morning from
Belleville announcing the serious illness of his wife, and requesting him to come at once.  Mrs. Williams had been feeling badly for some time and on last Monday started for her home at Belleville, believing that a few days of country would cure her.  The doctor left by the afternoon train yesterday.

Sunday, 12 Jul 1874:
DROWNED.—Yesterday morning between two and three o’clock, while the steamer Eddyville was coaling at this port, a deck hand named John Triggs, while passing from the coal flat to the steamer, fell overboard and was drowned.  It is supposed Triggs struck his head in some way in falling; he never came to the surface after once touching the water.  He was a colored man, and his home was
Nashville, Tennessee.  The body was not recovered.
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.—A private letter received in this city yesterday gives the particulars of the disaster at the Normal school building now in course of erection at Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  During the storm that prevailed on last Tuesday afternoon the lightning struck the building, doing considerable damage to the building, and killing one man.  At the time the house was struck, says the letter, Mr. Dean, brother of Mr. Dean of the St. Charles Hotel, (this city) who has charge of the work, were all in one room, and were all knocked senseless, one man being killed.  The others soon recovered and are now all right again.  The damage to the building was considerable.
Between two an
three o’clock yesterday morning a deck hand on the steamer Eddyville, named John Triggs, while that boat was coaling at the wharf here, fell into the river and was drowned.  In falling he struck his head on the guard of the barge, and it is supposed stunned himself so badly that he did not rise after going down the first time.  The body was not recovered.
Mr. George Mitchell, a former well-known and popular pilot in the Keokuk trade, died last week.  He was well-known in river circles and highly esteemed for his many good qualities of head and heart.
Tuesday, 14 Jul 1874:
FATAL EXPLOSION—The boiler of the flouring mill of G. W. Paschill, of Fulton, Kentucky, on the Mississippi Central Railroad, exploded yesterday evening, about five o’clock fatally injuring Perry Paschill and his son and dangerously injuring a man named Merrill and Dr. Paschill, the proprietor.


SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—On Sunday evening a little daughter of Mr. F. S. Kent, superintendent of the telegraph in this city, fell from a porch fifteen feet and was seriously injured.  Her injuries are internal and her life is despaired of.
Little Girl Horribly Burned
Her Death Hourly Expected

A little girl of a Mr. Botte, who lives on the Levee between Fourth and Sixth streets, was so severely injured by fire yesterday morning that at this writing, she is not expected to live.

It seems that Mr. Botto, desiring to do some marketing, and having no “help” in the house, locked the little girl and her little brother in their bed room, so that they would be where he left them on his return from the butcher’s and baker’s.  He was afraid that if he left them alone and not locked in a room, they would wander out of the house and get hurt.  The father had been gone but a short time, when the little brother, in a spirit of playfulness, took a match, ignited it and laughingly set fire to the bed on which his little sister was sleeping.  Bewildered, and unable to get away from the flames, the unfortunate girl was burned in a horrible manner.  Dr. Dunning says there is no chance for her to recover.  The feelings of the parent, when he became aware of the calamity that had overtaken him, can better be imagined than described.  The little sufferer is now receiving the attention of the kind sisters at the hospital.
P.S.—Since writing the above the little girl has died,

Wednesday, 15 Jul 1874:
DEAD!—The sad death of the little Botto girl shocked the community and should be a warning to parents never to be forgotten.  The father dreamed of no harm when he locked his little children in a room together; he did not think that either of the children knew that matches would ignite.  Well, he was mistaken.  There is too much of such carelessness in the community, and the death of this little girl should be a warning to greater carefulness
Tuesday, 21 Jul 1874:
DIED.—In this city on last evening, at
9 o’clock, Katie, youngest child of Patrick and Kate Fitzgerald, aged one year and fourteen days.  The funeral train will leave from the foot of Eighth Street tomorrow afternoon at half past two o’clock.  Friends of the family are invited.

(A grave marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Katie Fitzgerald born July 6, 1873, died July 19, 1874.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 22 Jul 1874:

Samuel Hazel of Pope County, who was insane for a number of years, came to his death in a mysterious and horrible manner.  He had been an inmate of the insane asylum at Anna for some months past.  A few weeks ago, his brother, also living in Pope County, was notified that his removal from the asylum had become necessary and accordingly went after him.  When within a few miles of their home in Pope County, the two stopped at a farm house to stay over night.  Before morning the unfortunate escaped the vigilant eye of his brother, and no trace of him could be found until last week when his body was found in the bushes near the Johnson County line.  His death was evidently the result of foul work.  His body, which had been partly devoured by swine, was minus the head and right arm.  The head was found about fifteen feet from the body and from its appearance must have been cut off with some instrument.  The arm could not be found.

The inducement for the vile deed is supposed to have been money, as the murdered man is said to have had some about his person, and report points to a relative as the perpetrator; but this is probably more conjecture.  The affair is sufficiently horrible whoever may have committed the deed or whatever may have been the motive.
Thursday, 30 Jul 1874:
HAMILTON COUNTY is disputing the laurels of Williamson.  Three murders were committed there last week.  Mr. Richard Flannigan was knocked in the head with a club by Charles Carlyle; Mr. James McFarland shot a man named Meece, and a man named unknown, stabbed another one, also unknown, to death.  All the murderers disappeared and have not been apprehended.

(The Saturday, 1 Aug 1874, Jonesboro Gazette reported that John Carlyle hit Richard Flannigan on the head with a stake and killed him at Walpole, Hamilton County.—Darrel Dexter)
DIED.—Saturday night at
12 o’clock of inflammation of the bowels, Phillip Laurent, aged 54 years, and 4 months.  The funeral took place day before yesterday at 9 o’clock and was attended by a large number of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased.  Mrs. Laurent desires in the public manner to return thanks to those friends who acted so generously toward her in her bereavement.
Sunday, 2 Aug 1874:
KILLED—It is said that a freight train on the Mississippi Central Railroad ran over and killed a man a short distance below
Fort Jefferson yesterday morning.  No particulars could be ascertained.

Tuesday, 4 Aug 1874:
DIED—A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whitcamp, aged two years, died on Sunday.  The funeral took place yesterday.

            (Frederick Whitcamp married Maggie Krutzer on 15 Oct 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 11 Aug 1874:
MURDER AT BLANDVILLE—A difficulty occurred at
Blandville, Kentucky, a few days ago between two negroes, in which one of them was killed.  It is said the trouble grew out of the dead man butchering the murderer’s wife.  The murderer has not been arrested at last accounts
Wednesday, 12 Aug 1874:
FEARFUL ACCIDENT—A dispatch from St. John’s to Halliday, received at a late hour last evening, announces that one of the boilers at their works blew up at about five o’clock, killing four men and dangerously wounding two others.  No further particulars were received.

            (The Saturday, 15 Aug 1874, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Alexander Hanson, William Taylor, Presely Smith, Andrew Mayer, and George Henry Weighman were killed on 11 Aug 1874, in a boiler explosion at a coal mine at St. John’s near DuQuoin.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 13 Aug 1874:
MURDER IN BALLARD.—A family feud in Ballard County,
Kentucky, about eight miles from Cairo, resulted yesterday in the death of a man, by the name of McNeill.  He was shot and instantly killed by Crittenden RowansMcNeill had been in Cairo and was walking home from the ferry landing, when he met Rowans who had a double barreled shot gun on his shoulder.  They got into an altercation and Rowans discharged the contents of both barrels of his gun into McNeill’s body.  A large number of citizens went in pursuit of the murderer but had not arrested him at last accounts.

            (The notice in the Cairo Bulletin of 15 Aug 1874, reports his name as Mr. Neal.—Darrel Dexter)
Saturday, 15 Aug 1874:
NOT DEAD.—We understand that the statement that Mr. Neal of
Ballard County, Kentucky, was killed in a difficulty with another man on Wednesday evening, which was reported in The Bulletin of Thursday morning is incorrect.  He was shot but his wounds are but slight and he will be able to be about again in a few days.

            (The notice in the Thursday newspaper gives his name as Mr. McNeill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 18 Aug 1874:

A quarrel between rival ferry owners at New Madrid, last Sunday, resulted in the killing of Gen. Darmills and two others whose name we did not learn.

POISONED—George Sturgis, who lives between Ullin and Pulaski station on the Illinois Central railroad, went into Bell’s Store at Ullin a day or two since and got some quinine for a sick child.  The medicine was taken home and administered to the child, which soon after died.  Upon investigation it was found that the clerk had put up morphine instead of quinine and that the child had been poisoned.  We understand that the clerk who sold the medicine claims that he purchased the article in St. Louis, and if it was not quinine it was not his fault.

Thursday, 20 Aug 1874:
DIED.—In this city this morning, about
2 o’clock, Ida infant daughter of John and Mary Comings, age 11 months and 2 days.  The funeral will be attended today at 1 ½ o’clock p.m., at the residence, corner Eighth and Walnut.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Nellie Cummings Age 8 Yrs., Emma Cummings, Age 13 days, Ida Cummings, Age 11 months, Children of John and Mary Cummings.—Darrel Dexter)
FLOATER.—A negro floater was caught in the Ohio River near the ferry landing yesterday morning.  Coroner Gossman was notified, and summoning a jury, an inquest was held, the jury returning a verdict that the deceased came to his death by drowning, but as to the manner of his getting into the river, they could not come to any conclusion.  There were no marks on the body to indicate that the deceased had been foully dealt with, and it is altogether probable that he came to his death by falling overboard from some steamboat.  The body was bloated almost beyond recognition, and to give anything like a true description of it would be out of the question.  Nicholas Fieth, who has a contract with the county for burying paupers, was notified to dispose of the body.
Friday, 21 Aug 1874:

PITTSFIELD, Ill., August 19—At an early hour this morning an aged and feeble-minded man, named William Mantz, attempted to climb from a window on the first floor of his dwelling during the absence of the rest of the family, when he slipped and fell forward.  The window falling on his legs, held them tight while his body hung down on the outside within a few inches of the ground.  He was unable to extricate himself, and no person being within sound of his voice, he hung there until suffocated to death.  He was discovered shortly afterwards, but was past recovery.  He was a native of Hesse-Cassel, over eighty years of age, and had served under Blucher at Waterloo.’’
Saturday, 22 Aug 1874:
A RUMOR—It is rumored that Rev. Houston, a colored minister who a short time ago removed from
Cairo to Paducah, a day or two since, while in passion at some misconduct on the part of his wife, seized an axe with which he split her head open, killing her almost instantly.  This is the report among the colored people.  We don’t know that it is true.

(Jeff Houston or Huston was a pastor of a Baptist church in Cairo until 1874.—Darrel Dexter)
FUNERAL NOTICE.—Died at his parents’ residence, on
Fourth Street, August 21st, 1874, George W. Burke, son of Patrick and Honora Burke, aged one year and six months.  A special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street (today) to convey his remains to Calvary cemetery at Villa Ridge.  Friends and acquaintances invited to attend.

