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VOL. XII NO. 44.
WILMINGTON. DEL. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11,1878.
NOT BY FAVOR
BUT BY MERIT ALONE
Will we maintain the reputation that we have made during the pa
GIVING THE PEOPLE FELL VALUE KEURI*
«tlll the rush keeps up from Morning until Evening. Our Sales
week to week, which has given us ihe iront rank J
A 0 . YATES A 00 .
The Great Clothing House in Ledger Building.
WE DO THE 1.ABGEST EETAIL OLOTHING BUSINESS OF ANY HOUSE
Our Goods are more stylish, better made, aud withal CHEAPER THAN ANY OTH
KK CLOTHING HOUSE'.n the City. Thepeonle have found u out, ami fully appreei
ate the fact. We sell our goods25 per ceji. lower than any other House mosslhly can.
We BUY ALL OUR G >0 IIS FOR CASH direct from mai ufreturerg and linporteis.
Our stock comprises the largest assortment of Fait and Winter Clothing EVER OF
FERED IN PHILADELPHIA, New and Fresh GoodB manufactured by eujNe'ves.
We have FI Vrc FLOORS FILLED WITH NEW AND FASHIONABLE CLOTHING.
We have about sixty gentlemanly salesmen, who will take p ensure lu showing you
Bear in mind, tor the nextSIXTY DAYS WE SHALL GIVE SUCH BARGAINS in
Cluthinn as never were offered before, which have mude us the
leading and popular clothing house of
A. C. YATES & CO,
Chestnut Street, cor, Sixth Street, PHILADELPHIA.
CHILDREN'S & BOY'S DEPARTMENT. 626 Chestnut Street, 7 Doorsabov,
Iu order to reduae our large stock by January 1, 1879, we have niarktd all our goods
down 18 per cent., as the following price list will show.
Cashmere suits from $0.75 to $13. 25
Good Business suits from $5,00 to $8,500
Boys school suits
Fine brown overcoats " $7,50 to $12,75
$4,00 to $15,00 |' Worumbo Beavtr overcoats
Hoys fine dress suits $4,00
fine fur beaver
" $2,50 ' $0,35
Boys overcoats $2,00 to $!0 75.
Largest Clothing House in the City.
N. W. COft. FIFTH AND MARKET.
N. E. COR. SECOND AND MARKET STREET
Now Is the time to order your suits tor Christmas. Priors are put down lower than
any place In Wilmington. For 812.00 you can get a good suit medo to order. You can't
buy ready made suits so cheap. Pants made for 83 00 up. Guaranteed agtod fit,, spring
bottom pants always on hand.
N. E cor Second and Market Streets.
WEBB, THE HATTER
304 Market Street,
LADIES FURS OF ALL QUALITIES
AT LOWER PRICES THAN EVER KNOWN BEFORE.
THE LATEST STYLES
OF HATS AND CAPS
ADAMS AND BROTHER
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL
506 MARKET ST
7 WILMINGTON, ilELAWAKE,
Wouij respectfully tall the attention of the Public to their large a
stock of FANCY AND DOMESBIC
wall se ooteF
BOLLS A SPECIALTY.
SEINER'S PATENT HEADS AND BODIES,
r°U carriages boys velcipedes,
EXPRESS W A GONS, SLEDS, TOY CARTS,
1 TIN AND M8RCHANICAL TOYS
t'lilA M engines
.. j. A FULL LINI: OF
CRADLES, DOMESTIC TOYS.
A LARGE LINE OF CUT PICTURES,
PAPKK LaOE AND FANCY PAPER
FOR TREK ORNAMENTS.
COME AND EXAMINE OUR STOCK,
j^OUBMI GRAND ANNUAL
COMMENCING THANKSGIVING NIGHT.
- to Cent*.
Admission - •
EO. W. J VtlidN
BILL POSTER AND DISTRIBUTOR.
