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THE SEDALIA WEEKLY BAZOO, DECEMBER 26, 1893.
He Was Fully Prepared to Make
His Escape from Jail.
The Darin? Glendale Train
Robber Foiled by an Error
Marion Hedgepeth, who was horn
and reared in Cooper county, Mo.,
and who is under sentence ot twenty-
five years to the penitentiary for the
Glendale train rohhery, almost es-
caped from his temporary quarters in
the St. Louis jail Saturday night.
The following are the details :
The citv fail is built in a semicircle,
on the south side of the center of the
Four courts. The cells are in three
tiers. In front of them is the rotunda,
where prisoners daily meet for exer
cise. Behind the cells is what is
termed the "hull ring." It extends
all round the jail, and is about ten
feet wide. There are three big doors
leading from the space in front of the
cells to the passage behind. When
the night watch conies on at 7 o'clock
their first duty is to go round and sec
that each cell is securely fastened and
contains its proper occupant. This
examination takes place every two
hours during the night. HedgepethV
cell is No 01 on the second tier, in
which is known as "murderers' row."
being reserved on account of their
greater security for desperate diame
ters, or those sentenced to long terms
of imprisonment or the death penalty.
Wardens Hannon ami Daly, the of
ficers for the night, made their rounds'
every two hours as usual yesterday
morning and found evervthimr al
rigm. j nev nao just completed un
round a few minutes after . o'clock,
and had retired to the further end
AX UXrSL'AI. SOUND,
like the creaking of a window, reached
their ears, followed by a whiff of air
decidedly cooler than any inside the
jail. On itivestigating.they discovered
two windows up and a man violently
struggling to squeeze and worm him
sen ticiween tne oars on tne outside.
In an instant the' were upon him
with pointed revolvers and called on
him to let go and drop Seeing thai
he had been foiled, Iledgepcth drop
lied and hesitated lor an instant
whether or not he should make a su
preine effort for liberty at the peril oi
his hie or surrender, lie chose the
latter course and threw tin his hands
fflfiTappealed To the guards nor xen
shoot, Still covering him with then
revolvers, Hedgepeth was taken to
his cell. Alter he was secured,
notice oi an atiempteu nreaK troni
jail was promptly sent to Chief Jailer
jvraenier, wno immediately returned
to the jail and commenced an iuvesti
An inspection of the door revealed
the fact that the prisoner's
CELL WAS UNLOCKED,
and that he had got out either through
the cell being lelt in that condition or
by means of a duplicate key. In ad
dition to the ordinary lock there is a
padlock. Hedgpeth claims that bis
cell was left unlocked by accident.
He had by means of a broom-handle
cord, which he had concealed in his
cell for the purpose, so arranged it
that the door would not give, aud
Avhcn the jailers tried the door they
Avere under the impression it was
If that be true, then it will be mat
ter for inquiry how the padlock be
came unfastened. The doors leading
from the rotunda to the bull ring are
left open every night to give the
guards quicker access in case ot trouble
As soon as the guardnsaw what was
up, they sounded the alarm, which
brought Assistant Chief Reedy and
even of iicer in the jail
TO Tilt: KISCCE.
No further trouble being appre
hended lrm the inside, Jailer Krae
mer and some officers proceeded to
examine the building on the outside.
Once out it would have been an easy
matter for Hedgepath to have
escaped, as the boiler house is immedi
ately underneath the window, and,
this being crossed, one jump would
have landed the prisoner on the wall,
which is only 12 feet high.
That Hedgepeth had accomplices is
conclusively proven bv the fact that
on the roof of the boiler house was
found a big barrel. The iron bars,
which are half an inch thick, were
found to have been forced back by
means of a powerful jack-screw, so
that there was a clear space of 12
inches between. The windows tront
on Twelfth street, and the one that
was tampered with, was in thc.shadow
A TELEfilSAl'II TOLE,
whicn explains why the accomplices.
Eui-i-esBiuuy penormea their part
without being observed.
When they had finished their work
they opened, their windows and
whistled, this being the preconcerted
-signal for Hedgepeth to get in his
work. This did not impress the
guards until after they saw Hedge
peth getting through the window.
