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A TALK OF MURDER,
THE CRIME COMMITTED BY A WOMAN
AND THREE MEN.
A Shocking St?ry of Morul Depravity from
North Carolina?An Abandoned Woman
Coiupit.sst.-rt the Marder of Her Iitisluuul?
The Accomplices in the Terrible Deed.
RALEIGH, X. C. December S- At
Washington, Beaufort County, a mur
der trial is iu progress the evidence in
which shows the crime to be the most
diabolical on record in North Carolina.
The investigation proceeds slowly, as
the case involves three lives in addi
tion to the two already taken. The de
fendants are Airs. Owens, wife of
Alonzo D. Owens, two negroes, Rev.
Isaac Jones, a preacher, and Stack
Simpson, only twenty years of age.
The charge is the murder of Owens on
the night of September 23d last.
The history of the terrible affair is as
follows: A. D. Owens, a white man,
was a merchant at Creswoll, Washing
tun County. His wife was a woman
with whom in early life he had con
tracted a liaison; and whom he had
married later, in defiance of the ridi
cnle of friends and the entreaties of his
relatives. He was, therefore, cast off,
and though a man of respectable fami
ly} was cut off from all social inter
course. Mrs. Owens had several chil
dren born before wedlock, and one of
these, a daughter twenty years of age.
was suspected of intimacy with a negro
named James Ambrose. The latter
was a desperado aud outlaw, and was a
man who somotinie since set lire to*the
jail at Ilarrell County, while a prisoner
therein, and so made his escape. Owens,
angry at the girl's love for Ambrose,
locked her lift. Her mother took her
part, not objecting to her intimacy
with Ambrose. This led to a quarrel,
and finally to Owens death. The
quarrel occurred last September, and
Mrs. Owens, her daughter and Ambrose
at once began to plan to kill Owens.
They admitted to their conlideuce
Isaac Jones and Stack Simpson. All
agreed tluit the wife should poison her
husband. She gave him poison, but in
too great quantities, and he was only
made sick. The failure of the plan en
raged Mrs. Owens. She conferred again
with Jones, who was looked up to by
all the conspirators. Jones advised her
to give her husband an opiate, and said
that when he was under its influence
at night she could give the signal.
They would enter the house, take
OweDS from tho bed and drown him in
a barrel of hot water. Mrs. Owens
heated the water and administered the
opiate. She gave the signal and her
negro allies entered. Owens was only
partially stupefied, and all the party
stood by his bedside. Jones declared
that it was unsafe to make the attempt
to end his life in that way. Mrs.
. Owens, furious at the repeated failures,
Tttriftd them to shoot him. Jones con
curred in her idea, and raid that as
enough were present lo do the deed, lie
would go to his church. It was agreed
that the negroes should return later in
the night and make a noise as if break
ing into Owen's store, which adjoined j
the house. The plan was carried out.
Mrs. Owens roused her husband, tell
ing him burglars were attempting to
enter. Owens declined to go out. She
urged him to do so. Finally he went
info the yard and clapped his hands to
! gether to frighten the burglars. In an
instant the report of a gun was heard,
and Owuns fell pierced by many buck-1
shot. In a half hour he died. The
community was soon in a state of the
wildest excitement, and Ambrose was
at once suspected. Two men, Bosnight
and Spruill. volunteered to capture him.
Entering his cabin they found him. He
'?If you want me for shooting at
Owens you are after the wrong man."
With* these words he sprang at
Spruill, threw him to the floor and
drawing a revolver attempted to shoot
Bosnight seized a revolver, but Am
brose, drawing another, again attempt
ed to shoot Spruill. Bosnight then
fired on him, blowing oil the top of Iiis
skull. Concealed in Ambrose's house
was Stack Simpson, who was arrested,
lie confessed the deed,and revealed the I
awful crime above stated. He said
that Ambrose shot Owens, and also
that Mrs. Owens had promised each of
them 820 and a pair of shoes for killing j
To verily Simpson's statement, they
took him to Mrs. Owen's door. She,
came out when Simpson called, and
Bosnight and Spruill, who were con- j
cealed, heard her acknowledge her ob-'
ligation for killing Owens, slur told!
