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COURT OJP OfER AND TERMINER.
Sat?roav, January 22. 1-12.
Before Judge Kb.nt, and AIdermer Pcrov and Leb.
The Jury came in this morning precisely at 10
o'clock. The room at that ti?i" was crowded with
spectators : the throng assembled outside; however,
was not so large as heretofore. TL:-, however, is
not owing to any diminution in the intensity of ihn
excitement attending the trial.
J In- Court crime in hi precisely fifteen minutr,
tifter ID. The proclamation was made, and the
Jury made application tobe allowed to go home to
change thoir garmenis, .V:?-. The Court directed
n sufficient number of officers to be sworn;
Some of the Jurors suid tbovpreferred to remain
to-day If tbev could Be allowed to go home ih-mor
The/Court said the law relative to this point whs
imperative, and lie had te< choice in the matter.?
However painful it was to him; h<" was under the
necessity of telling thern that during the whole of
Sunday they must be k<-pt together. If they wished
i>> go to Church, and could all agree to ??> to the
same place, ihey would be allowed to do so ; but
they cpuld not be upart on Sunday.
The Jurors were then nil allowed to be absent
for one htsur; and they went but each in charge of
an officer. The Judge suid that the proceedings of
the Court would he suspended for one hour.
Before the time for resuming proceedings, the
court-room became very densely crowded; and the i
throng outside became very dense und excited.?
Admirable order, However, was preserved bv the
strong body of Special Constables irdeied by the
Court and superintended by the Deputy Sheriff.?
Access to tho room was fnr more easy thats on plu?
At about half-past 10, Judge Noah, Hugh Max?
well, Esq. und Honor tho Mayor came into
<? >uit. The Counsel for the prisoner followed soon
after, .(tie Court came in at precisely a quarter pnst
lit the Jurors, however, did not ail return until
twenty minures before 12. Mrs. Adams came in
at the same time.
l-ho Prisoner appeared more downcast and ui x
iou? as to the proceedings than we have seen Him
before. There wns no great restlessness, however,
in his mnnrier, und he watched what was going on
with coolness, though, by no means, with uncon?
cern. His brother was prescht, seated at a little
distance by ids aide.
Robert H. Mi 'itRts uh* called ns the h'r>-t wit?
Alter Mr. Colt's room whs locked up, tin* ke\s
were brought to me and Kept there until I went
with Colt's counsel to examine the articles in the
room. 1 took from the room these, [produced]
which are now in the same situation as then, never
having been opened. There are pieces of towel,
of u shirt and of trowsers, taken from a trunk in
his room. There is also a Handkerchief. Part of
tin- end of she towel was cut off. A pamphlet was
also found, tin which 1 put my initials, at Mr. Em
men's request. Four stumps were found with I
"Coh's Book-keeping'' on th-'m, taken from the
trunk. A hall of twine was given tri? from the
room by Mr. Emmett. There were no cards.
There are papers and letters here, which I took
charge of ni Mr. Emm-it's request; [The papers
were opened but not exhibited;] A receipt was
found, or rather a bill : and some papers prepared
for book-keeping. There was a pocket-book empty,
undianother no) empty. ( The papers were examined
by the counsel for the prisoner.]
Cross-examined by Mr. Selben ?I had charge
of (.'oit's room from the time of his arrest till
these papers were removed and to?k the key and
ordered padlocks to be put on both doors. I put
the papers in n package as they are now pre?
sented; The articles were in different parts of the
room?some oh the table and others in the trunk,
which wns not locked The piece of linen were
in the trank with the towel. In one pocket-hook
were papers;; one marked ' hair of Sarah Colt,
mother of Mar gait! and. Murij Colt, 'deceased :'
i This package was opened und tiair found in them.
The prisoner here seemed greaty affected, cover?
im: his eyes with his hand for some moments.]
Anothor paper was endorsed ' Poems und Plays ;!
Letters to one or two persons, another * to my
little old Aunt.' Nos. 7. 9, and t!. (i. .">, 4, 1, 2, o,
another New Haven People and Places; others en?
dorsed, "copies of a letter"?cant read the rest?
?? copies of u letter to E. W. Stedman," and an
other " to J. \V. Carr. [The prisoner through?
out this examination wept profusely, and was
greatly a fleeted. These papers were marked so
that they could again be identified. They were
opened by the counsel but hot read aloud.]
By the District Attorney.?A great many books,
papers, ifcc. were also-found; a hatcJtet teas also
found which is now in Court. [Mr Miliiken said
he had the hutrhet J It was given to Mayor
.Morris, aud he said it was the one taken
on tin.- afternoon of the am-?; and given to Mr.
Chilton, with a piece of the floor.
Mr. Seiden.?A single question : You saw no
rope in the room 1
Mr. Morris.?I have no recollection of seeing
Da\ ui Kelso, called and sioom.?Am a pilot, re?
side at 42 Monroe street ; know J. C. Colt : be?
came acquainted with him in the month of May
last; ii*v cameto board with my sister-in-law ; he i
came with a lady introduced as Mrs. Colt. They j
lived together as man am! wife up to the time ol
his arrest, and eat I a; the same table with them ]
while in X Y. They occupied the front room j
in the third story. He brought with him two j
trunks anc a carpet bag; both trunks were black |
I helped take them up stairs, 1 did not sec the
trunk that was here last night. [Mr. Seiden was
w??ng to .-.dmit that it was Colt's trunk J
Th* trunks stood one in a recess about li feet
from the door in (he entry : I was not at home
when Justice Taylor came to get the trunk; the
prisoner at the bar is the same man.
