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The Daily Commonwealth, Covington, Kentucky
Wednesday, August 6, 1879
- Death: Mrs. George Franks of Mt. Zion, was yesterday going
from the store to her home when the storm came up. A bolt of
lightning struck and killed her and the horse. The saddle was
burned to a crisp.
- Crime in Kentucky:
1. Monday night a Negro, name unknown, was shot in the back
of the head from the bushes about a half mile from Blue Licks
and was instantly killed. He had just started home with a man
by the name of Pat Raferty, with whom he was living. Suspicion
seems to point to Raferty although no warrants have yet been
2. Last Monday a young man attempted to commit rape on Mrs.
Elijah Claypool near Headquarters, Nicholas County, but was
frightened off and has not been arrested, but officers are in
- Inquest: According to postponement, Coroner de Grayter last
night held an inquest upon the death of Mrs. Howe and Annie
Brown, the victims of the sad 10th Street accident on Friday
last. The testimony of Messrs. liver Larkins, Joe Meyers, Fred
Mack and E. D. Chapin was taken when the jurors adjourned owing
to the absence of Mr. Howe, until such time as the coroner may
see fit to call them together.
- Police Court:
1. Geo. Leonard, drunk, fined $1 and cost - judgment suspended.
2. M. B. Hunter, breach of peace, fined $50 and costs.
3. John Donovan, disorderly conduct, released on payment of
- The business property of the late John S. Nixon, 519 Greenup
Street, has been purchased fro Mrs. Thomas A. Matthews, and
possession of the same will be taken in early autumn.
- The City:
1. Numerous friends of Hon. Wm. Points last evening assembled
at the residence, near Sherman, to congratulate him on his re-election
to the Legislature. There was rejoicing and feasting to an extent
hitherto unknown to the quite neighborhood. Eloquent speeches
were made by Judge McManama, Colonel Johnson, W. W. Dickerson
2. Mr. Augustin Schueler died at his residence yesterday, corner
Pike and Kapp? Streets where he has lived for 30 years. He was
a highly respected citizen and died in his 52nd year. well thought
of by all who knew him.
1. John Hoff of Alexandria has lit out for parts unknown, taking
with him a young lady of good reputation and family. Hoff is
a husband and the father of five children and Miss Effie Moore,
his companion, is 20 years of age, just half the number of his.
They had been neighbors for years and she a frequent visitor
at his house. The elopement took place at midnight Sunday and
no trace or clue of their whereabouts is known.
2. Personals: Mr. Butler Hawkins of Louisville is visiting his
father.... Howard Youtsey, son of Mr. John S. Youtsey of Cold
Spring, broke his left arm from a fall from a tree Monday....
Miss Lidia Sommers and Miss Kate Perry left yesterday for an
extended visit in the eastern and southern parts of the State....
Mr. Jno. Keller has returned to take up his residence in the
city.... Mr. James Flannelly has returned from the lakes.
3. A fatal accident occurred at Three-mile Bridge on the River
Road Monday night. Mr. Samuel McKibben had been in the city
during the day. At a late hour, in company of a few friends,
he started for his home in Twelve-Mile in his wagon. When the
party had reached the bridge named, Mr. McKibben had fallen
asleep and the horses started suddenly forward, threw his from
his seat, causing his to strike the pike violently with his
head, fracturing is skull. He was lifted into the wagon with
a view of removing him to the residence of Mr. Ellison, a mile
further on, but by the time that point was reached he was dead.
He was a man forty years of age and unmarried.
- A Double Tragedy, Chicago, August 5: A most astonishing murder
and suicide occurred at 87 Polk Street this afternoon, Solomon
Sena, a partner in the firm of Schillo, Kessman and Sena, iron
founders, shooting the foreman of the foundry, Conrad Engleman,
through the head, and then after snapping the revolver at his
own head, retiring into his private office and cutting his throat
from ear to ear with a knife. Both men have families, were sober
and industrious and not quarrelsome. Sena was wealthy and Engleman
was poor. The quarrel was about a pillar that was being cast
in the shop, and which Sena claimed was being spoiled by Engleman.
