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Obituaries and Death Notices


The Cairo Daily Bulletin

 3 Jan 1877-30 Dec 1877


Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed by Darrel Dexter

Wednesday, 3 Jan 1877:
A white woman who lived in the large frame building on Tenth Street near Commercial Avenue, died very suddenly on Sunday last.  Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of her sudden “taking off.”


Nearly all our citizens remember Mr. Swift, who a few years ago officiated as chief clerk of the St. Charles Hotel under Mr. Jewett Wilcox.  He is a genial gentleman and made many warm friends here, who will regret to learn that Mr. Swift and his estimable wife were among the injured in the late railroad accident at Ashtabula, Ohio.  Mr. Swift received a severe injury of the spine.  Mrs. Swift’s injuries are not dangerous.  A Mr. Keller, a brother-in-law of Joe Able of this city is supposed to be among the killed.  Dispatches also give the name “A. Gibson of Cairo,” as among the killed.  This is evidently an error.  We have made diligent inquiry, but find no one who ever knew Mr. Gibson.  He certainly hails from some other place.

Thursday, 4 Jan 1877:
Daniel Murphy, formerly of this city, but for several years a resident of
Hickman, Kentucky, died in the latter place on Monday or Tuesday.  His remains arrived here by the Mississippi Central railroad last night, and the funeral will take place this afternoon.

Sunday, 14 Jan 1877:
Henry A. Dohoman, a prominent steamboatman, died yesterday at his home in
Steubenville.  He has been clerk of the Belle Shreveport, in which he had an interest.

Wednesday, 17 Jan 1877:

Died, in Columbus, Ky., Jan. 15th, after a short illness, Della, daughter of John and Sally Sproat, aged four years.

Another bud transferred from earth to bloom in heaven!  Dear little Della—a bright star sent to cheer us for a short time and then taken home.  Seemingly endowed beyond her years, she entwined herself around the hearts of all, and loved by all, was the center of affection not only by the bereaved family, but by all with whom she came in contact.  Those of our citizens who participated in the 4th of July on the Idlewild cannot fail but remember little “Toodie Sproat” who added so much to the pleasure of the trip.  Father, mother, sisters, and brothers have our warmest sympathies, but while bewailing our loss we can think with joy of our blessed little angel moving around the throne of Him that “doeth all things well.”

Friday, 19 Jan 1877:
Sudden Death

We find the following in the St. Louis Republican of last evening:

COULTERVILLE, Ill., Jan 17—A man supposed to be Dr. W. N. Amenett, of Mound City, Ills., died tonight on the south bound train of the Cairo Short Line between Tilden and Coulterville.  It is supposed he was on his way home from Colorado.  His remains were left here to await an inquest.


Neither Dead Nor Very Sick.

            A report was circulated in the city yesterday to the effect that Dr. W. R. Smith, of this city, had died suddenly on the train between Cairo and New Orleans.  The report caused considerable excitement and the many friends of the doctor expressed the deepest regret and feeling for the loss of one so highly esteemed and valued.  But after a little time it was ascertained that Dr. Smith was neither dead nor sick, but on his way South, and feeling very well.


Tuesday, 23 Jan 1877:

Death of Charles Kyle

            Charlie Kyle, whose serious illness was mentioned in the Bulletin several days ago, died at the hospital in St. Louis at five o’clock on Sunday morning last.  His friends in this city received the sad intelligence during the day by telegraph, and Mr. Sam Wilson, father-in-law of the deceased, left for St. Louis by the Sunday night train, on the Short Line.  Mr. Wilson expected to make the necessary arrangements to have the remains of the deceased reach here this afternoon.  The funeral will probably take place from the residence of Mr. Wilson on Eighteenth Street tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon.

            (Charles R. Kyle married Clara Wilson on 1 Apr 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter


Wednesday, 24 Jan 1877:

The report that Bill Lee had died suddenly on Monday night is not true.  Bill says he was “dead drunk” and that’s the way the story got out.  He don’t expect to die until after the presidential muddle has been definitely settled.


The funeral of the late Charles Kyle took place from the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Sam Wilson, on Eighteenth Street, yesterday afternoon, and was attended by a large number of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased, who accompanied the remains to their last resting place.  The deceased was interred at Beech Grove Cemetery above Mounds Junction. 


Tuesday, 30 Jan 1877:

Shocking Accident.

            A most shocking accident occurred at the sawmill of Messrs. Morris, Roode, & Co. near Ullin, on Tuesday last.  Mr. Marion Carter, one of the sawyers, was struck in the face by a piece of flying timber, his nose broken and mashed, and both cheekbones crushed to atoms.  Dr. Wardner of this city was sent for and went up to attend the wounded man, but before the doctor reached Ullin the wounded man’s face had swollen so much as to render it impossible for him to give the sufferer relief.  It is thought doubtful if Carter can recover. 


Wednesday, 31 Jan 1877:


And if So, Where is He?

(Carbondale Observer, Friday)

            For the past week when the senatorial question was not upon the lips of our people, the disappearance last Monday of one of our attorneys, Mr. O. W. Catlin, and the suspicions of foul play attached thereunto, has been the favorite theme of discussion.  Last Monday morning, Mr. Catlin hired a horse at Ava to go into Vergennes Township, a few miles east of Ava, on legal business.  Mr. Catlin called on Mr. Rosson of that township and left his house above seven o’clock in the evening.  Shortly after leaving, two pistol shots were heard near the bridge across the Beaucoup, in the Crow Settlement.  The next day the horse which Mr. Catlin rode was found in a cornfield nearby.  Suspicions that he had been foully dealt with were at once aroused, and search was instituted.  A hat belonging to Catlin was found on a stump near the bridge.  This seemed to confirm the belief of foul play, and his brother-in-law, Mr. Charles Gager, of this place, was telegraphed the circumstances.  On Wednesday Mr. Gager went up and had the Beaucoup thoroughly dragged at the bridge and for a mile below it, but without finding further trace of Catlin.

The commonly accepted theory in this place is that Catlin has “skipped,” that the pistol shots, the loose horse and the old hat were but part and parcel of a plan to leave the country for the country’s good with a belief behind that he had been done for, and in fresher fields he would begin life anew.  Catlin hasn’t a good name here, generally speaking, and this serves to strengthen the belief that there is a skull-duggery in the matter.  It is believed that after killing himself, his corpse took unto itself new life, and walked to Elkville or DuQuoin, where it took the St. Louis train and that it might now be found in an advanced stage of decomposition, traveling towards the gates of sunset.  He had a check for $1,000 in his pocket on a St. Louis bank, and it is probable that steps will be taken to see whether he has drawn the money.  He owned several hundred dollars here, and has been counted very slippery; but it might be that giving a god a bad name has had a good deal to do in putting into circulation much talk about him.  The worst part of the matter is that he leaves a wife here without a cent of money.

            Should Mr. Catlin’s corpse be found or appear at this office, we shall make cheerful apology for all we have said in the above.

            (Oliver O. Catlin married Ettie Day or Dry on 17 Jan 1875, in Jackson Co., Ill.  Charles Gager married Emma Day or Dry on 5 Dec 1870, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter


Sunday, 4 Feb 1877:

O’Brien Dead

            The man O’Brien referred to in yesterday’s Bulletin as having been removed from the county jail to St. Mary’s Infirmary, died yesterday afternoon.  O’Brien with two other men, named respectfully Stibbens and Hamilton, was convicted at the present term of the circuit court for the crime of playing a confidence game on an old man named Moon and were sentenced to five years in the penitentiary.


Collision Between Steamboats and the Result—
One Man Killed and Another Injured.

            On last Thursday night, near Ashport, a point on the Mississippi River a short distance above Memphis, the steamers Charles Morgan and the Aggie collided, the latter boat receiving more or less damage.  The circumstances of the collision as related to us were about these:  The Morgan was coming up the river and the Aggie going down.  The usual passing signals were given by both boats, and the Morgan kept straight on her way, but the pilot of the Aggie must have changed his mind, for immediately after giving the signal he changed his course and attempted to cross the Morgan’s bow to take the opposite side, and in so doing the two boats came together with great force, and the Aggie as above stated, sustained considerable damage.  The Morgan escaped uninjured.  In the collision, two deck passengers on the Morgan were terribly injured, one of them having since died.  The Morgan continued on her way arriving at this point during Friday night.  She brought two hundred passengers to this port, where they were left.  Charles McCarthy, one of the wounded men, died shortly after arriving here, and his remains were buried by Mr. Cary, the undertaker, at the “Seven Mile” graveyard yesterday.  McCarthy was accompanied by his wife and child who were left in destitute condition.  The other man, David Anthony, had his foot crushed.  The whole party are from Hale’s Point, Tennessee.  Capt. Steine, of the Morgan, made every provision in his power for the comfort of the unfortunate passengers and provided them with money and passes to return to Hale’s Point.  The Morgan was in no manner responsible for the accident.


Tuesday, 6 Feb 1877:

A cold-blooded murder, the particulars of which we learned yesterday, was committed at Clinton, Kentucky, on Saturday last.  A man named Harman Bowman, on very slight provocation, stabbed and almost instantly killed a Mr. Marion F. Scott, a peaceable and highly respected citizen.  Bowman was arrested and committed to jail on a charge of murder in the first degree. 


Wednesday, 7 Feb 1877:

John Dalzell, a steamboatman, was drowned in the Ohio River near the Hawes farm opposite this city on last Sunday morning, February 1st, by falling overboard from the steamer Charlie McDonaldDalzell was thirty-eight years old, five feet high, light hair, and at the time of his death had on a pair of brown pants and a striped shirt.  He was in his shirtsleeves.  His father, Matthew Dalzell, of Evansville, Indiana, offers a reward of forty dollars for the recovery of the body. 


Thursday, 8 Feb 1877:

Some time ago Sheriff Saup received notice from the sheriff of Hamilton County to be on the lookout for a man named William McClarney, who is charged with the murder of a citizen of that county, the killing having been committed nearly three years ago.  Sheriff Saup gave the matter his attention, and a few days ago learned that McClarney or a man answering his description was living in Goose Island Precinct in this county.  Yesterday morning, armed with the proper authority for the arrest of McClarney, Sheriff Saup went out the look for him.  McClarney was at the residence of ‘Squire Thomas Martin, and having been placed under arrest, was brought to Cairo, where he will be held until the arrival of the sheriff of Hamilton County, who will take him to that county for trial.  McClarney denies the charge against him, and says he never was in Hamilton County.  He is an intelligent and fine looking fellow, and would not be taken for a murderer. 


Friday, 9 Feb 1877:
Turned Loose

McClarney, the man arrested by Sheriff Saup on Wednesday on a warrant from Hamilton County, charging him with the crime of murder, was discharged from custody last evening, Sheriff Blade of Hamilton County having arrived and pronounced him the wrong man.  Sheriff Blade says that he received information on the whereabouts of McClarney through parties in Hamilton County, and felt confident that he was the right man, but the moment he saw the McClarney arrested in this county he ordered the release, being convinced that he was not the man wanted, although he answers the description furnished to Sheriff Saup in every particular.  McClarney has many friends in this county, where he has resided for some time and is generally held in good repute.  He has been working for Squire Tom Martin of Goose Island Precinct, and during last fall put in a crop of forty acres of wheat on the shares.  He is an intelligent fellow and we are glad for his sake that he was so promptly discharged and thus relieved from the suspicions which otherwise would have been sure to have attached to his name. 
Sunday, 11 Feb 1877:
Died, on Saturday morning,
February 10th, 1877, at 6 o’clock, of croup, Thomas, infant son of John and Margaret O’Donnell.  The funeral will take place today at three o’clock by special train from the foot of Eighth Street.  Services will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at two o’clock.  Friends and acquaintances of the family invited to attend.
The following preamble and resolutions on the death of the late Charlie Baker, were adopted at a special meeting of the Rough and Ready Fire Company held a few nights ago.

WHEREAS, in the providence of God, the hand of death has been laid upon a brother member of this company, and

Whereas, it is proper that we, his fellow members of the Rough and Ready Fire Company, should give expression to our sorrow and respect for his memory, be it therefore

Resolved, By the Rough and Ready Fire Company, that in the loss of our brother, Charles Baker, this company has lost an efficient member who was always ready to do his duty when opportunity offered.

Resolved, That we mourn our deceased brother as a man of kind heart, and wear the usual badge of mourning and drape our hall for thirty days; be it further

Resolved, That to the stricken and bereaved family of the deceased we tender our earnest and heartfelt sympathy, and may he who watches over all be their stay and comfort in their hour of sorrow and distress.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished by the secretary to the family of the deceased, and that they be published in the Bulletin of this city.
Harry Schurh, Secretary.

Tuesday, 13 Feb 1877:
The Steamer Lizzie Bayliss Destroyed by Fire at the Alton Levee
Captain Oliver Gruell Burned to Death in His Stateroom.

Alton, Ill., Feb. 11.—Between 11 and 12 o’clock last night the alarm of fire was sounded, caused by the burning of the steamer Lizzie Bayliss, which was lying at the levee immediately opposite the water works building.  The firemen were promptly on hand, but the fire had reached such headway before their arrival, and such a length of time was consumed in securing the necessary amount of hose to reach the nearest plug, that the boat
The captain, Oliver Gruell, was lost.  The rest of the crew, consisting of an engineer, watchmen, a younger brother of the captain and two or three deck hands were saved.  A tramp who had come on board during the evening, and who was lying under the boilers made a narrow escape, being fairly
The origin of the fire is unknown, but as the flames originated in the upper part of the boat, they are supposed to have been caused by a heated flue, as a large fire had been built in the cabin stove by the watchman, who had gone down to the lower deck and remained there until the fire was discovered.
was adjoining the cabin, and he seems to have been forgotten in the general rush of the crew to secure their own safety.

When he was missed, several of the firemen went aboard, but only to find the remains of the doomed man, which had fallen through from the cabin to the lower deck.  The body was
and mutilated, the scalp being burned away, leaving the brains visible and oozing out of the head.  The bowels protruded from the body, and the face, arms, and lower limbs were horribly disfigured.  The body was taken into the coroner’s inquest, which will be held tomorrow.

Captain Gruell was about twenty-five years of age.  He leaves a wife and two children in Quincy, where his parents and family also reside.  He and his father were joint owners of the Lizzie Bayliss, which was engaged in the towing business and has lately arrived from below.
Captain Gruell’s father has been telegraphed and will arrive here tonight.
of the captain, while trying to rescue him, was severely burned, about the face and hands and badly cut by the glass windows of his stateroom, which he broke with his hands, the door being locked.
The Bayliss was valued at $6,000.  The hull and part of the machinery will be saved.
Cliff Hazlewood Dead.

Cliff Hazlewood of Hazlewood Precinct, died at his house on last Saturday night, and was buried in the graveyard near Toledo yesterday.  Mr. Hazlewood was known to nearly all the old citizens of the county, and although he had his peculiarities, he was a good citizen and highly esteemed by his neighbors.  He died of softening of the brain.

(Cliff Hazlewood is in the 1870 census of Hazlewood Precinct, Alexander Co., Ill.  He was 33, born in Illinois, a farmer.  His wife, Nancy, was 28, and children were:  Edward, 9; Scott, 8; Lucinda, 7; John, 4; Lucius, 2; and a male baby, 4 months old.  Cliff Hazelwood married Nancy J. Bass on 9 May 1850, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Sad Fate of Capt. Gruell.

The St. Louis papers of yesterday contained an account of the burning of the little steamer Lizzie Bayliss and the death of Capt. Oliver Gruell, who perished in the flames.  The Bayliss, with Oliver Gruell as captain and Billy Williams of this city as clerk, ran in the Cape Girardeau and Cairo trade for a while, and seemed to be doing pretty well; but when the Mississippi River opened up, Capt. Gruell concluded that he could do better by going to the upper Mississippi and a few days ago withdrew his boat and started up the river and had reached Alton, where, on Sunday night, she took fire and was destroyed, Capt. Gruell perishing in the flames.
Hunting the Old Man’s Money.

Mr. Mowery, the administrator of the estate of the late Dr. Augustine, of Hazlewood in this county, is having considerable trouble in getting together the old doctor’s wealth.  Long before the old man’s death it was known that he had amassed a snug little fortune, the great bulk of it being in hard money—gold and silver.  He was a strange man, and had little faith in banks, believing that he could take better care of his money than to deposit it in bank.  While he would not allow his money to go out of his hands, he was in constant fear of thieves and burglars, and to guard against the possibility of being robbed, resorted to burying his money.  Some two or three months ago the old man sickened and died, but before his death never intimated where the money would be found.  After he was laid away, the work of searching for the money began and in the course of a few weeks, about $2,800 was found—some of it in one place and some in another about the barn.  The greater portion of this amount was in greenbacks; but the gold and silver was still missing.  The search has been kept up ever since and every few days small sums are being unearthed.  A few days ago in digging about the roots of an old tree standing near the house a small tin can was dug up and found to contain about one hundred dollars in silver.  This can had evidently been buried for many years, as the roots of the tree had grown under and over and all around it.  A day or two after the can was dug up, a little dog belonging to the widow, was digging after a mole in the garden, but instead of catching the mole dug up a shot bag containing one hundred dollars in gold.  It is believed by those who were best acquainted with the old man in his life time, that he had somewhere between five and eight thousand dollars in gold and silver, and so far not to exceed one thousand of it has been found.  The search, however, is kept up and it is expected that sooner or later the searchers will strike a rich mine.

(George Augustine is in the 1870 census of Hazlewood Precinct, Alexander Co., Ill., age 58, born in Ohio, physician.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, near Wetaug in Pulaski Co., Ill., reads:  Dr. G. Augustine died Dec. 27, 1876, Aged 65 years, 3 months, 27 days.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 14 Feb 1877:
Joseph P. Cameron, late engineer at the Horse Shoe Mills, died on last Saturday afternoon, 12th inst.  Cameron was well known in portions of this county, having been connected with the above mills for a long time.  He was forty-four years of age at the time of his death.

Thursday, 22 Feb 1877:
Resolutions of Respect to the Memory of the Late Cliff. Hazlewood.

At a meeting of Toledo Division No. 34 Temperance, held on Saturday evening, February 17th, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:

WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from our midst our dearly beloved brother, Cliff Hazlewood, and

WHEREAS, Fully recognizing him as a worthy and valuable citizen, and as a faithful and zealous member of the Sons of Temperance, therefore, we the officers and members of Toledo Division (No. 34) assembled at Temperance Hall, on Saturday evening, February 19, 1877, adopt the following resolutions, viz:

Resolved, That in the death of Brother Hazlewood the members of this Division have lost a true-hearted and noble brother, and the temperance cause has lost an earnest and zealous supporter; one whose fidelity to the cause of temperance was unimpeachable, and whose place we may in vain seek to fill, and around whose mortal career cling the brightest membrances of brotherly love.

Resolved, That our most heartfelt sympathy and condolence be extended to the widow and children of Brother Hazlewood in this hour and their great bereavement and that the A. B. S. be instructed to transmit a copy of these resolutions to the sorrowing members of the family, and also that a copy be sent to the Cairo Bulletin for publication.
S. W. Renfro,
S. Briley,
T. B. Scarbough, Committee 

Saturday, 24 Feb 1877:
There is now living near Pinckneyville, in
Perry County, a Mrs. Jane Harbinson, the widow of a Revolutionary soldier.  She is about seventy-six years of age, and was married to her husband sixty years ago, in South Carolina, of which state both were natives.  At the time the bride was sixteen and the bridegroom sixty.  She has been drawing a pension ever since the death of her husband, forty-five years ago.  She is perhaps the only widow of a Revolutionary soldier living in this state.
Jim Garland died very suddenly at his home at the corner of Fifty and Walnut street at about 12 o’clock night before last. 
Garland was on the streets as late as half past ten or eleven o’clock and was apparently as well as usual.  His funeral will take place today at 1:30 p.m. by special train from the foot of Eighth Street.  The Hibernian Fire Company, of which he was a member, will attend the funeral in a body.
Funeral Notice.

The funeral of James Garland will take place at his late residence, corner Fifth and Walnut streets at 1:30 o’clock today.  The remains will be taken to the Catholic church and from thence to Eighth and Levee streets, where they will be conveyed to Villa Ridge for special train for interment.

Sunday, 25 Feb 1877:
The funeral of the late James Garland took place yesterday afternoon, and was attended by a large number of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased.

Tuesday, 27 Feb 1877:
Rev. J. D. Gillham, pastor of the M. E. Church, has gone to
Jacksonville, to attend the funeral of Mr. Smith, his father-in-law, the news of whose death he received yesterday.

Thursday, 1 Mar 1877:

Mr. Robert Billingsly died at his home on Tuesday evening, in the 40th year of his age.  The funeral services were held at the house yesterday afternoon at 1 o’clock, by Rev. B. Y. George, and the remains accompanied by his wife, were taken to Ullin on the 2 o’clock train for burial.

Mr. Billingsly was confined to his house for several months with consumption.  For several years, at various times, he was connected with the police force of Cairo, and was a faithful officer; he would persist in attending to duty when compelled to use a cane through weakness, until at last, he had to give up, and has since been gradually wasting away.  He sank to sleep calm and happy, without a struggle.  We have witnessed many deathbed scenes, but we can say Mr. Billingsly showed forth he had found the “pearl of great price.”

For a long time he had paid no attention to religious matters.  On Sunday, a week ago, several friends met around his bed in prayer; he confessed that “he had found the peace that passeth all understanding;” that all was well, and the grave had no terrors for him now.  He was willing to and anxious to go.  He turned to a Christian friend present, and regretted he had not followed his counsel years ago, and said, “Oh! what good I might have done.”

A relative visited him a few days ago who had conversed with him in the past, both being skeptical in reference to the Christian religion.  When she entered his room, he said:  “Ah! the talks we have had may do to live by, but will not avail to die by.”  Mr. Gillham administered the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to him the following Tuesday, and after that, he spent his hours in praising God and admonishing his family and friends to embrace Christianity.  “Happy are the dead, who died in the Lord.”
M. K. F.
Wednesday, 7 Mar 877:

On Monday, March 5, 1877, at 10:40 a.m., of consumption, Mrs. Emma Green, wife of Capt. S. R. Green, of this city, in the 37th year of her age.  Funeral service, conducted by Rev. J. D. Gillham, will be held at residence, corner Eighth Street and Washington Avenue, today (Wednesday) at 3 o’clock p.m.  The remains will be taken to Smithland for interment per steamer James Fish, Jr., which leaves port at 5 o’clock p.m. 
Sunday, 11 Mar 1877:

Emma A. Burnham was born in Hopkinsville, Ky., Dec. 10, 1838.  She was married to Samuel K. Green April 28, 1859.  Died in Cairo, Ills., after a lingering illness of several months, March 5, 1877.  She was the mother of three children, one of which (a little girl) preceded her to the mansions of bliss.  She leaves to mourn her early decease, a husband, two children, a mother, four sisters, one brother, with many relatives and friends; but we feel that they “sorrow not as those who have no hope,” for their loss is her eternal gain.

She professed religion and joined the Methodist Church a  number of years ago, and all who knew her, and those most intimately acquainted with her, can say of a truth, that her life was “hid with Christ in God.”  She was not inclined to be very demonstrative in her religious life, not indeed in anything.  She was naturally of a modest, retiring disposition.  It was especially in her upright walk in her daily life that her Christian virtues were to be most clearly seen, when they shone with the greatest splendor.
She was a faithful, devoted wife, an affectionate, self-sacrificing loving mother, a dutiful and obedient daughter an earnest sympathizing friend and neighbor.  All who knew her could but love her, and those who knew her best loved her most.  She did not say very much during her sickness about dying.  It was not her disposition to talk much on such subjects, but her uncomplaining, calm submission to the dispensations of Providence, resigned to live on account of her family, but resigned in all things to God’s will, was manifest in all she did say.  At one of my visits, I asked her if she felt the presence of the Savior with her, and enjoyed the comforts of religion in her affliction.  She answered very emphatically that she did and this was the great source of her comfort.  In speaking about praying she said to her daughter at one time, “I pray nearly all the time.”  A few nights before her death she woke her daughter in trying to sing, “Nearer my God to thee, nearer my God to thee,” etc.  May God’s grace comfort and cheer, and his spirit lead those left to mourn.
J. D. Gillham
Cairo, Ills.,
March 9, 1877

Tuesday, 13 Mar 1877:
Funeral Notice.

The funeral of John Curren will take place from St. Patrick’s Church today at one o’clock.  Funeral train will leave the foot of Fourth Street for Villa Ridge at two o’clock. 
Wednesday, 14 Mar 1877:
John Curren who died late Monday evening, was buried yesterday.  His funeral was not a very large one, and “Johnnie” was laid away with but few friends to mourn his departure. 
Friday, 16 Mar 1877:
Jim Wilson’s Sentence for His Share in the Murder of McDonald.

(Quincy Herald)

            The particulars of the shooting of Thomas McDonald, at Plymouth last summer, by Zach. Wilson, are still remembered by our readers.  There had been some trouble between McDonald and Zach and Jim Wilson, and all three were in Plymouth on the day of the shooting.  McDonald was seated in a drug store with a loaded gun and fired the ball taking effect and causing instant death.  Zach ran and succeeded in making his escape, but was captured in Arkansas late last fall.  Jim Wilson, who got the gun, loaded it, and gave it to Zach, was arrested immediately after the shooting, and was indicted for murder.  The case came up before Judge Bibley, in the Hancock County circuit court last week.  Zach’s attorneys obtained a change of venue and the case was sent to McDonough County for trial.  Application for a continuance in Jim Wilson’s case was denied and the parties went to trial last week.  The jury found the defendant guilty and fixed the punishment at 16 years in the penitentiary.

Friday, 23 Mar 1877:
“Doc Stevens,” the old horse farrier has gone to that bourne from whence no good horse farrier ever returns.  The old man was an honest, faithful and kind-hearted man; and though his calling was not a lucrative one and he was very poor, he would give the last nickel he possessed to one in distress.  There are millions of worse men in the world than “Old Doc Stevens” was.

Saturday, 24 Mar 1877:
Death of Mrs. Friganza.

Mrs. Christiana Friganza, wife of Hon. Romeo Friganza, mayor of Mound City, died at her residence in that city on Wednesday, 21st inst., at 4 o’clock p.m., of paralysis.  Mrs. F. was sixty years of age at the time of her death.  The remains were interred at Beech Grove Cemetery yesterday at 2 o’clock.
Mr. Lansden, who was called away from home a week ago on account of the serious illness of his sister, Mrs. Crawford, returned yesterday.  Mrs. Crawford died before Mr. Lansden reached her bedside.


Tuesday, 27 Mar 1877:
The Story of the Mountain Meadow Massacre of Twenty Years Ago
As Told by the Mormon Lee Before Being Led to Execution
How the “Latter Day Saints” Outdid Their Savage Allies in the Hellish Work.
Men, Women and Children Deceived, Ensnared and Slaughtered

SALT LAKE, March 23. —At ten a.m. precisely, Lee was brought out upon the scene of the massacre at Mountain Meadow before the executing party, and seated on his coffin, about twenty feet from the shooters.  The order of the court was read to him and the company present by Marshal Nelson.  After Marshal Nelson concluded reading the order of the court at 10:35 a.m. he asked Lee if he had anything to say before the execution was carried into effect.


