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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
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
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
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
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,
2. Jas. T. Johnson to Caroline Bowring, lot on Pike-st., 22x71
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
- 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
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
8. Henry Hine, breach of the peace, was dismissed on payment
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.
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
- 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
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
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
- 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,
- 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