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The Author of "Warwick" Shot Bead by His Son in the Sturtevant House. The Demon of Domestic Unhappiness the Cause of the Crime. TERRIBLE DETAILS OF THE TRAGEDY History of the Family Troubles of Mansfield Tracy Walworth and His Wife. MURDER FOR A MOTHER'S HONOR. Young Walworth Says that the Deed Was Done in Defencc Against Slander and Personal Danger. 8T0BY OF A MISERABLE MARRIAGE How Two Beings Who loved Grew Gradually to Hate Each Other. THE CONFESSION TO THE CORONER. Statements of Various Persons Who Were Near the Fatal Scene. The Doctor, the Hotel Olerk and the Ser vants Tell Their Stories. INTENSE FEELING IN THE CITY. Sketch of the Literary Life of Mansfield Tracy Walworth. INTERVIEWS WITH HIS PUBLISHERS The News at the Home of the Watworths in Saratoga. or all the crimes that shock the souls of men none im ever been held in greater abhorrence than par ricide, which ia by all odds the most complete and terrible inversion, not alone of human nature, but of brute instinct. To conceive that the odfeprlng should become the slayer of the parent is fearful voder any circumstances, but whed the offence is committed with Intent and knowledge, even with deliberation, its enormity is intensified a thousand fold. It was a crime punished by the ancients wltb awful rigor and held in the deepest detestation; and, according to mythological record, the cul prits were delivered np to the torments of the Furies. (Edlpus slew bis father Lalus as they chanced to meet in tbe way, while the son was Joifrneylng to Phocis, and the avenging Fates Xoltowed him thereafter with misrortune, disgrace, remorse and cruel tortures to his deatti. Orestes t?o, tbe [son of Agamemnon $nd Clytemnestra, alew his mother to avenge the deatti of his father at her hands, and to blot out her adulterous shame,. and he likewise was tormented by the Furies, though afterward purified by the people of Argos. In all ages the offence, considered in proportion to the aggregates of murders, has been comp&ra tively rare, and in the majority of these instances the deed has usually been the resnlt of anger, accident or mental aberration. In many years there has not been, in this country at least, any very remarkable instance of a murder of a father by his sou or daughter, and even matricide, which ranks in the same category? though It may, rrom the natural tenderness with which motherhood Is regarded, be considered a still moreheinous act?is of comparatively much more frequent occurrence. There have been in the city Of Mew York, wltlun the past seven or eitht years, some three or four cases of matricide, a score of uxoricides, several fratricides and hun dreds of homicides, and not one parricide?at least none that have been determined to be such. At last, however, this rare and revolting form of tragedy is added to the list of local murders, and there appears to be no form or excess of crime with which the great metropolis is not to tie made familiar. THE TRAGEIY. Mansfield Tracy Walworth, a well known gen tleman of talent and position, was yesterday killed by his son, Frank H. Walworth. Tke circum stances of the murder are so horrible, so appalling that they scarcely seem credible. Killed by his own son! by the being who ought to have cher ished and loved him beyond any one on earth! by the child to whom he gave life I The father lies dead Id a pool of blood. The son walks coolly to the police station and says, "I want to give myself up, as 1 have shot my father." Prank H. Walworth arrived in this city on Mon day afternoon from Saratoga. He* is but a very young man. ile is tall and slim, with large blue ?y? that are very frank and winning, a smooth face, fair complexion, light whiskers and refined features. No one to look at him would have thought that he could commit so terrible a crime. He smiled pleasantly as HK STEPPER VT TO TIIE DKSX la the office of the Mturtevant House and asked the clerk?"Have you a room?" MYes, sir," the clerk replied. Ue registered his name, and was shown up to Ms room. No. 2fl7, which is on tlie third floor, In the rear wing of the hoteL He was pale and seemed tired. He sat down on the bed and mused awhile. Then he rose and paced the room with rapid strides. He passed his hand through his hair and was apparently plunged in deep thought. What was he thinking of ? Or the murder of his father, of his own fate alter be would have committed tbe fearlul deed? There was a settled resolution on his face when he walked out. Ue went to the house where his father was boarding, in Fourth avenue, near Fllty fourth street. He was not at home, the servant Xirl said, In answer to Frank's Inquiries. "Well, give him this note when becomes in," the jronng man said, "will you, please ?" This was the note "I want to try and settle some family matters. Call at the .stiirtevant House after an hour or two. IXI am not there 1 will leave word at the office. "F. H. WALWORTH." The servant girl promised to give the note to Mr. Walwortli, and be ielL He went back to the hotel, naked when they would have supper, and con versed lor a short while with one of the clerks. Ho ate some supper and returned to fits room. He locked the door so as to remain undisturbed, and lsy down on the bed. He thought of all the misery in his family, of the separation of his parents, of Jits father*! conduct, oi his mother's sufferings, and be came heavy at heart Indeed. Then he rose ami took a Coifs revolver out ol his poeket. Ho held it against the light. 11c took out the chamber ami Jooked at It steadily. "Jt m sure," lie said, "It never ioj!i?." There was a bovhv or iwmm, as if some one vu approaching. "Who can that be?".lw said, starting up. "Not he?" lie listened, but the footstep* died away. It was so still there seemed not a breath stirring. He was alone with his thought*. He laid bin head on the pillow and tossed his lialr from his forehead. Alter a few minutes he rose again and looked out of the window. It was dark, and the bright stars glimmered in the sky. He gazed pensively at the sky. and the calm serene beauty of the scene seemed to have made a deep impression on his soul. He bowed his bead in his hands and wept. The hot tears scalded his cheeks and his whole irame was shaken by emotion. He clutched the revolver again, and fixed his eyes on it calmly and steadily. He sank again on the bed. After an hour he raised himself luto a sitting posture and said, "He will probably come to morrow morning." He paced the room all uight long, and his lips were constantly moving as if be were speaking u> himself. "Morning, morning," he said, with a slcrh of agony, "if it were only morning." And