I wish to speak to that man, (pointing to Mr. Fennemore, who was fixing his canvas nearby to take Lee’s photograph preceding the shooting).  Lee calling to the artist, Fennemore replied in a second to Mr. Lee, and waiting till the artist attested his readiness to listen, Lee said, “I want to ask of you a favor.  I want you to furnish my three wives each a copy of the photograph (meaning the one being taken) a copy of the same to Rachel A., Sarah C. and Emma B.”

Mr. Howard responded for the artist, “He will do it, Mr. Lee.”

Lee repeated the names over again carefully, saying, “Please forward them.”  He then arose and said:  “I have but little to say this morning; of course, I feel that I am upon the brink of eternity, and the solemnity of eternity should rest upon my mind at the present.  I have made out, or endeavored to do so, a manuscript and an abridged history of my life.  This will be published.  I have given my views and feelings with regard to all these things.  I feel resigned to my fate.  I feel as calm as a summer morning.  I have done nothing wrong.

     (The Mountain Meadows Massacre was Sept. 11, 1857, in southern Utah.  About 120 members of the Baker-Fancher emigrant wagon train from Arkansas were killed and 17 children under age 7 were spared.  John Doyle Lee, 12 Sep 1812-23 Mar 1877, was born in Randolph Co., Ill., and was the only person executed for involvement in the massacre.—Darrel Dexter)

     [The full text of Lee's confession, was reprinted by the newspaper, but it is too extensive to reproduce here.  Interested parties should consult the Cairo Daily Bulletin microfilm for the full text -- Webmaster.]

Wednesday, 28 Mar 1877:

Mr. J. B. Reed, who was called to St. Louis very suddenly a few days ago to attend a sick brother, telegraphs that his brother died on Monday evening.  Mr. Reed will not return until after the funeral takes place.
Death of Mrs. Fleming.

Mrs. Fleming, mother of Mrs. George Ramsey, died suddenly last Thursday morning at her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Mrs. Fleming was well known in Cairo, and the family has the sympathy of a large circle of warm friends.

Thursday, 29 Mar 1877:

John D. Lee was born in Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Illinois, on the 6th of September, 1812.  He was born and baptized a Catholic, brought up as a Methodist and embraced the Mormon faith after he had arrived at man’s estate.  He was fond of reading; had read many books in the course of his life; at one time he owned a large library of his own and many years ago he was librarian at Nauvoo, in this state.  He leaves fifty children, fifty grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  He held his faith in the gospel “as delivered to Joseph Smith,” to the last, and regarded himself as a martyr to the Mormon cause.

Friday, 30 Mar 1877:
By a singular coincidence, a letter written by John D. Lee after his conviction and addressed to one of his numerous wives reached the dead letter office on the day and near the hours of his execution at Mountain Meadows.  The letter had failed to reach its destination through misdirection, and was forwarded to the right address by the post office department on the day it was received. 
Friday, 6 Apr 1877:
Probably Fatal Burning of a Colored Girl.

Between two and three o’clock yesterday afternoon, a most distressing accident happened to a colored girl, whose parents reside at the corner of Twenty-eighth and Poplar streets.  Edward Davis, a poor, but honest and hard-working colored man, having leased a few acres of ground a short distance above the city with his daughter Martha, a girl aged sixteen years, was engaged in cleaning it up, burning the brush, leaves, etc.  While engaged in raking up leaves and light brush and putting them on the burning heap the girl’s clothing caught fire; becoming frightened she began to run about the field, the wind fanning the flames as she went.  Hearing the screams, her father went to her rescue as soon as he could, and though he succeeded in removing some of her clothes, she had already been so severely burned as to render it doubtful if she can recover.  Her arms, limbs, breasts and stomach are frightfully burned, and at seven o’clock last evening she was suffering most intensely.  Dr. Stalker called to see her, and gives it as his opinion that she may recover, though it is doubtful.  Mr. Davis, father of the victim, was also badly burned about the hands and arms in his efforts to save his daughter.

Saturday, 7 Apr 1877:
Death of Mrs. James Rankin.

The many friends in this city of Mr. and Mrs. James Rankin will regret to learn of the death of that estimable lady.  Particulars of her death are not known, further than that she died at four o’clock on the morning of March 19th, at No. 15 Oxford Street, Glasgow, Scotland.  Mr. and Mrs. Rankin left this country for Scotland about one year ago. 
Wednesday, 11 Apr 1877:
Mr. Ebeni Leavenworth, one of Dongola’s best and oldest citizens, died on Sunday morning at
one o’clock.  He was the founder of Dongola, and one of the first surveyors and civil engineers on the Illinois Central railroad.  He came to Southern Illinois over thirty years ago, and during that time has contributed in no small degree to its development.  Starting life with no capital but an indomitable energy, coupled with perseverance he had acquired a competence; and although well advanced in years, he was busy and energetic as ever.  At the time of his death he was very largely interested in saw mills, and had quite a number of hands employed.

He was one of the oldest and most prominent Odd Fellows in Southern Illinois—honest, faithful, and industrious, his death will be greatly felt in this section.  A firm believer in the golden rule, he tried to the best of his ability to live up to it in all his dealings with his fellow men and by this means won the good will and confidence of all with whom he came in contact.  Always willing to lend a helping hand to the poor and needy, more than one hardworking man has found in him a help in time of need.  He was buried Monday evening by the Odd Fellows fraternity.

(A marker in the American Legion Cemetery in Dongola, originally the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, has a marker that reads:  Ebeni Leavenworth founder of Dongola in 1857, born in Camden, N.Y., Oct. 16, 1811, died April 18, 1877, married 1847 Eliza S. Henderson died Dec. 21, 1850, one child—Charles, married 1866 Sarah J. Galbraith death date unknown, married 1856 Alice M. Little died July 4, 1865.  In memoriam to a man “one who lived and died with an abiding faith in God and his fellowmen.”  Lawyer, miller, surveyor, ICRR merchandiser.  This stone donated and erected by the citizens of Dongola, 1971.—Darrel Dexter.)

Thursday, 12 Apr 1877:
Rumored Death of F. E. Canda

A rumor was current on the streets last evening to the effect that Mr. F. E. Canda, president of the Cairo and St. Louis narrow gauge railroad, was among the unfortunate who perished in the destruction of the Southern Hotel at St. Louis on Wednesday morning.  We could trace the report to no reliable source, and give it for what it is worth, and sincerely hope it may be unfounded.

Saturday, 14 Apr 1877:

The Headless, Armless, and Legless Trunk of a Human Body Found in the Mississippi Near Belmont.

BELMONT, Mo., April 9, 1877
To the Editor of the Bulletin:

DEAR SIR:—On the 7th day of the present month, I held an inquest over the body of a man supposed by the coroner’s jury to be about eighteen or twenty years of age.  The body was found in the river near this place.  It was the opinion of the jury that the man had been murdered, as there were two ugly cuts on his neck, where he had been stabbed by some sharp instrument.
both legs taken off at the thigh and both arms at the shoulder joints, and all that was left of what had once been a human being was the headless, armless, and legless trunk.  The jury surmised, and it was only surmised, as to his age, as there are none of the marks about the body by which the age of a human can usually be guessed at.  There was no hair on any part of the body.  I send you this letter with the hope that its publication may be the means of throwing some light on this affair, and possibly lead to the discovery of how the unfortunate man came to his death.  I believe—have no doubt, but that he was murdered, and his body mutilated and thrown into the river to prevent identification, even though the body be found.
Yours, Respectfully,
William Johnson
Justice of the Peace and Acting Coroner.
Death of Green B. Parker.

Mr. Green B. Parker of Goose Island Precinct, died at his residence on Thursday, 12th inst., at 2 o’clock.  The funeral will take place today, Saturday, at 12 o’clock.  The remains will be interred in Lake Milliken graveyard near his late residence.  Those of the friends of the deceased who can do so are invited to attend the funeral.

(Green B. Parker married Nancy M. Martin on 5 Dec 1858, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 17 Apr 1877:
H. F. Clarke.

H. F. Clarke, the man who, with his wife and daughter, were burned to death in the late fire at the Southern Hotel in St. Louis, was lately passenger conductor on the Cairo and St. Louis railroad.

Wednesday, 18 Apr 1877:
A Shooting Affray

It is reported that a shooting affair took place at or near Pulaski on Sunday evening, in which one man was so severely wounded that he has since died, and another badly wounded.  The difficulty was about a woman with whom both parties were in love.
The colored girl, Martha Davis, who was so badly burned a few days ago, is not expected to live.  She was very low last night.
Mr. Tom Hill, an old Cairoite, and brother of diver Hiram Hill, died at his home in this city on Wednesday night, of pneumonia.  He was buried at Villa Ridge yesterday.

19 Apr 1877:
Mrs. Patrick Mockler, an excellent woman, and a devoted wife and mother, died yesterday between one and
two o’clock.  Her remains will be interred at Villa Ridge today.

At 1:30 o’clock p.m., Wednesday, April 18th, 1877, at her residence in this city, Mrs. Honora Mockler, wife of Mr. Patrick Mockler.  The funeral cortege will leave the family residence at 1:30 o’clock p.m., today, Thursday, for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where the funeral service will be held.  The remains will be conveyed to Villa Ridge by special train, to leave the foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 o’clock p.m.  Friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral.

(Patrick Mockler married Hanora F. Catter on 19 Apr 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.  He married Mary Wagner on 1 May 1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 21 Apr 1877:
Mr. Gus Buder, brother of Messrs. E. and
W. Buder, jewelers, died at the residence of his brother, William, on Thursday night, of quick consumption.  Notice of the funeral will appear in tomorrow morning’s Bulletin.

Sunday, 22 Apr 1877:
The funeral service over the remains of the late Gustav Buder will be held at the residence of his brother, William, corner of Eighth Street and Washington Avenue, today, Sunday, at 1:30 o’clock, p.m.  A special train will leave the foot of
Eighth Street at 2:30 p.m. for Beech Grove Cemetery, where the remains will be interred.  The friends and acquaintances of the deceased are invited to attend the funeral.
At a meeting of the Cairo Turners Society, of which body the late Gustave Buder was a member, the following resolutions were adopted:
WHEREAS, our late brother, Gustave Buder has peacefully died:

Resolved, That we feel that we have lost a brother who was true to our association in every respect;

Resolved, That we tender out kindest sympathy to the family of our deceased brother, whom he has labored so long, patiently and diligently to protect from the cold world;

Resolved, That copies of the above resolutions be published in the city papers, and a copy be sent to the family of the deceased.  Also that the same be spread upon the minutes of this society.
Charles Mehner, Sec’y. 
Tuesday, 24 Apr 1877:
A little daughter of Mr. C. T. Pace, of
Mt. Vernon, was playing about a bonfire a few days ago, when her clothes caught fire and she was burned so badly that she died the following day.  Mr. C. T. Pace is a brother of Mr. E. C. Pace, formerly of this city, but now a merchant of Nashville.
Tom Mays, of Jerseyville, went home drunk on Tuesday night of last week, and as his wife was leaving the room with a lamp in her hand, he threw a glass at her, hitting the lamp and causing an explosion.  The woman was instantly enveloped in flames and was terribly burned about the breast, face, hands and arms before they could be extinguished.  Her injuries may yet prove fatal.  Mays says that he has no recollection of how it happened.  His own hands were badly burned in trying to subdue the flames.
Charles Burkenheim, fireman on the tug Montauk, met his death Saturday night by drowning.  While in the act of fastening a barge to the tug the rope suddenly jerked him off the gunwale into the water.  We learn he leaves a wife and two children at New Albany, Indiana, to mourn his loss.
(From the
New Orleans Times.)

On Saturday, April 4th, 1877, at 8 o’clock a.m. Frank Bothick Scott, aged three months and fifteen days, son of Carrie Kennedy and John H. Scott.
The funeral of the late Gustave Buder was well attended.

Wednesday, 25 Apr 1877:
J. Ed. Clarke, editor and proprietor of the Grayville Independent, died at his home in Grayville on Thursday last.  Mr. Clarke was in the sixty-third year of his age.  He had been editor of the Independent for more than eighteen years, and during all of that time the paper never missed a regular issue.  He was a man of great firmness of character, and like all men of his stamp had warm friends and bitter enemies.  He was a prominent Odd Fellow, and took great interest in the temperance cause.  His funeral took place on Saturday, 21st inst.
Paducah News, 21st inst.)

We learn that during the forepart of this week a negro woman in Brooklyn, Ill., opposite our city, gave birth to a child which she killed.  She says that her father was the father of the child, and told her if she did not kill it he would kill her.  The father was arrested and lodged in the Metropolis jail and as soon as she is able to be moved she too will be confined.
Famine in
Paducah News, 21st)

We are informed that a woman about 24 years of age, the fourth wife of a man named Williams, died last night at a house near the Barracks, and it is thought she died of starvation, as there was no provisions in the house of any kind.  Her husband, until recently, has been living in the far country, about nine miles from the city, and has been engaged here lately in fixing up gardens.  The neighbors knew nothing of her having been sick until she was dead.  The husband says she died of bilious fever—that he summoned a physician, but the physician did not attend.  She leaves one child of her own and two step-children, all in the greatest poverty.
Burkenheim, not Baulkan, was the name of the man who was so unfortunate as to fall into the river on Saturday night and drown.”—Sun.  Not so, neighbor.  The man’s name was Charles Borkenham.

Thursday, 26 Apr 1877:
The colored girl, Martha Davis, who was so severely burned a few weeks ago while assisting her father in burning brush, died yesterday from the effects of her injuries.
The body of a drowned man was found floating in the river on the
Kentucky shore near Fillmore on Tuesday afternoon.  It is believed that the body is that of a man named John Dalzell, mate of the Charlie McDonald, who fell overboard from that boat while she was laying at the Kentucky bank opposite this city some two or three months ago. 
Sunday, 29 Apr 1877:
Jonesboro Gazette)

One of the Williamson County Crains sentenced to the penitentiary for fifteen years has been pardoned by Gov. Cullom.  We understand that it is all well and just and that Mr. Crain is a good, peaceable man.
Mrs. Garvey, wife of Mr. Garvey, the carpenter, died at her home in this city about
two o’clock yesterday.  Her remains will be taken to Paducah for burial.


Tuesday, 1 May 1877:
It is reported that Ri. Altimus stabbed and killed a man by the name of Leonard Davis at Elkville last Saturday. 
Davis was drunk and went into the blacksmith shop of Altimus, and shot twice with a revolver at AltimusAltimus rushed at his adversary with a knife and with one thrust put the deadly weapon to his vitals and killed him almost instantly.  Altimus gave himself up to the authorities but upon examination was discharged.

(The Saturday, 5 May 1877, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Leonard Davis was murdered by Uriah Altimus, but stated that the report was not true in its Saturday, 26 May 1877, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
Governor Cullom has pardoned Horace Carter, convicted of manslaughter at the April term 1877 of the
Williamson County circuit court, and sentenced to the penitentiary for one year.  The prisoner is still in the hands of the sheriff of Williamson County, and the pardon is granted on the request of the twelve jurors who tried him, the state’s attorney, and all the county officers, the family of the deceased, and many hundreds of the citizens of Williamson County.  The facts are as follows:  The prisoner, who was a constable, was attempting to arrest a person charged with a misdemeanor, who drew a pistol and fired four shots, one of which struck the deceased, a boy standing by, who was in no way connected with the disturbance. 

Friday, 4 May 1877:
Jackson County Murder—Escape of the Murderer—A Woman at the Bottom of the Murder

A special telegram from Carbondale, to the Chicago Tribune of Wednesday, gives the following particulars of the Hightower-Kendrick murder, which took place near that place on Sunday last:

Today’s developments in regard to the Hightower-Kendrick tragedy seem to make the case very complicated.  The escape of Hightower, coupled together with the mysterious manner in which City Marshall Hightower is acting, throws a suspicious cloud over the affair.  Last evening about 6 o’clock Marshal Hightower engaged a livery rig at this place, saying he wished to take his brother Jake, the one who did the shooting, and the two women witnesses to Murphysboro, the county seat.  He has not been seen since, and reports from Murphysboro say that he has not been there.  It is generally thought now that both the women and Pet were accessories to the deed. 

Your correspondent accompanied the coroner’s jury to the scene of the tragedy this afternoon, and found the body lying where it had fallen, twenty-two hours before, on the floor of a new and rudely constructed house of oak planks, with only one room, and that scantily furnished.  Strange to say, the inquest was conducted in an odd manner, the body not having been stripped for examination, and no surgeon employed to ascertain the course of each shot.  Deputy Coroner Prickett, with the following jurors held the inquest:  E.M. Mosburg, foreman; J. C. Huntly, Clark H. Whitemore, J. M. Green, James Maybery, J. R. Horste, C. F. Prickett, T. Crenshaw, J. Schvartz, C. Baxter, G. W. Prickett, and A. G. Harwood.  Upon examination the foreman it was found that a bullet had entered the head near the left temple and lodged in the base of the skull.  A wound was found on the forehead, as it produced by the muzzle of a pistol.  Another bullet hole was found in the right arm, about four inches below the elbow which ranged downward toward the hand.  On his person was found $1.10 and some other papers.  The principal witness having absconded, others being called, testified to the following facts:  It is known the two men, Hightower and Kendrick had quarreled several times.  It is reported that Kendrick had some $500 on his person on Saturday.  For a few days last week Kendrick’s wife had been away.  She returned on Friday night, and while relating to her sister as to where she had been, etc. Kendrick crowded under the house and eavesdropped.  Afterwards some quarrel ensued.  On Saturday night one of the witnesses heard Hightower say:  “Hell is a poppin,” inferring that something serious would occur.  Another one—of whom he borrowed a revolver heard him say on __day morning, _____ Kendrick only what Jake had told some parties after the shooting could be got at regarding the fatal quarrel.  Jake told someone after coming out of the house that he had killed Kendrick in self defense; that Kendrick had come at him with a knife (showing the scar where he received a cut) and caught him by the neck.  He said he stood it as long as he could, and then he shot several times, but remarked:  “By God!  I’ll never tell you where the fatal shot came from.”  George Bradley saw Carrie Cox, the murdered man’s sister-in-law, drop a pistol as she came out of the house, which he afterwards picked up.  He produced it as evidence.  He said he heard Jake tell Carrie Cox that she had done the work.  The evidence was very scattering, but plainly shows that it was probably a concerted plan to rid themselves of him.  The coroner’s verdict was as follows:  “We the jury, find, after examination that W. A. Kendrick came to his death by two pistol shots from the hands of Jacob Hightower, on April 29, about 10 o’clock.”  Pet Hightower’s presence within a half mile of the place at the time of the tragedy, and his strange conduct since, does not favorably reflect upon his official integrity, although it may prove not as bad as it seems.  The murdered man will be taken care of by friends and buried tomorrow.

(The Saturday, 5 May 1877, Jonesboro Gazette, reported that William D. Kendrick, of Boskydell, was murdered by Jake Hightower, with the aid of Kendrick’s wife and her sister, Miss Cox.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 10 May 1877:
Gov. Cullom has issued a proclamation offering a reward of two hundred dollars for the arrest of Greenville R. Farris for the murder of James Campbell in
Hamilton County on June 4th.
A Young Man Named Cain Run Over by an
I. C. R. R. Switch Engine.

At about half past eight o’clock last night, a young man named Cain, a stranger in the city, was run over at the corner of Eighteenth Street and Ohio Levee by one of the switch engines on the Illinois Central railroad.  The wheel struck Cain about the left hip and passed over his body.  Cain was alive at the hour of our going to press, but it was thought could not live till morning.

Friday, 11 May 1877:
Death of Mr. Tim O’Callahan at Hot Springs—Death of Frank Bryant.

Mr. Tim O’Callahan, the well known proprietor of the saloon at the corner of Fourteenth Street and Ohio Levee,
Arkansas, yesterday.  Mr. O’Callahan had been sick for the last six months, and a few weeks ago went to St. Louis for medical treatment.  He remained
for about a month, and not improving, concluded to go to the Hot Springs.  He had been at the Springs but a few days when it was noticed that he was losing his mind.  A day or two ago, he
and search was at once instituted for him.  After a long and tiresome hunt he was
When discovered he was under a large tree, and from appearances it would seem had walked round and round the tree until he had marked out a
He had been without food for nearly two days and as a consequence was well nigh exhausted when found.  He was taken back to his hotel, where he lingered until yesterday morning.
His wife, who remained at home in Cairo to superintend her husband’s business, was notified by telegraph yesterday, and at once left for the Springs, to take charge of her husband’s remains, and to having them prepared for shipment to Cairo, where they are expected to arrive tomorrow or the day following.  Mr. O’Callahan was a good citizen, and his unfortunate death will be sincerely lamented by his numerous friends in this city.
Death of Frank Bryant

Mr. Frank Bryant, an old citizen of Cairo, died at his home on Twenty-second Street, in this city, at an early hour on Wednesday morning.  Mr. Bryant was an old citizen of Cairo, and was known to almost all of the old residents of the city.  He was a man of noble and generous disposition, and was noted for his kindness and sympathy for the distressed.  He leaves a wife and three children, who are now residing on Twenty-second Street.  His funeral took place yesterday afternoon, his remains being conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment.  He was followed to his grave by a large number of his former friends and associates.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Timothy O’Callahan native of County Kerry, Ireland, born March 20, 1827, died May 9, 1877.  Erected by his wife Mrs. Bridget O’Callahan.  Frank Bryant was probably Benjamin Franklin Bryant.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  B. F. Bryant 1838-1877, Father; N. B. Bryant 1841-1927, Mother.—Darrel Dexter)
Still Alive.

Robert Cain, the man who was run over by a freight car on the Illinois Central night before last, was still alive last night.  His left hip and leg are terribly mangled and it is thought impossible for him to live.  Cain was a section hand and worked on the Villa Ridge section.  He was paid off on Wednesday, and came to Cairo to spend his money.  It is said he was under the influence of liquor when the accident happened. 
Saturday, 12 May 1877:
Very Sick.

Mrs. James Powers, living on Tenth Street, between Washington and Commercial avenues, is very sick with pneumonia, and late last night it was thought she could not survive long.

Died at Villa Ridge, Illinois, on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 9, at three o’clock, Mrs. Sarah Scott Edson, wife of Judge Obed Edson, aged seventy-seven years, seven months, and three days.
The married life of the deceased extended over a period of sixty-one years, the Pearl (sixtieth) wedding anniversary being celebrated a year ago last February.  She was born in
Hampshire County, Massachusetts, and removed thence with her parents to Chautauqua County, New York, where she was married at an early age, she and her husband moving to Villa Ridge in 1834.  She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty years.  Her last sickness extended over a period of only eight days.  Before passing away she expressed her faith that she was going to a home of eternal happiness with her Savior, whom she had so long loved and served.  Her life was one of usefulness and unselfish devotion to her family, of Christian fortitude and patience under affliction.  She raised a large family of children, six of whom (three sons and three daughters) are now living, five of them being present at the bedside of their dying parent, the absent one (a daughter) residing at such a distance that she could not be notified of the impending affliction in time to be in attendance on the mournful occasion.  Her afflicted husband will sadly miss his life-long and devoted loved companion, and helpmeet; and her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will ever cherish with deep affection the memory of the dear departed.  Her uncomplaining submission to the affliction of death, of which she has had an unusual share, and her self-sacrificing devotion to the welfare of her family and friends, have greatly endeared her to a large circle of acquaintances, who admired her for her ostentatious devotion to her duties as a wife, mother and neighbor, and loved her for her lifelong examplication of all the Christian virtues.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Obed Edson 1796-1877; Sally Scott Edson 1799-1877.—Darrel Dexter
Tuesday, 15 May 1877:
Miss Carrie Cox, charged with being an accessory in the murder of Wiley D. Kendrick at Boskydell,
Jackson County, a few weeks ago, was arrested in Indiana one day last week and is now in the Jackson County jail awaiting trial.
The case of the People v. Peterson for murder, has been taken to Saline County on a change of venue.  O. A. Harker, Esq., for defendant, and Judges Allen and Duff for the People.  The case will be tried on the 22d inst.
To Be Choked.
Poindexter Edmundson to be Hanged at Bloomfield, Mo., Today

Poindexter Edmundson will be hanged at Bloomfield, Stoddard County, Missouri, today, for the killing of William Shaw in October last.  Edmundson’s attorneys have done everything in their power to save his neck but without avail.  The governor and the Supreme Court refused to interfere with the findings of the court below.  The evidence on which Edmundson was convicted was entirely circumstantial.  It is believed that others were interested in the killing and it is expected the Edmundson will, before his execution, acknowledge his crime and name his accomplices.  This will be the second execution that has taken place in Stoddard County
Wednesday, 16 May 1877:
A colored man named Pillow residing on
Eighth Street between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street, died yesterday morning.  He had suffered with consumption for more than two years.

Thursday, 17 May 1877:
Poindexter Edmundson, who was to have been hung at
Bloomfield, Missouri, on Tuesday for the murder of William Shaw in October last, was respited just two hours before the time fixed for the execution.  The respite was granted on the confession of a dying man, who declared that Edmundson was not the man who murdered Shaw.  The respite gives Edmundson a lease on life until July 15th.

The following bill having passed the house of representatives, is now on its third reading in the senate:

An act to reimburse the counties of Williamson and Jackson for amounts expended by said counties in suppressing an insurrection against the laws of this state, known as the Williamson County Vendetta.

SECTION 1.  Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois represented in the general assembly, that the sum of seven thousand, two hundred and ninety-six dollars ($7,296) be and the same is hereby appropriated to reimburse the county of Williamson for that amount of money, advanced and paid by said county, as rewards for apprehension and delivery to the sheriff of said county of Marshall Crain, William J. Crain, Samuel Music, and James Norris, and for the lure of guards to guard the jail of said county during the confinement therein of the persons above named, together with one Black Bill Crain.

SEC. 2.  That the sum of three thousand five hundred and fifty dollars ($3,550) be and the same is hereby appropriated to reimburse the same county of Williamson for attorney’s fees paid by said county in the prosecution and conviction of the parties hereinbefore named.

SEC. 3.  That the sum of three hundred ($300) be and the same is hereby appropriated to James W. Landrum for time and money by him expended in organizing militia companies to preserve the peace and protect the lives of the citizens of Williamson County.  That the sum of five hundred dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to Daniel H. Brush, for money by him expended as a reward offered by him, the said Danish H. Brush, for the purpose of bringing murderers to justice, and thereby protecting the lives of citizens of Jackson and Williamson counties.

SEC. 4.  That the sum of two thousand nine hundred and forty-two dollars ($2,942) be and the same is hereby appropriated to reimburse the county of Jackson for that amount of money advanced and paid by said county as rewards for the apprehension and delivery to the sheriff of said Jackson County of John Bulliner and Allen Baker and for the hire of guards to guard the jail of said country during the confinement therein of said Bulliner and Baker, and for attorney’s fees paid by said county of Jackson in the prosecution and conviction of said Bulliner and Baker.

SEC. 5.  That the auditor of public accounts is hereby authorized and directed to draw his warrant, payable to the treasurer of Williamson County, for the aforesaid sums mentioned in sections 1 and 2, amounting to $10,846; and also his warrant, payable to James W. Landrum, for the sum of $300 mentioned in section four of this act, and also his warrant payable to the treasurer of Jackson County, for $2,942.