Cross-examination by Mr. Schien. 1 am one of
the pilots that go to sea by way of Sandy Hook :
my employment lends me to be absent trotti home
a great deal, by night and day. The room
occupied by Air. Colt 1 don't think 1 ever entered
in ary life ; my room is in the third story?the
( back room ; the trunk always stood in the hall.
Dr. Chilton was called. Am a practica;
chemist. I called at Colt's room Sept. t^lth; ex?
amined it particularly. My attention was first
directed to a spot on the floor which had been
oiled over. On the west wall I observed several
small spots an eighth of nn inch in diameter, i
removed and preserved them for examination. 1
saw none on the base. There were spots very
small on the folding doors?an immense num?
ber oi them, though very minute. 1 took a small
hatch*:, the one now produced, and a piece
% in , li f ^ 1J I
BY GRKHLhY & >ic^Li
j VOL.. I.
of the floor, where the oi! had been. 1 applied j
chemical tests, and so tar they wen:, the spots
were proved to be blood: those from the wall, an<j :
that from the hammer end of the hatchet,and some j
which I removed from the eye of the hatchet
It had the appearance of being inked Over, and
on holding it to the light a red appearance may
be observed where the handle joins ;ne hatchet ;
I made an examination of the dust settled in the
crease of the floor and it gave indications of blond
1 did not closely examine the part.- wm-re the oil
was, yet there was a red appearanc under the
oil. 1 received apwee of newspaper from Justice
Taylor; which had stain on it, (it was here ex
hifajted to the Court and Jury : it was very much
.-rained and had holes through it.) Th- particles
proved to be blood * the pap-r is dated June 13th,
!*:ll : isa piece of th? X. V. Herald. A piece of
floor is in my hand, (exhibited ) It is abuut a
j foot long and five or six inches wide
j [One of the jurors wi.-hed to see the hatcher,
which was handed to him.]
I took also k key and a pen-knife from offiec-r
Smithy which had nothing on :h*-rn. / havr no
doubl that blood was on (lit articles J have rjw?:
Cross-examined by Mr Seiden?The largest
spots were tak.-n from the west side of the root:.,
four or five feet from the floor; I took them off
carefully: and hud there been limo in it. I
could have made ike analysis. I was- requested
by the Mayor tj make this analysis. I examined
nothing else by request than what I have men?
tioned, as I recollect. There were spots taken
from the wall which were evidently hot blood.
I he human blood is nearly the sam** in all men ;
but there has been said to be a little difference in
the amount of fibrin in the blood of mal<*=> and that
I of females, but that would not have been disclosed
bj my examination. In sm:di quantities there
no difference presented. It ha1*, been said that by
the action of sulphuric acid, different odors might
he perceived in the blood of different animals; but
I have never observed it. Tie* quantity I exam?
ined did not exceed two trains, and I could not
decide whether it was human blood or ;:nt.
Mr. Mn.liken called ?I have made search for
the cover of the box, and cannot find it ; it was
nut in one of the cells leading from tSe Police
Office; the box was placed first in the yard and
then iu the top of the building. None of the ether
articles arc gone. The box and clothes still smell
very offensive; the coat, stock ami shirt not as
much as the others. [The coat, stock and shirt
were ordered to be brought in.]
1 have made diligent search for tin; lid. Near?
ly every one ab /Ut tin.- prison has access to the cell,
i have not. noticed the cover for two months bark
because I have not been in tin- celh
Cross-examined by Mr. Seiden?None of the
articles were removed by my direction, except the
box; not. the cover. They werendt removed from
one cell to another. They were taken into the
hall, and in couiie of the Jay put in the c< li ; tie
cell has a ?tone bottom,and is about four feet wide
by ten to twelve long.
The floor is perfectly tight. The box was threo
feet four inches long; one foot ten inches wide,
one foot nine inches deep ; till on the outside. The
thickness of the boards I did not measure.
By Mr. Emmett?Tho box was never in a cell:
all the articles remain in the cell in which they
were tirsl plnc-d with the cover. I measured
the box where it now is, over what was the debt?
By Mr. Seiden?T plaead the cover in the cell ;
could n't get the box into the cell: tin* door would
m t admit it, us it is not one foot ten inches wide.
Mr. H y on, called.?Not present.
Mr. A it ha it am 1). Purdy was called and sworn.
'?Am one of the deputy keepers of the ' fombs;
the box whs placed over what was called the debt?
or's, prison, now the Grund Jury-roots 1 never
saw the cover, and do not know what has become
of it; nevur knew where it was put. I have not
mode search for it, except to look where the box
is; 1 know nothing about it.
Cross-examiiiedby Mr. Seiden.?Do n't rr.mem
the width of tie1 passage-wa\? into the celis
where the articles were placed, [lie wus directed
Mr. FaU.LN called?Am one of the keepers of
the prison ; know nothing about the cover of the
box; never saw it. I search-/.i for it this morning;
don't know whether oiheis had access to the cell ;
there are pndl?cks on the cells.
Cross-exaviinerf by Mr. Seiden?Don'f remem?
ber offering to bei with Mr. Godfrey about this tri?
al; have an impression bets vseio offered; can't
s?v by whom.
Mr. HOTTOS called?not present.
Mr. Seiden?May 1 call back Dr. Chiltbn foi a
District Attorney?Certainly, sir.