When he reached the bull-ring
instead of going to the window
that had been leit open for him he
rushed in an opposite direction and
ojiened another window, and through
this error the plot was discovered,
and Hedgepeth was the victim ot his
Various theories are in circulation
as to who was. aiding Hedgepeth on
the outside. While in detention Jim
trench the notorious nre-iug. who
wa- released on bond on Thursday,
was confined in the
SAME CKLL AS IIKIK'EI'KTII.
When asked if the two facts had
any connection, Chief of Detectives
Desmond remarked. " 1 es, Jim Trench
was released a day or two ago.
It docs seem rather funny
Who secured French's bondsmen
and all about them will be most care
fully inquired into. Efforts were
made to induce Hedgepeth to give the
name or names of his accomplices,
but they were futile. Chief Harri
an believes that the accomplice is
none other than .Inn rrench. Ail
the jail officers are positive in their
declarations that everything inside
the jail was found left properly se
Hedgepeth was seen in his cell yes
terday morning, and in reply to ques
tions said he would like lo tell how it
happened, but could not do it without
implicating other. He said: "Thev
have jobbed me for twenty-five years.
ind wilh that staring me in the lace
I made a break for liberty. It failed.
uid that's all I've got lb show tor it
except these haiid,rshtwing his hands,
which had been blistered on the steam
at the window. Being reminded that
the cell door was left open, he was
asked if he could explain the coinci
dence of the window bars being forced
back. His reply was that "it did
seem rather funny."
Jailer Kraemcr is almost convinced
that an ofHcer of the jail is implicated,
aud will sift the matter to the very
Died at Austin.
Co'. David W. Boiildio, formerly a
resident of Sedalia, died Dec. IS,
lJS'JI, at Austin, Texas.
Col. Bouldin was a native of Mis
souri and at one time owned one-third
interest with the late General Geo. I!.
Smith in part of the ground where
Sedalia now stands. His residence at
the time he resided here was on hi
farm northwe-t ot the city and was
considered one f the liest m the
country. The house is still standing
and fronts on North Grand avenue.
He reared two daughters and one
son who grew to mammy uui died a
1 . . ".I.,.
number of years ago.
Col. JiouMin left Sedalia about
twenty years ago and resided in Sau
rrancisco several years, lie went
then to prosecute a claim against the
j,ui.nimuU mi possession OI
Goat island in the San Francisco hay,
which he claimed was owned by his
father. La wing the government was
slow business and he has died before
me ciaim was adjudicated, lie was
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ibout sixty years old.
m "-.I If I i:. . l
V.HI. uuuioiii was a good citizen, a
clever neighbor and a steadfast friend
no tne Tim iip;t mon in n rt i
subscribe for the Weekly Bazoo for
"icv miij in jytmH.l IU I
jir aim pay in advance tor it,
twentv-five years ago.
A Race for Land,
From lln" Springfield lVnlwral.
B. F. M. McFarland, a
and farmer from near Kirbyville,
laney county, had Ins evcou a valua
blc forty-acre tract of land adjoining
his homestead and he had intended
entering the same at an early day.
Last Friday he learned " that
one of hw neighbors coveted the
land and would start the fol
lowing day to the land office to home
stead the same. This spurred Mr.
Mcharlaud to action. Saddling his
best horse he started for Springfield.
After an all night's ride through the
wind ami cold his hoise gave out four
miles from the city. "lie pluckily
continued his journey on foot ami yes
terday morning was the proud pos
sessor of a duplicate to the laud. He
said : -'I may have killed my horse,
but I got the land just the same."
Idle Convicts at Jefferson City.
There are now nearly 500 idle con
victs in the penitentiary and ihe num
ber of recruits is being augmented
every day. At present there are 1.-
800 male convicts in the peuitentiarv
and a little over 1,000 of this number
are worked under the con tract system.
Several contracts expire the 'last of
this month, but it is likely that a re
newal for a short lease will be affected.
Xone of the shops are working extra
men. lhis is due to the general busi
ness stagnation. But even if there
was a demand for all the convicts, the
state has not enough shop room in
Avbich to work them.
IN NEW MEXICO.
