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DOUBLE murder by
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If IS OF THE MOST
heartless, fiendish
and ghastly doubla
tragedies
New York city has
witnessed in years,
was
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which
perpetrated
last week. Its prin
only
i\ slashed two young
' women with a stil
etto ao that both
bei actually placed the warm,
hi* lips after finishing
work, and exclaimed: "I
heart's blood!"
not
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irtsk her
double tragedy was enacted on
The cowardly aasaaain,
Olimpata. is a cobbler and a
of Italy, 17 years old. Hia vie
rr Kate Wellt. 1* year# old. and
nar Ho**. year» old. The
walking down Bast Elfh- j
pit street on their way home, (
ill unknown to them, Olampata. 1
used in hiding in a veetlbule,
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Mm «omen reached the step*
»we GlatftpsM from hi*
Without »«ring » »ord
t-s *et<ed Kate by tbe throat
iletto Into her left
IS*'! !
The wounded
the heart,
dtied in agony and her «lo
fer help. Withdrawing the
h had sunk to the blit In
ist. the a»*
i and again Into hi*
accompany mg each
Finally be
pun deep in the helpless
9 tro 3
a cur«#
the «
tttk fib- %-r*atnod again, threw I
• and ran. he following !
ling unlit she fell
«»elf upon him. and now j
Tbe finit »Irak« of
• ought on iter arm. and j
»bricking f<w mercy and j
t*fg Oiampnu struck again and ;
». sstii Rosa. Ilk* her sister, j
l*H«»»r'l on her face. Two men
H-iou* crime. William
colored carpet beater,
man.
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Mngton,
G***» Hohenstein, an Ir«
r »»»* »Imost parat) mot with hör
fit»* t
'hing, but what followed
*d them *|rk and faint, for thi
*» *Uh » «hout of triumph, brand
< Ms bloody weapon and then drew
N» hi* lip*.
•»detts. he cried. "I have drank
Mart * blood!"
**p»ia plying the weapon on
•Oman when George Hohenstein
d hi* arm
Then he turned upon
8»*tein and struck him with hi*
*• tot fortunately without wound
»im Hohenstein then loo»en«*d hi*
*»t! GUmpatn started away on a
Before he reached the
'*«. h* wa* taken Into custody by
'■•man t,lde|, I,Idol railed two
VWIcemen and aent then, hack lo
corner.
1 1er the girl*.
7» the stabbing hid b«*en done.
" wa* »'in lying on the sidewalk
o«»* lending over her. An am
Thcy found them
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lr ' J' goes hack about I wo
, r# ' , " 11 Kalo Weils, then about III
f W i,k fj?* n " ,t tilampnta and fell In
l„. " hlm - filtbongli he had a wife
1 an. : am P»ta made her presents
1 th m muc ^ his time with her
>sd h« H "" 1 followed. He be
l ' t fi n, l *he intlmney was main
t ( "otnetlme last May. when
» km"' r ' lp '* Bn '* »eparnted. Giant*
1 of Uielr tnMrn Wh ' rh « WM 'î'f re ;
»!(,„ . r tntlmacy and would not
U t0 her. honm, by that means to
I'reshyterlaji hospital.
The cause which led
led
force her to return to him, but «he
would have nothing
him.
more to do with
He still loved her, and pursued her
with his attentions, following her on
the street and loitering about her home,
until on July 2 last she procured
rant for his arrest. He was taken Into
custody, but Magistrate Crane dls
> barged him on his promise not to an
noy the young woman any more.
He still persisted in annoying her,
and last week she again caused his
rest. When arraigned before Magis
trate Mott, Kate complained that he
annoyed her when he met her on the
street, and that he persisted in asking
her to return to him The magistrate
held him In $500 ball to keep the peace
him
a war
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of
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paroled
in the cus
Lawyer Quitman until
afternoon to procure
There waa nothing in Glam
tody of
in
the
bait.
pata'e manner to show that he medi
tated revenge, and he said no word that
would lead to the belief that he medi
tated the fearful deed which he com
mitted lees than an hour later.
rktn«d Mna t muiini n*r mu» for
laser»«« s«. r .
Mr*. Nora Ferkln* was arrested at
j Minneapolis the other night, charged
( wllh t he murder of her sister, Mrs.
