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BY NASH & HARPER,
At the low price of tl 75, in advance
. Q&ce in Telegraph Building,
of Hamilton county.
' FOR BOARD oTTcBLIC WORKS.
ALEXANDER G. CONOVER,
of Auglaize county. .
Death of General Taylor.
TJi reDort was
Tuesday evening, of the demise of Gen
Tatlok, President of the United States.J
We attempted to ascertain the truth in
regard to the matter, but could notleirn(
tfct it had any foundation in fact-4t
was not even stated that he was sick
in consequence of which the report was
On Wednesday morning, however,
the cad intelligence reached us in a
manner perfectly reliable. He died at
35 minutes past 10 o'clock, on Tuesday j
evening. The particulars, so far as the.
telegraph could furnish them, will be
found under the proper head.
This intelligence will cast a gloom
over the country, such as it has not felt
since the death of Gen. Harrison. But
we have no time or room to put on pa-j
oer the thoughts suczested by this,
g n - ow
mournful event We defer them until
Gen. Taylor will be succeeded, in
the Presidential office, by Vice Presi
dent Fu.lmo.be, a man eminently quali
fied, in every sense, to discharge the
duties of the office with honor to him
self and credit to the country.
The Iowa Contest.
The House of Representatives, by a
vote of 95 to 95, have decided against.
giving the seat, now occupied by Thomp
son. Loco, to D. F. Miller, Whig. Our,
readers will recollect that Mr. Miller,
was elected by the Mormon vote that.
the poll-book was missing, and thus
ThomDSon. Loco, was returned. " This,
poll-book, after being concealed by this
man Thompson and his lawyers, more
than a year, was at last discovered on
them by accident. Miller claimed his
right to his seat, and on motion to de
clare Miller duly elected, the vote stood
95 yeas to 94 nays; the Speaker voted
in the negative, making a tie and de
feating the motion.
There were twenty-one Whigs absent;
and eighteen Locos. Among the Whigs
absent we notice the name of Mr. Vin
ton. Of course we know not the cause
of the absence of any, but this much
we do know, that there has not been a
vote taken during this session, wheie
we more gladly should have seen the
name of our representative recorded,'
than among the yeas on this motion; for.
by no vote has justice and decency been
P. S. A Washington correspondent.
of the N. Y. Tribune says Mr. Vinton
was absent on account of sickness,
Abolitionism vs. Hon. S. F. Vinton.
We publish this week the proceedings
of the Abolition convention, held at,
Wilksville. We most willingly com
dIv with the request to publish; for, as
a 0 - j
we ask nothing but equal and exact jus
tice to all, we are sure nothing we could
say would go so far in showing the real
character, the vileness and depravity of
this Abolition party, as these proceed
ings. Such falsehoods and abuse put
forth in such language, well earns for its
originators the name of blackguard and
bully. The whole affair, convention,
proceedings and nomination is too con'
te-nptible to excite any other feelings
than those of disgust.
We call attention to the remarks of
the Me. s Co. Telegraph in connection
with this subject.
Constitutional Convention. W ej
learn by a private dispatch from Colum
bus that this body adjourned on Monday
till December. We suppose it is owing!
to the orevalence of the cholera. Had
members been less disposed to talk and
more to act, the object of the Conven
tion might have been accomplished ere
this. But as it is, the people will not
get a chance to express their opinion
thereon till another spring.
' The judiciary report un
Ar discussion for the last week.
There is much-opposition to certain
rv-trtinns of the report, but the ma-
jjva w - - '
jority seem inclined to adopt, the.
plan proposed by the committee.
Hone a j -!-- -r .
... - I it,. ,nninit nn
" f m .
the question oi .uKi " ",Gf
Judges snoo id noia meir uiuco. -:and
;m was finally fixed at five years.?
We think the term should at
OhMre been seven.
Locofocos State Convention.
The Locofocos assembled in Co-,
Iumbus on the 4th inst., to nominate
a candidate for the Board , of Public
Works. A. P. Miller, of Butler co,
received the nomination.
