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Covington Journal, Covington, Kentucky
Saturday, April 22, 1871
- Disorder in Lewis County: On Friday night last, on Kinneconick
in Lewis County, a set of Radical out-laws made a raid upon
the premises of Mr. Elijah Thomas, a Democrat, with a view of
murdering or driving him from the county. Mr. Thomas was in
possession of a piece of land claimed by James H. Coleman, and
had been notified to leave, but refusing to do so, coleman gathered
up a mob of Radicals composing of the Lykins' and Stacey's and
others, and surrounded the house of Thomas, in the night, firing
upon the inmates and calling upon them to come out. Thomas with
the assistance of two friends resisted, when the mob left, threatening
to return again. The ringleaders were, however arrested and
carried to Vanceburg where Judge Wm. S. Parker investigated
the case and held the parties to bail for their appearance in
Circuit Court in the sum of $500 each. Coleman is from the land
of steady habits, but the Lykins and Staceys are turbulent and
disorderly Radicals from Morgan County who have kept their neighborhood
in trouble ever since the war. We are glad the civil authority
took the matter into hand promptly.
- The Murder of Dr. Evans: No doubt many of our readers remember
distinctly the remarkable war waged between the Hill and Evans
party in Garrard and Boyle Counties some twenty years since,
in which nearly all of the men on both sides were killed. Toward
the close of the conflict, which lasted seven months, Dr. Evans
was waylaid and killed while returning home from town. Very
naturally the deed was laid to the Hill party, but recently
the murderer has been brought to light by his own guilty conscience.
A man by the name of Nave, in no wise connected with the affair,
killed him for the sum of $500, which he saw the doctor receive.
Remorse of conscience compelled a confession by both him and
his confederate, who has since become insane. Nave was arraigned,
confessed the deed, gave bail, and has fled the country. -Lexington
- A remarkable case showing the danger of trusting implicitly
to circumstantial evidence, has just been concluded in Toledo.
Nearly three years ago Robert Shapp was found dead with shot
and slugs in his brain. A man named Harrington, who had been
on intimate terms with the deceased, was arrested for the murder.
The testimony was wholly circumstantial, but so skillfully "worked
up" by the detectives that Harrington was convicted and
sent to the penitentiary. His lawyers had become interested
in the case, and, although Harrington was a poor man, they determined
to fight his cause to the end. After a long and arduous struggle
through the District and Supreme Courts, an order for a new
trial was obtained and that trial has just closed. The main
points in the evidence on which he was convicted were the apparent
correspondence of the shot in the body of a dead man with that
in the shot-bag belonging to Harrington; the correspondence
of pieces of a newspaper found near the scene of the supposed
murder, and assumed to be part of the gun-wadding, with a torn
paper in Harrington's residence and a piece in his vest pocket
and that the motive for the murder was to be found in the fact
of Shapp having come to Toledo, with several hundred dollars
of money, which Harrington knew, and no one else was so intimate
with Shapp. On the second trial it was rendered doubtful whether
there was a similarity in the shot. It was clearly proven that
the pieces of paper alleged to have been picked up at the scene
were not there at the time of the finding of the body, nor for
a day or two afterward, and the inference was unavoidable that
they were put there by the detectives to aid then in "working
up" the case against Harrington. It was further proven
that Shapp was destitute when he arrived in Toledo, and that
Harrington was doing his best to aid him in finding employment.
To crown all, an alibi was clearly and satisfactorily proved.
Harrington was declared innocent and the jury gave him a letter,
signed by every member, repeating in emphatic their believe
in his entire innocence of any knowledge of the supposed murder
and bearing testimony to his uniform good character. The public
sentiment unanimously coincided with the verdict. The former
employer of Harrington immediately took him back into his service.
It causes an unpleasant shudder to reflect that a perfectly
innocent man of good character suffered two years of degrading
punishment, and narrowly escaped ignominious death for a crime
of which he knew nothing. It is another warning of placing implicit
trust in circumstantial evidence, and a protest against detectives
in "working up" a case against one they chose to suspect.
-The Cleveland Herald.
- Kentucky News:
1. The Warsaw News of the 18th, announces the death of Mr. M.
C. Hughes, sheriff of Gallatin County. R. H. Morrow has been
appointed to fill the position.
2. William Webb, a young man about twenty-five years of age,
living in Bourbon County, committed suicide last Wednesday by
shooting himself with a pistol in the left breast, which produced
almost instant death. Whiskey.
3. Three Negroes escaped from the State Prison on Sunday night.
They were confined to the upper tier of cells, and managed to
cut their way out through the roof from when they descended
by ropes improvised from their tied clothing. Their names were
Scott Edwards, Mark Vince, and James True. The lessee of the
Penitentiary, Col. Smith, offers a reward of $100 for each.