      (On one side of the grave marker for Patrick C. and Hanorah Burke in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge, it reads:  Ella Burke, Dannie Burke, Georgie Burke, Children of P. C. & H. Burke.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 25 Aug 1874:
DEATH OF BISHOP WHITEHOUSE—At a meeting of the vestry of the Church of the Redeemer, of this city, held in the church on the 16th day of August, in pursuance of a call by the Rector, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That in the death of our loved bishop, the late Rt. Rev. Henry J. Whitehouse, the church of God has suffered a loss that seems irreparable; and that we, in common with the whole diocese of Illinois, realizing the greatness of this loss, and sharing its sorrows, will keep our church draped in mourning until his successor is elected, as a tribute to the memory of our dead bishop, that great man, eloquent, profound theologian, accomplished prelate and eminent divine whose untimely loss we deplore.

Resolved, That our deepest feelings of sympathy are hereby extended to the Bishop’s family in their most sad bereavement.

Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the records of the parish, and copies thereof sent to the standing committee of the diocese and to the family of the deceased.

Wednesday, 26 Aug 1874:
A few days since we published an account of an accidental poisoning at Ullin, as it was given us, but which we find, although correct in the main, was incorrect as to details.  The child did not die as reported, and we learn by letter from Ullin yesterday that both man and child were entirely out of danger, and that is was not Mr. Bell’s regular clerk, C. W Finn, but a young man left in charge of the establishment during a few hours absence of Mr. Finn, who sold Mr. Sturgis the morphine instead of quinine.
(Special to
Cairo Bulletin)
Ill., Aug. 24, 1874

Our community is again thrown into excitement by a sudden and unnatural death.  Sam Hunter, son of Dr. Hunter, committed suicide at 8 o’clock last night by shooting himself through the head.
Developments of the case produce additional evidence of the powers of wine and women over the stronger passions of man.  It appears that Sam had been the acknowledged suitor of Miss Hamilton, who, as far as known, up to the morning of the day in which Hunter put an end to his earthly affairs, given no excuse for the misunderstanding in their mutual friendship.  Sam attended Sabbath school in the morning after which he called on Miss Hamilton for a short time and soon afterward was seen on the streets intoxicated, but at no time during the day did he show symptoms to any unusual state of mind or apparent cause for his returning to the use of intoxicating drink, which he had so manfully abstained from for some time.  Having partially recovered from his state of intoxication he visited Miss Hamilton again in the evening about
6 o’clock where it appears he was not received with favor.  He bid the company good evening and stepped outside of the gate a few paces from the fence, and in the presence of several persons, drew a revolver from his pocket, placing his feet firmly on the ground with his right foot forward for support, deliberately put the pistol to his head and fired, reeled a few minutes and sank backwards to the ground.  The ball entered at the right temple and passed directly through the head.  He was taken home where he died at half past ten o’clock the same night.  It is probably necessary to add that all the parties connected with this sad and lamented act of self destruction were highly respected and of the best families of the place.

Mrs. Hunter has been lying quite low with fever for several weeks and it is feared will not recover from the shock caused by the death of her son.  The deceased was a young man 21 years of age, possessing the health and buoyancy of youth, surrounded by kind and loving friends, and the influence of a mother’s never-ceasing, true and Christian love, who continually in humble prayer invoked the blessings of God on the head of her beloved and only son.
Picked Up in the River at
Goose Island
A Letter that May Throw some Light on the Subject
Suicide of a Young Man at Murphysboro
Wine and Woman Said to Have Been the Cause

Goose Island, Aug. 24, 1874

Editor Bulletin:—Yesterday evening the body of a man floated to shore near this place.  Esquire Thomas Martin was notified and summoning a jury proceeded to hold an inquest.  The body was so terribly swollen that it was impossible to recognize it, but the following letter found in one of his pockets, may throw some light on the subject.  After carefully drying the letter, I have been able to decipher most of it and the question in my mind is
St. Louis, Mo., August 11, 1874
Mr. A. N. Brevard, Willard’s Landing, Ills.:

Dear Sir:—I submit the enclosed to you at the request of my daughter Amanda, and would be glad if my duty here ended, but your letter to her and your remarks generally have made it necessary that I should say something more.  She informs me that you charge that I have influenced her to apply for a divorce from you.  This is untrue and you know it.  I have never in my whole life, as a lawyer or in a social capacity, advised a separation between man and wife, and particularly have I been guarded in this case.  I have said to Amanda that she married you without my consent, and she must abide the consequence of her act; that of course, she being my daughter when she left you I would provide a home for her, and if she applied for a divorce would sustain her as far as I could in her application.  If a father can do less, I cannot see it.  I understand that you may say many vile things about me.  While you can not possibly injure me, I am sorry to know that you are so ungrateful.  You know you have never had a relative, excepting your parents, who has been as kind, generous, forgiving and patient with out as I have been.  With all your faults, have not I borne with you as a son, forgiving you time and again—relying on your promises violated within an hour?  Have you ever asked me a favor, pecuniary or otherwise that I did not grant?  Have not I supported you and Amanda for over two years?  Have not I plead with you as a father to a son?  Have not I used every means to reform you and make a useful and honorable man of you?  Have you not repeatedly said that no one had ever been so kind a friend to you as I have been?  But now you abuse me.  I truly thank God, Albert, that you are powerless to injure me.  I truly thank God that my conscience approves of my course toward you.  God knows I earnestly hoped to reform you, and that I labored to do so, and would have made any reasonable sacrifice to do so.  No, Albert, you have done me all the injury you can.  You took my daughter away from me and nearly made a wreck of her physically and morally.  You have caused me all the misery and shame I ever had; you have caused me more tears of anguish than any other living being, and your own heart ought to feel remorse instead of revenge.  Then let us alone.  Be satisfied with the wrong you have done, the misery you have caused her and me and let us go hence without further molestation from you.  If (line missing) want you have it, neither Amanda nor I can recover from the misery and disgrace with which you have covered us.  You may con____ application to get a divorce, but I would advice you not to asperse her character.  If you have not sufficient manhood to avoid the shame of trying to injure her whom you took from her home an innocent, guileless and confiding child as your wife, bring your charges as you threaten.  We have no fears, but woe be unto you, young man if you do not sustain them.

I am told that you wrote that you are working to pay a debt she owes to Mr. Lence.  This is laughable and contemptible.  Pay your own debts and I will pay all of hers.  I have written to Mr. Lence that I will pay them.  I told him when I was down the last time that I would pay all the debts of her contracting and so I will.

I sincerely trust I will never again hear from you in the manner which I have recently heard, and I again assure you that no one will be better pleased with your reformation and success in life than I would be.  Respectfully yours,
Charles A. Davis

The enclosed letter spoken of was written with purple ink but cannot be read.  Mr. Davis appeared to be a member of the law firm of Davis & Wilson, southeast corner of Fifth and Olive streets, St. Louis.  After the inquest it was found impossible to remove the body, therefore the jury buried it near the water’s edge.
Jonesboro Gazette please copy.

Thursday, 27 Aug 1874:
EXPENSIVE CRIMINALS.—Daizy Breese’s trial cost
Alexander County in the neighborhood of two thousand dollars.  This sum added to what it will cost to try Diltz, Gupton, Parks, and Black, all of whom have taken their cases out of Alexander County circuit court by change of venue, will swell the bill to not less than five thousand dollars, to say nothing of the expense of the fifty petty criminals tried in the county within the year.  It is safe to say that the expenditures on account of criminals will for this year amount to not less than eight thousand dollars—or one half of the county taxes collected.

Saturday, 29 Aug 1874:
DIED.—In this city,
August 28th, 1874, little Maggie Gertrude, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Stratton, aged 1 year and 28 days.  Funeral services at the house on Thirteenth Street at 9:30 this morning.  Friends of the family are invited.

(William Stratton married Julia Jones on 29 Aug 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
DIED.—Of consumption yesterday, at her residence on Walnut between 22d and 23d streets, at
2:20 p.m. Mrs. Emilie Schafter, wife of Mr. Frank Schafter, in the 22d year of her age.  The funeral will take place from St. Patrick’s Church today, at 3 o’clock.  Services to be held at 10 ½ a.m.  A special train will leave from foot of 10th St. at 3 o’clock p.m.  All friends of the family are cordially invited.
THE SUICIDE—The Jonesboro Gazette of this day says of A. H. Brevard, whose body was recently washed ashore at Goose Island:

“Mr. Brevard was engaged on the ferry boat of Willard & Lence which was conveying wheat from the sunken steamer Grand Tower to Cape Girardeau on Friday, the 21st inst.  The boat grounded when Mr. Brevard and two other men proposed to swim ashore.  Before starting to the shore Mr. Brevard asked his friends to drink with him, saying it would be his last.  The three drank and set out, two reaching the land in safety, but when Mr. Brevard got within about thirty-five feet of the bank he suddenly sank without saying a word.  He only rose once, and then the top of his head only was visible.  He was intoxicated at the time.  His friends think the drowning was premeditated to rid himself of trouble, life having become a burden.”

Sunday, 30 Aug 1874:
Sheriff Irvin will take Diltz to
Vienna tomorrow morning.  They will arrive there in time for the assembling of the court.
FUNERAL SERVICES.—The funeral of Margaret Gertrude, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Stratton, took place at 10:30 o’clock yesterday morning.  The services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Thayer, assisted by the Presbyterian choir.  Dr. Thayer opened the services by reading the following verses from the pen of Mrs. Wood Rittenhouse on the death of the child.  After the reading of the same, the choir sang the beautiful hymn entitled “Watch and Pray.”  At the conclusion of the singing of this hymn the usual funeral services were gone through with.  At about
half past ten o’clock the family accompanied by a few friends, left the house and proceeded to the wharf where they took the ferry boat and crossed the river to the Missouri shore, from thence they proceeded to Clarkson burying ground near Charleston, where the remains were interred. 
“She is Not Dead”
To Mrs. M. Stratton
Fold the little hands so waxen

Softly on the quiet breast;
Close the bright eyes with out kisses

For your darling is at rest.
Gather up the little playthings,

She will need them never more;
Put away the dainty garments

Worn and loved in days of yore.
Weep not, though the sweet voice never

Greet your longing ears again;
Weep not, though in dreams you see her,

Wake and call her but in vain,
For perchance some angel mother,

Rocks her on her loving breast;
Only wait your early coming

To that home forever blest.
Till she gives your happy darling

Back unto your arms again,
And you’ll clasp her to the bosom

Where so oft her head has lain.
No more sorrows, then, nor partings,

No more pain, no wild despair
Every hour but the beginning

Of a life most pure and fair.
Do not weep, then, lonely mother,

When you lay the little head
For the last time on its pillow

For the baby is not DEAD.
Scatter flowers like snow around her,

Emblem of the spirit flower,
To that land where a kind father

Claims your baby for his own.
Laura J. Rittenhouse 
Aug. 24th 1874

MAN.—There are several persons in the city, who were during his life time, acquainted with A.N. Brevard, the man whose body floated ashore a few days since, near Goose Island.  It is said that he was at one time worth considerable money—his father at his death leaving him about $40,000.  Soon after his father’s death he married Miss Amanda Davis, of St. Louis, but they did not live happily together and two years ago they separated.  He then fell to drinking, and in a short time ran through with his money and property, and then his friends turned him the cold shoulder.  For a long time he radiated between Cape Girardeau, Willard’s and Price’s Landing, but never did any good for himself or anyone else.  Out of money, deserted by family and friends, it is believed he became disheartened and sought relief in death.  His remains were interred at the water’s edge almost where they were found, a short distance from Goose Island.  We understand some of his relatives are making preparations to take up his remains and give them proper burial.


