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THE 3EDAJLIA WEEKLY BAZOO, TUESDAY, JULY 22, 1884.
Col. Ritter's Views of. Life in the
Far Southwest Orops,
Gold and Politics
Col. Ritier, who returned from the south
west yesterdy, was met by a Bazoo re
porter, who asked him as to the crop pros
pects in Arizona and Southern Calilornia.
"The crops are in first-rate condition,"
said the colonel, " and promise abundant
harvests. They raise corn, oats, alfala,
peaches, limes, oranges, lemons, figs, grapes,
and, in fact, all kinds of semi-tropic fruits
and a number of varities of the vegetable
kingdom. People who make a livingfby
farming have no reason to complain of
starvation staring them in the face."
Are the mines being worked to any ex
tent?" "No," he replied, "expect two or
three of the larger ones, like the Tomb
stone, Siera, Nevada, etc Very little ore is
taken from the smaller mines during the
summer, but the larger ones work all the
"Do you think, colonel, that it is wise
for a man without monej to go to that
""Well, that depends upon certain cir
cumstances. If a man without money goes
there, he may strike something to pay him
right away, and then the chances are rath
er against him. If he has a good paying
situation here, and is making anything
more than a living, I would advise him to
.keep it and not run the risk of the
"How about politics ?"
"Oh, there is nothing less talked there
than politics. Life is too short and valua
ble to lose one's dinner for a political
speech," said the colonel, as he took a
chew of tobacco from the reporter and
Biding a Mule.
A man came running up Osage street at
hreak-neck speed yesterday evening all out
of breath ana informed Officer McGhee that
there was a drunken man a short distance
down the track, who had been put off a
train and that if he was not attended to he
would get run over and killed.
The officer immediately started out to
find him, but had only proceeded as far as
the corner of Osage and Main streets when
another man ran up and informed -him
that there was a drunken man a short dis
tance down the track, and that he had in
sulted some ladies. He stated that he
would have knocked him in the head but
for the ladies. They objected and told him
to go for an officer.
The young gent seemed to be terribly
afraid that the man would get away and
- told the officer to get on his mule, which
was but a short distance away and go for
his man. The officer mounted the mule
and started. Oh, but didn't he look com
ical. Well, just a little. His feet nearly
touched the ground and the mule jostled
him around until he was Bitting astraddle
its neck. The greatest difficulty, however,
was to keep the animal from running into
wagons, trees, houses, or anything that lay
along the road.
McGhee stuck to his fiery untamed steed
-until he came in sight of his victim and
ihen he halted and waited for the owner to
"Hide on till you catch up with him,"
.said the young man.
"Oh, thank you. I have had all the rid
ing I want. I will walk ; you can ride if
you want to, but none of it for me," said
The man was overtaken, arrested and
brought back to town. The young man
was so glad that he actually offered to lend
the officer his mule whenever he wanted to
take a ride. Mack says he don't think he
will want to ride very soon. Don't blame
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A Missing Bar Tender.
Mr. W. W. Marsh, proprietor of the Par
lor saloon on Missouri avenue, reports that
his barkeeper, Harry Simmonite, left early
Monday morning with Saturday night's
receipts and all the money in the drawer,
amounting to nearly $500. It is Mr.
Marsh's opinion that the missing barten
der is in St. Louis and he accordingly tele
graphed the St. Louis authorities yesterday.
Kansas Cfty Times.
Simmonite was seen in this city yester
day but it was not known at that time that
he was wanted in Kansas City. "When it
did become known he was not to be found,
having either left the city or concealed
himself some place.
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The little colored child which was acci
dentally shot by its mother Sunday morn
ing, died Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock and
was buried .yesterday afternoon. The re
mains were taken to Tomhagen's undertak
ing establishment where they were seen by
the unhappy mother. She was nearly dis
tracted and utterly refused to be com
forted. She will have a hearing to-day
before Judge Halstead, the charge against
her being assault with intent to kill.
The husband, John Stewart, has been re
leased from custody, there being no charge
Will Q-et There.