SEC. 6.  That whatever sum may yet be due to A. D. Duff and William J. Allen, for prosecuting as aforesaid at the rate of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each of said convictions, shall be paid to them by the county treasurer of the aforesaid counties, respectively, out of the moneys received on the aforesaid warrants. 
Friday, 18 May 1877:
J. B. Downey, an old resident of
Joliet, dropped dead in his chair Saturday evening.  Heart disease was supposed to have been the cause.
Mr. Robert Kay, one of the early settlers of
Adams County, died at his home in Payson, in that county, a few days ago, and was buried Sunday last.  His age was seventy-two years.
A little boy named Gundlach accidentally shot a playmate named Adolph Newbar, at Peoria, the other day.  The last accounts the wounded boy’s chances of recovery were doubtful.
Mrs. William Bailey, of Mansfield, Piatt County, died suddenly at Champaign the other day, where she had gone on business.  She was in the city but an hour before her death.
A woman named Sarah Kerr, a resident of Braidwood, was killed by the cars of the Chicago and Alton Railroad at Joliet, Saturday.  The employees of the road were exonerated from all blame by the coroner’s jury. 

Saturday, 19 May 1877:
It was rumored yesterday that the negro who attempted to commit an outrage on Mrs. Pile near Arlington, Ky., on Tuesday evening, had been taken from the officers by a mob and hanged.  We tried to trace the report to a reliable source, but could not.  It is probably untrue. 
Wednesday, 23 May 1877:
Died—In this city at about one o’clock p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 1877, of scarlet fever, after only two days’ illness, Lucy, only daughter of John F. and Bettie Rector, age eight years.  The funeral services were held at the Methodist church last evening, after which Mr. Carry, the undertaker, started for Anna with the remains, the railroad company having refused to take the corpse on account of the disease.  Mr. and Mrs. Rector, accompanied by a number of friends, went to Anna by the train last night.  This was their only child, and, as may be imagined, they were fondly attached to her.  They have the sympathy of the public generally in this the hour of their bereavement.

(John F. Rector married Bettie Bozman on 2 Feb 1868, in Pope Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Uncle Daniel George, an honest old colored man, has stood the storms of more than sixty-five years.  He has lived the life of a bachelor and never until a year ago fell in with a wench with whom he believed he could live and be happy.  Just about one year ago Daniel saw Sarah Christian, a comely mulatto girl, and as the old man says, “Jes so soon as I slapped my eyes on her, sumthin’ struck me.”  Daniel is not able to tell what that “sumthin” was but every time he saw that “gal his heart went flipety-flip jes like a buzzard’s wings.”  He sorter wanted to be ‘round where she was, and after awhile he got to saying nice things to her, and she finally agreed to marry him.  Daniel had several hundred dollars in money, and when Sarah Christian consented to “jine him for life” he gave the greater part of it to her for safe keeping.  The wedding day was set and Daniel bought himself a lot of new duds, and made all the necessary arrangements for the event.  The wedding was to take place sometime soon and Daniel never once suspected his Sarah of being false to him.  But, she was, for a few days ago she went off and married another fellow, and spent all of poor old Dan’s money in buying her wedding outfit.  It was two or three days after the wedding when old Dan heard of it, and the knowledge that his idolized Sarah had been false to him, almost broke his old heart. 

He brooded over the matter for several days, and finally concluded to put an end to his mystery by committing suicide.  Accordingly on Saturday morning last he resolved to carry his determination into execution.  He left his home and went into the woods and with a huge knife cut his throat from ear to ear, almost severing the windpipe.  In this condition he was found a few hours later and was removed to his home and a physician called to see him.  He was found to be in a critical condition and liable to shuffle off at any moment.  On Sunday he was brought to Cairo and put into the hospital for treatment.  On Monday he was getting along as well as could be “expected under the circumstances,” and he may recover.  The old man has lived near Unity in this county for a number of years.

(Sarah R. Christian married James H. Wallace on 5 Apr 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Way They Dispose of Rapists in Kentucky.
Lynching of the Negro Who Attempted a Rape on Mrs. Pyle.

The negro boy who attempted to rape, and afterwards murder Mrs. Pyle, of Arlington, Kentucky, on last Thursday evening, paid the penalty of his crime at Blandville, Kentucky, on Monday night, by being lynched by a mob.

Full particulars have not been received and all that is known is about this:
a party of armed and masked men—variously estimated from twenty-five to fifty, went to the jail at Blandville and demanded the surrender of the prisoner.  The jailer refused to deliver him up to the mob, who without any further ado, forced the jailer aside and entered the building.  The door of the cell in which the negro was confined was battered down with an axe, and in a short time the men who entered the jail
in charge.  The negro was taken a short distance from the jail, when the party halted, and a rope was placed around the negro’s neck, the rope
and the mule driven through the town under the lash.  After this the mob took their departure, and a short distance from the village hung the negro to a tree and
under him.  While burning, twelve bullets were fired into his body.  His clothing was burned off, and the body, the lower portion of which was terribly burned and perforated with bullets and which was still hanging at nine o’clock yesterday morning as it has been left by the mob, presented a terrible and sickening scene.

The jailer at Blandville though well acquainted with the people of that part of the country, says that leaders of the mob were so thoroughly disguised as to render recognition impossible.

(The name of the man lynched was given as Levi Pyle in the 26 May 1877, issue.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 24 May 1877:

A beautiful tribute was paid to the memory of Lucy Rector by her schoolmates yesterday noon.  Without previous arrangement or the knowledge of the teacher, Miss Riley, a number of the scholars, children ranging in age from seven to ten years, each carried to school a beautiful bouquet and just as school was called they gathered about the seat formerly occupied by the little Lucy and fairly covered the desk with a profusion of flowers.  Miss Riley, who knew nothing of the purpose of the little folks until she saw them in the act of decorating the seat of their departed mate, was touched by the sight and burst into tears.  The little ones observed her, joined her feelings, and in a moment a dozen little heads were bowed and as many pairs of eyes were bedimed with tears, and for several minutes not a word was spoken.  When the “spell” was broke, the scholars, assisted by their teacher, built a pyramid of flowers on the departed Lucy’s desk, and it is proposed to leave them there to wither and fade.  Such scenes are not often witnessed in a school room.

Friday, 25 May 1877:
The trial of J. C. Peterson, for the murder of a man named
Adams at New Burnside, Johnson County, in 1875, came off at Harrisburg, Saline County, last week.  The attorneys in the case were Judges Allen and Duff and State’s Attorney Gregg for the People, and O. A. Harker of Vienna, and F. M. Youngblood of Benton, for the defense.  The case occupied several days in its hearing.  The evidence against Peterson was very strong, but notwithstanding all this and the acknowledged ability of the attorneys for the People, Messrs. Harker and Youngblood, succeeded in getting him off with one year in the penitentiary.

Saturday, 26 May 1877:
The Death Dance.
The Lynching of the Negro Levi Pyle.

The Blandville (Kentucky) News gives the following account of the way the negro Levi Pyle was disposed of by a mob on last Sunday evening:

Last Sunday evening, about the hour of eleven, some twenty men from the southern part of the county, came into town and proceeded to the jail, and demanded of E. P. Morgan, the jailor, the keys of the cell in which the negro Levi Pyle was confined; after a few moments parley, the keys were given up and the mob, for such it was, proceeded to the cell, and with ropes soon tied the unfortunate son of Ham in such a manner that he found it was impossible to unloose himself.  Having thus secured him they led him downstairs and out in the roads, when they mounted their horses, but as the negro had none, he was compelled to travel on shank’s ponies, and as they made them gallop through town he soon found that it was all he could do to keep up with them, not withstanding he made ten feet at a jump.  But all things have an end, and so also had this jumping an end—for the negro soon got tired of going at such a furious rate, and at the bottom of the hill thought he would lie down and take a rest; now that is what his captors did not in the least wish, and as they could not make him get up, they done the next best thing they could, i.e., pulled him on the ground to the nearest tree, but as the limbs were not large enough to hold him, they proceeded to the next tree, and after finding a limb, threw the rope over and Levi Pyle was hanging between heaven and earth to answer to the crime which had been laid to his charge.  The mob after hanging him, fired five shots into his body, and then quickly dispersed to their homes.

We are no advocate of mob law, but in this instance we think it was right and proper that the people should do just as they did with this negro, who, in nine chances out of ten, would in all probability have only been sent to the state prison for a term of one or two years for the fearful crime he had committed.  Until our legislature shall have passed such laws as will insure the punishment of such fiends, and see that they receive the punishment for the crimes they so richly merit, just so long will we have such occurrences as occurred here last Sunday night.  The law as it now is on such crimes is defective, and we hope at the meeting of the next legislature to see Mr. Edrington make some amendments to the criminal laws.

Sunday, 27 May 1877:
The Paducah News of Friday says:  “The region of Fulton County, Kentucky, must have something about it that induces murder; it may be in the atmosphere, or it may be in the fact that it is a point where it is convenient for a peripatetic murderer to stop on his way to parts unknown.  At all events, it is an established fact that they do commit more murder there or thereabouts than is usual at or near a country village. 

We have another killing to record, which occurred in this wise, as we learn from Mr. E. D. Watson, of the Times and Observer, who was in the city this morning:  Last night two negroes named Thomas Riley and Mike Oakley, who were working on a section of the Mississippi Central Railroad, about six miles from Fulton, had a serious dispute after which both of them went to bed.  Riley nursed his wrath until about 4 o’clock this morning, when he arose, dressed himself and quietly taking a pistol from beneath the bed, shot and instantly killed OakleyRiley then took to the woods, but was seen at some hour this morning on the track of the P. and M. railroad and will probably make for this city.”

Thursday, 31 May 1877:
Died, in this city on Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock, Nellie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Redman, aged nearly three years.  The funeral services were held at the Catholic church yesterday afternoon, and at three o’clock a special train left the foot of Eighth Street for Villa Ridge, where the remains were interred.  The bereaved parents, and brothers and sisters of the family have the sympathy of their friends and acquaintances.

            (A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Nellie daughter of W. & E. Redman, Aged 2 years, 9 months, 7 days.—Darrel Dexter


Friday, 1 Jun 1877:
A colored man named Jordan Watson died suddenly at Scott’s Saloon at about five o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Watson had been suffering for some time from a disease of the bowels, and died as above stated.  His remains were taken charge of by the authorities. 
Sunday, 5 Jun 1877:
Struck by a Cyclone, the Town is Almost Destroyed.
Great Destruction of Life and Property
Thirteen Dead and Forty Wounded Removed from the Ruins.
Almost the Entire Business Portion of the Town Laid Waste.
Partial List of the Killed.

We are furnished the particulars of the destruction of the city of Mt. Carmel by a cyclone yesterday evening, by the officers of the Cairo and Vincennes railroad.  The sight, as described by the telegrams below must have been terrible.  Houses, trees, everything in the course of the destroyer were buried to atoms, and men, women and children and animals alike crushed and mangled in the most terrible, sickening manner.  The loss of life and property as yet can hardly be estimated, so great has been the confusion and consternation among the helpless and terror strick inhabitants of the doomed town.

MT. CARMEL, June 4, 4:40 p.m.—As near as can yet be ascertained, about one hundred and fifty persons have been hurt.  Thirteen dead bodies have been removed from the debris.  My house was blown to atoms,

and my little brother and sister badly crippled.  Oh, horrible!  Over fifty houses are a total wreck.  All of the churches and four of the finest business houses in town were utterly destroyed.  The streets are full of debris.  No one has been here but one man who ran away from the cyclone.

and I will go back up town as soon as I can and send you further news.

Mt. Carmel, June 4—5:35 p.m.—My God! the fire is gaining on us.  They have
more or less.  At least six or seven of those injured will die.  A good many are still missing.  A brakeman on the Air Line was killed.  J. O. Edgar, Fred Gabe, and Mr. Tennis are all I have heard of among the killed.  The crowd fought the fire back long enough to save Mr. Parkinson, one of our shippers, but he may die yet.  Four fine three-story brick business houses are among the buildings destroyed.  We are
My father’s business house and home were both destroyed.  At least fifty buildings have been destroyed.

Mt. Carmel, June 4, 7:30 p.m.—The following is a list of the dead as near as I can learn them now:
Alderman Watkins, Mr. Goodrich, Mrs. Benton, William Tennis, George Moore, England; F. W. Edgar.  Mr. Newman and Mr. Parkinson are still living.

MT. Carmel June 4, 9:30 p.m.—Three more dead have been removed from ruins.  Willie, youngest son of Rev. Mr. Wallar, of the M. E. church; Belle Ballard, and Mattison, a little son of Mrs. Burten.

Mr. J. R. Thomas, a photographer, formerly of this city, telegraphs to his wife who is visiting friends in Cairo that he is safe and well.

Wednesday, 6 Jun 1877:
The Destruction at
Mt. Carmel.
List of Killed and Wounded Greater Than at First Supposed.
Full List of the Killed and Wounded.

At last accounts sixteen dead had been taken out of the ruins and it is believed that perhaps as many more have not yet been found.  Twenty-seven are yet missing, and the wounded number about one hundred.

The following is a correct list of the killed as far as known up to a late hour last evening:  C. L. Poole, William Wallar, George Moore, Charles Norman, S. A. Edgar, Mr. Goodrich, William Newkirk, Mr. Ballard, Matterson’s child, Mrs. Benton, Lady unknown, John Tennis, C. L. Watkins, Mrs. Baumgartner, John Highbee, Fred Geohe.

Sunday, 10 Jun 1877:
Mr. Quince Stancil, an old Cairoite, and well known to all of our citizens, died at Bradley’s Landing, Arkansas, on last Tuesday.

Saturday, 16 Jun 1877:
Died—at Hot Springs, Arkansas, Friday, Jun 15th, 1877, Mr. R. J. Cundiff.  The funeral will take place from his late residence on Ninth Street this city at 3 o’clock p.m. today by special train to Villa Ridge.  Services will be held at the house at 2 o’clock p.m.  All are invited to attend.

            (Robert J. Cundiff married Adelaide A. Phillips on 17 Mar 1874, of Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 17 Jun 1877:
Human Bones Found in a Cave in
Johnson County
County Yeoman)

A few days ago Thomas E. Keith, living five miles north of Vienna, was out hunting a cow, and passing along the bluff on Wesley Miller’s farm, he saw a buzzard fly from under the bluff near him, which attracted his attention.  He descended a few feet and found a cave in there about 20 feet by ten and some four or five feet arch.  On entering he found a large quantity of ashes—about two wagon loads, and among them a large quantity of human bones, which are greatly charred.  Quite a number of our Viennaians have visited the cave and confirm the above facts.  They think, from the bones to be seen there, that there must have been from a half dozen to a dozen persons burned in the cave.  Some of the bones are of grown people and some of children.  Some of the bones were brought to town and shown to Dr. Bratton; he pronounced them human bones.  This discovery has created quite an agitation in the minds of some.  There seems to be no settled theory as to how long they have been there.  Although we have not seen the cave nor any of the bones, it is our opinion they have been there ever since the red man lived in this country.  Who knows but what it even antedates the Indians, as far back as the days of the mound builders, of whose existence there is but little known except the mounds to be seen in some parts of the country.  A finger ring and a large glass bead were found in the cave.
The funeral of R. J. Cundiff, yesterday afternoon, was attended by the Masons (of whom he was an honored member) and a large concourse of our citizens.  Mr. Cundiff was one of our best citizens, an honest upright man.  He leaves a large family to mourn his loss, to whom in their bereavement we extend our warmest sympathies.

Wednesday, 20 Jun 1877:
The following in relation to the death of our late fellow citizen, Mr. R. J. Cundiff, we take from the Hot Springs Daily Telegraph:

Mr. R. J. Cundiff, of Cairo, Ills., who came to the valley some few weeks since for the purpose of receiving treatment for a severe attack of paralysis, died this morning at half past four o’clock after great suffering.  Mr. Cundiff was one of the oldest residents of Cairo, a prominent businessman, and a respected citizen, whose demise will be learned with regret by all who knew him.  Mr. Will Cundiff , his eldest son, arrived in the valley this morning and took charge of the remains of his father, which he will take to Villa Ridge, Ills., for interment.  The bereaved family have our heartfelt sympathy in their great loss. 
Sunday, 24 Jun 1877:
For some time past some person, or persons have been making raids on Jake Lattner’s cabbage patch on Jefferson Avenue, between Seventeenth and Eighteenth streets, to such an extent that the owner, Mr. Lattner, came to the conclusion to watch for the thieves, and if possible, bring them to grief.  Accordingly, on Friday night, Mr. Lattner, in company with Phillip Heim, went to the garden, secreted themselves and waited for whatever might turn up.  They had been in their places but a short time, when they discovered a man in the garden.  Heim and Lattner had armed themselves with a gun, and put in it a blank load, which they discharged at him, when he fell to the ground.  Heim ran to him, and a fight ensued, in which the former received a severe cut in the arm with a knife.  Heim then called for assistance, when Lattner seized a club and beat the man severely, when he started to run, and Heim and Lattner went to their homes.  Yesterday morning, an old negro, seventy years old, named Joe Brown, was found lying in the road near the cabbage patch, senseless, and almost dead, and it is supposed that he is the man with whom Heim and Lattner had the trouble.  Brown was taken to the hospital and Dr. Wood examined his wounds.  It was found that both his arms were broken and his skull broken to pieces.  His injuries are said to be fatal.

(The man’s name is recorded as Jim or Jimmie Brown in all later reports.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 26 Jun 1877:
Arrest of a Well-Known
Cairo Barber
For a Murder Committed in Arkansas in December Last.

Considerable excitement was occasioned in the city on Sunday last by the arrest, by Chief of Police Charlie Arter, and W. B. Harkins, city marshal of Osceola, Arkansas, of Riley Covington proprietor of the barber shop on Eighth Street near Washington Avenue.  Hearing of the arrest of Covington we went in search of Mr. Harkins with the view of ascertaining if possible the nature of the crime charged against Covington.  Mr. Harkins and Chief Arter were found together, and from the former we learned all the facts concerning the case in Mr. Harkins’ possession.  Covington is
The particulars Mr. Harkins detailed to us about as follows:  In November last
Covington was living in Mississippi County, Arkansas.  During his residence there he became acquainted with a colored man named Shacklefoot, a cotton picker.  Sometime in November, Shacklefoot and Covington left Craighead Point, a place on the Mississippi River near Osceola, together.  For sometime neither of them was seen, until three or four weeks after
and had in his possession Shacklefoot’s coat, hat and watch.  When asked what had become of Shacklefoot,
Covington said he had gone to New Orleans.  Though Covington’s conduct was suspicious, and there were those who believed that Shacklefoot had been foully dealt with, nothing was done to ferret out the facts as to his whereabouts or his fate.  Covington next made the acquaintance of a colored man named Wilkinson,
and traveled with him on his trip through the country buying furs from colored men.  In December last, while on one of their trips,
Covington called at the residence of a Mr. Baggott, and traded him the watch he had got from Shacklefoot for
Covington got Mr. Baggott to load the gun for him, and when Mr. Baggott went to put squirrel shot in it Covington told him to “put buck shot into it.”  Mr. Baggott did as requested, and Covington took the gun and went away.  Half an hour later Covington and Wilkinson were seen together a short distance from Mr. Baggott’s house, and a few minutes later two shots were heard in the direction in which they had gone.  At the time they were seen together in the road Wilkinson had in his possession a lot of furs, tied together and which he was carrying on his shoulder.

The day after this Covington was seen at Craighead Point with a lot of furs and when asked where Wilkinson was, said he had left him in Osceola drunk.  This was the last seen of Covington.  Two or three weeks later
in the woods near where he had been last seen dine with
Covington.  On examination it was seen that he had been shot twice, both times in the back, and that the back portion of his skull had been beaten into a jelly with a blunt instrument.  Search being made, a gun, which was afterwards identified by Mr. Baggott as the one he had traded to Covington was found a few feet from the body.  The gun was broken and showed that it had been so broken by having been used as a club.

All these facts which were sworn to before the grand jury of Mississippi County pointed to
The motive for the murder was undoubtedly money, as it was known that Wilkinson had nearly three hundred dollars on his person at the time he was last seen with Covington, and when  the body was found there was no money on it.

In February last Covington made his appearance in Cairo, and for a time kept a small restaurant near the corner of Fifth Street and Commercial Avenue, afterwards he purchased the right for a patent coffee boiler, and for a time peddled them about the city.  He next engaged to work for Ed. Braxton in the barbershop on Eighth Street, and when Braxton moved into his old quarters in the Reiser building Covington opened out on his own account in the shop vacated by Braxton.

Some weeks ago Chief Arter received a description of Covington together with a history of the crime.  The chief at once “spotted” Covington, and notified the Osceola authorities to come after him.

Marshall Harkins arrived in this city on the midnight train Saturday night, and on Sunday accompanied by Chief Arter went to Covington’s shop.  Covington was engaged in shaving a man, and when Chief Arter laid his hand on him and notified him that he was under arrest, for a moment he seemed paralyzed, and unable to speak.  Regaining his self control he put on his coat and hat and without saying anything was marched off to the county jail.  On the arrival of the Memphis packet last night, he was turned over to Marshal Harkins, who took him back to Osceola.
Covington, is a mulatto, about five feet eight inches high, and heavy set.  Apparently he is quiet and inoffensive in manners, and would not be taken as a man who would commit a murder.  There can be no doubt, however, that he killed both Shacklefoot and Wilkinson, one for his watch and the other for his money.

Chief Arter deserves credit for the strict watch he kept over Covington previous to his arrest to prevent his getting away.
The item published in Sunday morning’s Bulletin concerning the beating of the old negro who was caught stealing cabbage in Mr. Lattner’s patch, was incorrect in several particulars.  The negro did not fall down when Mr. Hiem shot off his gun, but started to run.  Mr. Hiem followed and caught up with him in the corn, when the negro turned, and stabbed him in the neck.  Mr. Lattner was close behind Hiem, and came up just as the negro cut him, and it was then that he struck the negro with the club.  The moon had gone down and it was quite dark when the affair took place.

(Mr. Hiem’s name is recorded as Heim in other articles.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 27 Jun 1877:
Died.—In this city on Tuesday, June 26th, 1877, of cholera morbus, Edward Morris, in the thirty-ninth year of his age.  Mr. Morris was for many years an employee of the Illinois Central railroad company, and was known as an honest and honorable man in all his relations in life.  He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society, and took great interest in the affairs of the organization.  The funeral services will take place today at 1:30 o’clock at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge for interment by special train from the foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 o’clock, p.m.  Friends and acquaintances of the deceased are invited to attend.

Thursday, 28 Jun 1877:
The funeral of Edward Morris, who died in this city on Tuesday, took place yesterday afternoon.  There was a large attendance of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased, who was well and favorably known to nearly everybody in this community.  The St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society attended the funeral in a body in full regalia.  Mr. Morris was one of the leading members of the organization.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
Resolutions of Respect.
Adopted on the Death of Edward Morris, who died on the 26th day of June, 1877.

At a meeting of the St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society, held at their hall on the 27th day of June, 1877, the following resolutions of respect were adopted to our deceased brother, Edward Morris.

WHEREAS, It has pleased the Almighty God to remove from our midst by the unsparing hand of death our worthy brother member, Edward Morris, therefore be it

Resolved, That while we bow in submission to the decrees of Divine Providence, our hearts are veiled in sorrow at the loss of one endeared to us by the ties of friendship and affection.

Resolved, That we tender our sympathies to the family of the deceased in their hour of bereavement.

Resolved, That a copy of the above resolution be transmitted to the family of the deceased, also to be published in the Cairo Bulletin.
P. McElligott,
J.M. Hogan,
Peter Saup, Committee on Resolutions
Passed Over.

On Sunday the 24th inst., at 8 o’clock, p.m. “Baby Jacob” only son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Martin, aged three months and three days.  The remains were interred in the Villa Ridge Cemetery on Monday, June 25th, at 4 p.m.  The warmest thanks of the family and friends of the family are tendered to Mr. William Morris, Miss Lucy D. Wilson and others, who so feelingly and sympathetically conducted the beautiful spiritualistic burial services over the form of the darling, little, precious baby boy.
A. A. H.

Saturday, 30 Jun 1877:
It is reported that the negro, Riley Covington, who was arrested in this city last Sunday by Chief of Police Arter, for killing two negroes in Osceola, Arkansas, and who was taken to Osceola by the marshal of that city, was killed by a mob on his arrival there.  The story goes that while
Covington was walking from the steamer on which he and the marshal took passage from Cairo, to the jail, a mob of white and black citizens surrounded them, and demanded that the marshal should deliver the prisoner to them.  The marshal refused, and the crowd set upon him.  He was overpowered and the negro seized and taken to the woods at the outskirts of the city, where he was put to a most terrible death.  A team of mules were hitched to the neck of Covington, with a rope, and the other to his feet and started in opposite directions.  He was literally pulled to pieces.  A gentleman who resides in Osceola, and who is now in our city, informs us that there is not the shadow of a doubt in regard to the unfortunate negro’s guilt.
There is considerable feeling among the colored people of the city over the manner in which old Jimmie Brown, who met his fate while in the act of stealing cabbage from Mr. Lattner’s garden, was hustled into his grave.  The old man received his injuries on Saturday morning between three and four o’clock, and died the following evening at ten o’clock.  The body was buried the next day in the afternoon.  No questions were asked, no inquest held.  While the colored people are almost unanimous in the belief that Messrs. Lattner and Heim were justified in what they did, they at the same time claim that the matter should have been investigated according to law that all the facts in the case might have been known.  There is reason and justice in this claim.  An inquest should have been held; it is the law, and the law should be complied with.  We understand that Messrs. Heim and Lattner desired that an investigation should be held, and so expressed themselves to the officers of the law.  And they were right, it would have been better for them had an inquest been held; and we may add it is not too late yet and they should demand an investigation.  An inquest even now will put the whole matter to rest; otherwise there may be trouble in the future.  Of the fact that this whole affair has been loosely managed is certain.  The officer whose duty it is to attend to such matters, is either ignorant of his duties in the premises or has been willfully negligent.
Tuesday, 3 Jul 1877:
Miss Ellen Shaunessy, daughter of ‘Squire Bryan Shaunessy, died on Sunday last and was buried from the family residence at the corner of Twelfth and Poplar streets yesterday afternoon.
Old Granny Horn, an old colored woman who was known to many Cairo people as a faithful nurse, was buried yesterday.  She is supposed to have been at least one hundred years old at the time of her death.

            (Granny Horn could be Caroline Horn, who is in the 1870 census of Cairo, Alexander Co., Ill., age 70, born in Virginia, black; or Charlotte Horn, also in the 1870 census of Cairo, age 68, born in Georgia, black.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 4 Jul 1877:
Charles Roberts, an employee of the Planters’ House, died suddenly of heart disease yesterday at 4 o’clock in the afternoon; he had not complained of feeling unwell until about 2 p.m., when he went to his room to lay down.  He was born at New Braunfells, Texas, and was about 50 years of age, and was a man of considerable intelligence, being well educated in the Spanish, German and English languages, and was a fine draughtsman.  He came here about five years ago and has been employed at the Planters’ nearly all the time he has been in the city.  Old lunch grabbers will remember him as presiding at the soup tureen during the palmy days of Huefner’s regime.
We this morning give place to a communication from J. O. Blackwood, of Osceola, Arkansas, denying the report sent broadcast over the country to the effect that the negro, Riley Covington, who was arrested in this city some days since was hanged by a mob on his arrival at Osceola.  Mr. Blackwood denies that “
Covington is charged with killing two men.”  Mr. Blackwood would have perhaps been nearer correct if he had stated that the indictment against Covington does not charge him with the murder of two men.  He is charged with killing two men, and everyone who has heard of the manner by which Covington came into possession of the watch, coat, and hat of the missing man Shacklefoot is convinced that Covington murdered him.  The indictment against Covington, a copy of which we have seen, does not mention the name Shacklefoot.
How that Osceola Mob Did Not Lynch Riley Covington.
Covington Liveth.
Osceola, Ark., July 1st, 1877
Editor of the Bulletin, Cairo, Ills.