Simpson to call in the morning and
get his money. This horrible woman
then returned to the house, where she
had her paramour. The men entered,
and arrested her. The people were'
furious, aud came mar lynching her
ami her two accomplices, but they were
safely jailed. Later they moved the I
case from Washington to Beaufort
County. Yesterday upon the witness
stand, Simpson testified in his own be
half, and retold all the horrible story,
and his statement caused profound
ISacfc Again lo Their Old Homes.
During the past few months a num
ber of negroes from the upper portion
of our county emiirrated to Florida,
declaring that they never would come
back again, but within a few weeks1
past nearly all of them have returned
to this county?at least, all those who
could get back?and they now declare
that they will never leave it again, no
matter w hat representations are made
to them about the beautiful lands and
prosperity prevailing in those (to them)
new fields. This ift what we may ex
pect from tiiose of our citizens who are
so anxious to go to Texas. It is possi- j
We that they may find?t as represented,.
but we doubt it. and a few mouths may j
suffice to show them that they were, too j
hasty in moving. The same depression i
in business prevails all over our land ,
that we experience here, and it is use
less to wander off among strangers to
look for better times, stay at home
among your friends and be happy.
An earthquake was felt in Columbia ?
COTTON BANDITS IN YORK.
j Forty Ncfjroea Swear to Kill Any One
Catch ins: them Stealing Cotton.
York, December 8.?The Xews and
Courier has already published in a dis
I patch from Chester the fact that a
i young white boy was found near his
I home, in York county, so badly beaten
? and mangled that he soon died. The
following arc the facts as far as can be
learned: About sundown on the even
; ing of the 30th ult.. cries of distress
were heard in the Held of Win. E. Good,
; who lives near Broad River, in the
western part of this county. A negro
in .the lot hastened in the direction of
j the cry, followed by Mrs. Good und her
! little daughter. Proceeding they found
j the son of Mr. Good, a hid 12 years old,
i named .lohn Lee, lying in a water fur
J row in a senseless condition. Iiis skull
'crushed, his mouth knocked in and his
! body bruised. He was carried to the
i house and died at o'clock, never re
! covering consciousness. Trial Justice
! Blair, in the neighborhood, was notified
' and on Wednesday, acting as coroner,
he summoned a jury and proceeded
! with the inquest. After examining a
' large number of witnesses the inquest
j was adjourned and met again on Fri
! day, wheu, after taking much testi
i mony, none of a conclusive character,
,' the jury again adjourned till next Fri
day. In the meantime circumstances
' pointed to Mose Lipscomb, Dan Ro
! berts, Bailey Dowdle and Print
t Thompson, all colored, as the guilty
I parties, and they were committed to
I jail. The theory of tile investigation
was that some of these negroes had
j been detected by the murdered boy in
j the act of stealing a basket of cotton
I from his father's Held, and to prevent
j dectection they killed him. intending
to throw his body into Broad river,
1 only two hundred" yards distant; but
they were thwarted in this by the ap
proach of the people from the house.
The theory proved correct, for this
morning Print and Dan made a confes
sion to the above effect, and also impli
cated Mose and Bailey as accessories.
They also say that there is a combina
tion of about forty negroes in that
neighborhood pledged that if either
one is caught in the act of stealing they
are to kill the person so detecting them.
This admission may lead to ? large
number of arrests. There is much ex
citement in the Broad river section, and
now that a confession has been made,
your correspondent does not pretend to
know what may happen next, though
at this time all is quiet.
A FLORIDA MYSTERY.
A Lake ut ForrcHtcrFolttt, NearPalatka,
Covered with Dead Bullion.
We clip the following from the Pa
latka, Fla., Herald, of last week : For
rester's Point is four miles down the
rif er, on the J3ast side . It is one of thy
handsomest spots in the State, and
noted for its beautiful scenery. Sports
men always make this their hunting
ground, whenever permitted to do so,
bv the proprietor of the property. Yes
terday Messrs. T. W. Booth and J. II..
Stoker, made a discovery while on a
hunt, that has proven very mysterious.
