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THE HUNTINGDON COUNTY TRAG
EDY. The Charabersburg Repository of
Thursday gives the following par.tic
ulars of the horrible murder of Mrs.
3von and five of her children, a sliort
account of which we gave on Mon
One of the most shocking murders
1 or rather massacres of an almost
entire famib' that ever cast a stain
upon civilization, was perpetrated in
Cromwell township, Huntingdon co.,
on Saturday the 25th ult. The prom
inent particulars, as gathered from an
individual present at the examina
tion, are these : William Brown is the
father of the murdered family, which
consisted of the parents and six chil
dren. The eldest daughter is marri
to Robert McConahy, who lived on
his father-in-law's premises as a ten
ant Brown, it seems, is a rough
man, addicted to intemperance, and
when in this condition was in the ha
bitof threatening to kill some of his
family, though never known to have
attempted any thing of the kind. He
was in the habit of working inthe
neighborhood at carpentering, whilst
McOonalry conducted the farming op
erations. On Saturday morning the
old man. and his eldest son, aged a-
bout 21, left home for their places of
employment; shortly after which,
McConahy proposed to the next oldest
son and a younger one, to "go a hun
ting," at the same time directing the
daughter and another of the boys to
do some work in a cornfield. Mc
Conahy's wife having the day previ
ous been conveyed to a friend's house
at some distance, by her husband;
after the above disposition had been
gone into, the whole family -was dis
persed, except Mrs. Brown, who re
mained in the house. McConahy
and the two boys, on the hunting ex
cursion, had not proceeded much be
rond half a mile from the house when
the report of guns was heard, and
when the bcdies of the two boys were
afterwards found, it appeared that the
oldest, a stoutboy, had not been mor
tally wounded by the shot, that he
made a desperate battle, until over
come by his merciless asailant, who
finally cut his throat. While this
scene was enacting, the smaller boy
ran some distance, but was pursued,
shot and beaten to death, and with
his brother, buried beneath leaves and
Shortly after this, the girl and her
brother engaged in the cornfield were
attacked; the girl was shot, but there
was ample and painful evidence to
show that the first wound was not
fatal, and that she resisted the mur
derer with extraordinary power, which
ceased only when both her arms
were broken, and her throat cut from
ear to ear ! The boy here, as in the
other case, appeared to have been
first shot, and then beaten and stab
bed until life was extinct, The bo
dies were then covered up. The next
object of the fiend incarnate was the
mother of those murdered children.
She was found in the house and des
patched with a commonbutcher knife,
with which her head was nearly sev
ered from her body, though not with
out manifestations of having resisted
her destroyer to the extent of her pow
er. She was buried m her bed and
the blood carefully wiped off the floor,
The murderer then stationed himself
in the barn, with two loaded rifles, at
a point commanding a view of the
door of the dwelling house, and awai
ted the approach of the next victims.
The first was the eldest son, who,
when upon the threshhold of the door,
received a fatal shot, and fell dead
upon the spot. He was dragged in
side the house, and the door, closed.
Next came the father, and upon put
ting his hand to the door, found it fas
tened, upon which he made some ex
clamation of dissatisfaction, and at
the same moment heard the report of
a gun, and felt that a ball had passed
fco close to his eyes as to cause con
siderable pain; in a moment after,
another discharge of arifi.e sent a ball
so as to cut a part of his ear, graze
his whiskers, and pass through his
hat. He then cast his eyes towards
the barn, and discovered a person
hastily turning around the corner, di
recting his course to the woods.
Upon effecting an entrance into the
house, Mr. Brown found his oldest
son upon the floor, dead, and upon
further examination, discovered his
wife concealed by the bedclothes, life
also extinct. He thp.n communicated
the dreadful circumstance to the
neighbors, who immediately institu
ted a search for the other members of
the family, who w7ere found as alrea
dy described, the searchers being led
in the light direction by reports of the
guns previously heard. The next
question was, Who is the Murderer !
The character and habits of Brown
at once gave color to the suspicion
that he had returned home madden
ed, as thousands have been before him
by intoxicating liquor, and thus put
into execution his oft threatened and
unnatural purpose. He was secured
but fortunately for him he had re
mained sober that day, and only need
ed to bring forward his proofs to sat
isfy all that he could not be the mur
derer. McConahy, the son-in-law, was pre
sent and in reply to an insinuation
from him unfavorable to Brown the
lattei at once accused him as the crim
inal, averring that he was the man
he saw running from the barn, &c
This soon resulted in the liberation of
the old man and the securing of Mc
Conahy, who in all the subsequent
examination, becarre more deeply in
volved in condemning circumstances,
and was finally committc d to Hunt
indonjail to await his trial in August.