- Here is a rocky marriage notice from an Alabama paper: Married
at Flinstone by the Rev. Mr. Windstone, Mr. Nehemiah Sandstone
to Miss Wilhelmiena Whetstone.
1. Died in Covington, April 17, at 6 a.m. of pneumonia, Robert
II, son of Robert H. and Nannie Simpson, in the 10th year of
2. Died in Cincinnati, April 16, at 1 a.m., of consumption,
Virginia Broaddus, wife of Dr. D. B. Miller, aged 27 years,
11 months, and 23 days.
3. Departed this life April 19, 1871 at the residence of her
husband, near Covington, Elizabeth A., wife of Hon. John Wolf,
aged 52 years.
4. In Covington, April 16, of croup, Mary, youngest child of
J. A. and Mary D. Crawford, 9 years, 1 month, and 10 days.
5. Hon. Robt. T. Glass, a ember of the late Legislature, was
found dead in his bed at his home in Henderson on Tuesday morning
of last week. It is supposed that he died of heart disease
- Death: Hon. Thomas A. Marshall, ex-Chief Justice of Kentucky,
died in Louisville on Saturday night last, aged 77 years. When
a young man he located in this place for the practice of the
law, and was highly honored by his adopted county, being three
times elected a member of the State Legislature and twice to
the National Congress. He took an active part in the old and
new court questions, and in March, '25, at the beginning of
the contest, prepared and advocated and succeeded in passing
a very able set of resolutions at the county meeting in Bourbon,
denouncing the revolutionary tendencies as well as the unconstitutionality
of the Reorganizing Act. His first election to the Legislature
was in 1827, when the race between Jackson and Adams was exciting
great interest. Judge Marshall became a candidate on the Adams
ticket, and after a close contest, in which he fully discussed
the issues in every portion of the county, he and his associates
were returned through Bourbon and hitherto being a Democatic
County. In 1828, and again in 1829, Judge M. was an unsuccessful
candidate for his nomination for his party for Congressman,
but in 1831 and 1833 was nominated and elected. In 1835 he was
appointed judge of the Court of Appeals, was re-elected in 1850
by the people,but defeated in 1853 by Duvall. In 1856 he represented
Louisville in the Legislature and was a Conservative Unionist.
His father, Humphrey Marshall, and his mother were cousins,
the latter being a sister of eminent Chief Justice Marshall.
While his father was a United State Senator, and he a boy about
the capitol, he climbed up one of the huge posts and wrote his
name. Someone inquired what he was doing. "I am writing
my name," he replied, "and I want to see if it will
be here when I come to Congress. -True Kentuckian.
- Death: The body of a girl about 9 years of age, the daughter
of Mr. John Ford, residing on Scott Street, was found in the
Ohio River, at the lower end of the city Sunday morning. She
was drowned about three weeks ago near the foot of Russell Street.
- The Blimm Murder Case: In the Boone Circuit Court on Monday,
Hon. John F. Fisk, appeared as attorney for Peter Blimm, who
was convicted at a special term last July of a murder of a little
boy, and filed the mandate of the Court of Appeals, reversing
the judgment and awarding a new trial. The court then made an
order directing the Sheriff of Boone County to proceed to Frankfort
and bring the prisoner to Boone County for trial. Mr. Fisk also
announced that application would be made on Friday for a change
of venue to some other county.
- Transfers of Real Estate:
1. Albert N. Meyer and wife to D. B. Meyer - lots 87 and 102,
in Wolf & Co's subdivision.....$750
2. Geo. A. Smith to Richard Brockman--11 acres on Lexington
Pike in Southgate addition.....$4,840
3. Thomas Craig to Anton Holtman--lot on Russell Street, south
of Willow Street, 25x105....$1,000
4. John H. Vornholz and wife to Geo. A. McCracken-lot on corner
Banklick Street and Cemetery Alley, 17x90....$3,000
5. George Howk and wife to City of Covington--lot on southwest
corner of Main and Emma Streets, 25x90....$1,625
6. Caroline Sommers to John B. Klosterman--lot on Main Street,
north of Fifth Street, 25x90....$1,000
7. Howard, Stewart and Wallace to Patrick Brannon--lot on Holman
Street, north of Howard Street, 40x120....$400.
- Kenton Circuit Court: (1) In consequence of the absence of
Judge Arthur, counsel for Frederick Koots, the trial of the
latter for the murder of Philomenn Wellinghoff was continued
Tuesday by Judge Boyd of the Criminal Court, until the next
term, and the prisoner permitted to give bail. The bond is for
$8,000. (2) James Vannoy and William Campbell were tried in
the Criminal Court Tuesday upon a charge of stealing seventeen
geese. The jury brought in a verdict of guilty as to Vannoy
and fixed his punishment at confinement in the penitentiary
for one year. They disagreed as to Campbell, and his case was
continued until the next term.
Transcribed by Jeannie