They were in the swamp on the lower
end of the Point, when Mr. Booth
sighted a deer, and leveling his gun on
I the object, pulled the trigger to his gun
I and the animal dropped. The two then
j went in search for their game, and on
going about two hundred roils came to
a sheet of water about 1,500 rods in cir
cumference, covered with blood. They
stood gazing at their discovery with
: amazement, and in about fifteen minu
j tcs the disturbed waters had cleared
j away, running out of the little brook
that leads to the river. The sight bc
I fore their eyes perfectly paralyzed them,
! as on the bottom of this little lake were
I several human and animal bones, notli
; ing else being left. The deer that had
i been shot was at the bottom, and was
] clearly visible, the water being clear as
? crystal. Mr. Stoker took from his
\ pocket a three hundred yard fishing line
; with a hook on it and letting it down
i in the water to pull out the animal,
failed, as the line lacked a good deal of
reaching the bottom. The two, failing
in their attempt with the tackle at
hand, returned to the city for assistance
and will go down to-day on the Sylves
ter with the necessary articles." The
news spread over the city like a prarie
lire, and, comment was loud. This
lake is about three hundred rods from
dry land, on the swamp, and up to this
time had never been heard of. Fish of
large size can be seen swimming about,
and the-banks are perpendicular. On
either side of the lake arc large cypress
trees, and is a very picturesque' spot.
Photographs will lie taken of it and put
on sale. It is tu l>e hoped that some
thing will come to light to toll how tlie
human bodies caiw to be there. We
await the return of the explorers to i;'ll
the tales of the Dead Man's Lake.
Two IVntillcrx1 Crime.
St. Louis, Dec. 6.?Yesterday after
noon Mrs. John W. Gutting, of 4ooS
Pennsylvania Avenue, while alone inj
her house admitted two peddlers, who
asked to idler their wares. They seized
and carried her oil bodily in their
wagon, enforcing silence by'threats of
death. They carried her to a secluded
place in the suburb of the city: both
outraged her and then permitted her to
go. She informed the first policeman
Shu found mid was taken home. The
men were captured later, both being
very drunk. One was able to under-1
stund his perdicamenl. lie was fright
ened and said his comrade had com
mitted the act and he had witnessed it.
but took no part in it. The woman's
husband is a clerk in the Probate Court.
Didn't Know it Was Loaded.
The Sumter Watchman says that on
Saturday evening last. Ashby and
George, sons of Mrs. Booth, wen; play
ing with Ervin, a son of Mr. Sam
Hrown, in a room at Mrs. Booth's.
There was a loaded pistol on the
mantelpiece and in some way Ervin
got hold of it. thinking it was unload
ed, and snapped it at Ashby. sending
the bullet into his brain. Ashby linger
ed in an unconscious condition until
the following afternoon, when he died.
Mrs. Booth is almost crazed with grief
and is in a very critical condition.
in i, 'hu
vXGEBLTRG, s. c, thtji
TAX ON DOGS.
A REMARKABLE FORENSIC DISPLAY IN
THE STATE SENATE.
I The Rosalinds Find Themselves ii: the
: Minority, and ? I5I11 Providing n License
I Tax of 91 tor Cur? of High and Low De
I Krec is Fanned.
The Senate is never without a stib
\ jeet for wide debate. Tuesday the most
I interesting essays were on the subject
I of dogs, good, bail and indifferent, hy
; drophoiiic and harmless, carnivorous.
graminivorous and omnivorous.
One of the first bills on the Calendar'!
for a second reading was Senator Tal- j
! bert's "providing for the taxatiou of
I dogs and bitches.'' Mr. Talbert secured i
i a preliminary victory by securing the]
'rejection of an unfavorable report!
j without a division. He then moved to
amend so as to provide for a "license"
? of one dollar instead of a "tax," the
j proceeds to be paid into the county
treasury lor educational purposes. Car- j
j Senator Williams moved to strike
I out the enacting clause of the bill.
This brought Senator Talbert to his i
I feet, with a spirited defence of his pet \
j measure. He cast gross aspersions upon i
j the Edgelield dogs. Last year there j
I had been three thousand cases of hy-1
! drophobia in Edgelield County and sev- i
j eral deaths. The worthless, starving
dogs were so numerous that they in-1
j vailed the cornfields and devoured the j
; roasting ears.