he added, after a pause, "II it were only done." He kept looking sit the stars, which grew paler and paler, and a sense or the awful crime he was about to commit sank Into his heart. At last he went down on his knees and prayed to Ueavcn. The tni;on went down and the sight of the flr#t rays of the situ struck a chill through his frame, lie ex pected his father in a few hours, and then IT WOULtf HAVE TO Bfc DONE. At a quarter past six o'clock Mr. Walworth came. He asked the clerk to send his card up to his son's room. The bell-boy took the card up, and knocked, and a voice said, "Come in I" The boy entered, bnt recoiled irom him when he glanced at his paie face, tnat seemed to have UKOWN H&OUAKD IN A MUllt. There seemed to be a terrible light la his eye. He looked at the card, and said: 'HShow the gen tleman up." . The boy returned wltn thft answer, and Mr. Wal worth walked quickly up to his sou's room. He was In high spirits and hummed a tune as he as cended the stairs. The morning was so beautllul, and health and strength were throbbing in bis pulse. He knocked. "Come In," a voice said. It was a voico that fell with a familiar sonud on his ear. He remem bered it for many years. It had once spoken to him in accents of affection and kindness. The lather entered the room. His eyes met those of bis son. They stood FACE TO PACK. The first rays of the sun lighted up their features. What a contrast I Here the smooth, solt face of the son; there the sober, manly countenance of the lather. The father extended his hand, but the son cast it off. The young man placed Ills back against the door AND PBKW niB PISTOL, which he pointed at his father's breast "For heaven's sake, what do you mean?" the father cried, placing his hand before ms breast. "Do you mean to murder met" The pistol was still pointed at His breast, and there was no mercy in the son's face, "Think 01 what you are delng," the father satd. A pang shot across the son's face. "I know you are my father," he muttered between his teeth, "but you must die." "Die I" the lather shrieked In a yell of terror, "have you called me here to mnrder me, your own father?" He cocked the pistol, bnt now the brilliant rays of the sun streamed into the room, and the son's face was visible in all Its terrible lurv. "May God have mercy on your soul, father; bnt I have none." The father trembled. His face became perfectly white with terror and cold drops of agony started from his brow. His lips quivered. "You have Insulted my motner," the son pur sued, his eyes Fi-ASiima with uaok; "yon have threatened and insulted my mother." There was a motion of his Anger, as If he was go ing to pull the trigger. The father sunk on his knees. ??Merry!" he cried, "you cannot murder your father!" "You have threatened and Insulted both my mother and myself. Kven if you would promise me not to do it agaiu I could not believe you." "I promise it," the father exclaimed, trembling In every limb. There was such agony in his usliy lace that It would have pierced a heart of stone. But his son felt no mercy lor him. "Yon have lied before and you could lie again. I cannot believe you," was his son's answer. It was a solemn moment. There was the father on his knees praying his son to spare Ills lite, and there was the son pointing the revolver at Ills lather's breast. His eyes shone with a steady de termination. "Father, you must die," he said. "Say your last prayer." It was all in vain?no prayers, no entreaties would move him. NOTHING BIT DEATH REMAINED, and the father bowed his head. The son listened calmly. He heard every word, and his grasp of the pistol did not relax. His eyes were ttxed on those ol his lather. A ilash?another, and the rather str-rgered back as if struck by lightning. Three more s'no.s, aid THE WOKK WAS FINISHED. The murdered man raised his hands above his head and fell. . "My son," he breathed faintly. A deadly pallor overspread his features; his breathing was short and heavy. He was dying at the hand ol him to whom he had given me and who had so cruelly taken his pyvih.. "MY SON" WERE niS I.AST WORDS. The blood rained down from his lorehead and (Tom his temples and trickled down on the face ol the son. At last the dying man gave a gasp and fell to the floor. The young man looked calmly at the bloody form of his Father and said, "Well, it'aUoiie," Then he walked quietly down stairs and said ty '?? nignt clerk, "Will you have the goodness to teli me where the nearest police station Is r I have killed my father, and want to give myself up." lie wrote A DESPATC1T TO ITIS rNCLE, in Saratoga, telling him that he had killed his father, and asking him to break the news as gently as possible to Ids mother, then he walked to the Thirtieth street police station. Sergeant Keating was at the desk. "1 have come here to give myself up," Frank Walworth said, In a tone ol the utmost coolness, "as 1 have shot my lather," He handed the ser geant the revolver. WALWORTH'S STATEMENT. At half-past ten Coroner Young and Dr. Marsh arrived, and Walworth gave the following state ment in reply to the Coraner's queries:? 1 reside with my mother in Saratoga, my father having parted from her some years ago. My father is an author, aud I have been studying law. I think my father is about forty-one years old, but do not know where tie was born. My rather has not lived with my mother since we left here three years ago. but he has repeatedly sent us threatening and insulting letters. It is only a short time ago since he threatened to shoot my mother and myself. I shot hint because of this. Not long ago I met him in the street In Saratoga, and I then told him that if he did not keep away Irom us, or insulted my mother any more, I would shoot him. I told him that there were bounds which I would not allow any man to go beyond with impunity, especially when m v mother was being insulted. I went to lus house yesterdav and left a note for him to call on me. which he did this morning. When he came Into the room I drew out a revolver and told htm to pro mise me that lie would not threaten or insult us any more, which he promised. Shortlv afterward we tHtgan speaking on family matters, and he used some very insulting language and put his hand In his pocket as though to draw out a pistol, when I shot him. He then came towards me and 1 fired three other shots at him. When 1 flred the last | shot at him he had me by the collar. I only regret this ou account or the effect it will have on my lamliy. I would tike Judge Harbour to know this, as he was Interested in the case be fore. when he had answered the Coroner's questions Walworth sent the following despatch te Chicago:? M D. Ha urn*. 