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The Cairo Daily Bulletin

 1 Jan 1880 - 31 Dec 1880


The Weekly Cairo Bulletin

 19 Apr 1880


Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

The Cairo Daily Bulletin


 Thursday, 1 Jan 1880:
DIED.—In Cairo, Dec. 30, 1879, Mrs. Martha A. Morgan, wife of R. M. Morgan, in the 23d year of her age.

Saturday, 3 Jan 1880:
Charles Newton, an industrious colored man of Alton, fell dead Saturday afternoon at the Hopgood plow works.  He was about 60 years of age, and father of Charles W. Newton, principal of a colored school in St. Louis.
Thomas Grant, who was waylaid and shot at Charleston a short time ago, died on the 28th of his wound.  The murderers, James Cook and Charles Lloyd, have been arrested and jailed and will be held for murder.  Cook is an ex-penitentiary bird.
Henry Wilson, brother-in-law of Frank Hight, who was murdered near Caledonia, Pulaski County, week before last, has been arrested for the murder.  The evidence elicited at the inquest is wholly of circumstantial nature, but points strongly to

(Frank may be Francis M. Hight, who married Mary E. Sinks on 9 Sep 1869, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  The 10 Jan 1880, issue stated, “We know of no such man as Henry Wilson.”—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 4 Jan 1880:
Our readers will doubtless all remember the Rev. Coan, who visited our city some time ago and delivered a lecture in the Presbyterian church on missionary work in Persia.  This gentleman died in Wooster, Ohio, a few days ago at a very ripe old age.  While here he made many friends who esteemed him for his many good qualities and profound learning.

Tuesday, 6 Jan 1880:
Mrs. James B. Gordon, who was born in this city, was raised here and who has many friends and acquaintances here, is dead.  He died in Dyersburg, Tenn., on the 14th of December of pneumonia after an illness of about a week.  Mr. Gordon was a brother of Mrs. Summerwell, of this city, and his many friends will hear of his death with surprise and sorrow.  He was a man of many excellent qualities, kind-hearted and liberal, who befriended whomsoever he could, seldom thinking of self when the wants of others were apparent.

Wednesday, 7 Jan 1880:

DIED.—Dennis Devine, at his residence, in the 55th year of his age.  Funeral will leave the residence on Ohio Levee, for St. Patrick’s Church, at 1:30 o’clock today.  A special train will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street for Villa Ridge at 2 o’clock.

The news of Mr. Devine’s death will be received this morning with surprise and sorrow by his many friends.  He has been in feeble health for a number of years, but not being confined to his bed, but little was thought of it, and his death was not looked for.  He has been a resident of this city for twenty-eight years and those who have known him longest esteemed him most.  During his residence here he has experienced many ups and downs in life, but has ever been known as a persevering, straightforward man.  Mr. Devine was a Roman Catholic.  He leaves a wife and three children.

Thursday, 8 Jan 1880:
The funeral of Mr. Dennis Devine was well attended yesterday.  A special train took the remains to Villa Ridge.
Many of our readers will remember Mr. Philip Baugh, who for many years kept a shoe shop on Eighth Street, and who is a brother of the wife of Mr. Charles Phifferling.  This gentleman is dead—having died in Mayfield, Ky., a few days ago.  Mr. Baugh has many warm friends here, who respected him as an industrious man, and esteemed him for his many excellent qualities.  He removed from this city several years ago, making Mayfield his home, and was doing an excellent business there, when the hand of death was laid upon him.
A colored man named Jerry Loven, at work at the box factory, loading logs on the log way, fell into the river about 9 o’clock Tuesday and was drowned.  The Hill Wrecking Company sent their diver, Hiram Hill to the scene of the accident, who recovered the body about 11 o’clock yesterday.  The wrecking company returns thanks to Major Halliday for kindly giving the use of the coal company’s tug in towing the wrecking boat.  Coroner Fitzgerald held an inquest and the jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

Friday, 9 Jan 1880:

PEORIA, Ill., Jan. 7—A coal miner named Henry Timudt, committed suicide last night by stabbing himself in the throat.  He was found about 6 o’clock this morning lying near a barn in the lower part of the city.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 7.—Daniel Decastro, a boy about 14 years old, committed suicide this evening by hanging himself to a harness hook in the stable of his employer.

FIELDON, Ill., Jan. 7.—John Spry, aged 22 years, and Henry Spry, aged 14 years, both of whom are brothers to and were with Ben Spry when the latter shot Rowden, the mail contractor, night before last, have been caught and are incarcerated in the Jerseyville jail.  The excitement here is intense, as it is now generally believed that the entire Spry family were cognizant of what was going on.  Ben Spry is at large, yet, but will probably be arrested soon.  C. C. Rowden was a Mason and will be buried with Masonic honors today at high twelve.  He leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his untimely death.


Another distressing accident occurred night before last, at eleven o’clock in the yards of the Illinois Central railroad.  A Mr. Joseph Norvell, who is a switchman of the yards was engaged in switching cars onto various tracks and while a train of freight cars were in motion, he stepped between them to draw a coupling pin and while running along between the cars, his foot caught between the double rails, and held it fast.  He at once threw himself on the outside of the track, with his knee on the inside, and the loaded cars passed over the ankle and knee, crushing and tearing the limb into a shapeless mass of flesh and bone.  He was at once removed to the stone depot and Dr. Parker, the railroad’s physician, was soon after on hand and found amputation of the limb, close to the body, necessary.  This was performed in the depot since it was feared that the amputation at his residence would prove too great a shock to his young wife.  He is a young man, twenty-nine years of age, and came to this city about three months ago.  His residence is on Fourteenth Street, between Washington and Walnut.  We learn from Dr. Parker that his chances for recovery are very slight.  The accident occurred at the head of the incline.

We find in the Paducah News the following concerning the death of Phillip Baugh, who will be remembered by our citizens as one of Cairo’s former residents:

“Yesterday evening about 2 o’clock a shoemaker named Phillip Baugh, who resided at Mayfield, committed suicide.  He had been on a big drunk and just before taking his life said, ‘He had lived long enough.’  Suiting his action to his word he took a dose of some sort of poison and died almost instantly.  Baugh leaves a wife and three children, two girls and boy.  The oldest child is about fifteen years old.”

An account by mail says:  “Today (Monday) a German shoemaker named Phillip Baugh, who had been on a drunken spree at Mathis & Taylor and called for eight grains of morphine, saying he wanted to sober up and the medicine was to settle his nerves.  The drug being furnished him he took a small portion and left for his home.  Arriving there he sat before the fire for a short time, when drowsiness soon overcame him.  His wife became alarmed and called for aid, and a passerby entered and helped the man to bed, where he died in a few minutes.  He leaves a wife and three children.  Whiskey was the cause.”

We publish the above in order that we may be afforded a chance to deny its truthfulness.  We have it very directly from parties who ought to know, that there is good reason for the belief that the facts are not as above stated, but that Mr. Baugh died a natural death.

(Phillip Baugh married Sarah Dunn on 3 Feb 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 10 Jan 1880:
Mt. Carmel Register:  “Henry Wilson, of Cairo, a brother-in-law of Frank Hight, who was murdered near Caledonia, Pulaski County, last week has been arrested for the murder.  The evidence elicited at the inquest is wholly of a circumstantial nature, but points strong towards Wilson.”

We know of no such man as Henry Wilson.  The Register is one ahead of us.
The doctors of Rev. Whittaker yesterday believed that that gentleman could not live.  This news will be received with sorrow by all who know him.  He was an earnest worker in the cause of Christ and temperance, being always manly, frank and sincere in all he said or did.  His death would be a great loss to the Methodist church, all the members of which have learned to love him.  That his condition may not be as bad as reported is our wish.
It was yesterday evening reported that Mr. Joseph Norvell, who was run over by the Illinois Central cars, would not live until midnight.  Inflammation had set in and this morning he will in all probability be numbered with the dead.  This is indeed a hard blow to his young wife.

Sunday, 11 Jan 1880:
Mr. Joseph Norvell, as we yesterday stated he would, died.  His limb was so horribly crushed that amputation near the body was found necessary, and, inflammation setting in, caused his death.  He was a young man, twenty-nine years of age, was married and has been a resident of this city for only three months.  His death occurred yesterday morning at 8:30 o’clock.
Mr. Joseph A. Lee, for many years a switchman of the Illinois Central railroad, died yesterday afternoon of consumption from which he had suffered for three or four years.

Tuesday, 13 Jan 1880:

FAIRBURY, Ills.—A terrible accident occurred here yesterday in the central shaft.  Four tons of soapstone fell from the roof of the mine, instantly crushing to death Alfred Eaton.  He was a young man and the entire support of his mother and four children.  He was riding at the bottom of the shaft in a car which jumped the track, knocking out the support of the overhanging roof.  The funeral today in the Baptist church drew a large crowd.
The remains of Mr. Joseph Norvell, were on Sunday morning placed on the Illinois Central train and taken to Gilman, Ills.  His wife, we understand, has also gone to that city, where, it is believed she has relatives.
The funeral of Mr. Joseph A. Lee, who died of consumption, on Saturday last, took place yesterday and was largely attended.  Mr. Lee was an Odd Fellow and a member of William Penn Lodge, No. 56, Cincinnati.  The Odd Fellows turned out in a body yesterday and followed the remains to their last resting place, Villa Ridge.
The following from the Argus are the facts as we yesterday learned them:  “The Paris C. Brown brings news of an awful disaster to the Evansville and Cairo packet Idlewild yesterday morning by which four men have no doubt lost their lives and four others are seriously injured.  She was lying at Weston and her crew were employed in putting off a large boiler that lay across her forecastle, when a keg of powder exploded in her bow tearing it into splinters as far back as the steps.  It is said that the heavy boiler which was thrown by the explosion against the steps prevented further mischief than was wrought.  She was immediately forced out on the bank and thus prevented from sinking.  Eight of her crew, who were at work about the boiler, were seriously injured, and when the Brown passed four of them were expected to die.  No one else was hurt except one passenger who was standing on the steps, and he very slightly.”  As to what caused the explosion of the powder is a mystery.  There were three kegs of powder in the bow, but only one exploded.

(The 15 Jan 1880, issue gives the names of the injured as Wat Johnson, Tom Boswell, Sam Osborn, Sam Stroud, William Woods, Charley Crider, and Frank Rains.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 15 Jan 1880:
Yesterday morning a dispatch arrived here from Villa Ridge, to Mr. William F. Axley, stating that his brother, Mr. Elijah Axley, had suddenly died, and summonsing him and William N. Axley, a nephew of deceased, to attend the funeral.  Both obeyed the summons.  We could not learn any particulars except that deceased contracted his illness by exposure.
The following are the names of those who sustained injures on board the Idlewild by the explosion of the keg of powder:  Wat Johnson, thigh broken; Tom Boswell, right leg broken and left thigh fractured; Sam Osborn, both knees shivered; Sam Stroud, left leg broken and other ankle sprained; William Woods, both legs broken, one in two places; Charley Crider, right leg broken; Frank Rains, right leg broken; and Andy Long, both ankles sprained and slightly cut about the head.  The Idlewild is now laid up at Mound City for repairs.

Friday, 16 Jan 1880:

McLeansboro, Ill., Jan. 14.—Capt. W. B. Garner and Deputy Sheriff John T. Barnett arrested Benjamin W. Spry, of whom mention was made in yesterday’s Republican, for the murder of Lum Rowden near Pittsburg, in Jersey County, in this state on Jan. 5, and for whom it is understood there is a reward of $400 offered.  The prisoner answers the description exactly, and says that he and Rowden had an old grudge and he had been to the grocery and was going home past Rowden’s house with a double-barreled shotgun and deceased followed him, and the boys hallooed and told him that deceased was cocking his gun, and he the defendant, fired and heard Rowden halloo and supposing he had killed him immediately left; but he did not know for certain that he had killed Rowden until told so when arrested today.  The deputy sheriff and Capt. Garner will start for Jerseyville with the prisoner on the 1:45 train in the morning.  There is no question as to his identity.  The prisoner is about nineteen years old.

(The murdered man’s name was given as C. C. Rowden in the 9 Jan 1880, issue and was likely Christopher Columbus or “Lum” Rowden.—Darrel Dexter)
The four-year-old child which was burned to death on Thirteenth Street a few days ago, was yesterday morning buried in the Seven Mile Graveyard.  This is the second negro child which has been burned to death in this city this winter and doubtless it will not be the last one.  Both children were burned in precisely the same manner—by their clothes catching fire from the stove, but it is not to be presumed that this will prove a warning to our colored population.  It must not be thought that hereafter they will be more careful with their little ones—that they will not leave the house without taking them with them or putting them into the charge of some older person.  No; improper care of children is one of the characteristics of the negro race and they will continue to leave their little ones alone in the house to burn and scald their souls out of their body into the “blue beyond.”

Saturday, 17 Jan 1880:

JERSEYVILLE, Ill., Jan. 15.—Capt. W. B. Garner and James F. Leslie of McLeansboro, Ills., arrived here on the 10:30 train this morning, having in charge Benjamin Spry, who assassinated Columbus C. Rowden on the 5th inst., and Peter Groesjean, who assisted in the bloody deed, the details of which have already appeared in these dispatches.  The assassins went to St. Charles, Mo., and from there to Kansas City, beating their way on freight trains.  Leaving Kansas City last Friday, they went to St. Louis, crossing the river at Venice, and from there to McLeansboro, where Spry has an uncle, and where the culprits were arrested immediately after arriving.  The prisoners did not know Rowden was dead until after their arrest.  Four hundred dollars reward was paid today to the captors.  An immense crowd of people were at the depot and jail on the arrival of the murderers.  They will have a preliminary examination next Tuesday.  Spry will undoubtedly be legally hanged.

Sunday, 18 Jan 1880:
The death of George W. Sieber, the absconding ex-treasurer of St. Clair County, is reported to have taken place in the city of Mexico.
A dispatch was yesterday evening received by Mr. Aisthrope from Mr. W. G. Hughes, stating that if Mrs. Hughes’ children would see their mother alive, they must come at once to Pomeroy, Ohio.  Mrs. Hughes has been unwell for quite a time and visited Pomeroy in search of health.  The news of her dangerous illness will be received with sorrow and surprise by her many friends.

(The 24 Jan 1880, issue names Mrs. Hughes’ daughter as Mrs. Aisthorpe.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 21 Jan 1880:
William Howarth (colored) is hereby notified that his wife, Josephine Howarth, to whom he was married in this city, is dangerously ill and may be found at Jackson, Tennessee, near the Central depot –living with Margaret Anderson.

(William Howarth married Josephine Johnson on 1 Aug 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Saturday, 24 Jan 1880:
Mrs. Joseph Lee, whose husband died a short time ago with consumption, has sold out her household furniture at auction and contemplates taking up her residence in St. Louis.
Pomeroy, Ohio, Jan. 23d, 1880
To C. N. Hughes:

Mrs. Hughes died last night.  Will bury her Sunday.  B. R. Remington

The news of Mrs. Hughes’ death comes unexpectedly to her many friends in Cairo.  Although it was generally known that she left here for the purpose of improving her health, no one was prepared for the sad news contained in the above dispatch.  She was a lady of an unusually agreeable temperament whose society was sought upon all occasions, and whose many deeds of kindness will be ever fresh in the minds of many.  Her daughter, Mrs. Aisthorpe, and other relatives, were called to her bedside by a former dispatch and attended her to the last.
Saturday, 31 Jan 1880:

CLINTON, Ill., Jan. 29.—At 10 o’clock last evening Mr. Thomas Bosler, an old and respected citizen of this city, while sitting in his chair preparatory to retiring after his day’s labor, was suddenly stricken with paralysis of the brain, and before aid could be rendered was a corpse.  Mr. Bosler came to Clinton fifteen years ago and engaged in the blacksmithing business and continued an active businessman until within three hours of his death.  He had just finished shoeing a pair of horses and setting some harrow teeth when he was taken ill.

CARROLLTON, Ill., Jan. 29.—Israel Standifer, a once opulent and intelligent farmer residing east of this city, though of late reduced in fortune and shaky in mind, was found dead yesterday out among the hedges on one of the large farms west.  He had a book and a bundle and was seen Sunday afternoon inquiring the way to town.  He evidently died Sunday night and lay three days and nights under the hedge.
We understand that some time ago the friends of Billy Harrison circulated a petition among the people of Cairo asking the governor to pardon him.  It will be remembered by most everybody that Billy killed Joe Swoboda, during a drunken brawl in a downtown bagnio.  Harrison was sent to the penitentiary for a certain number of years.  He has now served about half his term.  Mr. A. Swoboda yesterday circulated a petition asking the governor to withhold his pardon and let the prisoner serve out his full term.  It is intended to counteract the other petition and is being unanimously signed, and may have the desired effect.
Wednesday, 4 Feb 1880:
“Old Mother Mack,” she of the suicide brigade, will be buried today at eleven o’clock in the Seven Mile graveyard.
“Mother Mack is dead!” greeted our ears at about 11 o’clock a.m. yesterday, and upon inquiry we ascertained that she had caused her death by taking poison.  For the benefit of those who do not know who is meant by “Mother Mack,” we will state that she is a woman forty-two years old named Nancy Brown, who came to this city sixteen years ago, and has during that time been the mistress of one of the most disgraceful of our lowest dens.  “Had the city in its treasury all the money this woman has cost it,” said a citizen to us yesterday, “It could therewith build a fine city hall.”  She has three boys who have, we believe, always lived in the city.  The bagnio she kept is the old tumbledown, frame structure on the corner of Tenth and Commercial Avenue.  She took the poison at 5 o’clock p.m. day before yesterday.  Dr. Leach was sent for at eight, but his best efforts proved of no avail, and she died at ten o’clock yesterday morning.

Thursday, 5 Feb 1880:
Although the law requires that an inquest shall be held on all persons who commit suicide, etc., no inquest was held on “Mother Mack,” alias Nancy Brown, who died in her brothel day before yesterday from the effect of taking poison.  We have not seen Coroner Fitzgerald and hence do not know why this usual ceremony was omitted, but suppose it was because there was no necessity for it.  It was a very clear case of suicide, no doubts being entertained by anyone as to the cause of her death.  An inquest upon the body would have been a luxury, which would have cost the county in the neighborhood of thirty dollars.
A painter, for some time in the employ of B. F. Blake, died in the hospital, yesterday. Some days ago he was taken with a fit in the Reform Hall and was taken to the hospital and his death is probably due in part to these fits.

Friday, 6 Feb 1880:
Central Illinois Citizens Likely to Be Made Rich by the Demise of Leonard Case of Cleveland.

CENTRALIA, Ill., Jan. 31.—A number of citizens of this place at Carlyle, sixteen miles from here, are receiving numerous congratulations over the great fortunes they have fallen heirs to by the death of Leonard Case, of Cleveland, Ohio, who, it will be remembered, recently committed suicide in that city.  The estate is said to be worth all the way from $1,000,000 to $14,000,000, and it is expected that the greater portion of this immense wealth will be divided between his only living cousin, Zepher Case, of Carlyle, Ill., and the heirs of another cousin, Mrs. Sarah B. Matthews, deceased, Mr. Case having left no nearer kin.  Mrs. Sarah B. Matthews being dead, the half of this large estate goes to her five children and their heirs, namely, L. F. Matthews, traveling agent of the Ohio Falls Car Company; Rev. Robert J. L. Matthews, a Presbyterian minister at Montague, Mich.; Mrs. Mary B. Bein, Mrs. Margaret Wilson, and Mrs. L. A. Louis.  Mrs. Bein and Mrs. Wilson both reside in the city.  Mrs. Louis is dead.  She was the wife of L. A. Louis, late superintendent of telegraph of the Central railway.  Thus it will be seen that Mrs. Sarah Matthews’ five heirs named above will receive, at the settlement of the estate, $700,000 or $1,400,000 each.  Mrs. L. A. Louis being dead, her seven children fall heirs to her portion, giving each one of them $200,000, a handsome competence for life.  There is a report that Mr. Case left a will bequeathing his property to benevolent institutions, but this the heirs deny.  The supreme court of the state of Ohio will decide the matter.

(Zophar Case married Mary C. Halstead on 24 Jun 1833, in Clinton Co., Ill.  Zaphor Case married Sarah Ann Mosslander on 24 Dec 1856, in Mason Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 8 Feb 1880:
Mary Barnsback, a widow of a soldier of the War of 1812, died recently near Edwardsville, aged 85 years.
Thursday, 12 Feb 1880:

On Saturday evening 7th of February, a “tramp”—name unknown—stopped in Dongola, and while Mr. A. Misenhimer’s family was in the dining room eating supper, the tramp entered the front room and stole some wearing apparel.  Shortly after, he was detected and the stolen apparel taken from him.  He was not under arrest, so he went into Sessions & Hathaway’s saloon and remained there until about 8 o’clock p.m., when he left, walking on the Illinois Central north.  On Sunday morning his mangled corpse was found on the Illinois Central railroad three quarters of a mile north of Dongola.  Near where his remains lay, his cap was found lying near the railroad fence, together with thirteen rough switches that had been partially worn out by whipping him.  The coroner being called, an inquest was held over his remains, and the verdict of the jury caused the arrest of the following named persons, viz:  A. S. Wilbur, William Walker, Simon Aden, Ewing Sessions, John Scott, Riley Dale, and Tom Davis.  Two bullet holes were found in deceased’s body.  That deceased was murdered, there is not a shadow of doubt, but who did it is not positively known.  The evidence, circumstantially points to the men under arrest.  They are now in Jonesboro, trying for a writ of habeas corpus.  Your correspondent wrote the entire evidence in the examination and must say that it is most damning against some of the men and rough against all.  A. S. Wilbur, William Walker and Ewing Sessions, will have the hardest battle to fight of all, as the evidence, circumstantial, is quite strong against them.  It is high time that the business of murdering men and displacing them on the railroad for the cars to hide the hellish crime be stopped.  There have been other and similar cases too often in the suburbs of Dongola.

(The 22 Feb 1880, issue identified the murdered man as John Conners.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 13 Feb 1880:
Peoria was the scene of a cold-blooded murder, yesterday, the tragedy being enacted at noon in one of the principal streets.  Some months ago the wife of Luther B. McKinney left him, owing to continued ill treatment, and took up her abode with her stepfather, Jacob Frye, a well-known stock dealer.  McKinney attributed his wife’s conduct to the influence of Mr. and Mrs. Frye, and repeatedly threatened them with violence.  Meeting Mr. Frye, yesterday noon, he drew a revolver, his intended victim doing the same and both fired together.  Frye dropped dead in the street and McKinney, who was severely wounded, in the arm, was arrested.
Hiram Hill will be at the ferry landing today with the wrecking boat, Charlie Hill, searching the bottom of the river for the colored driver and wagon that were lost last fall.  As he always finds bodies when he looks for them, he will undoubtedly be successful.

Saturday, 14 Feb 1880:
A negro boy who arrived in this city a few weeks ago and who it is said walked all the way from Arkansas, died up town yesterday.  He will doubtless have to be buried by the county.
Tuesday, 15 Feb 1880:
The Illinois Central train had just started on Sunday when a man was seen to jump from the train and make for the river. He jumped upon the Cairo City Coal Company’s barges and gaining the outer one commenced stripping himself of his clothes.  Officer Schuckers, being upon the levee, was notified of the man’s action and gained the barge just in time to save his life.  It was his intention to commit suicide, and he had already rid himself of his clothes and was about to plunge into the river, when the officer laid hands upon him.  The stranger, who was a powerful man, was greatly put out by the officers’ interference and struggled with him to gain the water, but a stranger coming to Schucker’s assistance, this was prevented.  He was then made to put on his clothes again and was placed in the care of Jailor Andy Cain.  His name is R. P. Toler and he was in company of his mother and his two children, on his route from Dallas, Texas, to Dongola.  We learn that his wife died in Dallas a few weeks ago, and ever since that time he has talked and acted like a deranged man.  Yesterday afternoon he was put upon the Illinois Central train and sent to Dongola, where his mother has preceded him.

(R. P. Toler married Rosannah V. Arnhart on 14 Dec 1867, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 18 Feb 1880:
Last night about nine o’clock a negro while walking on a stage plank from the wharf onto a steamboat, accidentally stepped off and falling into the river was drowned.  His name was unknown to those who witnessed the accident.

