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Bartlett, Nebraska Thursday, October 27, 1887

A Mysterious Death
A young lady by the name of WILLIAMS died under very mysterious circumstances at the home of one SEARLS, near Martinsburg, this county, yesterday. She was sick of typhoid fever and waited upon by Dr. REATGER of that place. Upon coming to see her yesterday morning she was dead and prepared for burial. The doctor noticed blood issuing from the nostrils and became suspicious that all was not right. Her arms were folded over her breast. He unloosed them and upon further investigation found several bandages around her body up toward the arm pits. These bandages were bloody and the doctor found an incision or wound one inch long and quite deep under one of her arms. He concluded she was murdered and had the entire family with whom she was stopping, and to whom she was related, arrested. The girl was heir to several thousand dollars and upon her death the family with whom she was stopping and who were arrested for her murder, would be entitled to it.
The SEARLS say she had an abscess under the armpit, which she never revealed, and that one of those suspected of using foul means lanced the abscess. People cannot see why there should be such a profusion of blood from such cause as to almost entirely saturate her clothing and bedclothes and leave a big pool on the floor. Great excitement prevails. The coroners jury exonerated the parties accused of all blame and endorse their asscertations in regard to the abscess and the lancing.

Mrs. C. HEISEL, a demented woman of Plattsmouth, left her home and was absent about two days. She was found near Rock Bluffs by a searching party. Many were of the opinion that she drowned in the river.

Deputy United States Marshal SHOWALTER arrested E.C. JOHNSON at Broken Bow on the charge of fraudulently representing himself to be a United States officer. The prisoner was taken to Omaha and was examined before Judge ANDERSON. The prisoner is one of the three men who held up Charles PARKER, the man who robbed Paymaster BUSH a few months ago in Wyoming.

John C. SEELEY, for twenty years a prominent citizen of Dodge County, died at Scribner on Sunday. He represented his district in the legislature one term and has held other important public offices.



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