Tuesday, 1 Sep 1874:
CUTTING AFFRAY—A gentleman of undoubted veracity, living near Ullin, gives us an account of an affray that occurred near that village late Saturday night.  The parties engaged in the fracas were Charles Kelly and Mr. Frank Skitloe.  The two men met at a house on the outskirts of the town and engaged in a quarrel.  Skitloe drew a knife and stabbed Kelly twice, once in the bowels and again in the side.  Our informant says that before leaving home he was told that Mr. Kelly died Sunday night.  We did not learn the cause that led to the sad affair.
            (The Friday, 18 Sep 1874, issue of the Cairo Bulletin stated that Kelley did not die and was expected to recover.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 3 Sep 1874:
RETURNED—Mrs. John Gamble, who was called to
Carlyle, Arkansas, a week or ten days ago in consequence of the illness of her sister, returned home yesterday, having arrived at Carlyle just in time to be present at the death of her sister.  Mrs. Gamble’s many friends in this city deeply sympathize with her in her sorrow.
THE DILTZ TRIAL—The Diltz murder trial commenced in the Johnson County circuit court (special term) on Monday.  Judge Allen, Ex.-Gov. Daugherty, and Hon D. B. Green, of Kansas, appeared for the defense and Mr. Dameron, county attorney for Johnson County, for the prosecution.  The evidence in the case was concluded a little after dinner on Tuesday, when the arguments were commenced.  Messrs. Dameron and Daugherty finished their address to the jury before night.  The closing address by Judge Allen and County Attorney Dameron was to be made yesterday morning.  What the verdict of the jury was we were unable to learn.
Friday, 4 Sep 1874:
CRIMINAL MATTERS.—The trial of Henry Runner for the murder of Fred. Hancamp in this city in May last, will commence on next Monday.  Sheriff Irvin took Runner to
Jonesboro yesterday morning.
The Diltz murder trial in the Johnson County circuit court came to an end on Wednesday evening, the jury in the case returning a verdict of not guilty, when the prisoner was discharged.  Judge Allen, Gov. Dougherty and W. R. Green of Kansas, appeared for the defense; and County Attorney Dameron conducted the case on the part of the People.  We understand that Diltz left for his home in Kansas yesterday morning.
Sunday, 6 Sep 1874:
Though but little sickness in this healthy region, I have to record the death of Henry H. Williams, who died on Thursday last.  He was about 24 years of age, a native of
Jonesboro, and was buried on yesterday. 


On the night of the 4th an interesting little daughter of Oliver Alden, at Jonesboro, aged 4 years, died quite suddenly.


On the 9th, Jaell, daughter of John Inscore of Anna, aged 3 years, died very suddenly.  One complained of headache, was put to bed by her mother, and found dead before the afflicted parents were aware of danger.

Wednesday, 9 Sep 1874:
TRIAL.—The trial of Henry Runner, for the murder of Hencamp, is set for tomorrow morning, in the Union County circuit court, at Jonesboro.  The witnesses will go up by the night train, and there will probably be no postponement.  Runner is anxious for a trial.

Thursday, 10 Sep 1874:
The Runner murder case was set down for yesterday morning, but was for some reason postponed until this morning, when it will be taken up and proceeded with.  Sheriff Irvin went up with the People’s witnesses Wednesday.

Friday, 11 Sep 1874:
DEATH—We regret to learn of the death of little Dannie Burke, only son of Patrick Burke, formerly a merchant of our city.  They have our sympathy in their sad affliction.  A funeral notice will be found elsewhere.
FUNERAL NOTICE—Died at the residence of his parents, on Fourth Street, at 9 ½ o’clock a.m., Sept, 10, 1874, Daniel Patrick Burke, son of Patrick and Honora Burke, aged two years, eleven months and ten days.  A special train will leave the foot of
Eighth Street this day at 2 ½ o’clock p.m., to convey his remains to Calvary Cemetery, Villa Ridge.  Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.

            (On one side of the grave marker for Patrick C. and Hanorah Burke in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge, it reads:  Ella Burke, Dannie Burke, Georgie Burke, Children of P. C. & H. Burke.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 13 Sep 1874:
County Circuit Court
Runner Sent to Joliet for Five Years

Anna, Ill., September 12, 1874

The circuit court is grinding out justice at Jonesboro, but like the mills of the gods, grinds slowly.  The case of The People vs. W. Norris, for shooting one Miller—the seducer of his wife, elicited considerable interest, and the court room was crowed with auditors.  A large number of witnesses were examined and able counsel defended the prisoner.  The jury returned a verdict of guilty and fixed the penalty at one year in the penitentiary.  Motion for new trial.

The People vs. Runner, for killing Hencamp (change of venue from Alexander County).  The trial came off on Friday.  He was found guilty, and sentenced to five years in the State’s prison.


The St. Louis Democrat says that “James McFaddin, third clerk on the Belle Memphis, was drowned at the elevator at Memphis, and that James McMeen has taken his place.”  This is a hoax.  McMeen, the elevator clerk, and Mr. McFadden only changed places for a trip, to give Mr. McMeen an opportunity to visit the future great city.

Tuesday, 15 Sep 1874:
OBITUARIES.—Adeline, only daughter of Henry and Kate Lattner, aged thirteen months and two weeks, died Saturday last of cholera infantum.  The parents took the remains to St. Louis for burial, Sunday morning.
Dr. William H. Morgan, formerly of the Eames hub factory of this city, died at Lawrenceville, Illinois, on Friday night last.

Dongola, Sept. 16—Fire is a rare occurrence in our little village, but we had one last Tuesday night.  Widow Fisher’s residence, on the outskirts of town, near the section house, was burned down, and the greater part of the household goods were lost.  The house was occupied by Mrs. Fisher, her daughter, and son-in-law, John Davalt.  It is supposed that the fire caught in the early part of the evening from the kitchen stovepipe and smouldered in an obscure place till the family had retired for the night.  When first discovered it was blazing out through the roof.

The wife of Mr. Alexander Walker died very suddenly during the fire, of nervous prostration, induced by the excitement, although the fire was distant a quarter of a mile.  She had been in poor health for some time, but walked out of doors with her husband to view the fire, and when she saw it she uttered an exclamation and sank into her husband’s arms.  He carried her into the house, placed her upon the bed, and applied the usual restoratives, but all to no avail, for death had claimed his victim within fifteen minutes.  The family and friends have the heart-felt sympathy of the public.

(John W. Davault married Louisiana Fisher on 21 Sep 1873, in Union Co., Ill.  The Saturday, 26 Sep 1874, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Mrs. Alexander Walker died at Dongola on Sept. 10, 1874.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 18 Sep 1874:
WELL—Charles Kelley, who was so badly cut at Ullin a few weeks since, is recovering slowly.  The doctor says he will pull through all right.  The man who did the cutting, Frank Sketloe, fled and has not since been heard of.

Sunday, 20 Sep 1874:
DIED.—Thomas Storment, fireman of Engine 75, Illinois Central Railroad, died yesterday morning in this city of typhoid fever.  The locomotive of the road have been draped in mourning in consequence.

Tuesday, 22 Sep 1874:
From Anna.—A little son of Philip Holman, aged four years, died after a short illness a few days since.
Union County circuit court for this week has been almost exclusively occupied with the trial of Thomas Lentz for the murder of Fountain.  The jury were of the opinion that the killing was no crime, but done in self defense, hence the verdict of acquittal. 

(This murder was reported in the 25 Apr 1873, issue of The Cairo Bulletin.—Darrel Dexter)

WHITE FLOATER—A white floater was tied to the banks of the river, yesterday afternoon, by a fisherman, a short distance above the transfer landing on the
Kentucky shore.  The coroner of Ballard County was notified, but up to 5 p.m. he had not made his appearance.
SUICIDE—Mrs. Katie Knox, a colored woman, residing on Fifth Street between Washington and Commercial avenues, last evening took a dose of morphine to end her life and troubles at the same time.  The destructive drug did its work within a half hour after it was taken.  Some of the neighbors, hearing the suffering woman’s moans, sent for a physician.  Dr. Parker started for the house but before he reached it, she was dead.  The woman was a widow and the mother of two girls, aged respectively ten and twelve years.  The sad affair cause considerable excitement among our colored population.

Later—Coroner Gossman empanelled a jury and went to the house known as the “Flat Top” and held an inquest on the body of Mrs. Katie Knox, who committed suicide as above stated.  The physicians all agreed that the dose taken would not have caused death, but gave it their opinion that it was large enough, combined with nervous excitement, to carry the woman to her long home.  The jury, after hearing the evidence, gave and signed the following document:

We, the jury, find that Katie Knox (colored), aged thirty-four years, came to her death from an overdose of morphine by her own hand, free will and consent to depart from this earth.

(Signed)—Henry Winter, B. F. Whitaker, C. Lancaster, W. G. Casey, Lewis Lamontague, John Murphy, James K. Lane, Stephen Patterson, Charles Gillhofer, T. B. Ellis, William Wetzell.
The person who crossed the river in a skiff Saturday reports having seen the body of a large man floating past, and did not secure if, thinking that it would be caught by some fishermen, who were examining their lines some distance below, but it seems to have escaped their notice, as it was not secured.  The body appeared to be that of a white man, dressed in a suit of black cloth, and as it floated partly on the side, a white shirt front was seen.  Who was it?
Thursday, 24 Sep 1874:
WILLIAMSON COUNTY still continues to be the dark and bloody ground of southern
Illinois,.  The latest victim of its secret assassin was Mr. Stewart Culp, an esteemed citizen of East Six Mile Prairie, whose untimely taking off occurred on last Thursday morning.  Mr. Culp, on that morning, left his home in a wagon with a load of wheat which he intended to dispose of in DeSoto, Jackson County.  He reached his destination, sold the wheat and started for his home.  He never reached it alive.  When his team arrived at home its owner was found in the bed of the wagon, dead.  The mystery surrounding his death is as dark as that which envelope the murder of his unfortunate predecessors.  Mr. Culp was a justice of the peace in Williamson County, and since the midnight hanging of the old man Isaac Vancil, some two years since, had received several written warnings to leave the county, under pain of a similar fate.  These were disregarded and have been fearfully carried out.
MURDER—We learn that a man named
Anderson was killed at Tunnel Hill, on Sunday last, by a man named Peterson.  The murder was committed in a saloon, the skull being crushed in by a beer glass.
PARTICULARS OF KITTIE KNOX’S DEATH.—On Monday evening about 5 o’clock, she went to Schuh’s drug store and bought, as she thought, ten cents’ worth of morphine, came home and took about half of the powder, and in less than ten minutes from the time she took it she was dead.  She had no cause to commit suicide, and it was not her intention at the time she took the powder, as she was complaining of a severe pain in her side and had been for some time.
(Her Mother,) Lothie Goodleth
A FLOATER—A white male floater was picked up in the river yesterday, but the body was so badly decomposed, that it could not be identified.  There were some marks that seemed to indicate that the man had come to his death before being put in the water, and his pockets were turned inside out.  He had on brown jean pants, a thin white and black striped coat, a white shirt, drawers and socks, but no shoes.  He appeared to have been a man about five feet seven or eight inches high, and had black hair, cut pretty short.