1^2 l<? ShIIo street, Chicago:? I Allot intlu r thin morning. K. N. WALWORTH, Dr. Marsh made AN KXAM1NATI0N OF THE BOQV of the murdered mau, and found tour bullets, one in each breast, one In the right side of the race, the ball lodging in the brain, and the fourth in the right arm, breaking It. 'Ihe body was removed to No. t>0 Carmine street, where the Hkkai.d reporter saw It. I he face bore an expression of great suffer ing; the lips were slightly parted, and the wound In the lorehead plainly showed the terrible death he had died. Frank Wiiiworth was removed to the Tombs. Onieer Maloney, who went with him, asked him several questions ill regaid to the murder, but he retused m say anything, lie smoked Ills eigar and spoke about the squares and streets which they passed nnd Ills having loigotten most ol their names. "I have seen a great many murderers,"' the officer told the Hkkai.d reporter last evening, "but 1 uever saw one who was so cool. He was just as much excited an you are now." Diagram of (he Room Where the Nur ?irMfook Place, The room 287 Is a somewhat small on", about nine by twenty. Its inrnlture consists of a wash stand , bed, chair, stove and looking glass. In the spot mentioned as C is the dead man. The mur dered man stood with his back to the wall and in a coiner between the head of the bed and Hie washstand. Here there was no exit, no escape pos sible for him. The s n stood before him and In Iront of tlie door, having pushed his father up to wards the wall and perhaps afraid that he might escape by the door. The marble top or the wash stand was covered with clotted blood, the mur dered man tuning leaned upon It while his lireblood was ebbing away. 'I here was also a quantity of blood which had rrlckled down the wall, and no doubt from the wound In lus arm. Hut. more singu lar than this, there was also a quantity or blood on the opposite side of the Washstand, about three leciaway, where it had apparently ?putte<i, non e being congealed on the suriace of the ^ niarbl* and a quantity being in a still .liquid condition under a glass on the rurti.er sue or the wnahstaud. The soap dish was lulling of blood, an was also the toothbrush msh, which had mingled with the soap Into a kind of frothy main. At C the murdered man's head rested on the carpet, ha having apparently stag geied forward a lew paces and (alien. Here there waH a large quantity of Mood, probably several quarts, which bad run through the carpet for a space of about two feet In diameter. A towel also lay on the floor, saturated with the dead man's blood. Above, on the wall, wan a small, new Inden ture. about the size of a pea,where, evidently, one of the balls bad struck. This ball has not been found, however. Along the carpet over which the dead man was carried to the bed there were spots of blood on the carpet. The sheets had been re moved from the bed, but. with tills exception, all was as It had been when the murder was com mitted. The hat oi the murdered man (a silk one and remarkably large) still bung on the hat rack. Otherwise there was nothing in the room to excite surprise or attention. In the remaining portion of It all was quiet and undisturbed. A. Poor to the room where the murder took place. H. The waidistand. where the murdered man en deavored to-steadv himself. C. spot where ho fitood when the tatal shots were fired. 1). Hlace where he lell, with his head resting In a pool ol blood. E. llat rack, where Walworth hung his hat on enter ing. R The bed where the murdered man was placed Im mediately after death. G. Htove. II. Window. I. Hoot where the son stood when he shot his father. J. Hallway. STATEMENTS OF WITNESSES AND OTHERS. The Doctor's Story* One of the doctors who attended on the mur dered man said that when ho went np stairs to room 207 he lound Mr. Walworth was not yet dead. He was lying on the floor with his head on the carpet and gasping, nis pulse gave one or two pulsations when the Doctor took his arm in his hand and then stopped completely. Blood was gushing from the wound in his left breast and from bis arm, He died In about a quarter of a minute after the Doctor went into the room. He was shortly after placed upon the bed. The Doctor says that young Walworth said when he was brought into the room something different from that re ported elsewhere. The Ooctor says that Walworth reported the conversation between himself and father as follows:? Walworth the Son (standing before his father) ? You have again written letters to uiy mother threatening both her life and my own. Will you solemnly promise never to make such threats again ? Walworth the Father?I do make that prom ise. Walworth the Son?You have also repeated the Insult made to my mother. Do yon promise to never use insulting language to my mother again f Walworth the Father?I do make such a promise. Walworto the Son (drawing the revolver and pointing It at his lather)?You have made that promise before, and I do not believe you. You shall never have the opportunity of doing so again. And then the firing took place, without a mo ment's Interval of hesitation. What the Hall Boys Say. Two hall boya in the Sturtevant House were connected with the affair Indirectly. Oao, William Amos, says that when Mr. Walworth asked to see his son he took the card up to room 2fl7. "The son was in bed and did not answer at flrst. I then opened the door and looked In. Mr. Walworth took the card, and,'looking at it, s^id, -Say 1 _am Dot dressed and* am'nol up yet' I went nowu tnl stairs and told the father that his son wasn't up, but would be down shortly. He waited. Pretty soon the bell of 267 rang, and I again answered , the bell. Young Mr. Walworth then said, 'Show the geri'cfSman up.' I did this, and when I opened th? tiOor and showed the father in the son was sit ting on the bed, dressed and with his hat on. He looked quiet enough, but not in good humor. I went out and closed the door. I went down slowly, and before I got to the bottom of the last stairs I heard the bell from one ol the rooms ring furiously. 