Senators Williams attacked the bill
I vigorously as a proposition to oppress
I the poor people.
i Senator Youmans thought the bill
i would be unjust to a great many poor
Senator Hemphill read from the comp
troller general's report to show that
the number of sheen in the State was
86.052, valued for taxation at 807,852. j
while the dogs numbered G'0,257, 'and-j
had a taxable value of $337,0113. The '
difference in favor of the dogs was
8239,241. ? '
Senator Smythe drew attention to i
the remarkable mortality in the dogs
of the State during the last year. Since
the last preceding report of the comp
troller general the dogs had decreased
y,000 in number and 856,000 in:value.
The value of dogs, he showed^ varied
from $1.10 in Anderson to$10in Barn?
well. He thought the State could get
j along with fewer yelping curs. His
friend from Abbeville said that the
dogs were worth more than the sheep.
No duubt, when they kept the number
of sheep down and discouraged their
raising. If dogs were so valuable and
such a comport as the Senator from
Georgetown declared, there was no rea
son why a licence of one dollar should
not be paid for them. In its present
I shape he favored the bill. He dwelt
upon the impossibility of successfully
conducting sheep imsli:indry--.vhilc'the>
dogs were unrestrained and uudimin-j
Senator Patterson objected to the
adoptiou of a uniform license fee. The
poor man would have to pay as much
for his $1 dog as the rich man for his
$100 dog. The proposed law could not
be carried out. The provision for li
cense collars could and would be easily I
Senator Talbert, declared that the bill1
was in the interest uf the poor man, ?
because it would put money in the j
county treasury to educate his phil-1
Senator Sligh read a paragraph from j
the News and Courier of to-day, in re-i
gard to a little girl of his county who j
had been bitten by a mad dog. The life |
of that little girl Was worth more than I
all the dogs in Newberry County. Why
fear to put a tax on them which would
decrease the number? The poor man!
is required to keep his cow and his hog
up, but the dog is an independent ani
mal and roams at large. lie kills sheep
and hogs, and, added the Senator, with
the emphasis befitting a climax, "he |
Senator Youmans thought US much of
ajfpig as of a dog. fur he was able to eat
the pig, but suggested that raccoons
and wildcats had eaten the Edgelield j
corn and hogs.
Senator Howell drew an affecting j
picture of the County Commissioners
tramping through the country putting
license collars on dogs. The bill ought
to be killed. .Many people in his coun
ty supported themselves by following
their dogs in hunting.
Senator Murray was surprised at the,
last statement of the Senator from j
Oolleton. If there were in the low!
country any considerable number of J
people who "made their living by follow- j
ing their dogs around after game.it!
was one of the hcA arguments for the I
bill. lie hoped that they would be re-;
formed so as abandon this profession '
and go into some productive business.
Senator Field did not know that he
favored the bili in its present shape,
but he thought something ought to be
done to decrease hydrophobia, which
was ;: growing curse in his section. He
favored some stringent law to curb the!
Senator Howell wished to correct the j
impression that the people of Colleton
"livedon dogs." [Laughter.| lie hail'
meant to say that many of them lived :
by their dogs by hunting. Deer were
so plentiful in Colleton that a man. one
day last week had killed live at a shot..
IL was evident that with so much game ?
in the county dogs were an essential. ;
Senator Smythe inquired what the
deer were worth.
Senator Howell replied: ''About
Senator Smythe : "Then that's a |
very good reason why the hunter should
be able to pay a dollar license for his ]
Senator Austin moved to table Sena
tor Williauis's motion to strike out the
enacting words of the bill.
Yeas?Senators Alexander, Austin,!
Bell, nieman. liyrd, Crews, Edwards,
Erwin. McCall, McMnster, Moody, Mur-.
raw Ithatnc, Sligh, Smvthe and: Tal
Nays?Senators [Hack, Field, Hemp
hill, Howell, Kennedy. Munro, Patter- j
son. Reynolds, Sinkler.Smith, Williams!
Several proforma amendments were j
made to the bill. Several amendments j
ISP AT, DECEMBER 16,
defeated. Trie bill then passed with
out a division, with notice of general
amendments on the third read
ing.?Xews and Courier.
PRICE OF FARM PRODUCTS.
A General Redaction hi Value*, Except
for Corn and Out?.