NO, 6 WEST Ml'HI STREET WIL
Attends promptly to all work in his lne.
QRAND OPERA HOUAE
THREE DAYS ONLY
DEUEOEMBER 10th, 11th AND 12th.
Tiie Provident Society
BENEFIT0F THE POOR,
Admission 25 cents. Season tickets 50 cts,
OK 8 (LE—300 shares of Clayton Loan
s'oeii, new series, at one dollar a suate
plan, loai ing the full amount and
co.lecliug the premium monthly.
M. L. LIOliiENSTElN
U S. PENSIONERS TAKE NOTICE
Al! partios entitled to pensions can have
their papers pr pared and the proner affi
davits sworn out at, the office of the lute
Jno. H. Puhl Eiq, 301 Sh'p'ey street
LEVI A. HER O'.RTTE
Ju c ticeof the Peace a 1 d n
p M. O'CONNELL,
REAL ESTATE, LAW AND COL
OKflCE so, 1240 s. 18th street,
Near Baltimore Depot,
City aud County collections of Interests,
Ground Rents, Mercantile Bills and House
Rents promptly made. Liens filed, Mort
gages fo-cc.osedi and all legal businoss will
receive prompt attention. All claims
ca died as scon as collected.
EW CASTLE OOUNTY 1 M AT
7 be undersigned, a crmmlt'.ee of th
Tru.-toes of the Poor« f New Castle «'<>., wil
sel at Public Sale, at the hotel kept by
Will am It. Doble, at Hare's Corner, near
the premises, on
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th, 1873,
at 12 o'clock, (noon)
all that valuable Farm, known as the
Hare's Corner Farm, belonging to said
trustees, situate io N«w tastl- Httndr d.
New Castle Co. Del., on the public road
leading from Hare's Corner to Christiana,
and also on the State road leudlug to Dover
being live miles Irom the Cl y of Wilming
ton, one mile from the City ol N«w Castle,
and live miuutes walk from State Road
-Station on Dalawaie R. R.
contain: aboutlHO acres, about 30 acres of
which Is valuable woudland. All the re
sidue Is improved and productive land,
divided iutocunvonlent Helds, well fenced
cud watered, and has recently been well
The Improvemen's are a frame mansion
house, latge barn, two tenant houses,
granary and other
W'sbing to view the premises can do so
by applying to I hes Applt by, the tenant
Iherou, or to either of the underslgm d
The terms will be easy aud made known
on t'-e day of sale. A large por'Ion ofthe
purclrnse money can remain s> cured on tne
premises If desired Sale positive. No
pr stponement on account of weather.
J. W. Cocow,
Co-ch'o s Bridge Del,
good repair. There is also a good
orchard on the premises. Peisons
BY STATE AUTHORITY.
U NI I ED STATES OF AMERICA, Dio
TRIOT OF DELAWARE, SS.
Whereas, a libel hath been filed in the
District Court of the United i-tates of
America for the dlstriot of Delaware, ol
the 3rd day of December, in the year or our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and
s vent.y-elglit by 8. A Maeallister, Esq
proctor m behalf of William E, Grantlai.d,
agntnstthe schooner "Small," her laek
el, apparel, and furniture, iu a cause of
wages, civil and maritime aDd praying
the usual process and monition 01 the
Court, that all persons interested In the
said ve-sel,her tackel, apparel and lurnt
ture, may. be cited to answer the process,
and all due proceedings being had that
the same may be decreed to bo sold,aud the
proceeds thereof be dislnbuted according
to law Therefore, in pursuanceofsatd raonl
tion, under the seal of said court to me
directed aud - v r d, 1 do hereby gt.e
notice generally unto all persons h ivlng or
pietending to lwve any rleht, title or Inte
rest therein, to appear before the aforesaid
corn t, at the city o Wilmington, on Fri
day, the 20th day of December, A. D, 1878 at
11 o'clock in the forenoon, then and there
to answer said libel, and to make their al
legations in that behalf.