A Former Sedalia Boy Presides
as Toast-Master at a
Union county is a new county
carved out in rew Mexico, and Clay
ton, wherein Homer Byler, son of J.
M. Byler, Esq., of Sedalia, is a promi
nent resident, is to be the county seat,
and of course will enjoy a boom.
On the 5th inst., Union county held
its first election and the democrats
carried the day. The Mexican resi
dents there are nearly all demo
crats, and among them the
following were represented on the
successful ticket: Francisco Miera,
county clerk ; Louis F. Garcia, sher
iff; Solome Garcia, probate judge :
Christobal Garcia, treasurer : Scrafin
Otero, superintendent schools ; Xesto
de Baca and F. Gonzj.lcs. commiss
Homer Byler, who was reared in
Sedalia anil who has many friends
here, says, in a private letter :
lion. Antnnia Joseph and sena
tor Barrella were here, and spoke to
the largest crowd ever assembled in
Clayton, after which there was a
champagne banquet served at the
Gem restaurant, at which I presided
as toast-master, and eighty plates
were served, after which there was
dancing all night. Our guests were
so well pleased that they staid over
mother day. c had our lirst elec
tion on the ;th, Clayton cast almost
two democratic votes to one republi
can or rather people's party. All re
turns are not in, .nit enough to assure
the election of the enlite democratic
WILL HURT MOBERLY.
K. & E. Expects to Run
Trains Into St. Louis by
The Mobcrly Monitor says: "The
last span id" the new bridge on the M
K. it iv. over the Atissour: river near
its mouth, known as the Jcllciountnin
bridge, has been swung into place
ind general work will lie unshed over
the entire structure. The M. K. it Iv
expects to run trams into St. Loin
hv January 1st, and if the weather
is favorable for such work it will do so
if the work is anvwhere a? near
complete as slated. Moberly will
not he the gainer iy this great im
provement, as a large nuautitv of
I exas stock and through freight for
St. Louis has been turned over to the
Wabash at Mobcrly. In the begin
ning there will be a loss of traffic,
therefore loss of work for trainmen,
but no general improvement in the
Children Cry for
Formerly of Sedalia.
The following telegram may interest
some one in Sedalia :
Gi-rnniE, Ok., Dec. 14. A sensa
tional divorce suit jas filed in the
District court to-day by Mrs. Dora
Hill, a prominent society lady. She
asks fof a decree and big iiliiiinny
from her husband, JohnT Hill",
whom she alleges is living with a wo
man from St. Louis. The counle mar
ried in fccdalia, .Mo., m ISSi, andhvei
a. ii . s . i
II rpinpr llHIII I If'THlim l.NIV u hnn
the plaintiff alleges Hill abandoned
her. The suit has cause! a sensation
Hill is worth about S40,0() and is
Mrs. Hill followed her husband to
St. Louis last Spring and caused him
to flee from a hotel dining mom.
where he was dining with the woman
named in the complaint
Wl.i Diljy- tra JtfV. n p pin- Iter Cstnn i.
iica tie -.I-- a CJu'M, 1 i-rial for CHi.
Marion Clark Dead. -Marion
Clark, aged about 5 vears.
one of the most prominent and re
spected citizens of Saline county, died
last evening at his home south of Mar
shall, lie Kinic to Saline county
from Cooper county. 1
St. Louis &. San Francisco R'y.
pi connection with tin- Rival Santa I-V
system i the ixmujar tbrtniirh car nun.-
from Sitl.ttit Missouri to all part in Ar- j
k.m-n-. Kan-a... Oklahoma. Imiian Terri-!
tnry, Jcxas Colorado, Uvomin-.'. Ctah,
For time tables, maps rates ami full
narticulans, address nearest agent of either
Frisco Line or Santa Fe Route.
II. L. MORRILL, I). WISHART
Gen'l Manaper, Gcn'l Pass'r Afr't.
St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis, Mo.
..- .11m win .m-Min, Arizona, tuaito, 1 juv.iiii. si.u cni wcurreu, at j lltC Dllsj
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.Montana, .eraua. uuitoniia. Uaiuigton arrens.iurg last evening in the niar-idraw
ami Orpiron. it:.' c?.ti: n . I -
ri. i?J i- 1 .1 ,;.- -'ura came v.cit)ern. youngest -Mr.