Dr. Chii.ton?There would be no new combi?
nation formed bv putting together chloride of lime
Bv the District Attorney.?Nothing would arise i
from a dead body which would appear like salt. j
Mr. Wood called.?Not present.
Mr Robert Bowyer called and sworn.?Was j
called on in September by a young man who said
his name whs Delhoce, who wished me to go to
the Granite Building, as some difficulty had taken j
place there: could not tell precisely what it was. j
This Was late in the afternoon. He said he had !
heard a noise like the clashing of foils.
I told him 1 couldn't it", as I had just returned
from 1'orkville, where Lhad.arrested a young mas:
1 asked some of the other officers to go, but they
j did not: I told him I'd go in half an hour or some- j
[ thing like it. 1 hud another prisoner to lock up. ;
Being delayed longer than 1 expected; 1 didn't go.
.Next morning 1 met Delhoce and asked him how
it turned out. and he said it did not amount.to
much, or something like it.
Gross-cxamiiied by Mr. Selbes. Mr. Del
noce was the *a:ne person who told me it did not .
amount to x:ech. I think it was the next day. in
the forenoon, us I believe; I think 1 met him in j
the street?cannot say where. Hid not go :<* the
prison next morning. I knew Delhoce at that Utne
\ and had before. 1 did not meet him the day he
first spoke to me. When he first came to me. be
I said he believed some difficulty had taken olaco
and thought some one was hur:: 1 th nk he men?
tioned foils. My only reason for not going was
that 1 was encased. I think 1 met Delnoce the
next forenoon. I generally get out at ubout 9 j
o'clock; 1 did not meet him earlier than 9 o'clock, j
I have to be ut the Police Office at 9. und remain ;
Cenerallv tili there is some business. j
Bv the District Attorney. Mr- Delnoce i:i
not sav that he had heard the clashing of foils; ;
tkmk he did sav who sent him?san't say by whom.
I think 1 saw him next day at Bell's Auction Room -
he did not find fault with* me but said ' you did n'l
erne:' 1 asked him no questions.
By Mr. Seiden.?1 nave frequently seen Del?
noce at the uuction room. If it was there 1 saw
him. 1 think it was utter I?.
Mr*. Mkkcy Octon. (colored.)?Am the wife
of Low Oct-ju ; know Mr. Colt; was not in hts
room before his affray : was after Mr. Wheeler re?
ceived the key : went in to clean the room out?
Mr. Coir, on Thursday, the 16th oi September.
asked me for a sate: did n't >av what he wanted
to do with it. Tbis was about 4. P. M. 1 was
in m*, room. He used just to nod his head wh^n
be met me. 1 lent him a common hand-saw.
He said nothing more to me; he took it down
to his room. After that another man came and
asked me to lend the saw to Mr. Ridner; I told
5?XW-YORK iIO\D4V ?IOi
him I had io.it i: to Mr. Coit. and sen: him down
there. The man went down, and --oon arter I wen*
down to the purep in the street after a pa:! of
water. I v.er,t down about naif an hour after Mr.
Co!: had borrowed the saw ; J came up. and ?dr.
Rimer's man stuod at Colt's door, i asked him
if he had so.* the saw ? H-? said ? Nu.' I said to
aim. ' icnock a iittie louder ; perhaps Mr Coi;
don't hear you.' I don't know the man's name.
I d:d n't stop to -ee if he knocked. I went
on up stairs, and when 1 go: at my room door
the man came up: I u.-ked him if be had got the
saw. He said ' No.' I told him ' I'll run down
and ?ee if Mr. Colt i.e.* no* done with it." 1 had
?or halfway down the ihirVT-story -.raits ar.d met :
Mr. Coit coming up with" the saw in hi? hand. He
thanked me and handed me the saw. I took
it and Went up stairs ar.d carried k to the fourth
story t? Mr. E?dner's room. He and his man were
in the fifth story'. I g-.ye ;: to a bov, and he took
it up stairs.
I did not hearifm using the saw. Nothing more
occurred r.ii! tire 18th; on Saturday: I was going
down stair* between 7 am! 8 o'clock in the morn?
ing and saw a man standing at Mr Colt's door. T
-tood still, looker' at the man and saw that he* \vas
a strange mnn ; lie };ad a carper bas In his hand. I
should not know tho bag nor rhe man arain if I
should see them. 1 turned round t;> go :o Dr.
Brand in s r.-..m and while going heard some person
run quickly up t'nestairs leading towards rhe street.
I turned my head round and looked and saw it
was Mr. Colt. I saw him coming up from the
-treet. He was two or three steps up when I first j
I. stood still, and he wa ked quicklv bv, went
past his own door :o a bench nearly opposite Mr.
\\ heeler'* door, on which hu sat lown : I was near
the sign boards 1 don't know where the man was
with t he carpet hag; I saw him go out just before
1 saw Mr. Colt csmc up. He had rh* bag in his
hand. Mr. Colt had nothing in hi.: hand. I went,
into the Doctor's room, leaving-Mr. Colt silling on
the bench: 1 dusted the room and in about 3 ->r
'J minutes came out.