1 ko U |s* Hawkins, the supposed motive
for surged crime being the fact
j that Mr* Hawklne had I7.U00 Insurance
j on her life. Mra. Hawkins died Aug. 9.
j four bourn after the overturning of a
j lamp near a bed where she lay III. The
! Are was supposed to be accidental, but
! a similar accident had occurred several
WOMAN IN TROUBLE.
j weeks before and this aroused the sus
| plcions or the police. In company with
j the insurance officials (hey have been
] making a quiet investigation, which re
sulted In the arrest. There are two poll
) tie* on Mr*. Hawkina' life- one for
I5.UUU In the Fidelity and Casualty and
one for 12.000 In the Security Mutual
Lite. The sister* were widows and Mrs.
j Ferkln» ha* one child. Mr*. Hawkins'
j burns were so serious that she died In
great agony without being able to tel!
what bad happened The police abso
j luteiy refuse to disclose the nature of
the evidence The two policies were
taken out April » In Mr*. Ferkln*' favor,
It is understood the state expects to
) prove that the bed clothing waa satur
fated with oil and ignited and the tamp
overturn«! to conceal the crime, a*
charged In the warrant On the other
I hand, the defense claim* to have an
ante-mortem statement of Mr*. Haw
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the lamp herself accidentally.
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«rom the Man She l.nved.
The train brought to Richmond from
their home at Montlcello. Ind.. the other
evening. J. J. Jones and his daughter.
Some days previous the
Mis* Dora
j latter was to have been married, but
when the hour for the ceremony
rived the groom failed to appear and
ha* not since i»een heard of. The shock
great one to the girl and her
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Miss Dora left the hotel and boarded the
She left a
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father was taking her to Camden. Ohio,
to visit and rest until she recovered
! They wer«' to remain al Richmond over
at one of the
train for Caldwell. Ohio
for her father as follows: "Dear
i falber. I am going to see hlm. I must
; do It or die Don't worry about me or
j t r y to follow me, for If you do 1 will
i commit suicide Please forgive me for
your money, but 1 must go."
note
a|w* tiding .
When Mr Jones discovered what tils
daughter had done hi* grief was great,
but he decided not to follow his daugh
for fear she would carry out her
He went on to Camden.
1 er
threat.
No Mor» Work for ftpottAf*.
Th# *tr#c>t car npott#r haa practically
disappeared from some western cities,
where Just lately a scheme of selling
ticket* for 25 cents good for six rides
(there should also he sold thirty tlck
for ID ha* come Into general use.
conductor punches a hole In the
ticket for each ride. The spotter enn
not, of course, tell which passengers
paid cash fares and which have
cards, and so hi* usefulness hn*
and he I* going himself. The Rock
seem
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; Electric light» ore soon to be put i
not wecin " „ |s a |u at night.
to to Illuminate Niagara kail«
gone
Island road recently adopted a
Inglv excellent plnn on Its local trains
running out of Chicago The conduc
Informed that In the future
spotters would not be employed on the
road and tlfat Ihe money thus saved
,onld he npptled to an Increase in the
The conductors
led
tors were
of conductors.
In the future he watched.
wages
would not ...
hut would ho regarded ns trusted em
and pa I if as such. The plan Is
•ork to Ihe satisfaction of both
ploye*
said to w
company and men.
AFTER AN OUTLAW.
ENCOUNTER BETWEEN
ER8 AND HILDEBRANDT.
OFPIC
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Hank» of HU
Maa'» No«« Clean
Mura Khot,
the
Pursuer«—Hhot One
Off—Waa a Dead
INK miles east of
Irondale, In St.
Francios county,
Mo., are two old log
houses, which are
landmarks, and
which have an In
teresting history.
They were formerly
the homestead of
John Williams, an
uncle of the no
torious outlaw and assassin, Sam Hil
debrandt, who, for a number of years,
terrorized that section of the country.
Before the war Hildebrandt was a bog
thief, and a number of warrants were
out for bis arrest. When the war broke
out he joined the Confederacy, and
afterwards became a bushwhacker.
After the rebellion was over he re
turned to hia borne. O. W. Murphy,
then sheriff of St. Francois county, at
tempted to serve the old warranta on
him, and Hildebrandt became a fugi
tive. While he was in hiding his
brother, who was a member of a gang
of horse thieves, returned to his home.