Thursday, 19 Feb 1880:
Last Monday evening, at Harrisburg, Fred Gregson, son of John P. Gregson, formerly of this city, but now a resident of Mound City, was shot in the abdomen by one of a crowd of roughs who had congregated at the Cairo and Vincennes depot, where Gregson worked, to create a disturbance.  Although the young man still lives, the wound will probably prove fatal.
Maurice Howard, who received a very severe cut in the head with a razor from Lee Meyers, while in our county jail, came very near bleeding to death at Mound City yesterday—his wounds having become opened by his movements.  He has, until now, been kept in our jail for safe keeping, and is charged with murder.
The case of the negro who killed young Tessier will be heard at this term of the Pulaski County circuit court which is now in session in Mound City.  The grand jury yesterday had the case under consideration and will probably indict the negro.  Witnesses from this city were yesterday subpoenaed to appear before the jury.
Yesterday morning we reported the drowning of a negro who stepped off the stage plank of the W. P. Halliday at nine o’clock the night previous.  At three o’clock yesterday morning another negro fell into the river from the wharfboat and also drowned.  Boards and ropes were thrown to each of the men, but the rapid current of the river carried them off before they could be rescued.  The levee rousters who yesterday conversed about the drowning of these men expressed much satisfaction at their death, saying that “country niggers” had no business on steamboats.
Saturday, 21 Feb 1880:
Over Which Hogs Were Yesterday Fighting.
The Father and Mother of the Child Discovered—The Inquest to Be Held Today.

Yesterday morning brought to light what may turn out to be one of the most damnable crimes that has been committed in this city for many a day.  At about 8:30 o’clock a.m., while on their way to school a number of school children passing over the commons, on Twenty-fifth Street, between Washington and Poplar found
over which the hogs were fighting.  The hogs had rooted it up on Twenty-fifty Street, a few feet from a whitewashed board fence, and had already eaten off its feet when discovered.  The nose and mouth had been bitten into by the hogs, but the flesh on the face all remained.  The children who were on their way to school, drove off the hogs and
the fence, between two boards, by its head, in order to place it out of the reach of the hogs.  They then continued on their way to school—telling all whom they met of the occurrence.  This soon spread the report and by noon the subject was in the mouth of every uptown family, and many were they who had visited the scene and seen the little creature dangling by its head from the fence by that time.  At twelve o’clock Coroner Dick Fitzgerald, Sheriff Hodges and others went there and found that the child had been buried near the fence under a few inches of ground, where the hogs had dug it up.  It was apparently a seven months’ child, fully developed, perhaps twelve or fourteen inches in length, and it was judged from its appearance that

It had been buried in a five-pound candy box constructed of such light material as fruit boxes are made out of.  The box being too short for the child it must have been doubled up into it.  Several small sheets of linen were found dry and unstained except where they were spotted with blood, and from this it is argued that the child was buried before the last rain, which was only a few days ago.  This supposition is very reasonable, since the heavy rain of Thursday morning would have passed through the little ground, which covered the box and have saturated and soiled the sheets.

Coroner Fitzgerald placed it in a box and took it down to the courthouse where it remained while he went in search of evidence to convict the guilty party.

At about 5:30 o’clock we found Coroner Fitzgerald at the courthouse corner, surrounded by six or eight negro women, all of whom had, apparently something very important to communicate.  Upon approaching the scene we found the theme of conversation, as we expected, the finding of the baby on Twenty-fifty Street.  The women were in the act, to use a slang phrase, of “giving away” the woman who had given birth to the child, and were revealing to the coroner so much of the affair as they had learned.  They stated that they had just come from the house of a negro women named Linda Burns, who lived on Twenty-third Street near the corner of Cedar and said that Linda Burns informed them that she was the mother of the child which had been found on the commons.  They were notified by Officer Schuckers to attend the inquest at 10 o’clock this morning.  When, in company with the coroner, we at once set out for Linda Burns’ house to learn particulars.  A small shanty on the aforesaid street was pointed out as her residence, and upon entering we found a rather young looking negro woman with one child on her lap and three others jumping about the floor.  The room was less comfortable than the cell in the county jail in which the day before we had visited E. F. Davis.  A number of panes were broken out of the only window which admitted light to the room, and their places filled with rags, and the cracks which admitted the wind were numerous and large.  The furniture in the room was composed of a stove, three chairs and a bedstead, which was filled with dirty rags.  The coroner made himself thoroughly at home before saying a word, when the following conversation ensued.
Coroner—How many children have you?
Linda Burns—Four.
C.—How many years have you lived in Cairo?
L.B.—I have lived here three years.
C.—Where did you live before you came to this city?
L.B.—In New Madrid, Mo.
C.—Where did you live before you lived there?
L.B.—I was born and raised in New Madrid.
C.—Are you a married woman?
C.—What is your husband’s name?
L.B.—John Burns.
C.—You are unwell, are you not?
L.B.—Yes; I am not quite well.  You are a doctor aren’t you?
No reply from the coroner.
L.B.—You are the doctor who tended to a woman on this street are you not?
The coroner looked as wise as you please and kept his mouth shut.
C.—How long have you been unwell?
L.B.—For about three months.
C.—Have you been worse of late?
L.B.—Yes; miscarriage was the cause.
C.—When was this?
L.B.—A week ago today (Friday)
C.—How long ago has it been since you ascertained that you were pregnant?
L.B.—About three months ago.
C.—Was it not seven months ago?
L.B.—No sir; I know it hasn’t been over four months.
C.—Where is your husband?
L.B.—He’s not alive.
C.—When did he die?
L.B.—He died last winter.
C.—How do you support yourself?
L.B.—I am unable to work, and get along as best I can.  Sometimes I have a hard time getting along.
C.—How old are you?
L.B.—Twenty-six years.
C.—Who is the father of the child you say you miscarried?
L.B.—Charles Dunlap.
C.—Is he a married man?
L.B.—Yes; and he drives a team for Halliday Brothers.
C.—Does he know of your having given birth to the child?
L.B.—Yes; I gave birth to the child between seven and eight o’clock Friday night and sent for him on Saturday; but he couldn’t come during the day because he drives a team, but he came at night.
C.—Who buried the child?
L.B.—He took it away at night and buried it.
C.—He made a bad job of it.
C.—Who was with you immediately after giving birth to the child?
L.B.—My sister who lives next door.  (She had told half a dozen who had visited her yesterday that her sister knew nothing about the affair.)
C.—Are you sure that Charles Dunlap is the father of the child?
L.B.—I think I ought to be, since he is the only man who has kept me since my husband died.

Upon leaving the house the coroner started for the next house to see the woman’s sister and ascertain what she knew about the affair, but that worthy lady was not found at home, and it being now dark, we left the coroner, who, after expressing the opinion to Officer Schuckers that Dunlap should at once be arrested, visited several neighboring families with the object to find, if possible, some positive proof of crime.

At eight o’clock last night Sheriff Hodges and Officer Schuckers called at Charles Dunlap’s house to arrest him, but found him sick in bed, and hence he was permitted to remain where he was.  The inquest will be held at ten o’clock this morning.

Sunday, 22 Feb 1880:
The coroner’s jury summoned to sit on the corpse of the child spoken of in yesterday’s Bulletin found that although circumstances were suspicious, there was no evidence to show that the case was one of infanticide, and their verdict was given accordingly.  Dunlap and the woman Burns were discharged from custody and the corpse turned over to Dunlap, the father, for burial in the Seven Mile grave yard.
The “Pitt case”—or in other words the case of the negro who stabbed young Willie Tessier in Mound City while that burg was afire, will come up for trial in the Pulaski County circuit court tomorrow.  The Mecham murder case will be taken up after the negro has been disposed of.
We were yesterday informed by Mr. Pat. Clancy that the man who had been murdered three quarters of a mile above Dongola on the night of the 7th inst., was not a “thieving tramp whose name was unknown,” but that he was an honest and industrious man, whose name was John Conners, and who, for quite a while, had worked in the Illinois Central yards of this city, under Mr. Frank Dougherty.  Mr. Clancy was well acquainted with the murdered man and states that he has relatives living in Massachusetts.
Wednesday, 25 Feb 1880:

Carlyle, Ill., Feb. 23.—F. E. Norcross, the station agent of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, was instantly killed here at 2 o’clock this afternoon while switching cars.  No blame is attached to anyone.  The coroner’s inquest will be held this evening.  He was highly esteemed by all who knew him.
The Hays-Telford murder occurred in Marion County about a year ago.  Hays has been sent to the penitentiary for the crime.  The family of Telford have had a monument made that displays a curious taste, to say the least about it.  At the top of the shaft is carved a large butchering knife.  Then follows:
Murdered by
George W. Hays,
Harvey Telford,
Died Jan. 18, 1879,
Aged 22 y’s, 6 mos., 6 d’s.
Pittman, the negro who stabbed young Willie Tessier at Mound City, has been sentenced to imprisonment for life.  He deserved nothing less, and unless he is pardoned, this sentence will be harder on him than death.
On Sunday night last, James Riley, a section boss on the narrow gauge railroad, was stabbed by a negro at Hodges Park.  Riley, in company with another white man, attended a negro dance given at that place, and getting into a quarrel, was stabbed by the negro before he had a chance to defend himself.  He was yesterday reported very low.  The negro was yesterday held under bond of six hundred dollars.

Thursday, 26 Feb 1880:

RICHVIEW, Ill., Feb. 24.—The funeral of the Rev. Simeon Walker took place here today at 11 o’clock.  The deceased was extensively known throughout the state, was for a century a minister of the Methodist church, and was one of the early settlers of old Kaskaskia.  For sixty years he resided in this county.  His death removes one of the oldest settlers of the state.
We yesterday learned the particulars of the stabbing affray which took place at Hodges Park Sunday last, and this is about the way it occurred.  The negroes of the place were having a dance and a darkey employed by one Mike Tooney, a farmer in the neighborhood, attended, but being generally disliked, the negroes pitched on him and threatened to give him a beating.  Mr. Tooney hearing that the darkey in his employ was about to receive a beating went to the ball in order to get him to return home, but upon arriving there was met at the door by a threatening crowd of negroes, one of whom named Jim Wallace, called him a s-- b----.  At this time a white man named Jim Riley interfered and attempted to quiet the negroes when, without any angry words passing between them, he was stabbed twice in the left side by a negro named Joseph DavisDavis was immediately arrested and was placed under six hundred dollars bond by Squire Hargis.  It was yesterday rumored that Davis had made his escape from Constable Hargis, who is a son of the squire, but as to whether or not the rumor is true, we have no means of knowing at present.  Jim Riley is the son of a section boss on the narrow gauge and is himself in the employ of the road at Hodges Park.  His chances for recovery yesterday morning were considered very doubtful.  George Hendricks appeared for the negro at the trial.
Saturday, 28 Feb 1880:
Mr. Reynolds, an old gentleman and one who has resided at Commercial Point for some time, died very suddenly the other day.  It was on a Wednesday morning that he went to work, feeling perfectly well, and after being at work a few hours, feeling cold, he took a drink and laid down upon his bed with his clothes on and died at three o’clock in the afternoon.  No physician attended him and the supposition is that the cause of his death was a congestive chill.  For these particulars we are indebted to Mr. J. H. Mulcahy, of Commercial Point.

Sunday, 29 Feb 1880:
William Stetler, a boy sixteen or seventeen years of age, was drowned a little above Halliday Brothers warehouse night before last by the overturning of a skiff, which was caused by the current carrying it against a coal flat.  Besides the unfortunate boy, the skiff continued his father and three men named respectively John Harris, James Phillips and Clint Phillips.  They were on their way home in their fishing boat when the accident occurred.
We were yesterday apprised of the death of Mr. Fred Whitcamp, who found a watery grave in the Mississippi River, about six miles above this city, on Sunday last.  It appears that the river had washed away the support from beneath the riverbank and upon Mr. Whitcamp and a laborer in his employ, approaching it, the bank gave away beneath them—carrying them both into the stream.  A tree stump being within reach of the laborer he secured a hold upon it and thus saved his life, but Mr. Whitcamp was immediately carried away by the current.  Owing to the highness of the water which cuts off all communication between this city and Mrs. Whitcamp’s farm, she found it impossible to convey the sad intelligence of her husband’s death to her relatives and friends sooner, and it was with the greatest of difficulty that she yesterday succeeded in reaching Cairo.  Mr. Whitcamp took up his residence in this city in ‘64 and was, at the time of his death, known to quite all of our citizens as an industrious man who made his living by the sweat of his brow, and who was honest to the core and generally esteemed.  He is a brother of our fellow citizen Mr. Henry Whitcamp, who resides on Poplar near the corner of Seventeenth Street.  Many years ago he connected himself with the Masonic fraternity and has been an active Mason of good standing ever since.  He frequently attended divine services in the German Lutheran Church and was, we believe, a member thereof at the time of his death.  He was fifty-eight years of age and leaves a wife and two daughters who mourn his sudden taking off, and who have our sincere sympathy.  A notice of reward offered for the recovery of his remains will be found in another column.



Fifty dollars reward will be paid by the undersigned, for the recovery of the body of Fred Whitcamp, who was drowned in the Mississippi River, several miles above Cairo, on Sunday, February 22nd.  He is of medium height, wore Canton flannel underclothes, blue cheviot over shirt, vest and knit jacket, blue jeans pants, and wore shores.
Mrs. Fred Whitcamp
(Memphis and New Orleans papers please copy and send bill to this office.)

After the bloody murder perpetrated on the tramp near Dongola, things have quieted down and our quaint little town though she has time and again been scandalized by similar outrages, still exists.


Thursday, 2 Mar 1880:
The jury in the case of Mrs. Meacham at Mound City gave her fourteen years in the penitentiary.
Yesterday morning Mr. James Barclay received a telegram from Louisville which stated that his brother, Hugh Barclay, a banker at Russellville, had been stricken with paralysis at the Gait House and his life was despaired of.  A telegram was from W. P. Barclay, a younger brother, cashier of the Russellville bank.—Argus.


Wednesday, 3 Mar 1880:
It is true as we stated in yesterday’s issue that Mrs. Esther Meacham was sentenced to fourteen years in the penitentiary.  We learn from Mr. Mulkey of the firm of Mulkey & Leak, who were the defendants in the case, that they will, on Saturday next, file a motion for a new trial.  There was nothing positive about the evidence, upon which she was convicted, but it was purely circumstantial and the attorneys believe that a new trial will be granted.  Judge Harker presided over the last term of court.
The Supposition that Mr. Fred Whitcamp, Sr., was Murdered, Sustained by Late Discoveries.
George Kohl, the Hired Man, Thought to Be the Guilty Man.

Since the first appearance in these columns of a notice announcing the death of Mr. Fred Whitcamp, Sr., by drowning, numerous stories, some of them very extravagant, have come to our ears, which, were they known to the parties whom they concern, would tend to make them feel very uncomfortable.  But especially are these stories damaging to the hired man, who has been in the employ of Mr. Whitcamp for about a year, and whose name is George Kohl.

Our readers will remember that we stated in Sunday’s issue that the water had washed away the earth from beneath the river bank and upon Mr. Whitcamp, and a laborer in his employ, approaching it, the bank gave away beneath them—carrying them both into the stream.  That a tree stump being within the reach of the laborer, he secured a hold upon it, and thus saved his life, but that Mr. Whitcamp was immediately carried away by the current.  We also stated that owing to the high water which cuts off all communication between this city and Mrs. Whitcamp’s residence, she had found it impossible to convey the intelligence of her husband’s death to her relatives and friends until a week after the occurrence.  These particulars we procured from good authority and, of course, therefore, had reason to believe them true.

But now comes Mr. Fred Whitcamp, who is a nephew of the deceased, and who has made investigations of the bank which is said to have caved in, and says that no caving is visible at the place, and that there is not current there which could have washed away the earth from beneath the bank; and also that no stump is visible upon the catching hold of which the laborer said he had rescued himself.  He further says that there is no step-off at the place but that the water gradually deepens and that a person can wade about in it near the bank with perfect safety.  The slough—for slough it is, and not the river—has been dragged with nets and hooks for several days, but in vain.  Had Mr. Whitcamp drowned there his body would have been easily recovered, since there is no current in the slough which could have carried it off.

These facts are ample and sufficient to convince the thinking mind that Whitcamp was the victim of foul play, and that he was
in some other way.  But who is guilty of the devilish deed is the question which then arises.  Let us see.  It is known that Mr. Whitcamp, when he left his house, had upon his person three hundred dollars in cash, with which he intended to buy a team and pay various debts, and that he third man, Kohl, had the means of knowing that Mr. Whitcamp had the money about his person.  Kohl, when he informed Mrs. Whitcamp of her husband’s death, was only wet up to the waist, and had in no way the appearance of a man who had struggled in the water and mud for life.  His clothes were unsoiled and he had the appearance of a man who had simply waded into the water in order to wet his clothes.

This being the case, the question will occur to the reader,  why was not the news of the affair at once conveyed to relatives in this city or at least to the nearest neighbor in order that search might have been instituted at once?  This is a question we do not propose to answer.  Yesterday, in conversation with the nearest neighbor of the deceased, we were informed that he had visited the city on Wednesday last, and that he would gladly have brought the news, but that he knew nothing about the affair.  Why he had not been informed he knew not.

News was yesterday morning conveyed to this city that Kohl, who had been left in charge of the house, while Mrs. Whitcamp was in the city, had made his escape.  He was seen day before yesterday at about four o’clock in the evening sneaking away from the house and avoiding, as much as possible, the public road.  If there was anything to fix the crime upon him, this it would seem should be sufficient to prove him guilty.  He was seen to take the narrow gauge track and it was supposed at first that he had followed it up, but a dispatch received by Officer Hogan, yesterday evening, states that he had not been seen along the road.  A reward of
has been offered for his arrest, by the relatives in this city, and the officers will doubtless strain every nerve to bring the villain to justice.  Kohl is five feet six inches in height, has gray hair with beard and mustache, has not burnsides.  His face is red, and through the skin the blue veins are plainly visible.
Mr. Fred Whitcamp, the nephew of the missing man, was yesterday at work with commendable energy assisting the officers in working up the case, and we also hear the Mr. Henry Whitcamp is sparing no pains in bringing to light the facts in the case.  We hope, for the sake of all concerned, that the matter may be cleared up without the discovery of anything criminal.

Thursday, 4 Mar 1880:
DIED.—Bouchard.—Feb. 26, 1880, Edward, infant son of Alfred S. and Virginia Bouchard, aged 6 days.
He Is Arrested by Sheriff Hodges at Jonesboro and Brought to This City
What He Has to Say—A Talk with Him in the County Jail.

            Night before last Sheriff Hodges boarded the freight train of the narrow gauge road at this point, in search of the German, George Kohl, who rests under the suspicion of having murdered Fred Whitcamp, Sr.  He made inquiries all along the road and found that Kohl had been seen at various stations refreshing himself with drinks, and walking at a very rapid rate.  The train, in order to accommodate the sheriff, stopped at every station long enough to permit him to make inquiries as to whether or not Kohl had been seen and it was in this manner that the fellow was traced to Jonesboro.  Upon arriving there the sheriff made inquiries for him in all the saloons of the place, but no one had noticed such a man as the sheriff sought and he returned to the train to resume his trip.  But upon arriving at the train he saw Kohl upon the caboose and immediately took him under arrest, and upon reaching him found in his possession $54, a razor, and fine pistol.  This pistol was cocked in the fellow’s pocket.

            He gave his name as John Miller and said he had for some time been working for a farmer about fifteen miles below Jonesboro.  The sheriff kept him in ignorance as to why he was arrested, but when he neared Cairo with him, the fellow suspected the cause of the arrest, and told the sheriff that his true name was George Kohl and that he had been in the employ of Mr. Fred Whitcamp.  Upon the arrival here, he was locked up in the county jail, where we yesterday visited him and had the following conversation with him:

            Reporter—Your name is George Kohl, I believe.

            Kohl—Yes, that’s my name.

            R.—I judge from your name that you are a German.

            He said he was and seemed to feel more at ease after we exchanged a few words in German with him.

            R.—When did you enter the employ of Mr. Fred Whitcamp?

            K.—About October 1st, 1879.

            R.—How long had you been in this city before Mr. Whitcamp hired you?

            K.—Only a few weeks.

            R.—How did you happen to find employment with him?

            K.—I was recommended to Whitcamp by John Sackberger.  I boarded with Sackberger during my stay in Cairo.

            R.—While boarding with Mr. Sackberger didn’t you form the acquaintance of men who you could call upon to testify to your good character?

            K.—I formed no acquaintances, but Sackberger knows me and knows that I always behaved myself.

            R.—Tell me where you came from when you came to this city; what you worked at and for whom.

            K—I came to this city from Troy, Ills., which is located about eighteen miles from East St. Louis, and worked upon a farm about half a mile distant from Troy, for a German named Jacob Mahter.

            R.—I want to give your side of the story to the public and if you choose you may now tell me all about the drowning affair.

            K.—Well, sir, it  was on the Sunday before the last, that the affair happened.  Mrs. Whitcamp expressed the desire in the morning to visit the graveyard where her son lies buried, and, notwithstanding that her husband thought it would be difficult and dangerous to reach the graveyard, she went immediately after dinner, taking her daughter with her.  This left Whitcamp and me alone in the house, and we sat by the fire for about half an hour, talking of different things, when the conversation drifting upon the Mississippi River, he suggested that we pay that stream a visit.  I am not a river man and expressed my aversion for the water, but after again urging me, I consented to accompany him, although I did so reluctantly.  We crossed the slough together, upon a raft he had made, and then walked to the river.  Upon arriving at the riverbank, and while standing close to the river, he pointed to the opposite shore, saying that he had always supposed the land on the opposite side higher than the land on which we stood, but that apparently he had been mistaken in this.  He had just uttered these words when the earth broke away beneath us, and landed us both into the river.  As I went down I secured a hold upon a willow which was hardly as large as my wrist and clinging to it, was fortunate enough to save my life, but Whitcamp at once sunk, and as he did so, he called to me saying, “Oh, George, help me!”  These were his last words and I replied, “How can I help you?”  I had fallen into the water up to my neck and made haste in getting out of my uncomfortable position.

            R.—At what time was it that Whitcamp fell in?

            K.—About two in the afternoon—perhaps a little later.

            R.—What is the distance between the river and Whitcamp’s house?

            K.—Between four and five hundred yards.

            R.—You went to the house immediately after the accident?

            K.—I did.

            R.—And what time did you reach the house?

            K.—At four or half past four o’clock.

            R.—Am I to understand that it took you between two and two and a half hours to reach the house, which was only four or five hundred yards distant from the river?

            Without answering the question he replied:  I got to the house a few minutes before Mrs. Whitcamp returned and had rid myself of my wet clothes when she entered.  I procured clothes and informed her of the accident.

            R.—The general supposition is that if you were carried into the river by the dirt and crawled out upon it, that your clothes should have been soiled, but I hear that they were not.

            K.—How could my clothes be dirty when I had been in the water?

            R.—Since the nearest neighbors were in easy reach of you, why did you not apprise them of the accident?

            K.—Because nobody told me to do so.

            R.—This exhibited a supreme indifference on your part.

            No reply.

            R.—Did you know that Mr. Whitcamp had three hundred dollars about his person on Sunday?

            K.—No sir.

            R.—Why did you leave the premises on Monday evening?

            K.—Because I desired work and I went in search of it.

            R.—Did you not have work upon Mrs. Whitcamp’s farm?

            K.—I did.

            R.—Did you not receive your wages regularly or had you any other fault to find with your position?

            K.—I was well pleased with my position and received my wages whenever I asked for them.

            R.—Did you inform anybody of your intention to leave or place anyone in charge of the stock when you left?

            K.—I did not.

            R.—Was there any money due you when you left?

            K.—There was about a month and a half of wages due me.

            R.—This alone should have been an inducement for you to remain at least until Mrs. Whitcamp returned.