I saw M.-. Colt .-tili sitting on the bench. I
then.went on up stairs to my room, *:iii leaving
him on the bench. This was on Saturday rhorninsr:
did not see Coir igaiu till the Tuesday following;
On that day 1 met him corning up the firs; ihirto
ofstairs, between 10 and II o'clock, going to his
own room, i did not see him alter that Until he
was arrested. W hen he came to rnr for the saw
he was in full dress ; 1 e.-m't siy how. When I
saw him coming up the stairs, did not notice his
I used to provide Mr. Whenler's tea. On Fri?
day the 17th I was prcsenrw.hon Mr.AVhceler. told
my husband of the noise In* heard'. I did not tro
down, and made no etTurt to ascertain any thing
about it. I do n't remember whether Mr. Wheel?
er took his tea that afternoon or not. I never heard
any noise in Mr. Colt's room. !!v room wasin
the buck part of the house, in the third store. I
never lent Co!t th^ saw but once.
Cross-examined by Mr. Seiden. Et was Mr.
Colt I saw on the bench. Didn't observe his dress,
rhe man wh? had the carpet bag stood stock-still
by Mr. Colt's doer when I first saw hint.
He came out, went down sta'r? on to the stoop.
He was genteely dressed; not quite as mil as Mr.
G?lt, and had on dark clothes. It was not more
than three or four minutes after he got on the
stoop before i henid Mr. Colt come up. I had
charge ol no room but D. Brandings : this was on
llielef' tide from the ?tairs. I did not eo between
the siidrs and Mr. Wheelers room: I can 't rix
exactly ibe time when I stood there.: it might
have been or little after;
By the District Attorney.?1 had not been to
breakfast. I did not observe the time when 1 went
back : we have no regular hour to take breakfast.
1 did not go dov.n a^ain tiii 11 o'clock. Did n't
see my husband at ail.
By a Juror. ?1 tie sh'.^ whs borrowed on Thurs?
day, the 16th.
By the District Attorney.?The man I saw hud
<)<y a bodv-ooar.
.Tames K. Hytjk called;?Am keeper of the City
Prison. 1 he box an.I cover were riot put in mv
charge. 1 never saw the c.-iver; have seatclied
for it; don't know what has become of it.
Cross-examined by Mr. Seiden.?The Deputy
Coroner asked if I could give him a place to put
the articles in. 1 gave him the key bf a cell, into
which he put them. He kept the key, and had ir
yesterday. The doors of ihe ceils are all alike;
Mr. V*and?rvo?rt's key would;not unlock the cell.
Capt. Swain called.?Am u turnkey of the City
Prison. Never saw the cover ol the box.
Cross examined by Mr. Seiden.? I knew no?
thing about Mr. Mjlliken getting the kry.
Mr. Asxoy.?Am a deputy keeper; never bavo
seen either the box or cover; don't know whether
others have access to the cell or not.
Mr. Patrick called.?Am deputy keeper ;
never saw the box or cover; know not whether
others have access d* the cell : was not there at
Mr. Button called.?Am one of the turnkeys;
know nothing of either the box or tie* cover: don't
know who has access to the cell; have seen watch?
men going into the cells.
Mr. Si mmerge caile.l.? Arc an engineer; know
thu eel! which contained the cover: do n't know
where tko cover is; Mrs. Lawrence; the wife of
the keeper, told me some watchmen had broken
open the coll. and. take:: wood out ; :: was not bro?
ken open to my knowledge.
John Davis called.?Am n police officer; don't
know where the cell is ; have never ?een the box
or the cover. The watchmen had access to the
cells. I recollect th-*- box coming in, but did not
see it. Tne doois of the cells have been left open.
Cross-examined by Mr. Seiden: Don't know
the cell in which the cover was placed.
Mr. MiLt.:Ni.n called.?The cover was put in
the middle of the cell; I had the key. and have
had it ail the time; there are 50 or 100 key-. I
presume, about rhe office that will f.: the lock ; I
never left it unlocked, ar.d never saw it let: open.
[Mr. Milliken then produced the shirr; c.-at, and
stock, wrapped in a paper.]
Dr. Gillman called.? I am a practising physi- i
cian : was not at the dead-house when the deac
body was brought there: I wa- called on Sunday
by the Coroner: 1 went down with Dr. Kissnm. to ,
the dead-house ; found on the table the body of a
mat: very much decayed. Beside the table was
the box. The body was tied up by a rope; the
rone passed from ena knee to the other, and then
round the xeck so as to brine the thighs tightly
upon the belly, and the head was ben* torward.
The bodv was excessively offensive, and covered
We had the rope cut and the body extended.^
and then proceeded to make an examination ot
injuries about the head. The skull was fractured
in several places : c?i the right *:de of the forehead
the socket of the trvc arid part of the cheet. Done
were beaten in.
On the left side the fracture was higher up; the
brow had escaped, but above it there was an ex?
tensive fracture not so latge as the other. The
features were decayed. These two fractures com?
municated in the upper part of the forehead- The
whole forehead at the upper pat: was beaten
Besides this there was a fracture or. tne right side
of the head, behind or above the ear; me bone
was net beaten in. though it was depressed. Be?
tween this and the other fracture there was a cou?
ple of inches. Ou the left side of the head was
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' also a tracture posterior to and a little above the
"ar : rd'-? was a small, round, eiean hole, through
w ?-ich y?u might thrust your largest linger ; there
j were no cracks extending from it. Beside this.
tb<?re were on the back of the head in the occiput
a fracture of peculiar character. Two pieces' of
j ?be bone, as large as the head of a nail, wen*
chipped otT. I found them and lifted them in.?