The vigilance committee, headed by
one Firman McKIvane, went to the
home of the aged Mrs. Hildebrandt, and
falling to And either of the outlaws,
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drove the old lady out. burned the house
and shot the youngest child. This made
8am Hildebrandt furious, and be com
menced a war of extermination on the
Hia first victim
vigilance committee,
was the leader. McKIvane. whom he
shot from ambush while the man was
He also shot others,
jail
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his
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cradling wheal,
and a big reward was offered for him,
either dead or alive.
On Aug. 17. 1872. J. C. Breckenrldge.
sheriff of Washington county, with a
force of constable*, surrounded him in
the home of John Williams. Constable
King and two men went to the back
door, while Breckenrldge and one man
went to the front. The sheriff tried to
the door, but found It locked. He
open
knocked and called for Hildebrandt,
but received no answer from within.
Old man Williams was out at the barn,
and told the men that Sam was Inside
The sheriff told Williams to go in and
tell the outlaw to surrender, that he
would be treated as r prisoner and
should have a fair and Impartial trial.
Williams failed to gain admittance, but
the desperado Jprkod open the door and
fired at Breckonridge. who returned the
in #
Leaving one man to guard the back
door. Constable King and one- man
started around to where (he shooting
was going on. Just as they were pass
ing between the house* they were shot
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at through n hole In the chinking, the
bullet tearing a hole in (ho bark of
King's coal and grazing the skin of his
deputy's breast. When they reached
the front door the desperado again
and tired on them, hlt
Tho
Jerked It open
ling Breckenrldge in the bowels.
returned, bnt missed Hilde
lire wftB
hrnndt. and «truck Mr«. William« In
the chin. Tim party carried the sheriff
„way and held n council, when It was
decided to slti'V themselves behind
nml outbuildings and wait for
Hildebrandt to make his appearance.
A man of the name of Ong had taken
refuge behind the spring-house.
t ree»
Mr.
Ong had a very prominent nose, which
had been the aubject of many a Joke.
In peeping around the corner of bla
«heiter be preaented a conapicuoua
mark, which waa at once taken advan
tage of by the aasaaain. At the crack
of the gun the tip of Ong'a big noae
flew off, and be at once proceeded to
lower the mile «printing record several
minutes.
In the force or oeputiea was a man
named McLane, who had, a short time
before, ambushed Hildebrandt and
wounded him in tha hip. The outlaw
had sworn to avenge this assault, and
waited patiently for McLane to show
himself. He was Anally rewarded by
seeing his enemy start to enter the
door of the adjoining building. Just as
McLane darkened the door a rifle shot
rang out, and McLane was shot
through the heart. He ran a few yards
outside and fell dead. This shot was a
marvelous one, as Hildebrandt had to
shoot through a chink in the wall
where he was, diagonally across a
space of 20 feet, through another small
hole in the wall of the opposite house.
An attempt was then made to burn
him out, but failed. When night cam*
he crawled out between two pickets
and escaped in the darkness. In climb
ing over the fence he muBt have hurt
his wounded hip and fell, for his gun
was found the next morning. The gun
was taken possession of by Dennis
O'Leary, who gave it to a man in De
Sota, Mo., who claims It is the original
"Kill Devil." The notches on the gun
found by Mr. O'Leary were flled there
after the return from the chase by
Andrew Bean, now a resident of Po
tosl, Mo.
Hildebrandt was killed in Illinois
Borne years ago by a bartender, and his
remains were fully Identified, although
some people contend that he was never
killed.
LOYAL TO CONVICT LOVER.
tVltllmn Mltrlirll an<l Llxr.le Kögen*
Wedded After Five Year«.
After five years of patient waiting
William Mltchel, an ex-convict, weds
Miss Lizzie Rogers, of Lebanon. Ind.
Mltchel was arrested on a charge of
larceny and Incarcerated in the county
jail to await trial, and it was then that
he first met. Miss Rogers, who was act
ing In the capacity of chief cook in that
place. As Mltchel was possessed of a
good education and was attractive, he
soon gained favor with Miss Rogers and
a courtship under difficulties began.
Mltchel was tried and convicted and
sentenced to seven years' imprison
ment. but by good behavior was liber
ated In five years. Miss Rogers, how
ever, after spending the greater portion
of her earnings in his behalf, was
daunted not In the least. She continued
to use every means shp had to procure
his liberty, but without avail. Out of
her little earnings she would purchase
dainties and send him. Mitchel was
liberated the other day and at once pro
ceeded to the quiet little cottage of his
betrothed, and at high noon they were
married.