            To this no reply was given, but he desired work and therefore had left the place.  He knew what his enemies were up to. They desired to convict him of a crime of which he was not guilty, and in order to accomplish their purpose were concocting false stories and denying self-evident facts.  He had been informed that his story as to the caving in of the bank was discredited, but give him liberty and he would convince these disbelievers.  He would take them to the spot and put their nose upon the caved-in bank in

order that they might see it.  He was a poor laborer, without friends, without means and without a home, but they would never succeed in convicting him of a crime that was never committed.  The money he had handed over to the sheriff, he had obtained honestly by hard toil and constant saving, and was stained only by the sweat of his brow and not by the blood of any human being.  Being considerably excited, he spoke quite eloquently and said many things for which we have no space, and which, while they are of no real consequence, would doubtless have been left unsaid, had he been more calm.
Friday, 5 Mar 1880:
At Winchester, on the 29th, James Padgett was shot and killed by Joseph J. Fields, a well-to-do farmer of Greene County.
Gorman P. Miller, connected with the wharf boats here since 1871, died at the Sisters Hospital in this city, Wednesday night, at 12 o’clock.  His remains are in charge of the wharf boat company and will be buried at Villa Ridge today, the train leaving here at 11 a.m.
Mrs. Fred Whitcamp, the wife of the missing man, came very near losing her life day before yesterday by falling from a raft into the slough near her house.  She was seated upon the raft while a negro was propelling it over the slough and becoming dizzy she fell into the water.  Where the accident occurred the water is very deep and but for the negro extending to her the pole with which he was propelling the raft, she would have found a watery grave.
The body of Mr. Fred Whitcamp has not yet been found, although a continual search has been kept up for it.  A number of men yesterday left this city to assist in the search.
The death of Mr. Gorman Miller, although not unexpected, yet caused a little consternation among his numerous friends yesterday morning.  It occurred at the hospital a little after twelve o’clock night before last.  He had been for some years suffering from consumption, but had not until recently been compelled to forsake his duties on the wharf boat.  He is said to have been an excellent employee, attentive to his duties, honest, obliging, and a man who knew how to gain friends and keep them. The funeral takes place today at about 11 o’clock.  The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge on the regular train and there interred with proper rite.
The whole story of the drowning of Fred Whitcamp, as it was day before yesterday told us by George Kohl, and as it appeared in these columns yesterday, is exceedingly damaging to that gentleman, but especially is the latter part of it so.  He says that he left Whitcamp’s premises in search of employment on the premises and that he had no fault to find with the work he was there required to perform.  He also says that he left the house without informing the neighbors of his intention to leave and that he left no one in charge of the stock which he had been instructed to feed and take care of during Mrs. Whitcamp’s absence to this city.  But perhaps the most damaging fact of all which he disclosed, was, that a month and a half’s wages were due him and that he hurriedly left without waiting to be paid for his services.  These facts coupled with the facts that he had sneaked away from the house in the evening, and that he walked at an unusually rapid rate until he was overtaken by the sheriff, and also that he denied his true name to the sheriff, and lied to him as to the last place he had worked, seem by themselves, to form a chain of evidence against him, that is, to say the least of it, very strong.  But however this may be, it is possible that the man is innocent.  He spoke to us with an air of frankness that does not betoken the criminal, and the public should withhold their judgment until he is proven guilty of crime.

Saturday, 6 Mar 1880:
The many friends of Mrs. C. Hanny will regret to know of her dangerous illness.  She was so low last evening that her life was despaired of.
News has come to us from Clear Creek of the death of Mr. Nathan Sams, one of the oldest citizens of that place.  He had been quite feeble all last fall and winter and of late was seized with pneumonia and though medical aid was called, the disease would not loosen its hold upon him and he died of the disease.  Mr. Sams was born in Union County, Illinois, August 27, 1813, and died in the sixty-seventh year of his age, and has been living upon his farm, there for forty years.  He acquired considerable property and at the time of his death was wealthy.  In his death the people of that community may safely say they have lost one of their best citizens.  He was an industrious, hard-working man, though he had sufficient means to live in plenty, without work.  He did not consider this an excuse for idleness.  He was upright, honest and truthful, and no one ever doubted the correctness of a statement when it came directly from him.  He was both charitable and obliging, and always willing to lend a helping hand to one in need and had many friends and no enemies.  We sympathize with the bereaved family in the loss of one so dear to them, for we are sure that in him they lost a devoted husband and a loving father.  More, here at least, at this writing, is not for us to say, but this we will say, that the name of Nathan Sams will be remembered by friends and relatives in this community, long after the remains of his frail body have returned to its mother dust.

Sunday, 7 Mar 1880:
The news of the death of Mrs. C. Hanny was wafted over the city yesterday morning and caused many exclamations of regret and expressions of sympathy from the lips of her numerous sincere friends.  Mrs. Hanny is a relative of Mr. John Antrim and was married to Mr. Hanny in 1872, we believe.  She has lived among us ever since, and true to her perfect womanhood, she has been an exemplary “help meet” and mother.  She bore bravely Mr. Hanny’s recent reverses, and like a true comforter, lightened as much as possible the burdon of his misfortune.  She was known by nearly everyone in the city, as a woman of rare qualities, intelligent, noble, gentle, loving and generous.  A woman of the truest type, whose departure may well be heartily regretted by our entire community.  Mr. Hanny has our heartfelt sympathy in his affliction.

(Ursula Garter married Christopher Hanny on 16 Sep 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 10 Mar 1880:
The funeral of Mr. Frederick Whitcamp, Sr., which took place at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, was one of the largest ever seen in this city.  It was attended by the members of the Masonic fraternity and of the Arab Fire Company, together with a large number of his friends who had no connection with these societies.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
Coroner Fitzgerald returned from the scene of the Mason crime yesterday evening.  And we learn from Mr. Samuel Orr , who accompanied the coroner, that the woman was shot in the left side, near the shoulder, the ball passing close to the heart and lodging in the other side of the breast.  The man in order to be better able to accomplish his own destruction pulled off his boot, set the butt of the gun on the floor and muzzle to the side of his neck under the right jaw and shoved down the trigger with his toes.  The load lodged in his brain and death was the immediate result.  The cause of the act was jealousy.  We have not space for the minute particulars.
A portion of  the evidence in the Whitcamp case given before the coroner’s jury, Monday, appeared in these columns yesterday morning in a confoundedly “mixed” state.  The manuscript passed to the printers in perfect form, a portion of Miss Caroline Whitcamp’s evidence was made to follow the evidence of Mr. Nick Williams.  This was bad—it was worse than bad.  It made a very awkward appearance, and was the cause of some of our golden locks turning gray.  It was sufficient to drive the music from any man’s soul, to cause the glittering and saintly smile of delight to bid adieu to the countenance and cause it to look old and care warn before its time.  But what can’t be cured must be endured, and the matter will appear OK in The Weekly Bulletin.

(The Tuesday, 9 Mar 1880, issue has not been preserved.—Darrel Dexter)
The facts in the Whitcamp murder case, so far as they have been substantiated by the testimony taken, and the circumstances surrounding it, present a most horrible picture of mingled reasoning brutality, and cold, calculating human nature that seeks to gain a selfish end by means the most diabolical, regardless of the consequence that seem certain to follow.  That these facts will prove sufficient in the minds of a jury to convict the wife of the deceased, cannot be positively asserted, but if unimpeached, they point to her as a monster, who has long ago ceased to bear within her soul the slightest semblance to humanity, and whose heart of stone experiences neither regret nor sympathy.  However, Mr. Fred Whitcamp may have borne himself toward his family—whatever may have been his private faults, his reputation in this community was that of an honest man, a genial companion, an unassuming, hardworking peaceful citizen, and a sincere friend.  He was not altogether temperate, and sometimes allowed his good nature to be overruled by drink, when, perhaps his bearing toward his family was not that of a model husband and father, but this fault was amply made up for by his other good qualities, and his deeds of violence during these periods were always followed by acts of kindness and regrets.  In view of these facts, it is difficult to find a sufficient motive for the commition of so heinous a crime as that with which Mrs. Whitcamp stands charged, much less a justification for it.

Tuesday, 11 Mar 1880:

CLINTON, Ill., March 9.—Mr. William Eaton, aged 93 years, a very highly esteemed and respected citizen of Clinton, died at eleven o’clock this morning.  Mr. Eaton lived in this county about 20 years and was a very prominent citizen.  He will be buried Wednesday with Masonic ceremonies.
Mr. James Gash was very low yesterday.  His mind has been wandering since Sunday, and it was expected that he would not survive another day.  This will be sad news to his numerous friends in this city, who have enjoyed his acquaintance for many a year.  He contracted the consumption while in the army, and although going to much expense to effect a cure, has steadily been sinking.  His left lung is entirely gone, and but very little of the right lung remains.

Friday, 12 Mar 1880:
The attorneys of Mrs. Meacham have secured a new trial for that lady.
A man named A. Hudson, uncle of Captain Newman, of the Champion, was shot and instantly killed yesterday, near Ogden’s Landing, by a party named Simmons.  It is reported that Hudson went to the house of Simmons for the purpose of raising a disturbance, which resulted as above.  Hudson received a heavy charge of buckshot in the abdomen and another in the back of the head.  Simmons gave himself up to the authorities at Blandville, and the preliminary examination took place yesterday.  Hudson was a bad man and feared by the people of his neighborhood.
What Our Colored People Think Should Be Done with Kohl.

Our dear colored people are somewhat concerned about the Whitcamp murder case and express themselves quite freely as to what should be the fate of Mrs. Whitcamp and Kohl.  We have heard many of their remarks, but the below which caught our ear while passing a crowd of darkies yesterday, about expresses the opinion generally entertained by them:

First Darkey—Dey oughter hang dat man shore ‘nough.

Second Darkey—Go way nigger!  Dey never hangs no white men in dis town.  No sah; dey don’t never ter hang white trash when they murders.

Third Darkey—Dey hanged Glass—I knows that mighty well, an if they don’t hang Kohl dey’ll never hang another nigger in dis town.  I done tole you now.

First Darkey—Dem’s de facts.  Dey’s been hanging niggers all dis time for almost nothing an dey’d better hang dat man.

Unless present appearance are deceitful the wish of these gentlemen of color will doubtless be gratified, and they with a portion of our white population, will be afforded an opportunity to kindly gather to see a murderer hung.
Sunday, 14 Mar 1880:
The Paducah News says:  The steamboatmen of Nashville gave the remains of Thad. P. Gibson, late second clerk of the steamer B. S. Rhea, a nice burial, the funeral being largely attended by river men and other prominent citizens of Nashville.  A fund has also been made up, contributed to mostly by steamboat men for the erection of a handsome monument to Thad’s memory, Capt. T. G. Ryman heading the list with a $50 donation.
This is court week and so was last week.  So for two weeks there has been a turmoil among our citizens (Dongola), i.e. a certain portion of them.  A bill for murder was found against seven of our citizens.  We speak of the seven who were admitted to bail, by Judge Harker, a few weeks ago.  They were indicted and again admitted to bail and their case laid over till next term of court.  But for fear of hurting the character of Dongola and being personal, we omit giving any of the names.  Being in a saloon at night, where “forty rod whisky” is sold and local games of cards played, has cost these men lots of trouble and will result in a big pile for Union County taxpayers to foot; and yet, too many of our citizens say:  “It pays to license saloons.”
In another column will be found the funeral notice of Richard W. O’Callahan, who died of consumption at the hospital at 2 o’clock yesterday morning. He was the son of Alderman O’Callahan, deceased, and was generally regarded as an exemplary young man.

The funeral services over the remains of the late Richard W. O’Callahan, will be read at 2 p.m. today, in St. Patrick’s Church, corner Ninth Street and Washington Avenue.  The cortege will leave his late residence, corner Fourth and Commercial, at half past one, to go to the church.  A special train will leave foot of Eighth Street at 2 p.m., carrying remains to Villa Ridge for interment in the Catholic cemetery.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.

Tuesday, 16 Mar 1880:
We are glad to be able to announce an improvement in the condition of Mr. C. Hanny, who was actually reported dead yesterday morning.  But while he is better, he is yet too ill to receive visitors and will, for the present, not be apt to receive many, since Dr. Dunning informs us that he carries the keys for the front and back doors in his pants pockets.

Lewis Norman was born January the 15th, 1815, and died at Thebes, of typhoid fever, March 12th, 1880, aged 65 years, 1 month and 27 days.  Hence are we again admonished that we must die, and the voice from the sacred pages cries to us to prepare to meet our God.
Albert Ritter
Thebes, March 13th, 1880.

Died, at her residence, March 14th, Mrs. Franziska, wife of C. Koch.  The funeral will leave the residence (between Fifth and Sixth streets on Commercial Avenue) at 2 o’clock p.m., for St. Patrick’s Church, where services will be held over the remains.  A special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 3 o’clock p.m., carrying the remains to Villa Ridge for interment in the Catholic cemetery.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Francis wife of C. Koch Born Aug. 6, 1841, Died March 14, 1880.  Buried next to her was Christian F. Koch, her husband.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 18 Mar 1880:

The alarm of fire which was sounded at 12:30 o’clock night before last caused by the burning of a shanty at the corner of Twenty-eight Street and Ohio Levee, which was occupied by the old negro Thornton Dillard, commonly called “Dr. Dillon.”  The shanty was burned to the ground and the occupant, Dr. Dillard, was burned to a crisp.  Early yesterday morning the rumor was set afloat that the old man who is a rag picker—had a few days ago obtained two hundred dollars from the Illinois Central Railroad and that some person had knocked him in the head, taken the money from him and then set fire to the shanty—leaving him inside, to burn to death.  It was subsequently found, however, that he had obtained no money from the railroad, but, notwithstanding, since he had made frequent brags that he was in the possession of a large amount of money, there were those who entertained serious doubts concerning the cause of his death.  In order to get at the facts in the case, Coroner Fitzgerald, in company of a jury of six, yesterday forenoon visited the spot where the shanty had stood.  It had been but a poorly constructed affair, about six by eight in size and perhaps five feet in height, and was found to be entirely destroyed, and the only things which remained of its contents was an old stove and a cupboard.  In front of the stove were found some of the old man’s bones, burned into small pieces, and also some of his brains which had fallen out of his head when he was removed.  A little farther on, the jury found the remains of the man, which had been placed upon a saw frame of the adjoining wood yard, in order to keep it out of the reach of dogs.  The legs above the knees and the arms above the elbows were gone, as was also the lower jaw bone.  The back portion of the skull had, apparently, been burned off, thus causing the brains to drop out of the head, and the whole trunk—for nothing more than the trunk remained—was burned to a crisp.
The jury after hearing the evidence of Mr. Miller, the night watchman of the elevators, adjourned until four o’clock in the afternoon, when the fireman and engineer of a switch engine of the Illinois Central arrived and Officer Lally were sworn and permitted to make their statements.  All that was learned from these gentlemen was, that Dillard had been in a habit of keeping a large fire in his shanty at night—one that might have been apt to set fire thereto; that the place was visited by them shortly after the breaking out of the fire; that although the shanty was small the fire was very hot and that Dillon, when first seen, was in a crouching position, and afire from head to foot, and apparently dead.  No one was seen about the shanty at the time the fire was discovered.

This was about the substance of the evidence and the jury, believing that something more positive could be ascertained, adjourned until ten o’clock this morning.

There are those who believe that the old man was killed by some tramp who has heard him brag about his money and that the shanty was set on fire in order to hide the deed.  They claim that in a shanty so full of cracks and holes he could not have been smothered by smoke.  He might have been drunk, they say but the shanty was such that a man, even in a drunken condition, might have gained egress with ease.  It was supposed that he had at least some money, in coin, about his person, but none could be found where he was burned.  It was also believed that he had a shotgun in his shanty at the time it was burned, and if so, the barrel of the gun should have been found upon the site, and the fact of its not being there is looked upon as evidence of foul play.

These are only some of the reasons why it is thought that the old man was murdered and those who can throw any light upon the matter should be at the court house at ten o’clock this morning, when the jury will meet again.


Friday, 19 Mar 1880:
The wife of Mr. Dalton, a laborer, who resides on Twenty-eighth Street, died while in the labor of childbirth day before yesterday.  No physician was in attendance, we hear, and the child has since died.
Mrs. Fred Whitcamp, the wife of the murdered man, still emphatically denies having any knowledge as to how her husband came to his death.  She stigmatizes Kohl’s confession as a monstrous lie, but has nothing to say against the man himself.  She is a woman of much firmness of character and will doubtless insist to the last that she is not implicated in the murder, and in case she does this, the only evidence upon which she can be convicted will be circumstantial, and although the circumstantial evidence is very strong, it will perhaps not prove strong enough to hang her.

The coroner’s jury which had under consideration the cause of the death of Thornton Dillard colored, yesterday morning, agreed upon the following verdict.

We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to enquire of the death of Thornton Dillard, colored, (known as Doc. Dillon) on oath, did find that he came to his death by burning in his shanty, while the same was on fire—or from causes to the jurors unknown.

W. F. Schuckers, foreman; W. W. Wooten, P. H. Mortin, Gus. Morse, E. H. Thielecke, James Simmons.


Saturday, 20 Mar 1880:
Died—Friday morning, March 12th, of typhoid fever, Mr. Louis Norman.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. Ritter.

Tuesday, 23 Mar 1880:
About six weeks ago Johnny Lonergan, son of William Lonergan, of this city, left Cairo for Red Bud, Randolph County—a station on the Cairo and St. Louis Railroad.  The parents, hearing from the boy frequently to the effect that he was in good health and enjoying himself, felt no uneasiness about him whatever.  The great shock the family received yesterday morning through a telegram conveying the intelligence that Johnny had “died at 9 o’clock,” admits, of course, of no description.  The telegram was a simple announcement of the death, leaving the family in ignorance as to all the details—whether the young man had met a violent death or had died of sudden illness; and yesterday evening the family had not yet been placed in possession of the particulars.  By the first conveyance yesterday, Mr. Lonergan left for Red Bud and will doubtless return today with his son’s body.  Meanwhile our citizens are extending to the grief stricken family the most friendly evidences of condolence and sympathy.

Wednesday, 24 Mar 1880:
A dispatch received from Mr. William Lonergan, at New Athens, yesterday evening, was to the effect that he would arrive in Cairo with the remains of his son, by the 4 o’clock Illinois Central train, this morning.  The particulars of the young man’s death were not communicated.  It is probable that the body will be buried at Villa Ridge this afternoon.

Thursday, 25 Mar 1880:
Mr. Lonergan, accompanied by his brother, arrived in the city with the remains of his son, Johnny, yesterday morning.  Johnny had been staying at the house of his uncle, near Red Bud, several weeks.  On Friday morning last, when some distance from his uncle’s house, he was attacked with congestion of the bowels.  Although on horseback at the time, the intensity of his sufferings were such that it was with the utmost difficulty he reached home, and the nearest physician living four miles distant, two or three hours elapsed before medical attention could be secured.  But little relief was obtained through the treatment bestowed upon the patient, although the doctor passed the entire night by his bedside.  About 9 o’clock Monday morning, after much suffering, Johnny died.  As we have already stated, Mr. Lonergan, the father repaired to Red Bud by the first conveyance, and would have returned to Cairo with the body on Tuesday, but for the circumstance that after a long and exhausting drive to New Athens, he arrived only ten minutes too late for the train—a mishap that compelled a layover of twenty-four hours.  He reached here yesterday morning, however, and at half past 2 o’clock in the afternoon the remains were conveyed to Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge, where they were interred in the family burying lot.  A large number of the friends of the family accompanied the body to Villa Ridge and witnessed the solemn rites of sepulture.  The earnest sympathy manifested was very general among our people and served, in a measure at least, to soften the poignancy of the sorrow into which the family had been so unexpectedly precipitated.  Johnny was about 18 years of age at the time of his death—a youth of most exemplary habits, and loved and respected for his modest and unobtrusive bearing an unexceptionable conduct, by all who knew him.

Friday, 26 Mar 1880:
Officer Lally is terribly incensed by the report abroad yesterday that he was not only implicated in the murder and incineration of old Dr. Dillon, but had been arrested therefore.  He pronounces the report infamously false and slanderous and is especially anxious that the man who is willing to “father it” assert himself.

(“Dr. Dillon” was Thornton Dillard, according to the 18 Mar 1880. issue—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 28 Mar 1880:
Closely following our information yesterday that Mr. and Mrs. Robertson’s child was dangerously sick, came the report, which we neglected to make public, that, during the afternoon, the child died in a spasm.  Mr. and Mrs. R. have the heartfelt sympathies of their acquaintances, as was evidenced during the sickness of the child and during the solemn rites of sepulture.  The remains left the city for burial yesterday.
A disposition was manifested on the part of some of our citizens, yesterday, to charge the drowning of the two negroes from the wheel house of the Guiding Star, to carelessness on the part of the mate and pilot.  In the absence of any proof of the justice of such a grave intimation, we feel constrained to regard the parties named as guiltless.  It may have been a lamentable mistake on the part of one or both, but that they felt any reckless disregard of human life is a suspicion in which we have no share.
While the steamer Guiding Star was moored behind the yellow warehouse, yesterday morning, the stern line, as a result of the high wind prevailing, became entangled in the wheel.  Two colored men, named George Mundy and Bill Stone, and a white man named Cook, clambered into the wheel to disengage the line.  This work was in progress when the pilot, seeing the line slack, and understanding that orders had been given to “go ahead,” rang on the steam.  The wheel commencing to revolve precipitated the colored men into the river and both of them were drowned.  Mr. Cook managed to keep out of the water, but was badly crushed and wounded.  He was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary and received all needful attention.  The bodies of the colored men were not recovered and the extreme roughness of the river prevented anything like thorough search for them.  The affair is certainly a most lamentable one, but it seems to us that proper precautions on the part of the men entering the wheel, or the officer who essayed the control of the work, might have prevented its occurrence.

Friday, 2 Apr 1880:
We received a call, yesterday, from Mrs. Dr. Holden, late of Jonesboro.  The doctor died, as the readers of The Bulletin were duly informed, of cancer of the stomach, from which he was a sufferer for more than three years.  For several weeks prior to his death his agony was extreme, but he endured it with a patience and fortitude characteristic of the man.  Mrs. Holden will leave Cairo for Metropolis in a day or two, and reside there for a brief season with her father and mother.  It is her purpose, however, to make a permanent home with her daughter, Eddie, who is married and lives in Deer Lodge, Montana.  By a recent letter from that distant region, Mrs. H. was informed that the thermometer, on Christmas Day, scored 48 degrees below zero, with the snow lying upon the ground three or four feet deep.  Rather a rough climate that for “yellow fever germs” and not a climactic paradise, we should say, for human beings , and especially for those who are acclimated only to the mild temperature of Southern Illinois.

(Alexander G. Holden married Mrs. Jane S. Walker on 5 Apr 1865, in Union Co., Ill.  The 13 Dec 1879, and 20 Dec 1879, issues of the Jonesboro Gazette reported that Dr. Alexander G. Holden, of Jonesboro, died 5 Dec 1879.  He was born 1 Nov 1816, in North Carolina, and was married to Elizabeth G. Dabney, who preceded him in death.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 6 Apr 1880:
The remains of Mr. Dyer, drowned at Caseyville, several weeks ago, and found floating in the river, above town, was sent to Caseyville, yesterday, on the Fisk.
The floater picked up in the Ohio Sunday morning, proved to be the body of Mr. Marshall Dyer, of Caseyville, Ky.  Mr. Dyer was drowned from a skiff opposite Caseyville, over a month go, while in the act of passing to the shore from the Idlewild.  On the body (which was duly cared for by Judge Yocum and Capt, Orr) were found a valuable gold watch and $177 in money.  Mr. Dyer was in very easy circumstances at the time of his death.

