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    The Daily Commonwealth, Covington, Kentucky
    Monday, October 1, 1877
  • Hon. Cassius M. Clay shot and killed a Negro yesterday morning on his farm near Richmond, Madison County. Mr. Clay had discharged his cook, a negro woman named White, for stealing, and had also warned her son Perry, a negro man of bad character to keep off his place and her son swore revenge, and Perry declared his intention to kill Mr. Clay, to whom his threats were made known. On Sunday morning Mr. C. started to go to a negro church in the neighborhood with the purpose of hiring a cook. A short distance from his house he saw Perry White dodging behind a loose horse in a pasture by the roadside, and apparently intending to attack him from cover. A Richmond dispatch gives the remainder of the story as follows: Clay leaped down, and passing immediately in front of the horse confronted the negro and ordered him to throw up his hands. The negro obeyed, sinking to the ground. Clay then talked to him roughly, ordering him from the place, and telling him that if he moved from his position until he (Clay) got on his horse he would kill him. Clay then turned and started to his horse, when the negro rose suddenly and made at Clay, at which time the latter drew his pistol and fired twice. Both balls took effect, one in the neck and the other in the breast, and the negro fell dead. General Clay immediately rode to town and gave himself into the hands of an officer of the law, and he is now in custody awaiting an examination trial which will take place tomorrow morning. Mr. Clay was U. S. Minister to Russia under Lincoln. During a long and exciting public life he was one of the bravest and most persistent of the abolition leaders, alienating relatives and friends by his devotion to what he believed to be a righteous cause. This cause will stop the howls with which the killing of a negro by any circumstances is generally greeted by a certain portion of the Northern press and speakers. The sympathy of the community in which the deed was committed is entirely with Mr. Clay.
  • Personal Mention:
    1. Miss Bell Scott, a charming young lady of Ludlow, is visiting at Carrollton.
    2. Mr. F. M. Clark of Dry Ridge, Grant County, is in the city today. He has a fine horse at Moreland's.
    3. Miss Stella Clark of West Covington left for Xenia, Ohio Saturday last to attend the Xenia Female College.
    4. Col. Ben P. Runkle, of the U. S. Army, will spend this week in the city, the guest of Maj. Ben M. Piatt.
    5. Jesse Riffle, of McKinley’s Station, on the Cincinnati Southern Railroad, is the guest of Dr. J. M. Riffle, of this city.
    6. Capt. Jas. R. Magee from near Cynthiana was in this city last Thursday and Friday visiting friends and shopping.
    7. Mr. David M. Bagbee of Key West, county, passed through the city to-day, on his way to Missouri, where he will remain for a few weeks.
    8. Robert Hamilton, the champion pool seller of Cincinnati, shed the light of his handsome countenance on his Covington friends yesterday.
    9. M. J. Dudley, Esq., left on Saturday last for Frankfort, to attend the Court of Appeals. Dr. C. D. Foote left for the same place this morning.
    10. Judge John Fryer and C. Y. Dyas of Falmouth dropped in to see us this morning. Mr. Dyas is the spicy correspondent of the Weekly Commonwealth from that part of the country.
    11. Hon. John W. Stevenson arrived home from Put-in-Bay Saturday night, and will leave for Boston, Mass. tomorrow to attend the Episcopal Convention which holds its meeting in that city this year.
    12. H. Sherder rejoices in being the father of a pretty girl baby. We regard it as an auspicious omen, the little girl being born on the same day as The Daily Commonwealth.
    13. We are glad to announce the return home, after a delightful nine weeks’ tour to places of interest on the Pacific Coast, of Hon. M. M. Benton and his adopted daughter, Miss Delia Clemons. Mr. Benton says one of not the least pleasurable incidents of his trip was the pleasure of seeing regularly the weekly issue of The Commonwealth, which came to him like a happy reminder of home and friends.