1 lie rrisco l.im i nl tin. i?in,t iltr...t ' i.:. 1 . ... .., .. " ' .
route to St. Luui. all mint. kuI 1 W?"2r .0I i'feict - W. Lolhern, , Jackson
pint Pullman I'alatu sli-cit-rs. m linin" '21 Uie m,ifln county bank, to Mr. ! for the
chair cars (scats frwi ami conches on all M"- L. DeArnioud, a young business rison.
fHE FLIGHT OF THE HEART.
The heart soars up like a bird
Frura a nest of care;
l'p. hj, to a larger sky,
ioa setter air!
No eye can measure its flight,
And no hand can tame;
It mounts in beauty and light,
In music and Maine.
Of all the changes of Time
There is none like this ;
The heart soars up like a bird
At the stroke of bli.-s.
The heart soars up like a bird,
Hut its wings soon tire ;
Enough of rapture and song.
The cloud and the fire !
Its lo.k, the look of a king
Of a slave, its birth,
The ioor, tired, iiuiMtctit thing
Kinks back to the earth.
And the mother spreads her lap,
And she lulls its pain ;
"Oh, thou who sighed for the sun,
Art thou mine again?"
THE DEATH ROLL.
Tvo Prominent Pioneers
Howard County Passed
7hc death of John Lee. of Old
Fnnklin, Howard county, took place
lie had hecn in feeble health lor
qtite awhile and his wife and children
w?re gathered at his bedside, expect
ing the end.
John Lec was either a native oi
Iliward county or had lived there
marly all of the seventy-seven years
o; his life. He was noted in "that
stction in pioneer times as a handler
o line race horses ami was a fa
niliar figure on the track in
tie days when Franklin was the
hrgest town west of St. Louis and
vhen it was the home of many men
iho afterward gained state and
Mr. Lee, at the titi-e of his death,
ovned large tracts of cultivated lands
ir, the Howard bottoms and was
president of the Commercial bank at
J John Lec was a gentleman of the
oil school and his death will be sin
cerely regretted by an extensive circle
iClurles B. Canole. also one of the
ptominent pioneer citizens of that
ccutily, also died vestcrdav, 71 vears
old. ' '
Made'a Mistake in Trying to
Pass off Their Goods
George Jordan and K. C.
two counterfeiters, were neatly
pedat four o clock yesterday
noon hv hiet ot l'olice Del.ong.
Their arrest was immediately wired to
Deputy I nited States .Marshal Sidell
:it Kansas City, and he arrival this
morning and took charge of the cae,
whH. promises rich developments.
Ionian and Ueed have been coining
ilollars aud 2." cent piece at Heed's
home in Benton county and have suc
ceeded in paesingtheni on country mer
chants. Yesterday they came to Se
dalia, and while arranging to unload
the product of their mint were arrested.
Thirty-four s.iurious silver dollars aud
twenty-two '25 cent pieces were found
in their pockets. The iuartci were
almost perfect and the dollars would
easily pass over the counter of any
store. .Ionian is the son of a pros
perous dairyman of this city, and
Keed owns ii forty-acre farm in Benton
county. Kccd last night made a con
fession to the police telling where sev
eral thousand dollars of counterfeit
money and -the moulds would be
A Morning Marriage.
Miss 1 .11 el la Sharp was married this
morning to Dr. Fred 11. Jones, of
The ceremony took place in the
presence of a few friends at the resi
dence of the bride's parents, Key. Dr.
William Jones, father of the groom
The young couple arc very popular
in this community and their host of
mendswill wish them a merry Christ
mas, a happy Xew Year, and a lonr
life of martial joy and worldly pros
perity. A Penny Saved is Twopence Earned
A little SOZOIX1NT, u-od rurht aUnig
wry riar.ro-ts lint little tmiibl' ami is
jlea-ant always, ft saves year of suner
mg from ilia-yil -rums ami tet-tli in latter
lav. It- ne is woiwmieal of time ami
comfort. I'so FOZOIMXT.