Thursday, 8 Apr 1880:
The little towns of Southeast Missouri have their scenes of violence as well as the villages farther south.  In the vicinity of Bertrand, a few miles distant from Charleston, John Douglass fired the contents of his shotgun, last Monday, into the body of William Lettsinger.  The latter had accused Douglass of stealing two plugs of his tobacco and as there seemed to be a respectable foundation for the charge, Douglass became deeply angered, and having his shot gun at hand, promptly essayed the destruction of Lettsinger’s life.  Ten of the twenty shots that struck L. passed into the cavity of the body.  The wounds are regarded mortal.  Douglass is in jail.
We stated a few days ago, on authority which we regarded as indefensible, that a gold watch and chain were found on the body of Mr. Dyer.  Walt of the Argus says it was not a gold watch, but a silver watch with a “leather chain.”  Without rebuking the envious spirit, in Walt, that would deny even a dead man, the glory of wearing a gold watch, we proceed with the proofs constantly accumulating on our hands, that the watch was a gold one.  Mr. Hammersmith writes us from Elgin, as follows:  “I manufactured watch 5,001, found on the body of Mr. Dyer, and know it to be gold, sixteen carats fine.”  Three ministers of the gospel called on us yesterday, and testified, in concert, that the watch and chain were of a fine quality of gold, and worth at least $160.  Dr. Casey and Capt. Hambleton bear very positive testimony to the same fact, and Capt. Johnson, although absent from the city, desires his affirmative evidence on the same point, to be taken for what it is worth.  But above and beyond all this, we met Capt. Potter, the publisher and proprietor of the Argus, only yesterday evening, and protested with greater vehemence that the occasion called for, that both watch and chain were of the purest metal ever delved from the mines of California.  By reproducing all this irrefragable proof, we may be magnifying a small matter, but we did it in vindication of the maxim that “truth crushed to the earth shall rise again.”  Hence, with more fervor than the matter deserves, we now assert that truth is erect again, and maintains a mathematical perpendicular.

Friday, 9 Apr 1880:
The remains of Otto Kratky, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kratky, will be conveyed to Villa Ridge by special train, that will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street, at 3 o’clock this afternoon.  Services at St. Joseph’s Church at 2 o’clock.  The friends of the family are invited to attend as well the services as the rites of burial.
We give notice, elsewhere, of the burial of the remains of little Otto Kratky, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kratky. Wednesday morning this little boy was in perfect health.  He took a ride with his father, played on the margin of the sipe water and was full of life during the whole day.  He ate a hearty supper, Wednesday evening, and retired as usual.  During the night his groaning arrested the attention of his parents.  They at once discovered that he was suffering from a high fever, and complained of irritation of the lungs, stomach and bowels.  A physician was called, who decided that the case was beyond the reach of his skill; that the child was suffering from an “in driven” case of scarlet fever.  The quoted adjective is of our own coinage.  Every remedy known in the practice in such cases was employed to no effect, and in a few hours the little boy died.  Two or three cases of scarlet fever are known to exist in the same neighborhood, but they are thought to be under the control of the attending physician.

Sunday, 11 Apr 1880:

The following announcement was left at The Bulletin office, at a late hour, yesterday evening:  “Died, at his residence in this city at 20 minutes to 4 o’clock, April 10, 1880, Mr. James Gash, in the 46th year of his age.  The remains will be conveyed to Villa Ridge for burial, by special train that will leave Cairo at 3 p.m., today.  Services over the body will be said in the Presbyterian church at 2 o’clock.  The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.

Tuesday, 13 Apr 1880:
The funeral of Mr. Gash Sunday was largely attended, the church being crowded, and two carloads going to the cemetery.  The floral decorations were lovely, we believe, the handiwork of Mrs. C. W. Bradley.  Rev. Mr. George’s sermon was short, impressive, and appropriate; the ceremonies at the grave were fitting to so solemn an occasion.  That the widow, son and daughter of the deceased have the tenderest sympathy of their multitude of friends, was manifested by the crowd who followed them to the grave.  He has passed away—”like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.”

Thursday, 15 Apr 1880:
John H. Gunn, of Richview, Washington County, that has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one year in the state prison, for the killing of a boy named Maxey, at Richview, seventeen years of age.
Died, yesterday, at 1:30 p.m., at the residence of Mr. John English, on Fifth Street, Mrs. Julia Kelley, widow of Christopher Kelley.  Funeral services will be held in St. Patrick’s Church, at 2:15 p.m., today, after which the remains will be placed on a special train, at the foot of Eighth Street and conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment.  Friends and acquaintances are invited.

Sunday, 18 Apr 1880:
“Old Trim” writes us from Dongola, under date of Thursday, that only a few days ago, “Mr. McEntire, who resides on the eastern side of Union County, was found dead in the woods, near his home.  His gun was lying near him, and his own pocketknife sticking up to the handle in his neck.  He had been shot in the back part of the head and, as his own gun had not been discharged, the presumption is that is was not suicide, but that he had been murdered.  Union County, we are sorry to say, is becoming notorious for murder.  Men can league themselves together, slay their fellow man, fill almost a “straw bond” for their appearance at court and run round loose, ready at all times to engage in some other devilish crime.”

            (The 17 Apr 1880, Jonesboro Gazette reported that John M. McIntyre of Stokes Precinct, Union County, was shot in the head and his throat cut and was found in the woods on Thursday, 15 Apr 1880.  He was about 51 and a native of Tennessee.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 20 Apr 1880:
A colored man and his wife, residents of the Fifth Ward, attended church Sunday afternoon, leaving their baby—a child about three months old—asleep in its cradle.  Upon their return home, about sunset, they were considerably horrified by finding the child a corpse, with the pillow upon which it had been reposing lying across its face.  It is conjectured that in a paroxysm of some kind the baby had worked its head under the pillow and there smothered to death.  The half dozen horrible deaths that have followed as a result of leaving their helpless children locked up, alone, should admonish our colored parents that “there’s danger in it.”
The floater over which Coroner Fitzgerald held an inquest the other day, was believed to be the body of one of the colored men who were drowned with Marshall Dyer, at Caseyville, several weeks ago.  The body was clad in the coarse clothing usually worn by steamboat roustabouts, and had the appearance of having been in the water two or three weeks or longer.  The conjecture that it was the body of one of the negroes drowned from the wheelhouse of the Golden Crown, a week or two since, is disproved by the fact that the body when first seen, was at a point some distance above where the Golden Crown was moored.  There were three white men and two negroes or three negroes and two white men in the skiff with Dyer, and only one man of the whole number succeeded in reaching the shore.

Friday, 23 Apr 1880:
Additional reports from Marshfield, Mo., the town destroyed by the cyclone of Sunday, placed the killed at seventy-one and the seriously injured at about the same figure.  The survivors are entirely destitute, but charitable people in neighboring cities are doing everything in their power to alleviate the suffering.
Friday, 30 Apr 1880:
It not being a fact of great importance, it slipped our memory yesterday that a negro man had died in the boarding house of a white woman on Fourth Street on the morning of day before yesterday.  He was a river man, and being ill, was given a certificate by the captain of the boat in order that he might gain admittance to our marine hospital.  But being put off here late in the night he sought the house of the above mentioned woman and obtained lodging for the night and was found dead in the morning.  Dr. Wood was sent for and found that heart disease had been the cause of his death.  He was asked to bury the remains but refused.  Coroner Fitzgerald was then sent for and was asked to hold an inquest over the body and bury it, but the negro’s death having resulted from natural causes, he refused to touch it.  The captain’s certificate having been found, Dr. Carter of the marine hospital was next sent for and although the certificate was OK, he refused to take charge of the remains, because the negro had not passed an examination.  Finally Mr. Fisher was notified, but his objections agreed with those of Doctor Carter, and the remains were left upon the hands of the woman.  All of which argues, if it argues anything, that Republicans have a more kindly feeling for live “niggers” than dead ones.

Saturday, 1 May 1880:
After dark last night a floater was found at the head of wharf boat No. 1.  It was not ascertained whether he was white or black.  Coroner Fitzgerald will hold the inquest today.
The mother of Old Bill Lee, commonly known as Granny Lee, died night before last of pneumonia.  She was believed to be nearly one hundred years old.  Her eyesight and hearing were good to the last.

(“Granny” Lee was Hannah or “Old Han” Lee, who is in the 1870 census of Cairo, Alexander Co., Ill.  She was born about 1783 in Virginia.  Living with her was her son, William “Old Bill” Lee, born about 1830 in Illinois.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. McGrath, the white lady who keeps the lodging house on Fourth Street in which the rouster died whom we mentioned in yesterday’s Bulletin, has been compelled to draw upon her own slender purse and dispose of the remains.  We would not mention this fact but that it is very palpable that some official has neglected his duty in leaving the body upon the woman’s hands.  Dr. Wood, who is the overseer of the poor, knew that the remains were there, but would not listen to the request that he should bury them.  The negro was a marine and had the certificate to that effect upon his person, but Dr. Carter, of the marine hospital, firmly refused to see to it that the remains were placed beneath the ground.  Coroner Fitzgerald would not touch them because the negro had died a natural death.  Mr. Fisher, Mayor Thistlewood and County Commissioner Halliday were consulted as to what should be done and who should do it, but were indifferent about the affair.  Had Mrs. McGrath taken the remains and placed them into the street, she should, perhaps have been as free from blame as either of these gentlemen, all of whom are public officials.  In reference to as to who shall bury the remains, we find the following law, which is chapter 107, section 24 of the Revised Statutes:  “When any non resident or any persons not coming within the definition of a pauper, of any county or town, shall fall sick, not having money or property to pay his board, nursing and medical aid, the overseer of the poor, of the town or precinct (who is Dr. Wood) in which he may be, shall give, or cause to be given him, such assistance as they may deem necessary and proper, or cause him to be conveyed to his home, subject to such rules and regulations as the county board may prescribe, and if he shall die, cause him to be decently buried.”  This is the law and we believe it to be the only one covering the case.  Would it have been amiss if either of the above named public offers had sufficiently interested themselves in the affair to look it up and ascertain whose duty it was to bury the body?  Would either of them have received the condemnation of our people had they done this and after having found the law, urged the proper officer to comply with it?

Wednesday, 5 May 1880:
Editor Bulletin

A few days ago the Sun stated that the body of my son had been found at Cotton Wood Point, and that tomorrow (the day after the statement appeared in the Sun) I would go after it.  This was not true.  I had already gone down to James Bayou twelve hours before and found it was not my son, but the body of a stranger.  I write this and ask you to publish it so that I may be set right with my friends.
George Staedtler

Thursday, 6 May 1880:
The little child of Henry and Mrs. Gossman died yesterday morning at about four o’clock after prolonged illness. The parents have the sympathy of their many friends, including The Bulletin.  The funeral takes place today.
Thursday, 20 May 1880:
Two deaths occurred in a house on Ohio Levee between Twelfth and Fourteenth streets yesterday.  The building is one of a class to which reference was made in these columns some days ago.  It is a rickety old building, almost unfit for occupation for anyone, even when clean, but filthy as it is, and full of human beings as a carcass is of vermin, it is a poison-breeding spot, which together with a number of other similar places demands the attention of the authorities.

Friday, 21 May 1880:
Mrs. Fred Whitcamp who is accused of murdering her husband, occupies the debtor’s cell in our county jail—the same that E. F. Davis occupied while in durance vile.

Saturday, 22 May 1880:
The Blandville Press says:  “The coroner of Cairo held an inquest on the body of a dead man found on the ferry boat.  The verdict was that he was bit to death by gallinippers at Wickliffe.”
Saturday, 29 May 1880:
The news of the death of Mr. C. Hanny’s little child yesterday morning drew forth many expressions of heartfelt sympathy from the numerous friends of Mr. HanneyThe Bulletin joins with them.

Sunday, 30 May 1880:
The following is from the Carbondale Free Press of yesterday:  “Minnie Starrett, a girl well known hereabouts, died on last Tuesday morning.  For quite a time past she has been an inhabitant of a house of bad repute in Cairo.  A week before her death she arrived here in a state of great suffering, and was taken to the residence of her sister.  She was evidently under the influence of poison of some character.  Whether she was the victim of her own hand, or whether she was murdered, is not known, as after her arrival she was not in a condition to give an intelligible account of herself.  From the time she arrived until she died she was continually passing from one spasm into another, each attended by the most intense suffering.  Poor little Min.  She was only nineteen years old, and yet steeped in sin.  She was innocent looking, handsome and kind-hearted.  Had her bringing up and education been different, she might have been an ornament of society, but following the example set before her, she began the downward road years ago.  An outcast, friendless and forsaken, she was borne to her last resting place by the few who were not ashamed to acknowledge her as a friend.  Misguided and unfortunate girl, it is to be hoped that her sufferings atoned for her sins, and that the hereafter is more kind than this world.”

The girl referred to in the above was known here in Cairo as Minnie Morgan.  For a long time she was an inmate of one of the house of ill repute on Thirteenth Street and more recently of the brick at the corner of Fifth Street and Commercial Avenue.  For a long time she was in the habit of taking morphine in great quantities and on one occasion, six or eight months ago, got an overdose and came near dying, but prompt medical attendance and the application of a stomach pump managed to pull her through.  Of late, however, she had become so addicted to the use of the poison, that she scarcely ever left the bed, and a few weeks ago was sent to Carbondale to her friends.
Wednesday, 2 Jun 1880:
Yesterday at about one o’clock Jack Adams, a colored man who lives in one of the wooden buildings facing the “railroad strip” between Eighth and Tenth streets, took his basket on his arm and started to market.  When he reached the sidewalk near Squire Comings’ office on Eighth Street, he fell, and when those who were nearest at the time went to him he was still breathing, but expired before his body could be removed to his home.  He is supposed to have died of heart disease.

Thursday, 3 Jun 1880:
Dr. Scott of Metropolis, attempted suicide by cutting his throat with a razor on Monday last.  The cause of the rash act is not known.
Jack Adams, the colored man who fell dead on the street on Tuesday, was buried yesterday, the colored Odd Fellows, of which order he was a member, turning out in force.
Mr. Thomas Higgins, father-in-law of Mr. Tim Coyle, is dangerously ill and his recovery is despaired of.

Thursday, 10 Jun 1880:

MURPHYSBORO, Ill., June 8.—Our usually quiet city was thrown into a fever of excitement about ten o’clock last night by the report that John Davidson, a man who has enjoyed the reputation for some time of being a desperate character, had been killed by one Jerry Kane.  Your correspondent hastened to the scene of bloodshed and found the dead man lying on the sidewalk with a small knife wound in the breast, which an autopsy showed had penetrated the heart.  The particulars of the affair as far as we could ascertain were, that Davidson had been drinking a great deal; for the past day or two, and was “square on his muscle,” and said he was “the best man on the globe.”  He went into the saloon of F. Sundmacher, and selected Kane as the person upon whom his muscle might exhibit itself.  He struck Kane on the head, and was proceeding to demolish him when Kane stabbed him with fatal result.  No one sympathized with the dead man, as he got what has been expected for years.  Eight years ago Davidson shot and killed a man named Burns for which crime he escaped conviction.  Kane is a quiet, peaceable citizen.
“Bill” Lee is dead!  All that was tangible of him in this world was found yesterday morning lying in one corner of a miserable hut upon a few old, ragged blankets and some straw, which had served as a filthy bed for him these many long years.  He died of dysentery after some weeks’ illness and was, at the time of his demise, unattended by a friend.  He was about fifty years old, had lived here since his childhood, and was known by every citizen of Cairo.  The oldest citizens cannot remember his first appearance here, though it is generally supposed that he came from Missouri at the age of about five years.  His father, who was his mother’s third husband, is said to have been half idiot and died a few years after Bill’s birth.  He came to Cairo with his mother and the two have lived here at the expense of the people of the county from the day of their arrival until their deaths.  He believed that the world owed him a living and while it is not known that he had appropriated the property of others in a spirit of dishonesty, he nevertheless studiously avoided everything that smacked of work, and succeeded by begging and using the monthly allowance from the county to live and drink whisky.  He was a pitiable sight as he hobbled along our streets, his limbs crippled and stiff from the long use of bad spirits, his face bloated, and distorted with a horrible grin, tobacco juice running down the sides of his mouth, his hair unkempt and his dirty body covered with still dirtier rags.  His appearance always excited the sympathy of a few and the merriment of the many.  The former supplied him occasionally with clean clothes and the latter, with tobacco and nickels, which he was made to earn by jumping for them when placed at a certain distance, and with which he secured the stuff that so often rendered him entirely helpless.  In spite of his hard fate, he was always in good humor, and though his mental state was below mediocrity, he would often say some very sensible as well as witty things, which always brought forth a peel of laughter from the crowd gathered around him.  But while his life may not have been a bother to himself, it certainly was so to the people of the county, and his departure is quite a relief.  He was buried in the potters’ field seven miles from the city, unattended by a single mourner and will, ere many days pass, be entirely forgotten by our citizens.

Saturday, 12 Jun 1880:
We regret to learn that Mr. James A. Burke, who has been confined to his bed with sickness for nearly a year, is at present quite low with dysentery.  This ailment has reduced him to nothing but skin and bones, and, although he has tried every remedy suggested, and has called to his bedside almost every physician in the city, he has experienced no benefit from them.
Died.—At six o’clock yesterday evening, and at his residence on Sixteenth Street between Cedar and Locust streets, Mr. Henry Sticher.  Services will be held at the residence at 2 o’clock and the remains taken to the train at the foot of Fourteenth Street at 3 o’clock and buried at Villa Ridge.  Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral.  Mr. Sticher was an old citizen and was known as an honest, hard-working man.  He had been an invalid for sometime previous to his death.  He was about seventy years old and leaves a wife and three sons to mourn his departure for the unknown realm.

Sunday, 13 Jun 1880:
The funeral of Mr. Henry Sticher took place yesterday at two o’clock.  Quite a number of his friends formed out to accompany his remains to their place of repose.

Tuesday, 15 Jun 1880:

At half past ten o’clock Sunday morning, June 13th, 1880, at the residence of Rev. Benjamin Y. George, Mrs. Nina Gilman Hickman, wife of Mr. B. L. Hickman, of St. Louis, Mo.

Mrs. Hickman was born in Washington City, November 5th, 1857.  She was the daughter of William H. and the late Maggie D. Gilman, and sister of Mrs. Benjamin Y. George.  The family removed while she was an infant, to Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, and that was her home until her marriage, October 16, 1878.

The youngest child, somewhat delicate in health from her childhood, she was the darling of her family.  She was as brilliant in her gifts and as lovely in her disposition as she was beautiful to behold.  Her untimely death fills the hearts of her devoted husband, her family and innumerable friends with a grief which is only relieved by the memory of her sweet Christian life and the assurance that she has entered into rest.

Funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian church this morning, at a quarter before ten o’clock.
The remains will be, for the present, interred at Beech Grove.

Wednesday, 16 Jun 1880:
About nine o’clock yesterday morning, near Burksville, a station on the Cairo and St. Louis railroad, a tramp outraged a twelve year old little girl, whose name we did not learn.  Upon learning of the crime the citizens turned out en masse and at the time Conductor Keefe’s train passed were on the rascal’s track with a good prospect of overtaking him.  If caught he is probably now contemplating the past from another world, since his pursuers, in their excited state, would give him short time and a strong rope.
Mrs. Hickman, sister-in-law of Rev. B. Y. George, and who died at the Presbyterian parsonage last Sunday, was temporarily buried at Beech Grove Cemetery, yesterday afternoon.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bonnar (the deceased being an Episcopalian) assisted by Rev. George, who gave a short history of the deceased.  The procession, which was large, started from the Presbyterian church at the appointed time and proceeded to the train at the foot of Sixth Street.
Hodges, a Prominent Farmer of Johnson County, Shot Through the Heart Yesterday Morning.

Two farmers of Johnson County, named respectively Hodges and Hutton, had a difficulty in that county yesterday morning, at about seven o’clock which resulted in the willful murder of Mr. Hodges by a third party.  It appears that a quarrel had sprung up between the two men some time ago and they cordially hated each other.  Yesterday morning, at the time stated above, they met and resumed the quarrel, when Hutton dared Hodges to fight him.  Hodges while attempting to get to Hutton, was shot through the heart by a party who was concealed in the weeds, and who was a friend of Hutton’s.  Of course, death was the immediate result.  Hutton and Hodges are neighbors and two of the most prominent men of the county.  Great excitement prevails among the people of the county and hundreds are scouring the neighborhood in quest of the murderer.  The officers of this city last night received a description of the man who, it is supposed, is the perpetrator of the cowardly deed, and it was supposed that he would arrive here during the night, but at the time of going to press, no arrest has been made.

            (The 20 Jun 1880, issue gives the deceased’s name as William R. Hodge.  William R. Hodge married Manda M. Elkins on 28 Sep 1865, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 17 Jun 1880:
Miss Lulu, daughter of Mr. George T. and Lucy Hannon Cushing, and niece of Mr. H. A. Hannon and Mrs. B. F. Parker, of this city, died a few days ago of neuralgia of the heart, at Dubuque, Iowa.  She was seventeen years of age, and a very promising young lady.  During her visit to Cairo, some time ago, she made many sincere friends who will heartily regret her untimely death.

Friday, 18 Jun 1880:
Nothing has yet been heard of the man who day before yesterday shot Farmer Hodges, of Johnson County, through the heart.  It was expected that he would flee to this city and from here attempt to make his escape, but this supposition was not well founded since he has not yet been seen here.

Saturday, 19 Jun 1880:
Ever since the death of Mr. Greenfield, we believe, the ferry which used to make regular trips from Greenfield’s Landing to the Illinois shore has been withdrawn, and this has been done to the great inconvenience of the farmers across the river and to the detriment of our merchants.

Sunday, 20 Jun 1880:
Last Wednesday morning we mentioned that William R. Hodge and J. D. Hutton, both prominent citizens of Johnson County, had quarreled and that Hodge, while attempting to reach Hutton, was shot through the heart by a third person.  This was all we could learn at that time, but the below which we last night found in the Golconda Herald, gives some additional facts:

“William R. Hodge and J. D. Hutton, both well-to-do, respected citizens of Johnson County, old acquaintances and neighbors, brother Masons as well as brothers in the Baptist Church, became involved in a bitter personal controversy growing out of a church trial.  Bad blood had existed between them for some time, and while disputing on Tuesday morning, a young man named Coopenhaver, a nephew of Hutton, walked up to where the old men were standing and shot Hodge through the heart without a word of warning.  Coopenhaver fled, but was closely followed by the sheriff, who lost track of him at Columbus, seven miles west of here.  He is easily identified, having but one hand, and will undoubtedly be captured.  Coopenhaver has been in the neighborhood but a short time, and it is claimed by Hodge’s friends that he had been brought there by his uncle for the express purpose of committing the murder, which he accomplished on Tuesday morning last.

(The 16 Jun 1880, issue gives the deceased’s name as Hodges.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 22 Jun 1880:
A colored man named Albert Wilson, about two weeks ago, stepped upon a nail, the point of which entered the fleshy part of the sole of his foot.  He neglected to treat it properly and walked about attending to his daily duties until last Friday, when he was taken with the lockjaw.  Dr. Parker was called, but too late to render the unfortunate man any assistance.  He died last night at about 8 o’clock, not having eaten a particle since Friday.  He lived in destitute circumstances and petitions were circulated last night to obtain the necessary money to defray funeral expenses.

Thursday, 24 Jun 1880:
The remains of Mr. James A. Burke were yesterday interred at Villa Ridge.  The funeral was quite a large one.
Died.—Yesterday afternoon, Benjamin, the infant son of Mr. William Oehler, who resides on Twenty-eighth Street, between Poplar and Commercial.  The child was seven months old and died after a brief illness.  The funeral will leave the residence at 1:30 o’clock p.m., today for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and will leave there at 2 o’clock for the special train at the foot of Fourteenth Street, which will convey the remains to Villa Ridge.  The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.

Friday, 25 Jun 1880:
(A poem “In Memoria” of Miss Lulu Cushing, of Dubuque, Iowa, was published.)

Saturday, 26 Jun 1880:
(A corrected version of “In Memoria” of Miss Lulu Cushing was printed.)


Sunday, 27 Jun 1880:
It is believed that Miss Gill, who died a few days ago at the age of sixty, has, at last, had her long desired want gratified.  She was the author of the popular song, “I Want to Be an Angel.”

Tuesday, 29 Jun 1880:
Mr. Michael Hogan, an old resident of Unity Precinct, in this county, and one who had many acquaintances in Cairo, died at his home Saturday last and was buried day before yesterday.  He was an industrious and honest man and was esteemed by his neighbors and friends generally.
Mr. John Soet, the sick man in whose favor charity has been solicited, is growing worse.  The physician in attendance reports that inflammation of the bowels has set in and the patient will probably die.