They were such as mi^ht be scaled off by an edge
blow of a sharp instrument. I remember no other
wounds about the head. The scalp could be de?
tached from the bone with ?he ringer; it was so i
much decayed. We examined the cavity of the j
skull. I could not tell whether the instrument j
passed through the hole directly or obliquely.? ':
The cavity of rhe skull was rilled with decayed!
braih; trom which we took pieces of bone of va?
rious si^es . ;ve founj nothing else ; some were as !
large as half a dollar.
There was nothing very particular about the
rest ol the body ; there was a d-trk mark on one
of the i'-?s, tfie left I think ; but I was uncertain
whether it was an injury or caused by the process
of decay. ."Something was s?id about a sore, but
rib satisfactory opinion could be formed about it.
The mark I saw was below the knee and above
the instep. There was s gold ringen the titiiier,
winch was ttke? off; I cannot remember on
which hand. YVe measured the body; it meas?
ured 5 feet 9 'i inches.
It was the body oi a slightly made man?not
J fat?et medium size, with ionc black hair. I
ean't say whether there was a bald spot on the
head or not; there were flight, dark whiskers
The spot on the leg was dry, "hard and perfectly
[It was stated in his deposition that the spot
was about four inches lon^' and two wide, on the
aacle of the left leg ]
All the wound.- about the head might have
been inflicted by. the hatchet, except the round
hole : :: is scarcely conceivable how it could
produce such a hole ; though it is possible it
might, i have seen tit-* hide in the skulls of men
who have been >hot; they were like this. I J
have heard air guns fired : I think the noise was
.-hgiit; I can compare it to nothing. I have
never :>? en in a room when fencing was going on
in another room. I think the sound ol an air
pistol is not like that produced by the clashing of
foil.-: at least it is not to my mind.
Sol less than five blows could have produced
the wounds on the head ; and more might have
been inflicted ; other persons might have exa?
mined the cavity of the skull before me ; the
lull might have been there, it' the person was
shot, and I not discover it, though I think it tin
? !y : if the person was shot and the wound
thai 1 saw w.ts the wound, lie could hare made no
noist ; it would have produced death very soon.
Mr; Selden objected to these questions bv the
District Atterney, because not. warranted bv tho
?hdictment; But they were allowed.
Examination resumed ?Supposing this hatchet
to have caused the person's death, it i* difficult to
say whether the death could have been caused by
a singlf blow, without noise, or not.
I think from the wounds that it is uncertain ;
it might have happened; it is to the last degree
improbable that a man struck with a hatcher so as
to fracture *!,e skull should hare power to cry out.
if the skull was driven in us wu found it by the
fit it bl iw; speaking would be out of the question
li he received but one blow, and that so violent
as to prevent hi- crying out, he would bleed but
little : but inor.- than if a pistol ball had caused I
his death. These were of cowrie sufficient to cause
his death. I did not examine the viscera ?f the
Cross-e; umint Iby Mr. Seiden.?The skull was
of ordinary thickness, I think. The skull will gen?
erally diminish slightly in thickness after death ;
the difference, however, is very slight. The bones
of the head, from their arched position, are quire
strong in resisting blows. The cheek bone is
strong; the ridge of the brow is likewise very
In a dead body the external surface of the skin or?
dinarily soonest decays the epidermis: next per?
haps the brain: it becomes as soft as soft custard
H'hes n fracture is given by a sharp instrument
the skull, cracks frequently extend in various
directions : thr* fracture may exceed in length the
When a blow is given that part will decay sooner
than the restiofthe body. In this case die scalp
would have decayed more rapidly than the other
In early life there is a grain in tho skull as in
wo.?!: in adults 1 think there is. none, fhe frac?
ture* may extend in any direction. Then; i, a
ca?irv between the outer and inner snrtu.ee of the
frontal Pone. The external surface of the whole
skull may also be broken and still the inner surface
rrtruin whole. In this cuse the wound may not
be followed by death.
The fracture on the rir'hr side of the bead and
tace I am sure must have been made by more than
one blow unless inflicted with the head of a very
large axe ; I believe it was made bv more than one
The fracture was probably caused by a biant in?
strument. That on the left side was likewise made
by a blunt instrument.
On the right side the head of the temporal bone
was not detached: THe blow on the pest-ri-jr part
of the skull may have been given either by a sharp
or a blunt instrument; the others were caused by
a blunt instrument; the cheek bone was driven rii
recJv backwaids. [Dr. G. described the direc?
tions and position of thcwourids by a plaster cast of
There was little more than a handful of the
brain ; the anterior part of the skull was empty.
The brain diminishes in bulk as it decays. How
lite round hole, was caused 1 cannot say.
Whatever was the blow 1 think its direction was
perpendicular to tlte head ; with a nail or bail it
might have been a little oblique.
The organic ribre of the flesh would remain af?
A blow on the skull of a iivir.r man would pro
d : ??? less noise than one on a deai skull.
The occiputa! bone of this head was^scarcely as j
pr jeering as they usually are. A scar would decay.
I think more rapidly thrxn any part of the body. I
did not identify the bone* found in the brain.
The Court adjourned tili 4 o'clock.
Font o'clock. 1
Dr. Gilimin's cross-examination resumed.?
There was no ciear.siag of the body whea I exaaa
ine? it: There was lime scattered about the body
but I observed nothing else. There *vas a talk
about sal: but I saw none, i was there from one
to two hours: I never saw the body alter that
dav : saw :*. two or three times during the day.