DEAR SIR:  In your issue of June 30, appears an account of the terrible death of Riley Covington at the hands of a mob at this place upon his arrival here, in charge of our city marshal, W. B. Haskins.  Allow me to say, in justice to Riley Covington, that he is charged with the killing of but one man (which of course will have to be proven hereafter) and the good citizens of this county, that there is not one word of truth in the whole story.  Covington is alive and in good health.  I saw him about two hours ago and he is in fine spirits, etc.
J. O. Blackwood,
Att’y for Riley Covington.

“Citizen” on the “Taking Off” of Old Man Brown. 
The Difference Between Killing a Man and Robbery.

To the Editor of the Bulletin.

A week ago you chronicled the brutal murder of an old colored man, by white men; and this morning you chronicle the robbery of a colored man of three dollars and a half by four of his own color.  Is it not a little odd that in the first case alluded to no arrests have been made or inquest held, while in the latter all four are in limbo within twenty-four hours and under bonds in the amount of $500 each for the appearance before the circuit court.  In the first case an old man is found in the road with his skull crushed in and his arms broken with clubs; two men came forward and coolly confess to having killed him, alleging that he was in their cabbage patch with intent to steal.  Their excuse is deemed sufficient; no arrests are made, and they are even justified by the public prints.  In the second case the vigilance of the police is extolled for the arrest of the terrible criminals who set the laws at naught by stealing $3.50.  Why is this?  Do we have one law for the nigger and another for the white?  Or are we degenerating into barbarism, where property is of more value than life?  Common decency should have impelled the officers to at least have gone through the form of an inquest.  If there is any law or reason why it was not done, will the coroner or sheriff please publish it?

I am jealous of the good name of our city as anyone can possibly be, but when such violations of the law of God and man are permitted, I will not lend them my sanction by keeping quiet for fear of injuring our standing abroad as a law abiding community.
Cairo, July 2, 1877

Thursday, 6 Jul 1877:

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cheney died at Jonesboro on Wednesday morning.  The remains were brought to Cairo on Thursday morning, and were interred at Villa Ridge the same afternoon.  Mr. and Mrs. Cheney were visiting near Jonesboro when the child died.

(James Cheney married Mary Smith on 4 Nov 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Charles E. Stewart, Night Operator at the I. C. Depot Drowned in the Ohio River while in Bathing.

At a quarter before ten o’clock last night, Mr. Charles E. Stewart, night telegraph operator at the Illinois Central railroad stone depot, was drowned while bathing in the Ohio River near the Illinois Central wharfboat.  Stewart in company with three or four of his companions left the depot at half past nine and went to the river.  For some time they played about in the water, when Stewart, who was not an expert swimmer, got beyond his depth, and before help could reach him, sunk out of sight.  Every effort was made to recover his body, but up to eleven o’clock it had not been found.  Stewart was about twenty-one years of age, and came to Cairo from Champaign, where his parents reside.  During his short residence in this city he had made many warm friends.  Those who knew him best say he was a young man of exemplary character.
A Neighborhood Row Terminates in the Killing of Cud Wagoner by Harrison Burkelow.

A fatal affray occurred at the little town of Forman, on the line of the Cairo and Vincennes road in Johnson County, at an early hour yesterday morning.  From what we have been able to learn of the affair it seems that Cud Wagoner and Harrison Burkelow were neighbors, and live but a short distance from the Cairo and Vincennes depot at Forman.  Yesterday morning Mrs. Wagoner and Mrs. Burkelow got into a dispute about some trivial affair and kept up the squabble until their husbands were drawn into it, and the affair terminated by Burkelow taking a gun and shooting Wagoner, who died almost instantly.  Burkelow was arrested, and a hearing was in progress yesterday afternoon, but how it came out we were unable to learn.  We will probably receive full particulars tonight.

Saturday, 7 Jul 1877:
Robert Orr, a Tramp Has His Leg Cut off by an
I. C. Freight Train.

A tramp named Robert Orr, who boarded a freight train at Villa Ridge yesterday morning for the purpose of stealing his way to this city, in attempting to get off the train on arriving in the upper end of town, fell under the cars and had his right foot cut off.  The unfortunate man was taken to Thistlewood’s warehouse, where his leg was amputated just below the knee by Doctors Wardner and WoodOrr is a native of New York, and has a brother who is a cashier in a bank in that city, who was telegraphed to by the officers of the Illinois Central railroad.  Orr is now in the hospital.
The Body of Charles E. Stewart Recovered by Diver Hiram Hill.

The body of the young man Charles E. Stewart, whose death by drowning we announced in yesterday morning’s Bulletin, was recovered yesterday afternoon by diver Hiram Hill.  Nearly the entire morning had been spent in dragging the river in the vicinity where the young man was seen to go down, but without effect.  Mr. Hill’s services were then called into requisition, and although Mr. Hill has not been well for several days, he consented to make a search for the body.  It was between three and four o’clock when he “buckled on his armor” and went down to look for the body, and before four o’clock he had recovered it, and had it on the wharfboat.  The body was found within a few feet of the spot where Stewart was seen to go down.  Acting Coroner Comings assembled a jury and an inquest was held and a verdict of accidental drowning returned.  Mr. Stewart of Champaign, father of the deceased, who arrived in the city by the afternoon train on the Illinois Central, had the body at once prepared for shipment to Champaign, where it will be interred.  Mr. Hill’s charge in cases of this character are usually $25, but in this instance, although he was sick and really in no condition to undertake the recovery of the body, he did recover it, and with characteristic kindness, refused to accept pay for his services.  It is needless to say that the friends and acquaintances of the unfortunate young man feel that they owe Mr. Hill a lasting debt of gratitude.
A Colored Boy Fatally Stabbed by a Drunken Ruffian.

Mr. Albert Griffin, of Ullin, came to the city yesterday in search of a man named Thomas McAuliff, who is charged with stabbing a colored boy at the above named place on Thursday morning.  From Mr. Griffin we learn the following particulars of the affair.  Thomas McAuliff, an employee at Messrs. Morris, Rood & Co.’s mill, attended the celebration at Ullin on the Fourth and got to drinking.  He was still under the influence of liquor on Thursday morning, and showed a disposition to be quarrelsome.  He finally came in contact with a colored boy seventeen or eighteen years of age named John Glass, with whom he tried to get up a difficulty.  The boy it seems tried to avoid him, whether from fear or a desire to avoid a fight is not known.  McAuliff followed him about for some time, and at last without cause or provocation, plunged a large knife into the boy’s bowels, inflicting a wound from which it is thought he cannot recover.  McAuliff immediately left the place, and was not seen again until he got on to the train on the narrow gauge railroad near Hazelwood, and came to Cairo.  The officers here were on the lookout for him, but up to a late hour last night had not succeeded in capturing him.

Sunday, 8 Jul 1877:
Accidentally Shot.

The Johnson County Yeoman gives the following account of the accidental killing of a boy at New Burnside in that county, on Tuesday last:  “Mrs. Hood sent her son, a boy thirteen years old to Mr. Barnes’ grocery story after some chickens.  Mr. Barnes got his pistol and just as he was in the act of shooting at the chicken, young Hood ran between Mr. Barnes and the chicken, the ball striking him in the head, inflicting a wound from which he died in about thirty minutes.  Young Hood was a very intelligent boy, and a great favorite with the people of the little town.”
A Cold-Blooded Murder.

The Johnson County Journal gives the following account of the murder of David Wagoner by Harrison Burklow, at Forman on Thursday morning last:

Just on the eve of going to press we received information of a cold-blooded and deliberate murder which was perpetrated yesterday morning at Forman, seven miles south of this place, the particulars of which are as follows.  There has been an unpleasantness existing between Harrison Burklow, and David Wagoner for some time, on account of some trouble their wives have had.  On the Fourth, while they were both stimulated very highly on bad whiskey, they renewed their difficulties, but the interference of friends prevented any serious results at that time.  After this, Burklow and Wagoner went to their respective homes.  Yesterday Wagoner went to his work as usual in Chapman & Hess’ mill.  Shortly after he had gone to work, Burklow came into the mill, and without exchanging compliments, drew his pistol and shot Wagoner through the breast, from the effects of which he died immediately.

Burklow was arrested by L. M. Brown and others, brought to Vienna and out in jail.
On Friday night Sheriff J. H. Carter of Johnson County, brought Burklow to Cairo and placed him in the Alexander County jail for safe keeping.
An Old Negro Woman Reported Starving to Death on
Poplar Street.
Work for the City Officials.

A pitiable story comes to us from various persons in regard to an old negro woman living on Poplar Street, between Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets.  Her name is Maria Caldwell, and for weeks past she has been confined to her bed by sickness.  Her husband, finding it a hard task to support her, a few days ago left the house, and has since refused to do anything in the poor old woman’s behalf.  She has been kept in food by Mr. Egbert Smith, who keeps a grocery store at the corner of Thirteenth and Poplar streets, and several negro women living in the neighborhood.  The city authorities should look into the case and provide some source of support and care for the forsaken old creature.

(Her name is reported as Martha Caldwell in the notice of her death in the 21 Jul 1877, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
In Memory
of Charles E. Stewart, late night telegraph operator of the Illinois Central railroad, who was drowned in the Ohio River, July 4th, 1877.  How oft we will miss you, Charley, at eventide.  When donning our hats to leave the office, we would meet your smiling face upon the threshold, as you entered upon your nightly duties, that were always performed with the gentlemanly bearing and dignity.  How oft you have grasped the lightning and buried it to all points of the compass, and yet a hand all powerful, one that rules our destinies, reached forth and took you from our midst, and left us to mourn our loss.  May your spirit be wafted upon wings of spotless beauty o’er the crystal waters of the beautiful river upon whose banks hosts of angels await your coming, and with glad shouts welcome you home.  Mother, father, and sister, may messages of divine assurance come as a gentle dew upon your famished hearts now bowed down in grief, and may your frail harks now launched upon the rough river of life, be guided by angel hands to that haven where your darling Charlie awaits with that brilliant throng to welcome you home, is the sincere wish of
A Friend.
The Ghost of old Man Brown Will Not Down—A Communication in which the Officers of the Law Are Severely Criticized.
Cairo, July 7th, 1877
To the Editor of the
Cairo Bulletin:

In your issue of July 4th appeared a communication from “Citizen” censuring the officers of the law for their remarkable conduct in the case of the old negro who was beaten to death by Messrs. Lattner and Heim.  I do not learn that this article or your editorial on the subject has called forth any reply from our valiant sheriff, or vigilant coroner, or that they have yet taken any action in the matter.  Are we to understand that this case is a sample of the way they propose to administer the law during their term of office?  I protest against allowing this matter to drop without further comment.
according to the Sun, was a “harmless inoffensive old man, and was considered honest by those who knew him.”  Now, it may be that this “harmless, inoffensive old man” grew in one night to be a desperate, reckless criminal, for ridding the world of whom Messrs. Lattner and Heim deserve our commendation and thanks.  But if this is true there should be other evidence of it than the mere word of the men who did the killing.  If Messrs. Lattner and Heim are sure their conduct was justifiable they should
nor rest until they have obtained it.  And if Sheriff Saup and Coroner Able, or the acting coroner, desire to retain the confidence of the community they must see that such an investigation is made and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts.  I do not wish to blame these officials unjustly.  I prefer to think of them competent and faithful.  I prefer not to believe the cruel statement that Sheriff Saup approached the bedside of the poor old man, roughly cut open the bandages which bound his broken arms, and against the entreaties and fears of his friends, and their solemn protestations that he was
dragged the poor old victim from his bed, and part way to the jail, and then, finding him actually about to expire, returned him to the house, to die a short time after, terribly punished for what, perhaps, was his first, and that may be only a slight crime.

I have no false sympathy for the criminal as against the officer of the law, but
I would rather be old Jimmy Brown and fill a thief’s grave, trusting it a merciful God to forgive me in the future than to bear about with me the terrible remorse which must fill the heart of the Sheriff who so cruelly persecuted him.

Tuesday, 10 Jul 1877:
Sudden Death of Judge George H. Morrow of
Paducah on an I. C. Sleeping Car.

Judge George H. Morrow, of Paducah, Kentucky, died very suddenly on the sleeping car on the incoming train on the Illinois Central railroad on Monday morning.  From Mr. Bradley, conductor of the sleeping car, who testified before the coroner’s jury, we learn the following particulars of the death.  Judge Morrow got into the sleeping car at St. Louis, and seemed to be suffering severely, having a hacking cough, or catching in the throat.  He left his berth a number of times during the night and went to the water cooler and drank considerable water.  Just after the train left Ullin, he got up again and started towards the door, on reaching which he fell to the floor, and when picked up by the conductor and his assistant, he was supposed to be in a stupor, and was laid on one of the seats in the car, when it was found that he was dead.

When the train reached Cairo, acting Coroner Comings was notified and the body having been removed into the Illinois Central passenger depot, an inquest was held, when the facts as above related were brought out.  From papers in Judge Morrow’s possession it was learned that he had gone to San Francisco for the benefit of his health.  He did not remain there long, however, for his memorandum book shows that he passed through Cairo on his way to California on the 14th of June.  The judge was suffering from a tumor on the right said of his throat, which had grown so large as to displace the wind pipe and cause respiration difficult; and Dr. W. F. Grimstead, of Charleston, who happened to be present at the inquest, made an examination of the throat, and gave it as his opinion that the deceased had come to his death for suffocation.  The jury returned a verdict in accordance with these facts.  The friends of the deceased were notified, and in reply Justice of the Peace Comings was notified to have the body properly cared for and forwarded to Paducah.  Shortly after the Sir Knights, of which order the deceased was an honored member, took charge of the body, relieving Mr. Comings of the responsibility and had it sent to Paducah by the Fisk last evening.  Judge Morrow was judge of the county court of McCracken County, and was held in high esteem by the people among whom he lived.

Wednesday, 11 Jul 1877:
Alderman McGauley.

The many friends of Alderman McGauley, who is now in Wisconsin where he went in the hope of regaining his health, will regret to learn that he is sinking rapidly, and that he is not expected to live long.  He is now at this mother’s near LaCrosse and at last accounts was failing very fast.  Mrs. McGauley received intelligence a few days ago, which caused her to feel that she should be by her husband’s side, and she started for Wisconsin by the first train.
Isaac K. Swain, A Baptist Minister Drowned Between Blandville and the River.

On Monday morning last Rev. Isaac K. Swain, a Baptist preacher residing near Blandville, Ballard County, Kentucky, left Blandville with a horse and buggy to come to Cairo on business.  He was expected to return to Blandville in the evening, but as he failed to put in an appearance at the proper time his friends became anxious, and on yesterday morning started out to search for him.  They soon found the horse and buggy, but Mr. Swain was not with it.  The road between Blandville and the river was then searched, and in a small creek between the river and Blandville the body of Mr. Swain was found.  There were no marks of violence on his body, and it is a question of doubt in the minds of some whether the preacher was accidentally drowned or whether he committed suicide.  His remains were taken to Blandville for burial.

Thursday, 12 Jul 1877:
The Paducah Sun, speaking of Judge Morrow, who died on an Illinois Central train near this city on Monday morning, says:

George Morrow, judge of the McCracken County Court, whose death is announced in today’s Sun, was perhaps the most popular man in our county.  He commenced the study of law in the offices of Col. J. B. Husbands, in this city, about thirty years ago.  Judge Morrow was an intelligent, faithful officer, and a firm friend.  His sudden death has cast a deep gloom over this entire community.
How Cairo Gets Credit for Murders Committed Hundreds of Miles Away.

We find the following dispatch going the rounds of the press of this and adjoining states, the last paper in which we find it being the Illinois State Register:
(Special to the
St. Louis Republican)

CAIRO, ILL., July 5.—Sheriff Thomas Porter has just arrived home today having in charge Thomas Aiken, whom he arrested at Babcock’s Hole, Custer County, Colorado, on a requisition from the governor on the 13th of June, for the murder of Augustine Stewart, in 1864.  Stewart was a well-to-do farmer of this county.  The murder was perpetrated for the purpose of robbery, and about $1,000 were obtained.  Aiken, at the time of his arrest, was engaged in stock raising.  At the preliminary trial, in 1864, before Esquire G. W. Overton, he pleaded guilty and made a full confession.  He was placed in jail here, and escaped from confinement, since which time several important witnesses have died.  At the time he committed the murder he had two accomplices, by the name of Glide, who fled the country, and have not, and probably will never be apprehended.  Sheriff Porter deserves considerable credit for this successful management of this case, as Aiken is quite a desperado.

It is scarcely necessary to say that somebody has made a big mistake.  This dispatch was never sent from Cairo and when published in the Republican did not bear date at Cairo.  The dispatch was sent from Carmi, White County, in its rounds some rascally printer has simply substituted Cairo for Carmi.

Friday, 13 Jul 1877:
Jack Owens, a Noted Thief and Desperado, Well Known in
Cairo, Shot and Killed by an Officer of the Law Near Baton Rouge, La.

Mr. Grundy Bryant, of Ballard County, Kentucky, informs us of the killing of Jock Owens, one of the most desperate criminals known to the officers of the law in this section of the country.  Owens met his death about fifteen miles above Baton Rouge, La., while being chased by an officer named Gibbs last Monday.  When killed, Owens and an old man named Henry, who once made his home with Mr. Bryant, were in a skiff in the Mississippi River.  He was decoyed to the bank by friends of the officers and attempted to push out into the stream again upon discovering that he had been deceived, when Gibbs fired, killing him instantly.  Henry, Owens’ companion, had one of his ears shot off.

Saturday, 14 Jul 1877:
Mr. Chauncy Woodward, of Lockport, New York, brother of Mr. C. R. Woodward, of this city, died on Thursday.  C. R. Woodward received the word of the dangerous illness of his brother on Wednesday, but did not reach him until after his death.
It is said that there is no sympathy felt for the Forman murderer, Burkelow, who is well known in Cairo, having been a former resident of this place.  He was always disliked and avoided.  Too cowardly to meet his man in a fair fight, he took advantage of him while at work and unarmed, and shot him like a dog.  The last words of Wagoner before his death were “Don’t shoot.”

Sunday, 15 Jul 1877:
Death of Mr. M. J. McGauley.

The sad news of the death of Mr. M. J. McGauley, at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on Friday evening, was received in this city yesterday morning.  The deceased was a member of the city council of this city, of the St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society, and of the Delta Fire Company, and took great interest in the welfare of the city, and the affairs of both organizations.  He has suffered for some months with consumption, and went to Wisconsin at the request of his physician, who believed the change of climate would benefit him.  Mr. McGauley was one of our most respected citizens and his loss is deeply felt by the entire community.  His remains were interred at Fond du Lac yesterday morning.
The Execution of Edmundson at
Bloomfield, Mo., on Friday.

The following in regard to the execution of Poindexter Edmundson, who was known to many in Cairo, at Bloomfield, Mo., on Friday, we take from the St. Louis Times:

BLOOMFIELD, Mo., via Dexter, Mo., July 13.—Poindexter Edmundson, the murderer of William Shaw, was hanged at Bloomfield today.  Rev. H. H. Haysworth, of the Southern M. E. Church, administered the ordinance of baptism to him this morning at 11:30 o’clock.  He was brought out of jail, placed in a wagon surrounded by a guard of about 100 men armed with muskets and taken to the place of execution, about a quarter of a mile east of town.  He mounted the scaffold at 11:45 and was
by Rev. Messrs. Haysworth and Chasteen, after which they united in prayer, with him.  After rising from prayer he advanced to the front of the scaffold and made a very brief statement, denying his guilt, but said he knew all about it and that he could have prevented it, but did not desire to do so at the time.  He did not state who did the killing, but warned all persons from
under any circumstances, as he was now about to pay the penalty for so doing.

After he finished his statement the noose was adjusted around his neck, the death sentence read and the black cap placed over his face.  At five minutes past 12 o’clock the trap door fell and he was launched into eternity.  He fell nearly six feet, breaking his neck instantly.  One faint shudder passed over his body and that was all.  In twenty-four minutes his pulse had ceased to beat and shortly after his body was cut down, placed in a plain walnut coffin and given to his friends.

Thus passed away Poindexter Edmundson.  He was born in Lawrence County, Ark., but his father moved to Tennessee when he was only two years old and out to Missouri when he was four.

Tuesday, 17 Jul 1877:
Resolutions of Condolence.

At a meeting of the St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society of Cairo, Ills., No. 243 of the I. C. B. union held at their hall July 15th, 1877, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, It has pleased the Almighty God in his wisdom to remove from our midst by the unsparing hand of death our late Brother, M. J. McGauley, therefore be it

Resolved, That while recognizing the wisdom and justice of him who doeth all things well, we sincerely mourn the loss of one who in all his relations as a Christian and loving friend, and an earnest worker in the cause of friendship, unity, and Christian charity, could be excelled.

Resolved, That we, as his brethren in the cause of benevolence, do join in our heartfelt sympathy with his family, who mourn his untimely death; all knowing his worth as a companion, his honor and virtue as a man, will deplore the loss and his separation from us in this world; but consoling ourselves with the hope that God is his omnipotent mercy will reward him for his many noble traits, his kind and genial disposition and generous goodness toward all men.  Our unanimous prayers are that his soul may rest in peace.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the secretary and to the bereaved family of the deceased, that they be entered at large on the journal and published in the Cairo Bulletin, and in the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, papers.
Patrick Mockler
J.M. Hogan
P. McEligott, Committee on Resolutions

Wednesday, 18 Jul 1877:
A Negro Apple Peddler Shuffles off this Mortal Coil very Suddenly with Cholera Morbus.

For several days past a negro named Alexander Potter who is said to have come to Cairo from Metropolis, has been peddling apples, etc. to steamboat passengers at the wharf in the daytime and sleeping at night in skiffs, onboard piles, etc.  He has been sick and scarcely able to move about since coming to Cairo, with what those who saw him most and knew him best pronounce congestion of the bowels, and on Monday night about six o’clock he died on a pile of sacks on Halliday & Phillips wharfboat No. 1.  ‘Squire Comings was informed of the negro’s death and summoned a coroner’s jury, which held an inquest.  Their verdict was that Alex had died with the cholera morbus.  It is not known what led ‘Squire Comings and his men to this conclusion, as it is denied that the deceased had any symptoms of cholera morbus, unless it was the fact that Alex at the time of his taking off, or at some period of his life not definitely known, had been the owner of a box of green apples, which fact to the minds of any body of wise men, would be abundant evidence of the cause of the unfortunate man’s demise.

Thursday, 19 Jul 1877:
Fearfully Mangled.
Sparta Plaindealer)

Henry Berger, a farmer living one and a half miles from Red Bud, while mowing hay with a team on Wednesday last, struck a bee’s nest.  The team becoming unmanageable threw him in front of the sickle, cutting off his leg and right arm, and otherwise mangling him, from the effects of which he died in three hours.

Friday, 20 Jul 1877:
In Memoriam.
Resolutions of Respect to the Memory of the Late M. J. McGauley

At a regular meeting of the Delta City Fire Company held in their engine house on Wednesday evening, the 18th inst., Isaac Ostrander, on behalf of the Executive Committee and the members of the company, presented the following preamble and resolutions, which were adopted unanimously, and ordered spread upon the records of the company.

Resolved, That in the dispensation of providence which has removed from out midst our associate and friend, M. J. McGauley, we have sustained no common loss, and it has left a void which cannot be filled.  Being with us since the inception of the company he has always labored both as an active and executive member, and we shall miss his voice and action in the deliberation of the company, and his presence at all times.  A warm friend and zealous associate, his place cannot be filled, and we extend to the bereaved family our sincere sympathies.

Resolved, That in testimony of the respect and love we bear the deceased, the engine house and presidents chair be draped in mourning for the space of thirty days.

Resolved, That these proceedings to be published in the Cairo Bulletin, and Fond du Lac papers, and a copy furnished the family of the deceased..
John Y. Turner, President.
S. J. Humm, Secy.
Cairo, July 19th, 1877.

Saturday, 21 Jul 1877:
Old Martha Caldwell, who was deserted by her husband, and left to the charity of her neighbors, has passed out of the trials and tribulations of this world.  She died last Tuesday and was buried on Wednesday.

Sunday, 22 Jul 1877:
We are pained to record the death of the aged colored man Richard Smith, better known as old Dick Smith, which sad event occurred here yesterday morning.  For over twelve years Dick has been employed on various wharf boats in this city, and was a quiet, industrious, inoffensive man whom everybody liked.

Tuesday, 24 Jul 1877:
Mrs. Brown, wife of Jim Brown, who died in this city some two weeks ago, appeared before Squire Comings yesterday morning and swore out a warrant for the arrest of Phillip Hiem and Jacob Lattner, charging them with the killing of her husband.  The preliminary examination will be had before ‘Squire Comings this morning at ten o’clock.

Wednesday, 25 Jul 1877:
Preliminary Examination of Messrs. Heim and Lattner Yesterday—The Defendants Acquitted.

The preliminary hearing of Messrs. Heim and Lattner, for the killing of old man Brown, took place before Squire Comings yesterday afternoon.  County Attorney Mulkey appeared for the People and Judge John H. Mulkey for the defense.  There was a large number of witnesses in the case, and it was near night before the evidence was all heard.  The circumstances of the killing were proven to be substantially as stated in the Bulletin the day following the occurrence. 

Mr. Lattner had missed considerable garden truck and determined to watch his garden with the hope of capturing the thief or thieves.  On the night of June 23d, accompanied by his neighbor Philip Heim, he took up a position in the patch.  After waiting nearly all night, at about three o’clock in the morning, the thief made his appearance and entered the patch.  Mr. Heim, who had taken his shotgun with him, fired a blank cartridge at the thief, who started to run, when both Lattner and Heim started after him.  Mr. Heim, who was some distance ahead of Mr. Lattner, followed the negro into the corn field adjacent to the cabbage patch where he caught up with him and a scuffle ensued.  In the scuffle the negro stabbed Heim in the shoulder with a butcher knife.  About this time Mr. Lattner came up when Heim called to him that he had been stabbed, and the latter, fearing that he might meet a similar fate, struck the negro with a club—how many blows was not proven.  The negro fell, and then Heim went home to dress his wound, while Mr. Lattner awoke some of his neighbors, and by their aid the old negro was carried out of the field and laid by the roadside where he was found by some passersby the following morning, who shortly afterwards removed him to his home.  Dr. Wood testified to the old man’s condition when he was called to see him.  Both arms were broken, his skull was fractured, and he was otherwise injured.  This was about the sum and substance of the evidence. 

The plea entered by the defendants was self-defense, and Justice Comings made short work of his summing up the case, and acquitted the defendants.  And thus ended the Brown case.  The result of the trial is nothing more than we expected, having believed from the first that Messrs. Heim and Lattner would be acquitted if an investigation was held.  We believed that an investigation should be had that all questions arising from the unfortunate “taking off” of the old man should be put to rest.  It was better than an investigation should be had now, than to have the matter go to the circuit court and the county put to heavy expense in its trial, and in the end the result would have been the same.  Even the examination had yesterday might have been avoided had the officers whose duty it was taken the matter in hand, held a coroner’s inquest.  But that was not done at the proper time, and the investigation was the outgrowth of their neglect of duty.