These resolutions go the hard
money doctrino thoroughly. They
resolved that it was the duty of the
constitutional convention, to to frame
that instrument that hereafter no,
bank of issue, $-c.t could ever be char
tered under it. -
This is to the point, and there can
be no misunderstanding it. We
shall see its effects upon these mem
bers of the Convention, whom it was
intended to reach.
The Cincinnati Inquirer of Saturday
has the following in regard to chole
ra in that city:
The Board of Health
terdav afternoon and re
ty-three deaths during the last 24
hours sixty-live ot which were
From the manner in which the in
formation of the Board is obtained,
we place no confidence in this report.
During yesterday the Clerk issued
only 3S permits, 18 of which were
cholera deaths. Of this number 16,
were for interment in the grave
yards especially used by our foreign
At St. Louis, during the week
ending July 1st., there were 196
deaths, of which 67 were cholera.
This is an increase over the previous
At Nashville, on the 1st insL, there
were four interments, three of which
were Cholera. The Nashville Ban
ner and Whig of Tuesday last, says:
We regret to learn that the Chol
era is rather on the increase in this
vicinity. On Sunday there were
some sixty cases of the Cholera or
diarrhoea at the Penitentiary and one
death, the deceased, a man namedtorif
Uilhngham, (put in tor attempting
runoff with negroes,) having been
attacked about breakfast time, and
was buried at half past 3 P.M.
The malignity of the disease appears
Late accounts from the Plains say
that the cholora has broken out
among the California emigrants, and
was making terrible ravages.
At Maysville there has been seve
ral cases of cholera morbus, and one;
death from cholera that of a black
man who acted imprudently.
1 here has been a lew cases on
and along the river for the last week
or two. Thei e have been several
deaths at the Kanawha salines.
There has been no case in Gallipolis
There was a case something resem
bling cholera a mile below town
last Sunday night. It was the case
of a black woman who had been very
Gallipolis was never more healthy
than at present.
Dr. Fitch's Lectures.
We have before us a work con
taining six lectures on "the use oli
the lungs, and causes, prevention and
cure of consumption, &c, with illus
trations, by S. S. Fitch, M. D." The1
Doctor has attained to some notori-j
ety for a successful management of
the diseases of the lungs and heart.
The book contains a great many
valuable suggestions in regard to the
subjects treated of. The book can
be had at Feming & Co's,
We understand that Hon.
Nye, of Marietta, has
President Judgeship of the 8th cir
cuit, and that Hon. John Welch, ofj
Athens, has been appointed as his
successor. An excellent appoint
BOSTON. July 6.
Ari3iuu tvuiu w,i
the other questions - were ans-j
wered adverse to the confession. The
leajtjopinion is universally expressed that
Professor Webster appeared before
the Council yesterday, and pleadedllha
in aid oi the petition of the husband
and father for a commutation of pun
ishment. Airs. Webster said she
had been unwavering in the belief ofl
her husband s innocence until he
had made his confession; she alsosta
tea mat u was cnieny mrougn ner
means and representations that the'
petition for pardon and protestation
of bis innocence was sent in after
their withdrawal. The Council sent!
for Dr. Putnam, and stated that they
having great doubts on certain points
m the conlession, bad consulted sep-
erately three eminent surgeons, and
a document had been prepared for,
him to present to Professor Webster J
but betore the document was read
the doors were closed; -but it was
. , -
understood that one of the queslioniThe
ipropounaea ,was wnetner such a
Jstick as that described in the confes-
would give such a blow as
A aq noA 'flaatrt !n t Ark nnintrtAB I
Bwouy - death
VTUUIVJ iauo7 uvaiu aa w u uuuuico,
and all three considered it would not
no commutation will be granted.
From the Meigs Co. Telegraph.