HENRY H. MCMULLEN.
U. S. Marshall for said District.
S. A. MhCallistjch, Esq.
Proctor for Libellants.
MINIATURE ALMANAC—THIS DAY.
trouble, It appears, came into the court
room ju-t aft-r Crier Smith bent and uni
bent himaelf while pulling the bell-rope,
and considerable curiosity was caused by
Dora Dodson, the younger, is small In
stature, not really pretty, yet lar from ugly,
while Mrs. Prettyman was somewhat taller
and, like her sister, had no great claims to
beauty, though she was not of unprepossess
lag appearance. Both the youDg women
were attired with great care, and a liberal
bestowal of ribbons, cheap jewelry and
gew-gaws, all arranged to make as much
effect as possib'e, they had all the looks
about them of the rustic beauty, and while
sitting iu the.court room exhibited that coy
shyness and reserve for which the dairy
maid, Ac , <* proverbial in story and song,
Mrs. Pret < in :.'s husband sat beside her,
and Joi.ii if. L) .Jeon, the father of the girls
and husband of the accused woman, a hard
listed farmer, with a hook nose, and a head
cover' d ttb carroty hair, sat just behind
his wile's counsel, Mr. George Gray.
The prisoners came In about 10.4&O'clock,
and the trial was commenced soon after,
with the following Jury:
William Nallor, William Jerome Ellason,
Franklin Wight, Joseph T. Brown, David
Morrison, Wm. Morrison, John F. Weldin,
James Powell, Joel McCannon, James T.
Veszy, James M. Hirst, Samuel J. Me
New Styles Ready
GENT'S AND BOY'S
| We snail be glad to have the peo
ple of Wilmington, call and see the
and cheapest stock of Fine and
Medium Grades ol Gent's Youth's
Boy's aud Children's Clothing that
whs aver manufactured.
WANAMAKER & BROWN
6th & MARKET STS.
Wilmington, Del., Dec. 10, 1878.
Snurlses,..7.l3 a. m. I Bun sets...4.34 p. m,
-.61 6 a, m.
lie In ware Breakwater.
9 38 p. m,
I 07 p. m.
l 37 p. m.
........ 9.14 a. m.
....... 13.43 a.'ro.
.113 a. m.
THE W EATHEIt To-day U uiH be
cold and fair.
THE CRIME AT "COLD WELL!"
WHO PISTOLED JONES?
THE DODSON FAMILY'S SKELETON I
THE CELEBRATED DODSON CASE COM
MENCED IN NEW CASTLE—ALL THE
EVIDENCE FOR THE STATE IN AND THE
EVIDENCE FOR THE DEFENSE COM
MENCED—JIM JONES' STORY— THB DE
FENCE CLAIM THAT THE PRISONERS
WERE NOT ODT OF THB HOUSE ON THE
NIGHT OF THE SHOOTINO—DODSON'*
New Castle, Dec. 10.
Just two weeks ago yesterday, the good,
natured and unfortunate negro, James
Jones, was taken over into Delaware from
Chestertown, aud hiB bead was perforated
with bullets. At the end of tbe week Mrs.
Amelia Dodson, William Newcomb and
Philip Vincent find themselves arraigned
at tbe bar of justice, charged with being
tbe negro's would-be-slayers, and the terri
ble family skelton of the Dodson's Is exhib
ited before tbe world.
This now widely "celebrated case" was
commenced at New Castle, yesterday morn
ing, before Chief Justice Comegys and
Judges Woot'en and Houston.
Owing to the absence of ceitaln witnesses
tor the State, tbe trial could not be taken
up at once, and a good bit of time was con
sumed Id waltlDg.