The jury gave in and signed the following verdict:

We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of (unknown) on oath do find that he came to his death by causes unknown to the jurors.  Signed James Law, Robert A. Cunningham, William White, William Campbell, Sam Ullman, James Ryan, Robert West, P. Richey, Isaac Walder, W. D. Phillips, Alfred Comings, Thomas Ent.

Saturday, 26 Sep 1874:
Dreadful Apparition of a Drowned Man
His Spirit Seen at the Bar of a Saloon
Trepidations of Coroner Gossman and His Jurors

For some time past a gentleman by the name of T. P. Cunningham has been seen at intervals upon our streets.  He was popularly believed to be a doctor of some kind, and was reputed a broken down gentleman.  The knowing ones said he had owned a plantation and he himself vowed he was a gentleman, and gave as evidence the fact that he was a citizen of Louisiana.

Those who noticed him were sure he was saddest when he sang, and the same way when he was not singing.  Alderman Walderman knew from his own experience in the council, that Cunningham was predisposed to suicide; and when it was reported yesterday morning that Cunningham had drowned himself in the Ohio River, near Halliday’s Mill, the alderman remarked to a friend:  “I told you so.”
And as Coroner Gossman was called to sit on Cunningham’s body, he summoned Walder, J. Q. Robinson, Robert W. Miller, I. B. Hudson, James Mallory, William Smith and others as his jurors.
This jury sat and sat on the body and then returned a verdict that T. P. Cunningham had come to his death by drowning.  Sorrowfully the verdict was given and sorrowfully the jurors returned to their places of business.

As Alderman Walder was going to dinner he passed a saloon, and looking in, saw Dr. Cunningham gazing through the bottom of a tumbler at him—gazing with ghostly eyes.  Walder had been at the theatre the night before, and the tragical impulse was strong upon him.  So he threw himself into an attitude, and exclaimed:  “Be thou a minister of grace or goblin damned, bringing with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell, I’ll speak to thee, and call thee Cunningham, doctor of corns!”  Cunningham indicated in a few brief words that in his opinion Walder was crazy, and stalked with ghostly step out upon the street.

The news flew that the dead had come to life—that a ghost was abroad.  The police were in trepidation, and the mayor immediately called a special meeting of the council.  The two scandals were forgotten, and the devil was to pay.  After a while a spiritualist caught Cunningham, and proposed to have a séance with him, but C. denied the soft impeachment of death and cussed a little.

And then it came out that the jury had convicted the drowned man of being Cunningham when he was not guilty.  A broad smile passed over the public features, and the members of the jury are shipping citizens who ask them why they don’t drown men in better style.  Gossman says the next jury he has must kill its man or he will ________ the jurors.

Sunday, 27 Sep 1874:
A Braidwood miner named Charles Redmond, was killed on the 16th in
Joliet, on the Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Railroad track near the Hickory Creek bridge.  He was run over by the construction train, while walking on the track in an intoxicated condition.  The verdict of the coroner’s jury exonerates the railroad company from all blame.


Sunday, 4 Oct 1874:

At a communication of Cairo Lodge, No. 237, A. F. and A. M., September 18, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:

            Whereas, Our Grand Master above has taken from our midst a worthy brother, J. W. Storment, who died at his residence in Cairo on the eighteenth day of September last, and while we would hereby submit to the dispensation of an all wise Creator, yet under a deep sense of that afflicting and mournful visitation of providence, we fell it a debt we owe to the memory of our deceased brother to give some expression of our feelings in view of the occasion, and pay that tribute due to his memory, therefore,

            Resolved, That in the death of brother T. A. Storment, this lodge has lost a worthy brother master mason, and the community in which he lived a useful citizen, his bereaved wife and child an affectionate husband and fond parent.

            Resolved, That the members of this lodge tender to the bereaved family of our deceased brother, our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences.

            Resolved, That the members of this lodge wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days, and that the furniture of the lodge be clothed in mourning.

            Resolved, That a copy of this preamble and resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the lodge, and a copy forwarded to the Cairo Bulletin for publication, and a copy presented to the widow of our deceased brother.

Louis Jorgensen,

B. F. Blake,

H. K. Manwaring, Committee


Tuesday, 6 Oct 1874:
DIED SUDDENLY—Yesterday morning one of the deck hands of the steamer Paragon, then in this port—a white man named F. C. Henery (McHenery?)—died suddenly and was buried by Undertaker Carey.  He had been afflicted by terrible fits, which it is supposed, caused his death.  From letters found upon him, it appears that his home is in
Memphis, but nothing is known of his family.  He has a brother, J. W. McHenery, residing at Windsor, Morgan County, Ohio.
DEAD.—Mr. William Rollston, at one time connected with The Cairo Democrat, died a few days ago at Paducah, where he had lived for several years.  He was one of the founders of the daily and weekly Paducah News, and the editor of that paper at the time of his death.  He was an estimable gentleman, and his loss to it is regretted by the community in which he lived.
OBITUARY.—Mr. Charles Cavenaugh, brother of Mr. Charles Stuart, of the firm of Stuart & Gholson, departed this life, at Mr. Stuart’s residence on Sunday night.  The Sun, of last evening, says:  “Mr. Cavenaugh’s home was in Chicago.  About ten days ago he came here on a visit to his sister, whom he had not seen before for ten years.  He was suffering slightly when he came from paralysis, but he continued to move about until Sunday last, when he grew worse and died last night.  His mother, who is here, expected to return with him to Chicago today.  This is a sad and terrible stroke to all the relatives.  Mr. Cavenaugh was only about 21 years old, and was a young man of much promise.  The funeral services were attended from the residence and St. Patrick’s Church this afternoon, and the remains taken to Villa Ridge on the 3:30 train for interment.”

            (A marker in Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge reads:  “Charles Kavanagh Died Oct. 4, 1874, Cairo, in the 23rd year of life.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 7 Oct 1874:
DEATH OF JUDGE BROSS’ FATHER.—On Monday Judge Bross received news of the death of his venerable father, Anton Bross, at Achera, in the Grand Dukedom of Baden.  He was born at Achera in 1771 and was 97 years old at the time of his death.  His death resulted from a paralytic stroke.  He had taken his usual morning walk and had gone into his garden.  Stooping to pick up a prune from under a tree, he fell forward and instantly expired.
DIED—At the residence of his grandfather, Dr. A. J. Holden, on Monday at 5 ½ o’clock p.m. Robert Elmer Cully, the only son of Mrs. Alestia Cully.  The deceased was a bright and promising boy, of only five years of age.  The afflicted friends have the heartfelt sympathy of their friends in this city in the time of their trouble.
Thursday, 8 Oct 1874:

The attention of Governor Beveridge and the Republican party of this state is urgently called to the deplorable condition of affairs in southern Illinois.

A few days ago, citizens of Anna, Union County, received notice that they must discharge all the negroes in their employ and send the negroes out of the county or suffer the consequences.  These Ku-Klux demonstrations created not a little uneasiness in Anna, and fears are entertained that the threats were not made for an idle purpose.

A few days ago in Randolph County, masked men took out of his house in the night time, a negro man who had refused to obey a notice to leave the county, and tied him to a tree and flogged him.

In Williamson County lawlessness is running riot.  Almost every day a citizen is assassinated—shot down without warning on the public highway by concealed assassins.  Eight or ten persons have been murdered in cold blood, and no person has been punished.

If these events had happened in the South, all the people of the North would have been excited, and the Administration would have been urged to send troops to the lawless districts.  If these events had happened in Tennessee, and Gov. Brown had remained as passive as Gov. Beveridge has, he would have been denounced as the friend of the assassins.  But these outrages have been perpetrated in Radical Illinois—most of them in Radical counties—and nothing is said, nothing is done.  The press is silent and Gov. Beveridge continues to doze undisturbed in his official easy chair at Springfield.

Friday, 9 Oct 1874:
FOUND DEAD—Glover, the gunsmith, was well known to many of our citizens.  A few days ago he left the city to attend to some business he said required his attention near
Thebes.  Day before yesterday his dead body was found on Dickey’s Island, about seven miles above the city, on the Mississippi River.  Why he went to the island, how he came by his death, nobody knows. His body, stark in death, was found on the island; this is all that is known.  And thus ended Glover.

Sat5urday, 10 Oct 1874:
INJURED—Mr. Thomas J. McClure  a large farmer of Alexander County, was injured in a railroad accident that occurred near
Holly Springs, Mississippi.  It was reported in Cairo that he had been killed, but we have pleasure in saying that he was only slightly injured.
MR. GLOVER’S DEATH.—We have learned some of the particulars of the death of Mr. Glover, referred to in The Bulletin of yesterday.  Some time ago Mr. Glover removed to Dickey’s Island, taking with him his gun-making tools and fishing implements.  He had worked and fished upon the island for a couple of months.  A few days ago he was in Cairo in apparent good health, except that he was complaining of trouble in his lungs, and he returned to his island home in good spirits.  On the evening before his death a neighbor called upon him in his hermit-like residence and finding him sick, offered to take him to Cairo.  Mr. Glover refused this offer, saying he would be all right in the morning.  During that night he was attacked by a congestive chill and death resulted before morning.  Mr. Glover was 56 years, 9 months at the time of his death.  He was a gentleman respected by all who knew him, and the news of his sudden death shocked the entire community.