Wednesday, 30 Jun 1880:
Editor Bulletin

DEAR SIR:—I read in today’s Globe Democrat that Rev. Dr. Charles H. Foote died yesterday morning at his residence in Ionia, Mich.  It was known here that his health had been bad for some time, but cheering reports and been received of his partial restoration.  From the statement of the brief dispatch, his death seems to have come suddenly upon his family in the midst of their fond hopes.  The report of it is certainly a great surprise and shock to his very numerous friends in Cairo.

It was my fortune to know Dr. Foote quite intimately before I came to labor as a minister in his former field.  It was no surprise to me to find when I came here that, not only within the church, but among all classes of the people, his name seemed to awaken pleasant recollections and to be, indeed, as “ointment poured forth.”  It will, perhaps, be pleasant to our people, now that he has gone to his eternal reward, to know that from my first acquaintance to the last interview I had with him, he never spoke of Cairo, or her people, but in terms of kindness, affection and gratitude.  Dr. Foote leaves no immediate family but his wife and daughter Mamie.  Nowhere, I am sure, can they have truer or deeper sympathy in their great bereavement than here.

It is not needful, even if, at this hour, time and your space permitted, that I should attempt a portrayal of this good man’s character, for most of your readers remember him well, not only as an able and useful minister, but as a genial friend.

Permit me, however, to say that I put myself among those to whom his death comes as a personal loss.  His time and steadfast friendship had placed me under undying obligations and bound me to him in ties of genuine affection.  Appreciating his worth as a man, a Christian, and a minister of the gospel.  I take a melancholy pleasure in bearing this tribute to his memory.  Very respectfully yours,
Benjamin Y. George
Cairo, June 29th, 1880

Wednesday, 7 July 1880:
Rev. Mr. Bonnar, of the Episcopal Church was called east a few days ago by a telegram announcing the dangerous illness of his father.  He arrived too late to see him in life, or to have even the consolation of attending his funeral.  Mr. Bonnar will now probably be absent several weeks.
A man known to Cairo people, but whose name we have forgotten, who is in the employ of the St. Louis and Iron Mountain railroad company, at Belmont, Mo., was struck by lightning and instantly killed the other day, during heavy thunderstorm.  He had taken refuge from the storm under a tree and the lightning stuck the tree with the above result.
The boiler of Mr. James Morris’ mill located at Ullin burst on Saturday last—killing the engineer and fireman.  We could learn no particulars about the affair.

Saturday, 10 Jul 1880:

FREEPORT, Ill., July 8.—A special from Langley four miles west of here says that about 11 o’clock last night Patrick Sloan, a well digger, while returning to his home was attacked by some unknown ruffians who beat him to death in the most horrible manner, his body being found this morning about a mile from his home, his pockets being robbed and a portion of his clothing stolen.  Sloan is known to be a quiet and industrious citizen and by hard work had acquired a considerable amount of property.
A young colored man, about twenty years of age, named John Brown, was yesterday drowned in the Mississippi River while in swimming.  He was subject to epilepsy or falling fits, and it is supposed that while in the water, he was attacked with them and went under.

Tuesday, 13 Jul 1880:

FREEPORT, Ill., July 11.—Yesterday, Hiram Buckworth, a well-known businessman of this place, was run over and instantly killed by a runaway team belonging to the American Express Company.

Wednesday, 14 Jul 1880:
We were informed last night that Mr. Loet, to whose destitute condition we have several times called attention, had died last night.

            (If the reference is to John Soet mentioned in the 29 Jun 1880, issue, he was still living when the 12 Jan 1881, issue was published.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 15 Jul 1880:

MENDOTA, Ill., July 13.—Two brakemen employed on the L. C. Railroad were instantly killed this morning by being thrown between the cars.  They were standing on the rear car talking to each other when the car was struck by a switch engine, the force being so great as to throw the men between the cars, which came together, killing them instantly.  The accident was one of the most remarkable that ever occurred on this road.

SPARTA, Ill., July 13.  A sad case of drowning happened near here yesterday.  Two boys, aged nine and eleven years, sons of James Gordon, who lives at Blair Post Office, six miles south of Sparta, went with their father and hired man to a field some two or three miles from home.  Mr. Gordon and the man went to work in the field while the boys went to gather blackberries, telling their father that they would probably go home after gathering some berries.  It seems that after picking berries for some time they went to a creek near by and, divesting themselves of their clothing, went into the water to bathe.  The water being quite deep and neither of them being able to swim, they were both drowned.  It is supposed that one of them going into the water first sank out of sight and that the other went to his assistance, when he too, was drowned.  Mr. Gordon, coming home at night, inquired for his boys and learning that they had not returned, raised an alarm and with a large number of neighbors, commenced searching the weeds and fields.  It was between 10 and 11 o’clock last night that the clothing of the boys was found on the banks of the creek where the bodies were afterwards found.  A faithful dog that had gone with the boys was there also keeping watch over the clothes.  The creek was reached and the bodies found.  They will be buried today in one wide grave.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon who are highly respected here, are entirely prostrated under this great misfortune.  They have, however, the sympathy of the entire community in their great bereavement.
Yesterday forenoon, Mrs. Henry Whitcamp, who is charged with the murder of her husband, was brought into court, and, upon being asked by Judge Harker whether she was guilty, replied that she was not.  George Kohl, was also brought into the judge’s presence, but being a German and there being no interpreter present, was returned to his cell until such time when an interpreter shall have been secured.
Scarlet fever has played sad havoc among the children in this city within the last day or two, a number of deaths occurred and three were buried yesterday.  These were the children of Mr. Peter Huber, Mr. Jacob Klein and Mr. Dan Fitzgerald.

Saturday, 17 Jul 1880:

DECATUR, Ill., July 15.—On Monday of this week a man living about twenty miles southeast of Decatur, by the name of Myhisser, came to the city with a load of wheat which he sold.  He then bought a jug of whisky and started for home.  On the way his team took fright and ran with great speed over rough places, throwing him upon the wagon bottom.  As he was considerably intoxicated he could not get up and he was so jolted that he was nearly dead when found within two miles of his home lying upon his back on the wagon bottom with his money scattered around him.  He died soon after being discovered.

CENTRALIA, Ill., July 15.—Another distressing and fatal accident befell a young man on the Illinois Central this morning.  His name was Peter Vaughn, age 19 years.  His parents reside in Champaign.  He ran as fireman for George Granger, engineer, between that city and this.  This morning between here and Central City, Granger missed him and running the train back found him crushed to death.  No one knows how it happened.
The child of Mr. Jacob Klein, which was reported seriously sick yesterday morning, has died.
George Kohl, who stood charged with the murder of Fred Whitcamp, was tried in the circuit court yesterday.  Upon being asked whether or not he was guilty of the charge he replied in the affirmative.  Judge Harker, in order to give him to understand what he was doing and to impress upon his mind the enormity of the consequences of such an admission, explained to him the crime with which he stood charged in all its horrible details, and concluded with the statement that he could either give him fourteen years in the penitentiary or send him there for life or hang him.  He asked the prisoner if he had counsel.  He replied that he had not and did not think it necessary to employ one since there was no use.  The judge thereupon appointed counsel and sent them together out of the courtroom for consultation.  Upon their return the prisoner persisted in his plea of guilty, saying at the same time that he would never have committed the deed had he not been continually urged to do it by Mrs. Whitcamp.  The judge, taking into consideration the circumstances in the case sentenced him to imprisonment for life.  The fact that Kohl has been disposed of and sentenced is an important one to Mrs. Whitcamp, since it removes the principle witness against her.

Sunday, 18 Jul 1880:
The trial of Mrs. Fred Whitcamp for the murder of her husband will not take place at this term of the circuit court, but has been postponed until the next term.  George Kohl having plead guilty to the charge of murder and having been sentenced to imprisonment for life, of course, prevents him from testifying in the case, and since he was the principal witness of the affair, it is probable that Mrs. Whitcamp’s punishment will be very light, or that she will not be punished at all.

Tuesday, 20 Jul 1880:

CARROLTON, Mo., July 18.—At about 12 o’clock last night Patrick McHenry, a section hand on the Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific railway, living at Wakenda, this county, met his death in a singular manner.  He was under the influence of whiskey and deposed to be noisy and abusive, so much so that the other parties in the house could not sleep.  After repeated efforts to quiet him, one Davis, also a railroad employee, struck McHenry on the neck with his fist, killing him in less than five minutes.  Davis fled the country, immediately, and has not been apprehended.
Thursday, 22 Jul 1880:
off the City of Helena at 8:15 a.m., 18th inst., Miss Mary Lemons, 5 feet 4 inches high, dark complexion, blue eyes, 45 years of age, hair nearly gray, and a small hard lump on the left side of the forehead.  Any person finding and burying the body will be liberally rewarded. 
Elijah Lemons
Ashport, Tenn., July 20, 1880
Last Sunday, the 18th, Miss Mary Lemons was drowned off the City of Helena near Grand Tower.  In another column this morning will be found a description by which the body may be identified.  A liberal reward is offered by Elijah Lemons, Ashford, Tennessee, for the recovery of the corpse.

Sunday, 25 Jul 1880:
Yesterday morning about eleven o’clock Parson Powell died at his residence on the Missouri shore, of congestion of the stomach.  Mr. Powell was an old citizen of this part of the country and had innumerable friends, all of whom regret his unexpected demise.  Owing to imperfect communication we were unable to learn the mere circumstances of the sad event.
Last Thursday, during a thunderstorm (near Thebes), George, son of Adam Kaufman, was struck by lightning and instantly killed.  He and two other persons had started to the field to cover some wheat that had been threshed; the men were so completely shocked as to fall; after recovering sufficiently they went back to the house without missing George.  Upon inquiry as to his whereabouts, they could not remember anything except that he was with them.  Parties searched for him immediately and found him dead.  One of the other men is not expected to live.
A young man at East Cape Girardeau, whose name we have been unable to learn,
by hanging himself.  It is said he was insane.
Wednesday, 28 Jul 1880:
The old hump-backed colored rag gatherer, well known by everybody in the city, met a fearful death at 10 a.m. yesterday.  He was in the habit of going through the railroad yard in search of the coal that had fallen from the flat cars, for home use.  It is supposed that he was engaged in picking up coal on the Illinois railroad, in the switch yard, when a train of cars that had been given a shove and allowed to run onto the track where the old man was, struck him, knocked him down and running over his neck and otherwise mutilating his body, killed him instantly.  Coroner Fitzgerald immediately summoned a jury and held an inquest.  The coroner bought a coffin and had the horribly mutilated remains of the poor old man decently buried.
A young man named Joseph Stats, residing in the north part of Centralia, who was married only nineteen days since, was shot dead in his yard last Monday night by some unknown person.  There is no clue to the murderer.  The dreadful deed is supposed to have been committed by some of his previous rivals in the suit for the hand of his bride.  Some suppose it to be a case of suicide, caused by the fact that he was destitute of funds.  He was shot through the heart.  His wife went out and found him just dying.

Thursday, 29 Jul 1880:
The credit of Alexander County seems to have taken wings to itself.  Coroner Fitzgerald day before yesterday attempted to purchase a coffin on credit, in which to bury the remains of the negro who was run over by the Illinois Central cars, but found it necessary to extract some of the loose change from his pantaloon’s pocket before he was permitted to remove the box from the store room.

Saturday, 31 Jul 1880:
On Monday or Tuesday last quite a distressing accident occurred to Mr. Joseph Hunsaker, brother of Mrs. Nick Hunsaker, of Goose Island.  He was on horseback and was crossing a bridge in Union County when his horse, becoming frightened, jumped aside and fell from the bridge.  The horse fell on Mr. Hunsaker, burying the pummel of the saddle in his abdomen, causing his death shortly after the accident.

            (The 31 Jul 1880, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Joseph Hunsaker was thrown off a bridge at Jonesboro and his horse fell on him on Tuesday, 27 Jul 1880. He was 45 and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Joseph Hunsaker Died July 27, 1880, Aged 44 Yrs., 7 Ms.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 3 Aug 1880:
Father Maher, a Catholic priest who came here a short time ago from Paducah, Ky., and being an invalid, entered the hospital, died suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday evening at about seven o’clock.  He had been tenderly cared for by the sisters, was able to stand a drive occasionally, and was expected to be entirely recovered in a short time.  He passed away very quietly.

(The 5 Aug 1880, issue gives his name as Father Meagher.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 5 Aug 1880:
Father Meagher, who died in St. Mary’s Infirmary last Monday was for years an active teacher of the Catholic religion in Paducah and was generally esteemed there.  He had also a number of warm friends in this city who were greatly surprised and pained to hear of his sudden death.  After appropriate services over them in St. Joseph’s Church, the remains were placed on board the Gus Fowler, for Paducah, where they were interred yesterday.

(The 3 Aug 1880, issue gave his name as Father Maher.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 6 Aug 1880:
A day or two ago, the little boy of Mr. Theodore Thomason, formerly of this city and well known here by nearly every citizen, but now of Villa Ridge, was riding on horse back when in some manner not known, the animal stumbled and fell upon its rider, killing him instantly.  The accident is a terrible blow to the parents; who have the sympathy of this community in their sorrow.
Some weeks ago a family named Harrison, and consisting, we believe, of husband, wife and several children, the smallest, a mere babe, and all in very straightened circumstances, came here from the country and took up their residence near the Catholic church, on the corner of Ninth Street.  The family suffered much, it is said, for the necessaries of life and were in poor health besides.  The little baby sickened shortly after their arrival here and died yesterday evening.
Thursday, 12 Aug 1880:
Report reached here from Villa Ridge, yesterday, that Mr. E. P. Axley, brother of our fellow citizen, W. F. Axley, was not expected to live.  He has been for some time suffering from a bilious attack, and has, within the last few days, grown constantly worse.


At a barbecue held at Olive Branch day before yesterday, one Henry Thrupp was shot by James Gregg.  We have no particulars other than that a dispute of some kind led to the tragedy.  No arrests were made.
The family of Mr. Joseph Cavender has been sorely afflicted with illness of late.  Every member has been down with the scarlet fever, and yesterday death entered his household and took away his little son, aged seven or eight years.  He was buried yesterday.
A horrible accident occurred on the incline of the Cairo and Vincennes Railroad yesterday evening about five o’clock.  The switch engine was backing a freight train down the incline onto the Junius S. Morgan for transfer, and as the train reached the boat and was passing under the beam that supports the jackstaff, one of the brakemen, George W. Richter by name, who was standing on top of one of the cars, was struck by it and knocked down between the cars, and falling across the track, was cut in two, the two parts falling in the river below.  The Charley Hill was immediately called, and a search for the remains instituted, but up to the time of writing they had not been found.

(His name is reported as George W. Richner in the 13 Aug 1880, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
A rather good looking woman named Sarah Smith yesterday told quite a pitiful tale of domestic infelicity at the coffin shop of Mr. L. S. Marshal.  When she entered the shop she laid a dead child, four or five months old, on the table and after carefully covering it, told the following story.  She had lately arrived in this city with her husband, but after being here a few days her husband had deserted her, leaving her with the child in a penniless condition.  She obtained a situation with one, opposite Thistlewood’s livery stable, and gave the child to some kindly disposed people for safekeeping.  Yesterday, she says, the child was returned to her and a few minutes afterwards it died.  Not being able to bury it she applied to Dr. Wood for assistance and that gentleman told her to take the child to the coffin shop and wait there until he came.  She did as she was bid—carried the dead child in her arms through our streets from Ninth to Nineteenth streets, and after arriving at the shop aforesaid waited three hours before the doctor put in an appearance.  After he came, a rude coffin was obtained and the child was placed in it and buried in the seven-mile graveyard without a mourner.
Two murderers, a father and son, who have for ten years escaped justice, arrived in this city by the Iron Mountain train yesterday morning, in charge of the ex-sheriff of White County bound for their old home in Harrisburg, Saline County, where they committed the crime.  The following are the facts concerning the affair as we yesterday learned them from one of our citizens who is well acquainted with all the circumstances.  In 1870 there resided in Harrisburg two families named respectively, Pickering and Dawson.  The Pickering family had two sons named William and James and the Dawsons had also a son, James W. by name.  Young Dawson and young Jim Pickering both became enamored of the same girl, which caused jealousy between them and finally bitter hatred between the two families.  The girl showed a marked preference for Dawson and when one day she was out horseback riding with him, they were met by the two Pickering boys and their father.  William Pickering, without any warning, drew a weapon and shot Dawson who fell from his horse, and not being quite dead, the old man and Bill, finished their victim by beating him to death.  Jim Pickering stood by urging the assassins on in their murderous work.  The murders were arrested and lodged in jail, but Jim gathered a mob who went to the jail a few days after the arrest, and compelling the jailor, David Stiff, to surrender the keys, set the prisoners free.  These fled and were lost sight of for the time being.  Jim Pickering, being the only one at hand, upon whom the officers of the law could revenge the dastardly deed, was arrested, tried and sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for his share in the crime.  He was pardoned after having served four years of his time.  Recently the ex sheriff of White County in this state, learned that the murderers were in Texas and he went in search of them.  He found them in the southern part of that state engaged in farming and in a prosperous condition.  He arrested them and brought them through here yesterday for home, where they will now probably receive justice.

Friday, 13 Aug 1880:
The remains of George W. Richner whose death we chronicled yesterday, have been recovered, and were turned over to his brother who arrived in this city from Champaign yesterday.

(His name is reported as George Richter in the 12 Aug 1880, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
A letter received in this city from Mrs. Dr. Waldo, conveys the intelligence that she has been ill all summer.  She resides in Washington City, where she has been since the death of her husband.
The shooting affray which occurred at Olive Branch a day or two ago, and of which we spoke yesterday, was a very cold-blooded affair.  The parties, it is said, met at a colored barbecue a few days before and got into a dispute there which engendered a grudge, and meeting again at Olive Branch, the bad blood again showed itself, but no words were passed.  Henry Trupp, the victim, is said to have been a gentleman of a most peaceful nature and generally considered one of the best citizens in that part of the country.  Jake Greggs, the murderer, is known as a ruffian and feared by all who are not of his own stripe.  We were informed last night by Will Smyth that Greggs, after firing the fatal shot, lay down behind a log with his weapon cocked, ready for use upon anyone who might dare to attempt his arrest.  Knowing the desperate character of the man, no one would venture to attempt an arrest and the villain escaped into Missouri and it is supposed, is now with his relatives in that state.

Saturday, 14 Aug 1880:

McLEANSBORO, ILL., Aug. 12.—Ralph Rekley, from Minerva, Ohio, who some time since was here visiting his cousin, Tom Rekley, has disappeared and some think he has been murdered.  He was on his way to see about some mineral lands near Elizabethtown, where his partner was to meet him.  He was last seen in Golconda.  The missing man was twenty-four years of age and had dark hair, eyes and complexion.  He had quite a sum of money with him, and as he was a temperate and moral man, foul play can alone account for his disappearance.  A reward will be paid for any information to his fate.
Wednesday, 18 Aug 1880:
A letter from Ireland by Mr. James Graney, yesterday morning, conveys the intelligence that the mother of Will Smyth died there a short time ago.  She lived in Ballygar, County Galway, and her funeral, so says the letter, was the grandest that has occurred in that part of the country.  Thirty priests officiated in the ceremony.  Mr. Smyth’s father died some years ago while on a visit to this country.

Thursday, 19 Aug 1880:

JACKSON, Mo., Aug., 17.—Mary Strader accidentally killed herself near Burfordville, in this county, yesterday.  Deceased went from her father’s house over to a half brother’s to borrow a cross-cut saw.  Finding no one at home she raised a window of the kitchen and went in to get the implement.  As she was climbing out at the window, which was about five feet from the ground, it is supposed she slipped and the sash fell catching her neck and breaking it.  She was found by friends hanging in this manner about two hours after she left home.  An inquest was held by Esquire John S. Henry and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts as stated above.

Friday, 20 Aug 1880:
In the latter part of July, 1879, one John Gilson was found dead in a well up in this county, and an inquest revealing no suspicious evidence in the case, a verdict of accidental death was rendered.  Since then, however, circumstantial evidence has appeared which points strongly to the wife of deceased, Mary Gilson, and the hired man, named Martin Van Hazlewood, who had been engaged upon the premises, as having hastened the death of the man.  The evidence is purely circumstantial but taken in connection with admission from time to time thoughtlessly made by the wife, the grand jury, considered it a sufficient ground to base an indictment upon against both the woman and their hired man.  They were arrested and are now in our county jail awaiting trial for the murder of the husband.

Saturday, 21 Aug 1880:

MT. VERNON, Ill., Aug. 19.—Mrs. Isabella J. Strattan, wife of Capt. S. T. Strattan, a prominent merchant of this city, died at the family residence last evening.  Mrs. Strattan was a lady highly respected and beloved by the whole community, and her loss is greatly mourned.

VANDALIA, Ill., Aug. 19.—Mrs. Thompson, an estimable old lady, wife of B. W. Thompson, the oldest citizen of Vandalia Township, died last Sunday at her home, three miles east of this place.  The sympathy of a widely extended acquaintance is tendered the bereaved husband.
Tuesday, 24 Aug 1880:
Martha Newson, an old colored woman and a member of Parson Rix’s church, died in a house on Twelfth Street near Washington Avenue, yesterday.  She will probably be buried today.

Wednesday, 25 Aug 1880:

SHOBONIER, Ill., Aug. 23.—This morning a threshing engine belonging to J. M. Chase exploded, killing one man and severely injuring two others.  The name of the man was Ed. Luster, the injured, Ed. Braasch and Jacob Schmit.  A separator and four stacks of wheat were destroyed at the same time by fire.
Friday, 27 Aug 1880:

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill., Aug. 25.—Charles Friede, proprietor of a hotel in Mount Olive, Macoupin County, an old gentleman about fifty-five years of age, while returning home from this city tonight, fell from the platform of the cars when at full speed near the outskirts of town and was very seriously injured.  He will probably die before morning.

A few days ago we mentioned the death of Mr. Will Smyth’s mother, which occurred in Ireland on the 30th ult., and although we mentioned the occurrence of the funeral, could present no particulars.  The following is an extract from the Freeman’s Journal, published at Dublin, in reference thereto:

“The obsequies of the above named estimable and lamented lady took place on Friday, the 30th ult., amid evidences of deep and sincere sorrow for the loss of one who was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance or the happiness of enjoying her friendship.  Mrs. Smyth, whose loss is deplored by all, was sister of the Rev. William Maguaran, P.P., and of the late very Rev. P. Magauran, P.P. of Ahascrah and Caltra, and chancellor of the diocese of Elphia, and was widely known and esteemed and enjoyed the friendship of many—nay most—of the priests, not only of Elphia, but of Clonfert and Galway, many of whom came at great inconvenience and on very short notice to be present at her interment, while the absence of many others may be accounted for by their being on vacation enjoying their holidays.  As wife and mother, sister and friend, and as a model of every virtue, Mrs. Smyth was highly esteemed, as was made manifest by the large funeral cortege on Friday and the number of clergy and of the surrounding gentry who followed her hearse or sent their carriages as a mark of their condolence with the living and respect for the dead.  The following clergymen were present at the solemn mass and office on Friday, and at the interment which took place in the ancient abbey of Kilroran, where the remains of this estimable lady were laid in the family vault to wait the Archangel’s trumpet and the final resurrection.”

Saturday, 28 Aug 1880:

ALTO PASS, Ills., Aug. 26.—Thomas W. Hawkins, a carpenter residing near here, had an altercation with John Collins, in the drug store of the latter, and was fatally shot with a revolver, dying almost instantly.  The deceased was intoxicated and has made threats against CollinsCollins claims the shooting was in self-defense and has given himself up.

(The 28 Aug 1880, and 4 Sep 1880, issues of the Jonesboro Gazette state that Thomas W. Hawkins was buried in Cobden Cemetery.—Darrel Dexter)

MURPHYSBORO, Ill., Aug. 26.—Abe Ridgeway (colored), of Grand Tower, Ill., murdered his stepdaughter on Monday night.  It seems the girl came to Murphysboro on Monday, and married a man whom her stepfather did not like.  They returned to Grand Tower.  During the night, Ridgeway came in, found them in bed together, and stabbed the girl eleven times, causing instant death.  Ridgeway is now in jail awaiting trial.