Thursday, 26 Jul 1877:
Lizzie Martin, a Mulatto Girl, Takes an Overdose of Morphine and Dies.

On Tuesday night, a mulatto girl by the name of Lizzie Martin, who has been living in a house on Fourth Street, took an overdose of morphine, and died in a few hours.  The deceased went to market Tuesday afternoon and bought a lot of peaches and watermelon, and returning home ate of them to such an extent that as Capt. Jim Miller would say, she was seized with a terrible “grippin’ in her bowels” and took a dose of morphine to relieve her of the pain and got too much.  Acting Coroner Comings, with that promptness which has at all times been so characteristic with him, summoned a jury and held an inquest yesterday morning.  The jury gave a verdict of accidental poisoning. 
Saturday, 28 Jul 1877:
Death of Mr. A. B. Safford.

The news of the sudden and unexpected death of apoplexy of A. B. Safford, Esq., at Burlington, Vermont, on Thursday night received in this city early yesterday morning, was a shock to the community and is felt as a sorrowful and irreparable calamity by all classes of citizens.  Mr. Safford was universally respected and beloved; was a public-spirited citizen, always deeply and actively interested in everything pertaining to the popular good; a man of wide and extended charity, whose heart was big enough to feel and sympathize with the woes of all mankind while it never failed to inspire him to alleviate the sorrows and relieve the distress of the poor and the unhappy in his own city and neighborhood; he was an exceptionally genial and pleasant acquaintance, a firm and faithful friend; a kind, thoughtful and affectionate brother, and an untiringly devoted husband.  “Take him for all in all, we never shall look upon his like again.”  His death is felt as a common sorrow by the people of Cairo and their deepest sympathy goes out to the family so suddenly bereaved; to the sorely afflicted wife and the family in Cairo; to the sister on the Atlantic shore and the brother on the Pacific, and to that wide circle of relatives and friends upon whom the mantle of deep grief has fallen.
Mr. H. H. Candee left for Burlington, Vermont, yesterday afternoon to join Mrs. Safford.  It is probable that the remains of the late Mr. Safford will be interred at Blue Island, Illinois.

Sunday 29 Jul 1877:
Micajah Littleton was captain of the steamer Eliza.  He is now in California.  O. S Burnham, now residing in St. Louis, was clerk and Oby Robirds engineer.  The Eliza sunk six miles above Cairo at what has since been called Eliza’s towhead.  The captain’s wife was drowned on the occasion.  During the season 25 steamboats were sunk at Goose Island constructing what is called the graveyard.

(Micajah Littleton married Katherine Woolf on 21 Aug 1824, in Union Co., Ill.  Micajah Littelton died 13 Jun 1880, in Sacramento, Calif.—Darrel Dexter)
H. A. Cunningham, A Piano Tuner Well Known to Cairo People, Charged with Poisoning the Woman He Claims Was His Wife, The Daughter of a Paducah Minister—A Coroner’s Jury Discovered Fourteen Ordinary Doses of Podophylin in Her Stomach.—Cunningham in Jail at Union City, Tenn.

Chief of Police Charley Arter, received the following letter a few days ago:
Union City, Tenn., July 26, 1877.
To Chief of Police, Cairo:

DEAR SIR:  I wish to make a few inquiries as to a man by the name of H. A. Cunningham, a piano tuner by profession.  He is about five feet four or five inches high, and weighs about one hundred and twenty or thirty pounds; has fair complexion, gray eyes, and black curly hair, and moustache; is slightly bow-legged; is very neat in appearance; is about thirty years old, and reserved in manner.  I understand he stayed in your city, in a music store at one time.  Is he a married or not?  If so, who he married and where his wife lived.  She reported here her maiden name to be Maggie King, and was the daughter of a Presbyterian minister.  He states he was married to her in Cincinnati, but would not tell who married them, nor the date.  She was a very handsome woman, and he seemed to guard her very closely.  She was taken sick on last Saturday night, and died on Tuesday night.  Cunningham gave her, according to the inquest, about fourteen times as much as a common dose, and we have him under arrest for the killing of this woman—or his wife, as he still claims.  His every action was suspicious.  Let me hear from you by return mail, and greatly oblige this community.
M. J. Robert, City Marshal.

Upon receipt of the above letter, Chief Arter at once recognized, as many others will, in the description given by Marshal Roberts, H. A. Cunningham, who some four months ago made his headquarters at Winter & Stewart’s auction establishment, and went about this city and neighboring towns repairing and tuning pianos.  Mr. Arter immediately set to work to find out what he could in regard to Cunningham’s course previous to his arrival in Cairo, and he acquired information to the effect that he has a family living somewhere in the upper part of the State, whom he left to go abroad to carry on his profession.  At Paducah Cunningham became acquainted with Miss King, who was the daughter of a highly esteemed Presbyterian clergyman.  He stole her away from her home, and brought her to Mound City in a skiff.  At this town they remained for some time, living as man and wife, Cunningham carrying on the business of tuning pianos until times became dull, when he came to Cairo.  A skiff was again brought into use to transport him and Miss King from Mound City to Cairo.  While in this city, the couple occupied rooms in Dr. Wardner’s building on Commercial Avenue, Cunningham making his headquarters at Winter & Stewart’s auction house, in the same building.  He was considered very much of a gentleman, being decidedly quiet and reserved, and treating everybody with whom he came in contact with marked politeness.  This disposition of Miss King to keep away from the outside world was particularly noticeable, it being a very rare occurrence to see her outside of her room, either alone or in company with Cunningham.  She looked about twenty years of age and was exceedingly pretty, and when she did make her appearance on the streets, attracted considerable attention.  Cunningham remained in Cairo some two months or more, and went to Columbus, Ky., the mode of travel again being by the use of a skiff.  At this place the couple remained several weeks, and Miss King became the mother of a child.  We next find them at Union City, and the history of their lives in that city is found in the letter above.  Chief Arter gave Marshal Roberts the benefit of the knowledge he had gained, by letter, and what will come of the matter remains to be seen.
A Brief Sketch of His Life—Action of the Chamber of Commerce, The Odd Fellows and Cairo Encampment—Words of Praise and Condolence

The following brief biographical sketch of the life of the late A. B. Safford, Esq., we take from the Biographical Encyclopedia of the State of Illinois.  We feel that it is very meager in its details of the life of a man for whom it is no exaggeration today, all the people of Cairo felt a personal attachment and whose death has endeared his memory to them.  We hope shortly to lay before our readers a fuller history of Mr. Safford’s life, particularly that part of it which identified him with Cairo:

Alfred B. Safford, cashier of the City National Bank, Cairo, Illinois, was born at Morristown, Vermont, on January 20, 1822.  His parents were natives of Vermont and came of Revolutionary stock in both branches, the grandfathers of each having served in that war.  His parents emigrated to Illinois in 1837, and settled in Will County and engaged in farming.  Alfred was then fifteen years of age, and had before moving to the State attended the schools of Vermont.  He continued at school in Illinois until he was twenty-one years old.  He then began the study of law with William A. Boardman, at Joliet, Illinois, and pursued his studies for three years, when he abandoned the law and engaged in merchandising, and continued therein until 1854.  In that year he moved to Shawneetown, where he started the State Bank of Illinois, and was its cashier.  In 1858 he removed to Cairo and started the City Bank, afterwards changed to the City National Bank, and has been its cashier since its organization.  In 1870 he organized the Enterprise Savings Bank, of which he was made President, and continues as its first officer.  He was married in 1854 to Julia Massey, of Watertown, New York, who died in 1862.  Again in 1864 to Annie Candee, of Cairo.

A meeting of the members of the board of trade and of the citizens of Cairo generally was held at the Athenaeum this 28th day of July, A.D. 1877, to give expression to the sympathy and loss felt by the community in the death of Mr. A. B. Safford, Esq.

At five minutes past 10 o’clock a.m. the meeting was called to order by Wood Rittenhouse, Esq., President of the Board of Trade, who explained the object of the meeting and announced the first thing in order to be the selection of a secretary, whereupon Mr. W. H. Morris was chosen.  It was suggested by the chairman that a committee be selected to draft resolutions expressive of the sympathy and loss felt in the death of Alfred B. Safford, Esq., whereupon Mr. S. D. Ayers made a motion that the chairman appoint a committee of five for the object named.  Messrs. S. D. Ayers, W. H. Morris, Dr. C. W. Dunning, H. L. Halliday and Charles Pink were appointed said committee.  During the retirement of the committee to prepare resolutions ex Mayor John M. Lansden and S. D. Ayers, addressed the meeting in eulogy of the deceased.  At the conclusion of the addresses, the committee having returned, submitted the following preamble and resolutions which were unanimously adopted:

Having learned with profound sorrow, of the sudden and unexpected death in a distant part of the land of our late esteemed fellow citizen Alfred B. Safford Esq., we the members of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce and businessmen of Cairo have assembled to give expression to our common grief and to do honor to the memory of one who in life was the true and trusted friend of Cairo and her men of business; Therefore be it

Resolved, That while bowing in humble submission to that inscrutable Providence whose ways are past finding out, we recognize the solemn fact that a great and good man has gone from among us and while rendering as sacred to his memory this tribute of praise, we have to mourn the loss of one whose acts of beneficence extended so largely to all classes of our community that he has been justly esteemed a public benefactor.  To the businessmen of Cairo his loss will be most deeply felt; ever ready as he was to extend the helping hand in time of need:  to his kindness, and liberality are we all largely indebted.  It is therefore fitting in us to place on record not only for our emulation, but for those who may come after us, the good deeds of one who as friend, neighbor, citizen and banker, has endeared himself to our entire community. Of no one may it be more truly said, “None knew him but to love him.”

Resolved, That in this hour of said bereavement we extend to the family of the deceased our sincere and heartfelt sympathy, and with them will drop the silent tear.

Resolved, That the secretary be instructed to furnish the bereaved family with a copy of these proceedings, and also to the city papers for publication, and also cause the same to be spread on the records of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce.

After the adoption of the foregoing resolutions, the meeting adjourned.
Wood Rittenhouse, Chairman.
W. H. Morris, Secretary


[Additional Resolutions of Respect for Alfred B. Safford by Alexander Lodge No. 224 I.O.O.F.; American Encampment No. 144 I.O.O.F.; the Women's Club and Library Association; the Board of Education; the Arab Fire Club; and the Directors of the City National and Enterprise Savings Banks are omitted here.  Full texts may be found in the Cairo Daily Bulletin issues of July 28, July 31, August 1 and August 3. -- Webmaster]

Monday, 31 Jul 1877:
We regret to learn of the death of James Kinseley, bookkeeper with the firm of Fran & Sons, at St. Louis.  He fell through an open hatch in the fourth story, striking on the first floor causing instant death.  He leaves a wife and four children.  Mr. Kinseley used to live in this city and has a wide circle of friends here who will mourn his loss.  He was a brother-in-law of Capt. Joe Abel.
On the 15th of this month Mr. Samuel Pettis, carpenter on the towboat Warner, died at the hospital in this city of acute dysentery.  He had been suffering ten or twelve days before reaching the hospital by which time his case was hopeless.
On Thursday last, a colored hand off the James D. Parker named Echo died at the hospital of the same disease.


Thursday, 2 Aug 1877:
We find the following in the Illinois State Journal of the 29th:  “A. B. Safford, Esq., for many years a prominent banker of Cairo, and widely known through the southern part of the state, died of apoplexy, on the 26th inst., at Burlington, Vermont, whither he went a few days ago on a visit.  Mr. Safford had been a resident of Cairo for twenty years or more, and had been intimately identified with the progress of that city. He was a brother of ex-Gov. Safford of Arizona and Miss Dr. Mary Safford who gained a wide reputation as an efficient hospital nurse during the war,”
The Particulars of the Death of the Late A. B. Safford.

A letter from Dr. Mary Safford Blake, to Mr. H. H. Candee, received yesterday morning having the particulars of the death of her brother, the late A. B. Safford.  The following extract from the letter will be read by our readers with painful interest:

“He had been joyous all day, planning, as usual for the happiness of others.  Our trip up Mount Mansfield, leaving this afternoon, was all planned.  Just at evening I walked with him and Emerson down to get the mail.  Your cousin Fanny came, and Annie and I went to drive with her.  We were gone perhaps an hour, returning to the store to see if Alfred and Emmerson were there, and were told that Alfred had fallen in apoplexy, and was in a near drug store.  He had fallen on the sidewalk and had been brought in.  We found him sitting in a chair, a doctor and many around him doing all they could.  He recognized us, and spoke distinctly.  We got him into a hack and to the house and on a lounge—got his feet into hot mustard water, and the doctor asked him if he could not drink some water, and he said, “I’ll try,” and that was the last he spike.  He began to breathe heavily, could not swallow, and in less than an hour he fell peacefully, without a struggle into the sleep of death.”
A Scrap from the History of the Villain Harris Cunningham.

If all that is written and said of the man Harris Cunningham, arrested a few days ago in Union City, Tennessee, on a charge of poisoning his wife is true, he is the deepest-dyed villain that ever went unhung.  We have seen a letter from Mr. H. A. Scever, a traveling agent for the well-known firm of W. W. Kimball, wholesale dealer in pianos and organs, Chicago, in which Cunningham’s life for the last two years if pretty thoroughly detailed.  It seems that about two years ago, Cunningham made his appearance in Bloomfield, Iowa, where for a short time he followed the business of tuning pianos.  During his stay in Bloomfield he became acquainted with a young lady named Maggie King, daughter of a well-known and highly esteemed clergyman.  Miss King, with her parents, lived in the little village of Moulton, twelve miles distance from Bloomfield.  Cunningham’s attentions to Miss King were not well received by the young lady’s parents and he was forbidden to visit Miss King at her father’s house.  He then made arrangements to meet her at the house of a friend.  The meetings between them was kept up for some time, and finally terminated in an elopement.  Although the parents and friends of the young lady made every effort to discover the whereabouts of the couple, it was more than a year before they were found out.  In March, 1876, Mr. Shaver, who is a friend of the parents of Miss King, was in Mound City, and while there learned that Cunningham had been there, but that he had left a short time before and came to Cairo.  From Cairo he was traced to Paducah, and from Paducah to Caseyville, and from there back to Cairo.  While at Caseyville, Cunningham made the acquaintance of a young lady of that town and ran away with her, but being followed by a brother of the girl he abandoned her and she returned home.
About a week after Cunningham and Miss King disappeared from Bloomfield, a woman with two children claiming to be Cunningham’s wife came there in search of him.

We have seen a letter from Mr. O. J. King, father of the girl whom Cunningham enticed from her home, in which he speaks most feelingly of her, and urges upon Mr. Scever that if in his travels he should find her to try to induce her to return home, promising her that her parents and sisters will receive her back with true parental and sisterly love.  But Mr. Scever, though frequently hearing of Mr. Cunningham and the girl, was never fortunate enough to come up with them.
The news of the fate of Miss King, and of the fact that Cunningham is held for her murder, has been conveyed to the parents of the poor girl in as gentle a manner as possible and word from them is anxiously awaited. We are indebted to Chief of Police Arter for the information contained in the above.  Mr. Arter has in his possession several letters from Mr. Scever, and one or two from the father of the unfortunate girl, from which we obtained the facts above stated.


Friday, 3 Aug 1877:
The little son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gates died yesterday.  The child was four months old.

(John Gates married Jane Hill on 16 Oct 1871, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Last evening we were told that Mr. Tom Porter, who lives a short distance out of this city, was so very ill from an attack of cholera morbus that his life was despaired of.
Miss Nettle A. Limbert, daughter of John Limbert, died at her home in this city at about 8 o’clock last night.  Miss Limbert had been sick for only about six days of gastric fever.  This will be sad intelligence to the many friends of the young lady in Cairo, as she was a favorite with all who knew her.  Due notice of the funeral will be given hereafter.
The Burlington, Vermont, Free Press and Times, speaking of the death of Mr. Safford, says:  “A. B. Safford, Esq., of Cairo, Ill., here visiting his cousin, Mr. E. O. Safford, of the firm of Safford & Humphrey, was discovered by Dr. C. P. Thayer, about eight o’clock last evening, at the corner of Church and Cherry streets, very ill, and clinging to a hitching post for support.  Dr. Thayer at once carried him into Jones’s drug store, and found him suffering from a severe stroke of apoplexy.  A carriage was obtained, and the sick man was taken to the residence of his cousin, where he died two hours later.  Deceased was a prominent and highly respected citizen of Cairo, cashier of the City National Bank of that city, and president of the savings bank.  He was a brother of Hon. A. P. K. Safford, Governor of Arizona, and of Mrs. Dr. Mary Safford Blake, of Boston.  He was accompanied by his wife and sister who were by him at his death.  His age was some fifty-five years.”


From the Paducah News of Monday

The Cairo Bulletin of Saturday has a very heavy sensational article on the subject of a man Cunningham whose wife died so mysteriously at Union City, last week, and says the victim was “Maggie King, the daughter of a Paducah clergyman.”  There never was a clergyman named King in Paducah of the Presbyterian or any other denomination, which announcement spoils that portion of the Bulletin’s story.  The time he “took her to Mound City in a skiff” was the time he stole a skiff here.  He wanted her to go down to Cairo on the Jim Fisk and said that he would go in a skiff.  She imagined that he was trying to desert her and told him she would go in the skiff too, and they went down the river together.  He was not “considered so much of a gentleman” here as he seems to have been in Cairo, probably because he behaved himself better there than he did here.  While he was here we were informed that he “beat” everybody promiscuously and his wife seemed to be laboring under the impression all the time that he was trying to desert her.  We gave an account of him in our issue of Saturday, which we have every reason to believe was correct.  One thing is certain, the woman whom Cunningham is charged with poisoning was never a citizen of this place, except while he was here with her.

Saturday, 4 Aug 1877:
Funeral Notice.

The funeral of the late Nettie Limbert, will take place from the residence of her parents, Commercial Avenue, between Eighteenth and Twentieth streets, at 1:30 o’clock today.  Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Benjamin Y. George.  The remains will be taken to Cobden for interment by the afternoon train on the Illinois Central.  Friends and acquaintances of the deceased and of the family are invited to attend.
The patients who died at the United States Marine Hospital in this city were Mr. Samuel Pettis, carpenter on the Warner and barges, who died on July 16, and a colored hand from the James D. Parker, named Alexander Echo.  Both died of acute dysentery and both were in a state of collapse before entering the hospital, having been afflicted with a very severe attack of the disease for ten or twelve days before reaching this port.

Sunday, 5 Aug 1877:
The funeral of Miss Nettie Limbert took place yesterday afternoon from the residence of her parents on Commercial Avenue.  There was a large attendance of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased, and all seemed to feel the loss they had sustained.  The remains were taken to Cobden for interment.

(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Nettie A. Limbert June 29, 1857-Aug. 2, 1877, Daughter of John and Sarah A. Limbert.—Darrel Dexter)
Referring to the death of Mr. A. B. Safford, the Pulaski Patriot says:  “Alfred B. Safford, Cashier of the Cairo National Bank, died of apoplexy at Burlington, Vt., on Thursday, July 26th, after two hours illness.  Mr. Safford was universally known and highly esteemed by the businessmen of Pulaski County, and the new of his sudden death was a terrible shock to this community.  Our people regarded him as one of the most popular and enterprising businessmen of Cairo.  The Cairo Board of Trade, Alexander Lodge of Odd Fellows and Cairo Encampment have placed resolutions of condolence and in honor of the man.”
Thursday, 6 Aug 1877:
Charles Legley, a Colored Man, Shot and Probably Mortally Wounded.

At about half past eight o’clock last night Charles Legley, a colored man residing on Poplar between Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets, was shot and mortally wounded in front of his home by John Quinlin.
The circumstances of the shooting as we gathered them from Mrs. Scott, a white woman who lives in the house with Legeley, were about these:  Quinlin came into Mrs. Scott’s and got into a quarrel with a girl living with her.  The girl threatened to call the police if he did not leave, when he went out into the street, where he met Legley Legley, who heard the quarrel between the girl and Quinlin, told him to go away, that they did not want any fuss around there, when Quinlin without further provocation drew a revolver and fired at Legley, the ball striking him low down in the right side of the breast.  Quinlin then left but was afterwards arrested by ex-Sheriff Irvin and ex-Deputy Sheriff Cain on Ohio Levee near Fourteenth Street.  He was taken back to where the shooting took place when he was identified by Mrs. Scott and several other persons.  He was then locked up.  Dr. Wardner examined Legley’s wound, and stated that it was a bad and dangerous one, but he could not say yet whether it was necessarily fatal.  He could not tell whether any of the intestines had been cut.  If not Legley may recover, other side his case is hopeless.

(The name of Charles Legley is given as Charles Liggins in the 22 Aug 1877, issue of the newspaper.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 7 Aug 1877:
The St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad’s passenger train that arrived in this city about three o’clock today morning, when about five miles on the other side of Charleston, Mo., ran over an unknown man, cutting the top of his head completely off.  There were no papers of any kind, nor anything found on his person by which he could be identified.  When the wheels of the engine passed over him, the top of the unfortunate man’s head, remaining in his hat, rolled into the middle of the track, while his body was thrown into the weeds.  The remains were brought to Charleston, where an inquest was to be held yesterday morning.  The deceased is supposed to have been about forty years old with black hair, whiskers and mustache.  He was of medium height.
A dispatch to the Missouri Republican from Mexico, Missouri, states that on Sunday morning a switch engine of the C. and A. railroad backed over James Hiner, instantly killing him.  The dispatch says he is the son of D. A. Hiner, pilot of the steamer Atlantic, of the Mississippi Valley Transportation Company, and was eighteen years of age.

Wednesday, 8 Aug 1877:
When a farmer named Connell was unloading corn at Homer the other day, his team became frightened by the cars and ran away.  He was thrown out and alighting on his head was instantly killed.
A farm laborer named Thomas Daly was drowned recently while bathing in Rock Run, about three miles from Joliet.  Daly was accompanied by three small boys, none of them old enough to render him any assistance.
A little girl named Kittie Kellar, living in the family of Mr. Wit, near Decatur, was last week stung on the tongue by a bee and died within fifteen minutes.
The remains of Mr. Safford will be consigned to their last resting place in the cemetery at Blue Island this morning at eleven o’clock.
The name of the man who was killed near Charleston by a St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern railroad passenger train, on Monday morning, and of whom we spoke yesterday, was John Clark.  He was a section hand on the above named road.  It is supposed the deceased was intoxicated and laid down on the track to sleep.
A letter and telegram received yesterday by Mr. Hyslop from Mr. H. H. Candee contains the information that the funeral of Mr. Safford will take place at Blue Island today, Wednesday, at 1:30 o’clock p.m.  Mr. Candee accompanied by Mrs. Safford, started from Burlington with the remains of Mr. Safford on Monday morning, and will arrive at Blue Island this morning.  On receipt of this information Capt. W. P. Halliday took the afternoon train yesterday to attend the funeral.  Mrs. Safford had concluded to remain East until October, but changed her mind and came West with the remains of her husband.  How long she will remain in Blue Island, or whether she will return to Cairo soon we do not know.
Dr. Philip Anderson, of Columbus, Ky., was in Cairo yesterday.  Dr. Anderson is very severe on Harris Cunningham, the man arrested at Union City for poisoning his wife.  He says Cunningham not only killed his wife, but also his child.  The doctor attended the mother at the birth of the baby and says Cunningham is a heartless villain who deserves hanging more than anybody.  Cunningham left Columbus in a very big hurry, taking with him money that belonged to another man, when on his way to this city, after being discharged at Union City last week.  Cunningham came through Columbus, but was very uneasy while there, and got out of the town as soon as it was possible for him to do so.  The father of Cunningham’s victim, the Rev. O. J. King was in Cairo on Monday.  He was on his way to Union City, to take the remains of the dead woman for burial.  He is a man of about sixty years of age.  The deepest grief was impacted on every feature, and it was with the greatest effort that he could speak of his dead child without giving away to tears.
Alfred B. Safford
(From the Burlington, Vt. Clipper)

This gentleman while visiting his wife and sister, his cousin, E. O. Safford, Esq., of this city, was stricken with apoplexy and died shortly after, on Friday last.  Mr. Safford was born in Hyde Park, in this state, January 23, 1832.  At fifteen years of age he removed with his parents to Illinois and lived at their home near Chicago till about eighteen when he entered upon the study of law in Joliet, Illinois.  The profession was not agreeable to him in practice and he entered upon a mercantile career; this he pursued with success for several years, when he removed to St. Louis, Mo., where he carried on the commission business till he accepted the position of cashier of a bank located in Shawneetown, Ill.  There, as everywhere, he strove to further the best interests of the public.  Up to this time there had been no public schools carried on in that part of the state, and their establishment was due to his energy and liberality.  In 1850 he removed to Cairo, Ill., where he has ever since resided, and occupied the position of cashier of the City National Bank, and since its establishment, President of the Savings Bank.

The announcement of his sudden death has been received, not only in the place where he resided, but throughout the state as a public calamity, where his benevolence and his purity of character were universally recognized and appreciated.  He remarked on the day of his death to a gentleman with whom he was conversing, that his greatest pleasure in the acquirement of wealth had been in using it for the good of others.  He was the bright light and cheer of a large social circle, but by none will he be so missed as by the widows, the orphans and the poor to whom he gave aid and counsel.  In him the public schools of his city have lost a wise and faithful worker for their best interests.  Mr. Safford was a brother of A. P. K. Safford, Ex-Gov. of Arizona, and of Dr. Mary J. Safford Blake, of Boston.  He leaves a devoted wife and a loving sister, who were with him at the time of his death, and who have the kindest sympathy of all.  His funeral was attended on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Edwin Wheelock, of Cambridge, officiating.  On learning of his death, Mrs. Safford received numerous dispatches from Illinois, extending her heartfelt sympathy in this her crushing bereavement, and the Past Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Illinois, residing in Cairo, at once requested the Order here confer the last solemn right, and a goodly number were in attendance at the funeral and performed the sad duty; so although he died almost among strangers, still he was among brothers and friends.  His remains will be taken home for burial.

Frank Black, late barkeeper on the A. C. Donnally, committed suicide at Gallipolis on Monday morning by shooting himself through the head and heart.  A letter found near the body gave directions for burial, and stated that the act was deliberate but assigned no cause.  He leaves a young wife and a child.

Friday, 10 Aug 1877:

            The following memorial to Nettle A. Limbert was delivered at the grave in Cobden, Ill., Saturday, August 4th, 1877, by Mrs. M. T. Cutler.

The beautiful remains that we are now about to commit to the earth, in confident hope, were lately animated by the spirit of Nettie A. Limbert, born in Ripon, Wisconsin, June 29th, 1857, to John Limbert and Sarah A., his wife.  When about 6 years of age, she removed with her parents to Cobden, where they have since held their home, in which, amid rocks and trees, and nature’s sweetest ministrations, the precocious child read and played and nursed her tender talents.

She found here the sweet and enduring friendship that will make her loss so deeply felt by the young people of this vicinity, even though for some years past she had resided in Cairo; there too, she found most pleasant companionship with school mates and associates, who will not soon forget the gentle friend and cheerful companion. These lessons of mortality fall sharply on the hearts of the young.  They recoil from the sudden and great change, which cuts off all the plans of life, while the aged wait and wonder that the call was not for them.

How gayley would her young friends have robed their companion for a bridal with all the mystery of life yet unfolded before her.  For this more perfect marriage of the soul to Life and Love they have only tears and moans, because they see so dimly the higher, purer world.  But we know that the Lord of Life is also Lord of Death, and that with one unchangeable Lord, there can be only good intended to his creatures.  Thus believing in the triumphant assertion of the spirit over decay, we leave her body in this sweet resting place.