The Nevada Democrat says : Carl
Schurz has written a letter to Max Baum
in which he says :
My Dear Baum I write to say I am
with you heart and soul, and to assure you
that Cleveland and Hendricks will get
there, Eli, Keep your eyes' peeled and
don't let the friends of Jim and Jack de
ceive you. Best assured we will carry New
York with her thirty-six electoral votes,
and that we will capture the country.
P..S. If I can assist you in getting the
.Nevada postoffice I will do so.
Yours to command,
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The following are the proceedings in the
county court yesterday :
A warrant v as ordered issued to J. W.
Perdue, for assistance lo paupers, for $3.
G. C. Heard for services as county at
lorney tor the month of June, received a
warrant lor 6.66.
It was ordeted tbat a warrant issue to
"W. B. Hiirginsfor services on roads in
dij-trict 4, township 45, range 21.
Ordered by the eourt, that the county
clerk and prosecuting attorney be and are
hereby appointed a committee to select an
engraved court house bond, not to exceed
the price of $500, and to prepare form of
same, and have two hundred engraved as
soon as possible, and deliver same to this
Court adjourned until the first Monday
A LOVING SISTER.
She Loved Her Just Long
Enough to Get Away
Jonn White and Wife Lodged in
Jail on the Charge of
Eli Sheerer appeared before United States
Commissioner Adam C. Scott, yesterday
and filed information charging John White
and his wife, Mary JE. White, with having
obtained, by lalse vouchers, $1,540 pen
sion due Harriet A. West from the United
States. Both parties were arresjed and
placed in the county jail.
A Bazoo representative interviewed Mrs.
Sheerer, nee Mrs. West, at her residence
east of the cemetery ,last night and elisited
the following facts :
HAD BEEN A REGULAR
in company K., 2nd Illinois cavalry and
while in active service had contrated a
disease from the effects of which he died.
His death occurred at Clinton, Ind., the
exact date of which she did not remember.
Sae applied for a pension through a law
yer of Evansville, lnd.t named Wm. Tre
vis. As she could hear nothing from it
GAVE UP ALL HOPE
and moved to McPherson couniy, Kansas.
Here her sister, Mrs. White, took up the
case, and after working on it for awhile,
wrote to Mrs. West and asked her what
she would be
"WILLING TO GIVE
to get the pension. She replied that she
would give $500. After awhile Mrs. West
received another letter from her sister,
asking her to send her marriage certificate
if she was again married, This she did,
but heard nothing more of the matter.
After she and her present husband, Eli
Sheerer, moved to this city, White and
his wife came and took up their residence
in a part of the Sheerer domicile.
A short time ago Mrs. Sheerer told her
sister that as the pension
HAD NEVER BEEN REFUSED
she believed she would write and see what
had become of it, and try and procure it.
It was then that her loving (?) sister in
formed her that she had secured the pen
sion while at McPherson county, Kansas,
and that as she had done the work by
herself she was wiling to
ABIDE BY THE RESULT.
However, she said that she was willing
to divide up the spoils, but all she had
would not cover the amount which she
had got away with. The White's owned a
number of horses and a mortgage on three
of them was given to Sheerer to insure
HIM AGAINST ANY LOSS.
After they had done this Sheerer concluded
not to prosecute them.
Sunday night Mr. Sheerer tried to per
suade Mr. and Mrs. White to go before
some justice and make over their goods to
him, but they utterly refused and said they
would law the whole amount away first,
and that they proposed to let the
LAW TAKE ITS COURSE.
To this Sheere agreed and yesterday
swore out the information against them
with the result above named.
The charge is a great deal more seri
ous than either Mr. or Mrs.
White suppose. It is not the city or state
that now has the case against them, but is
old Uncle Sam's toes upon which they have
stepped and he will doubtless
PUT THEM THROUGH
as they richly deserve to be.
Mrs. Sheerer of course,can claim her pen
sion over again, and this time will see to it
that no evil-minded sister steps in and
gobbles up the boodle.
The boy who was fined before Justice
Halstead yesterday morning was White's
own son, and it does seem as though a
was about to overtake the whole family at
Constable Carnes and Deputy Finch
made the arrest They found the pair on
the streets in a wagon and Mr. Finch got
into the wagon with them. The horses
were placed in Thompson Bros.' livery
stable, where they are now. The guilty
pair will probably have a hearing to-day.