Sunday, 11 Oct 1874:
A murderer was arrested in
White County near Norris City a day or two ago.  The murder was committed in Mississippi, Alcorn County, in December last, and is said to have been a foul and atrocious character.  Wilson the murderer, has a wife and five children who are left destitute among strangers.
Two Children Burned to Death in a Hotel at
Columbus, Ky.
A Female Fiend—A Pitiable Scene

Some weeks ago a woman calling herself Bridget Malhoney applied to Dr. Jackson of Columbus, Kentucky, a few miles below this place, for the place of cook.  Employment was given her, and for a short while she gave satisfaction.  A few days ago the doctor noticed some irregularities in her life, and notified her that she must look out for another home.  This appeared to infuriate her beyond control—the pent up devil in her nature burst forth in a fury of passion that sent the doctor scampering for the police, and the family of an asylum of safety.  When he returned, Bridget had departed, leaving his mirrors and furniture a wreck.  It appears that from a mistaken kindness, she was not prosecuted, but allowed to depart unmolested.  From his residence she went to the hotel or boarding house kept by an estimable German Catholic named Switzher, near the M. & O. railroad.  She easily imposed herself upon the good nature of this lady, and was permitted to stop with her, paying her board in work.  She behaved badly again and Mrs. S. discharged her.  Instead of going off, however, she went up into Mrs. S.’s room (immediately after breakfast) and sent for this lady from the dining room.  When she got into her presence she commenced to abuse her in a most shameful manner.  Mrs. Switzher tried to quiet her and expressed sympathy for her.  Bridget told her that she had better sympathize with herself and made at her.  Mrs. S. rushed down stairs, leaving her three children, consisting of a little boy four years old, two daughters aged respectively six and ten in the room.  The oldest says that the two children were in bed with the mosquito bar fastened down around it and that Bridget deliberately took the lamp and saturated the bed and children with coal oil and fired it.

Before assistance could reach them the passage was a solid sheet of flame, and the two children were burned with the house and most of the furniture.  The fiend is in prison and the poor mother nearly distracted with grief at her terrible loss.

Tuesday, 13 Oct 1874:
The report that old Hughey Kimball, recently deceased, buried $800 in gold coin on
Dickey Island, five miles above Cairo is contradicted.  Parties who claim to have been familiar with the old man’s financial standing, say that he died quite penniless.  Per contra, the other parties insist that during the past three years the old man had made at least three dollars for every one that he expended.
Mr. Will Rusk, son of Capt. Rusk, commander of the
Indiana, died of typhoid fever, last Saturday night, soon after the Indiana left Memphis.  He was only slightly ill when the boat left New Orleans, and a physician informed him that there was no danger and advised him to come up on the boat.  Just below Memphis another physician was called, who pronounced the disease typhoid fever, and did all he could to save his life, but without avail.  Mr. Rusk was a promising young man about 18 years of age, and was employed on the Indiana in the capacity of striker, as he was learning engineering.  The bereaved parents have our sympathy in this great affliction.

Wednesday, 14 Oct 1874:

The fact that George W. Smith, of Massac County, had been kidnapped and taken into Tennessee, to answer to a charge of murder, was duly reported in the Republican also that Gov. Beveridge had demanded of Gov. Brown, of Tennessee, the release of Smith and the arrest of the kidnappers, R. K. Ward, and M. L. Williams.  A letter from Gov. Brown was received at the executive office today.  He recites the fact that Smith committed murder, and being arraigned before a rebel court-martial, was discharged because that court could not take jurisdiction of the case.  He admits that the arrest was in violation of law, but hopes, as there was no intention of disrespect, Gov. Beveridge will overlook the matter.  Gov. Beveridge replied, insisting that Smith be released and the kidnappers be arrested and sent to this state for trial.
A horrible murder was committed last Thursday near Lawrenceville, in this State, evidently for the purpose of robbery.  The murdered man was named Thomas Collins.  The Vincennes Sun says:  “Mr. Collins was murdered in his bed.  He was struck on the head with a club, and his skull crushed.  His wife sleeping in the same room but not in the same bed, was aroused about
one o’clock by the loud breathing of her husband and discovered him covered with blood and in an unconscious condition.  He died in a few minutes.  Several hundred dollars which Mr. Collins carried about his person were found to be missing.  Of course the community was greatly shocked, and every effort was at once made to discover the murderer.  Suspicion was directed against a son of Mr. Collins and the verdict of the coroner’s jury was such as to warrant his arrest.  He was at once arrested and is now in prison at Lawrenceville.”

Matthew Joyner, many years ago a resident of
Cairo, but now a farmer living near Stone Fort, has been sorely afflicted recently.  Three of his children died within a period of ten days.  He was so devoted to his children that this blow well nigh crushes him.

(Matthew Joyner married Nancy Parker on 27 Jan 1850, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Of the recent accident on the Cairo & St. Louis railroad the Murphysboro New Era says:

The 5:20 train on the C. & St. L. railroad left this station on time last Thursday morning.  This train meets a coal train on the Lewis switch, about three miles from this city.  This coal train, as usual, had run on the side track, but the brakeman who was handling the switch, left the switch open and as the passenger came up it ran off the track, ditching the engine and mail car.  The fireman, Mr. Mitchell Morgan, was on the outside rubbing the brass work on the boiler when the accident occurred, and when the engine turned over it fell upon Mr. Mitchell, crushing his head and killing him instantly.  The engineer jumped and came off with little injury.  The conductor, who happened to be on the tender when the accident occurred, was dumped with the coal into the ditch, but was not seriously injured.  As soon as the accident occurred, the recreant brakeman broke for the woods, and has not been heard from since.  The sheriff, Mr. Hanks, offers $25 for his capture.
MAN, named William Carter, was found dead in his bed, last Monday, in a small house occupied by his sister-in-law, in the rear of Mrs. Clavin’s.  Coroner Gossman summoned a jury, which, after hearing the testimony of the witnesses, decided that the man had died of heart disease.  He had been cook on the steamer Thompson Dean, and was at the time of his death, first violinist in the cotillion band bearing the boat’s name.  No effects being found about the body, the remains were buried at the expense of the county.

Friday, 16 Oct 1874:
A man by the name of John Winters killed another by the name of Enoch Musgrove, at
New Haven, last Tuesday.  Winters bears a hard name and has for a long time said he was going to kill someone if he had to kill himself.  It is reported that they had a falling out something over a year ago, in which Musgrove got the best of the bargain, and that Winters had sworn to have vengeance. Winters was under the influence of liquor at the time he did the deed.—Carmi Times

Saturday, 17 Oct 1874:
Further Correspondence Between Gov. Beveridge and Gov. Brown, of
(From the State Register, 14th)

A week or ten days ago we noted in these columns the fact that one George W. Smith, of Massac County, this state, had been kidnapped and taken to Henry County, Tennessee, where, it is alleged an indictment for murder is pending against him.  Also the fact that the attention of Gov. Beveridge had been called to the matter, and that he had demanded of Gov. Brown of Tennessee, the return of Smith and the arrest and delivery to the state authorities of the kidnappers, E. K. Ward and M. L. Williams.  On Saturday last, Gov. Beveridge received a reply to these demands.  Gov. Brown responds by relating the fact of the alleged murder, the arraignment of Smith to be tried by court, the dismissal of the case because it was not one of a character that could properly be tried by that kind of a tribunal and his subsequent flight, arrest and abduction.  He admits that he was arrested and taken beyond the limits of the state without authority of law, but hopes that inasmuch as there can be no doubt about the murder, and as there was “no intentional violation of the laws of Illinois,” that Governor Beveridge can find it compatible with his sense of official duty to blink the matter, as he (Brown) has “frequently done in such cases.”

To this remarkable effusion Gov. Beveridge very properly replies, in substance, that he “can’t see it in that light” that a citizen of Illinois is unlawfully deprived of his liberty by the action of these Tennesseans, and that a law of this state has been set at defiance by them.  He closes by renewing his demand for the return of Smith to the state and for the arrest and delivery to the state authorities of Ward and Williams, the kidnappers.

Friday, 23 Oct 1874:
Ernst Grindler Poisons Himself

Ernest Grindler, a German plasterer, committed suicide on Wednesday evening and was buried yesterday.  The unfortunate man was addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors.  His appetite had gained complete mastery of his will and all his efforts to discontinue the use of strong drink had failed.  He had become a burden to himself and family, and no doubts concluded that it was his duty to shuffle off the mortal coil.  On Wednesday afternoon he called at the grocery store of his son and bade him good bye.  When asked where he was going, he said, “I am going away.”  The son believing he had no intention to do himself any injury or leave the city, did not pay much attention to him.  Mr. Grindler then went to his house, above the convent, and bade his wife good bye, telling her he was going away.  He then went under a shed in the yard and laid down.  Mrs. Grindler happened to pass by him in about an hour after he laid down, and noticed that he was breathing in an unusual manner.  She tried to arouse him, but unsuccessfully.  In alarm she summoned her son, and called in Dr. Blau, who at once discovered that Mr. Grindler had taken an overdose of opium.  All efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he died about seven o’clock.  Coroner Gossman was notified and summoned a jury at midnight.  The verdict was that the deceased came to his death from an overdose of poison administered by himself.  A piece of paper was found in his pocket on which was written the words:  “Opium, 1 ounce.”
Sunday, 25 Oct 1874:
DIED—In this city at
8 o’clock a.m. yesterday, 24th inst., Mr. John N. Patton, aged 41 years.  The funeral services will be held at 1 o’clock today, at his late residence, on Seventh Street.  The remains will be taken to Louisville for interment.  On Tuesday morning we will endeavor to publish a brief sketch of the life of the deceased.
Tuesday, 27 Oct 1874:
DIED.—Yesterday morning at 11 ½ o’clock in this city, Mary
Bell Waugh, in the twentieth year of her age.  Funeral services at 1 o’clock.
OBITUARY.—JOHN NORRIS PATTON.—In The Bulletin of Sunday was noticed of the death of John Norris Patton, Esq., of this city.  Mr. Patton, the subject of this sketch, was born at Freedom Forge, Mifflin County, Pa., on the 12th day of December, A.D. 1833.  He was of Irish (line missing) country from County Sligo, Ireland, settling in Philadelphia.  During the Revolutionary War, this ancestor of the deceased served with honor as Brigadier General, equipping, at his own expense, the first volunteer regiment from Philadelphia.

The father of the deceased was an iron master in Pennsylvania, of large and extended reputation.  He was accidentally killed at Winchester, in Virginia.

Mr. Patton has been long and favorably known to the greater part of our citizens, having settled in Cairo in the year 1854, since which time till his death he was intimately identified with our city’s welfare and interest.  During his lifetime, Mr. Patton held various positions of trust and responsibility in our midst, in all of which he acquitted himself with honor and uprightness.  He was employed as Deputy Surveyor of the port under Col. John S. Hacker.  Also as clerk in the post office with Bryan Shannessy, as postmaster; was for some years a member of the firm of Dan Able & Co., and, at the time of his death and for several years previous, was connected with the well-known house of G. D. Williamson & Co.
In all the relations of life, John N. Patton was a genial, kind-hearted gentleman, sincere in his friendship, upright in his dealings with all men, possessed of tact, honesty, shrewdness, and withal bearing the burden of ill health with patience and cheerfulness most exemplary.