[ -\ skull was presented to Dr. G.]
This ?'?<?:.. is a very little tnicker than ordinary
sk ul.s. The junction of the different bones of the
bead are strongly marked in early life but grow
' gradually indistinct. In this there is but a ?mall
portion of temporal bone left. I have seen skulls
an Inch thick at the back, but the-e were very ex?
traordin?r.'. I saw do extravasatpd bi*?od on the
inside of the skull: After the brain is decayed it
makes no difference :a apnearar.ee whether the
) blood wer* in the ves-e? or extravasated. I
j remarked another wound which I forgot bet?re.
I it was a fracture of the lower jaw, on the right side,
j dL'ou: an inch from the chin, directiy under the
I centre of the eye Blood-vessels cut with a blunt
:E NO. 30 ASN-STREET.
hatchet will not bleed a* profusely as if cut by a
:r.arp knife ; the r*ason is supposed 10 be, that tho
blood in the nr.; case becomes entangled in the
rough edges of the vessel, that it coagulates and
thus prevents a free now. Blood would stop flow?
ing either:just before ot just after life ceased w hen
a person dies by a wound.
By the District Attorney.?A man is not :ena'
so long as the circulation i? continued, though the
blood may cease to flow before life is extinct.
A tiaii as large or nearly as large as the round
tioie would produce such a wound as is r.eariy over
the left ear. Whether it would cause fissures in
vartous directions or rot. uouhi depend upon ?: e
force with which it was driven. Tttis bole was
round, with slightly ragged edges?exactly such
as .n ball would make. [ did not examine ti e
wrappers ar??at)d the body in the box. The bodir i
was not washed befote 1 firs; examined i:: it was (
By a Juror.?Then? whs as much brain in th<
skill! a? I should have expected.
By Mr. Seiden.?In decaying, the surface be?
Pr. Kissam called.?L was not preser* ar die
early part of the post-mortem examination of this
tody ; thoughT was afterwards. [Dr. K.'- de?
scription ot the appearance of the body and its
wounds was precisely like that we have already
given as stated by Dr. Gill man; we -iinli hot
therefore repeat it.] I could not a-count tor the
black spot on the left ancUt; it was drier than t! e
re-r: [ did not examine th" artich-s taken from
the box: I have seen the hatch*: in court; th-1
small circular wound in the back part ot t! e head
did not appear like ono likely to have boeu :: 1
by the hatchet; if it had been made by a ball I shou! I
suppose the edges would have been smoother;
I have never seen skuil.- through which balls have
passed : the other wounds. I should think, cool i
have boon made with the hatchet.
Cross examined by Mr. Silden.?I saw the body
before the cord was cut: it ha.! not been cleansed ;
I saw nothing like salt upon or about the bo.lv ; i
believe there was chloride of lime about it: I suw
no other wouuds upon th" body: when 1 first saw
it the head was drawn toward- tiie knees : the
wound on the right side of the head, I think, might
possibly have been caused by one blow from the
tltt side of the hatchet: iti that case the blow
would have been given laterally; the cheek and
temporal bones are very thin ; in that case I think
the blow must have been given in front; the wound
on the left side I think might have been given
from the same position : the skull, I th'nk, was
about the average thickness ; the skull is thin
where the circular wound was found ; the pieces
chipped off from the back of the hewl were merely
the external bone of th* -kuli, an i were about as
thick ?s a wafer: the skull begins m thicken fust
above the circular wound, which was about bnlf
an ir ch from '.he suture; the scalp was entirely
taken from the head ; I saw a. black coat and }
some sail-cloth either on the floor or in the box;
By th* District Attorney.?The first blow, if
given on the right side of the bond, as I supposed,
would have caused him to fall, if stauding; und if
sitting, would have knocked him fro.o his chuir.?
lie would probably have fallen on the left side. [|
would have produced death, I think. If the blow
had been upon the right side, I hardly think the fall
would have caused the fracture on the left side. I
should not think it possible that, if. the blow on the
right side bad been given first, the person could
have received the others before failing. The cir?
cular wound had rough edges. I think it barely
possible that the edge of the; hatchet hammer
might have caused the hole. Concussion of the
brain deprives u person of the power of speech ;
either of the first wounds would have deprived the
[ person of the power of self-defence. I could not
! tell in what position the body was when the blows
were given. There would have been considerable
I effusion of blood, I think, from the-e wounds;
I By Mr. Seiden.?The wound on the left side is
much less than that on the other. I think the
I blow would not produce an increase of muscular
action even lor a moment, even it" the muscU'S
were in full action at the time. I think there
would have been an immediate relaxation.
Mr. S eld ex.?By a recent experiment, I was
able to move my arm with a club LitJ or 10 times
in half a minute ; and thus a blow could be given
in less than a second; Now, supposing tie- fingers
of one person to be on the throat of another; and a j
blow given by that other, would there not be a mo- ,
mentary contraction of the muscles '
witness ?I think not.
Bu Mr. Etnmeti.? I have heard of per, n - re
ceivine a wound producing immediate death and
still jumping from the ground ; but I can refei to
no such cases;
By the District Attorney.?If a person were
attacked and thrown upon the floor by another who
hud him by the throat, and should sei/.e n weapon
arid inflict a blow upon his assailant like that on
the head, blood would fall upon the one below.?