1 alterwards found It was No. 268. It wasn't a minute after that young Mr. Walworth came down the stairs and went up to the dcsit. The clerk told me to go for a policeman and I did so." The ball boy, John, says that when tne bell ol 268 rang so luriously seven or eight of the Induc tors were pulled open, probably because the wires got entangled by being pulled so hard. I ran up the stairs as fast as I could do to room 268. Mr. Ebert, a cotton merchant, lives In 268, and it was he who rang so bard. He wouldn't op*u his door, but shouted from the inside that murder was going on In the next room. I then went to the room ana opened the door. I saw the mardered man ivlng on his side and bleeding profusely from several wounds. The washstand was covered with blood, and the wall also. I saw that Mr. Walworth was breathing yet, but as 1 could do nothing I ran down stairs and gave the alarm. Mr. Walworth, the son, had preceded me, and was standing by the clerk's desk, quite cool and col lected, but not saying anything. I told the clerk what I saw, and he told tlic Doctor, who went right up stairs. The Clerk's Statement. Mr. Barratt, ene of the clerks at the Sturtevant House, spoke as follows:? I am acquainted with young Mr. Walworth. He came here yesterday afternoon and registered himself on the blotter. He wrote with a Arm, even hand and did not appear to be at all nervous. I gave him room 267 on the third floor. He then went out and retnrned to dinner. He asked for his key early in the evening and then went up stairs. 1 noticed nothing peculiar in his way of acting, but thought he looked the same as usual. He was calm and collected and spoke on indifferent topics as any ordinary man will do who is in posses sion of all his faculties. I was on duty in the morn ing wheu Mr. Walworth, Sr., ramc In and sent np his card. Nothing led mc to think anything was wrong until Mr. Walwork, the son, came walking down stairs and camu up to the desk. He said, ooollv:? "I have shot my father I" "What I" I exclaimed. "You don't mean that!" "Yes, 1 mean It. I have shot him, and I want you to send for a policeman." He then said something more about family trouble, that I did nut understand, and I called a hall boy up and told him to go and get a policeman. He did so, and came hack with one a few moments alter. In the meantime I told the doctor to go up to th6 room, while Mr. Walworth stood by the desK saying nothing, but waiting patiently. When the policeman came in he again said he had shot his lather and wanted to give himself up. The police man th?n invited him to accompany him to tbe station house, which he did. A glance at the entry of the name on the blotter proved wnat tjie clerli had said. "Frank H. Wal worth" whs written on the page in a bold, free hand, and showed not the slightest nerrousness in the writer when It was traced on the book. Rnter tta.Vatti^aker. At about ten o'clock the undertaker's wagon, from Senior A Benedict's, In Carmine street, drove up to the door of the hotel. The large ice coffin was then taken up stairs and the body was speedily placed In it just, as it was. The whole thing did uot take more than fifteen minutes, when the l*>x. with its dead freight, was again placed in the wagon, which rapidly drove away. When in the undertaker s establishment it was disrobed and weshed and placed in a preserving coilln to await the disposition which the family may choose to inakc of it. it now lies in the back room of the store, while and stark; but the process of decomposition was said by the doctors who saw it to have already set in,,i>wlng to the fact that, the dead man hud been strong and hcaitny and In the lull vigor of life. In sucii a case the Juices of the body decompose almost immediately. Walworth's Publishers. Carle ton A Co. were the publishers ot Mansfield Tracy Walworth's hooks. A reporter called in yesterday to obtain ktiy particulars they might know. The partner In tbe hou*e aloue was In. lie said that Mr. Walworth called In ? *?**? seldom. not once In months, and that be never spoke of his domestic troubles In any way. They knew be had some trouble In his family, but aa he never spoke of it they never'did. The circulation of bis books had been very large, though not gotte so large as had beeu generally reported. Tnejr knew nothing of , !!!! ' "The l.lves of the Sue Chancellors," a?li that it was ready, or any part of II. Ibey always thought well of Mr. Walworth, wno waa lair in Ins dealings and apparently wel. to Interview with Mr. Perry. A reporter saw Mr. Perry, one of the editors of the Home Journal. This gentleman said that Mr, Walworth hud written some sketches at one tlmo continuously lor their puper, hot had not done any writing lor them since last year. Mr. Perry said the murdered man was, at the time of tils vCatJl,w ci?,gage.<1 on a* story fjr the New York Weekly, which was not concluded. As tor as family troubles were concerned, Mr. Perry said that Mr. WalWorth did not say much outside. He had not spoken to blw about tliem to any extent. He knew he had a quarrel with his wife, and that thev were separated, but lurtber than this be knew little. He bad never met the son. but beard that lie was very devoted to his mother. Mr. Walworth was of a quiet disposition, and apparently a well meaning man. He did not know that tfiere was any open toad in the family?in lact. anything which *ould be likely to create such a tragedy as hear(1 Mr8, Walworth as a most estimable lady. .... . -?? Judge Harbour's Emotion. The venerable Judge Barbour was holding a court In the Superior Court, Mo. a, when one of the counsel stepped up to him and Informed him of the killing or Munsiicld Tracy Walworth by his son. Judge Barbour immediately gave way to an emo tion he eould not control. He leaned his head on the desk for a few moraent?and then said, "Gentle men, we will adjourn the Court for to-day," and he then tottered down the steps, bo that he had to be helped out ol the conrt room. He then Im mediately took a coach, and, going In search of ex District Attorney CJarvin, went In his coinpauy to the Stnrtevant House, where he asked for the boy." When told that he waa a prisoner at the Twenty-ninth precinct station house he asked where It was, and immediately repaired there where he and Judge Garvin had a long conierence with the young man. Judge Barbour's wife Is a cousin of Mansfield Tracy Walworth. He was very intimate and in constant intercourse with all the family, and knew their feuds, and looked upon them in the light of his dearest friends. IN THE TOMBS. About five o'clock last evening a reporter visited the Tombs to learn what disposition had been made or the yonng parricide. It was after the hours during which visitors are admitted to the prison, and there was no opportunity to see Walworth. Earlier In tne day a reporter had called and re quested an Interview, but the prisoner declined re ceiving any person whatever, save a gentleman who called about half-past three o'clock and rep resented himself to be the counsel of the newly in carcerated man. He was admitted to his cell and remained with his client for nearly an hour, aftor which be left. None of the attaches of the Tombs recognized the gentleman. WALWORTH BRACKED THE PRISON between half-past two and three o'clock, In custody of a single policeman. He was attired In a suit of light colored Spring clothing, and had also a Spring overcoat of light colorand texture. He had none of the appearances of a prisoner. "You might say he came down here himself," said a keeper to the reporter. "He walked In free and quiet in manner. There was no excitement about him, and I tell you it's a rare thing to see a man come In here as easy and ofThanded as he did," THR CORONRK'S COMMITMENT. The officer presented a writ, of which the follow ing Is a copy tsnforart corritnbnt. p ami County of Ncv I'urk, m. .O THK KKEfKHor THR Citr Prison IN SAID CITT In THR Naur or tiir I'roplr or thk Htatr or Nrw Yore % ? . vr ' w THIS HTATR OF NEW YORK. You arc hereby commiindcd to rccelvo into voor ctiMtmi v ?ndsafclv keep for EXAMINATION. the ?dy of F & ? 