A robbery occurred at Armbrus tor's res
taurant, on Second street, yesterday. A
broom maker occupied room No. 7 up
stairs and a printer occupied room No. 8.
There is a small partition between the two
rooms over which a man could climb. The
broom maker went into his room yesterday
evening and found that he had been robbed
of a suit of clothes and a gold ring valued
One of the other boarders informed Mr.
Ambruster that he had seen the printer
coming out of No. 8 not long before, and
as the door leading into No. 7 was locked
and no one else occupied No. 8, it was nat
urally supposed that the knight of the
stick and rule had got away with the
goods Mr. ArmbruBter shortly afterwards
caught the printer and accused him of the
theft, and says he showed unmistabable
signs of his guilt. Armbruster, however,
turned him loose and notified the police,
but when they came to look for him he
could not he found.
George Brown, a Burglar,
Shot by an Officer of
While Resisting Arrest He Is
Killed by a Charge
James Wilson, His Accom
plice, Is Arrested and
Lodged in Jail.
A Saline County Tragedy Enact
ed in Pettis County The
Scarcely was the ink dry upon the paper
that was to acquaint the world of the exe
cution of the Hamiltons, the two red
handed murderers, when the pistol of
the murderess rang out as she essayed to
take the life of her husband, and the bul
lets of an omcer had entered the breast,
and stopped the heart-beat, of the midnight
robber. Friday closed the earthly career
of two brutal assassins, and the quiet
peace of the babbath was disturbed by the
report of a pistol in this city, whose deadly
ball pierced the side of a mothers infant,
and a shotgun emptied its leaden volley
into the breast of a robber.
For several davs the people of Herndon,
a little village in Saline county, sixteen
miles north of this city, have been
troubled with a band of robbers and bur
glars, who entered their houses, and stole
therefrom money, jewels, watches, and
clothing, until nothing was safe from their
avaricious grasp, baturday morning the
result of their depredations showed more
plainly than ever, and the people who had
lost property determined to eapture them,
or kill one or more of them.
W. L. Keith, whose house was entered
while he slept Friday night, awoke Satur
day morning and found that his pants wer
gone, and with them a
for which he had naid $95 in Denver two
years before. He had an aunt visiting him,
a lady, as he says, "lull ol mischief and
always ready for a joke," and he supposed
she had purloined it for the purpose of fun.
A brother and cousin of his, who were
sleeping in the same room, were waked up,
and they also discovered that their un
mentionables were missing. These were
found in the hall, however, out not so with
those of Mr. Keith, and not until he had
paid a visit to his barn did he ..find them.
He and his father found and followed the
tracks of two men for a quarter of a mile,
and then he turned back, got a horse and
followed them about five miles in the di
rection of Sedalia. The tracks indicated
that the men had walked side by side.
He lost the trail when five or sir miles
from home, and did not find it again for
some time. When they were next discov
ered, one man was walking
behind the other and trying to
step in his tracks. He was" joined by a Mr.
Davis, who helped him find and follow the
tracks, but finally left, telling Mr. Keeth
"WAS BUSY AT HOME
and could do him no good. "When Mr.
Davis turned back, Mr. Faulconer, deputy
sheriff of Saline county ; Mr. Isiceley and
Mr. Turner joined Keeth, and the four
men, who had suffered at the hands of the
robbers, joined in the pursuit. At noon
Keeth and Turner stopped for dinner at one
place, while the other took dinner at
other farm house. After dinner they con
tinued their search, and during the after
noon stopped at the house of Wm. McDan
iels to net a drink of water. Here they
found trace of the two men again, and
found that they were traveling in a south
erly direction. Here Faulconer and Keeth
stopped for supper, agreeing that while one
ate the other shouldlwatch. Jbaulconer ate
first, and white Keeth was eating the other
one discovered the two men walking in
QUICKLY MOUNTING THEIR HORSE3
and overtook them in a lane, on one side
a hedge and on the other a barbed wire
fence. The men stepped to one side and
asked the sheriff if he intended to ride
over them. No," said Mr. Faulconer,
'we don't want to hurt anybody." The
officer thon commanded them to throw up
their hands and surrender. In place ot
that they began shooting. Keith says in
his evidence before the coroner's iury that
during this time the darkness had come on
and the forms of the two men were very
indistinct. "When the lightning flashed he j
thought he saw one of the robbers raise
his pistol and point it at him ; and fearing
to give him the advantage fared in return.