The person struck would probably be thrown upon
Dr. AitcHKR, called.?Am Coroner of the city ;
was present at the preliminary examination of the
hod.. The wounds, so fur hs I know, have been
rightly desc-ihed by Dr. Gilmer. I have never
seen skulls perforated by balls. I took a ring
from the finger of the body. I should think it un
likelv that a blow- with a hatchet should have pro?
duced the circular wnund. The ring whs on the
little finger of the rijjhc hand, and was the .-am.-:
that was shown to .Mrs. Adams at the inquest.
Cross-examined by Mr. Seiden?i thmk it quite
unlikely that, the circular wound shou!>. have bee;,
produced bv the edge of the b&tchct-hammer; I
was on the vessel w hen the box was taken up.; w as
bv th* box when it was open, and a,'. at <:ead
hotise : I directed the chloride of hrr.e to :^e put on ;
[ don't recollect seeing any solid body in the box
except the body and the cloths ; it is possible that
two .uarts of salt might, have been dissolved in the
box; but if dry I think I should have seen it.
~By ihe District Attorney?I assisted in taking
the body from the box at the dead-house; I was
present and was aided by Mr. Ajken, Mr. Bate.,
and I think one of the orncers. The cloths were
removed from the body in my presence. I examined
the box so far as to see an awning, a black broad?
cloth dress coat, a stock and some oakum or tow ;
and that's all I saw. These things tyecs rcmsved
by Mr. Milliken; I did not examine tho bottom of
th* box : the stock was apphed to the neck ; it
ws5 cut through, and there was a corresponding i
cut un the faxe.
[Some conversation here pfc.<seda- to the key of
the room formerly occupied by Colt.]
No cloths were taken from the box till the body
was out; the rope was a regularly spun rope and
with the other articles was put in tho cell under
the Mayor's direction.
Dr. Kissam recalled by Mr. Seiden?The body
was not that of a fat man; I should think it was
of moderate size, the muscles of the arms and leg."
fully developed; the weight I should suppose
would be 138 or 140ibs.
MRS. EMMELINE R. ADAMS called?My
husband's name was Samuel Adam- ; hi*
weiild have been thirty on the 7th of October ; *
wa.- a printer; his piace of basins*5 wz? come
Gold and Ana-streets. He had a foreman in bis
, j At .?un He was last a.
employment named .Maniw?a
home on the 17th ; left at noon; that dm
?er hour; he took dinner at home ; he left home
blf?re1 P M ; I do not know where he intended
to eo He did not returs on that day. nor tne next;
che nrst advertisement was put in the paper on
Tuesday evening;, appearing on Wednesday. When
he left home he had oh a Slack coai, a bud* vest of
corded -:ur. of cotton, and mixed pantaloons of
gambroonV; the shirt was of cotton; on his neck
ws? a black stock : lie had a ring on hi* little fin?
ger o: the right hind ; his name wd< not on tk <
shut. 1 did not see the body i?t the dead-huuse.
A ring v.hs -ho.vn tr.e a: the Coroner's inquest.?
[The ? ritic wa> here handed to the witness.]
I think this 1? the ring which he wore; I
recognized tue stock and the coat; both were hi*.
The shirt was not shown to me : 1 think it doubt
tul whether I should recognise it. [The stock and
coat were shown to her, the Jnty and the Court ]
L made the stock myself arid know it was his : the
body was afterwards buried from my father *
h.iuse. He had a watch with him wh?n hxt went
home : attached to it were a gold chain, key and
a seal. [Thev watch was handed to her.] The??
are the watch and kev : I had worn the key two
years myself; I know the key by dent* upon it; i
made then) myself. I am positive he had the watch
and key th* day I saw him la*:. I was in the
country when he got the watch and I don't know
how [01 g . <? had it. 1 returned in September, and
? ri.e watch when 1 went away. The
night before he went away, en Wednesday, he took
he c:-.a-r; off from*my chair, took the pincers and
tried to get the dents out. We were out visiting
at Mrs. Concklios at 90 Chatham street the dav
before he was missing. I was up stairs with Mrs.
C. and he \uo at the store with Mr. C.
Mci Seldr.n waived the right to cross-examine
Mr. Km.mktt suggested that in consequence of
the effluvia from the articles, the court should ad
: ?um. He had been absent from Ids family since
Wednesday evening, ami it mt^ht be well to ad?
journ on the account of others as well as that of
1 he court decided to examine Mr. Monahan pre?
vious to adjournment;
H txGH Mos?ha.n called.?Am a printer; knew
San lei Adams ; was foreman to him ; his place of
business was on the coi ner o( G dd and Ann streets ;
I was foreman for him for fourteen mnnths ; I knew
Mr. Coir : iie anil Mr. Adams had business to?
gether ; Mr. A. printed hi* book-kaeping; I have
not the books of account here ; Mr. Spark* has
them: Mr. Adams made the entries in his book*
himself; he left his office, corner of Gold and Ann
streets, on Friday. Sept. 17. about 3 o'clock V. M. ;
I don't recollect where hi' was going. [Not allow?
ed to iell what lie said.] He suid nothing at the
time of leaving ; don't know winch way he went;
he did noi return again ; he hid en a black stock,
q bl ick coat, black gnnbr?nn pants, black hit and
shoes, 1 think: lie was a slightly built man, five
lect ten inches in bight; he had a watch with
bim; I saw it the tirst day he gut it, I think
from Mr, Hemsen in Water-street; this watch 1
? ink is tfie one; I tell ir only by the back; did Hot
see.the body or the coat and stock at trie dead
douse: Mr. Adams was missing three days before
any effort was made to give publicity to it ; the ad?