He was also a sincere Christian, and departed this life surrounded by the loving care and attention of a devoted wife and affectionate and kind friends, in the full hope of a life where
“Sickness and sorrow, pain and death
Are felt and feared no more”

His wife and sisters have, in this trying moment, the sympathies of a large circle of friends and acquaintances, by whom his loss is regretted and his death deeply mourned.
Saturday, 31 Oct 1874:
Dongola News –Died, on Wednesday, the 28th inst., of puerperal fever, Mrs. Penrod, wife of David Penrod, Esq.  The public heartily sympathizes with the husband and family in their affliction.


Sunday, 1 Nov 1874:
Saline County has improved on Williamson.  The latter has a band of midnight murderers and secret assassins—the former has a company of "regulators" who give a certain number of lashes to anyone who may happen to offend them.  A few nights since they called at the house of a man named Summers, gave him ninety lashes, with the information that if his conduct in the future did not suit them they would call again and repeat the operation.  The "regulators" then went to the house of other men whom they lectured, without offering any violence.  The Saline County Chronicle wants to see the "regulators" suppressed.
DIED.—Yesterday morning, at the residence of Mr. P. Chaney, Thomas Doan, aged 26 years.  A special train will leave the corner of Fourteenth Street and Levee for Villa Ridge at half past two o'clock today.
The deceased was an exemplary young man, cousin of John and Patrick Clancy; only about two years from the old country.  His death was very sudden.  He worked all day Friday, went to bed at eight o'clock, of what was supposed to be heart disease, as he died without waking his brother, who slept with him.

Tuesday, 3 Nov 1874:
FUNERAL OBSEQUES—The following societies marched in procession Sunday morning to the
A.M.E. Church, to participate in the funeral services of William Harris, recently deceased:  The Free Benevolent Sons of America; the United Brothers of Lincoln Lodge No. 5.  The deceased was a member of the Free Benevolent Sons of America.  The funeral service was preached by Rev. F. Meyer, by request of the members of the association.
Friday, 6 Nov 1874:
FUNERAL—The funeral of William Boge was attended by the Casino Society to the number of forty-three, with sixty-one in line.  These organizations were followed by a large number of friends of the family of the deceased, headed by the Delta City Band, which played a funeral dirge while passing through the streets.  The remains were taken to Villa Ridge, by a special train, for burial.
DEATH.—Capt. Thomas Wright, father of Mrs. W. P. Halliday and W. P. Wright, Esq., died suddenly at
Memphis yesterday morning.  Mrs. W. P. Halliday left on the morning train to attend the funeral.  Mrs. Henry Halliday bore her company on her sad mission.

Saturday, 7 Nov 1874:
CORRECTION.—In The Bulletin of yesterday, we asserted that Capt. Thomas W. Wright, of
Memphis, deceased, was the father of W. P. Wright of this city.  Captain Wright was the uncle, not the father of Mr. Wright.
THANKS—MR. EDITOR—I desire to return to the Arab Fire Company, and to the other citizens of Cairo who assisted at the funeral ceremonies of my late husband, William Boge, my heartfelt thanks.  I will cherish in my memory a grateful remembrance of their kindness.
Mrs. Boge.
INSURED.—William Boge, lately deceased, held a life insurance policy of one thousand dollars in the Germania Life Insurance Company of New York.  We hear that Mr. Rainhold V. Belzner, their agent in the city, will pay the amount on demand.  This promptness is in keeping with the reputation of this reliable life insurance company.
Dongola Items—William Bradley, living some six miles east of here, near Friendship Church, had a four-year-old child burned to death on last Saturday.  Mr. Bradley was away from home and the mother left the child and a younger one alone, while she went some distance to a spring for water.  During her absence the child's clothing caught fire.  It ran a short distance towards the spring and fell, and appearance indicate that it had crawled further on, as it had scratched and torn up the ground in its agony.  The clothing was burned entirely off it before the mother reached the place and it died in a short time after she had carried it to the house.

            (The Saturday, 7 Nov 1874, Jonesboro Gazette reported that a 4-year-old son of William Bradley died of burns on Saturday, 31 Oct 1874.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 8 Nov 1874:
Mrs. J. C. Taylor, of
Benton, Franklin County, was killed a few days ago while riding in a buggy, by the falling of a tree.  She was struck on the forehead and died instantly.  Her little son, who was with her in the vehicle, escaped uninjured.

            (The Saturday, 7 Nov 1874, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Mrs. I. C. Taylor was killed by a falling limb on 29 Oct 1874.—Darrel Dexter)

RAILROAD ACCIDENT.—Yesterday morning a most distressing accident occurred on the Cairo and St. Louis railroad track, about ten miles from the city.  The construction train had been stopped by the man in charge when within about half a mile of the point to which the rails have been laid.  A man named John Coyne, an employee of the road, supposed it to be the intention that the train should go no further, and jumped off.  But the engineer whistled on brakes and Coyne attempted to jump on again, when he missed his footing and fell between the rails, one truck of a car containing fifty bars of iron passing over his body.  Before the truck reached him he was drawn by a companion from the track.  Both legs were found to be in a fearfully crushed and mangled condition.

The train was stopped as soon as possible, the wounded man was placed on board and brought to the city, and sent without delay to the St. Mary's infirmary.

In the absence of Dr. Wardner, infirmary physician, Dr. H. J. Stalker, was called to attend to Coyne.  The doctor found the patient too weak to undergo the ordeal of an amputation, and gave him morphine and other quieting potions to ease his sufferings.  Father Hoppe, pastor of the German Catholic church, administered the last rites of the church to Coyne.

Dr. Wardner, who returned to the city yesterday afternoon, believes he cannot survive.

The sisters are unremitting in their attention to the sufferer.

Tuesday, 10 Nov 1874:
The trial of McDonald for the killing of Brush at
Carbondale last fall, is now in progress at Pinckneyville.
A SAD DEATH.—A man named John Conlon, in an apparently very feeble condition, got on board a boat at Memphis a few days ago and took passage to St. Louis.  On Saturday night, Conlon, gave his money, eighteen dollars, to the engineer, Mr. Wolf, to keep for him, and went and laid down under the boiler.  After the arrival of the vessel at
Cairo he was found there, cold in death.  A jury was impaneled by Coroner Gossman on Sunday evening, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts.  From papers found upon his body it is supposed he was a resident of Fayette County, Illinois.
SHOOTING AFFRAY—A few weeks ago, Charles Wilson and Jerry Henderson, the former brakeman on the Miss. Central R. R., and the latter a farmer living near Ft. Jefferson, Ky., had a quarrel growing out of the refusal of Wilson to pay a small amount of money he owed to Henderson, but which he claimed to have paid once.  On Saturday, the two men met at a grocery (line missing) was renewed, and after a few words had passed between the two men,
Henderson drew his revolver and lodged two shots in the body of Wilson.  Up to two o'clock yesterday he was still alive, but no hopes were entertained of his recovery.
Henderson disappeared immediately after the shooting.  Yesterday afternoon the sheriff of Ballard County gave a description of him to Sheriff Irvin, who is now on the lookout for him.  Captain Gilman, of the ferry Three States, says that Henderson was on his boat on Saturday afternoon, but he is not certain whether he got off at Bird's Point or Cairo.

Wednesday, 11 Nov 1874:
Mrs. Smith, wife of Uncle Dick Smith, mate of the
Cairo City wharfboat, died Monday evening.  Uncle Dick has our sympathy in his trouble.
Saturday, 14 Nov 1874:
The McDonald trial ended at Pinckneyville on Thursday.  The jury were out fifteen hours and returned a verdict of manslaughter, and fixed the penalty at three years in the penitentiary.

Sunday, 15 Nov 1874:
McDonald, who killed Brush at
Carbondale, some time ago, tried at Pinckneyville last week, and sentenced to imprisonment in the penitentiary for three years.  He was defended by Judge Mulkey and F. E. Albright, Esq., and to their skill he owes his neck.  It was believed by almost every person familiar with the facts of the case that he would be found guilty of murder.

Mrs. Helen Meehan, mother of James and Thomas Meehan, died at the residence of the former early Saturday morning, on Washington Avenue, between Twelfth and Thirteenth streets.  The funeral will take place from the house of the same at half past 1 o'clock p.m. today.  The train leaves the foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 p.m. for Villa Ridge.  The friends of the family are invited to attend.

Wednesday, 18 Nov 1874:

Some time ago Gov. Beveridge received a communication from Henry D. Carter, an old gentleman living in Williamson County, asking gubernatorial protection of the persons and property of certain citizens of that county against Ku Klux lawlessness.  The communication sets forth, that on the night of the 23d October, last, the house of the said Henry D. Carter was visited by a party of fifteen or twenty men in disguise who ordered him and his family to leave the county within forty days, or suffer the penalty of having his and their necks broken.  A fight thereupon took place, says Mr. Carter, and "twenty-two balls were lodged in the side of his house."  This demonstration and threats to burn the house of the Carters failing to make the family abscond, a convention of the Ku Klux was held in County Line Church, and Henry D. Carter, Henry E. Carter, James M. Carter and sons of James Carter were formally ordered to wind up their business within thirty days and leave the county.  Mr. Carter gives the names of the Ku Klux who held this convention, fifty-two in number.

The governor has referred this communication to the State's Attorney of Williamson and suggests to him that he shall investigate the matter.  The governor promises to aid the sheriff in enforcing the law and protecting life, person and property.  "The spirit of our government," says Governor Beveridge, "is that the people of a county, through the officers of the law and the courts, shall protect themselves; and when this cannot be done, it becomes the duty of the sheriff to call upon the executive, and it is his constitutional duty to aid the sheriff with the power of the state.  I shall gladly aid the authorities of your county in suppressing any kind of lawlessness and disorder, and bringing guilty parties to punishment."

It is high time that something were being done in the interest of the law and order in Williamson.  There is no part of the South that has been disgraced by lawlessness more outrageous.  Ku-kluxism has been rampant in that county for years and assassinations have been almost weekly occurrence. 

Notwithstanding this fact, the guilty parties have been permitted to escape punishment. The officers of the law have acted as if they were afraid to do their duty, and the press has condemned with bated breath the murderous villains who have brought disgrace upon not only Williamson County but all of southern Illinois.  We hope and pray the proper authorities will now proceed to do their duty and suppress the rascals who have for so long a time in security and without fear of the penalties of the law scourged and murdered their neighbors.