Dora Dod-on and Mrs. Alice Prettyman,
the two daughters of Mrs. Dodson, wbose
alleged indiacreetuess has caused all the
Attorney Oeieral Peniington In opening
for the defense, said that It was the last
ease to be tried at the present court, and
far from being the least important. The
State will be able to present a chain of cir
cumstances that are unusual in the State
Delaware or any other State, and a case
the like of which we are seldom called upon
try. The indictment charges William
Newcomb and Phillip Ylncent with an as
sault with intent to kill, and Mrs. Amelia
Dodson with aiding and abetting the crime.
James Jones was an humble and unoffend*
Ing employee of John Dodson, the husband
of Mrs. Amelia Dodson, near Chestertown,
Md., up to the 18th of November; so far as
we know be had been in the employ of Mr,
Dodson for quite a number of years. Vin
cent, and Newcomb were engagd as laborers
on an adjoining farm. On the morning of
the 19th of June, having absented himself
from the farm of Dodson, want to Chester
town. Dodson went to Chestertown and
took Jones back to his place. Vincent and
Newcomb being engaged on the farm of
Mr Matthews, hard by, went over to Mr.
Dodsons, and in the presence of Mrs. Dods
son, tied Jones hand and foot, and put him
in the meat house. About 7 o'clock, Philip
Vincent, William Newcomb and Mr. Dobson
took James Jones away in a carriage drawn
by two horses. They drove over into Del
aware, in Appoquinlmlnk, and then Vincent
and Newcomb, at the instance of Mrs
Dobson, took him out of the vehicle and
shot him with pisto's and left him for dead,
By virtue ol that shooting Jones was
wounded in two or three places. They hied
themselves away from the laws ol Dela
ware, back to Maryland. This is an outline
of the case we are called upon to try, and
it presents before you not only those of our
own sex, but also one whose finer feelings
should have deterred her from such action.
James Jones, the colored man, was the
first witness callud. James looked much
better thru he did when he was brought to
New Castle for safe-keeping. He came
walking in with a firm step, and appeared
to be in perfect health. The bandages
around bis bead had been done away with,
aud the wound where the bullet had entered
bis bead had healed up, and you could not
see it at long range.
James testified that on or about the 18th
of November he was residing with Mr. John
Dodson, about two miles and a half from
Chestertown; had been living with him lor
four years this Christmas; I know Philip
Vincent' (The witness here identified Vin
cent, Newcomb and Mrs. Dobson, as they
stood up in turn as the Attorney-General
asked them to do). On Monday, the 18th
of November, 1 staid all night at Andrew
Howards and the next day I went to Ches
tertown; that morning Mr. Dodson followed
me to Chestertown; I came out with him a
short distance and talked with him and
afterwards went back to his house in a car
riage, reaching there about noon; Mr. Phil.
Vincent rode home with us; after we got to
Dodson's place, Newcomb and Vincent come
over from Matthews' place, where they
worked, and during the afternoon caught
and tied me, and Mrs. Dodson was standing
in the yard at the time; I was whipped and
then put in the meat house; I was kept
there till 7 o'clock in the evening, at least
I beard Mrs. Dobson say it was 7 o'clock;
Newcomb and Vincent then carried me down
aud put me in the carriage; just as they
put in Mr. Dodson asked me if I would
ever come back It they took me up to Del
aware and turned me out; I told him I
would not; Mrs. Dodson aud Vincent sat on
ti e front seat and Newcomb and I on the
buck seat; they drove up as far as Vandyke's
station, and turned back because, as Mr
Vincent said, there was too many bouses
there; they took me back to the woods and
slopp. d and they took me out; Newcomb
asked Mrs. Dodson what must they do,
hang me or shoot me, and she told them to
ue the quickest way; he also asked her if
t.h'-y should let me go, and I said, "Mr.
Bill, you ought to let me go as you said you
would;" "No," be answered, "we came up
here to kill you, und we Intend to do it;"
they then took me into the woods a piece
and shot me; after that they dragged me a
short distance, rolled me into a ditch and
took the rope off of me; I heard tour shots
fired at me and then I grew senseless; they
then left ms, and after a short time I got
up and went down the road to Mr. Jacob
Vandyke's house, and they told me to go
dowu the road to another bouse, but Idid'nt
go there, I missed it somehow, I went to
another house, and they told me to go away
also; I started off then thinking that I
would go clear to Sassafras, when I came
to Caulk's bouse.