Wn* Talking to h Corpno.
While passing through the freight
yard of the Jersey Central railroad at
Klizabethport the other afternoon a
young man saw a boy standing between
the buffers of two uncoupled freight
cars. The young man saw that the
boy was in a dangerous position, and
called to him to get from between the
Receiving no answer, he went
ears.
closer, and was horrified to find that he
had been talking to a corpse. The boy
had evidently been passing between the
car*, when a locomotive moved them,
and he was crushed between the bump
ers and held there.
Sow Hlm Dir in llrr Sleep.
The other night Mrs. Corydon Beach,
of Galesburg, Mich., awakened her hus
band, telling hint that his brother, Ly
sander Bearh. of Hastings, was dead.
When Imighcd at, she insisted, saying
that she "saw him die." At 8
o'clock the next morning Mr. Beach re
ceived a telegram, announcing the
death of his brother the night before.
A new counterfeit note on the First
National bank of Detroit has been dis
covered by the secret service bureau, j
The printing of the notes Is so badly j
blurred that discrepancies between \
them, and the genuine rannot be shown,
The nob's I,ear the large scalloped seal
printed In dark red Instead of rhoco
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N«*«r €*ountf»rf«*lt 910 lllll.
A TRAIL OF BLOOD
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ISH FORT.
Tlilrty-Flv« Parlons Have Met Tragic
Death** ►Ince the Town
Laid
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Wat
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PANISH FORT, A
»little village on the
sand bluffs of Red
« river, is well worth
visiting, because it
»U a surviving spec
imen of an almost
extinct species. The
genuine
town in Texas is
now as scarce an
article as the typi
cal frontier bad man. and about as
scarce as his esteemed contemporary,
the buffalo. Spanish Fort is not a par
ticularly lawless place to-day, but its
physical appearance Is still what it
was when it was establishing a record.
The place was laid out In 1873, and
has had, for the past 20 years, perhaps
aB many as 200 inhabitants. There are
burled in the two graveyards in the
place, 35 persons, who have been killed
in the town since 1873. This is not a
guess founded upon the recollections
of old inhabitants, but is taken from a
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list recently published, in which the
name of the victim was given with the
date and cause of the killing. There
are 2 women among the number. 2 sui
cides, 2 cases of killing with a club, 1
case of banging and 32 cases of shoot
ing. There is no case of lynching re
ported, and none of judicial hanging:
from which one may draw the gratify
ing conclusion that all tbe killings
were Justifiable in the eyes of the law
and perfectly satisfactory to the com
munity in general. The liveliest period
in the history of the place seems to
have been in 1874, in which year six
men and one woman were shot and one
man killed with a club. It should be
understood that in the list referred to,
no disturbance which did not result
fatally is recorded. The most impor
tant spot in the town, from an historic
standpoint, is one of its saloons. It is
at one corner of the little row of wooden
stores that face the open square. The
old citizens locate fully two-thirds of
the killing accredited to the town by
using the saloon as a point of refer
ence. Just at the back door is where
Bob Lacey was killed. There, in the
sand. Just before the front door, is
where Bob Parnell and three Stead
ham brothers lay dead when they were
shot one afternoon in 1879. Just under
the horse rack is where Dick Goss,
escaped negro convict. lay after he was
shot, and gasped out: ,
"Boys. I'd rather be lying here dying
than in charge of the officers on my
way to the pen."
Just inside the saloon you see where
several bullets struck the door when
they were shot at Dick Driskill, a
former proprietor of the place. In the
rear end you may still see the billiard
table on which Dick laid himself down
and died after Pat McLaughlin's bul
lets finally got in their work. The
present proprietor of the place !s a man
named Shrock. His hair and beard are
of a dark-red color, his eyes are light
blue and his complexion Is of a deli
cate, uniform shade of pink over his
whols face. He speaks in a low, smooth
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voice that seems to characterize him
as a mild-mannered, easy-going man.
When I questioned him in regard to
some of the many killings in the his
tory of the town, his general answer
was:
"I'd like to tell you. pardner, just the
best In the world, but I don't know—1
don't know. It's true I've ltved here a
long time, but somehow It seems like
j whenever any trouble come up I allers
j happened to l>e over In the territory."
\ His face had such a look of mild
seriousness as he said this that l could
not help accepting the explanation.