Waniiixgtom, December 10.? The'
December returns of the average farm
prices by counties show a material re-j
auction, as compared with the values
of the crops of 1885, in wheat, rye and 1
bare?}'. Corn lias made an advance
nearly equivalent to the percentage of
rcdmrfcion in quantity, and oats, in1
sympathy with corn, rather than with :
smaU grains used for human fcod, aver-:
ages a slightly higher value than last |
year,. The farm value of corn was 33
cental per bushel in December of last
year. It is now 37 cents, 1 cent higher;
than the crop of 1884. The average for
the'pTevious five years was 44.7, and for
the '?a years prior to 1880 it was 42.6,
centti. The prices in the surplus States
are*: Ohio 37 cents, Indiana 32, Illinois
31, Iowa 30, Missouri 31, Kansas 27, Ne
braska 20. This is an increase over
last year of 1 cent in Nebraska, 3 in
Kamms, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio
and 6 in Iowa and Missouri. The
average is 50 in New York, 47 in Pen
nsylvania and 45 in Virginia. 2 cents j
lower in each than last year. Prices in I
the Cotton States South and West of j
Notih Carolina are higher than lastj
year: South Carolina (50, Georgia00,1
Alabama 58, Mississippi 5'.?, Louisiana
55, Arkansas49,Texas 80, an increase!
of 11 cents, due to disastrous drought, j
Tim average December price of
wheat is 69 cents, a reduction of 8
cents from the average value of the
last crop, and \\i cents above the price
ln?L884. The average in New York is
8i cents, 12 cents lower than last year;
PenAylvania 83.13 cents lower. The
reduction is still greater in several
Western States. The average of Ohio
is 74s cents. Michigan 73, Indiana 70,1
Illinois 6'), Wisconsin 68. Minnesota 61, |
Ktr* 60, Missouri 63, Kansas 58, Xe- j
braslia 47, Dakota 52. There is little
decline in the Southern States, in some j
of which, prices are higher than last
year 1 The average in California is 73
cents. The average value of oats is
29.9 cents, against 28.5 last December.
Rye averages 53.1 cents, against 57.0
lasttyear; barley 53 cents, last year 56.3;
buckwheat 54.4 cents, a reduction of
1.5 cents per bushel; potatoes 46 cents,
1 cent higher than December last year.
The value Of hay averages nearly $8
per ton. _
A CONGRESSMAN IN DISGRACE.
Fearful Full or Representative .James W.
\ . Reiri, of North Carolina.
A Reidville correspondent of the.
North Carolina State Chronicle tells
tb A';>!lowing story of?Mr. Heid, present
mf(^?of""Co?gr<?sSr fw>tn fhe?]|iftfc
District* who was defeated for re-elec
tion: The air at Reidville is thick with
rumors auent Mr. .lames W. Rcid who
was defeated for Congress. His friends
are reticent. They are dumbfounded.
They know little about the charges
against him, and he is not at home,
they are not prepared to make any
denial. The terrible, truth, his friends
fear, is that he is a ruined man. It is
charged openly and everywhere that he I
has gotten money under false pre
tenses; that he has given mortgages;
aggregating over $20,000?some say
330,000?on property not worth over
S8.U00; that he has" hypothecated hisj
salary due to March Ith. at two or
more places; that his 1 O L's are in the J
hands of many people who had implicit
faith in him: that he owns several!
newspapers in the district and that he
hired others; that he is in debt for
whisky bills at sundry places; that he
lived a terriblv fast life in Washing-'
ton; that many of his best friends will
suffer, and some of them will be ruined; I
that his whereabouts are unknown and j
that he is afraid to come homo for fear j
of arrest. It is hardly probable that
the report that his whereabouts are un- j
known is true. Congress is in session,
and it is supposed that he is at his post i
in Washington. These are undigested
rumors that arc lloating about in the!
country round about Reidville. That j
they are all true is not probable, but
that enough of them are true to stain
his name and bring loss to his friends '
there appears to be no doubt. I have I
never been more stunned in my Jife at;
tSIowu Through the Roof.
EOOEKIELD, December 12.- Informa
tion has just reached town that Mr. V.