Free Soleras—Mr. Vinton.
and tnen, as if to proclaim with
toimore distinct emphasis, the harlequin
offPolitical falsehood, sometimes at
man who wilfully or deliberate
We publish to-day, the proceedings
'of the Free Soil convention at Wilks-
Ville. We do so with feeelings of re
zret and disappointment The lan
guage made use of in regard to Mr
ivinton, is disgraceful and degrading
to any respectable body of men. No
one whose feelings are not entirely
blunted by a fanatical zeal, couli so
far forget what is due to the amen-
ties of hie to gentlemen from gen
lemen to citizen from citizen tof
representative from constituent as
to descend to sucn a aepin oi
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contemptible ribaldry and vitupera
live slans. Mr. Vinton has repre
ented this congressional district
a quarter of a century in tne nauonn
al councils and we nazara nouiiu
in saying that no public man of the!
ara has acauired a more enviablei
reputation, for integrity, ability, and
an undevialing consistency of action.
No man in Congress has a greater or!
more deserved innuence man jui-:
Long befoie these men whoby
denounce him, had ever AoM-Asubinitte(j
of this slavery question, Mr. V mton
was doinp service to the cause ota
freedom. His amendment to Cal
houn's scheme for colonizing the In
dian tribes, by which they were lo
cated South instead ol orin oi roe
Missouri compromise line, thus erect
ing the free States of Wisconsin,1
Iowa, and in time Minnesota and
others, and restricting the formation
of slave States over what is now tne
Creek, Cherokee, and other Indian
country, was a more substantial ser
vice to freedom, than the combined
hosts of Free Soilism have accom
plished since their advent into the po
litical world. The defeat of Walker's
amendment last Congress, which was
done almost solely under the lead of
Mr. Vintbn, (and so acknowledged
by the National Era,) was a servicej
of more importance to the country
and to mankind, than the passage of
all the Root resolutions that can be!
framed between now and the extinc
tion of slavery on this continent.
Yet these men are found maligning,'
ridiculing and carricaturing Mr. Vin
character of their proceedings, pro
pose to fill his place in the councils of
the nation with the candidate named.
Was ever such a farce perpetrated in
open day in this district before?
We know what we sav, when wej
affirm, that there cannot be found ten
Free Soilers, i n this county, who
approve of that resolution. We
know more, that there are not twenty-five
in this county, but who to
morrow would vote for Mr. Vinton,
in preference to their own nominee
Now as to the charge we have
the . authority of Horace Mann, oil
Massachusetts, who voted for Root's
resolution that it was ill-timed, and
so considered by the best anti-slave
ry men in Congress a fire-brand,
intended for mischief and mischief
only. So much so was it consider
ed, that even David Wilmot, the
great father of the Proviso, sat in his
seat while the vote was taken and
although twice called refused to vote
so indignant was he at the course
of Mr. Root. What more is wanted
to show up this matter in its true
More than this; as originally of
fered, Mr. Root's resolution instruct
ed the committee to bring in a bill
to establish a territorial government
for California when it was known
that she had formed a Slate constitu
tion prohibiting slavery, which in ten
days was verified by the appearance
of her Senators and Representatives
at the Capital. Yet Mr. Vinton isl
denounced for voting to lay such a
proposition on the table. Verily,
men s stomachs are becoming very
We have pursued this subject far
enough. . We feel it to be almost a
work of supererogation to say any
thing in vindication of Mr. Vinton,
in this district but lest some might
be led astray, we have thought prop
er to give facts. If the tastes of cer
tain ambitious men can only be grat-j
ified by a descent to such venality as
exhibited by the resolution in ques
tion, let them take their course. But
they must recollect one thing, that
taches to the moral reputation, and
y utters a slander upon the political
r ll j ,
of a neighbor, would
t fan mo r al reputation,!
lva am aHiAB cmrKi!-! ct:o1D
were it not for remedies which exist
under the common counU.
m i'E" vuiaio ur lUAaMtUUSETTo.a
returns of the Assessors in
,... r. .i. . .
rjOThe Lake Superior Journa
ays the arrangements to remove the
onippewa Indians from Lake bup
nor are producing much dissatisfac
tion among the Indians and the
whites. The Indians are loth to n
move, and the whites to let them go.