51*,??' charged with having rausrd the death of M. T-Walworth. NEi.soN w. YotJNU, Coroner. Hew lork Coroner's office, June & 1S73. The prisoner was duly registered oy the clerk at the desk, and In a minute afterward passed through the grated doors which were to shut him out Irom the world. He passed with a qnlck, thoughtless pace through the prison yanl, walked Into the main prison building and tne ciauklngiron door that leads up to the Orst iron gallery In the corridor was opened for him. In two minutes more the door of cell No. 67 was opened to him, and he stepped inside without any hesitation, being obliged to stoop as he entered ta consequence of the lowness of the doorway ')*:? cell Is on the ?orth wroer ef the corridor, da the rear or Elm street side, and was furnished simply with a cot and stool, the bed being provided with the ordl htn7 p n clothing. Tne door was then closed off After an interval of about an hour Walworth was removed to ^ ? ? | . '? ti*" CRLL NO. 11, in the southern wing of the corridor, but on the same tier. This brings him into the neighborhood of the notables who occupy "Murderers' Row," and his fellow residents on the same block of habi tations are Sharkey, Scannell, Ring and some other subjects of sanguinary fame. In this cell also the furniture is of the same plain description. When left alone Walworth took off his light overcoat and sat down on the miserable bed, alone with his thoughts. Up to six o'clock he sat on the bed, thinking deeply, bat in no wise defiresMd fn spirits. He mude no requests to the prison officials lor food or extra paraphernalia, two candlcs being the only tilings furnished him. ?< YOCNU WALWORTH SILENT. Shortly befbre six o'clock the reporter wrote a series of eight questions to the prisoner, which were conveyed to nim by one of the keepers, with a request that, it unobjectionable, he would make either written or verbal reply. When the keeper presented the questions, to gether with the reporter's personal card, Wal worth was seated on the bed. Without rising he listened to the keeper's explanation of his visit, then took the paper, read the questions and the name on the card, and handed them back to the keeper, saying:? "Will you please tell him that I cannot answer any questions, as I am advised by my counsel not to hold any communication with auy onei"' WHAT THE PRISONER'S COUNSEL SAT. When In court yesterday morning Mr. William A. Beach received a telegram from Saratoga asking him to take the case of Mr. Frank H. Walworth in charge, and await the arrival of his mother, Mrs. Ellen Harden Walworth, who was to have arrived in town last evening. As he was engaged at the time he sent bis son, Mr. Mlif s Beach, to sec the young man. A IIkkald reporter called on Mr. Miles Beach at his residence, 31 West Fllty-tblrd street, to obtain from him the prisoner's story. Mr. Beach said that he had said little or nothing of the affair, and that he merely went there to tell him that bis folks knew of the occurrence, ami had asked him to delend him. He also told young Walworth that his people were coming down from Saratoga Springs, and would in all probability see him in the morning. He did not think It proper to speak at any length as to details to his client, satisfying hlmscli with IMPOSING STRICT SILENCE upon him. Ex District Attorney Garvin, who has also been retained for the prisoner, was called upon. Mr. Garvin was well acquainted with the Walworths; he had met Mrs. Walworth several times, and irom bis own experience and hearsay lie knew her to lie an estimable lady. He knew the Chancellor, and was on Intimate terms with him. Ills acquaint ance with Mausfleld Tracy Walworth was slight, and he never had, to bis knowledge, seen his son before yesterday. Mr. Garvin said he had a sort of general Idea that Walworth treated his wife lu . . . A SHAMEFUL MANNER, bnt not knowing him In his family relations he could say nothing positive about It. He had heard from several intimate Irlends of the family that his con duct towards his wifo was scandalous and brutal. He had also beard many people talk of the irreat i love all the children had lor the mother, especially i Frank, whose devotion was something extraordi nary in a yonng man. Frank, even before the lather and mother were separated, used to notice his mother s dejection, and on many occasions tried to conciliate his parents, but it Is said Ins father looked upon his kindly offices as pieces of unparalleled Impudence, and rudely rebuffed him, suggesting that lie attend to his booics and let bis lather s business alone. This course of treatment was not likely toiuspire confidence in the son, and his mother's kind words were all tnat could heal w _T'fE CRL'EL WOUNDS his rather had inflicted. Young Walworth had few Irlends outside of his iamily;his mind was centred on his mother, and the end of his lire seemed to be to All the void in herexistence caused :v. . j ?/ harsh treatment. Mrs. Walworth obtained a divorce from her husband about two years ago, and the custodv of the children was awarded to her. The charges on which she gained the suit was harsh treatment. A myriad of wit nesses proved the charges, and many for the de fence were compelled to acknowledge that Wai uHrt " .con(V'ct anything other than kind. Mr. Garvin said that Mr. Walworth's brother, a gen Neman of high culture, who resides In Troy, thought that his conduct was not at ail becoming a geawt man or a father. WALWORTH'S LAST EVENING. Mansfield Tracy Walworth spent bis last evening as usual with irlends in Fiity-tbird street, between ituiugton and Third avenues. He was in the habit of calling frequently daring his leisure hours at the office of ex-Alderman Tuomey, who keeps a livery stable in the locality, and from whom he would freqoently take a horse and carriage to drive. On Tuesday night, about half* past nine o'clock, he came on his qUIet, custom.uy visit, and he and Mr. Tuomey walked around the corner to the door of Dr. Kcrscht's drug store. The ill-fated man was more gloomy, more reserved and more given to pensive thought and dreamy reflection than usual. Mfr. Tiiomey told the Hbbald rcDorter the Incidents of the occasion and the precise words which poor Walworth gave expres sion to. "We were together at the'door of the drug store," said Mr. Tuomey. "and remained there until nearly ten , o'clock. He (Mr. walwortli) ^spoke as usual about his writings, tor be generally showed me the 1 stories which he had written, and called my attention to the principal striking features of them. I asked him how many hours he devoted to writing each day, and he replied, 'About seven.' 