11. Thomas, postmaster at Cold Spring,
apostollice in this county some ton j
miles wesi of here, and a negro whose
name is unknown to your correspon
dent, met with a horrible accident on j
yesterday that will in all probability ;
result in the death of both. Mr.j
Thomas, alter lighting his pipe, can--;
iessly threw the match upon a keg of.
powder that was near by igniting and
exploding it. Doth of Mr. Thomas's
legs wer-' broken just below the thigh,
one being almost entirely blown off.
He received serious and, it is thought,
incurable burns on other portions of his
person. The negro was blown through
the roof of the house, part of which
was taken off, and his injuries are of a
more serious nature, if possible, than
those of Mr. Thomas. Mr. Thomas is
a prominent and highly respected citi
zen of this county, and bits the sympa
thy of our entire people.?News ami
Die?! from the KfTeetx of Chewing Gum.
A sad story of the sudden death of a
little girl comes from Clear Creek, at
tributed to chewing gum. Last Satur
day a number of children iu the neigh
borhood of Mr. Hobt. Simpson's indulg
ed in this practice. That evening the
eleven year old daughter of Mr. Simp
son was taken sick and vomited a great
deal. Mrs. Simpson, who was visiting
a neighbor, v. as sent for but before the
mother reached home the little girl
died. Her death occurred about
o'clock a few hours alter she was
taken sii k. Mr. P. C. Mungo and Mr.
John Wilson both had children very
sick for a while and their sickness and
the death of Mr. Simpson's little daugh-i
ter is attributed to the gum they had
been chewing.?Charlotte Chronicle, j
KILLED FOR DISSECTION.
The Horrible Murder of a White Wuman |
in Baltimore by Two Negroes.
Baltimore, December 12.?About ?
o'clock on Friday evening:! negro "man
came to the Maryland University on j
Lombard street with the body of a
white woman and lett it with Ander-j
son Perry, the colored janitor, saying J
he Would call again for $15, the price
agreed upon. The body was taken to
be prepared for keeping until ueeded
for disscctien, but it was found that the
head was horribly crushed and that
there were two wounds in the left
breast, and the police were at once no
tified. Yesterday a post-mortem exam
ination of the body was made and phy
sicians staled positively that the
wounds were made after death, leaving
the inference that it was simply a case
of body snatching, and that the work
had been done by a novice. To-day,
however, the body was identified as
that of Emily Brown, a woman W
years of age, who for the last six months
had been boarding with a colored fami
ly in the western section of the city.
She was of dissipated habits and lived
on what she could beg. She was at her
home three hours before tier body was
brought to the University, and it is now
evident that she was brutally murdered
for the price her body would bring for
'use on the dissecting table. Perry, the
janitor, who received the body, denies
that he ever saw the woman, but he is
known to have been a boarder at the
same house and to have eaten breakfast
with her on the morning of her murder.
He was arrested to-day as an accessory
to the crime. Late to-night John Ross
and Albert Hawkins, both colored,
were arrested and confessed to having
killed the woman at the instigation of
Janitor Perry. They followed her to
her room and Ross smashed her head
with a brick, while Hawkins held her
and stabbed her through the heart with
a knife. They then carried the body
to the University in a bag furnished by
Perry, who received it and shaved the
head to make identification difficult.
The bloody clothing was thrown into a
tub of dirty water. Ross boarded in
the house with the .woman. The price
to lie obtained for the body was the
sole object of the murder.
TORTURED TO DEATH.
15i ut.il Trent ment of ii Colored Workman
hy Men of His Own ltr.ee.
Savannah, December 9.?The report
of the fiendish murder of Sam Hub
bard, a negro, in Tattnall County, three
weeks ago, has just been received here.
Uubbard was employe-: by R. A.
Hanewacker, a large shingle manu
facturer on the Altainaha River, twen
ty miles north of Johnston's Station,
on the Savannah, Florida and Western
Railway. Hanewacker'had twenty
negroes employed, one of whom, Henry
Weaver, was; foreman. Weaver, who
was reliable, was made banker of the
workmen, and they deposited their sav
ings with him. On November 15
Weaver told his employer that $250
had been taken from his trunk. Uub
bard was suspected, because he was the
only one who had a key to Weaver's
room. All the negroes who had their
money deposited with Weaver arrested
Sam Hubbard and threatened to whip
him if he did not tell where the money
was hid. He took the negroes* from
place to place, but they could not lind
it anywhere that lie said. After being
fooled repeatedly they carried him into
the swamp and* whipped him with a
leather trace. Then lit: accused two
others, saying they were accomplices.