The policy of removing them is con
demned. Many of them are partly
civilized, and we cannot find a coun
try better fitted and more out of the
way for the Chippewas.
New Census or Massachusetts
'sachusetts, so far. as they have been
publwhed and compared with the
population of 1840, show a very
marked increase in nearly every,
town. . The common range is above'
5(Jper cent, for the ten yearsr while
in some towns the increase Tuns up
to 100 per cent, 150 per cent, 200
Free Soleras—Mr. Vinton. CONFESSION OF PROF. WEBSTER,
KILLING OF DR. PARKMAN!!!
BOSTON, Tuesday, July 2.
J - . . j i
MassteatjonJI V uVnrt itfl
f jind holtad them the doora of the lee-,
lorPpersonai acquaintanceship with Proles
Ethe letter and his fist into my face
J? was a 8tick of wood
a . .
At a meetins of the Council this morn-:
ing, the case of Professor Webster was
referred to a committee.
Before the committee, at 12 o'clock
aDDeared. Rev. Dr. Putnam, the spirit
ual adviser of the condemned, with a
petition for" a commutation of punish
ment, together with a confession that
he killed Dr. Parkman.
The Rev. gentleman prefaced the
v . few remarks relative to'
minui, ; which the confession was'
made to him. He stated tiat he had no'
sor Webster before being called to act
in the capacity of his spiritual adviser.
In the first few weeks of Lis visit he
sought no acknowledgment of the pri
soner. At length on the 23d of May,1
he visited him In bis cell and demanded
of him. for his own well-being, that he
tell the truth in regard to thei
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mailer, -anti no bwou iu um icucai
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a a statement which was now
submitted for the consideration of the
Council. It was as follows:
I sent the note to Dr. Parkman.which
it appears wairried by the boy Max
well. 1 handed it to umieneia unseal
ed. It was to ask Dr. Parkman to call(
at my rooms on Friday, the 23d, after,
my lecture. He had become of late
very importunate for his pay. He had
threatened me with a suit, to put an offi-(
cer into my house, and to drive me from
my professorship, if I did not pay him.
The purport of my note was simply to
ask the conference. I did not tell him
in it what I could do or what I had to
sav about the payment. I wished to
gain for those few days a release from
his solicitations, to which 1 was liable
every day. on occasions and in a man
ner very disagreeable, and also to avert
for so long a time at least the fulfilment
of recent threats of severe measures.
I did not expect to be able to pay him
when Friday should arrive. My pur
pose was. it he should acceae to the
proposed interview, to state to him my.
embarrassments, and utter inability to
oav him at present, to apologize for
those things in my conduct wnicn naa
offended him, to throw myself upon his
mercy, and to beg for further time and
indulgence for the sake of my family, if
not for my own, and to make as good
promises to him as I could have any
hope of keeping. 1 did not hear from
him on that day, nor the next, (Wed
nesday. but I found on Thursday he
had been abroad in pursuit ot me, with'
out finding me. 1 imagined be bad for
gotten the appointment, or else did not
mean to wait for it. 1 reared he would
come in upon me at my leciure-room,
or while I was preparing my cxpen
mcnts for it therefore I called at his
house on that morning, (rriday.)be
tween 8 and 9 o'clock, to remind him
of my wish to see him at the college at
1J o'clock my lecture closing at I
o'clock. I did not stop to talk with him
for I expected the conversation would
be a long one, and 1 had my lecture to
prepare, tor it was necessary for me to
have my time, and also to keep my mind
free from other exciting matters
Dr. Parkman agreed to call on me as
I proposed. He came accordingly be
tween li and 2 o'clock, entering at the
lecture room door. 1 was engaged in
removing some glasses from my lecture
room table into the room in the rear
called the upper laboratory; he came
rapidly down the step and followed me
into the laboratory; ne immediately aa
dressed me with great energy, "Are you
ready for me, sir have you got the mo
nevl" I replied, "No, Dr. Parkman,"
and was then beginning to state my con-.