“She faltered by the wayside, and the angels took her home.”

At a special meeting of the Excelsior Social and Literary Society, held at the residence of Mrs. P. A. Taylor, on Monday evening, August 6th, 1877, for the purpose of passing suitable resolutions in regard to the death of Miss Nettie A. Limbert, one of its most esteemed members, the meeting was called to order by the president, Mr. H. B. Geer, who then very affectively stated the object of the meeting, and in a few, beautiful remarks commended to the society for their example and profit, the life and character of the deceased.

Mr. Fisher then took the floor and with suitable and expressive language, told of the social, generous and forgiving disposition of the departed.  From his remarks in regard to her flight from this inconstant world to a more genial home, the following is quoted:

“And so her bark with sails widespread, dashed on o’er waters blue as Heaven’s own sky.  But now, alas! the storm arises, and her little craft is wildly tossed on the white-crested billows of life’s sea.  The sails are furled, and with queenly energy she mans the oars and pulls for life.

“The morning dawns; the gentle ripple of the waves on yonder rocky coast proclaims the storm is over; but ah! that little bark frightened with precious life lies stranded on the sunken rocks.”

Upon the conclusion of the remarks of Mr. Fisher, on motion that the president appoint a committee of three persons to draft resolutions, the following individuals were selected:  Miss Lou Walbridge, Miss Fannie Pitcher, and George S. Fisher.  During the absence of the committee, opportunity was given for anyone to speak who desired, but everyone had been too solemnly impressed to give utterance to their feelings.  The committee on resolutions reassembling, they presented the following which was unanimously adopted by the society:

WHEREAS, It has pleased our Heavenly Father in his eternal wisdom and mercy to bid the swift winged “Angel of Death” summon our esteemed and beloved member, Miss Nettie A. Limbert, to her “long home,” and whereas, we, the members of the Excelsior Social and Literary Society, are desirous of testifying our respect and love for her memory and expressing our heartfelt and affectionate sympathy with her father, mother and other dear relatives and friends, therefore be it

Resolved, That in the death of Nettie A. Limbert, this society laments the loss of one of the most intelligent, generous, and kind hearted of its members; a sister who was ever ready to proffer the hand of a true friend, and the voice of sympathy to anyone in distress, and that while we bow in humble submission to the will of a kind and loving Father, who doeth all things well, we do not the less mourn for our gentle sister, who has passed to the golden strand of the great hereafter.

Resolved, That we most tenderly condole with the sorrow stricken family of our deceased member in this their hour of pain and anguish, and we devoutly commend them to the everlasting arms of Him, who looks with pitying eye upon the sorrowing and distress, and while their hearts are crushed and bleeding let them remember that their loved one is not dead, but gone before, and that in the golden summer of the future life they may all gather in a sweet reunion where partings are not known.

Resolved, That the secretary of this society be directed to furnish this committee with a copy of these resolutions and the minutes of this special meetings to be by them presented to the sorrowing family of our lamented sister, and that they also be engrossed on the pages of the record of this society, and be offered for publication in the papers of this city.
George S. Fisher, Chairman Com. on Resolutions.
On motion the meeting adjourned.
John A. Haynes, Secretary pro tem.
H. B. Geer, President

Saturday, 11 Aug 1877:
Charlie Legley, the colored man shot by Thomas Quinlin on Wednesday evening, was still alive yesterday, but his physician entertains but slight hopes of his recovery.  It is feared that he is bleeding internally and in that event it is only a question of time as to how long he may survive.
Quinlin, the man who shot the negro Legley, takes it coolly in the county jail.  If he comprehends the terrible situation he has got himself into, he does not show it.
The Rev. O. J. King, the father of Maggie King, the young girl who was so badly misused by the scoundrel Harry Cunningham, returned to this place from Union City, Tenn., yesterday morning.  Upon arriving at Union City the old gentleman found that the good folks of that place had given his daughter the kindest attention in her last moments and after death.  It was Mr. King’s intention to have his daughters remains disinterred and taken home for burial, but upon learning the particulars of her death and burial from the authorities of Union City, he concluded to allow the corpse to remain where the tender hands of stranger friends had placed it.  The old gentleman left for his home in Kansas yesterday afternoon.
On last Tuesday afternoon a difficulty occurred at Vienna in which a man named Bill Arnett was shot and instantly killed by one Powell Short.  The particulars of the case as near as we can learn, were about as follows:  Some five or six months ago, Arnett who was Short’s neighbor, went to the house of the latter to borrow a maul.  Short had left the maul in the woods some distance from the house, and told Arnett to wait until he could go and get it for him.  When he returned he learned that Arnett had seduced his wife, which caused the indictment by the grand jury of Johnson County, at their next term, of Arnett, but upon trial he was discharged.  Last Monday morning Short was sitting on the fence near his house, when he caught sight of Arnett coming down the road.  He jumped to the ground and ran to his house and procured a shotgun.  He then stationed himself in the road and waited for Arnett to come up.  When Arnett was within a few yards of Short the latter said, “Bill Arnett, I’m going to kill you.”  Arnett replied saying, “You don’t want to kill me!”  “No, I don’t want to kill you,” Short said, “but I must.”  With these words he raised the gun and fired, sending a heavy load of buckshot into Arnett’s body, killing him instantly.  Short made his escape, and up to yesterday had not been arrested.

Sunday, 12 Aug 1877:
Harris Cunningham appeared in a newspaper office in Paducah the other day and informed the proprietor of the institution that he intended making it very warm, legally for all the newspapers that had taken any part in blackening of his reputation, whereupon the Sun of that city remarks that all the charges made against Cunningham are true and that the authorities of Union City did wrong in letting him slip through their fingers.

Monday 13 Aug 1877:
George Dougherty, aged seventy-eight years, brother of Ex-Lieutenant Gov. John Dougherty, died at his home about two miles west of Jonesboro a few days ago.  In the death of Mr. Dougherty Union County loses another of her old landmarks, and one whose place will be hard to fill.  He was one of her oldest inhabitants, who in the days of old watched with much interest the growth and prosperity of the county, and did a great deal in bringing her to her present prosperous condition.

(The 11 Aug 1877, Jonesboro Gazette reported that George Dougherty died at his residence two miles west of Jonesboro on 27 Jul 1877, aged 78 years.  He was born in Marietta, Ohio.—Darrel Dexter)
Funeral Notice.

Died at Anna, Illinois, on Monday morning, August 13th, 1877, Elizabeth Kobler, wife of Michael Koebler.  The remains will be interred at Villa Ridge this afternoon.  A special train will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street, this city, at half past two o’clock, to convey all who wish to attend the funeral service.  All friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.

(Michael Kobler married Elizabeth Kugler on 26 Oct 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 15 Aug 1877:
The funeral of Louis Blatteau will take place this afternoon.  The funeral procession will leave the late residence of the deceased at two o’clock and proceed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  A special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at three o’clock for Villa Ridge, where the remains will be interred.  All friends of the family are invited to attend.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge reads:  Louis Blattau 1835-1877.  Margaret wife of Louis Blattau 1845-1923.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Blatteau, for many years a citizen of Cairo, died at his residence in this city on Monday night, about eleven o’clock.  For many months past the deceased had suffered from disease of the lungs, and had been almost wholly unable to attend to business duties.  About four weeks ago Mr. Blatteau, after struggling hard to remain at his post in his saloon, believing that his illness was nothing serious, was persuaded to give up the institution and relieve his mind of all business cares.  He advertised his property for sale or rent, and had succeeded in getting rid of it but a few days when he died.  The deceased was a kindhearted and charitable man, and strictly upright and honest in all his business transactions.  He had many friends among the people of this city, who sympathize with his bereaved family.  The funeral takes place today.

Thursday, 16 Aug 1877:
The funeral services of the late Louis Blatteau took place yesterday afternoon.  There was a large crowd of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased in attendance.  The Cairo Casino, of which Mr. Blatteau was a member, the National Band and the fire companies also attended the funeral.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.

Sunday, 19 Aug 1877:
A man named J. C. Bowen, formerly a cook in this city, and who has been living at Vienna for some months past, came to town on Friday.  He drank very heavily through the day, and about seven o’clock was picked up by Officers O’Malley and Axley and lodged in the city jail.  Yesterday morning Jailor O’Mahoney went into the cell where Bowen had been placed and found him dead.  An inquest was held over the remains when a lot of opium was found in the pockets of the dead man.  The jury rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased had “came to his death by an overdose of opium.”
Miss Nettie Limbert
From the Jonesboro Gazette.

At the regular meeting of Cobden Division, No. 28, Sons of Temperance held in the Division room, Aug. 10th, 1877, the following resolutions were approved and the committee were directed to have the same published in the county papers; a copy forwarded to the family of the deceased, and the same entered upon the record of the Division:

That in the recent sudden removal from among us by death, of our highly esteemed friend and sister, Miss Nettie Limbert, a member of this Division, we are sensible of the loss we have sustained, and we would submissively recognize the hand of our Heavenly Father in this bereavement, and bow to His will, who doeth all things well.

That we hereby express our heartfelt sympathy with the family of our departed sister in their sorrow, as well as with the large circle of young friends to whom sister Limbert had so greatly endeared herself by her many good and estimable qualities.
Respectfully submitted,
H. Blumenthal
E. L. Davies
A. J. Miller, Committee
A Scrap From the History of the Man Who Intends to Make it Hot for the Papers that Have Slandered Him

CARBONDALE, ILL., Aug. 18, 1877

Editor Bulletin—In your weekly issue of the 16th appears two items in reference to Harry or Harris Cunningham, and the death of Maggie King, one of the victims of his scoundrelism.  In one of these items it appears that he has put on the air of injured innocence and proposes to “make it very warm, legally for the newspapers which have taken any part in the blackening of his reputation.”  This Cunningham is no stranger to the writer.  In the latter part of 1875 he was in Bloomfield, Iowa.  What he did there is best told in the following item from the Commonwealth, published at that place, of which Mr. Van Benthusen, the present editor of the Carbondale Observer, was one of the editors.  He has kindly placed the files of the paper at that time at my disposal, and in the issue of February 1, 1876, I find the following under the head of “A Sad Story,” which throws a little additional light upon this sad episode, and stamps Cunningham as the scoundrel he undoubtedly is:

“Many of the residents of this place recollect that last fall a man named Harry Cunningham, a piano tuner, eloped from this place with Miss Maggie King, of Moulton, Iowa, who was teaching music at this place.  The attempts of the parents to find the young lady have since then been utterly fruitless.  Recently a lady from Unionville, Missouri, came to Moulton in search of Cunningham, claiming to be his wife.  She stated that Cunningham left her in August, parting with her in the most affectionate manner, but telling her as he would be home in fifteen days that he would not write.  This was no unusual occurrence, and nothing strange was thought of it by the wife.  When the time had elapsed, she wrote to him, asking him what was the matter.  Receiving no answer, she had written time and again to his folks and to other points, but no one knew of his whereabouts.  Recently she heard the sad, terrible news of the scoundrely manner in which her husband had conducted himself and came at once to Bloomfield.  She believes that Cunningham is in St. Louis, and says she will find him if it takes the remainder of her days, so that she can put him where he cannot seduce another innocent woman and disgrace her.  She thinks that Miss King has been deserted by him long ere this.  The lesson taught in this should be a salutary one to many young ladies who are ever ready to take up with comparative strangers.  We sincerely hope Mrs. Cunningham may find the villain, and that he may receive his just deserts for robbing a young girl of her innocence and purity and deserting his lawfully wedded wife.”

The brazen effrontery of Cunningham should be fearlessly met by the press, which he proposed to “make it very warm” for, I should like to see this story of his treachery and deceit in each paper, which he has threatened, and in newspapers generally in this section.  Another point in this sad story is that Miss King was engaged at the time to one of the noblest hearted men in existence, who was almost distracted by the circumstances.  Pass this story ‘round and let the scoundrel receive a notoriety as deserving as it is unpleasant.

Wednesday, 22 Aug 1877:
Mrs. Ledbetter, who resides on Walnut between Fourth and Fifth streets, died yesterday morning.  Her funeral will take place at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the residence of Rev. J. D. Gillham.
John Quinlin for Shooting Charles Liggins Held in $1,000 Bail.

The preliminary hearing of the man John Quinlan, who on the night of Wednesday the 8th inst., shot and so dangerously wounded a colored man named Charles Liggins took place before Justice Comings yesterday afternoon.  County Attorney Mulkey, conducted the examination on the part of the People.  The prisoner had no attorney, and as is usual in such cases, the examination of witnesses was conducted by the presiding justice.  A large number of witnesses were examined, and the facts brought out were substantially the same as stated in the Bulletin the morning after the shooting took place.  Quinlan had been drinking, and had some words with a woman living in the house at the corner of Fourteen and Poplar streets, and had threatened to shoot her.  Liggins, who occupied a room in the upper part of the building, overheard the difficulty between Quinlan and the woman, and remonstrated with the former and advised him to go away.  Quinlan without the shadow of provocation fired his revolver at Liggins, the ball entering his breast low down on the right side, inflicting a wound from which it was thought he would not recover, but under the careful treatment of Dr. Wardner, Liggins is recovering and now able to be about.
Having heard the testimony, which was very conclusive of the guilt of Quinlan, Justice Comings announced that he would hold him to bail in the sum of one thousand dollars, in default of which he was remanded to the county jail.

Though there can be no doubt that Quinlan is guilty of the attempt to murder of Liggins, to look at him he would not be taken for a desperado.  He is a man, rather under the medium size, and will weigh perhaps one hundred and forty pounds.  He is a railroad section hand and has the appearance of being a hardworking man.  He was employed on the Eldorado section on the Cairo and Vincennes railroad previous to coming to Cairo.  He had been in the city only about twenty-four hours when he did the shooting.  

Saturday, 24 Aug 1877:
Memphis Appeal, Aug. 22:  “Capt. Henry Hampton, a well known steamboat commander and pilot, died at his residence in South Memphis at 10 o’clock yesterday morning, after a brief illness of malarial fever.  He was on the streets a few days since, but was taken suddenly ill on Friday last.  He leaves a large family to mourn his untimely death.”

Tuesday, 28 Aug 1877:
A Local Reminiscence
To the Editor of the Bulletin:

And so the old Cairo Brass Band is to be reorganized!  Well, well, the days when that old band first organized seems like a dream, they are so long ago.  Old gray-bearded the “boys” are now, and but a handful left of the sturdy twelve that startled the frogs and wafted away the friendly mosquitoes with every toot of their horns in those early days when a brass horn was a novelty and a band only thought of in a connection with a traveling show.  Let’s see; there are “Fred.” Bross, Bernard Smyth, Henry Gossman, Mose Harrell, and Perry Powers, are all, I think, that are now here, and where in the wide, wide world are the balance?  Some, I know are gone to that land where that oldest of old horn blowers, Gabriel, is their teacher; and there too, are two of their other teachers, Hunter and KingsfieldHunter, the highly strung, nervous, sensitive chap, you all remember, you “old fragment” of ‘59 and ‘60, I know.  And hard you blowed and blowed till—no, and he—well, somehow, he died, poor fellow; but maybe it wasn’t your music killed him, after all, though I recollect thinking it might have done so, at the time.,

And poor Kingsfield’s wife died, whether out of sympathy for her husband’s sufferings or not, I don’t know, but one thing I do know, and that is she escaped something when she escaped hearing their dirge.  Do you recollect that dirge, you old “Remnants?”  How some of you got out of time and some out of tune, and how one ambitious blower blowed a wail more heart rending than any funeral not all by himself?  And how some of you heard some of the others of you, and suffered as only rasped nerves can suffer; and others of you didn’t know much about it, and were greatly affected by the music and the solemnity it added to the occasion? 

We have grown in grace since then, and can make and know good music now.  Nor was it long ‘til you “boys” charmed the ears and hearts of we then rustic people.  It could not have been, it seems, to me now, but a few months after you were organized till you were called upon to officiate as a band, and surely nothing ever was more sweetly solemn than your rendering of “Thou Art Gone From My Gaze;” not a dry eyes in that crowd, I tell you, and I think it was more a tribute to your performance than of sorrow to the departed.  Do you remember that funeral, “Boys?”  It was one over the remains of Mr. Lutz, our first jeweler, on Ninth Street, an old citizen, and one whose widow, is his widow yet. 

I think you will all be glad to know what I learned recently of her and her work.  She is now located in St. Louis.  Is a practicing physician of the eclectic school of medicine, and stands high among her fellow practitioners.  Intelligent, industrious, and ambitious.  She has climbed the rugged height unaided and alone, and is, today, a credit to the women of our day and of our city, and is a splendid specimen of what can be made of the material furnished here, in the earlier days of our existence.  And to know of what still were made our old time men of Cairo, we have but to look upon the remnant of the old-time brass band, than whom you can find no better hearts and fewer bigger brains.  Does the present day with all the advance and improvement give promise of anything better than we have furnished in music, or in anything else?  Not even in morals, I am afraid, rough as we were then to be considered.
Cairo, August 27th, 1877


Friday, 31 Aug 1877:
Annie Slattery is the name of the chambermaid of the Bee that died yesterday.  She has been in the employ of the barge company for eight years past.

            (Her name is recorded as Annie Statery in the 5 Sep 1877, issue of the newspaper.—Darrel Dexter)

The chambermaid of the towboat Bee died in the hospital in this city yesterday morning, having entered it in a dying condition the evening previous.  She has been on the boat since 1875, and leaves a family of nine children at St. Louis.

Saturday, 1 Sep 1877:
An old man by the name of Burs, a jeweler by trade has been living rather a secluded life here (Villa Ridge) during the summer, was found dead in his bed on Monday morning last.  Mr. Burs was a man of more than ordinary intelligence and had doubtless been in good circumstances in days gone by.  He was buried in the cemetery here. 

Sunday, 2 Sep 1877:
We find the following notice of the death of the little daughter of Mrs. Rider, formerly Miss Eva Hannon of this city, in the Dubuque Daily Telegraph of Thursday, Aug. 30th:

A sad event occurred in our city yesterday evening—the sudden death of little Maggie, daughter of Mrs. Eva Rider.  To all who knew the little girl this intelligence will bring a pang of sorrow, while to her mother, aunt, uncle, and cousin, by whom she was almost idolized, it has proven a crushing blow. 

Maggie was only about three years of age, but was a child whose winning ways and sweet disposition had endeared her to all who were acquainted with her.  She was taken with cholera infantum on Tuesday evening, and notwithstanding all that medical skill could do gradually grew worse until last night when she closed her eyes for the last time on earth.

The funeral will be held from the residence of George Cashing, brother-in-law of Mrs. Rider.  The time has not yet been fixed.”

Mrs. Rider’s many friends in this city will all sympathize with her in her sad bereavement.

(Eva Hannon married Joseph B. Rider on 1 Jun 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 3 Sep 1877:
John Smallcomb, a coal miner of Danville, was instantly killed on the 27th by an embankment caving in on him.

Wednesday, 5 Sep 1877:
The Honored Dead.

At a vestry meeting of the Church of the Redeemer, held on Monday afternoon, the following resolutions in respect to the late A. B. Safford, were adopted:

Be it Resolved:  that we, the rector, wardens, and vestrymen, of the Church of the Redeemer, Cairo, Illinois, in humble submission to the mysterious decrees of Providence, recognize the deep loss sustained, not only by ourselves as individuals, but as a Church, in the decease of the late Mr. Alfred B. Safford, one of the original incorporators of this parish and for many years a faithful and useful vestryman.

Deprived by death, of the presence of this noble man, we mourn his loss and cherish his memory, as an upright and charitable man, an exemplary citizen, and a warm-hearted, generous friend, and in justice to that memory we bear records to his many benefactions bestowed upon the Church of the Redeemer, and, that his good deeds may live after him, we think it but right that a page of our records should be devoted to his obituary.

Deeply sympathizing with our stricken sister, and commending her to the care of the Great Father above, the God of the widow and the fatherless, we tender to her a copy of this humble tribute to the many virtues of her deceased husband.
Mr. St. Dillon-Lee, Rector
William B. Gilbert, Clerk, pro tem.
A family took deck passage at Cairo for Owensboro.  The wife was very sick with fever contracted in the swamps of Arkansas.  Captain Reno made it a point to see that their every want was supplied and every attention possible under the circumstances afforded them.  Despite all efforts to save her, the wife died Wednesday morning.  Captain Reno at once had a decent coffin made and the lady properly prepared for burial; he furnished the necessary clothing for the occasion.  The boat was landed, a beautiful spot selected, a grave dug and the body borne to it, followed by a procession comprising the officers of the boat, the passengers and the crew.  Arriving at the grave Captain Reno read the beautiful and impressive burial service of the Episcopal Church of which he is a member and the woman was laid away in her quiet, rural grave, with a headboard to mark the spot.  The funeral was very solemn and impressive and all who witnessed it join in the saying that Captain Reno and his officer’s merit commendation for their exhibition of this act of humane and Christian charity.
The death at the marine hospital for August 1877 as that of Mrs. Annie Statery, chambermaid for three years on the steamer Bee, who died of typho malarial fever.  She was admitted to the hospital at 3 p.m., August 29, and died at 5 a.m. August. 30th.  Her death was published in the Bulletin at the time it occurred.

Thursday, 6 Sep 1877:
On Saturday night, as the towboat Nail City, with two barges, was proceeding up the Ohio River, she ran over a skiff containing two negro men, both of whom were thrown out and drowned.  One of the unfortunate darkies was a man named John CobbCobb and his friend went to Paducah on Saturday morning with a negro boy, and started home about eight o’clock at night, leaving the lad behind.  They had got about half way home when the Nail City struck them.  The body of Cobb was picked up in the river a short distance below Metropolis yesterday morning.

Friday, 7 Sep 1877:
John Cobb and Arthur Barber were the names of the two negroes who were run over by the towboat Nail City, while coming from Paducah to Metropolis in a skiff, on Saturday night.  Both of the men lived at Metropolis, and both attaches of one of our hotels.

Saturday, 8 Sep 1877:
Con Bryce, an old citizen of Cairo, died yesterday morning at half after two o’clock.  The deceased for many years past has been in the employ of the Illinois Central railroad company and was a member of the St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society of this city, which organization during his long illness and up to the time of his death has shown him many kindnesses.  The deceased has been unable to attend to his duties at the station for nearly eight months.  The remains will be taken from the Hibernian fire engine house to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 1:30 o’clock this p.m., where the services will be held.  A special train will leave from the foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 for Villa Ridge, where the remains will be interred.  Mr. Bryce was a generous, kind-hearted man, and leaves a host of warm friends to mourn his demise.
A little son, some ten years of age, of Mr. S. W. Hall, of Grand Chain Precinct, died very suddenly last Friday.  He had a light chill Thursday, and was about on Friday with no indications of serious illness.  He went to the water pail and got a drink, was immediately taken worse, and in half an hour was a corpse.

Sunday, 9 Sep 1877:
The funeral of Con Bryce took place yesterday afternoon.  The funeral services took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and were largely attended.  The St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society, of which the deceased was a member, attended the funeral in a body.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
Mrs. Louis Koltenbach, formerly a resident of Cairo, died at his home in Metropolis on Friday night, at an advanced age.  The deceased was an old settler of Southern Illinois.  His remains will be buried today.  Mr. Koltenbach was a member of the Cairo Casino, and a number of the society have gone to attend the funeral.

Tuesday, 11 Sep 1877:
The funeral of the late Harmon Able took place yesterday afternoon.  The Hibernian Fire Company, of which deceased was one of the oldest members, turned out in a body in full uniform and attended the funeral.  The remains were conveyed to Beech Grove by special train.
Dave Steward, one of the oldest citizens of Alexander County, died at his home in Goose Island Precinct, on Sunday evening.  Steward lived in Cairo until a few years ago when he moved onto his place in Goose Island, and went to farming.  His funeral took place yesterday.
Judge Obed Edson, of Villa Ridge, died at his home on Sunday evening.  Judge Edson was one of the oldest, as well as one of the most highly esteemed citizens of this portion of Southern Illinois.  We have none of the particulars regarding his death.
Died, at Villa Ridge, on the morning of the 9th, Judge Obed Edson, aged eighty-one years.  The funeral services will be held at Villa Ridge at 10 o’clock a.m. today, Tuesday, September 11.
The child of Mr. and Mrs. George Turner, which died on Saturday, was buried on Sunday afternoon.
Resolutions of Respected Adopted on the Death of Harman Able.

WHEREAS, It has pleased the Almighty God, in his infinite mercy, to call from our midst, in the vigor of manhood, one of our most zealous members, Harman Able, therefore be it

Resolved, By the officers and members of the Hibernian Fire Company No. 4, That in the death of our beloved brother this company has suffered an irreparable loss, humanity a kind friend, and his family an affectionate husband and father.

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

Resolved, That we tender our sympathies to the family of the deceased in their hour of bereavement.

Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing resolutions be presented to the family of the deceased, entered at large on the journal, and published in the Cairo papers.
P. O’Loughlin
W. H. Stoner
A. Susanka, Committee on Resolutions.

Wednesday, 12 Sep 1877:
Resolutions of Respect.

At a meeting of the St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society, held at their hall September 7th, 1877, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted.

WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from our midst, by the unsparing hand of death our worthy brother member Cornelius Bryce;

Resolved, That while we bow in submission to the decree of Divine Providence, our hearts are veiled in sorrow at the loss of one endeared to us by the many ties of friendship and affection.

Resolved, That by his death his society sustains the loss of one of its most honorable and worthy members, and humanity a kind and loving friend.

Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing resolutions be entered at large on the journal and published in the Cairo papers.
P. O’Laughlin
William O. Callahan
R. Fitzgerald, Committee on Resolutions
Friday, 14 Sep 1877:
A homicide occurred near Lake Zurich, in Lake County, on the 9th.  John Robinson, a road commissioner, attempted to open a road through the farm of a neighbor named Davidson, the road having been previously laid out.  Davidson resisted, drawing a revolver, saying that he would shoot the first man who touched his fence.  Robinson persisted and Davidson shot him.  Robinson died in two hours.  He was one of the oldest and wealthiest farmers in the country.  Davidson was taken to Chicago to await trial.
And now it is said that Mr. James Nott, one of the teachers in the colored school, has determined to become a candidate for county clerk at the November election.  Jimmie is a colored man, and in the event of his candidacy would bring to his support a large following of his colored friends.
Captain Stephen Davis, a veteran steamboatman, 70 years of age, died at Marietta of sunstroke on Monday last.

Saturday, 15 Sep 1877:
Some Facts Concerning His Life—Sixty Years a Mason.

We copy the following brief sketch of the life of the late Judge Obed Edson, of Villa Ridge, from the last number of the Pulaski Patriot.

On Sunday last at one o’clock a.m., Mr. Obed Edson quietly and peacefully passed from this life to the land of rest.  During a residence of some twelve years in our midst he had held many places of honor and trust, all of which he filled with honor to himself and perhaps there is not another whose life had been so well circumscribed, who was so highly esteemed by all classes, and whose death has created a vacancy so hard to fill.  On Tuesday his remains were followed from his late residence to the M. E. church by a larger number of friends than we have seen together on a like occasion for many years.  The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Gilham of Cairo, whose remarks were so well chosen, and of so impressive a nature as to be long remembered by his appreciative audience.  For nearly sixty years the deceased had been an active and consistent member of the Masonic fraternity, and at the close of church services the members of Villa Ridge Lodge, assisted by Cairo Lodge and a large number of Masons throughout the county, took charge of the remains, which were conveyed to Villa Ridge Cemetery, where they were interred with the honors of the Order.  Eighty years to a day from the time of our lamented friend and brother was born to a long and useful life, his mortal remains were consigned to their last resting place, by the side of his life partner who preceded him only four months before.
Wednesday, 19 Sep 1877:
An Arkansas coroner’s jury recently found that a man came to his death “by holding five aces.”