'Without any recreation?' "Oh, yes,' he said; 'I tako the remain ing hours for recreation, and look after the publica tion or my writings in the meantime.' We then chat ted," continued Mr. Tuomey, "over the last con cert o( the Maennerchor, a German musical asso ciation organized by the young men or the neigh WHOM MB. MANSFtkLD ASJOCIATJD a good deal, irequentlng their clubs and entertain ments. and by whom he was not only well thought of. but almost revered, for his gentle and a (Table disposition and his kindness in very often writing notices of their concerts and glee parties. To all this he rofeired only In a quiet, lndllJterent mauner last evening. He was often five and seven minutes without speaking, and it struck me he was more gloomy and troubled than he ever beiore aprearea. Ho was always amiable In conversation and ,. MOST GENTLEMANLY TO ALL He was not an Intemperate man, but would fre quently take a quiet drink?sometimes alone and often In our company. He always looked neatly dreHsed, yet thero was something In his counte nance which overshadowed the man with mystery, and It was, perhaps, on this account that he showed on certain occasions slight traces of dissipation, I do not say from drink?it may have been from secret troubles or continual writing or reading. He was about Ave feet nine inches high and weighed about one hundred and ninety pounds, and be told a Tew of us, a short time ago, that he was between forty-oue and lorty-two years of age. ills deportmeut was always gentlemanly. He used to walk across hero by KUty-tlilrd street almost every evening In a sad, pensive manner. In conversation he was more of an observer and thinker than a conversationalist. He took TUB LASI' CLASS OP BEER with me," said Mr. Tuomey, in a sympathetic tone; "it was a glass of root beer in the drug store. He had been asked to drink several tiuies afterwards and beiore, but he refused. He seemed enveloped in thought for a long while. Ho had possibly his son's letter In lua pocket, and was deliberating Over what was best to be done. He never spoke to me of nls lamlly. He mentioned some thing of his lather at onetime, but so brief and Indistinctly that we never thought over It. Thero was always something mysterious about him, though he enloyed and took part In a Joke as well as others. We, of course?I mean lirs. Laber and Klrscut, Mr. Robinson and myself?knew him Uuifru the past couple of years, and enjoyed his refined conversation and acquaintanceship exceedingly. We attributed his quiet, characteristic, and I mitrht add unfathom able manner to those peculiarities which are gen erally noticed in men of talent, consequently we neither knew* Ills feelings, nor did we think taere was any occasion of trying to interpet them. Ho was FOND OP RETIREMENT, and loneliness to a great extent. He told me he spent a pleasant afternoon lu Jones' Wood, and that lie enjoyed the cool breeze of the groves very much, and that, although he was not exactly fatigued, ho felt somewhat dull. Ho brought in the paper generally to me on which his late story kas appeared. In the last chapter you can sec he almost predicted his own death, and the last worus of it are very singular, and said they were savored of some prescience of his unhappy fate." Mr. ltobinson, a gentleman resident In the neighborhood of Fifty-third st reet and Third ave nue, told the reporter that Walworth on Monday evening chatted very rreely with him. He said, "I asked him to drink some root bejr, but be would not. He only drank that one ho took with Tuomy. But I'll tell you what he did. He recited some beautirul lines or poetry, I forget them now. and repeated them very feelingly. I know the last words; they were, 'Beware, take care.' He said these words twice before he lell us, but we dlciu't mind him, at least I didn't, and then he said ? good uiglit' and went out and turned the corner up towards Lex ington avenue. I saw him. 1 went out with him." Dr. Laber, who was present, replied, "Yes; but don't you remember, Robinson, I suggested to him to make vou the hero ol his new story, and he said he would ?" THE FAMILY TROUBLES. A reporter saw a gentleman at the Firth Avenue Hotel yesterday afternoon who, having been a resident of Saratoga for many years, was very well acquainted with circumstances of the Walworth family and the causes or estrangement which existed between Its different members. From tils statement It appears that Mrs. Walworth (the widow of the murdered man) was a Miss Nelly Hardin, daughter of Colonel Hardin, of Kentucky, who was killed at tbe^ battle ol Buc-na VlBtaJn, Mexico, no was one 'of the best known me'n in the State of Kentucky, and wielded a powerful in fluence. Miss Nelly, his daughter, was known as the belle of Kentucky^ a^d, was exceedingly beautiful. After __ tlltt "death of the Colonel j the wife jreut to Chancellor Walworth, the father or the man now murdered, to settle ' some contest about the estate of the late Colonel. , It ended by the Chancellor marrying the widow. | This naturally brought the daughter Nelly and Mansfield Tracy Walworth constantly together. The result was that they were married in Saratoga and continued to reside there. For some years they were happy, but It soon became apparent that the marriage was to be an unhappy oue. During the first years Mansfield Tracy, the husband, was Kind and gentle to his wife, but after that he began, It is said, to bo WILD AND ERRATIC. ne was in the habit of getting constantly Intoxi cated and going about the streets of S ratoga In ! this condition to that extent that it soon became a public scandal in the place. With gentle remonstrance the wife endeavored to free her husband from these habits. At first he took her remonstrances In good part, out did not cure himself of his unfortunate habit. He would go home at night almost always In a state of drunkenness, and it finally got so bad that he would abuse