dition nnd my appeal to him, but he
would not listen to me, and interrupted
-e with much vehemence; he called me
scoundrel and liar, and went on heaping
on me the most bitter taunts and oppro
brious epithets; while he was speaking
he drew a handiui oi papers irom nis
oocket and took from among them raj
two notes, and also an old letter from
Dr. Hosack, written many years ago.
nd congratulating him on his success
getting me appointed rroiessor oli
Chemistry. " i ou see," he said, "I got
you into your office, and now I will get
you out of it." Ho put back into his
pocket all the papers except the letter'
and the notes; I cannot tell how long
the torrents of threats and invectives
continued, and I cannot recall to memo
ry but a small portion of what he said.
At first I kept interposing, trying to
pacify him, so" that 1 might obtain the
object for which I sought the interview,
but I could not stop him, and soon my
own temper was up; I forgot everything.
and felt nothing but the 'sting of his
words. I was excited to the highest
degree of passion, and while he was
speaking and gesticulating in the most'
violent and menacing manner, inrusung
dealt him an instantaneous blow with all
the force that passion could give it. I
did not know, or think, or care where 1
should hit bim, nor how hard, nor what
the effect would be; it was on the aide
of the head," and there was nothing to
break the force of the blow; he fell m-j
stantly upon the pavement; there was
no second blow; he did not move; I
stooped down over him, and he' seemed
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to be liteless; oiooo uowea irum uis
mnuih. and I cot aaponge and wiped i:
dway; I got some ammonia and applied
it to his nose, DUl wimoui eueci; per
hana I anent ten minutes in attempts to
resuscitate him, but 1 found he was ab-:
SOlUtely dead; in my iiurrur wiu cuu-j
ture-room and of the laboratory below;
and then what was I to dot It never.
occurred to e V go out and declare
what had been done, and obtain asais
tance; I saw nothing but the alternativei
of a successful movement and conceal
r .i,iriii mAmmeni inn ennemu a
ment of the body on the one hand, and
of infamy and destruction op the other.
The first thing l did, as soon as i couia
do anything, was to draw the body into
the private room adjoining, where I,
took off the clothes and began putting
them into the fire, which was burning
in the upper laboratory; they were aii(
a Wa that afternoon, with
papers, pocket-book and whatever theyl
contained. I did not examine the po-lby
watch. I saw that, or the chain of it,
hanging out, I took it and threw it over
Ko krM aa I went to Cambridge. My
next move was to get the body into the(
sink which stands in the small private,
room, by setting the body partially erec
against the corner, and by getting up
nto the sink myself, 1 succeeded in
drawing it up there; it was entirely dis-(
membered; it was quickly done, as a
work of terrible and desperate necessi
ty." The only inktrument was the knife
found by the officers in the tea chest.
which I kept for cutting corks. I made
no use of the Turkish knife, as it was
called at the trial; that had long been
kept on my parlor mantel-piece in Cam
bridge, as a curious ornament. My
daughters frequently cieanea it, nence
e marks of oil and polishing louni
on it. I had lately brought it into Bos
ton to get the silver sheath repaired.
While dismembering the body- a
stream of Cochituate water was run
ning through the sink carrying offi
the blood in a pipe that passed down
through the lower laboratory.
There must have been a leak in the
pipe, for the ceiling below was stain
ed immediately around it
There was a fire burning in the lur-
nace of the lower laboratory; Little
field was mistaken in thinking there
had never been a fire there; he had
probably never kindled one, but I
had done it myself several times; I
had done it that day for the purpose
of making oxygen gas; the head and
viscera were put into that lurnace
that day, and fuel heaped on; did not
examine at night to see to what de
gree they were consumed; some ofj
ihe extremities were put in there, l
believe, on that day. The pelvis and
some of the limbs, perhaps, were all
put under the lecture-room table, in
what is called the well, a deep sink
ined with lead; a stream of Cochi
tuate was turned into it, and Kept
running through it all Friday night;
the thorax was put into a similar
well in the lower laboratory, which
I filled with water, and threw in a
quantity -of potash which I. found
there. This disposition ol the re-
mains was not changed tin aner me
visit of the officers on Monday.