Charles Christman, son of George and Addie Christman, aged 10 years.  The funeral will take place from their residence on Twenty-fourth Street and Holbrook Avenue, at o’clock p.m. today.  Friends of the family of the (deceased) are invited to attend.  Train will leave Twenty-first Street at 3 o’clock.

(The notice did not contain the exact time of the funeral.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Charles Chrestman 1867-1877.—Darrel Dexter

Saturday, 22 Sep 1877:
A floater found in the Mississippi River at the junction of the old and new levees, was buried yesterday morning by direction of Mayor Winter.  The mayor says the floater was a Chinaman; and now the question arises where the devil did the Chinaman come from?
M. F. Hines, says the Johnson County Yeoman, an old and respected citizen living near Tunnel Hill, hung himself on Wednesday last.  He took a rope and told his wife he was going to an old house nearby to get some fodder.  He staid unusually long and the family, desirous of knowing the cause of his delay, sent someone over to see, and to their great astonishment, he was found suspended between heaven and earth, with his neck broken.  His hat was hanging up in the tree.  It appeared as though he had climbed the tree and seamed one end of the rope to a limb and fastened the other end around his neck and then leaped out.  The cause of this rash act is not yet known.

Sunday, 23 Sep 1877:
A shocking case of manslaughter occurred at Philo, Champaign County, on the 17th.  Two farmers, Thomas Carroll and John Hughes, had an old feud about a boundary line.  While plowing, Carroll’s team by accident or otherwise crossed the line on Hughes ground.  A severe fight ensued, in which Carroll dealt Hughes a severe blow on the head and Hughes struck Carroll three blows with a peach limb, fracturing his skull and mashing his face badly.  Carroll died in seven hours, leaving a large family.  Hughes was arrested.

Wednesday, 26 Sep 1877:
One Man Killed and Three Wounded.

A most deplorable accident occurred at Joppa, Massac County, on Friday afternoon last, by which one man was almost instantly killed and three others seriously, and one of them probably fatally wounded.  The parties were engaged in housing tobacco when the barn in which it was being stored fell, as it supposed from the weight of the tobacco, crushing beneath its weight and four men with the result above stated.  We have been unable to learn the name of the man killed or either of those wounded. 

Friday, 28 Sep 1877:
Died.—Mrs. B. R. Baughen, at her residence, corner Twenty-first and Walnut streets, aged forty years.

Saturday, 29 Sep 1877:
Captain William N. Dunn, for many years clerk and commander in the Evansville and Cairo mail line, died at his residence in Mt. Vernon, on Wednesday morning last, after a lingering illness of consumption, aged 52 years.  His wife died about a year ago.  He leaves a son and daughter to mourn his loss.  Billy Dunn was widely known along the rivers, and had many friends in this city as elsewhere.
Mr. Ed. S. Hawks died at his residence in this city, Wednesday evening.  He was formerly a well-known and popular steamboat clerk in the New Orleans trade.  The last steamboat he was on was the Dismarck, Captain John Spane.  He quit the river about two years ago, and since that time has been engaged in the commission business in this city. 

Wednesday, 3 Oct 1877:
A cold-blooded and unprovoked murder is reported to have been committed about five miles from Vienna in Johnson County on Saturday last.  The murdered man was named Moots and the murderer’s name is ArnettArnett was arrested and had a preliminary hearing on Monday evening, and was committed to jail without bail to await the action of the grand jury.

(The name of the murdered man was spelled Mutz in the 7 Oct 1877, issue.  The alleged murderer’s name is given as James Arnett in the 23 Dec 1877, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
The governor has offered a reward of two hundred dollars for the apprehension of the murderer of Robert Bittle at Sparta, Randolph County, on the 27th of September.
Funeral Notice.

The funeral services of the late George Steckhan will be held at the German Lutheran Church, Thirteenth Street, today, Wednesday, October 3rd, at 1 p.m.  Train will leave foot of Eighth Street, at 2:30 o’clock for Villa Ridge, where the remains will be interred.  Friends of the deceased are respectfully invited to attend.
Cairo, Ill.,
October 2, 1877. 

Friday, 5 Oct 1877:
Judge Marchildon of Thebes is reported to be dangerously ill.  In fact it is said that his life is despaired of.  He was taken with a severe cold some weeks ago and has ever since been confined to his bed.  Although we receive this item from a reliable source, we hope it may not be so bad as related, and that the old judge’s recovery may be speedy and permanent.

(Severe Marchildon survived and died 8 Aug 1881.—Darrel Dexter

Sunday, 7 Oct 1877:
The man Arnett who killed a German named Mutz, near Vienna, on Monday evening last, was admitted to bail in the sum of seven hundred dollars.  Arnett claims that he killed Mutz in self-defense.

Tuesday, 9 Oct 1877:
Died—on Sunday morning, October 7th at
7 o’clock, Mary Bullock Rudd, infant daughter of C. T. and Mary Rudd, aged 7 weeks.  The remains were taken to the family burying grounds at Dunlora, near Columbus, Ky., for interment, yesterday morning.
A Little Girl Probably Fatally Wounded.

One day last week a little ten-year-old boy, an adopted son of Mr. E. C. Hewey, who lives near Wolf Island, was “fooling” with an old shotgun supposed not to contain either powder or shot.  The body handled the gun carelessly, and never once suspecting that it was loaded, even snapped several caps with the muzzle of the gun pointed at a negro woman.  Putting on a fresh cap and pointing the gun at little Mollie Hewey, aged about five years, who was playing about thirty yards from him, he pulled the trigger.  The gun went off and the poor little girl received the entire discharge of shot in her body.  She was terribly wounded, and for a while it was thought she could not possibly recover, but she is now getting along as well as could be expected and it is hoped and believed that she may survive.  Fooling with an old shotgun is sometimes dangerous.

Joseph Coleman Shot and Probably Mortally Wounded by Julian Pillow at Goose Island.

A shooting affray took place near Goose Island in this county on last Friday evening in which Joseph Coleman was shot and probably fatally wounded by Julian Pillow.  Full particulars of the affair could not be ascertained, but it was learned that the shooting took place at church; the Coleman was in the church when shot by Pillow.  The latter was arrested and a preliminary examination took place before Squire Thomas Martin yesterday, but with what result is not known.  Coleman was still alive on Sunday evening, but his wound is of such a character that it is thought he cannot live.  Deputy Sheriff Jack Hodges will visit Goose Island today, and on his return we will be able to give our readers full particulars of the affair.

Wednesday, 10 Oct 1877:
A new and dangerous disease has made its appearance among the cows and horses in the vicinity of St. Libory, St. Clair County, and a large number have died.  A week or so ago a Mr. Henry dissected one of the dead carcasses and having a sore upon one hand, it became infected with the poison and the arm swelled to an enormous size.  His life was at one time despaired of, but he is now recovering.  His father-in-law, a Mr. Baetke, who undertook the nursing, has since died from the same disease.
Mrs. James Cheney, after an illness of more than a year, died at her home corner of Fifteenth and Cedar streets at seven o’clock yesterday morning.
Died—Tuesday morning, October 9th, 1877, at
7 o’clock, Mrs. Mary, wife of James Cheney, aged twenty years, and eight months of consumption.  The funeral will take place from the residence corner of Fifteenth and Cedar streets, today, Wednesday, October 10th, 1877, at 2 o’clock p.m.  The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge by special train from the foot of Fourteenth Street.  Friends and acquaintances of the deceased and family are invited to attend.

(Mary Smith married James Cheney on 4 Nov 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Particulars of the Shooting of James Coleman—Death of the Wounded Man—Arrest and Escape of the Murderer—The Coroner’s Inquest.

From Dr. Nowotny of Beech Ridge, who was in the city yesterday, we learned the
of young James Coleman by Julian Pillow at a schoolhouse in Dog Tooth Bend on last Friday night.  For some time past a protracted meeting has been in progress at the schoolhouse where the shooting took place, and it has been a resort for all the young men in the vicinity for miles around.
were regular attendants, and both were known and regarded as quarrelsome young men.  This is especially true as to Pillow, who is known to be a bad desperate fellow, capable of doing or committing almost any crime whenever the least provocation was offered him.  As a sample of the way in which Pillow gets even with those whom he imagines to have injured him, we may mention his conduct toward his
one James Ice, a gentleman for whom he seems to have entertained a supreme hatred.  Julian made it so hot for Ice that the latter sought safety in going away from home, which he did and staid for several months.  In the meantime Mrs. Ice rented Julian the farm.  Shortly after this transaction, Ice, getting tired of wandering about concluded to return home and home he came.  When Julian found that Ice had come back, he straightway proceeded to set fire to and burn up his mother’s stack of wheat; after which he took his shot gun and then took after Ice, who to “avoid a difficulty” took to the road and came to Cairo as fast as he could.  That’s the kind of boy Julian Pillow is.
between Coleman and Pillow seems to have been of long standing and they have had several fights.  They met at church on Thursday night, when Coleman attempted to stop the wagon in which Pillow was riding and bantered him out to fight, but
and a quarrel was prevented.  On Friday night they met at the same place, and were among the last to leave the schoolhouse after the services were over.  They had no words on this night, however, and the whole party was about to leave the place when Coleman was invited by a gentleman to ride home with him in his wagon.
saying that he had promised to ride with another person, and started to go to the wagon in which he was to ride.  On the way he had to pass Pillow, who was standing a few feet apart from all the others present.  When Coleman had got two or three yards past Pillow, he looked back, and as he did so he saw
As soon as the shot was fired Coleman hollowed that he was shot.  His friends went to him and he was placed in a wagon and taken home.  Constable George Ryall, who was present when the shooting was done, immediately

After the shooting Pillow handed his revolver to a friend whom he told to keep it from him until he (Pillow) paid what he owed him.  It was at first supposed that this was the only revolver Pillow had, but later when searched it was found that he had another one in his pocket.  The one he handed to his friend had one chamber empty, and the other had two empty.

Coleman was taken home and Drs. Perkins and Nowotny sent for.  On examination it was found that the ball had struck Coleman in the back on the right side, passing through the kidney and bowels and lodging just under the skin of the abdomen.  Drs. Nowotny and Perkins pronounced the wound fatal and stated that Coleman could not live over two days.  He died on Sunday night, proving that the physicians were correct.

Justice of the Peace Nick Hunsaker was notified and held an inquest on the body.  Dr. Nowotny made a post mortem examination of the body and with the result as above stated.

Pillow, who was all the time kept under guard by Constable Ryall, was on Monday taken before ‘Squire Thomas Martin and a preliminary examination was had.  All the facts in the case were brought out, and at the conclusion ‘Squire Martin held Pillow for trial on a charge of murder in the first degree.

After the trial Pillow was turned over to Constable Ryall for safekeeping.  The constable, to make sure of the prisoner’s safekeeping, placed a guard of four men over him.  Sometime during the night, while the other two were evidently now keeping a very close watch over their prisoner, Pillow slipped out of the house made his escape and at last accounts he was still at large.  There is certainly some mystery surrounding Pillow’s escape, and there are those who go so far as to say that the men who guarded him could have prevented his getting away if they had wanted to.  Deputy Sheriff Jack Hodges went out to the Bend yesterday, and when he returns we may be able to throw some light on the matter.

Thursday, 11 Oct 1877:
The funeral train of Mrs. James Cheney was detained yesterday at the stone depot, a freight car having run off the track, which had to be got out of the way before the train could proceed.
The funeral of the daughter of Mr. Wilson, second engineer on the McComb took place yesterday from the residence of Mr. John Holmes.  The remains were taken to Paducah by the Jim Fisk for interment.  Mr. Wilson has the sympathy of many friends in his sad bereavement.
The story that a man was drowned in the Ohio River opposite the Halliday & Phillips wharfboat on Sunday last turns out to be groundless.  That the fellow, we did not learn his name, came near losing his life is true, however.  The skiff in which he was riding began to fill with water and in order to save his life, he jumped out and hung to the side of the skiff until picked up by parties who went to his assistance.
Still at Large.

Up to a late hour last evening, the man Julian Pillow who murdered James Coleman at a schoolhouse in Dog Tooth Bend on last Friday night, and who succeeded in making his escape from the officers Monday night, had not been recaptured.  Constable Berry who had Pillow in charge is severely censured for allowing him to get away.  It is said, but with how much truth we do not know, that the man who were selected to guard Pillow were his personal friends and associates and there are those who when they learned of this fact expressed fear that Pillow would be allowed to get away.  This may or may not be true; and whether it is or not makes little difference now so far as Pillow is concerned.  He is gone, and it is not probable that he will soon be recaptured.  But if it can be proven that there was collusion or connivance among the men who were set to guard him to allow him to escape, they should be dealt with severely.  The man who could or would assist in the escape of a murderer like the man Julian Pillow, is little better than the murderer himself.  Sheriff Saup is much chagrined at the way this matter has been managed.  Although the shooting occurred on Friday night, the sheriff was not notified of it until on Monday, and then just as he was getting ready to go to Mound City to turn old man Hicks over to the sheriff of Pulaski County for trial.  Deputy Sheriff Jack Hodges went to Dog Tooth early Tuesday morning, and as he had not returned up to a late hour last night, it is evident that he is exerting himself to recapture the murderer.  We hope he will succeed.
Wheeling, October 8—Three more bodies of the victims of the Comfort steamboat disaster were recovered today in the immediate vicinity of the wreck.  They were those of Burt Umsetter, pilot of the boat, and Wilford Moore and John Yost, passengers.  All were horribly disfigured and almost unrecognizable. 

Saturday, 13 Oct 1877:
So far as we have been able to learn nothing has been heard of the man Pillow who killed James Coleman at Dog Tooth on last Friday night.

Tuesday, 16 Oct 1877:
Died—At Fulton, Ky., Monday morning, Effie, daughter of A. A. and Jennie Haynes.  Funeral services will be held at the residence of John D. Holmes, on 18th Street today at 1:15 p.m. sharp.  On Thursday last near Sikeston, Missouri, a man named Irvin stabbed and killed another man named Baker at the residence of Dr. Hall, where they had met by accident.  The trouble between them seems to have been a quarrel about a piece of land.  Irvin made his escape and had not been arrested at last accounts.

Wednesday, 17 Oct 1877:
The funeral of Effie Haynes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Haynes, formerly of this city, but now of Fulton, Ky., took place yesterday from the residence of Mr. John Holmes.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in this city.
Died—On Tuesday, October 16th, 1877, Frankie, infant son of Peter and Chathernna Zimmerman, aged four years and seven months, after an illness of four days.  The funeral will take place this Wednesday afternoon by the regular train on the Illinois Central railroad.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.
Death of Mrs. Elijah Dickerson.

Died, at her residence in Goose Island Precinct, on Saturday morning the 13th instant, in childbed, Mrs. Melinda, wife of Elijah Dickerson, in the 37th year of her age.

Mrs. Dickerson was a member of one of the oldest families of Alexander County and enjoyed a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, who will learn of her death with feelings of genuine sorrow.  She was a lady of well-cultured mind, with a conscience that yielded to all appeals in the name of charity, devoted in her affection for her husband, and in her friendship for those who won her confidence and respect as friends.  A few hours after giving birth to a fine and healthy daughter she was taken suddenly ill, and before medical aid could arrive, which was promptly summoned, she expired.  To her husband and surviving relatives the heartiest sympathy is extended by all who know the extent of their great and irreparable loss.  Her remains were interred in the family burying ground on Sunday, the 14th instant, the Rev. H. H. Richardson conducting the solemn ceremonies.

(Melinda Worthington married Elijah Dickerson on 4 Jan 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 18 Oct 1877:
The funeral of little Frankie Zimmerman took place yesterday afternoon. 

Sunday, 21 Oct 1877:
Mrs. James Caton Dreadfully Mangled by Being Run Over by a Train of Cars.

A shocking and most distressing accident happened on the Illinois Central railroad track near Galigher’s mill between nine and ten o’clock yesterday morning.  Mrs. Caton, wife of Mr. James Caton, one of the city employees engaged in repairing sidewalks was the victim.  Mrs. Caton accompanied by two of her children, a little daughter and son, went onto the track to gather up the bits of coal that are to be found laying along the track over which so many coal cars was standing on the track and Mrs. Caton sent the little girl under one of the cars to pick up some lumps of coal.  In a moment after the child had gone under the car the whole train began to move, when the mother caught hold of the child to pull her from under the car.  She succeeded in saving the child, but by some means which she is unable to explain was herself caught by the wheels of the car, and her left arm from about halfway between the wrist and elbow to the shoulder crushed and mangled into a shapeless mass of flesh and bones.  Mrs. Caton was dragged some distance by the cars.  She was carried to her home near the old orphan asylum on Twenty-fifth Street, where Drs. Wardner and Stalker shortly after arrived.  The arm was amputated at the shoulder and the unfortunate woman made as comfortable as circumstances would permit.  Mrs. Caton was otherwise injured, though not seriously.  However, she is fifty years of age, and if she survives her terrible injuries it will be something wonderful.  The chances against her recovery are ninety-nine- to one.  She is the mother of four small children, two boys and two girls.  Mr. Caton, his suffering wife, and the children have the sympathy of the community at large.

Tuesday, 23 Oct 1877:
(Golconda Herald)

Last Saturday a man named Tyndall, from Rose Clare, visited Carrsville, Ky., and while there stole $20 from Theldkeld, a merchant at that place.  He was arrested, but escaped and started to run, when Constable Akers, who had him in charge, ordered him to halt, failing in which he was shot through the back of the head.  He lived about three hours after receiving the fatal shot.
Mrs. Caton, the woman who was so shockingly mangled on the Illinois Central railroad track on Saturday morning last, is doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

Wednesday, 24 Oct 1877:
Died, October 23rd, 1877, at 2:30 a.m., Maude, infant daughter of P. J. and Hattie Thistlewood, aged three years, two months, and twenty-eight days.  The funeral will take place from the family residence on Washington Avenue near Twelfth Street today at 2:30 o’clock p.m.  A special train will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street for Villa Ridge at
3 o’clock.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.

In this city, Tuesday evening, at 7 o’clock, at his residence on 19th Street, between Poplar and Washington avenues, John Lane, in the fifty-fifth years of his age.  Funeral services will take place at St. Patrick’s Church at 1 p.m. today.  A special train will leave the foot of 8th Street and Ohio Levee at 2:30 p.m. for Villa Ridge, where the remains will be interred.  Friends and acquaintances of the deceased are invited to attend.

Thursday, 25 Oct 1877:
The funeral services of John Lane took place yesterday at
1 o’clock p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church and was largely attended. 

Sunday, 28 Oct 1877:
We regret to learn that Mrs. Margaret Caton, who, it will be remembered, was crushed and mangled by the cars some days ago, died yesterday morning.  She was about 47 years old, and leaves a family of four children.
A week or ten days ago we gave the particulars of the shooting and probably fatal wounding of a man at Charleston, Missouri, by H. Clay MacGruder, an officer of that town.  A dispatch received at a late hour on Friday night by Mayor Winter, father-in-law of MacGruder, announces the death of the man who was shot.  We have no further particulars. 

Wednesday, 31 Oct 1877:

The Paducah Sun of the 28th gives the following account of the shooting of a negro by an officer of that village on Friday night last.

Friday night about 11 o’clock, officers Schroeder and Robinson arrested a colored man named John Owens, supposed to have been implicated in several robberies perpetrated the night before.  Having bagged their game the party started for the jail, when the prisoner broke away and started off on a run, darting through yards, breaking palings and planks off the fences in his path, as though they were broom straws, he being a very powerful man.  Eluding his pursuers for a time, Officer Robinson ran up with his game, who showed fight, grabbing the officer about the neck.  Thus being placed in status quo, and being a pigmy in the hands of this giant, was completely in his power—having no other recourse than to shoot, which he did as soon as he could extricate himself sufficiently.  The ball entered the abdomen to the left of the navel, ranging directly through to the spine, where it is supposed it lodged.  The negro died at a late hour on Sunday night.

A Tramp Found Dead in a Railroad Car.

A man—a tramp, was found dead yesterday morning in an Illinois Central railroad car on one of the sidetracks above the round house.  The man’s appearance and everything about him seemed to indicate that he had died from exposure and want.  Justice Comings held an inquest over the remains and the verdict of the jury was in accordance with facts as above stated.  Dr. Wood, overseer of the poor, took charge of the remains and had them put away.


Thursday, 1 Nov 1877:
Died, on Wednesday night, October 20th, 1877, at
9 o’clock, Mrs. Eliza Lane, in the 47th year of her age.  Funeral services will take place today at 2 o’clock p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  A special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 3 o’clock p.m.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.
Died, on Tuesday evening, October 30th, 1877, at 10 o’clock, Anna, only daughter of N. B. and Sallie Thistlewood, aged eight years, seven months, and twenty-seven days.  The funeral will take place at
2 o’clock p.m., today from the residence of the parents of Washington Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Street.  A special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at three o’clock p.m. for Villa Ridge, where the remains will be interred.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.
Friday, 2 Nov 1877:
A stabbing affray occurred at the small town of Raleigh in Saline County, on Monday last, resulting in the death of a man named Edward Bishop.  It seems that a man named William Hale had threatened to whip one of Bishop’s boys and this coming to the ears of the father of the boy he took Hale to task about it.  A quarrel ensued in which Bishop was stabbed by Hale and died in a very short time afterwards.  Hale was arrested, but it is not likely that he will be punished, as it is said the stabbing was done in self-defense. 
Sunday, 4 Nov 1877:

While a number of colored men were crossing the Mississippi River at Greenley’s Bend in Dog Tooth, on Friday last, the skiff was capsized and one of them, Randall Gilbert by name, was drowned.  Gilbert was a preacher and was on his way to Missouri to attend a religious meeting of some kind at the time the accident happened.  He was a low, heavy-set man; he had a scar caused by a burn on the left side of his head, the effects of which had caused the ear to grow fast to the head.  When drowned he had one pair of dark jeans pants and a lead colored coat.  In his vest pocket was a silver watch attached to a chain made of twelve silver ten-cent pieces.  He also had in his pocket a small white handled pocketknife.  Anyone finding the remains will please notify Isaac Nelson, Goose Island, Alexander County, Illinois.  A reward of $5 will be paid for the recovery of the body.
Michael Roach, a steamboat engineer who worked last on the transfer steamer H. S. McComb, died in the hospital in this last evening of chronic dysentery.  He had been suffering with it for a long time, but went to the hospital only a short time ago completely prostrated and never rallied.  His family of nine persons lives at Cleveland, Ohio.

(The 4 Dec 1877, issue of the newspaper reported that it was a mistake that Roach had a large family.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 6 Nov 1877:
Engineer Michael Roach, who was reported dead on Saturday evening, still lives.  He clings to life with a tenacity that is wonderful, and there are some faint hopes that he may recover.
On Saturday morning Mr. J. K. Greer of Smithland took passage on the Dora Cabler at this point having in charge a prisoner named Wells who is accused of having murdered a young man in Livingston Co., Ky., some time last June.  Wells and this young man were working for a farmer named Perkins and quarreled over something one afternoon.  That evening when the teams had been out away another altercation took place while the murdered young man was sitting on the fence.  Wells picked up a club and walking up in front of his antagonist struck him a blow, which felled him on the other side.  After this, Wells went to the house and told Perkins he had better go to the fence, as it was probable he would find a dead man there.  Perkins went, and soon returned, telling Wells that the man was dead, whereupon Wells skipped out and went to Texas.  Learning of his whereabouts, Greer followed him and found he had gone to Colorado.  Following him there Mr. Greer found him herding cattle, and under pretense of making a horse trade, which, by the way, Wells himself proposed, he succeeded in making the important arrest.
Saturday, 10 Nov 1877:
(From the Metropolis Times.)

A homicide occurred a few days since at the schoolhouse called Azolas, near Bay City, Pope County.  The person killed was a youth named Dale.  The person charged with the offense made his escape.  The particulars we have not obtained.

There were two murders in Edgar County last week.  E. Birdwell, an officer, was shot and killed by one C. Burns, while arresting a desperado from Indiana who had fled to this county.  Burns has been arrested and is in jail.  A girl of fifteen years was killed by her seducer and an abortionist.  But the county was struck with horror, as the news came that one John Hann had cut open the head of his stepson, John Beck, with an ax while Beck was in bed asleep.  Hann had been in a demented state for several months, but was regarded harmless even by Beck, who had objected to have his stepfather cared for elsewhere.  No difficulty had occurred between them.  Hann rose before anyone else in the house, got an ax, went to Beck’s room and with two blows cut open his skull then set down the ax, went a half mile called on the sheriff, told him that he had killed Beck with an ax and gave himself up and was locked up.  Beck had supported his stepfather and was very kind to him.  He was an industrious young mechanic, highly respected by all who knew him.
Died, in this city, Friday, November 9th, 1877, Mrs. William E. Harrell.  The funeral services will take place at the family residence, corner of Twelfth and Locust streets tomorrow, Sunday, November 11th, at 1:30 p.m.  The friends and relatives of the family are invited to attend the funeral.  The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge for interment by special train at 2:30 o’clock.

(The family Bible of Dr. Daniel Arter at Cairo Public Library records the birth of Ann Eliza Arter on 27 Aug 1827 and her marriage to George W. Hunsaker on 10 Jul 1845.  According to the Bible Hunsaker died on 30 Aug 1845, and Ann Eliza married William Harrell on 23 May 1848.  The date of her death is not recorded in the Bible.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Ann E. Harrell Aug. 27, 1827-Nov. 9, 1877.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 11 Nov 1877:
Died, in this city on Thursday, Nov. 8th, 1877, of heart disease, Mrs. Ann E. wife of William Harrell and third daughter of Dr. D. Arter, in the 50th year of her age.

(Her marker and the notice of her death in the previous issue of the newspaper state she died on 9 Nov 1877.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of the late Mrs. William E. Harrell will take place from the family residence at the corner of Twelfth and Locust streets this afternoon.  The funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Mr. Morrison at 1:30 p.m., and the remains taken to Villa Ridge for interment by special train at 2:30.  The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to be present.

Tuesday, 13 Nov 1877:
On the 9th, Alois Buchanan, of Highland, an insane man just back from the asylum, killed with a club this thirteen-year-old son, believing it his mission to do the act. 
Saturday, 17 Nov 1877:
A Fatal Shooting Affray at Fort Jefferson.

The Ballard County News of the 10th gives the following particulars of the shooting of Charles Louis by Birch Glenn at Fort Jefferson a few days since:

Last Thursday night at about 7 o’clock, at Fort Jefferson, Birch Glenn shot and killed a Canadian named Charles Louis.  From all accounts Louis was a very quarrelsome man, and one whom it was impossible to get along with peaceably.  Before supper Glenn and Louis had a settlement, and after supper Louis went to Glenn’s house where he boarded, and used bad language, sang obscene songs, and was cutting up very “Old Nick” generally.  After this thing had been going on for an hour Birch walked in and told Louis that he must make less noise; Louis at this moment had asked a young boy who was standing in the room, to sing, but who refused; Louis then said when a bird won’t sing he must be made to sing and so slapped him over.  He then made a dash towards Glenn, who retreated backward with the intention of passing out of the door, but soon saw that Louis would have him within his grasp before he could reach the haven and safety, and so Glenn reached for a shotgun which sat by the door and was loaded with buckshot and as Louis was within one foot of him, fired.  The shot entered his right side and went through to his heart.  He never spoke a word after being shot but died instantly.  He was a large robust man, weighing some 225 pounds and was the terror of Fort Jefferson.