his wire, and on one or two occa sions he went so rar as to strike her. she resented this in the most decided manner, and appealed to (he Chancellor to protect her and her children rrom the brutalities of his son. The Chancellor attempt ed lo set matters right, bnt only succeeded partly. This was at the time when he himseir was engaged "l THE GREAT HPIBB IRON St IT. as a clerk of relerence, at fft.ooo per year, so that , he had ample means to support himself and fam- ? lly. The father, however, contributed largely to ward this until it became a burden upon him and I he reiused to do so any longer. Indeed, after re peatedly setting matters right between husband and wife he grew tired or the aflatr and threatened to repudiate his son entirely. This had n^ effect, and the son began to add to the vice of drunken ness that of infidelity. He would leave Saratoga for days, and for nobody knew where. After soino time Mrs. Walworth round out that her husband was in continued intercourse with a woman in New York, and that he was unraithtul to her. Hitherto the wire had considered that her husband was the victim of a mad infatuation for drink, but she had the lond hope that at all events the father or her children was true to her. 1 lie dJfC0*^y ] lie was not so almost broke her heart. For *o'"? time she kept the matter secret In her own bosom and breathed not a word to a Uvtngsouli of the dis covery she had made. She made still furthei en deavors to reclaim her hnsband andbrlnghim Sack to his home and fireside, but lound it to no pur pose. He was evidently determined to, conttn ? ( hiH mad career and cared not a jot wnere i.n brought up. Hhe pleaded with Inun to MlTorni and he refused. He was In the habit of nstng l,le VILEST LANGUAGE TO HIS WIPE. ,i_? One night he came home in a drunken condition mill be can to ill-treat her. She resented the insults that were cast upon her and threw back in his teeth The knowledge she had of bis doings in New York Then an explosion took place, but Sn? can tell what happened. Old res ,i?nin of Saratoga are laminar with all these facts. But rrom this point Walwortli seemed not to care who knew ol his doings. He continued his intoxicated hablta, and not only came to New York to see women but went around DUbllcly with well known lewd women In Saratoga until It became a public disgrace in the little tow u. He had no regard for his lauuly or himseir, and soon trained the name or being a reckles* libertine and debauchee. Still the wife, for reasons best Known to herself, continued to live with him, her heart probably callous to whatever he might do so lonu as he neither injured herselt nor her children. About the time of the opening ol the war mat ters had come to A VERY BAD PASS, ^ , when suddenly the great suit in which be had hern clerk oi relerence so long abruptly terminated. "?? had been in the position he hetii tor ?h??i pan,, lie th?n intercededwuh h J2S!" hnn some means of livelihood nn<i relented and used his lnfluen? i? u- ' hancelior SnfUiint?,ri tlm 14 *0Tern,neH**' position "i^was this time the wife went Sonth T v ,', A 1"art "r returned to ner hnsband in WashingtonVbiS2? were joint* on more suioothly w.Km here the family were getting on better Tlusn ? counted lor by the fact tnat h&viii* n r<wn ?.???" fylce under 'the goveromeit^VJTaSSl ? obliged to keep more decorona and gnt ded iffi public conduct. They lived Privately together wuh the children, and the wife Dad probabiv not much to complain of in his treatment to her or gli ? would no doubt have left him. some of hit OLD PHHLl.NO CAMK BACK. and for a time they were happy. Hut the time wi? not long distant wfceu aU wan to be set worse than ever, and when the events would begin wi h should Anally lead to the terrible traged* oi l terday. Waiwortn went daily to his work ami was so diligent, indeed, that It was a matter o! surprise to all who had known him that he had mo completely cfcangeg jils mode of li/e. lie had not by any means, the same reputation In Washington as he had.had in Saratoga, but, on the contrary was known as a sober and Industnons gentleman! Suddenly, it is alleged, the proofe were found that Walworth had been for some time using the means his position in the State Department furnished turn with to give secret INFORMATION TO TH* CORFEDKRATE ACTHORITIB* of what was going on in the North. He was ar rested, and it would have, no doubt, gone very hard with him had not the Chancellor (his father) again S?e vi? r Influence In his son's lavor. Mansaebl Tracy waiwortn, Tn Oohsequenco of this Influence being used, was ordered to report at Saratoga, mid was lorbidden to leave the precincts of the town : in met, he waa a prisoner of state, and was guarded as such. In this difficulty hit wife re mained true to him. and helped to alleviate his dls SlnS.8' ^turned to the town of Ills former resi ??ce'j)owcv.er. Walworth broke out in the old T . a,raln th? 01(1 troubles began both with ulUA?r. woi?e.n' 010 Informant tola the reporter. ^?re on wltl1111,11 'n patience; and, Ih. uS? 0 been lllB causes oi complaint, the residents of Saratoga uphold the wlie In'ali w?i CiU th , ?- When the war ended I was released as a prisoner and per mitted to wander wherever he pleased. This na'^any in no wise stopped his excesses, and, indeed, only added to them. For a-time husband and wife lived in this city, but returned to Sara toga. It then became evident that the troubles betweon them were culminating. . . CUANCJtLLOR WALWORTH DIRD, ?t Is said, nothing either to his son. Mans. Held Tracy, or to his daughter-In-law. His death, it appears, broke what bonds there were between them, and Mrs. Walworth, determined to live uu longer with her husband, left Ulm and shortly after procured a divorce on the ground of adultery und Ill-treatment. She went South to Kentucky, her old home, taking the children with her. She was poor and he was poor, and, after staying in Ken tucky some time she returned and going to Wash ington, obtained a position as female clerk In tbe Treasury Department, owing to the influence ol ner own family. In this position she remained for two years, in the meantime supporting her lamlly of two sons and two daughters on her limited salary. This was about Ave years ago. For two *o?g years she remained tolling from morning to night and day by day in this manner, while her husband added to his fame as an author and novel ist. During this time, however, it appears he did not molest ner In any way. After thus working for two years, Mrs. Walworth returned to Saratoga and established a young ladies' seminary at the old homestead of Chancellor k S01'*'' 'n that plaoe. Here she succeeded in building