When the body had been thus all
disposed of. I cleared away all tra-
ces of what had been done..
I think the stick with which the
fatal blow had been struck proved
to be apiece of the stump of a large
ijrape vine say two inches in diam
eter and two feet long. It was one
of several pieces which I had cariied
in from Cambridge long beJore lor
the purpose of showing the effect of
certain chemical fluids in coloring
wood, by being aosorted into the
pores the grape vine being a verj
porous wood was well adapted to
this purpose. Another longer stick
had been usee as intended and ex
hibited to the students; this one had
not been used I put it into the fire.
I took up the two notes either
from the table or the floor, I think
the table, close by where Dr. P. had
fallen; I seized an old metalic pen ly-!
ing on the table, dashed it across the
face and through the signatures, and
put them m my pocket; 1 do not
know why I did this rather than
put them in the fire, for I had not
considered for a moment what effect
eitner moue oi aisposing oi uiem
..t I , C .1
would have on the mortgage, or my
indebtedness to Dr. P. and the other
persons interested, and i naa noi
. a a w
set civen a single thought to the
question as to what account I should
give of the objects or result ol my in
terview with Dr. Parkman; I never
saw the sledge-hammer spoken of by
Littlefield never knew of its exis
tenceat least I have no recollec
tion of it; I left the College to go
home as late as six o'clock; I collec
ted myself as well as I could, that "1
might meet my family and others
with composure. On Saturday I
visited my rooms at the College,
but laid no plans as to my future
course; on iaturaay evening reaa
the notice in the Transcript respec
ing the disappearance; 1 was then
deeply impressed with the necessity
of immediately taking some ground
as to the character of my interview
with Parkman, for 1 saw that it must
become known that I had bad ' such
an interview, as 1 had appointed it
first by an unsealed note on Tuesday,
and on Friday I had myself 'called at
his house in open day and ratified
the arrangement, and had there been
seen, and naa proDaoiy oeen over
heard by the man-servant, and 1
knew not by how many persons Dr.
m m lilt
P. might have been seen entering
my room, or how many persons he
might have told by the way where
he was going; the interview would
n all probability be known, and J
must be ready to explain it. - The
question exercised me much, but on
Sunday my course was taken, i
would go into Boston and be the
first to declare myseli tne person as
vet unknown with whom kJT.tr. naa
mada the aooointmenU I would
tha irroiind that I had invited him tolped
the College to pay " him money, and
that I had paid it accordingly. 1 fix-
, hft um by uiiDg &0 gmal
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note and adding interest, wnicn, it
appears, I cast erroneously.
If I had thought of this course ear -
an(j hich pettee knew I had
me at the hour of interview. It
takelremove spots of blood, but was drop
by accident. When the officersj
r I should not have deposited Pet-I
tee's check tor uu w . T,i
River Bank on Saturday, hut Bnouiarn
have .uncrossed it as going so lar
make up the sum which I was
have professed to have paid, the
had not occurred to mo that I should
the notes cancelled in
nroof of it. or I should have destroy
ed the large note and let it be infqr-
red that it was gone witn the mvs
iniT man. and I should only have
kept the small one, which was all
that 1 could pretend to have paid.
My single thought was cone eal-
ment and saiety e veryining
else was incidental to that. I was
in no state to consider my ulterior.
cecuniary interest money; though
I needed it so much, it was of no ac-.
count to me in that condition ol
mind. If I had designed and pre
meditated the homicide of Dr. Pa.-k-
mnn in order to get possession of.