Birch Glenn, who done the shooting, is a young heartless boy of about 18 years and weighs probably 130 pounds, and when we take things, as well as all others, we think the jury will find that he was justified in shooting of this man.

Sunday 18 Nov 1877:
James Crow, was scalded to death, at Louisville, Ky., 12th.  A tank full of hot lard, about which he was at work, was accidentally discharged upon him.

Wednesday, 21 Nov 1877:
Lewis Pease, an old and highly esteemed citizen, was killed on the 15th by the cars.  Nineteen heavy freights passed over him, leaving the body on the track while the head lay on one side.  He leaves a wife and three sons.

Thursday, 22 Nov 1877:
Murder in the Second Degree

We yesterday received the following letter from John O. Blackwood, Esq., which explains itself:
Osceola, Ark., Nov. 17, 1877.

Editor Bulletin:  As a bit of news to friends of the negro, Riley Covington, the colored barber, who was captured in your city by Detective W. B. Haskins, and brought to this place some time since, upon a charge of murder, will say that on the 14th ult., was convicted of murder in the second degree and sentenced to eighteen years in state prison.
Very Respectfully,

J. Blackwood, Att’y for Covington

Friday, 23 Nov 1877:
A frightful disaster on the Illinois Central occurred on the main track night before last at
6 o’clock, a few hundred yards south of Ullin Station.  Two immense freight engines, No. 111, Charles Roach, and No. 112, John Vogt, collided.  No one save Vogt, who clung to his engine till they struck, was fatally injured.  His fireman and other train men made a desperate leap, tumbling headlong to the ground thereby escaping death, and sustaining only slight injuries.  The men on the train pulled by the No. 111 all escaped unhurt.  When the engines struck they were moving at a seemingly impetuous speed and stopped in a singular position, one being almost astride of the other.  When the news reached Cairo, engines and men were immediately dispatched to the wreck, and a clearance was made in order that all regular trains might pass on time.  Blame has not been laid at anyone’s door as yet.

Saturday, 24 Nov 1877:
Death of Mrs. Patrick Clancy.

Died, in this city, Friday morning, November 23d, 1877, at 2 o’clock, in the 42d year of her age, Mrs. Mary, wife of Patrick Clancy.

The deceased had been confined to her bed for nearly three months with a lingering disease brought on by a severe cold and chills and fever.  Mr. Clancy was a resident of Cairo for nearly twenty-four years and was known and highly respected but all the older inhabitants of the city.  She leaves a husband and eight children, the youngest only six months old, to mourn her untimely death.  She was a good and faithful wife, and an affectionate and loving mother.  The surviving members of the family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.  Mrs. Clancy was a sister of Mr. Patrick Burke, of this city.  The funeral cortege will leave the family residence at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where the funeral services will be held.  A special train will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street and Ohio Levee at 2:30 o’clock to convey the remains to Calvary Cemetery, Villa Ridge, for interment.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral.

(Mary Burk married Patrick Clancy on 31 Jan 1854, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 25 Nov 1877:
Johnson County Yeoman:  “Lum Benson, of Marion, passed up the C. & V. R. R. yesterday morning.  He was on his way from Kentucky, where he had been to arrest a man named Mitchell, who killed Lum’s brother about eight years ago.  He succeeded in getting his man but the sheriff would not let Benson bring him back fearing he would be mobbed.  So the sheriff of Saline County, in which the murder was committed, was telegraphed and came and took charge of the prisoner.
The wreck made by the collision on the Illinois Central, was all cleared away immediately after the accident occurred and there is now no trace of the accident to be seen.  Mr. John Vogt, as previously stated, is still in critical condition, but hopes are entertained of his recovery.
The funeral of Mrs. Pat Clancy took place from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church yesterday afternoon at
2 o’clock.  The attendance was very large.
$1,400 Reward for a Murderer.

Sometime last spring, at Elizabethtown, Hardin County, a difficulty occurred between a man named Alexander Wilson and another named James Vinyard, in which the latter was killed.  Wilson was arrested and taken to Golconda, Pope County, where he was imprisoned, the Hardin County jail not being considered a safe place to keep him.  Notwithstanding, this precaution, on the 7th of October, Wilson succeeded in making his escape from the prison and has not since been heard from.  The murder of Vinyard by Wilson is said to have been cold-blooded and deliberate and as the rewards offered for the murderer amount to $1,400 it would seem that it must have been so.  The rewards are as follows:  $200 by the sheriff of Pope County; $100 by the commissioners of Hardin County; $200 by the state; $200 cash and land valued at $700 by Philip Vinyard, brother of the murdered man.

The following description of the murder is given:

Wilson is about 22 years old, 5 feet 9 or 10 inches high, has rather light hair, fair complexion, with grayish blue eyes, with heavy dark eyebrows and eye lashes; had when last seen a dark mustache; he has a wild staring look, and has a whine in his speech.  His hair when uncombed has a tendency to stand up bushy.”

Tuesday, 27 Nov 1877:
A few days ago, Isaac B. Essex, one of our (Dongola’s) most influential farmers and orchardists, was fatally injured from being run over by one of his cows.  The cows were fighting, and he attempted to separate them and in so dong was knocked down on the frozen ground, receiving injuries from which he died in about 24 hours.  He was sent to Rock Island for interment. 

Tuesday, 4 Dec 1877:
Died, Sunday, December 2d, 1877, Anita, infant daughter of S. H. and M. A. Taber, aged three months and three days.  The funeral took place yesterday afternoon.  Mr. and Mrs. Taber have the sympathy of the community for the loss of their little darling.
The death mentioned in the report of the U.S. Marine Hospital in Cairo is that of Engineer Roach, heretofore published.  It was quite a mistake, however, that he left a large family of children.
Yesterday a colored man named Duboise died at the hospital where he has lingered nearly the whole years.

Wednesday, 5 Dec 1877:
(Murphysboro, Ill., Independent)

Last Friday morning a serious accident occurred to William Ludwig, a young man of this town (Murphysboro), at Mr. E. Brown’s.  He was assisting some men who were sawing wood by power, taking away the wood from the saw and turned around for something and the saw pinched and turned over, the blade striking young Ludwig on the back of the head sawing through the skull for about five inches in length.  The wound was dressed by Dr. Parsons who took away nearly a teaspoonful of brains from the cut.  Ludwig was living at last accounts.

Thursday, 6 Dec 1877:
Two Children Severely Scalded—One Dies in a Few Hours—The Other not Expected to Live.
December 2, 1877
Editor Cairo Bulletin:—A very serious accident happened here yesterday about 10 a.m.  A woman by the name of Hineman, while preparing to wash turned a chair down and placed a but of scalding water on the back of it.  Her little boy, about three years old, and another little child about 16 months old were near.  When the mother left the tub the other child went up to the tub and tipped the chair over, the scalding water pouring out all over his breast, sides and arms.  He was so scalded that when his clothes were removed the flesh was raw and bare.  The poor child suffered intensely from the time of the accident occurred till about
2 o’clock this morning when it died.  The other child, though badly scalded, may, by close attention recover.  This is one of the most shocking accidents that has happened here for many years.

Saturday, 8 Dec 1877:

Nov. 26, A. D. 1877, at the home of her parents, near Goose Island, Alexander County, Ills., Nellie Octavia, daughter of William E. and A. H. Woods, aged 3 years.  Always kind, gentle and obedient, she was the pet of the family and the idol of the fond mother.  Her death has left a vacuum in the hearts of her loving parents that no other can fill.  Though they love all their children, yet none can fill the place of little Nellie, the household pet.  Their only consolation is in knowing that she has been called to join the good throng to sing sweet songs of praise around God’s throne, where pain nor death can ever come.

(William E. Wood married Angeline Johnson on 22 May 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter) 


Sunday, 9 Dec 1877:
From the Cincinnati Commercial we learn that Henry Laper, mate on the steamer Lotus, and who was lost while saving the lives of others when that steamer burned was a son-in-law of Captain Lewis Kates, of the steamer Tom Shirlock.
Mr. Edwin Patterson, a well known Cincinnati and New Orleans pilot, and brother of Captain Patterson of the C. B. Church, was stricken with paralysis in the right side on Friday morning, at the house of his brother in Covington, Ky., and it is feared he will not recover.

Tuesday, 11 Dec 1877:
We learn that the young child of Mrs. Hineman, who resides near Clear Creek, together with a little brother was severely scalded on the first of the present month by the overturning of a tub of scalding water has since died.

Wednesday, 12 Dec 1877:
The Rande Reward
Pinckneyville (Ills.) Independent

Parties in St. Louis are making a raid on Gov. Cullom for payment of the reward offered in this state for the arrest of the desperado Rande.  It may be that they were entitled to the rewards, but we would respectfully call the attention of Gov. Cullom to the fact that the state of Missouri and residents of that state have up to the present failed and refused to pay the rewards offered by them for the apprehension, dead or alive, of the notorious Sam Hildebrand, who, after a fearful resistance, was killed in this place by officers who were sent to arrest him in 1874.  Let Missouri pay her debts, owing to citizens of our state, before her citizen demand payment of us.
The Murderer Harrison Burkelew Found Guilty and Sentenced to Be Hanged.

Several days ago we mentioned the fact that the sheriff of Johnson County, Mr. James H. Carter, had come to the city for the purpose of taking the murderer Harrison Burkelew, who was confined in the county jail here, for safekeeping, back to Vienna for trial.  Sheriff Carter with his prisoner arrived in Vienna on Wednesday morning last, and on Thursday morning Burkelew was placed on trial.  The trial occupied the time of the court from Thursday morning till Monday afternoon, when the case was given to the jury.  The jury were out some four or five hours, when at 9 o’clock Monday night they returned a verdict of guilty, fixing the penalty at death.  We are unable to give full particulars of the crime for which Burkelew was convicted, further than that it was for the murder of a man named Davis at Chapman & Hess mill at Forman sometime in June or July last.  The murder is said to have been cold blooded and without the least cause or provocation.  Judge Dougherty presided at the trial of Burkelew.

Since writing the above we learn more about the case.  The prosecution was conducted by O. A. Harker, Esq., and State’s Attorney R. M. Fisher, and the defense by Capt. John R. Thomas of Metropolis, and A. G. Dameron of Vienna.  A motion for a new trial is now pending and will be argued today.  This is the first case in the history of Johnson County where the verdict has been death.  The court is now engaged in selecting a jury in the case of the People vs. James Arnet for murder, and the trial will probably take up the balance of the week.  S. P. Wheeler, Esq., of this city, is one of the attorneys for the defense.

(In other articles about the man his name is referred to as Burklow or Burkelow.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 13 Dec 1877:

Thomas J. Patterson, clerk of the J. B. Mercer, died at Baton Rouge on Saturday last.

Sunday, 16 Dec 1877:
Martin Coffee is dead.  He died Saturday at
2 o’clock a.m., of typhoid pneumonia at Mike Hambrick’s boarding house, after a severe illness.  His whole life was characterized with traits of kindness and unrelenting toil.  No harm was in the deceased for other than himself.  In his loss his friends are bereft of a noble-hearted man whose place will always remain vacant.  Peace to his ashes is the unanimous wish to him in his last resting place.  He had been an employee of the I. C. R. R. Co. for the past thirteen years.

Tuesday, 18 Dec 1877:
The Burklow-Wagoner Homicide
Burklow Sentenced to Be Hanged.
The Trial, the Prisoner, Etc.

From the Johnson County Yeoman, 15th

The case of the People of the State of Illinois vs. Harrison Burklow, indicted at the present sitting of the grand jury, came up for trial Friday the 7th inst., and out of about 250 men summoned, a jury was obtained.  R. M. Fisher, prosecuting attorney, and O. A. Harker, of Vienna, who was employed by the citizens of Forman, conducted the prosecution, and attorneys J. R. Thomas of Metropolis, and A. G. Damron, of Vienna, conducted the defense, they having been appointed by the court, defendant not being able to employ council.  The evidence in behalf of the People went to the jury by Saturday night, and the court then adjourned until Monday, and on that day the evidence in behalf of the defendant was given to the jury.  The attorney then presented their arguments and at 6 o’clock p.m. the jury retired with the instructions of the court.  Judge Dougherty did not adjourn court and told the jury that when they had made a verdict to send for him, and he would receive the same.  In about three hours from the time the case was given into the hands of jury the judge was notified that they had agreed upon a verdict. 

Although most of the citizens had retired to their peaceful couches of repose, the news that a verdict had been reached caused quite a stir, everybody seeming to be eager to know the fate of the criminal, and in a comparatively short time a large crowd had gathered at the court house.  The nudge took his seat and the crowd anxiously awaited the appearance of the prisoner.  The prisoner was conducted into the room by the sheriff and deputy sheriff and seated inside the bar.  It was evident that his mind was undergoing a terrible ordeal, and when the clerk read the verdict, “We, the jury, find the defendant, guilty, and assess the penalty death,” Burklow seemed to give down, but did not give vent to his feelings, though it was evident that the emotions of his bosom were suppressed only by his iron will or determined resolution.  He, for the first time since the trial began, except when his attorney was pleading, bowed his head when the verdict was read, and when the sheriff proceeded to put handcuffs on his wrists (the first time during court) to take him back to jail, Burklow said:  “Don’t keep them on me, Jim; let me rest while I can rest.” 

Burklow’s council, Thomas & Damron, made a strong effort in his behalf and the speech of each was good, but their faith in the cause was weak.  In the course of Damron’s speech, he admitted the guilt of the defendant, but endeavored to show to the jury that he was only guilty of manslaughter.  Burklow seemed to think his attorney ought not to have made such an admission and at once gave way to tears.
O. A. Harker closed the case in behalf of the People in a very able and telling speech—the ablest effort by him we have ever listened to.  All whom we have heard speak of Harker’s speech pronounce it to be a fine effort.  He first took up the evidence and disposed of it in a very systematic manner; then he took up the law, rulings, and decisions, and in closing he appealed to the jury to consider the claims that all good citizens had upon them to do justice; that while it was natural for their feelings to be in sympathy, for a man who was on trial for his life, still the security of our lives and property and society depended on summary and just punishment of our criminals. 

The facts in this case elicited upon trial are about these:  On the fourth of July last, a number of the Forman citizens went to Cairo, and among them were Burklow and David Wagoner (the murdered man) who were under the influence of whiskey when they returned; that Wagoner went to his home, and that Burklow went to the house of Wagoner and called him out and began a quarrel; then Burklow went into his own house, which was a short way off and then started out again with pistol in hand, but that his wife prevented his coming out.  All the evidence in regard to what occurred on the evening of the 4th tended to show that Burklow was anxious to have trouble with Wagoner while he (Wagoner) was disposed to avoid trouble.

On the next morning, the 5th, Wagoner went to work as usual at Chapman & Hess’ sawmill.  Burklow got up that morning, it seems, bent on taking the life of his victim.  Armed with a revolver, he went to the mill barefoot, and as he passed along he made inquiry as to where he could find WagonerBurklow was near when Wagoner first saw him.  Wagoner had an armful of timbers to take to his saw to cut them up, and as he at this moment took in the situation, he dropped the timbers, stepped back a step or two, at the same time throwing up his hands, cried out, “Don’t Burklow, don’t!”  At this moment Burklow fired the fatal shot, which stopped the lifeblood of poor Wagoner.  At the crack of the pistol Wagoner jumped or fell off the platform, raised his head, then dropped it—a dead man.  Burklow, as soon as he fired the fatal shot, retraced his steps, and as he passed out of the mill, in substance said:  “I’ve fixed him; damn him, he won’t bother me any more.  I did it, and there is what I did it with” (holding up his pistol).

Burklow prayed fervently the night after the verdict was read to him.  Tuesday night the sheriff had the shackles put on his legs, so as to prevent the possibility of escape, knowing the frail condition of our jail, though he says he regretted to do so as much as to have to tie the hangman’s knot.

At the present writing the judge has not passed sentence upon the prisoner, and may not do so until toward the adjournment of court.  Burklow will have to be kept here in jail until the day of his execution.  The verdict is the first of the kind ever returned in this county.  We learn that three of the jurors were not at first in favor of the death sentence.  Burklow is about 40 years of age, of heavy build, weight about 180 pounds, physically his appearance is that of a perfectly developed man.  He has been married the second time, but his wife has not been present at the trial, she being at the home of her people.  It is said Burklow, while in the army, was sentenced to be shot, but was saved by the intercession of Gen. John A. LoganWagoner, the murdered man, was also married, but we are not able to say anything further of him, having never seen him.

We hope this case will be a warning to those who thirst for the blood of their fellow man—that a new era will be inaugurated so that our county may again be pointed to as a model county for its peace and quietude, as in former years.  We ask our readers what is the cause of all or nearly all the great crimes known to our country?  You will doubtless bear me out when we say, WHISKY, WHISKY.

(Harrison Burklow married Martha Carns on 18 Nov 1864, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  He was a sergeant of Company F, 31st Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  He enlisted on 22 Aug 1861, and was then 28, a resident of Pulaski Co., Ill., with black hair, black eyes, and a dark complexion.  He was born in Graves Co., Ky.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, Sunday night, December 16, 1877, Mrs. Elvira, wife of Moses Foss, at the family residence on Seventeenth Street, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street.  Funeral services will take place at the house at 1:30 p.m. today, and at 2:45 a special train will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street for Villa Ridge, where the remains will be interred.  Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
Many of our readers will doubtless remember “Dick” Moore, a young man sixteen years old who has grown up in our city.  Young Moore was employed as deck sweeper on the steamer Port Eads and was not seen on the steamer for two hours before any suspicions were entertained.  The supposition is that he fell overboard at New Natchez, at the mouth of Red River, between three and four o’clock p.m. on the fifth instant.  No effort, so far as known, was made to find his remains.  He was a hard worker and universally respected and beloved, and we understand that he was the only support of a sister and an aged mother.

Wednesday, 19 Dec 1877:
The funeral of Mrs. Moses Foss took place yesterday afternoon, and was attended by a large number of citizens.  The remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment.
An accident occurred on the Illinois Central on the up train on Monday night by which a man named Raynor, an employee of the road, lost his life.  Raynor was a brakeman on the Chicago division and had been to Cairo on business, and at the time of the accident was on his way back to Chicago.  Just how the accident occurred we could not learn, further than by some means Raynor was thrown under the train and killed.
At a meeting of the Hibernian Fire Company, held on Dec. 15th, the following resolution of respect to the memory of the late Martin Coffee, a member of the Company, were unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God in his infinite mercy to remove from our midst in the vigor of manhood, one of our most zealous members, Martin Coffee, therefore be it

Resolved, By the officers and members of this company, that in the death of our beloved brother, the Hibernian Fire Company No. 4, has suffered an irreparable loss, and the community at large an honorable and upright citizen; and

Resolved, That we bury our deceased brother will all the honors of a fireman, and in a manner worthy of his past services to this company, and that we tender our heartfelt sympathy to the relation of the deceased;

Resolved, That the foregoing resolutions be spread upon the journal and published in the Cairo papers, and that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the relations of the deceased.
P. O’Loughlin
Hugh Callahan
Thomas Lovett, Committee 
Sunday, 23 Dec 1877:
John Akin, the leader of the Akin gang, who infested Williamson and Franklin counties some years ago, was on trial at Shawneetown last week for the murder of August Stewart in White County in 1864.  The case was concluded on Wednesday afternoon and given to the jury, who, after being out three hours came in with a verdict of guilty, and fixed his punishment at death.  The trial was in progress for nine days, during which time the courthouse was crowded with spectators and friends of StewartAkin will be remembered by many of our readers, especially in Herrin’s Prairie, where several robberies and attempts to murder were committed by the gang.
Judge Mulkey received a telegram yesterday announcing that a new trial had been granted in the case of Aiken, who was convicted a few days ago, in the Gallatin County circuit, of murder.  Judge Mulkey and D. T. Linegar, Esq., are attorneys for Aiken, who is charged with being one of three men who, some twelve years ago, murdered an old man named Stewart, who resided near Carmi in White County.
Harrison Burklow, the Murderer, To Be Hanged on Jan. 15th

Judge John Dougherty was in the city yesterday, on his way home from Vienna, where he had been holding circuit court.  From Judge Dougherty we learned that the motion for a new trial in the case of Harrison Burklow, convicted of the murder of Carl Wagoner, at Forman, in July last, was overruled, and the death sentence pronounced upon the prisoner.  The execution will take place on the 15th of January.  When Judge Dougherty gave his decision overruling the motion for a new trial, and was about to pronounce the death sentence, Burklow broke completely down, and gave way to his feelings, and it was with difficulty, after the sentence, that he was removed to his cell in the county jail.  The particulars of the murder have already appeared in the columns of the Bulletin.

James Arnett, who was tried for the murder of Edward Mutz, was acquitted.  The trial lasted ten days, and attracted considerable attention.


A NEW TRIAL GRANTED.—Hon., F. E. Albright, of Murphysboro ,was in the city yesterday on his way home from Shawneetown, where he went to take part in the Aiken case on the motion for a new trial.  From Mr. Albright we learn that a new trial has been granted, and set the first Tuesday in March.  Aiken’s attorneys, Mulkey and Linegar, of Cairo, Mr. Albright of Murphysboro, and Hon. F. M. Youngblood, had about given up all hope of getting a new trial for their client when word came to Mr. Albright that the jury, when they entered the jury room, were pretty evenly divided on the question of imprisonment for life and for hanging.  After a good deal of wrangling it was decided to draw straws as to whether the verdict be death or imprisonment, and the drawing resulted in the favor of hanging.  When this became known to Aiken’s attorneys they asked for further time, and finally succeeded in obtaining the affidavits of four of the jurors to the fact.  On this evidence, of course, a new trial was granted.  Four of the jurors, John B. Walters, William Willis, John Crow and Mr. Boardman, were brought before the court and fined one hundred dollars each, except the last named, who was fined only fifty dollars.  This was certainly a remarkable proceeding and the jurymen could not be too severely dealt with.
CAPTURE OF A MURDER.—On the 5th of October last, at a church in Dog Tooth Precinct, as many of our readers will remember, a young man named James Coleman, was shot and killed by another young man named Julian PillowPillow was arrested and a preliminary trial held before Squires Martin and Hunsaker.  The testimony against Pillow was of the strongest kind, and was held without bail on a charge of murder for trial in the Circuit Court.  After the preliminary hearing, Pillow was placed in the hands of one of the Constables for Dog Tooth, who was to bring him to Cairo to be turned over to Sheriff Saup.  However, it was late in the evening before the trial was over and the constable (we have forgotten his name) concluded to wait until the next day before starting for Cairo with the prisoner, and summoned four men to help guard him during the night.  But notwithstanding all this precaution on the part of the officer, between one and two o’clock in the morning, Pillow was missing, and until within a few days ago no trace of him could be found.  At the time of the occurrence it was hinted that Pillow was allowed to escape, that some of the guards being his friends and associates they made no resistance to his departure.  A few days ago Mr. Atherton who keeps a store in Dog Tooth, having been to St. Louis on business, was returning home by the steamer Vicksburg and on the way down he saw Pillow among the deck passengers on the boat.  On arrival at Grand Tower, Mr. Atherton informed the officers there of the matter and Pillow was arrested and a telegram sent to Sheriff Saup “to come and get him.”  This was on Saturday evening, and the sheriff left by the Illinois Central on Saturday night for Grand Tower where he found his prisoner and returned to the city with him by the Illinois Central yesterday afternoon.  Pillow is now in the county jail and will probably have a bearing at the coming term of the circuit court.  The murder of young Coleman is said to have been unprovoked and cold blooded.

Thursday, 27 Dec 1877:
Row at a Dance—James Carnes Fatally Stabbed.

From a gentleman who came in from the country yesterday it was learned that a fatal stabbing affray took place at the house of George Harrison in Goose Island Precinct on Christmas night.  The circumstances of the affray, as near as we could learn them, are briefly told, as follows:  There was a ball in progress at Harrison’s and late in the evening James Carnes, a young man living in the neighborhood, came to the house, and announced a determination to break up the ball, and to carry out his threat conducted himself in an offensive and boisterous manner.  Mr. Harrison went to Carnes and remonstrated with him, when, without provocation, Carnes drew a revolver and jamming the muzzle right into Harrison’s face, attempted to shoot, but the weapon would not go off.  Harrison then took a club and striking Carnes on the head knocking him down.  A general melee followed and in it Carnes was stabbed five times in the back, one cut penetrating to the lungs, and another entering one of his kidneys.  Who did the cutting is a mystery as yet, but the guilty party is believed to be known.  Carnes was still alive yesterday morning, but his physician, Dr. Porterfield, gave it as his opinion that he cannot recover.  No arrests have as yet been made.

Friday, 28 Dec 1877:
FATALLY SHOT.—A most distressing accident by which a lad only twelve years of age named Aden lost his life happened only a short distance form the residence of Mr. John Bishop in Goose Island Precinct, on Christmas Day.  The particulars of the sad event, as we learn them, seem to be about these:  On Christmas Day Aden, accompanied by a young son of Mr. Bishop’s went out to shoot quail, and had gone only a short distance from the house when they sat down on a log, at the same time leaning their guns up against the log.  How it happened neither of the boys could explain, but by some means one of the guns was knocked down, and in the fall it was discharged, and almost its entire contents of shot lodged in Aden’s bowels, inflicting what the physician called to attend the boy pronounced a fatal wound.  Aden was still living on Wednesday.  The other boy was not injured.

Saturday, 29 Dec 1877:
James O’Neil, a well-known passenger locomotive engineer, was assassinated in the streets of Bloomington on the morning of the 27th by unknown parties.
Julian Pillow, the murderer of James Coleman at a church in Dog Tooth Precinct on October last, does not seem to realize the enormity of the crime and takes his imprisonment coolly.
The man Carnes, who was stabbed at the residence of George Harrison in Goose Island Precinct on Christmas night, died yesterday from the effects of his injuries.  Who stabbed Carnes is yet unknown, but efforts are being made to ferret out the guilty party.

Sunday, 30 Dec 1877:

The Johnson County Journal of Saturday last gives the following account of the scene that occurred in court when the murderer Burklow was brought before Judge Dougherty to hear his sentence pronounced:

Harrison Burklow was brought before His Honor Judge Dougherty, last Friday morning, and the motion for the rehearing was ably argued, but the court overruled the motion.  Then J. R. Thomas entered a motion for an arrest of judgment, which was also discussed at length, but overruled by the court.  The attorneys for the defense asked leave to file a bill of exceptions, which was granted.  After which, the Judge pronounced to sentence the prisoner.  But before announcing the sentence he made some very appropriate and feeling remarks as to the solemnity which was then to follow.  He then read the sentence:  That the prisoner, who had been found guilty of murder, and to suffer the penalty of death, by twelve jurors, of his county, should be hung on the 15th of this January, between the hours of 11 and 1 o’clock, within an enclosure of the county jail yard, until he was dead, dead, dead!  In repeating the last word, the court gave way to his humane feelings and bursted into tears, and then added:  May God _____ this is the first death sentence ______ was past in this county, it is _______ will be the last.

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