  • Real Estate Transfers:
    1. Dan’l W. and wife to Jno. W. Clark, lot on High st., 25x100 ft., being lot No. 65, Whitaker and Haynes subdivision, $500.
    2. Jas. T. Johnson to Caroline Bowring, lot on Pike-st., 22x71 feet; $450.
    3. W. A. Crawford and wife to Kenton Stanford, lot in Block 6, Southgate’s subdivision, 25x190 feet; $937.50.
    4. Benj. D. Barton and wife to Henry Varwig, Lot 129 Clark’s Plat of Franklin’s subdivision in Howell’s tract, 23x88 feet; $50.
    5.W. A. Crawford to Chas. Reed, lot in Block No. 9 Southgate’s subdivision, 30x190 feet; $1,125.
    6. Peter Brophy to Elizabeth Taylor, lot No. 7, Block B. Johnson’s subdivision, 33x 00 feet; $205.
    7. Mary D. and Chas. D. Foote to Larkin Townsend, lot on Eighth-st., 100 feet east of Philadelphia-st., 25x100 feet; $500.
    8. W. B. Mookler and wife to Elizabeth E. Minor, part of Lot No. 77, Old Plat, S. E. cor. Second and Garrard, 47-1/2 x 110 feet; $4,000.
  • Local Matters:
    1. The Thompson case will be submitted to Judge Boyd this afternoon, on affidavits setting forth the facts.
    2. A terrible story of seduction, abortion and death appears in this mornings Cincinnati papers, which places the name of James F. Miller, of Lair Station, Harrison county, Ky., in an unenviable light before the public.
    3. Among the transfers of real estate we note that of W. B. Mooklar and wife to Elizabeth E. Minor, consisting of the property on the south-east corner of Second and Garrard-sts. The consideration, was paid by Wm. Ernst, Esq., and was, we presume, a parental gift.
    4. United States Commissioner’s Court - W. S. Yates, of Pendleton County, was tried this morning upon the charge of passing counterfeit money. He was acquitted and discharged. Messrs. C. Y. Dyas and J. H. Fryer, of Falmouth, represented the accused.Peyton McClanahan, of Pendleton, will be charged tomorrow on the same charge.
    5. Mayor’s Court - Talbott Watts and Henry Brock beached the peace. Talbott was at one time employed as substitute for a steam engine in turning a printing press for a Covington afternoon daily. Talbott forgot himself during the melee and stuck out his lip. When he drew it in again it was minus quarter of a pound or so. His Honor took the case under consideration while waiting for Dr. Lewis to weigh the missing piece.
    6. Sara Fryer was naughty on Saturday night. She subscribed $2 and costs.
    7. Daniel Callahan got "off," said it was his first and would be - his last offense. Amount of subscription $1 and costs.
    8. Henry Hine, breach of the peace, was dismissed on payment of costs.
    9. James Cullman, colored, took another fellow’s coat. He was continued for a week.
    10. David M. Comingore Robbed - The residence of David N. Comingore, Secretary to the Amazon Insurance Company, at No. 1,539 Madison-st., was entered by thieves early yesterday morning, and a valuable lot of silver-ware stolen. The robbery was evidently a premeditated and bold affair. The house was entered by cutting a slat into the shutter of a rear window. They evidently escaped through the same window. Among the articles taken were two castors, one salver, two dozen table-spoons, one dozen tea-spoons, two ladles, one mug, one pitcher with the initials "D. N. G." engraved on it, besides, quite a number of other small articles of less value. The matter is in the hands of the police, and it is probable the thieves will be caught, as vigilant officers have got their trail. The articles stolen are all of solid silver, and were wedding gifts to Mr. and Mrs. Comingore. The thieves took the precaution, on entering the house, to stop the clock. The evil work was probably done by professionals.
  • Newport: Edward Ricker, aged 43 years, in a drunken fit jumped from the second story of his residence on Elm street yesterday, and received such injuries that he died a few hours afterwards. Coroner Winton summoned a jury, who returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts. Ricker was married, but had no children.