He then jumped from his mule and fired
another shot. The mule jerked him against
the hedge fence, and he could not tell
wnetner tne nurgiar nrea ms pisioi or not.
Here the two men
MADE THEIR ESCAPE
in the darkness, and the sheriff and Keeth
came to Sedalia, arriving here about 4
o'clock Sunday morning. They were joined
here by the other two, Turner and
Niceley and the four men went out after
the two men. leaving Here about sunset.
Near the scene of the fight the evening be-
ore. Keeth. who was riding in front, saw
the two men lying in the fence corner in
the.field. The others did!not see them. After
all had gotten by, Keeth told them he had
seen the game, and for them to be prepared
to bag it The robbers got up and ran
hrough the weeds and low brush to a
clump .of willows near the center of
he field, and their running was neara
by the posse of men, whe gave pur
suit. At the clump ot willows
three of the pursuers went lo the south,
and Mr. Turner to the north. He saw the
LYING NEAR A HEAPftOF BAILS
drifted there by high water, one of them
on his knees with his pistol cocked and
across his left arm. Turner gave the
alarm to his companions, who came up
and surrounded the men. Several pistol
shots were fired, and one shotgun emptied
its load ol leaden hail into the bosom of
one of the burglers, Geo. Brown, who died
without uttering a word. The other man,
James Wilson then gave up and was
made a prisoner.
The killing was done in this couniy, in
Heath's Creek township, and the sheriff's
Pse brought the ded m.:n and thw pris
! orirr ti Sedalia, arriving here about 9
dead man was taken to the undertaking
establishment of J. A, Tomhagen,
on Ohio street, and the other one locktd
up in the county jail.
On Monday at 10 o'clock, the coroner,
Dr. W. C. Overstreet, jr., empanneled a ju
ry, and proceeded to hold an inquest. A
number of witnesses were examintd, inclu
ding four men of the sheriff's posse, M.
Van Gorrell and Vinton Gorrell, of this
county, and the prisoner, James "Wilson.
Hi sstory was about as follows : , "My
name is James Wilson and I live in Kan
sas. Have known the dead man, George
Brown, five or six weeks. He also lived in
Kansas and has a wife there now. I have
telegraphed her of the death of her husband.
I was present when he was killed.
There were some people after us, and we
hid in a clump ol willows, and laid down.
Don't know whether the posse saw us br not.
We crawled on our hands and knees, or
rather, on our stomachs, to the other end
of the clump of willows. Brown saw the
men coming and said,
HERE THEY COME !
We were behind a pile of rails, drifted there
by high water. The men began calling at
us and firing about the same time. Some
of the men were behind U3, and one in
front. As soon as 1 heard the shotgun I
threw down my pistol and went to the as-
sistince of Brown. Was very close to
Brown when he fell. He was behind me.
Was either lying down or on his knees
when he was shot. Heard bullets whistling
all around me. Did not know who fired
the shot. Six or eight shots were fired in
all. The men had been after us the night
before. During the fight on Saturday
night a pistol ball passed between two of
the fiDgers on Brown's left hand, breaking
the skin. We were Ivmg close together
when the men passed us at the drift."
THE PRISONER DECLINED
to give any reason why they were hunted
by the officer. He identified one of the
pocketbooks, one pocket knife and the
opeu-face watch. When he was arrested
he picked up a silk handkerchief belong
ing to the dead man, which he gave into
the possession ot Mr. Heard.
On the bodv of the dead man were found
thirly calibre Colt's pistol, a pocket
knife, a silver wstch. a dozen cartridges,
skeleton key and broken case knife, togeth
er with the watch stolen from Mr. Keith.
These were exhibited to the iury. The
pistol found by the side of the prisoner was
not claimed by him.
Tne testimony of Faulconer and Keith
was almost alike, and proved conclusively
that the two men were burglars, and had
been plying their trade lor some time.