(The 29 Aug 1880, issue gives the alleged murderer’s name as Abram Ridgway.—Darrel Dexter)

We learned it yesterday evening that a shooting affray had occurred at Alto Pass, which had resulted in the death of one Thomas Hawkins.  John Collins, a druggist, did the shooting in self-defense.  A woman is said to have been the cause of the affair.

Sunday, 29 Aug 1880:
Barton’s Free Press

Abram Ridgway is a colored man, the head of a family living at Grand Tower.  A member of his family was Alice, a stepdaughter of marriageable age.  Alice for some time past had been receiving the attentions of, and was engaged to, Lee Craig, a young colored man who resided in Carbondale.  Ridgway did not like Craig, and forbade his stepdaughter the privileges of his company.  But the girl would not give up her lover.  On Monday last she came to this place, where she and Craig were married.  The young people then went to Grand Tower where Ridgway received them kindly and invited them to his house.  They went with Ridgway, happily believing that the storm was over and that naught but happiness was in store for them.  With this belief the young people retired to their nuptial couch.  After a while the young wife was called from her bed by her stepfather, who assaulted her with a knife.  She received one or two stabs and fled from the house, an infuriated demon pursuing.  Overtaking her he again and again plunged the knife into her body.  In the meantime Craig interfered, trying to save his wife.  Being unarmed, he could do but little, and it was not until the fatal blows had been given that he attracted attention from the girl to himself.  The girl died within thirty minutes of the attack.  The murderer fled to the woods immediately after committing the crime.  Large parties turned out in pursuit of him, but he eluded them.  On the following evening he came to the house of a friend, requesting the latter to go down town learn the state of public feeling and procure some tobacco.  The friend did as requested, and at the same time informed the officers, and an arrest was made.  The prisoner was taken to jail on Wednesday.  It is a wonder that he was not lynched, as the colored people of Grand Tower were highly incensed at the murder.  It is said that he had openly threatened to kill the girl in the event she married Craig.

Tuesday, 31 Aug 1880:
Maj. Jesse Hinkle and family left yesterday morning for Hinkleville, Ky., to attend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Matilda Hinkle.  The old lady had lived seventy-eight years and died after a short illness at the residence of her son, Dr. Charles Hinkle.  The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of this community.

At 6:30 o’clock yesterday evening a most horrible accident occurred on the Illinois Central railroad’s incline, which resulted in the death of the fireman of switch engine No. 72, named John Tuttle.  The engine had been backed down the incline, for the purpose of drawing the freight cars up the levee, which were standing on the transfer steamer H. S. McComb.  The engine, having been coupled to the cars, started ahead with them at the usual rapid rate, but had hardly left the carriage of the incline which leads to the boat, and was starting up the embankment when the engine broke loose from the tender and immediately upon doing so, being relieved of her burden, dashed suddenly forward and thereby threw the fireman back and out of the engine and onto the track.  The tender and cars, which had been given a good start up the embankment, caught the man’s body immediately upon it touching the track and shoving it along for a distance, gradually cut it in two just below the ribs.  In doing this, the tender and several cars passed over him.  After being thus cut in two he breathed for fifteen minutes and a horrible eternity each minute was to his friends who had at once gathered around, and who knew they were helpless in the emergency.  The remains were then gathered up as best they could be and, conveyed to the residence of his mother, on the corner of Twenty-fifth Street and Commercial Avenue, where Coroner Fitzgerald held an inquest on the remains.  The deceased was twenty-two years of age, was unmarried and lived with his widowed mother.  The family arrived in this city about eight or ten yeas ago and he has been in the employ of the Illinois Central Company for ten months.  During the first five months of this time he was watchman at the uptown switches and during the latter five months fired the engine from which he fell into eternity.

When we visited his mother’s residence a little after seven o’clock last night, to learn the particulars above related, the house and the sidewalk in front if it was crowded with his friends and the friends of the family all of whom expressed their sympathy for the living relatives and their horror at the manner in which young Tuttle had come to his death.  The Illinois Central Railroad will convey the remains to Smithland, Kentucky, today.

Wednesday, 1 Sep 1880:
The remains of John Tuttle were yesterday conveyed to Smithland, Ky., for interment.
The coroner’s jury, which sat on the body of John Tuttle, who was killed on the incline of the Illinois Central railroad night before last, acquitted the railroad of all blame—as least it did not charge the road with neglect in the matter.

Thursday, 2 Sep 1880:
William Selfe, the partner of Dr. Clark, was yesterday morning at 3:30 o’clock found dead in his bed by his partner.  He had been ill for three days and the jury found that his death had been caused from affection of the heart or some other cause to the jurors unknown.  The gentleman composing the jury were, Wood Rittenhouse, foreman; O. A. Osborn, Walt F. McKee, R. H. Cunningham, G. W. Whitlock, and M. J. Buckley.  Our readers will remember Mr. Selfe as the fleshy old gentleman of full face and heavy mustache, whom in walking about our streets, invariably had a pipe in his mouth and a cane in his hand.  He roomed with Dr. Clark, in the large brick building on Ohio Levee, near the corner of Fourteenth Street, which is owned by the two.

Friday, 3 Sep 1880:
Testimony Given Before the Coroner’s Jury Concerning His Death.

The sudden death of old man Selfe—Doctor Clark’s partner—has created some talk among the gossips of the city, and the have thereby created some doubts as to the cause of the old man’s death, in the minds of some of other more thoughtful people.  It is true that Dr. Clark acted somewhat strangely during the night the old man died, but since his mind is effected his conduct does not argue foul play.

The following testimony given before the coroner’s jury by Anna and Nicholas Nie, who reside in the same building in which the old man died, is the cause of the talk.  Anna Nie being sworn, and questioned by Coroner Fitzgerald said:

My name is Annie Nie, my age is twenty-nine years.  I reside in the same building in which Selfe died.  That night, at about one o’clock I heard a noise as of a man groaning.  I called my husband and he rapped on Selfe’s door, but did not get any response from the room.  I heard Mr. Clark speaking loud to deceased about fifteen minutes before my husband had rapped, but could not hear what he said.  I think Mr. Clark could not have fallen asleep from the time I heard him talking until the time my husband rapped.  This happened September 1st, 1880, in this city.  Mr. Clark came to me about daylight and said deceased was dead.  Mr. Clark would not admit anyone to the room and was very stubborn when they asked to be let in.”

Nicholas Nie being sworn said:

“Last night deceased seemed to suffer a good deal.  I went to the door where he slept and knocked, but could get no reply.  I then went downstairs and called Bettie Hines, as she was in the habit of waiting on deceased.  We both came up and knocked, but could not get in.  Mr. Clark said in a very surly tone of voice that he would not admit anybody, and at about 4:30 o’clock, Mr. Clark reported the deceased was dead.  Mr. Clark was very short and surly in his answers when we asked for admission.  Deceased must have suffered very much thorough the night before death.  Mr. Clark acted very strangely about the matter, in so far as he refused us admittance to the room.

Dr. Clark having first been duly sworn said:

My name is Christopher R. Clark, am sixty-one years of age.  My occupation is taking care of our property.  I mean by “our property” the property owned by deceased and myself.  I am also running a medical shop.  The name of deceased is William Selfe.  His age is forty-eight years, seven months, and nineteen days.  I have known him since 1841.  He has been sick for about three days.  He smoked a great deal and had a partial disease of the heart.  About two o’clock in the morning Bettie Hines tried to gain admittance to the room, but I was in my underclothes and thought her assistance unnecessary, as deceased was then more easy.  The last time I saw him alive was at 1:30 o’clock this morning and I discovered that he was dead two hours later.  I did not send for any doctor as deceased was very stubborn and would not have any.  He owns a share in my property and owns some personal property.

(Nicholas Nie married Dorothea A Reynolds on 5 May 1877, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 5 Sep 1880:
Mr. George Chrisman, an old citizen here, died yesterday about noon after an illness of only a week.  He is a relative of Mr. C. R. Woodward.  His son Will, who resides at Fredonia, Kansas, has been telegraphed to and has replied that he left there for Cairo yesterday.  The time of the funeral will be fixed after his arrival.
We find the following concerning the death and burial of Mr. Samuel Halliday, Sr., the father of our fellow citizens, the Halliday Brothers, in the Meigs County Telegraph:

“Mr. Samuel Halliday, who was for twenty-three years auditor of Meigs County, died at his residence in Springfield Township, Gallia County, last Wednesday, August 25, in the 82d year of his age.  The funeral took place on Saturday and was largely attended.  The interment was at the McQuigg Cemetery in Rutland Township, this county.  Mr. Halliday was born in Scotland, but came to this country at an early day and for many years was a very prominent citizens of Meigs County, holding the office of auditor as above stated, nearly a quarter of a century.  For the past fifteen years he has resided in Gallia County.  He leaves seven children, his sons being prosperous businessmen at Cairo, Ill.”

Tuesday, 7 Sep 1880:
Mr. Harry Walker’s little child, which has been ill for quite a time, died at 5 o’clock Sunday morning and was interred at Villa Ridge.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of many friends.
The funeral of Mr. George Christman took place yesterday afternoon.  The services were conducted by Rev. B. Y. George in the Presbyterian church at 1 o’clock, and the procession then moved up to the train at the foot of Eighth Street, bound for Villa Ridge, where the remains were interred.  Mr. Christman is a brother of Mrs. C. R. Woodward.  He was born near St. Louis in this state, was left an orphan at an early age, was cared for by his uncle, George Christman, near Louisville, Ky., until he was seventeen years old, when he went to St. Louis, Mo.  Here he married and resided several years.  Leaving St. Louis, he came here and has been a universally respected citizen of Cairo for eighteen years.  A wife and five children—four boys and one girl—and numerous sincere friends mourn his sudden death.
Cairo, Ills., September 6th, 1880.
Editor Bulletin:

Mr. and Mrs. Walker are said to be offended at my remarks at the funeral this afternoon.  If I have said anything untrue—not in strict accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ—I will publicly retract it.
Father O’Hare
Thursday, 9 Sep 1880:
News yesterday came to this city from Goose Island Precinct, concerning the death of John Russell, a young man about twenty years of age, and a son of Mr. Robert Russell.  He was riding along on horseback when the animal threw him from its back and kicked him in the head, cracking his skull and breaking his jawbone.  When he was found he presented a horrible sight—the brain being scattered about him and the sharp shoes of the horse having torn his face all to pieces.  He has for some time been in the employ of Os. Greenlee, and was an exemplary young man.
We had a talk yesterday afternoon with Mrs. Samuel Owens, into whose house the loaded gas pipe was thrown yesterday morning.  She is of the opinion that the “machine” was intended for the destruction of her family, and was not intended to injure Mr. Martin Glassen, who occupies the second story of the building, and who took possession of it but a few months ago.  We enquired of her whether she had ever had a difficulty or misunderstanding of any kind with anybody in this city, to which she replied that about a year ago, she had caused the arrest of a Mrs. Clark, who is the wife of a colored blacksmith, who occupies the adjoining building.  She had done this from necessity and not from choice, but since then Mrs. Clark and her husband had exhibited anything but friendly feelings towards her.  About Christmas last year, the family had lost a little child, and Mrs. Clark blamed her for the child’s death—saying that she (Mrs. Owens) had poisoned it.  So firmly did Mrs. Clark believe this that she had the corpse taken to Dr. Gordon for examination, and, although the doctor gave it as his opinion that the child had died a natural death, Mrs. Clark, nevertheless, seems to have adhered to her former opinion.  Besides this there were those in the neighborhood who had repeatedly threatened to force her to vacate the house, although the better element in the neighborhood desired her to remain.  Some very hard words had passed between one of her neighbors and herself not a great while ago, and, one night, shortly afterward, all her flowers, which she had in pots in front of the house, were broken off and destroyed and coal oil poured all over the front door sill.  This had undoubtedly been done for a cause—and for no other cause than to set fire to the house, but very likely this rascal was frightened away before he had an opportunity to touch a match to it.  She thought that the person who was guilty of such an act was capable of cutting out her heart and would not hesitate to attempt to take her life by such means as had been employed yesterday morning.  But, while this was so, she could not tell who the guilty parties were.  She did not believe that any one had attempted to injure Mr. Gladden, nor does any other sensible person—not even those who are attempting to make political capital out of it.

Saturday, 11 Sep 1880:
Is it usual, or has it been the custom for coroners, after holding an inquest, to present to the county a bill of ten dollars for coroner’s fee, one dollar for summoning the jury, and also one dollar for each member of the jury, and to pocket the total amount?  If this has been the custom, is not the county still liable to those jurymen for every dollar thus collected and embezzled.  At present the county commissioners instruct the clerk to draw an order in favor of each juryman for one dollar, which is a much better way.  We are led to these remarks from glancing over the records of the county court, as published in The Bulletin, in 1877.  We then find that the amount paid in acting coroner, Justice Comings, for holding an inquest on the body of Charles Stewart, who was drowned near the stone depot, was $23.
(A poem, “In Memoriam” of Georgie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Walker, Cairo, Ill., was published.)

Sunday, 12 Sep 1880:
The wife of “Tom” Collins, colored, died yesterday, on Eleventh Street, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street, of congestive chills.  Tom is well known in this community.

Tuesday, 14 Sep 1880:
The daughter of Mr. A. C. Atherton, of Hodges Park died about twelve o’clock last Sunday.
at the residence of her parents, on Seventh Street, Monday, Sept. 13th, 1880,
aged ten years and seven days, only daughter of George W. and Mary P. Strode.  The remains will be taken to Columbus, Ky., for interment.  The yacht, Ariadne, with the funeral party, will leave the wharfboat at Sixth Street this morning at nine o’clock.  Funeral services at residence by Rev. B. Y. George, at half past eight o’clock.

Wednesday, 15 Sep 1880:

DeLASSUS, Mo., Sept. 13.—A fatal shooting scrape took place in front of the courthouse at Farmington, today, in which McMullin, sheriff, and Henry Horn, a noted desperado, were the participants.  There appears to have been an old feud between them, arising out of the frequent arrests of Horn for violations of the law, and the last one taking place yesterday, he being arrested for disturbing the peace at the fair grounds.  It is said that Horn came to town this morning with the avowed intention of killing the sheriff, for he expressed as much to several parties.  He also tried to shoot another man at the fair grounds today and was only prevented from so doing by the interference of friends.  The facts as gleaned by your reporter are as follows:

McMullin and Horn were standing on the sidewalk on Main Street.  Horn was a little under the influence of liquor and McMullin was trying to get him to desist in the use of obscene and abusive language.  Horn then started across the street, saying something and pulling his pistol at the same time.  McMullin followed about five steps and Horn had crossed about two-thirds of the street, when he suddenly turned, taking deliberate aim at McMullin, who immediately brought his pistol in position.  Horn then fired, striking McMullin near the nipple on the right side.  McMullin returned the fire, hitting Horn’s little finger, who fired another shot, striking McMullin in the abdomen.  McMullin fired again, striking Horn just below the nipple but fortunately for him his suspender buckle kept the ball from penetrating his body.  Had it met no obstacle Horn would have been no more.  Horn fired again, missing McMullin entirely.  McMullin then shot him through the thigh.  Horn fell and raised his pistol to shoot again, but seeing his adversary on his feet ready to give another shot, he threw up his pistol, saying:  “I give up; I am dying.” whereupon McMullin stood over him saying:  “You have also done the work for me.”  McMullin then walked off and would have fallen had not his friends assisted him to his home.  McMullin will die.  The sympathy of the community is with our sheriff who was killed in the discharge of his duty.  He is about 60 years of age and leaves an interesting family to mourn his loss.  Horn is in jail.
The yacht Ariadne left our wharf at the foot of Sixth Street, yesterday morning, with the funeral party of the child of Mr. and Mrs. Strode on board.  She went to Columbus, Ky., where the dead child was interred in the family plot.

Thursday, 16 Sep 1880:
The wife of Mr. J. H. Stephens, colored, who died day before yesterday, was taken to Villa Ridge for interment yesterday.

            (James M. Stephens married Henrietta Wilson on 30 Jun 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Memmietta wife of J. M. Stephens Born Feb. 5, 1855, Died Sept. 13, 1880.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 17 Sep 1880:
We were yesterday given by a gentleman from Blandville, the details of a horrible occurrence that took place there.  A Mr. E. W. Bugg lives in Blandville with a wife and two children.  They have in their employ a colored woman, who does the washing and ironing.  While ironing, the other day, she had occasion to leave the house, and leaving the children alone in the room she closed the door and went.  Mr. Bugg had gone out in town, and Mrs. B. was in another part of the house.  But happening to open the kitchen door, a short time after the colored woman had left, a sheet of fire burst forth and she retreated with a cry and badly scorched.  When entrance was at last effected the children were discovered burnt to a crisp.  It is believed that the colored woman left the hot iron standing on the cloth-covered ironing board setting it afire and causing the fearful consequence.
We this morning announce Mr. Richard Fitzgerald as an independent candidate for re-election to the office of coroner.  We recall a few cases in which he has saved the county a very snug little sum of money.  The first case, we remember, is that of the death of an old negro wood sawyer, who resided on Thirty-fourth Street and who died suddenly and without any apparent cause.  Mr. Fitzgerald was called by the relatives in whose house he had died, but finding that he had come to his death from natural causes, held no inquest, as he might have done had he desired to swell his pocket book, and the remains were buried by the relatives.  Not very long ago an aged colored woman died in the neighborhood of Seventeenth Street while a neighboring building was afire.  Mr. Fitzgerald found that death had been caused by fright and old age, and therefore did not hold an inquest.  A negro who had been sick, died during the night in Scott’s saloon, while lying on a bench, but there being no marks of violence on his person, and it being ascertained that there was no poison in his system, no inquest was held, and Mr. Scott had the remains decently interred without any expense to the county.  Our readers all remember the death of old Nancy Mack, who held forth on the corner of Tenth and Commercial and who died by taking a dose of poison.  Mr. F. personally investigated the matter, found no one to blame but herself, and, since her physician was willing to testify that her death resulted from poison, Mr. Fitzgerald held no inquest.  The dead body of a child was found in the commons uptown.  The coroner’s jury made an inquiry into the circumstances attending the case; the coroner discovered the responsible parties and compelled them to give the body decent burial, and thus saved the county the expenses.  Not long ago a colored man died in a house downtown.  The occupants of the house refused to bury the corpse, the overseer of the poor did likewise, and the coroner, finding that the man had come to his death from natural causes, saved the county the expense of an investigation by jury and a burial. 

Saturday, 8 Sep 1880:
Mr. Sullivan of Sandusky Precinct, and one of the oldest inhabitants of this county, died day before yesterday at the home of his son.  He was about ninety years old and the father of Mr. Patrick Sullivan.
Freddie Winter, the sixteen year-old son of Mrs. Emeline Winter, died suddenly day before yesterday, of congestive chills, and was buried yesterday afternoon.  The funeral leaving here at 2:30 p.m. for Villa Ridge, from the family’s home on Twelfth Street, between Poplar and Commercial.

Sunday, 19 Sep 1880:
Father Masterson will hold the usual services in St. Patrick’s Church, corner Ninth Street and Washington Avenue, today.  The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Cook will be held in the church at two o’clock p.m.

Tuesday, 21 Sep 1880:
Willie, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Snell, died of croup last night about half past 9 o’clock.  He was one year and nine months old.  The funeral will leave St. Joseph’s Church at 2 o’clock today.  Friends are invited.

(Rudy Snell married Mary Carr on 2 Feb 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Baby Willie Snell son of Rudy and Mary Snell, Died Sept. 20, 1880, Aged 1 Yr. 9 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant daughter of Mr. Henry Wilson died day before yesterday and was buried yesterday at ten o’clock.
Thursday, 23 Sep 1880:
We regret to hear of the death of the little son of Hon. John R. Thomas.  He died a few days ago.
The trial of Mrs. Whitcamp for the murder of her husband has again been postponed.

Friday, 24 Sep 1880:
Dr. C. W. Dunning was sent for yesterday by Dr. Bass, of Ballard County, Ky., to assist in the treatment of Mr. Grundy Bryant, who is afflicted with hydrophobia in its first stages.  The case appears to be a dangerous one, though some hopes are entertained for the patient’s recovery.  Mr. Bryant was bitten in the cheek some three weeks ago by a dog that was fighting with his own dog, and with which he interfered.  He immediately applied a madstone, and the wound caused him no inconvenience until a few days ago, when he was taken with spasms, and has since become worse.  At the sight of water he is thrown into convulsions, yet be in full possession of his senses, and believes that he will live through the ordeal all right.  Dr. Dunning had not returned yesterday evening, and we have no advices as to the state of Mr. Bryant yesterday.

Saturday, 25 Sep 1880:
Litchfield had its first murder Sunday night.  Mrs. Gabrielle Carter, a colored woman, was shot and instantly killed by some person who fired through the window of her house.  Shields Carter, her husband, was absent, and is suspected of the murder.

(Shields Carter married Gabrielle Parker on 31 Jan 1868, in Montgomery Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Henderson crossed on the ferry yesterday afternoon with the intention of paying Mr. Grundy Bryant a visit, but he had proceeded but a short distance on the Kentucky shore when he was met by the sick man’s nurse, who informed him of Mr. Bryant’s death.  He was much worse during Thursday night, and had to be tied down in bed, and when not tied had to be held down by five men.  Yesterday morning he was taken with spasms and at about ten a.m. his attending physician, Dr. Bass, gave him morphine.  He died at one o’clock in the afternoon, leaving a wife and three or four children.  His was an unmistakenable case of hydrophobia.

Sunday, 26 Sep 1880:
In Elgin, 21st, John Porter, employed in Swan’s livery stable, was kicked in the groin by a horse he was harnessing, and is thought to be fatally hurt.
Capt. John N. Shunk died in St. Louis Friday morning after an illness of not quite a week.  Capt. Shunk was well known at Cairo and was highly esteemed.
Thursday, 30 Sep 1880:
James Henderson, formerly an employee of the Illinois Central Company at this point, was run over and killed by an engine in Chicago a few days ago.  He was well known among railroad men in this city.
Saturday, 2 Oct 1880:
Walter, son of H. V. Thompson, a boy about fifteen years of age, has been sick with typhoid-intermittent fever for about five weeks.  He was out about one week ago, but took a relapse and was not expected to live through last night.
On last Wednesday the steamer Gus Fowler, having been delayed, started out from the Cairo and Vincennes railroad wharf after dark, and when about three miles above the city, collided with a skiff containing two colored men and one white man, cutting it in two and precipitating the occupants into the water.  The men had been at work on the Champion at Mound City, and were on their way to Cairo in one of the Champion’s lifeboats.  It was quite dark and they were talking and laughing so that they neither heard nor saw the steamboat until it was too late to avoid the catastrophe.  The negroes were sitting one in each end of the boat and the white man was in the middle rowing.  When their boat was struck it severed in the center and the negroes clung each to one half of it, and were saved, but the white man, whose name is Edwin Woods, went under with a cry of pain, which gives ground for the belief that he was injured by the collision.  Search was made for his body, but in vain.  Mr. Woods is a stepson of Mr. L. P. Wilcox, of Anna, Illinois, who was last night informed of the disaster by a letter from Mr. Walton Wright.

            (The 9 Oct 1880, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Edward Woods, son of Mrs. L. P. Wilcox, died near Mound City on Friday, 1 Oct 1880, aged 29 years.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 3 Oct 1880:

A reward of twenty-five dollars will be paid for the recovery of the body of Edwin H. Wood, drowned three miles above Cairo, on Thursday evening at 8 o’clock.  He is thirty years old, has auburn hair and long mustache, has lost several teeth, had two silver dollars in his pocket, wore corded cotton pants, was in shirt sleeves and had on striped cheviot shirt.  He wore boots and had not been shaved for several weeks.