Thursday, 19 Nov 1874:
Attention is again called to
Williamson County.  A man of the name of J. C. Clark, writes to The Marion Monitor that, being feeble and unable to do hard work, his friends procured him a situation as teacher of the negro school at Marion.  "Since I have been teaching," he says, "I have had many attacks from my enemies, who swear that no man shall live in this neighborhood and teach the negroes.  Some have told me I would not live to get one month taught.  I feel that I am in danger of my life."  From the "tone" of Clark's letter we are induced to believe he is a whiner, and that he is in no great danger.  But there should be to him and other teachers of colored children no danger at all, and the fact that threats have been made against him in a county like Williamson may be a sufficient cause for nervousness on his part.  The men who threaten to kill in Williamson County also kill.  We shall watch the future of Clark with a careful eye, and if he dies in the cause of colored education, shall erect a monument to his memory.  We died (politically) in the cause some time ago, and shall welcome Clark heartily when he also becomes a sacrifice for the "man and brother."
A Floater

Coroner Gossman sat on a floater yesterday morning at the ferry landing.  The body was that of a man apparently forty-five years of age and had been in the water ten days or two weeks.  There was nothing on the person by which the unfortunate man's name could be determined.  It is believed he fell off a steamboat, but this is only a surmise.  He was well dressed.  A bunch of keys and twenty-six dollars and eighty-five cents were found in his pocket.  Feith buried him.  Rest his soul.
Death of Mrs. Mary Ann Webb

This venerable lady, wife of Col. Henry L. Webb, and mother of Hon. H. Watson Webb, of this city, died at Makanda, Union County, yesterday, in the seventy-eighth year of her age.  Mrs. Webb was a sister of Judge Edmonds, of New York, and was born at Columbia County, in that State. Fifty-five years ago, before Alexander County was established, Col. Webb and his wife removed from New York to America in this State.  Here they lived for many years, Mrs. Webb being respected by all who knew her and loved by the hundred upon whom her kindness showered blessings.  During forty years she was a consistent member of a Christian church, and on her deathbed admonished her children and grandchildren who were gathered around her, to so live that they might meet her in heaven.  She will be buried at Jonesboro, on Saturday next, at 10 o'clock.

Saturday, 21 Nov 1874:
Mr. and Mrs. Watson Webb and Miss Mollie Webb, left yesterday afternoon for Jonesboro to attend the funeral services of Mr. Webb's mother, whose remains will be interred at that place this morning.  They will return to
Cairo tonight.
Tuesday, 24 Nov 1874:

Mrs. Roberts, wife of Mr. T. J. Roberts, president of the Labor Reform Party, died very suddenly Sunday morning.  A coroner's jury was summoned and rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to her death from an unknown cause.  The funeral services were held at the Catholic church, and the remains were then conveyed to Villa Ridge, where they were interred yesterday afternoon.

Mrs. R. W. Dugan, who for the past year has been afflicted with consumption, died at Covington, Kentucky, yesterday afternoon.

Wednesday, 25 Nov 1874:
From the St. Louis Evening Republican of Monday we learn that Dr. Moran, father-in-law of Senator Thomas S. Casey, of
Jefferson County, is deceased.  The funeral took place yesterday.  The Republican says:  "Dr. Moran was one of the oldest citizens of Springfield having settled there in 1840, since which time he became eminent in his profession.  He was born in Ireland and aged 74 at the time of his decease.  He was a personal friend of President Lincoln, and what was peculiar, an original Abolitionist, though a devout Catholic."

Saturday, 5 Dec 1874:
A Desperate Fight for Life with an Infuriated Madman
One Man Fatally Stabbed and Another Badly Hurt

(Special Dispatch to the
St. Louis Globe.)

CHESTER, ILL., December 2.—At Irvington, Washington County, Ill., a small town on the Illinois Central Railroad, a few days since occurred a frightful tragedy.

The conductor of the northward-bound freight train put off a man who appeared to be laboring under temporary insanity, with the request that he be closely looked after, as he was not in the condition to take care of himself.

The man was taken to the railroad station by A. L. Marsh and C. Rohman, but sometime after midnight the lunatic made his escape, and made a terrible effort to break into the residence of Mrs. Barton.  Again he was taken back to the station house by Marsh, Rohman, John M. Driver and J. L. Womack, who bolted the doors of the station house, remaining on the inside with the madman.  The madman seemed not to be satisfied with this kind of procedure, and drew a pocket knife and advanced toward Driver, saying, "I will kill you, or you must kill me."

Driver attempted to pacify the madman, when he struck at him with the knife, but Driver evaded the blow.  The madman next turned to Marsh, who was sitting near the door and stabbed him in the throat, the blade entering to the right of the windpipe, and passing out on the left side of the neck behind the jugular vein.  Marsh sank to the floor, saying, "Boys, he has killed me."

Leaving Marsh, with fiend-like ferocity the madman sprang toward Womack, who dodged his first blow, and cinched the terrible fiend closely around the wrist, but he was a large, powerful man and much more than a match for his intended victim, and soon succeeded in getting his right arm free, and commenced to stab Womack in the back and head, who cried to Driver to "knock him down, he is killing me."  Driver procured a crowbar, and made an attempt to strike the madman, but he, with wonderful presence of mind, managed to keep Womack between himself and DriverDriver still made for Womack's antagonist, but the blow intended for the madman fell with terrible force on Womack's right hand, crushing it completely, rendering Womack helpless, who let go his adversary, who then sprang at Driver and was received with a blow from the crowbar across the left side of his head, which brought him senseless to the floor.

After this juncture of affairs, Driver and Rohman started out for help, leaving Marsh, Womack and the maniac lying upon the floor.  But scarcely had they left when the madman recovered himself, and seeing his knife upon the floor started for it, and Womack, anticipating his intentions, secured an iron poker and again commenced the combat for life.  Womack this time had equal chances and fought with the knowledge that his life was at stake.  Six times the demon advanced toward Womack, and six times he was brought to the floor.  Help soon came, and the insane man made his escape and the next morning was found near the Baptist church, almost frozen to death, having stripped himself of nearly all of his clothing.  His wounds were dressed, after which a warrant was issued, and the unfortunate wretch was committed to jail.  Young Marsh received every attention at the hands of his friends, but died the next day, Wednesday, November 25, and at 5 o'clock, Thursday morning, his murderer breathed his last.  Womack's injuries were not serious, and he will soon recover.  What a fearful night was that at Irvington railroad station, and, no doubt, it will long be remembered by the people of that place.

Sunday, 6 Dec 1874:

Died, on Thursday, 3rd inst., Willie, son of John and Mary Cannon, aged 4 months and 2 weeks.  Funeral services today, at the residence of the parents, Tenth Street between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street.  Funeral will leave the house at half past 2 p.m.  Remains will be buried at Villa Ridge.  Friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.

Tuesday, 8 Dec 1874:

Gupton, the man who murdered Eschbach in this city in the early past of last summer and who got a change of venue to Johnson County, will have his trial sometime during the session of the circuit court of that county, which is now in progress at Vienna.  This is looked upon as the most important trial that will take place, and will attract a good deal of attention.
Sunday,13 Dec 1874:
Trial Postponed.

The trial of Gupton, the man who killed Eschbach, which was to have taken place at the session of the Johnson County circuit court now in progress at Vienna, has been postponed, for some reason which we could not learn, until the next term of court.  This looks as if Gupton's counsel were fishing for something which they should not have.  The murder committed by Gupton was one of the most atrocious ever known in this county, and he should suffer for it.

The funeral services of Captain Falls will take place at the Church of the Redeemer at half past one o'clock this afternoon, after which the remains will be taken to a special train at the foot of Tenth Street, that will leave for Beech Grove Cemetery at half past two.
Murderer Arrested.

John F. Hower, the man who murdered Keene, in Kentucky, and then made his escape last spring, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Cain at Decatur, Illinois, last Thursday, brought back to this city yesterday morning and lodged in the county jail.  From the time the murder was committed until very lately Sheriff Irvin has been making inquiries as to the whereabouts of Hower, but was unable to learn anything about him, until a few days ago, when he received information to the effect that a man answering the description of Hower was working on a farm fifteen miles from Decatur.  Cain was seen at Decatur immediately, and on Thursday succeeded in caging his man.
Captain Falls.

Capt. Walter Falls, whose death occurred in this city Friday morning, was born in Tempo, Fermanaugh County, Ireland, in 1814, and came to Cairo in 1835.  For years after he kept a hotel on the wharfboat Ellen Kirkman, we think.  In 1841 or '42 he went up the Arkansas on a trading expedition in a keel boat, and it proved successful.  Returning in '44 or ‘45, he moved his wharfboat to Ohio City, on the Missouri shore, where he afterwards owned a store, which he held until 1861.  At the breaking out of the war he abandoned that enterprise and bought a little farm above Bird's Point, on which he resided until 1872, when he moved to this city, as the farm had all washed into the river.  He owned considerable property in this city, and still owns a valuable farm in his native county in Ireland, near the Loch Erne.  Everybody who ever had anything to do with Cairo knew Capt. Falls, and he had not a single known enemy in the world.
Wednesday, 16 Dec 1874:

Mr. J. C. Clark is a gentleman who lives in Williamson County.  Not long since, Mr. Clark lost five ax handles and concluding that they had been stolen, made a remark to that effect the probably added something about administering punishment to the thief if he could catch him.  The editor of the Marion Democrat, on the lookout for an item, chronicled the loss of Mr. Clark's ax handles in the following playful style:

"Mr. J. C. Clark, residing a mile of town, lost six ax handles on last Tuesday morning.  The chap who borrowed them had better fotch them back, or he will get whipped for we heard Clark say so.  Clark takes the Democrat and means business."

The Democrat man didn't know it but when he wrote that item he threw a fire brand which inflamed Mr. Clark with passion.  Mr. Clark is a true blue resident of Williamson County, who doesn't propose to be trifled with.  He immediately rushed into print in "the other paper."  He wrote:

"The article seems to me to be a slur.  He says "residing a mile of town,"—certainly definite—and seems to throw something at our grammar.  Well, I made use of no such expression as "fotch;" and as to me making a threat of any kind whatever, about the ax handles is a lie.  I am not 'on the muscle,' but if Brown thinks to ridicule me through his dirty sheet, I will try to give him as good as he sends.  I have received two copies of his highly interesting (?) sheet, and find my name used in one of them in connection with a downright, mean, malicious lie."

In conclusion, Mr. Clark says again he is not "on the muscle" but intimates it will not take much to put him on.  The trouble with Mr. Clark is that he can't appreciate humor.  The editor of the Marion Democrat, if he wishes to save his neck, will have to adopt the plan of an illustrious humorist who has gone before him, and label his funny articles, "this is sarkasm."
Another Murder and Another Mystery
An Attempt to Assassinate an Ex Sheriff in His Own House

(Special Correspondence to The Bulletin.)

CARBONDALE, December 15, 1874.

Ed. Bulletin:—People had supposed that a reformation had taken place to Williamson County, as there had been no murders committed for the past seven weeks, and but few shots fired from ambush for nearly a fortnight.  Occasionally one of our citizens would venture to Marion without first making his will and appointing his administrator.  The long period that elapsed since the last murder gave us great hopes that an armistice had been entered into, which would last until after the holidays.  But amidst our rejoicing over the prospects of speedy civilization, our joy was brought suddenly to an end on Saturday night last.  A large armed force entered our city about 12 o’clock at night in search of a doctor to go at once to the residence of George Sisney, ex-sheriff of Williamson County.  About 9 o’clock in the evening he, his wife and a son of William Hindman, were seated at the table playing dominoes, when some one upon the war path approached the house and fired a double barreled shotgun loaded with buckshot through the window.  The shot took effect in the muscles of Mr. Sisney’s right arm above the elbow, carrying away nearly all the flesh and leaving the bare bone.  Several shot entered his body, but a large portion of them passed through his vest and shirt bosom, completely riddling his garments.  Young Hindman received some of the shot in his side and neck, and rumor says that he died yesterday evening about 4 o’clock.  He was spending the evening with Sisney.  He is only thirteen years of age. 