The latter denied this and after resigning his position on the
spot and being paid off, Sena reiterated his charge. Engleman
gave him the lie, and the double tragedy was at once enacted.
- State News: At Williamstown, the examining trial of Bennett
for killing Pres. Webster, resulted in the acquittal of Bennett,
the shooting having been done in self-defense.
- Scott County, born, last night to the wife of R. W. Blackwell,
- Crimes and Casualties:
1. New Orleans, August 5: Rosa Christian, a little girl bitten
by a Newfoundland dog July 7, died today of hydrophobia.
2. Columbus, Ohio, August 5: Enoch Davis, colored, was found
dead by the roadside several miles south of this city, this
3. Bloomington, Illinois: Last night Mr. Aaron Goodfellow, a
prominent citizen was killed near his own gate by two foot-pads,
who, with drawn revolvers demanded his money. Mr. Goodfellow
threw up his hand whereupon one of them fired, striking him
in the jaw and shattering it. The other rifleman fired also,
that shot passing through the lungs and causing death at 10
o'clock today. The dastards then ran away. Only a very slight
description of them was obtained, but the detectives are working
on that clue. The City Council has offered $1000 reward for
the arrest and conviction of the murderers. The Governor telegraphs
authority to offer $200 in behalf of the State, and the county
- Cincinnati: Coroner Carrick yesterday afternoon held an inquest
on the remains of Ida C. Lewis, the variety actress who died
suddenly at the Bevis House on Monday evening, and to whose
death such a sensational coloring was given yesterday afternoon.
The testimony taken by the Coroner yesterday showed that the
story of the alleged abortion came entirely from stories which
she had told to different people, but with what intent does
not appear. It is surmised, however that she either made the
statements with an intention of inducing Fisher, with whom she
had been intimate, to marry her, or for the purpose of obtaining
money from him. The testimony of Drs. Miller who attended her
in her last illness, and the post mortum submitted by them,
shows conclusively that she had never been with child, and consequently
no abortion could have been performed. In view of the statement
of the physicians in attendance, and after hearing all of the
testimony in the case, the Coroner returned a verdict setting
forth the fact that she came to her death from cerebral hyperdemia,
caused by diseased condition of the ovaries.
- Williamstown, August 5: Pres. Webster was shot and instantly
killed at Williamstown yesterday afternoon by Alfred Bennett.
Bennett was a Deputy Marshal, sworn in especially for the occasion
yesterday. Webster was drunk and was flourishing a loaded pistol
in the streets. Bennett endeavored to get him to put up his
pistol. He refused to do so and threatened to shoot Bennett,
and cocked and leveled his pistol on Bennett, when Bennett drew
his pistol and shot him in the left breast, Webster fell, told
his brother-in-law he was a dead man because he saw his garden
gate, and immediately expired. He leaves a wife and two children
in destitute circumstances. He belonged to a highly respected
family and when sober was a quiet, industrious man. It will
be remembered that Webster shot and killed Alexander Milner
at Walton a few years ago; he was tried and acquitted. Bennett
surrendered himself to the officers and was guarded at his house
last night, and this morning had preliminary trial before Judge
Childers, being represented by Judge W. T. Simmons and W. W.
Dickerson. He was acquitted. Bennett was an industrious and
sober mechanic, and was warmly congratulated by many of his
friends when the court discharged him.
- Harrison County-Leesburg:
1. Mr. W. Bryant of Covington, and of legal fame, is visiting
his sister, Mrs. Pat White, in our vicinity; also the wife of
his brother, Hon. M. Bryant, of Nashville, Tennessee.
2. We are sorry to hear that the health of Mrs. Ashby Anders
continues so poor that she is unable to leave her room. Her
numerous friends are hoping to hear of her speedy recovery.
- Pendleton County:
1. The funeral of Jno. Clark will be preached at Middle Fork,
Grassy Creek, next Sunday at 10 o'clock by Rev. Henry Frakes
2. Died August 3, an infant of Jake Reswiler.
Transcribed by Jeannie