A Wedding at Warrensburg.
man oi Knob Noster. "Mo.
ding party and many snicst
tertaincd at supper at the home of the
bride's jiarents. Mr. and Mr. De
Arnioud will spend most of the winter
THE NEXT MORfllMO I FEEL BRIGHT AND
NEW AND MV COMPLEXION IS BETTER.
H"J."?rl"r!a- 11 "c,, "'y nn th-Hnmwh. llr r
iiKltlrtaryi.mr! !i a pltur.vit Ijsatlvr. TbLiiiri' S
a made inmlvrL, astlfci.ivpamt fyrase ueaillr
23 tea. Ilhrslcl
.Ml crvj&surf.l It at Kfe ami 61 a pact.w. It you
rennet cet Icwiul .mr .i.li? Air a tn tin
l.nu.i'anriy Ii-;!lrinr moMi;,r .or!.
AU.lr.-v.. OKATOl: ft WOOWAILV. U-X. . V
TALLEST MAN ON EARTH.
He Formerly Resided in Ver
sailles, Morgan County,
I'n.m tin- t;nfiiillc,Tcxa, Hiral.l.
Colonel II. C. Thurston, who claims.
i I It A ,1 t
to be ta.Iest man on earth, was in the
citv yesterday and his tall and erect
form could plain'y be seen several fee
above the surging masses who crowded
iroinm to see mm. me loioncis
to see iiim. The Colonel's
ionic is in Mt. eriion. Delias re -
centlv returned from the worlds fair
shows with so called tall men. but
when he would step in thev would in-
tnably ojen their eyes and ad
mit their superior had been
found in the person of the man
from Texas. The colonel's height
is . leetoA inches', hut says wnen he
is on exhibition and getshimself "well
straightened out" he measures eight
leet. lie was a soldier in the Con
federate army during the war, enlist
ing in the Fourth Missouri under
General Marmadukc. One of our
citizens who was in the war with him
says that when a regiment would be
moving on foot the Col. would soar so
high above them that to an out
sider it would appear that he was
riding. While Mr. Thurston was
returning from Chicago he met a
gentleman in Springfield, 111., who
was in the union army. The man
said he had singled him out and shut
over the heads of hundreds of other
soldiers at him six times without any
of the bullets striking. Mr. Thurston
i reached his height when 1!) years of
' age. It was amusing to see some men
yesterday who thought thevsrere tall,
waiK umier the arms ot the lexas
giant with perfect eae. Mr. Thurs
ton enjoys perfect health and says he
encounters no inconvenience by being
so unusually tall.
A MURDER TRIAL.
A Murder Case From Lawrence
County Sent to Henry
From tlic (Ihit'm Ik-mocral.
The Arnwine murder case from
Lawrence county has been brought
here on a change of venue and has
been docketed for Friday, the 1 2th
day of January.
The niunlcr occurred on June 28,
18!):, aud was singularly interesting
in that an old man, Win. Arnwine,
sh-jt his son-in-law, George Keatou.
Accompanying the papers is a sworn
testimony of Alice " Katon, wife of
the murdered man and daughter of
his slayer, from which the facts can be
gleaned. It seems the Arnwine
children were unable to get along
with their stepmother, and on the
evening of the shooting little Jessie
Arnwine, a mere boy, had run away
anil taken hi? clothes over to his sis
ter's. The lather went after him
about dusk with a raw-hide, aud the
bo- escaped out the back door.
George Keatou told his father-in-law
1 to stay out of the house, and the lat
ter drew a revolver as
face to face on the
the two stood I
door sten aud
commenced nulling the trigger,
Kcaton all the time trying to disarm
The weapon, a self-acting one,
snapped four times and the fifth cart
ridge exploding, the ball entering
Keaton's liody making a fatal wound
Arnwine was indicted for murder
in the first degree, and has been in
jail at Mt. Vernon evr since, bail
Harrison Appoints Wallace.
Surveyor of the Fort J. Scott Har
rison of Kansas Citv has appointed
! David W. Wallace deputy surveyor
I and chief clerk. Mr. Wallace went
I to work .yesterday to learn the rou-
mess oLtne oince, nut will not
salary until January 1.
allacc is an ex-trcasurer of
county. lie was a candidate
office now held by Mr. Ilar-
and had the endorsements of
GovcruorfStoneex - Governor Francis
and the entire Missouri delegation. As
deputy and clerk Mr. Wallace will
draw a salary of SI, 200 a year. He
succeeds Edward Ferre, who lias filled
the office for the past four years
inn tavsuiiu intTc were inisnv &iue....:ii t i ..n.
