Dallas Morning News 25 Feb 1886 page 1 "Shot by a
Deed of Desperadoism at Denison, A sleeping man chloroformed , robbed
of money and jewelry and his roomate probably fatally wounded.
Denison, Feb. 24, A most daring burglary, and probably a murder,
was committed in this city between 12 and 1 o'clock this morning. John
Conlisk and O.M.
Kimmis, brakemen, occupy a room together
at Mrs. Kinder's, south of the compress and near the Missouri, Kansas and
Texas yard. Last night about 10:30 o'clock, Conlist retired. Between 12
and 1 o'clock Kimmis returning home discovered a man sitting on the side
of the walk about two doors from Mrs. Kinder's house. Thinking it some
one he knew, he started to walk up to the man, who got up and walked off
across the street. Thinking nothing of this, Kimmis went on to his room.
The house was quiet and a bright light burned in his room. He went to the
door and found it partly open. He placed his hand on the knob and attempted
to push it open, but something was behind it. Thinking it only a chair
placed there by his roommated, he continued to push the door open, which
gradually gave way to the pressure. When he entered he discovered Conlisk
laying on the bed sleeping heavily. In an instant it flashed through his
mind that something was wrong. He then looked behind the door. To his horror
there stood a man of medium stature with pistol in hand and a mask over
his face. All was now plain. Kimmis said: "You -- --! " at the same time
grabbing the fillain.
A flash, a report and Kimmis lay prostrate on the floor with a 44-calibre
bullet through the body. The burglar and murderer fled precipitately. Assistance
soon arrived and Dr. Acheson and Nagle were sent for. They did all they
could for the wounded man. It was found the ball entered just below the
heart, passed through the liver and kidneys and came out at the right side
of the back, below the shoulder, and passed on through a zine trunk and
lodged in some clothing in it.
Conlisk did not regain consciousness until it was all over, though
he says he heard everything, but could not get up. The supposition is that
the burglar was well acquainted with the surrounding and knew the men had
just been paid off; that entering the house he chloroformed Conlisk, robbed
him of about $75 in money, a pair of sleeve buttons, of light gray color,
with Hot Springs diamonds in the center, a plain gold collar button, a
knife, with white pearl handle, three inches long, pearl broken on both
sides, a pocketbook and other small articles. When ready to leave Kimmis'
arrival caused the burglar to hide, and finding that he was discovered,
shot him down in cold blood.
Vigorous efforts are being made to apprehend the would-be murderer,
but so far without success.
Latest-Kimmis' condition critical. Kimmis, who was shot last night
by the burglar, is resting quietly to-night, under the effects of opiates.
The result of the wound is doubtful. The chances are considered as against
his recovery. No clew (sic) as to who the perpetrator is has yet been obtained.
Denison Notes ; Dallas Morning News 26 Feb 1886 page 6
",,,A man was arrested at Pottsboro last night charged with shooting
Kimmis. An officer went to Pottsboro this morning to identify him, but
as there was nothing offered to connect him with the crime he was released.
Mr. Kimmis still lives, but is in a critical condition.
... Mr. Kimmis is resting easy tonight. No clew (sic) yet to the
villain who shot him."
1 Mar 1886 page 5, Denison local events. Special to the News.
Denison, Feb 28 - Mrs. Kimmis, mother of O. M. Kimmis, who was recently
shot by a burglar, has arrived from Pan Point, Mich. Kimmis is doing very
well, and his physicians have hope of his recovery.
Dallas Morning News 3 Mar 1886 page 3 Denison;
"a man named Smith was arrested last night, supposed to be the burglar
and murderer of Mr. Kimmis, and was jailed to await developments. For a
time last night after his arrest the indications were that he would be
hanged before morning, quite a number of people having assembled for the
purpose about 10 o'clock this morning, but as the evidence against him
is only circumstantial, cooler counsel prevailed and he was let alone until
an investigation can be made. He was released this morning, as no evidence
was found against him.
Mr. O. M. Kimmis, who was shot by a burglar, died this morning at
11 o'clock from his wounds.
The Coroner's jury returned a verdict that Kimmis came to his death
by some person unknown to the jury. The post mortem examination showed
that the ball entered the left breast passing through the liver and kidneys
and coming out between eleventh and twelfth ribs.