M. VAN GORRELL,
justice of the peace of Hughesville town
ship, testified to the position of the body
alter the killing, tie says the man was
lying on his back wit a his head to the
north and feet to the south. He said the
position of the drift of rails formed a very
good breast-works in case of a battle. He
took the articles above described from the
pockets of the dead man.
the man who was killed, was about 35
years of age, tall and ungainly, and had
the stamp of a desperado in his face. He
was dressed in clothes badly the worse for
wear, and had on a dark calico shirt and
light brogan shoes. Yesterday morning,
his body was viewed by a large number of
persons, who, actuated by mere curiosity,
wanted to see the features of a man shot
down while resisting arrest. The affair oc
curring so near Sedalia, many looked at
the man's face expecting to recognize one
whom they had seen, but only two or
three expressed anything like recognition.
The front of his shirt had been cut away,
revealing the holes made by the deadly
buckshot, thirty-eight in number, covering
his entire breast. The largest number,
however, had entered the left side, and six
or eight must have pierced the heart.
Death was instantaneous, and
the flow of blood was very
ight. Between two of the fingers on his
left hand was the mark of the bullet of the
night scrimmage. His eyes were open, the
balls, showing only their whites.
James Wilson, is probably 6 feet 2 inches
tall, of slender build, dark gray eyes,
brown hair, whiskers of a week's growth,
small, pointed nose, on the end of which his
eyes seeoied constantly to rest. He was
dressed in a dark alpaca coat, scotch
plaid pants, blue shirt and cowhide shoes
lied with cotton twine. His hair was
combed straght across his forehead, which
gave him a very sinister, forbidding aspect,
He talked with more than ordinary inteli
gence, and showed by his answers to the
questions of the coroner and attorney that
he was not unfamiliar with the ways of the
courts. He refused to make answer to the
question as to why the officers were follow
ing him, and seemed io know that they
could not compel him to. He signed his
name to the coroner's copy of his evidence
in a businesslike hand and without any
hesitation. He told a reporter that he did
not fear any serious result at his trial in
The jury, after hearing all the evidence
in the case, returned the following ver
"We, the jury, find that the deceased,
known as George Brown, came to his death
from a gun-shot wound while resisting a
lawful arreat by officers of the law from Sa
line county, Mo.
Signed. T. W. Hill,
J. E. Ellis, -Wm.
D. W. McClure,
Immediately after the closing of the ooro
oer's inquest, Deputy Sheriff J. H. Faulco
ner went before Justice Halstead and swore
out a warrant for the arrest of James Wil
son, charging him with the theft of a gold
watch of the value of $95, the property of
N. L. Keeth, of Herndon, and all the ar
rangements were made for his conveyance
to the jail at Marshall. Quite a sum of
money was found in the two purses, and it,
together with the two pistols, the silver
watch, silk hankerchief, case knife, etc.,
are in possession of the prosecuting at
torney. Wilson will be taken to Marshall this
morning, bv way of Higinsville, in charge
of Deputy Sneriff Fanlconer, and fpltced
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u j in io awaii me sitting oi tne criminal
One of the passengers on the train from
Kansas City over the branch road last
night was Eugene Carlat, an undertaker
at 711 Main street, Kansas City, who came
here at the request of Mrs. Brown, the wife
of the man killed by the Saline county
officers Sunday. At the instance of the
man Wilson, Mr.G W. Barnett telegraph
ed to a Mrs. Fitzpatrick, at Kansas City,
with the request that she inform Mrs.
Brown, who resides in Wyandotte, Kas., of
tne aeatn ot ner husband. The news did
not reach Mrs. Brown for seveial hours,
and she did not make her appearance in
this city. She then employed this Mr.
Carlat to come to Sedalia, and, if he
thought advisable, exhume the body and
take it to Kansas City for re-burial. Mr.