Id the cross examination the defence
endeavored to elicit from Jones the causes
leading to the murder, but this was ruled
out on the ground that the causes leading
to the crime had nothing to do with the act
itself, which was being trlea and not pre.
vlous doings, occurring in another State.
During the cross-questioning, however, the
witness said that on the morning that Dod
son came to him in Chestertown he told
him to come home and "see about these
lies you have been telling,
also admitted that on the same day he had
told several parties that the stories he had
told about the girls were lies.
The negro Jones was recalled and the
cross examination was resumed:
He described the ride, and said he
remembered coming through Chestervllle,
Locust Grove and a place known as the
White House Farm. (If they came from
Chestertown to Galena they could not have
passed through Chestervllle, as it is on
another road.—R ep.) He said that when
the carriage stopped Newcomb pushed him
out and pushed him on into the woods,
while Vincent followed him; Newcomb shot
first as be stood by bis right Bide, and.
Vincent, who stood behind, shot just after
wards; "Newcomb's bullet,
"went in my lor'ad, and Vincent shot me
in de back of de neck, fer I kin feel it every
time I move my head."
Andrew Caulk:—I live in Appoquinlmlnk
Hundred, I know James Jones, have known
him for 7 or 8 years, and am his brother in
law; and one Tuesday night Jonss came to
my house, I was asleep
which woke me up. H
and I asked him who he was and he ans
wered 'i Jim Jones," he recognized me as,
soon as I went to the door and ealled me by
name; he came in and I "eased him down
on the seat; "he was 1 shot in the torehfead
and he was bleeding in the back of the
head; I went over to Sassafras after Dr.
Tar bet ton; Jamas staid at my bouse till
and he called me
e called me "uncle!'
LliG'ii OJ.ri/LU .
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A little son of Henry Brinkley Irving near
Frultland on Wednesday last fell into a
Lpot of hot lard, scalding him severely. He
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Sunday and then Mr. Belson, Mr. Carter,
Mr. White and some others took him away.
On tbe night Jones came to my place and
before be came I heard 5 or 8 pistol shots;
they sounded pretty close; I thought it was
some boys shooting coons; and seemed to be
back of my barn.
George JohnsonI live near Van Dykes
station something lass than s mils from An
dy psulk; I saw James Jones lying in bed
at,'Caulk's house; on tbe night Jones was
shot I heard three pistol shots; my house is
about 300 yards from the road and the
fiace where the shooting occurred is be
tween my house and Caulks.
Joseph Roberts:—I am a surveyor and
went down to the place of the shooting
with James Jones; 1 took a measurement of
tbe place and found Caulks house to be
986 yards from the Maryland line and the
place where the shooting occurred is fur
ther from Maryland than Caulks house,
Jones while down there pointed , out two
different places where hq said the shooting
occurred, which were 806 yards apart, both
of them were In New Castle county.
Dr. Howard Ogle:—I was called upon by
the Attorney Central to go and see tbe
wounded man, Jones, I made a slight ex
amination of the wound in bis head; I pro
bed the wound and found thst it ran aronnd
the head,on one of hiB arms were two small
wounds of no importance.
Truman Rose:—I am a Constable at
Townsend; I WeDt out to Andy Caulks house
where the negro James Jones lay; he ap
S eared to be wounded very bad; James
ones' hat was given to me at Caulks and
I saw there were two bullet boles in it, one
was through the baud and tbe other
through the rim. (The hat was here ex
ibited and offered in evidence )
Wili am H. Dickenson:—I live in Appo
quinimlnk Hundred near Van Dykes sta
tion; few days after the shooting I saw
Jones as he lay wounded at Caulk's house.