the notes, and cancel my debt, I not
only should not have deposited Pet-
J . a. t li
tee's check the next day, out i snouia
have made some show of getting and
having the money the morning be
fore. I should have dran my mon
ey from the bank and taken occasion
to mention to tne uasnier, mat i naa
. i I - .1 . T t 1
a sum to make up on that day for
Dr. P., and the same to Henchman,
when I borrowed the $10. I should
have remarked that I was so much
hort of a lare sum that T was tc
pay Parkman. I borrowed the aum
ot Henchman as mere pocket money
for the day. If 1 had intended the
homicide of Dr. P. I should not have
made the appointment with him
twice, and each time in so open n
manner that other persons would al
most certainly know of it, and should
not have invited him to my rooms
at an hour when the College would
be full of students and others, and an
hour when I was most likely to re
ceive calls from others; for that was
the hour just after the lecture, at
which persons having business with
me or in my rooms, were always di
rected to call. I looked into my
rooms on Sunday afternoon, but did
nothing. After the first visit ol the
officers I took the pelvis and some of
the limbs from the upper well and
threw them into the vault under the
privy. I took the thorax Irom the
well below and packed it in the ten
chest as found. My own impression
has been that this was not done til!
after the second visitof the officers,
which was on Tuesday; but Kings-
ley's testimony shows that it must
have been done sooner. The perfo
ration of the thorax had been made
by the knife at the time of removing
the viscera. Un Wednesday l put
on kindlings and made a fire in the
furnace below, having first poked
down the ashes. Some of the limbs
I cannot remember which or how
many were consumed at that time.
This is the last I had to do with the
remains. The tin box was designed
to receive the thorax, though I had
not concluded where f should finally
out the box. The fish hooks, tied
up as grapples, were to be used for
drawing up the parts in the vault
whenever 1 should determine how
to dispose of them and get strings
enouch. I had a confused double
object in ordering the box and mak
ing the grapples. 1 had beiore in
tended to get such things to send to
Fayal the box to hold the plants
and other articles which I wished to
protect from the salt water and the
sea air, and tne nooks to De useu
therein obtaining Coralline, plants
from the sea. It was this previous
ly intended use of them that suggest-
aA nnA mirsrl itwlf nn with the idea
nf tha other nrmlieation. I doubt
even now to which use they would
have been applied; I had not used
the hooks at the time of the discov
The tan put into the tea-chest
was taken from a barrel of it that
had been in the laboratory for some
time; the bag of tan brought in on
Alondav, was not used, nor intended
to be used: it belonged to a quantity
obtained by me a long time ago for
exDeriments in tanning, and was
sent in by the famiiv to get it out of
the way. Its being sent in just at
that time was accidental. I was not
aware that I had put the knife in
the cbest; the stick found in the
saucer of ink was for marking coarse
Idiagrams- on clotn; the bunch ofhled
keys had been used long ago Dy me
in Front street and thrown careless
ly into a drawer; 1 never examined
them, and do not know whether they
would fit any of the locks of the col
leire or not: if there were other key:
fittinff doors with which I had noth
ngtodo, t suppose mey musi na-eH
o . ., . I
been all duplicates, or keys ot lor-a
mer locks, left there by the mechan
cs or janitor; I know nothing aboui
them, and should never be likely
notice them among the multitude or
m . . r-a
articles, large and small, of all kinds,!
collected in my rooms; the janitor
had furnished me with a key to the
dissecting room, for the admission o
medical friends visiting the College,!
but I had never used it 1 be nitric
acid on the stairs was not used to
called for me on Friday, the 30th, I
was in doubt whether J was under
arrest or whether a more strict
s e a r c h of my rooms was to be
had, the latter hypothesis being hard
ly less appalling than the former.
prooaoiei woen i louno me car-
daygcarnage, I took a dose of atrychnme
togand praying for absolute pardon, he
When I found that w went ov
ongv was svoppmg ai mo iaii, i was
fore leaving the
I prepared it in the shapeof a pill be .
fore I left my laboratory on the 23d.
I thought I could not bear to survive
detection. I thought it was a Urge
dose. The state ol my nervous sys
tem probably defeated its action par
tially. The effects of the poison were
terrible beyond description.. It was
in operation at the College and be.