Mr. Sisney’s recovery is considered doubtful.  Sisney was a strong sympathizer with the Russells and bitterly opposed to the Bulliner family.  Where this will end God only knows.  Parties have visited Carbondale and ordered directly from St. Louis double barrel shotguns—swearing vengeance and boldly declaring that fun has only begun.  I will keep your readers posted—will report all battles and the number of killed and wounded.

Funeral of Capt. Walter Falls.

The funeral of Capt. Walter Falls was postponed from Sunday afternoon until yesterday afternoon, his brother-in-law, Mr. Thomas Robinson, and wife, of Philadelphia, having telegraphed that they would arrive in Cairo on Monday morning.  The funeral services were performed at the Church of the Redeemer, Rector Gilbert officiating.  At the conclusion of the services, the body was placed in the hearse by the pall bearers, who were all prominent citizens, and taken to the express office, followed by many friends.  The remains will be taken to Philadelphia and buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Capt. Falls was a resident of Cairo from 1834 until the day of his death, and had among our citizens many warm personal friends, who regret his sudden and unexpected death.  The captain was a gentleman of quiet manners and kind heart.  He had retired from active life, and had a competency to make comfortable his declining years.

Thursday, 17 Dec 1874:
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Gilbert died yesterday morning.  We console with the parents in their bereavement.

In this city at 10 o'clock, a.m., December 16th, 1874, Kate Riley, infant daughter of William B. and Kate Barry Gilbert.
We dressed our sleeping baby

In robes as white as snow,
For the tiny, spotless casket

That waited her below;
And out of the darkened chamber

We went with saddest moan—
To the height of the sinless angels

Our little one had flown.

Friday, 18 Dec 1874:

At Mound City, Ill., December 17, 1874, at 9:30 a.m., D. H. Carter.  Funeral from residence of George W. Carter, Esq., December 18th, at 1 o'clock, p.m. C. & V. railroad train will leave Cairo for Mound City at 12:15 noon.
Mr. Robinson, brother-in-law of the late Capt. Falls, returned to Philadelphia yesterday to make arrangements for removing to
Cairo, where he intends making his home for the future.  It had been thought, and so reported, that Capt. Falls had not made a will, and that there would be some difficulty in settling the estate, but a will has been found, complete in all its details, in which he makes his sister, Mrs. Robinson, his sole heir, and her husband executor of the estate.

Saturday, 19 Dec 1874:
John A. McClellan, a young man of
White County, foolishly cut his throat a few days ago and went over on the other side.  He is in the first sphere, and is sawing wood for a living.  The work is hard, he says; and he feels an inclination to cut his throat again and die into another sphere where the work is easier.
Tuesday, 22 Dec 1874:
Death of Louis H. Jorgenson

It is our sorrowful task to record the death of Louis H. Jorgenson of this city, which occurred at his residence corner of Nineteenth Street and Washington Avenue, yesterday morning a few minutes before eight o'clock.  The disease which terminated in his death was hemorrhage of the bowels, and was contracted during the late excursion of the Knights Templar to New Orleans, in which Mr. Jorgenson, who was a prominent Mason, took an active part.  He was somewhat indisposed prior to going on that trip, but the excitement and requirements of the occasion no doubt stimulated him to undue exertion.  On Friday after his return to Cairo, he succumbed to his disease and took his bed, which he did not leave again in life.

To the citizens of Cairo, most of whom had a long and familiar acquaintance with Louis H. Jorgenson, we need not recall his many excellent traits of character, the genial disposition and charms of manner, which made him popular among acquaintances and friends, nor his devotion to his family, which makes his death a terrible bereavement to his stricken wife and two young daughters.  Mr. Jorgenson was a man of fine business qualifications, and at different periods during his life in Cairo occupied positions of trust and profit.

He was born in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1832.  His father, aged 88 years, is an attaché of the Queen of Denmark.  Mr. Jorgenson emigrated to America in 1850. In 1852, he went to La Salle, in this state, where he married the lady who now mourns his loss.  He shortly afterward came to this city, where he resided the balance of his life.

Mr. Jorgenson had reached the thirty-third degree in the order of Masonry, and at the time of his death was High Priest of Cairo Chapter and Grand Generalissimo of the Grand Commandry of the State.
He will be buried on Thursday, the 24th inst., with the rites of his beloved order; prominent Masons of Illinois,
Missouri, and Indiana are expected to be present at the solemn ceremonies.  The remains will be interred at Beech Grove Cemetery.

The people of this city sympathize deeply with the bereaved widow and family of the deceased.

Wednesday, 23 Dec 1874:
The Bulliners and the Russells are the parties who are keeping things lively in
Williamson County.  They take it turn about, and it is the Bulliners' turn to shoot next.  The boy Hindman did not die, but he carries an uncomfortable quantity of slugs and buckshot in his neck and Sisney will probably recover.
Williamson County Vendetta

The condition of affairs in Williamson County is well described by a correspondent of the Chicago Times in the issue of 21st inst.

"Six years ago," says the correspondent, "there was a petty quarrel between two families living in the western part of Williamson County.  It was followed by others, in which the circle of the combatants was enlarged.  The chief leaders of the fights were fined, and one fled the country.  Two years later there was another conflict, for which the parties again escaped with a fine, although three days were occupied in vain attempt to get a jury to try one part of the mob on a charge of attempted murder. Then appeared the inevitable woman.  Promising to marry a Montague, she allowed herself to be seduced by a Capulet."

From these circumstances grew the feud which has resulted in the killing of five persons, the serious wounding of four more and a state of fear, suspicion and uncertainty which pervades the entire community of that section of Williamson County where the feud exists.  No man dare take sides nor advocate the attempt to bring to justice the outlaws who have outraged alike the laws of God and man.  If he does, he stands in danger of meeting the terrible fate of Dr. Hinchliffe, who was "in no way related to the parties involved in the fight, but was fearless in his expressions of indignation at the murder of the two Bulliners.  He was speedily marked for prey. Riddled with bullets, his horse killed under him, he died in sight of his own homestead."  The authorities are powerless, and if they are suspected of harboring intentions of doing their duty, are threatened through anonymous letters with the vengeance of the assassins.  For all the murders that have been committed, not one offender has felt the majesty of the law.  One only has been arrested, and he is out on bail.  Warrants are held for eight others, but these are "all in the woods,” and apparently safe from the pursuit of justice.

The late attempt to murder Sisney in his own house is the latest act of the bloody drama, and has re-awakened fear and apprehension on all sides.  The Southern Illinoisan advises an appeal to the Governor for protection and to this it will ultimately come.  Williamson County has become a reproach to the whole of Southern Illinois, and her local authorities cannot subdue the savages who have blighted her name and set back her material prosperity a decade years.
Attention Sir Knights!—Special Order No. 16

The Sir Knights of Cairo Commandery No. 13, K. T. will assemble at the Asylum Thursday at 9:30 a.m. sharp, in full uniform, for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late worthy brother, Eminent Sir Louis H. Jorgensen.
2.  Sir Knights Wilcox, Rearden, Uhl, and Morris are detailed as a guard of honor, and will report for duty at the family residence of the deceased at
8 o'clock a.m.
3.  The funeral service will take place at the Church of the Redeemer at
11 a.m., after which a funeral train will start from the passenger depot and convey the remains and friends to Beech Grove Cemetery.
4.  A special conclave will be held at the Asylum at 7:30 this (Wednesday) evening to perfect arrangements for the funeral.
Per order, C. W. Dunning, E.C.
Attest Jewett Wilcox, Recorder
Mr. Louis Jorgensen died of inflammation of the bowels, and we understand that his disease was not contracted during his trip to New Orleans, but that he was in a poor state of health all summer.

Thursday, 24 Dec 1874:
Dongola—Died, on Friday, the 18th, of cerebro-spinal meningitis, Mr. Burrell Little, cooper.  Mr. Little leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.  They have our heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.
Masonic Notice.

A special communication of Cairo Lodge No. 237 A. F. and A.M. will be held this morning at 9 ½ o'clock to attend the funeral of our late brother Louis Jorgensen.  All visiting brethren are requested to attend.
B. F. Blake, Secretary

Friday, 25 Dec 1874:
Jorgensen's Funeral.

A very large number of the friends of the late Mr. Louis Jorgensen paid the last tribute of respect to his memory yesterday.  At half past ten o'clock in the morning the Blue Lodge of Masons escorted by the Knights Templar, under command of Sir Knight Dunning and led by the Silver Cornet Band, marched up Washington Avenue, to the late residence of the deceased and received the remains, which they conveyed to the Church of the Redeemer, where Rector Gilbert read the service of his church for the burial of the dead.  The church was crowned and the scene one of great solemnity and deep sadness.  After the services the remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery and there deposited in a vault that had been built for the occasion.  This is the last of earth.

Sunday, 27 Dec 1874:

A Paducah paper boldly asserts that Williamson County, in this State, is a portion of the moral vineyard that needs the attention of congressional investigation committees. It does not.  It needs officers—particularly a sheriff—who are not afraid to do their duty.  If Ham Irvin, sheriff of Alexander County, were sheriff of Williamson, he would go with those who have gone before or else he would bring some of the Williamson County assassins to justice.  We need not be told that the murderers are not known.  They are, and if the officers in Williamson were skillful and courageous, they could prevent future assassinations and bring to the gallows the brutal wretches who have brought disgrace upon southern Illinois by wanton and cold-blooded murder.

This condition of affairs has prevailed in Williamson for years, and Governor Beveridge has been aware of the fact; but he has done nothing to suppress the lawlessness that has been rampant all this time.  He has listened to recitals of the horrors, held up his hands, groaned in deprecation of the facts, and –done nothing.  His party papers have been all this time denouncing the governor of Missouri because he has neglected or been unable to suppress lawlessness in that State, but they have not said a word of denunciation of the governor who has permitted the assassin of Williamson County to ply their bloody business unmolested.

Tuesday, 29 Dec 1874:
A Card.

To the Masons, that noble band of brotherhood—especially to the Sir Knights, I desire to return my heartfelt thanks for the untiring kindness, the thoughtfulness and tender friendship which they have showered upon me and mine in my terrible bereavement. Words seem too weak to express my gratitude to those who have upheld me in this dark day of affliction, and I earnestly pray that the God of the widow and the fatherless may bless and repay them, not only for their kindness to the living, but their respect and faithfulness to the memory of the beloved dead.
Mrs. Louis Jorgensen.

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