Carlat telegraphed yesterday to Mr. Bar
nett to hold the body, but gave no aut hor
ny for the request, and the burial was not
Mr. Carlat was met at the depot by a
Bazoo reporter, who accompanied him to
the residence of Mr. Barnett on West
Sixth street. Mr. Birnett had been in
consultation with the prisoner, Wilson,
and was supposed to be acquainted with
many of the facts regarding the connection
of Brown and Wilson. The gentleman
had retired, but after being made acquaint
ed with the nature of the midnight visit,
came down and received the visitors
in his parlor. From him the Kansas City
undertaker learned that there was no doubt
of the guilt of the dead man, and that the
proposition to exhume the body and take
it to Kansas City would be more than use
less. Mr. Carlat inlormed Mr. Barnett
that so far as he knew, the wife of Brown
was in ignorance of the criminal conduct
of her husband. She told him he was
traveling through the country repairing
agricultural implements, and she supposed
his death was caused accidentally, while in
pursuit of this honest calling. There was
another lady at Mrs. Brown's, richly dress
ed, whom the two supposed to be the wife
of Wilson, as the latter had told Mr. Bai
nett his wife was living at Brown's. At
this interview Carlat expressed the deter
mination to let the body remain here, and
acquaint Mrs. Brown with the full partic
ulars of the death of her husband.
The case is a peculiar one. Mr. Carlat
was led to suppose that the Browns were
in very easy circumstances, and did not
hesitate to take the case, never dreaming
that Brown was resisting arrest for crimes
he had committed, and made up his mind,
when these facts became known, to let the
case severely alone. He will return to
Kansas City this morning.
A Timely Shower.
"I was mighty thankful for that rain we
" Yes, it did the corn a world of good.
How many acres have vou got planted in
" I've got no corn planted this year at
all. I wasn't thinking about crops."
u Well how then can the rain benefit
You see I don't often get a decent din
ner at home, as my wife says she can't
cook in hot weather, but yesterday there
was to he a church picnic, and she fixed up
a lunch basket for the preacher's table, but
it rained so the picnic could not come off.
To keep the preacher's lunch from spoiling
we had it for dinner, and it was the best
dinner I've had since we were married.
There was no end of chichen, and jellies,
and that sort of alleviations, I feel like a
new man, just as if I was born again. Don't
tell me tbat rainyesterday didn't do the
country good. It was the most refreshing
shower we have had for years."
For some time past rnmor has been
going the rounds that there had been more
than one robber killed in this city, ana
yesterday the reporter was informed that
Dr Small was one of the parties who had
ly?en doing the killing. As the doctor
dropped into the office he was asked about
the matter. The following was about he
substance of the conversation :
"Doctor, I understand that you have
been killing robbers here lately ?"
"Yes, sir; I have killed a few of them."
"But I didn't hear anything about the
killing, and it wasn't published."
"Ko, I know it wasn't, you newspaper
men do not get on to everything, you see."
"lell me, doctor : how many have you
"Well, I couldn't say exactly as
I havn't kept any special count of
shem. You know they are not very nice
things to have around one's honse, and
everv time I see one or hear him. I lav for
him, and when he shows his head, I pop
" Do you mean to say that you have
been in the wholesale killing business
right here in the cityannd no one knew it?
What do you do with the bodies?"
" Oh, sometimes 1 threw them out in the
back yard, sometimes I bury them, and
again, sometimes I do not find them at all."
The reporter began to smell a mouse
somewhere. Here the doctor had been
killing robbers right along and no one
knew anything about it. His curiosity
was aroused, however, and he determined to
see the thing through.
Do you mean to say, doctor, that you
let the dead body of a man lay around
in your back yard?"
Who said anything about men? The
robbers I have been killing were rats, and
they were big ones too."
"I see" said the news monger, and he
sneaked out. into the back office and took a
drink of Flat creek.
An Eighteen-Moths-Old Child
Utilized to Shield the Body
of its Father.
Lizzie Stewart, Colored, Sboots
Her Baby Boy Through
Other plasters have holes, but Benson's
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At 10:30 a. m. July 15, of pulmonary
disease after a brief illness, Leander, son of
Florance and W. F. Weise, aged nine
The funeral will take place from the
family residence. Pacific street, between
Lamina and Washington avenues at 3
o'clock p. m. to-day. The friends of the
family are invited to attend.
THAT HACKING COUGH can be so
quickly cured by Shiloh's cure. Sold by
&rd & Miller.