!bre I went there, but most severely ,
afterward. I wrote but one of the
anonymous letters produced at the
tnal the one manea ai cjosi vain .
bridge. The little bundle referred
tr in tKolAiior Htained bv the iailor.
aw a. a ivw - mt '
contained only a bottle of nitric acid
tor domestic use. 1 had seen it stal
ed in a newspaper, that I had pur
chased a quantity of oxalic a c id,
which it was presumed was to be
ised in removing blood-stains. I
wish the parcel to be kept untoach- -
ed that it may be shown, it there
hould be occasion, what it really
was that I had purchased. I have
drawn up in separate papers an ex
planation oi tne use i iuicuuw v
make of the blood sent for on Thurs
day, the 22d, and of the convers
ion with Littleheld aDOUl me aa-
secting vault. 1 think mat reuee,
in his testimony at the trial, put too
strongly my words about having set
tied with Dr. P. Whatever I did
say of the kind was in the hope that
I should be able to pacify Dr. P., and
make some arrangement with him,
and was said in order to quiet Pet
tee, who was becoming restive under
the solicitation of Dr. Parkman.
After Dr. W.had stated .nest of
the facts above recorded on the 23d
of May, this question, with all the
earnestness, solemnity and authority
of tone that Dr. Putnam was master
of, was addressed to him: Dr. Web
ster, in all probability your days are
numbered; you cannot, you oare not
speak falsely to me now; you must
not die with a lie in your mourn so
prove to yourself that your repen
tance for the sins of your past lile is
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sincere; ten ma tne iruui men a
confidence to bo kept secret during
your lifetime and as much longer as
my regard for the happiness of your
lamily shall seem to me to requiro,
and the interest of truth and justice
to permit. Search to the bottom of
vour heart for the history of your
motives, and tell me, before God,
did it never occur to you, before the
decease of Dr. Tarkman, that his
death, if you could bring it to pasj,
would be ol great advantage to you,
or at least that personal injury to
him mieht possibly be the result of
your expected conference with him?
Aj a dying man I charge you to an
swer me ti uly and exactly, or else be
silent. Had you not such a thought!"
"No, never," said he, with an ener-"
gy and feeling; "as I live, and as God
s my witness, neven l was no more
capable of such a thought than one
of my innocent children; I never had
the remotest idea ol injuring ur. r.
until the moment the blow was
ruck. Dr. P. was extremely se
vere and sharp, the most provoking
of men, and I am irritable and pas
sionate. A quick-handed and brief
violence of temper has been a be
setting sin of my life. I was an on-
v child, much indulged, and i nave
never acquired the control over my
passions that 1 ought to have acquir-
ed early, and the consequence is all
"But vou notified Dr. Parkman to
meet you at a certain hour, and told
him you would pay him, when you
knew you had not the means?" "No,"
he replied, MI did not tell him I
would pay him; and there is no evi
dence I told him so, except my own
words spoken after his disappear
ance and after I had determined to
take the ground that I had paid him;
those words were of the miserable
tissue of falsehood to which I was .
committed from the moment I had
begun to conceal the homicide. I
never had a thought of injuring Dr.
This was accompanied by the
statement in which Prof. Webster at
tempts to explain as to his seeing
Littlefield, sending for blood, and of
nquiring about gasses from the vault.
After reading the statement, Dr.
Putnam proceeded to argue as to its
truthfulness, saying that it was made
when the writ of error was pending
also, that Prof. Webster's estate
was worth several thousand dollars,
and that he was not in such a strait
as to commit such a crime deliber-
Ei3 lO VI
The previous petition from Prof.
Webster, protesting his innocence
V a I 9 . r
said was got up by his family, who
were wavering in their belief in hs
innocence until his confession waa
communicated to them about a week
He concluded in asserting his be
lief that the confession was true. -
Members of the council have re
tained a copy of the petition pre-,
viously presented, and withdrawn
by the advice of Dr. Putnam, which,
will probably be published. ' it ta-
.1. . 4 1 l
..sens nis innocence, ana u aiso as-
eru mat .wmieuoiu, ur suuio umer
person placed tne remains i n tux
Jrooms to compass his ruia.