One was not caught, and the other de
nied it. After that Hubbard was whip
ped several times during the day. and
at night was taken to a church and
whipped, beat and kicked to death. His
body was buried in the swamp. The
country is sparsely settled, and it was a
good while before the authorities heard
of the murder. A few days ago Hane
wacker. who bears a good reputation,
stated that he tried to induce the
iiesrroes to si::h! Hubbard to jail, but
could not inliuenee them. He was dis
charged. t?..s also two of Ids workmen.
Seven others. I'm- whom warrants were
issued, escaped, it is n?w believed that
Tom Crawford, who, Hubbard said,
was one of his iiccumplice*. got the
money and lied.?-News and Courier.
An Admirer of Mr. Davis.
The Philadelphia Times states that
while hunting in the mountains North
of Altoona last week, Governor I'alli
son made the acquaintance of an eccen
tric old character named .lacker Camp
bell. Tb'-latter looked the Governor
over critically and said : "Well, you're
a purty :iue lookin' man. an' you make
apurty good Gov'nor. but you havn't
got, half the brains that Jefferson Davis
hud." Campbell is an uid-time Demo
crat, and during the war came near
getting a rope around his neck in Hun
tingdon County for his forciblj ex
pressed admiration for Davis und his
Foreeil !! Jo Live.
Clin .'.'?ii. December K. Henry Jan
sey, wife murderer, who was trying to
starve himself to death, has beer; fed
by force, lie was pinioned, a clasp pul
on his nose, his teeth pried open, and
Ids mouth lilted with it mixture of milk,
sugar, brandy and egg. lie endeavor
ed to reject it, but in Ids gasps for
breath heswalluwed considerable ol it.
This was repeated three times during
the day, ami consequently his strength
rapidly grew, although the improve
ment put him in an ugly frame of mind,
and he denounced his saviors in most
A Mate'h Crime.
Savannah. Ha., Dec. 10. J.S. Titi
eomb. the lirst mate of the schooner M.
IL Millen, of this port, was arrested to
day for the murder of the former mas
ter, ('apt. W. IL Young, of Maine.
Young died on a voyage to Rio de
Janeiro. :s;:d tin* crew charge that the
mate poisonii! him. An examination
will be had to-morrow.
Another Foreign. IC:irthi|linke.
Coxstaxtixoplk, iJccemiier 11. -An
earthquake to-day was felt in Smyrna
and throughout the Island of Chios.
The disturbance made fissures in the
walls and in the fronts of houses i:i all
parts of Hie territory affected.
i-: 91.50 pee Ayi\mi:
STARTLING INCIDENT OF RAILROAD
TRAVEL IN TEXAS.
A Train full of I'iuwcngcrH, IncluilUic;
Forty Men. Among Thema United State?
Army Officer und Five Negro Soldier*
Robbed l>j Two Highwaymen.
St. Louis, December 12.?The par
ticulars of a train robbery yesterday
near Bellevue Station, Texas, are that
three robbers, who were unmasked and
made no effort at concealment, arrived
j at a water tank a few moments before
I the train. "When the train arrived one of
the robbers, with a drawn pistol order
ed Engineer Avers and his fireman and
0. (i. Miller, another engineer who was
riding in the cab, to alight, which they
did. He then marched them some
thirty feet from the train and went
through them, taking what valuables
they had. While this was going on
the other man went through the train.