THROUGH THE HEART.
Barnett, the Street Robber, Had
Such a Wound, Yet Lived
From III. Kan.-a i!y St.ir.
Coroner Iingsdale held an inqtte-t
at Carlat's morgue this morning re
garding the killing of Thomas B.
Barnett, the street robber, by Jacob
Barner, at the corner of Sixth street
and Wvandotte street Sunday night.
The facts as before given in the $'rr
were related fo the jury, and verdict
setting out that the shooting vra? justi
fiable was returned.
An autopsy was made on Barnett "s
body last evening by Coroner Langs
dale, Dr. Callaghan, his assistant, and
by Dr. Will Iucn and Dr. Frank
Iuen, the police surgeons. They
could not find the bullet in tin
-boulder, supposed to be the first one
fired by Barner. The second shot
entered the breast,
e ureasr, passed inrougti
both lobes of the left lung, through
t!lt lirli("llililltll Mini iit -i irnih in tlin
t , , , '7.
I MtVirt !1 hirers -i; tnin linfrni- It
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win itu ll-'ll lit lilt lllll.-LIW WI IIIU
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if unclaimed by relatives.
DEATH AT DEEPWATER.
Latest Details of the Murder of
John Leach in Henry
FroM the Clinl.m IfceMocr.it.
The true story of John Leach's
death for the first time came out Sat
urday when the onlv eye witnesses of
the shxting gave their testimony at
The result of the post mortem was
first introduced showing that the gun
shot wound in Leach's abdomen pro
duced his death. Dr. Scevers also
testified to the wounds and to Leach's
suffering and death from pcritonetis
Alex. Harness, one of CrabtrecV
companions, testified that he went
with him into Widtnan's saloon and
Mr. Stewart came in afterwards.
While they were drinking Crahtreo
made some reuark to the effect that
he and "this fellow" meaning the bar
keeper, "used to shock corn together
d twn south of here," adding that he
shocked the down-row and Leach the
two up-rows. Leach said, "I used to
shock corn down there but I don't re
member ever shocking corn with you.r
Crabtree repeated this remark about
corn shocking twice or more and the
last time Leach said to him, "You
seem to be hunting trouble if that
is what you want you will get
it." Stewart then saw Leach hold
ing a pistol iu both hands, but not
pointing it at any one. Stewart said,
"put up that pistol you have no use
for it here,'"' whereupon Leach turned
and put it in the drawer, saying:
"Xo, I have no use tor it," and had
walked four or five feet toward the
end of the bar, when Crabtree com
menced shooting, following Leach up
as he shot, the third shot being fired
just as Leach was disappearing behind
the ice chest. Urahtree then run out
the front doora.nd Harness stayed ami
helped Leach to get up on a chair,
leaving him to get assistance,
I). W. Stewart confirmed Mr. Har
ness' testimony in every important
detail. Both swore that Crabtree
hail been drinking but was not drunk
and knew what he was doing. Stew
art heard the talk about the com
shocking ami confirmed Harness' re-
! latiou of how Leach had put up his
gun ami turned awav before the first
shot, no sum itirmer: 1 saw no
action on the part ot hcach 111 the
saloon that might cause any appre
hension of danger on the part of
In ids ante mortem statement
Leach said he asked the stranger who.
came iu his place, "are you hunting
trouble?" and he said "I don't
know." "I then reached around and
I got my pistol out of the drawer and
j told him to go out of the house which
1 he still lelused tcdo. I then laid tuv
pistol back in the drawer and shut
the drawer, and turned facing him
when he began shooting." Leach
swore that after the first shot he tried
to run into hi bedroom, when struck
by the other balls.
The coroners jury brought in a
verdict reciting that Leach's death
was produced by pistol shots fired
from a pistol in the bauds ot Walter
Crabtrtfe and that said Crabtree wil
fully aud deliberately fired said pistol
at aud against John Leach with in
tent to kill and murder him.
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