vertisement first appeared on \\'ednesday morn?
ing ; I had not seen Colt, on the Friday -Mr. Adam*
disappeared : I last saw Colt at Adams's office,
about a week before ; can't tell whether Mr. A.
was present or not: did not see Coit between the
lime of Mr. A.'s disappearance and the publica?
tion of the advertisement : the work was finished
the M uidav before Mr. A.'* disappearance; i
first naw Colt the day following the advertise?
ment ; ho called at the office between 10 and 12
o'clock; he inquired for me: we occupied three
floors from the second "story; he came in rather
suddenly and asked if Mr. Adams was in; 1 an
swered ' no ;' be said he had seen the notice in th?
newspaper that he was missing; I told him ' ho
hud been missing since the previous Friday at '?
o'eslocl? ;' I think ho made no reply ; I said that 'if
1 had known where hi* (Colt's) othcu was I should
have called to a.*k when he bad seen Mr. Adam*
last ;' he risen said ' Mr. Adams hail done Isis print?
ing for three years, and he had always found him
very kind and accommodating to him;' about
ihi-, lime n gentleman came in to see about some
work ; Mr. Co It. introduced himself to him ; i thon
.'?.served to Mr. Colt thut his plates and part of
ids sheets were iu the office; he desired rue to
rake care of them, and spoke of some work that
I Mr. Adams did and Mr. Wells had bound; the
rest of his conversation 1 cannot repeat; 1 referred
him to Mr. H ells about his work ; I do not know
the id..: be were; it was a plain gold ring; I asked
Mr. Coll if in* did not owe Mr. Adams about two
hundred.dollars; he replied that he owed him
about fifty dollars ; lie then left a/id went to see
Mr. Wells, whose place of business was nearly
opposite; I did not see Colt again till after his
Cross Examined by Mr. Skluk.v. Tho work
.1 Colt was )i work en bookkeeping. I do not
know in wir..? name it was published. I mean
by saying that, ir was printed, that the printing was
complete. I believe Mr. Sparks and Mr. Well*
have charge of the steieotype plates ; can't say
bow much they weigh ; in ease of an old wgrk we
consider them tlx; same as old metal. I cannot
tell how much they would cost.
Mr. Sr-lden asked him to ascertain.
J Orville Taylor was the man to whom Coir in
roduced himself at the office. He lives in Fourth st.
near Broadway. 1 believe he is now in Pennsylva?
nia. Mr (!olt and I were standing near the counter,
and my loo: was in a chair; Mr. faylor asked rhe
for the chair, as he was fatigued. Mr. Colt said
? My name is Mr. Celt; 1 presume yours is Mr.
Taylor;' 1 did not mention Mr. Taylor's name.
The court was about to adjourn, when one of the
jurors, saying that he wished that the rights of the
mrors should he respected as well as the rights of
die counsel,asked thar. the sessions might be longer;
and the Court said that hereafter the session would
commence at '.) o'clock. The Court said that tho
trial would probably occupy two or three days next
week, and h* was glad to hear the wishes of tne
jur?rs. The-Conn went on to say that the Gover?
nor's room had been prepared tor the use of thu
jurors to-morrow, where they w ould bave any privi?
lege consistent with the law. .Any request they
had to make with regard to to-rnorrow, he wauid
The Uisrnc- Attorney suggested ?hat, if the ju?
rors had no objection, be would prefer that they
should not attend cliurch, ?s something prejudicial
to this case michi be iaiJ.
Mr S tlden ? t I that the prisoner had requested,
him to say that io fur as his wishes were con
? ? ?>':. r::<??. c u.d ?>?* ??!! >wed to attend church.
The Court then briefly informed the jury of their
duty as to keeping free from all bia.s,.and told
them, if ihey would go in a body, they could go to
: ind, a' the request of a juror, they were
all iwed to write messages to their families.
Ml Emmett said it would be impossible for him
he here on Monday as early as 'J.
Mr. Seiden said tkat for his part he would as?
sent to meet as early and sir as late as any one.
The District Attorney said that on Monday be
would examine all the remaining witnessoi, and
trie examination would no: be tedious.
The box was then brougb. into Court and Mr.
Williken was re-called?Ue stated the size or the
box as determined by measurement en the --pot.
Tne awning was in rhe box i across the ends were
two cleets:wfth about seventeen nails dnven m each;
a* near a, I can remember the body lay nearly in
the enter of th- box . the wat and stock were un
d?r th- body, as wa, also most of the awmng; the
, r,r the tnan me bottom ; tne head
oodv was nearer u**>. k . , , e ,
' i.n?r six o" eight inches rrom one end of the
was anout s.'x s
and ?be feet about the same distance from the
other: between the extremities and the ends of the
box were pieces of cloth and the oakum or tow; the
head was bent nearly to the knees; it laid on its
back and was not swollen.
The Court directed Mr. Milliken strictly to ex?
amine the awning, to see whether there were any
nail holes in it or not. Six officers were then sworn
to take ckarge of the Jury until Monday, and tho
Court was adjourned to 10 o'clock this morning.
SCHOOL DEIKS A.V? CHAI8?.
r^IGJIT DJEsgf, /f.urseeU each) and 32 Caair*
Cs for tK<! sarae?3c*rly new?for salt low. Ernuirt of
H. Jt S; Rayaor, 70 R?"'cry. j? ?*?*