Isaac Matthews:—I live in Chestertswn
in Maryland on the farm adjolnlngthat of
Mr. Dodsen; William Newcomb is my
brother in law and works for me as also
does Vlneent. On the 18th of November
last Vincent and Newcomb were engaged
in husking corn in the field which Is about
300 yards from Dodsons house. Vincent
was absent from the corn field a while and
one of the hands told he had gon
house but when I went home he
there, Newcomb also went sway, they
came back about 3 o'clock and after supper
they went sway. They were not home when
I went to bed at 9 o'clock. Tbe next morn
Ing at 5.30 when I got home they were
down stairs In the sitting room and had a
fire kindled, I often found them there In
Cross examined:—It was not an uncom
mon occurrence for them to be away till
late at night.
The State here rested the case.
Mr. Gray then opened for tbe defence,and
after addressing the jury briefly and ear
nestly commenced to call his witnesses.
Mrs. Alice B. Prettyman;—I live la Phil
adelphia and am the daughter of Mrs. Dod
son, I have been married since the 30th of
July. I knew James Jones; I remember 1
tbe Tuesday he was whipped; he had gone
away the night before and came back that
d).y with my father; he came into the yard
and then accompanied by several others we
went down to the branch and he was made
dig for certain things he had placed there,
he failed to find anything and he said he
bad not burled anything; we went back to
the house and be said thar.the stories he told
were false, he asked my father to let Vin
cent and Newcomb whip him, and they did
whip him with a canlage whip; after that
He was made to go into the meat house and
was locked up. Vincent and Newcomb
went away and came back about 7 o'clock
and let Jones no away after making a pro
mise that he would never talk or lie about
anyone any mere and would never come
back; my mother, my sister, myself, Mr.
Newcomb and Mr. Vincent went Into the
sitting room, my father was in the room
till 8 o'clock when he went to bed; at 11
o'clock my mother, my brother and myself
went to bed, my sister did not come to bad
Cross examined:—We bad dinner that
day about 2o'clock; Vincent came to our
house In tbe morning before 10 o'clock and
did not stay long; he then went to Chester
town In a carriage with my father and re
turned abeut noon; alter going to the
branch and coming back they tied Jones
with a plow line; Mr. Newcomb and Mr.
Vincent staid at our house all night; they
live about half a mile away, Newcomb had
an overcoat and Vincent bad none.
Dora A. Dobson:—On Tnesdav Jonss
was brought to our house by my father and
Mr. Vincent; he went down to tbe branch
with father, mother, Mr. Vincent my sister
Eliza and Andrew; he said , they might
whip him,—that was after they came back,
he said he would rather be whipped than
sent away; they were talking of sending
him to the United States army; he said the
stories he had told were all lies, they whip
ped him and shut him up in the smoke
house; Newcomb and Vincent went away
alter dinner and came back In the evening,
Jones was then let out of the smoke house
and Newcomb asked him If he would ever
tell any lies on any one aud stay away if
they would let him go; he said he would
and went toward the road, passing between
i he house and meat houee: (The rest of
the testimony the witness connected with
that of her sister.)
Cross examined:—Vincent came to our
houee between 8 or 9 o'clock and want away
soon af ter to Chestertown with papa and
brought Jones back ;when Jones was put
into the meat house, Mr. Vincent lifted him
in, Mr. Vincent left tbe next morning, both
he and Newcomb left together In a. wagon
both of them had overcoats; they were both
at our house on Monday night aud did not
stay quite all night, they came to our
place nearly every night.
Court then adjourned at 8 o'clock until 10
e to the
Joseph A. Elsenhardts, living at No. 414
E. Second street, In the employ of Reming
ton & Co., engineers and machinists, N
413 and 415 E. Front street, had ' a leg
broken yesterday morning by a large shaft
falling on it. He was removed to nu
and hie injuries attended to.
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