A shooting scrape in which a little col
ored child was the unintentional victim
took place in front of Henry Knopfli's res
idence on Missouri avenue Sunday morn
ing between 9 and 10 o'clock. The facts as
elicited by a Bazoo representative are as
John Stewart and his wife, Lizzie Stew
art, colored, did not live any too happily
Some time ago, according to John's state
ment, he went away to get work, and when
he returned he found that his wife
HAD LEFT THEIR HOME
and rented a room just south of the old
soap factory where she was living, having
with her their little son, aged about 19
Sunday morning as John was going by
the place he saw the child some distance
from the house, wnere it had crawled. Not
THE MOTHER AROUND
he picked it up, intending, as h e says, to
take it to his mother's house where the
other two children were, have it dressed
up, and then if it was not satisfied to re
turn it to its mother.
He had not proceeded far with the
child, however, when Mrs. Stewart missed
it, and seeing him carrying it away, s he
rushed into the house, procured a
and followed in hot pursuit.
By the time Stewart reached Mr. Knop
fli's residence the enraged woman was
close behind. Mr. Knopfli was standing
out in front at the time, and was the first
to see that she had a pistol and called to
Stewart to look out. Stewart turned around
and as he did so
THE WOMAN FIRED,
but the shot missed its intended mark and
took effect in the body of the little child
which Stewart was carrying.
fetewart grabbed his wife before she could
fire again, and Mr. Knopfli took the
weapon away from her. He then started
TO THE CALABOOSE,
but was met on the way by the officers, who
had been notified of the affair. She was
locked up in the calaboose, but was subse
quently turned over to the sheriff, who
placed her in the county jail.
Dr. JtLd. bmall was called and dressed the
wound of the little sufferer. The bullet
had entered the right breast just below the
nipple, struck a rib, and ranged downward
LODGING ABOVE THE LEFT LUNG.
Up to this writing the child is still alive
and doing well, and if no further accident
befalls it wilj probably recover. Stewart
took the baby to his mother's house, on
the corner of Ffteenth street and Harrison
avenue, where it will be properply cared for.
After seeing that all was well Stewart
came back to town and was arrested and
locked up ir the county jail.
Lizzie will have a preliminary examina
tion as soon as the
RESULT OF THE SHOT
is ascertained, thatA is whether the child
will live or die.
John says she is a hard hitter and with
out a doubt would have killed him had
she been given a fair chance.
He also Bays he had no intention of keep
ing the child and would have re
turned it to her in the afternoon. The first
intimation he received that his wife
HAD A REVOLVER
was when Mr. Knopfli called to him, and
had he not turned around must have re
ceived the bullet in his back.
The colored people residing in the vici
nity of where Mrs. Stewart had taken up
her residence are greatly incensed over the
shooting, and say that she so mistreated the
child that it ought to have been taken from
her long ago. Others say that John abused
her. so she had to leave himv Mrs. Ste
wart's SIDE OF THE STORY
is that he came to the house Sunday morn
ing and demanded her to go with him.
She refused and he drew a revolver and
told her if she did not go he would kill
her. She told him to shot; that she
would die h thousand times before she
would return to him and be subjected to
BRUTAL TREATMENT ANY LONGER.
He then 'threw down the revolver and
grabbed up the child, remarking that he
knew how to bring her, started to carrying
it away. She then picked up the pistol
which he dropped and followed him with
the result above stated.
Mrs. Stewart says, when he demanded
the child she told him he could, not haye it
because it was yet nursing and
DID NOT BELONG TO HIM, ANYHOW.
Mrs. Stewart has marks all over her
body which she says were inflicted by her
husband, and that it was on account of
his brutal 'treatment that she left him and
took up her residence where she did.
Be that as it may, the Bazoo has en
deavored io give both sides of the. story
and leaves' it to the court to decide who
was to blame.
To Bee Keepers.
There will be a, meeting of the bee keep
ers of Pettis county at the fair
grounds, Sep Umber 25th, 1884, for
the purpose of organizing a Bee Keepers7
association, at which time there will he
officers elected" and s constitution and by
laws adopted. G. H. Ashworth, J. W
Mills, L. B. Rhodes, Mrs. J. W. Mills.
7 8 w 12t
A Fair Offer,
The Voltaic Belt Co., of Marshal, Mich
igan, offer to sendDr, Dye's celebrated Vol
taic belt and Electric Appliances on trial
for thirty days, to men, old and young,
afflicted with nervous debility, lost vitality
and many other diseases.
Set afyexbsejEicit in uus p?r.