Aside from the saloon perhaps the
place associated with the next greatest
number ot tra B ,c iv-mor es is the old
McLaughlin house. It is a big, dilapi
dated-looking hulk that stands back
about a hundred yards from the square,
and is now used as a barn. In 1873,
when it was built, it was considered a
fine house, and even now there is a
roominess about it that suggests better
days. McLaughlin, wno built the
house, was a wealthy farmer from Col
lin county, who came to Spanish Fort
when it was started because it was in
a good agricultural country and gave
promise of developing into a good lively
town. With him he brought his wife,
two sons, and his only daughter. He
purchased several hundred acres of
land just outside the city limits, and
boasted that no man in Texas was bet
ter fixed for farming or for enjoying
life than he. Then came a series of
tragedies. First of all, the only daugh
ter, a handsome girl of some 20 sum
mers fell suddenly 111 and died. Then
the wife followed. Then both the boys
took to drink. One day Pat, the elder,
got into a difficulty with Dick Driskill,
the saloon keeper, otherwise known as
Whisky Dick. McLaughlin stood in the
street in front of the saloon and fired
through the door at his opponent, while
Driskill stood at one side of the door
and poked bis head out, shot, and then
sought the protection of the door again.
This was kept up until both men had
emptied their pistols, and then Driskill,
being mortally wounded, went into the
back of the saloon, laid himself down
on the billiard table, and died. One
may even yel see the marks made by
Pat McLaughlin's bullets on the walls.
As to the billiard table, there have
been games played on it probably every
day from that time to this, with the
possible exception of a few Sundays.
While the shooting was going on a
shoemaker named Freeland, who had a
little shop Just across the street, de
termined to take a hand in the fight
ing. His only weapon was a single
barreled. muzzle-loading pistol. Tak
ing this in his hand, he rushed up be
hind McLaughlin while the shooting
was going on. and, at the distance of
only a few yards, shot him Bquarely
between the shoulders. Then, without
waiting to see the result of his shot,
he dropped his weapon and fled. Mc
Laughlin. who happened to be wearing
a heavy overcoat, did not even know
that he had been hit and continued his
main fight as if nothing had happened.
After he had killed Driskill, he took
off bis overcoat, and his friends, on ex
amination, found that Freeland's bul
let had struck his back hard enough to
leave a small bruised spot, but not
hard enough to break the skin. When
about a mile from town Freeland met
some men and reported that he had
killed Pat McLaughlin at Spanish Fort.
Then he continued his flight, and from
that day to this no human being i3
known to have seen him alive or dead.
Whether he was drowned while cross
ing Red river, or whether he is still
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john McLaughlin.
running no body knows. If he is in
hiding and this should meet his eye
he is hereby notified that his supposed
victim was not even aware of the shot,
and that if he wishes to go back and
resume his shoemaking at Spanish
Fort the laws of the state need give
him no concern.
It is hard to see why he should have
been afraid to stand trial, for trials
were never known to result seriously
in those days. The first time Pat Mc
Laughlin was tried the result was a dis
agreement of the jury. The result was
worse than was generally the case, and
old man McLaughlin was so frightened
by it that he sold half his farm in order
to secure money to defend his son at
the next trial, things were indeed be
coming gloomy around the big house.
While the second trial was still pend
ing the younger son. John McLaughlin,
was accused of a serious crime. The
community generally believed him
guilty and sided against him. He had
been clerking in a general merchandise
store, and his employer discharged him.
It became only a question of time when
an encounter should take place between
hint and the wronged one. and it would
become necessary for him either to
take a life or to lose his own. He com
mitted suicide.
As a matter of course. Pat Mc
Laughlin was finally acquitted of the
murder of Driskill.
anything else,
obtained, though, his father had to sell
the remaining part of his farm in order
to pay his lawyers. Pat is said to be
living to-day somewhere in the Indian
territory. The father left Spanish
Fort and went—no one knows where.
John, his mother and his sister rest
side by side In the graveyard at Span
ish Fort.
Nobody expected
Before acquittal was
Both Revengeful Mint llumorou«.
The man who burglarized the Con
necticut state prison and carried off the
warden's horse and carriage with a note
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* n< l telling him that the robbery was
: to get even for the rough treatment that
the thief had received from the warden
, during n four years residence of the
former at the prison, was not only te:
vengeful, but one possessed of a quiet
; sense of the humorous.

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