up a reputation for the school, and Boon made it a paying and flourishing institution. Many rich families, knowing tbe reputation of the Wal worth family, and themselves going to the cele brated watering place in Summer, have sent their daughters there, and Mrs. Walworth would, no doubt, have been a happy woman in the compan. lonship of her children, had it not been for her family troubles. It was while she was here that Mr. Walworth began to write threatening letters to her. in not simply one letter, but many, he used violent language and said both she ana her children must die by his hand, and that some day she would be surprised by ins gelng to kill her. Whether Mrs. Walworth really believed these threats or not does not appour. Hut the husband it is said, finding these letters did not produce enough eflect, began to write insulting letters to his divorced wife, impngnlngher virtue and making some statements calculated to bring into doubt the legitimacy of her children. These stung her to the quick, and It was in consequence of these that the son who yesterday murdered his father, meeting him In the streets of haratoira, forced liiui to promise he would never either threaten or In sult bis mother again. Mauslleld Tracy Walworth then mudo A 80I.KMN PROMISE not to do 80again. It was only lately that the son, finding that these insults upon Ids mother's lair lame and name were beginning once more, came to New York and enacted the terrible deed with which he stands charged to-day. Mrs. Walworth, on the other hand, savs that she knew nothing ol any such lnteutlon, but fluulng two envelopes ad dressed to her In her son'e room, she supposed he intercepted some of the letters addressed to her and then determined on his terrible course. He left the house entirely unknown to her. From another Informant the reporter learned that Walworth was charged with having once of late years endeavored to break Into a young ladies school, with devilish purposes. Whether this schoel was the one kept by the wife was not slated by the informant. These are simply the stories of those who claim to be perfectly well acquainted with the famliv. andfcwho. apparently have no Interest in mis statement". Whether they are entirely correct can only appear on more extended auu probably judicial examination. AT THE WALWORTH HOME. Sakatooa, N. Y., June 3. The news of the death of Mansfield T. Walworth, youngest sou ol the late chancellor Walworth, at the hands of his own son, Frank, was first received here this morning in a private despatch to James H. Breslln, of the Grand Union Hotel, and soon spread throughout the village, causing much ex citement. T.ie first news of the tragic affair was communicated to the unfortunate wife and mother about eleven o'clock, by W. H. Trench and 1). F. Richie, friends or hers. They called to/cthcr una louml her engaged In her school. They soon broko the sad Intelligence, which shocked her at llrst, but she soon recovered and expressed concern for her boy, requesting heriuiormants at once to teleirrapli to Charles O'Conor and other legal friends to aid tn defending him. Mrs. Walworth l? a daugh ter of Colonel Hardin, who fell at liucua vista, and a sister ol General M. I). Hardin, ol the United states Army. A younger brother is a planter in Kentucky. The late Chancellor Wal worth married the widow of Colonel Hardin, and j it was while members of the same lamilv that the acquaintance between Mansfield Walworth ami Miss Nellie Hardin was formed which ripened into their marriage. After the marriage thev lived a while with the Chaurellor, and togeiher joined the Koman Catholic Church. THE MAKIttAliK WAS NOT A HAPPY (INK in all respects, Mansfield being dissolute, while his wire was ol a domestic character. Mansfield would I leave his ramtly at times ami be absent ror quite long intervals. When the war of the rebellion commenced he went to Washington and bad a clerkship in the War Department, but after a time he was found to be engaged in cominnnicatlng valuable intelligence to the rebels, through a woman with whom he was intimate. For this of rence he was thrown into the Old Capitol Prison, from wheuce he was released as A PRISONER ON rAROLK and sent to Saratoga, where Ills father had to send a written report of his presence to the War De partment every day. Since the death of Ills lather Mansfield has been more dissolute than be fore, spending the property of his wile as well as Iiib own, so that Dually Mrs. Walworth was obliged to come here, about three years ago, and open a school, in the old Walworth homestead, for the support of her family, Frank, the oldest of six children, obtaining a clerkship In the Canal De partment to aid in supporting his mother and youugcr brothers and sisters. About two years ago a separation, such as the Catholic Church per mits, lustead of a divorce, was obtained by Mrs. Wal worth from her husband. Mansfield, some years ago, commenced writing novels. His first one, entitled, "Lulu," contained descriptions of mem bers of his own family and neighborhood, drawn so that they were easily recognized and made subjects of unfavorable comments. In his last hook he claimed to have made himself the hero and, an is alleged, SLANPKHFI) HIS WIPE. by stories which gave great pain to all famlltar with the truth. Since Mrs. Walworth returned here wit h her lamlly Mansfield has tried to force himself upon the family, writing abusive letters maklnx threats and containing vile slanders and Insinua tions against his wife, threatening also to kill his son, who defended the mother. Some of the letters fell Into the hands of Frank, anil on Monday morn ing he left his home leaving word with a domestic for his mother not to worry If he did not return at night. He took the cars to New York, It is supposed, to see If he could not in some way put a stop to these annoyances. The sympathies of the whole town are with the unfortunate wife and mother, who has been so sadly bereaved, and with the loving and falthiul son. Father c larence Walworth, the eldest brother of the deceased, for many years a catholic priest in Albany, arrived here at half past three and called on his sister-in-law, and by his advice she refused to see or communicate with any one on the subject. Father Walworth and Mrs. Walworth left by the evening train for New York. EXCITEMENT IN THE CITY. The story or the Walworth tragedy, aa soon a* II became generally known yesterday aiteruoon, created the most intense excitement. Since the day ol the Flsk murder Indeed no such excitemcn! has been seen in this city over any single event. The evening papers with their meagre details were CONTINUED ON 8IXTH PAGE.