It appears that one of the passengers,
who was looking out of the window
and saw the operation with the train
men, disceringthe situation, weut into
the forward ears, notifying the other
passengers of what was going on and
told them to secrete their money. This
they did in various ways, giving most
of it and their diamonds to several
I ladies aboard. Miss Kate Haas of Fort
i Worth took charge of $3,000 and other
j valuables. Mrs. Chambers of Totts
dam, X. Y., secured 6?,<XK) and some
diamonds, and Mrs. Wittick of Carth
age, Mo., took her husband's gold watch
and several hundred dollars. Mrs.
j Wittick was greatly incensed at the
proceedings and stood up in the ear and
asked if forty men were going to sub
mit to such an outrage at the hands of
two highwaymen. About $12,000 in
money and $4,000 worth of diamonds
and other valuables were left by the
robbers in their haste to get through
the train and because they did not
search the ladies. They were evidently
novices in the business and went away
with the paltry sum of S103, three gold
watches, ten silver watches, five revolv
ers and one gold ring. The robbers left
the train at the rear of the sleeper,
mounted horses standing near by and
rode rapidly away. The train was then
hurried on to Bellevue, where tele
grains were sent to Superintendent
Frost, at Fort Worth, who immediate
ly replied, offering $250 -for each rob
ber, and in less thau an hour live posses
of officers and citizens were ir pursuit.
Captain Conners was on the train, hav
ing in charge two deserters with a
guard of live negro soldiers of the
Twenty-Fourth United States infantry.
Conners ordered the soldiers to draw
their revolvers and tight the robbers,
but several passengers opposed so
strongly and pleaded so earnestly in
I behalf of the women passengers on
(board, that the captain reluctantly
yielded, iura when the robbers 'reached '
[the soldiers and demanded their
weapons they quietly gave them up.
Attacked by an Kngle.
Minneapolis, December 7.?Prof.
W. F. Carr ami Samuel Chute, who
were surveying on Xieolet avenue, near
the Wasliburn Home, were attacked
yesterday afternoon by a large eagle.
The bird dropped down like a bullet,
and. knocking f'urtis's cap from his
head, assaulted him with great fury.
The man caught up a crowbar, and for
a few minutes defended himself in an
unequal combat, calling lustily for Ids
companion. Prof. Carr coming up, the
savage bird tinned upon him, caught
him by the leg, threw him down, tore
his trousers, and, sinking his talons in
the fleshy part of his leg, inflicted a
serious wound. The bird then mounted
to the collar of the unfortunate man
and seemed determined to bear him
away bodily, but just at this crisis
other men came up, and by their
united efforts the bird of liberty was
finally conquered and securely pinion
ed, it was found that his wings
measured nine feet ten inches from tip
to tip. and his ialons were over four
inches long. The capture of the eagle
goes far to explain the fact that lately
' the farmers near the Washbnm Horn?'
i have missed sundry pigs and sheep.
shot for a Width.
(jKom.sh's December 10.-Wilson I 'am,
la respectable colored man. lives in the
Turkey Pond neighborhood, a negro
settlement about four miles from
(ieorge's. Lust night, arter eating an
early supper. Cam's wife, with her two
children, leH horn ? to attend church
near by. She had proceeded but a
short distance from the house when
she was shot und killed i;1 tin* high road
by some unknown party or parties.
The children who wen? with her say
that alter the gun liretl they saw a big
lilaek man running off. It is reported
thai Mrs. Cam was looked upon by her
igm?r::nl neighbors a.sa dangerous per
son, being able to -use you up.put things
on you, Work spells,"*' &c. News and
SlloeklllK l>. alh of a ?hihi.
The Darlington N'ews says that on
Wednesibiv morning. December I. Han
nah, the ten ve.ip- old daughter of Mr.
.lohn W. Harrington of U.utsville. was
running in Ihc yard with a pair of scis
sors in her hand, when foiling accident
l\ over a wheelbarrow, the scissors en
tered her abdomen and broke against
the vertebra. The portions of the scis
sors which remained in her body was
broken in two parts, only one of which
the doctor succeeded in abstracting.
The poor little sufferer lingered in in
tense agony until I o'clock Sunday
morning when she died.
Crushed to Death.
(??iwkta.nnui:?., December 11. W. F.
Cautwell, formerly telegraph operator
at the Ciiion depo' at this place, bill
recently running on the Ashevillc and
Spartnnburg iioad a- freight conductor
was run over by thy engine at Campo
bello to-day. Iiis rigid leg was crushed
at the km c. and the lingers of his left
hand were cut off. He was brought to
Spartnnburg this afternoon, but owing
to his condition amputation was con
sidered in.*! IvisaMc. Mr. Cant well died '
at 7 o'clock tiiis evening. He was bom
in Columbia, and has resided here sev