Information concerning the remains should be furnished to G. D. Williamson, Cairo, Ills., who will pay the above reward on recovery of the body.
Cairo, Ills., October 2, 1880
Mr. L. P. Wilcox, of Anna, whose stepson was drowned in the Ohio River about three miles above this city on Thursday evening last, was in the city yesterday and offers a reward of twenty-five dollars for the recovery of the remains.

(Lorenzo P. Wilcox married Mrs. America A. Wood on 28 Mar 1859, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 5 Oct 1880:
Michael O’Callahan, the young man whose funeral takes place this afternoon, was twenty-two years old and had come to this country only about four months ago.  He was walking along the edge of a barge lying below Halliday’s warehouse, when he lost his footing and fell into the river between two barges, and was drowned.  His body was found at 10:30 o’clock a.m. yesterday, nearly in the same place where he fell in.
The funeral of Mr. Michael O’Callahan, nephew of Capt. Hugh O’Callahan, will start from the corner of Fourteenth Street and Ohio Levee for St. Patrick’s Church at 1:30 o’clock p.m., today, where services will be held.  Leaving the church at 2:30 o’clock the procession will move to the train at the corner of Eighth Street and Ohio Levee, which will convey the remains to Villa Ridge for interment.
The funeral of Henry McRoe, a colored barber, took place Sunday afternoon.  It was headed by a cornet band and conducted by the colored Masons of the city, who turned out numerously and performed their duty admirably.
Mr. William Casey, an employee at Halliday warehouse, yesterday morning, recovered the body of Mr. Edwin Wood, who was drowned a few miles above the city last Thursday night.  His stepfather, Mr. L. P. Wilcox, of Anna, Ill., was notified of the finding of the body, which will be taken to Metropolis for interment.

Wednesday, 6 Oct 1880:
The funeral of Mr. Michael O’Callahan, who was drowned the other day, took place yesterday and was well attended.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
A skeleton was unearthed under Halliday Brothers warehouse, the other day.  The laborer who dug it up again interred it without much ceremony.

Thursday, 7 Oct 1880:
In Memory of Orpha M. S. Wilson, aged fourteen months and eight days, daughter of Harry E. and Mary A. Wilson.  A little child with blue eyes and golden hair and warm caressing baby fingers came into this dim world.  God’s perfect gift of life to brighten their earthly home and they rejoiced with fond words and tender cares and thanksgivings for the priceless trust and up into the face of its mother smiled the baby girl, and she kissed its lips and smoothed its pale golden hair, thanking God for a gift so fair.

            (Harry E. Wilson married Mary Rennie on 25 Sep 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 8 Oct 1880:
Yesterday evening about six o’clock, little Walter Thompson breathed his last.  He had suffered much for several weeks from intermittent fever, but seemed to be convalescent day before yesterday and until yesterday afternoon, when he was again violently attacked with the result as stated. The remains will be interred at Beech Ridge today.
Wednesday, 13 Oct 1880:
Perry County Democrat

As we go to press this week, we learn that the dead body of James Shaw, who resides near DuQuoin was found last night (Thursday) at about twelve o’clock, near the brick warehouse, west of the railroad, perforated with three holes—one in the breast and two in the head.  So far as we could ascertain, the murderer or murderers, are unknown.  Shots were heard in the vicinity of the warehouse at above eleven o’clock that night, an investigation of the locality revealed the corpse of Shaw lying on the ground, a revolver clenched in his right hand.  The theory of suicide, our informant said, was upset by a discovery of the fact that one of the wounds was made by a 48-caliber ball and the others by 32 calibers, showing that at least two different revolvers were used.  Vigorous efforts are being made to detect the guilty men.
Tuesday, 19 Oct 1880:

CHAMPAIGN,. Ill., Oct. 17.—Col. George Scroggs of this city, ex-member of the Illinois legislature and late United States consul at Hamburg, Germany, died yesterday at Denver, Colo., of consumption, aged 38 years.  He was proprietor of the Champaign Gazette, which will continue to be published by his heirs.  His wife will arrive here tomorrow night with his remains when the interment will occur.  His death is universally regretted here.
Thursday, 21 Oct 1880:
Mrs. Thomas, wife of the member of Congress from this district, died last Sunday at her home in Metropolis.

Friday, 22 Oct 1880:
We regret to hear of the serious illness of Mrs. George W. Morse.  She was not expected to live yesterday.
Governor Cullom has offered a reward of two hundred dollars for the arrest of Thomas Hillard, who murdered A. B. Hendrickson, at Crab Orchard, Williamson County, on the 9th of the present month.  He has also offered a reward for the arrest of the person or persons who murdered Hiram P. Allen at Sandwich, DeKalb County, on the 15th of February, 1880.

Saturday, 23 Oct 1880:
The funeral of Mr. Isaac Walder yesterday afternoon was largely attended.  The remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge and followed to their resting place by the Odd Fellows and Jewish society of this city.

            (A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Isaac Walder Died Oct. 21, 1880, Aged 51 Yrs., 3 Ms., 14 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 24 Oct 1880:
We regret to hear that Mrs. G. W. Morse was not expected to live after midnight last night.
We regret to hear of the serious illness of the two daughters of Mr. H. F. Potter, the Misses Metta and Phoebe, who have lately taken up their residence in this city.  Miss Metta was not expected to live last night.
At 8:30 o’clock p.m. day before yesterday, Andy Young, the colored man who was some time ago shot by the clerk of the Paris C. Brown, breathed his last.  Dr. Carter was called, who, after examination, discovered the ball in the dead man’s shoulder.
We learn from Mr. Will Smyth, that on day before yesterday, a horrible double tragedy occurred about eight miles back of Wolf Island, which resulted in the death of Mr. George Lovitt and his wife.  It appears that these two have been lately united in the holy bond and that since their union Lovitt has been drinking excessively.  On day before yesterday, while under the influence of liquor Lovitt beat his wife’s brains out with a smoothing iron and then killed himself by cutting his throat in five places with a pocket knife.  He occasionally visited this city and was known to some of our people.

Quite an accident occurred on the Cairo and Vincennes Road to the gravel train, four miles this side of Oak Town, last night, which resulted in the death of one man and seriously wounding five or six.  The train, which was composed of eight or nine cars and an engine, was thrown from the track by the engine striking a cow.  The tender of the engine was thrown on one side of the track and the engine on the other, and the cars were generally wrecked and piled one upon another.  Drs. Parker, Bryant, and Dunning were sent for and found their hands full.  They amputated two legs of two men and reset numerous broken bones.  We could learn no names last night.

The incline of the Illinois Central was yesterday the scene of another accident, which resulted in the death of a young switchman.  The details of this catastrophe are, if possible, even more terrible than the one which preceded it.  This is the third accident that has occurred on the incline within a few months past and the immediate cause was the same in every case.  It has, in fact, become a very common occurrence that the coupling of one or more cars in a train breaks while it is being drawn up the incline, and it would seem that more attention should be given to the condition of this important part of a train before it is started up a steep incline.  By last evening’s accident, Thomas Jones, a young man about twenty years of age, lost his life.  He was a switchman and was standing on the hindmost car of a train that was being drawn up the incline from the steamer Junius Morgan, when about half the ascent had been made, the coupling of the car upon which Jones was standing, broke, allowing the car to run back.  The remainder of the train went a little farther when another coupling broke, allowing one or two more cars to rapidly run down the steel embankment.  Young Jones saw his danger and, it is supposed, jumped from the car as he had done on a previous occasion under similar circumstances.  In his descent toward the river, he struck the sharp edge of one of the cross-timbers, which protrude on either side of the carriage with his abdomen and the force of the fall tore a fearful wound the entire length of his body, after which he fell into the river.  He was immediately fished out of the water, laid upon a flat car and taken to the stone depot, where Dr. Parker arrived soon after and gave the poor man all possible attention.  He lived about fifteen minutes after the Doctor’s arrival, uttering only a few incoherent words and groans, and died in the greatest agony.  His home is on the corner of Twenty-first and Poplar streets, and he leaves his parents and two brothers to mourn over his fearful death.

Tuesday, 26 Oct 1880:
The funeral of Mrs. Morse, who died last Sunday, took place yesterday.  A large number of friends attended in carriages, buggies and on foot.

The following is the verdict of the coroner’s jury which yesterday enquired into the death of young Thomas Jones, who was killed on the incline of the Illinois Central Railroad on Saturday last:

“We, the undersigned jurors sworn to enquire into the death of Thomas Jones, aged 18 years and 11 months, from the evidence on oath do find that he came to his death on October 23, 1880, from internal injuries received by falling from a coal car on the cradle of the incline switch of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, at Cairo, Illinois.  That the said fall and accident was caused by reason of the breaking of the coupling of the cars attached to the engine No. 72, belonging to said company, and that the Illinois Central Railroad Company are responsible for the accident and death of the deceased, by reason of not having safe or extra couplings in addition to the ordinary coupling of cars the grade of said incline switch being so great that the ordinary car couplings have heretofore frequently proved insufficient.

William Wolf, foreman; W. M. C. Heath, Adolph Swoboda, Richard Welsh, David Kelly, Charles Eichoff.

Thursday, 28 Oct 1880:
An account of the latest sickening tragedy, which occurred near Charleston, Mo., appeared in these columns a few days ago.  While it is a pleasing fact that monster Lovett, after the murder of his wife, promptly rid the world of his own presence by cutting his throat, his departed spirit must be condemned, first for beating out his wife’s brains at all, and second, for performing the operation with a flat iron.  The flat iron and all other domestic utensils are, by reason of a time-honored custom, essentially the weapons of the softer sex and should never be grasped with murderous intent by man.  This is ironical.

Wednesday, 3 Nov 1880:
The colored man, who, a few days ago, fell from the building which is being constructed for Smith & Brothers, and broke one of his legs, sustained internal injures from the fall, which resulted in his death day before yesterday.
The funeral of Miss Meta Potter, who died at 11:30 a.m. day before yesterday, took place yesterday forenoon from her parents’ residence, on Commercial Avenue, near Eighth Street.  Rev. Whitaker conducted the services at the house, where a large number of friends of the deceased had congregated, after which the funeral started for the train, which took the remains to Beech Grove, where they were interred with appropriate ceremonies.  Miss Meta was one of our most popular young ladies, and she will be greatly missed by her numerous young friends, a large number of whom attended her funeral in a body.

Thursday, 4 Nov 1880:
The funeral of Mrs. Herbert A. Harrell takes place today at 1:30 p.m.  The procession will leave the residence of Mr. Miles Parker, on Walnut, near Eighth Street and proceed to the Illinois Central train, at the foot of Eighth Street, which will take the remains to Villa Ridge for burial.  Mrs. Harrell was born and raised here, and is known to nearly every one and enjoyed the sincere friendship of all.  She suffered from consumption for a long time, and thinking her health would be benefited, Mr. Harrell removed to Chicago, where he employed the best medical talent in the city to attend her, but without avail.  She grew steadily worse, and was finally compelled to return to her old home to pass away forever from among the friends of her youth.  Her death will be sincerely regretted by the entire community and the bereaved child, husband, parents, and other relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of all.

The funeral of Mr. Herbert A. Harrell will leave the residence of M. W. Parker, Esq., corner of Eighth and Walnut at 1:30 p.m., to the Illinois Central Railroad, foot of Eighth Street, for interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.  Friends are invited to attend.

Friday, 5 Nov 1880:
The funeral of Mrs. Herbert Harrell took place yesterday forenoon, at 11:30 o’clock.  The remains were taken from the residence of Mr. Miles Parker, to the Illinois Central train, and then to Villa Ridge, where they were interred with appropriate ceremonies.  A large number of friends accompanied the funeral party to the place of burial.
Tuesday, 9 Nov 1880:

A little after 8 o’clock last night, Mr. John O’Donnel came to his death by being kicked in the side by one of his horses.  He had just returned home from his day’s labor and jumped from his wagon with the intention of unhitching the horses and probably touching one of the animals in so doing, it kicked him, with the above result.  His wife, assisted by the neighbors, immediately carried him into the house, and did everything possible for him, but in twenty minutes he was dead.

Mr. O’Donnell had been a resident of this city for about sixteen years, and was widely and favorably known.  Being temperate, frugal and industrious, he enjoyed the good will and esteem of all.  He was a good neighbor, a devoted husband, and leaves a wife, a four-year-old child and several brothers to mourn his untimely taking off.  He was forty-six years of age.

For many years he was in the employ of Halliday Brothers, as teamster, but has since then been his own master.

The funeral will leave at 12:30 o’clock for St. Joseph’s Church, and the train, which will convey the remains to Villa Ridge, will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street, at 2 o’clock p.m. today.  The friends of the family are invited to attend.

Wednesday, 10 Nov 1880:
The funeral of Mr. John O’Donnell took place yesterday afternoon, quite a large number of his friends and acquaintances of the family attending.  The ceremony in St. Joseph’s Church, delivered over the remains by Father O’Hara, was very impressive and listened to by a large concourse of people.  The remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge by special train at 2 o’clock p.m.

The following lines are inscribed to the memory of Thomas, son of Edward and Ellen Jones.  He was born in this city, November 12, 1861, and met a horrible and untimely death at the incline on Saturday night, October 23, 1880.  Possessing all the attributes of a splendid physical appearance, with mental qualities of an unusually high order, it is not strange that his many friends sadly miss him.

But when we add that his brief life exemplified all the manly and graceful virtues, that he was invariably as gentle as a child, and had never in his whole life spoken unkindly to or of anyone, it will readily be understood why his many acquaintances feel a personal loss in his untimely and horrible death.  In the bosom of his family, with his father, mother, sister and three brothers, he was the joy, the comfort, and the mainstay.  Their loss is irreparable and their grief inconsolable.  The buoyancy of his disposition, his invariable cheerfulness, and the ready support he rendered those dear to him, can never be replaced, and their lives are saddened forever, brightened however, by the hope of a perfect reunion where sorrow and partings are unknown.

Thursday, 11 Nov 1880:
Mrs. Sarah Martin, sister of J. H. Speck, of Barclay’s prescription drug store, died suddenly in Columbus, Ohio, day before yesterday.  A dispatch announcing this fact and that the funeral would take place this morning, reached Mr. Speck too late to admit of his being present at the funeral.

Saturday, 13 Nov 1880:
Mr. Henry Devlin died at two o’clock yesterday morning in consequence of the injuries received as stated in yesterday morning’s Bulletin.  He was an old citizen of Cairo, honest and industrious.  His funeral will probably take place today.

(The Friday, 12 Nov 1880, which explain Henry Devlin’s injuries, was not preserved.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 14 Nov 1880:

Died, at Waterloo, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Holcome, aged 37 years.  Mrs. Holcome, or Mrs. Kendall, as she was at that time, was for many years a resident of Cairo.  She was a sister of Dr. R. W. Brigham, and Mrs. Henry Goe, now of Villa Ridge.  Her husband, Mr. Kendall, died in Cairo in 1876.  A few years after his death, Mrs. Kendall removed to Pennsylvania, where she resided with her mother until 1879, when she was united in marriage to W. H. Holcome, Esq., of Iowa, and removed with her husband to that state, where for one brief year, she blessed his home with the joy and sunshine of her presence, when the summons came for her to come up higher, which she obeyed with Christian resignation, and childlike faith, leaving many friends to mourn her departure.  Mrs. Holcome was a most estimable woman, a faithful wife, devoted mother and true friend.  Quiet and unassuming in her manners, her real worth was best known in the domestic circle of her own home.  To her bereaved husband and orphaned children, relatives and friends, we would offer our heartfelt sympathy, but know full well, from said experience, how hollow and almost meaningless falls any attempt at consolation on our ears, while the sound of the clods falling on the coffin lid of a loved one is still echoing in our hearts.  Still we would ask them not to grieve as those without hope, but remember that the loved one has but “crossed the mystic river” a little in advance and ere long they will join her in a world where death and sorrow are unknown.
I. A. M.
Cairo, Ill., Nov. 13, 1880
The funeral of Mr. Henry Devlin took place yesterday forenoon—the remains being conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment.  He was a man who was well known to almost every person in Cairo.  His funeral was well attended.

Tuesday, 16 Nov 1880:
The Chicago Times, in its dispatches, announces the death of Rev. Gilbert, several years ago rector of the Episcopal Church in this city.  He died in Florida of yellow fever.  Mr. Gilbert was a man of rare intellectual attainments and an earnest worker in the faith.
Thursday, 18 Nov 1880:
A letter to Mr. Speck, from his brother-in-law, states that his sister, whose death we chronicled a short time ago, died in consequence of injuries received through the explosion of a coal oil lamp.  While holding the lamp in her hand, the flame caught the oil in some way and she dropped it on the floor.  It broke, scattering the burning oil in all directions, and setting her clothes on fire, and all her efforts to put it out were in vain.  When assistance arrived, and the flames were smothered, she had received the injuries from which death ensued.

Friday, 19 Nov 1880:
A dispatch from Charleston, Mo., to the St. Louis Republican, says:  “John Phillips, a farmer who lives near this place, at about 8 o’clock this morning, shot and almost instantly killed John Smith, a son of a widowed lady of this place.  The facts in brief seem to be about as follows:  Smith and Phillips had a difficulty in which some words and blows were passed.  They were separated when Phillips went and bought a pistol and returned to the place of the first difficulty.  Smith, who had in the meantime gone out, came in and struck Phillips with his fist. They again separated, Smith was led away, and when he had gone about twelve feet, Phillips fired, inflicting the mortal wound.  He fired again, but without effect.  The examination will be held tomorrow.

Saturday, 20 Nov 1880:

A dispatch received by W. C. Mulkey, Esq., last night, conveys the intelligence that Mrs. Esther Meacham, and her son, Morris Howard, were acquitted of the charge of murder yesterday evening after the jury had consulted for one hour.  The case was tried at Vienna—a change of venue having been taken from Mound City on Tuesday last.  Messrs. Mulkey, Robarts and Spann appeared for the defendants and to their efforts in great part must be attributed the acquittal of the accused.

The case was a very complicated one, and was in many respects similar to that of Mrs. Whitcamp, who is confined in our county jail for the murder of her husband.  It has excited considerable interest among the people of Alexander and the neighboring counties, who generally believed that she was guilty of the crime.

Sunday, 21 Nov 1880:
Mrs. Sophronia Staffer, of Centralia, died in this city yesterday forenoon, at the residence of her father, Mr. B. Mathews, on Nineteenth Street, between Commercial Avenue and Poplar Street. She was a sister of Mr. Willis Mathews, and came here several weeks ago with the expectation that a change of climate would tend to assist her in the recovery of her health, but it was evident from the start that her expectations would not be realized.  The remains will be conveyed to Centralia on the eleven o’clock train today.

Wednesday, 24 Nov 1880:
Gov. Williams, of Indiana, whose illness we announced a few days ago, died at noon Saturday last.  His death is followed by universal sorrow in Indiana.  Gov. Williams was an unquestionable patriot and a faithful public servant.  He lived out his three score years and ten, and goes to the tomb with an unblemished record in all the relations of life.
Held Before Judge Olmsted Yesterday—It Developed the Fact That the Killing of Andy Goings Was Clearly an Act of Self-Defense, and Hence He Was Acquitted

            The preliminary examination of M. C. Hall, second clerk of the steamer Paris C. Brown, for the killing of Andrew Goings some time last October, was had, yesterday, before Judge Olmsted.  The examination consumed the entire day, and we take pleasure in laying before our readers the evidence in the case, which shows the killing to have been a clear case of self-defense.  The people were ably represented by Prosecuting Attorney William C. Mulkey, and the defendant by D. T. Linegar, Esq.  We merely give the substance of the testimony, eliminating all unnecessary verbiage, and will only add that, under the facts, the court exercises a sound discretion in discharging the defendant.

            Mr. Hall is a young man of perhaps 25 years old, very pleasing in his manner, and wore upon his countenance, during the whole of his trial, the appearance of a consciousness of his entire innocence.  Upon his acquittal he resumed his place on board the steamer of which he is clerk.

            The following is the testimony for the People:


            I was sitting on stage of wharfboat, on railing; defendant had a difficulty with Ed Fisher; someone said to Fisher, “Why don’t you have the clerk arrested?” and Hall said, “What in the hell have you got to do with it?”  Goings said, “If you served me that way (as he had Fisher), I’d show you what I would do about it;” and the clerk said, “You had better take it up,” when Goings started for the clerk; when Hall shot first at me, and second and third time at Goings.  I did not see Goings have a weapon; cannot say if he had or not; they were twelve steps apart, Goings going toward Hall; Goings started for Hall and Hall retreated a few steps, drew his pistol, and fired first toward me, then at Goings twice.


            Was laboring in hold of barge nearby and heard something about riot; saw Goings dodging, and said, “That’s enough, I’m shot.”  I did not see any weapon in Goings’ hands.


            I saw difficulty; Hall told Fisher to get his money; clerk kicked his hat in river; Hall got buggy spoke; Goings said to Fisher, “Get officer and have him arrested;” and clerk said, “You big s—b----, what have you got to do with it?”  Goings said, “I’m no more a s—of b--- than you are;” someone said, “Shoot him,” and Hall pulled pistol and shot, shot again, and Andy (Goings) said, “I’m shot;” Hall said, “Any more of you s--- b----s want any of it?” and went on board boat.  Goings had no weapons; no search was made for weapons.


            Goings had a little knife as he went toward man when he shot; Hall said, “Is there any other s—b---- I can kill?”  He had stick and pistol and went on board boat.  Goings told me after he was shot that he thought he could make his way to the clerk before he shot; he closed his knife 3 feet before he got to the clerk; when Andy called him a s-- b---- he shot.


            I heard three shots fired; heard no cries; I boarded with Goings; I saw him have a small knife; deceased lived four weeks after being shot; I helped bury him.


            Deceased was my brother-in-law.


assistant surgeon U. S. hospital service:  I was called to see Goings September 30; wound particularly described; continued to call on him until October 22d; he failed to follow my directions and had pneumonia; gunshot wound was the cause of death.


            I sat on gangway of wharfboat; Goings said to Clerk Hall, “It’s me you ought to be after;” clerk said, “Yes, I’ll run you in the river.”  Hall pulled out pistol; I got away; Goings got behind me, when he was shot; Goings had nothing in his hand at the time he was shot; he had a borrowed knife.  Deceased was not searched.


testified as to the wound and cause of death.

            The testimony for the defense was as follows:


            I reside in New Orleans and am clerk of the U.S. district court; was a passenger on the P. C. Brown; saw large fine looking yellow man (Goings) sitting on rail of gang plank of wharfboat, a difficulty had occurred between Hall and small black man; deceased said, “No s-- b---- of a steamboat clerk can make me leave boat,” etc.  The clerk, Hall, said, “What have you got to do with it, you yellow s—b----;” deceased said, “I’d wring your G-d d--- neck and throw you in the river,” advanced towards Hall and Hall fired, the party broke and ran, and deceased again advanced and second and third shots were fired.  I think it was the second shot that took effect.  Deceased had a knife in his hand, whittling while sitting on rail.  He advanced in a threatening manner after jumping from rail.  He advanced toward Hall with a knife in his hand.  Someone had said to small black man, “Come get your hat and we will stand by you.”  I am positive Goings did not close his knife and put it in his pocket.  I swear positively he had his knife in his hand when he advanced on HallGoings was five feet from Hall when shot.


Testified substantially same as last witness, but in addition that he saw the knife fall from Goings’ hand after he was shot, that knife blade was 4 inches in length, that Goings said before advancing, “You cannot run over me; I’ll wring your neck and throw you into the river;” got off rail, opened knife and started for defendant, who pulled revolver and fired.  Knife looked like steamboat knife.  After deceased started, Hall said, “Stop” at the same time putting hand behind him.  Deceased continued to advance when shots were fired.


mate of Paris C. Brown, described knife as having a blade 4 inches in length.  That after the language testified to by other witnesses, had passed deceased and advanced toward Hall with an open knife in his hand (position shown) in a very angry and threatening manner, and was about to say what he (witness) would have done under similar circumstances, but was checked, when Hall told deceased to stop, but deceased continued to advance, and Hall drew and fired three times; staid until Hall left; and deceased said, “Get a doctor.”


steersman:  Saw difficulty; Goings spoke first and said no s-- b---- could make him leave, etc.; he had a knife in his hand; advanced towards Hall, who said, “Stand back; if you don’t I’ll shoot.”  Goings continued to advance with knife in hand and Hall fired.  The knife deceased had was an ordinary black-handled knife, with four-inch blade.