Providence seems to have interposed
in a remarkable manner to frustrate
the design of the assassin. If Mc
Conahy is the guilty man, the only
object he could have in view was to
destroy the wo die family in order to
secure the property of his father-in-law
to himself, and it would seem that
the calculation was that the public
would be ready to conclude thatBro vn
had perpetrated the dreadful slaugh
ter, and then committed suicide a
conclusion that might have been pro
duced if he fallen by the shots aimed
at his head, and if hf had loft his em
ployment prepared for such a deed
Horrxble. II is stated in a Wheeling piper,
on the authority of a letter from .Marietta, Ohio,
that a young lady from down the river, who
was on a visit to her friends in that placo, was
last week thrown from a horse she was riding,
add dragged seven miles. The horse was only
stopped by the last of three shots from a rifle
and when so, the remains of the unfortunate
lady were so mutilated that they could scarce
ly be recognized as those of a human being.
"Why do fashionable ladies remind us of Gen
Jackson at New Orleans ? dive it up ? 13c
cause they use cotton breast work.
The subscriber grateful for past favors, would
thank his friends and the public generally, for
their kind encouragement, and would bg leave
to inform them that he is now manufacturing a
large assortment of Umbrellas and Parasols
which he offers for sale at Philadelphia and
New York prices.
Merchants will find it to their advantage to
give him a call before purchasing in the cities
He would state that his frames are made by
himself, or under his immediate inspection, and
that he has secured the services of an cxperi
enced young lady, to superintend tho covering
N. B. As tho subscriber keeps everything
prepared for covering and repairing, persons
from the country can have their Umbrellas and
Parasols repaired and covered at an hour's no
401-2 Northampton Street next door to U.S.
Chidseys Tin ware manufacturing Establish
Easton, July 1, 1810.
Tho rn-nartnershin heretofore existing between
tit cniwrihnrs at Bushkill. under the firm of Wal-
lace & Newman, is this day dissolved by mutual
consent. Tho books, notes and accounts arc left
in tho hands of Thomas J. Newman. Also all
those having demands against said linn will pre
sent them to Thomas J. Newman for settlement.
THOMAS J. NEWMAN.
Bushkill, June 16, 1840.
N' B. The business will bo carried on as usual
at the old stand by T. J. NEW MAN.
For sale at this office.
Public Opinion from whoso decision there is no
appeal, has been so often and so loudly manifested
in favor of BRANDItETH'S VEGETABLE U
NIVERSAL PILLS, that it is not surprising there
should be found in almost every city, town, and
village in the United States, persons so depraved
at heart, and so utterly devoid of the principal of
moral rectitude, as to manufacture a spurious arti
cle, and palm it off on the unsuspecting public as
the genuine medicine, from the result of which so
many happy results have been accrued to humani
ty. It is painful to think that an inestimable good
should be product of direct and immediate evil
but so it is.
The very excellence of Brandreth's Vegetable
Univesal Pills, has in some respects,, openeof a spe
sies of high-way through which cupidity and ava
rice carry on their depredations without check &
notwithstanding the frequency of exposure alrea
dy made notwithstanding the indelible disgrace
which has been heaped'upon counterfeit druggists--notwithstanding
the large amount of human suffer
ing which has heen the consequence of this impo
sition and fraud, druggists continue to carry on
this revolting traffic ; and counterfeits are as nu-
merous and as vanea in tne maricet as 11 no ae
nunciation had ever been made, and public indig
nation never been expressed.
Since, however, this destructive evil still exists,
and neither the fear of God, nor of arthly punish
ment, can entirely put it down, it becomes my im
perative duty again and again to caution the public
against purchasing pills of a druggist, professing
to be Brandreth's Pills for as under no circum
stances is any of this class made an Agent, it fol
lows of course that the Pills sold at such places
professing; to be Brandreths Pills are universally
base counterfeits, highly injurious to the health of
KP Established Agents for the Genuinz Bran
dreth's Vegetable Universal Pills, are Invariably
furnished with an engravad certificate, signed, 15 .
BRAHDRETH, M. B. in my own hand
writing, lhis certincate is renewed every year
and when over twelve months old, it no longer
guarantees the Genuineness of the medicine. It
would be well, therefore for purchasers carefully
to examine the certificate, the seal of which is neat
ly embossed on the paper, in order at least that the
safeguard of imposition may not at least be suscep
tible of imitation.
B. BRANDRETH. M. D.
ICP Philadelphia Office for the sale of the above
Valuable Pills is at No. 8 North-eighth Street a
few doors north of Market street.
At Milford John II. Brodhead.
" Stroudsburgh, Riciiard S. Staples.
" Dutottsburg, Luxe Brodhead.
" New Marketviie Tuoxkul & Scuocn.
May 8, 1840.
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