  • Kenton County - Independence:
    1. Two marriage licenses were issued from the Clerk’s office during the last week. One to Leslie P. Vallandingham, aged 17 years, and Emma D. Young, aged 16 years, and the other to Andrew Irvin, widower, 63 years of age, and Elizabeth Lancaster, aged 40 years.
    2. Prof. Asa N. Jones, who has charge of the young ideas at Buckner’s school-house this year, returned to his labors this morning, after a visit of several days to his mother, Mrs. Rachel Jones.
    3. Death removed India, the infant daughter of Oliver and Caroline Parker, on Saturday morning. This child was quite a curiosity, being one of a pair of twins, two months old on the day of its death, and weighing but three pounds and nine ounces.
  • Grant County-Stewartsville:. Mr. Tom Sims who was wounded by George Coleman was tried and acquitted. Coleman is still at large.
  • Rev. Cephas Bennett and wife, missionaries in Burmah, have celebrated their golden wedding, the first event of the kind to occur amont the missionaries of India and China. They have been in Burmah for 48 years.
  • Bourbon County-Paris:
    1. Married, on the 27th, Mr. D. C. Parrish, book-keeper for Ford and Bowen, hardware merchants in this city, to Miss Jesse Tipton, daughter of S. E. Tipton, Esq., of this city.
    2. Died - On Sunday, September 30th, at his residence near this city, Victor M. Kennedy, Esq., an old and respected farmer of this county.
    3. On Monday morning in the Mayor’s Court, Elisha Nix, was awarded a premium, the value being $14, for grossly insulting his Honor last Saturday night.
    4. On Sunday morning, while some boys were fooling with a pistol, the weapon accidently discharged, the ball entering the head of a little boy about eight years of age, the son of John Hanton, making a serious and perhaps fatal wound.
    5. H. P. Dietz, of the Cynthiana Democrat, and A. G. Morey, of the Cynthiana News, were in the city on Monday.
    6. Green R. Keller, our representative, is a candidate for public printer.
    7. An eleven-year-old son of John Hanlon was accidently shot by the son of Mr. Murray in Cottontown yesterday. They were playing with a loaded pistol, which went off, shooting young Hanlon in the breast, inflicting a wound that will probably prove fatal.
  • Campbell County-Big Sugar Camp:
    1. Ed Rardin and family, of Newport, are visiting A. M. Rardin, of this place.
    2. Jacob M. Lane, has been accused of steeling chains, wedges, axes, etc., from men who were making cross-ties for J. J. Stevens, ex-Deputy Sheriff. Guilty or not, he has absconded.
  • Obituary-Grant Lick-Campbell County: Died September 26th, Blanche, infant daughter of Will and Delia Yelton, aged four months and nineteen days.
  • Mrs. Bright, wife of the Hon. John M. Bright, is lying at the point of death, pulmonary affection, at their home in Fayetteville, Tenn.
  • Falmouth: 1. Mr. W. C. McCarty, who, in company with his wife, has been visiting Louisville and other points in that part of the State, returned home a few days ago in quite a critical condition, with pneumonia. His physician thinks he is some better at present. 2. Mr. Clark, of Versailles, stopped off on his way from Covington home, and spent Monday night with his kinsman T. J. Oldham, of this place. 3. Wm. Stowers, formerly a resident of this county, arrived in Falmouth on Monday, on his return from Texas, where he has been for more than a year past. He speaks in highest terms of that State.
  • State Items:
    1. Democrat: Old Aunt Patience Robinson, colored died at her home near Clinton, Tuesday, aged 102 years. She was the oldest inhabitant of Hickman county.
    2. Elkton Witness: Thurston Qualls, colored, while intoxicated, last Sunday, was instantly killed by a train of cars at Trenton. He was sitting on the platform of the depot asleep, and the passing train knocked him off and cut him to pieces.


    Transcribed by Jeannie Gallant