            Saw something in deceased’s hand; can’t say if it was a knife; it might have been; it looked “shiney.”  He started towards Hall and Hall fired three shots.


            Words passed between parties; s-- of a b---h was passed; Goings rose up to his feet, shut up knife and started for the clerk.


Saw difficulty; Goings took up difficulty; s-- of b---- passed between clerk and Andy.  Andy got up with a knife in his hand and started at clerk and clerk said, “If that’s your game, you can have it,” and fired.  I think the knife was a small pocketknife.  He was whittling with small knife; he started for Clerk Hall, got up and went right straight towards him with his knife.


            Was on levee at time of difficulty and saw witness, Frank Jenking, 20 feet below where I stood on levee, and he staid there while difficulty lasted.  I am not positive, but think he was there.


also testified that Frank Jenkins stood on levee, near himself and Mr. Able, while difficulty was going on the wharfboat.


Thursday, 25 Nov 1880:
A letter from Milwaukee, Wis., to relatives in this city, of Mr. Albert Grindler, formerly a citizen of Cairo, and who will be remembered by many, states that he was found dead in his bed last Wednesday morning.  He was afflicted, as will be remembered, with epilepsy, and had been for some time employed in a hospital in Milwaukee.  His death will be regretted by his many friends.
Saturday, 27 Nov 1880:

VINCENNES, Ind., Nov. 25.—The last sad rite was performed in the burial of Gov. Williams today from his old homestead, surrounded by his sorrowing relatives, neighbors and friends.  The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. J. M. Harbin, pastor of the Methodist church of Wheatland, who recently conducted the funeral services at the burial of the governor’s wife.  He was interred in the family burial ground known as Walnut Grove Cemetery, situated about a mile from the governor’s home.  There was an entire absence of all pomp and pageantry, the services being simple and impressive.  He was laid to rest surrounded by the snow-covered hills and vales he had loved for many years as his home.
A colored boy—bright mulatto—was killed by the cars near Wetaug, on the morning of the 24th inst.  He was trying to beat his way to Cairo, where he claimed he had friends.
Sister Oda, known in the world as Mary Ann Smith, who is a daughter of Mrs. Ellen Smith, of this city, died in Loretta Academy, at St. Louis, day before yesterday.  She was born and raised in Cairo and was known and beloved by a large circle of acquaintances here, who sincerely mourn her death.  She was gentle, loving, patient, forbearing, grateful and, above all, truthful.  Before entering the academy and when yet quite young, she was of a serious but not somber turn of mind, was indifferent to many things that are generally alluring to girlish tastes and loved home and its quiet and peaceful ways.  Her self sacrificing labors were many, as are the labors of all those similarly situated and for these, too, she will be remembered and missed by a host of friends.  In her last days the good sisters of the academy and all the dear and kind friends of the great city were unceasingly busy in smoothing the way of this sweet and gentle-tempered woman down to the dark valley—yet not a dark valley to her, but a flower-strewn, sky-lighted pathway to a home of blissful rest and everlasting joy.  Her relatives and friends left yesterday morning to attend the funeral, which takes place in St. Louis, today.

Sunday, 28 Nov 1880:

CHARLESTON, Mo., Nov. 26.—The preliminary examination of John Phillips, charged with the murder of John Smith, was concluded this evening, and he was held in a bond, of $1,000 to answer at the next term of the circuit court.  Public sentiment is almost unanimous in favor of the accused, as Smith was said to be a violent, vindictive, quarrelsome and dangerous man, and the provocation that caused the homicide was great.  Phillips will likely be able to give the required bond.
Thursday, 2 Dec 1880:
Frederick Martin died at his home, on the corner of Tenth and Cedar streets, day before yesterday.  The funeral takes place this forenoon, when the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge per Illinois Central passenger train.
Mrs. Martin Kating, formerly of this city, but lately a resident of Chicago, died in that city a few days ago, and was buried on Sunday last.  She lived in this city for quite a number of years and was well known.  Prayers were delivered for her in St. Joseph’s Church on Sunday last.
Mrs. Morris Fitzgerald, of Unity Precinct, died a few days ago and her brother, Mr. Michael Lynch, is reported dangerously ill.

Friday, 3 Dec 1880:
Our readers will remember that much of the evidence given before the coroner’s jury in the case of John ___e, who was killed on the incline of the Illinois Central Railroad, showed that his death had resulted from a criminal neglect on the part of the railroad company.  This being so, Coroner Fitzgerald, with a view of saving the county the costs of the proceedings, presented Mr. DePue, the bill for the same, stating to him at the same time, that under the circumstances the company was liable for the costs.  In this action he was sustained by the revised statutes and Mr. Depue sent the bill to Mr. Beck for consideration.  That gentleman, however, returned it with the statement that under recent decisions of the supreme court, the company was not liable.

            (The verdict of the coroner’s jury, reported in the 26 Oct 1880, issue gives the deceased’s name as Thomas Jones.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 5 Dec 1880:
Mrs. William Thompson, who was a resident in the Fifth Ward, died day before yesterday and her remains were yesterday forenoon conveyed to Villa Ridge for burial.
A white rouster on the steamer Polar Star, while in a drunken state, fell from the boat last Friday afternoon into the river while she was lying at this port, and though efforts were promptly made to rescue him by throwing planks out within his reach, he floated down the stream and was drowned.
Mr. John Lynch, of Unity Precinct, is quite ill and was not expected to live when last heard from.

Tuesday, 7 Dec 1880:
The wife of Mr. John Gladney died of consumption Sunday morning and the remains will be interred today.  John is meeting with some severe afflictions of late.  His only child died a few weeks ago.

(John Gladney married Fannie Sides on 24 Sep 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Johana Bambrick, wife of Michael Bambrick, who died on Saturday last, was buried yesterday afternoon—the remains being taken to Villa Ridge.  She was forty-eight years old and leaves six children.

(There is a marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge for Johanna Bambrick, but there are no dates.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Lynch, of Sandusky, whose severe illness we chronicled a few days ago, died day before yesterday.  His remains were yesterday carried to their last resting place.  He was a young man of excellent character, industrious and frugal, and was generally esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances.

Saturday, 11 Dec 1880:

A coroner’s inquest over the remains of Moses Justus, was yesterday forenoon held in the Arab Engine House.  The testimony disproved the statements of some of Glenn’s friends that he (Glenn) had been knocked down and beaten before using his knife and showed that the murder was committed entirely without cause.  Dr. Petrie who examined the wounds, testified that death had resulted from a wound inflicted in the back, which—being probed—was found to extend to the heart.  The prisoner was committed without bail.

The following is the verdict of the jury:

“We, the undersigned jury, sworn to enquire of the death of Moses Justus, from evidence on oath, do find that he came to his death from wounds inflicted with a knife in the hands of Anderson Glenn.  That we deem the killing to be murder.

William McHale, foreman; D. J. Foley, Henderson Downing, Ferdinand Koehler, Charles Hewitt, P. Mockler.

(The 12 Dec 1880, issue reported the name of the alleged murderer as Anderson Glinn.—Darrel Dexter)
The scarlet fever is raging rather extensively in and about Hinkleville, Ballard County, and there is considerable excitement and uneasiness among the people because of the fact.  It is said that within the past few days there have been several deaths among the children of the locality named, while a large number are sick.
The killing of two negro men in this city within the last month or two will, of course, give new ground to Cairo’s numerous calumniators for abusing our city as one in which the pistol and the knife are never at rest, where bloody murder holds high carnival and where the peaceable citizen is kept in a state of continual fear for his own life.  The fact that all the parties to the affairs referred to were river men, who had no permanent residence anywhere and who were here by chance only, will be entirely ignored by these stubborn slanderers, for, to consider it, would be to abandoned their prejudice and stop their vile tongues—would, in fact, leave them without any stock in trade.

Sunday, 12 Dec 1880:
Mr. W. M. Vickers, Jr., editor of the Vienna Times, died at Vienna last Wednesday night, of consumption.
His Version of How and Why He Killed Moses Justus as Related to a Bulletin Reporter Yesterday.

We yesterday called upon Anderson Glinn, the murderer of Moses Justus, with a view of obtaining his side of the story concerning the killing, in which the public is more or less interested.  We found him lying on his cot in the cell and upon acquainting him with the object of our visit, he lazily arose therefrom and seated himself on a stool, which stood near the cell door, and appeared ready for a talk.  He is a tall mulatto, of medium build, small features, and generally expressionless face, and has about him that devil-may-care manner, which is characteristic of all steamboat rousters.

“Harvey Willis, Moses Justus and I were walking along Commercial Avenue, and had just reached the corner of Fifth Street,” said he, “when Justus asked me for a dime.  I refused to give it to him, when he commenced to kick me and abuse me.  I then told him that the money I had was mine, and that I was under no obligations to him and would not give him the money.  He then kicked me off the sidewalk, and after scuffling with him he tore away from me and ran into one of the eating-houses near the corner, where he obtained a butcher knife with which he was coming towards me, when I drew my knife to defend myself.  When I drew my knife he was standing in front of the house and seeing that he was about to stab me, I shoved him around and stabbed him in the back.”

Reporter—You intended to kill him?

Glinn—No, I didn’t

R.—Do you think you did right in killing him?

G.—No; I do not, and am sorry I killed him.  But if I hadn’t killed him, he would have killed me.

R.—You say you stabbed him but once in the back.  How did he receive the stabs in the neck and breast?

G.—I don’t know anything about them.  I didn’t stab him in front, but only once in the back.

R.—Didn’t you have your knife out when scuffling with him?

G.—No, I did not; and didn’t take it out until Justus came at me with a butcher knife.

R.—Have you had any previous difficulty with Justus?

G.—No, none of consequence.  He threw rocks at me while back of Scott’s saloon, but we had no serious misunderstanding.

R.—You drew your knife on him on that occasion?


Being questioned in regard to his relatives and those of the man he had killed, he said:

“My home is in eastern Virginia; have father, mother and brothers living there; have known Justus for about a year, but don’t know whether he has relatives living.  He was no particular friend of mine.”

(The 11 Dec 1880, issue reported the name of the alleged murderer as Anderson Glenn.—Darrel Dexter)

Many of our readers will doubtless remember Lee Myers, the Jew, whom Judge Harker sentenced to two years’ imprisonment at the last term of the circuit court for practicing the confidence game.  His father who was one of the wealthy men of Evansville, and proprietor of a large furniture factory in that city, died a few days ago, leaving his wayward son his entire estate.

Tuesday, 14 Dec 1880:
From the Paducah Enterprise we learn of the death of Judge W. P. Fowler.  He was the father of Capt. D. G. Fowler, who was killed by the explosion of the steamer Pat Cleburne, Capt. L. A. Fowler, who died in Paducah in 1878, Capt. White Fowler, who died in the Confederate Army, W. P. Fowler, who died in 1874, and Capt. J. H. Fowler, who alone is left of the family.
The governor has pardoned William Penrod, who was convicted of manslaughter at the October term, 1879, of the Johnson County circuit court, and sentenced to the penitentiary for three years.  The petition was granted on the recommendation of the judge and state’s attorney.
Mr. H. G. Carter, an old resident of Mound City, died of consumption, on Saturday last.  He was quite well known to many of our citizens.

(The 22 Dec 1880, issue suggests that H. G. Carter was not deceased.—Darrel Dexter)
The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dewey, died on Monday morning last.  It was born on Thanksgiving Day, and was sick for several days before death ensued.  Short funeral services will be held at the house on Sixteenth Street, between Cedar Street and Jefferson Avenue, at 10 a.m. today, and the train leaves the foot of Fourteenth Street for Beech Ridge at 11 o’clock.

Wednesday, 15 Dec 1880:
The funeral of the little child of Mr. E. S. Dewey took place from the residence of the father yesterday forenoon. Rev. George preached the funeral sermon at the residence.


Thursday, 16 Dec 1880:
A man named John O. Bruner, while crossing the Mississippi River, on the ice, a few days ago, broke through when nearly at the Missouri side, and was drowned.  He was seen to go down by a number of men, but no assistance could be rendered him.
From the Paducah News we learn that nothing as to the whereabouts of McCarty, the alleged murderer of Miss Randolph, of Ballard County, has yet been discovered, and it is now reported in Ballard that he is a fugitive from justice in Missouri, that he murdered two men in that state ands that there is a reward of $500 offered for his apprehension.

Friday, 17 Dec 1880:
A man named William Connell died in the hospital in this city yesterday, after an illness of a few weeks.  He came her in 1878, and was for some time in the employ of Mr. James Cheeney, as driver of the delivery wagon.

Saturday, 18 Dec 1880:
Last night, about ten o’clock a colored steamboatman named Henry Guy, while walking along the sidewalk on Ohio Levee, just above Sackberger’s, fell from the sidewalk and landed upon a pile of old timbers, through which large spikes had been driven, and was badly injured.  He was carried to police headquarters and was found, upon examination, to be seriously injured.  He was in terrible agony and it was expected that he would not live until this morning.


At about 8:30 o’clock last night, a man named Robert Hartman, who worked at East Cairo, entered the saloon of Mr. John Sackburger, under the influence of liquor, and was shortly afterwards put to bed.  At 10:30 o’clock he was heard to fall out of the bed and a few minutes afterwards expired.  Officers Dunker and Hogan were at once called in and upon examination found $32.20 upon his person, but no letters by which any information concerning him could be obtained.  Immediately after death his lips turned black and foam settled at his mouth, from which it is believed that he came to his death from poison.  The inquest will be held today.

Sunday, 19 Dec 1880:
Coroner Fitzgerald held an inquest over the remains of Robert Hartman, whose sudden death in Mr. John Sackberger’s house was mentioned in yesterday’s Bulletin.  The jury found that he had come to his death from an affection of the heart.  It was not learned whether he had relatives living or not.

Tuesday, 21 Dec 1880:
Mrs. Becky Louis, wife of Mr. John H. Louis, died at Commercial Point, on the afternoon of the 18th inst.  She was well known and highly esteemed throughout the county.

Wednesday, 22 Dec 1880:
Yesterday morning brought the news that Rev. Hooper Crews, father of Mrs. P. W. Barclay, died at Oregon, Ill., after having been sick for some time.  He was a minister of the M. E. church and was in the third year of his appointment as minister of the church in Oregon.  He was seventy-six years of age at the time of his death.
A colored man named Thomas Harris, who confesses to having murdered a negro woman at Brooklin, opposite Paducah, Ky., was yesterday brought here from Helena, Ark., by a Memphis detective named W. G. Pride, who placed his prisoner in our county jail for safekeeping and took him out in the evening to continue on his way to Metropolis, where the prisoner will be tried.
We yesterday had the pleasure of forming an acquaintance of Mr. H. G. Carter, of Mound City, one of the able attorneys who have been engaged for the defense in the Zanone divorce case, and who—if reports may be believed—recently shuffled off this mortal coil.  It is but justice to Mr. Carter to say that since the announcement of his death he has been among us in a decidedly materialized state, which fact would be sufficient to warrant a jury in pronouncing him an unusually lively corpse.  In the trial above referred, his efforts in behalf of the defendant are highly spoken of.

Thursday, 23 Dec 1880:
Mr. Elijah Dickerson, one of the prominent citizens of Commercial Point, is very low with consumption.  One of our physicians leaves for his bedside this morning.

Friday, 24 Dec 1880:
Mr. Samuel Bradshaw, of Commercial Point, who was in the city yesterday, reported that Mr. Elijah Dickerson, of that place, of whom we spoke in yesterday’s issue, is still very low.  Dr. Stephenson, Mr. Dickerson’s physician, says that his patient suffers from consumption and dropsy and will not long survive.
Detective Pride, of Memphis, was here yesterday, on his way back to his home, having left the negro Harris at Metropolis, who killed a girl in that town a short time ago and escaped, and for whose arrest Governor Cullom had offered a reward of two hundred dollars.  He is entitled to the money and will, of course, receive it.
John Conner, a young white man, who arrived her some time ago from New York and was employed as switchman in the Illinois Central railroad yards, at this point, was taken sick last Sunday morning, and, after suffering considerably until Wednesday morning, died at the residence of his relatives Mr. Patrick Sweeney, where he had been living.  He will be buried today.

Saturday, 25 Dec 1880:
The coroner was yesterday evening notified that the remains of a man had been fished out of the Ohio River near the narrow gauge depot but it being too late in the evening the inquest was postponed.
Miss Rodney, of Missouri, who is well known in this city, caught a severe cold while attending the wedding of Miss Mollie Clark the other day and died from the effect of the cold night before last.

Sunday, 26 Dec 1880:
The human remains, which were fished ashore out of the Ohio River, near the narrow gauge freight depot, day before yesterday, and of which we made mention at the time, were yesterday examined by Coroner Fitzgerald, who found only the trunk of the body—the head, arms and legs being gone—and had it decently interred near to where it was fished ashore.

Wednesday, 29 Dec 1880:
We publish elsewhere an interesting sketch of the life and labors of Rev. Dr. Hooper Crews, father of Mrs. P. W. Barclay of this city.



Dr. Crews was one of the oldest Methodists in the country and had for nearly fifty years devoted his time and energies to work in the Rock River Conference, and in the vicinity of Chicago.  He was born April 17, 1807, in Barren County, Kentucky, near the town of Glasgow, and consequently at the time of his decease was more than 73 years old.  His father died when he was quite young, and he was surrounded by all those elements that led to corruption and perdition.  His mother was pious, and believed in hell and determined that her boy should not go there.  He, however, was influenced by his surroundings, and was growing up in worldliness, when in his 17th year he attended a camp meeting, held at Level Woods, Hardin County, in his native state, by the famous Lindsey and was there converted.


then entered his mind, but it seemed absurd.  Two years afterward he heard Presiding Elder George Taylor preach from the text, “Go work today in my vineyard.”  The sermon seemed aimed at him and after it the elder said to him:  “Very young friend, I dedicate that sermon to you.”  He was surprised and distressed, but shortly afterward he spoke to his mother about the matter, and found, to his surprise, that she had been thinking of the same thing and she told him to go and preach.  A license to exhort was given him without his application, and one day an elder called upon him to supply a vacancy in the Bowling Green Circuit.  He was 21 years old when he accepted the position.  In 1829 he joined


and was appointed to the Salt River Circuit, where he remained for two years.  In 1831 he was sent to the Greensbury Circuit, and preached in that circuit for two years.  In 1833 he was stationed at Russelville, and in 1834, after having been appointed by Bishop Soule to Cythiann, Ky., Bishop Roberts transferred him to the Illinois Conference in order to send him to Galena.  The Illinois Conference then included Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.  It had at that time forty-six preachers.  The districts and circuits were then very large.  The appointments of Galena embraced the mining districts as far north as Platteville, Iowa.  The transfer was made on the condition that Mr. Crews should


after a year.  But in 1835 Bishop Roberts’ urgency overcame his decision to return to his native state, and he staid in Illinois, and was sent to Springfield, and during the same year was married to Miss Mary F. Smith, of Russelville, Ky.  The people were at that time wild with speculation, and in May, 1837, he found that the full membership of his church had diminished by forty during his pastorate.  He was quite overcome by this discovery, and after much silent prayer he preached


on “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul.”  His sermon produced such an impression that an altar service lasting until midnight was held and forty persons, all men, were converted at that meeting.  In 1837 he was appointed presiding elder of the Danville District, and served the churches in that relation for three years.  In 1840 he was transferred to the Rock River District and was stationed at the Clark Street Church of Chicago, where he preached two years.  In 1842 he was appointed presiding elder of the Chicago District, laboring thus for two years.  In 1844 he was appointed presiding elder of the Mount Morris District, remaining in that office for four years.  In 1848 he was again made the presiding elder of the Chicago District for one year.  In 1849 he was appointed agent of the Rock River Seminary, which office he filled for three years.  In 1852 he was stationed in Galena for two years.  I 1854 he was again appointed to Clark Street Church, Chicago, during two years.  In 1856 he was stationed at the First Church of the Rockford District.  In 1860 he was appointed to Joliet.  In 1862—while in this charge—he was elected chaplain of the 100th Regiment and served in that capacity until 1863.  His health failing then, he was


and that year was made presiding elder of the Joliet District during two years.  In 1865 he was for the third time appointed presiding elder of the Chicago District, serving four years.  In 1869 he was stationed at Indiana Avenue for one year.  In 1870 he was appointed to Emburry Church of Freeport, serving three years.  In 1873 he was appointed to Batavia, serving three charges for three years.  In 1876 he was sent to the First Church of Rockford; in 1877 to the Centennial church of Rockford; in 1878 he was appointed to Oregon, where he was, at the time of his death, serving his third year by the unanimous request of the official board.  Dr. Crews has


in the esteem of his brethren of the ministry in the Methodist Church.  On four occasions he was honored by the votes of his conference as delegate to the general conference in 1836, 1840, 1848 and 1850.  The degree of divinity was conferred upon him by the Northwestern University in 1869.  Dr. Crews leaves three children, Mrs. Barclay, of Cairo, Mrs. Miller, of Denver, Colo., and Capt. Hooper Crews, of the United States Cavalry.

            THE FUNERAL

was held on Friday last and was very largely attended.

Besides a large delegation from Chicago, there was a special car from Rockford that brought some thirty-five of his friends from that city, who came to weep with the bereaved family and to pay their last respects to the departed.  The church was most beautifully and appropriately decorated, and in every seat the mourners sat, for in all probability there was not one present who had not a personal acquaintance with the sainted dead, and all that knew him loved him.  On the platform and in the congregation there must have been thirty or forty preachers of his own and other denominations.  The Rev. H. L. Martin conducted the services.

The choir opened by rendering in a most touching manner the hymn beginning:  “Fade, fade, early earthly joy—Jesus is mine.”

After which the first scripture lesson was read by Dr. Moore, presiding elder of the Freeport District.  This was followed by an appropriate hymn; and then the congregation was led in prayer by the Rev. William S. Spencer, pastor of the Centennial Church, Rockford, of which church Dr. Crews was pastor before going to Oregon.  Another hymn and Dr. Hatfield, of Chicago, delivered an address from Acts XI, 1, 24:  “For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith; and much people was added unto the Lord.”  Though these words were originally spoken of Barnabas, everyone at once recognized their fitness as applied to the venerable man whose remains lay in the beautiful casket before the chancel.  Goodness was the preeminent quality that distinguished Brother Crews, as he was familiarly called; and by the power of sublime faith and the Holy Ghost, he had wrought a great work in planting churches in this and adjoining states.  Dr. Hatfield’s remarks were well chosen and fitly spoken.
Friday, 31 Dec 1880:
Mr. Thomas Higgins, who has been a resident of this city for the last fifteen years, died of consumption at his residence on Ninth Street, yesterday morning.  He was the father-in-law of Mr. Tim Coyle.  A special train will convey the remains to Villa Ridge at two o’clock this afternoon. 


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Monday, 19 Apr 1880:
“Old Trim” writes us from Dongola, under date of Thursday, that only a few days ago, “Mr. McEntire, who resides on the eastern side of Union County, was found dead in the woods, near his home. His gun was lying near him, and his own pocketknife sticking up to the handle in his neck. He had been shot in the back part of the head and, as his own gun had not been discharged, the presumption is that it was not suicide, but that he had been murdered. Union County, we are sorry to say, is becoming notorious for murder. Men can league themselves together, slay their fellow man, fill almost a ‘straw bond’ for their appearance at court and run round loose, ready at all times to engage in some other devilish crime.”

(The 17 Apr 1880, Jonesboro Gazette stated that John M. McIntyre, of Stokes Precinct in Union County, was found shot in the head and his throat cut on Thursday, 15 Apr 1880.—Darrel Dexter)

Died yesterday, at 1:30 p.m., at the residence of Mr. John English, on Fifth Street, Mrs. Julia Kelley, widow of Christopher Kelley. Funeral services will be held in St. Patrick’s Church, at 2:15 p.m. today, after which the remains will be placed on a special train, at the foot of Eighth Street, and conveyed to Villa Ridge, for interment. Friends and acquaintances are invited.

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