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THE COPPER ERA, CLIFTON, ARIZ., OCT. 12, 1899.
3 J. R. McGIBBON, DEALER IN New and Second-Sand Furniture, Carpets, Shades, Stoves, Crockery, Glassware, Etc. WRITE FOR PRICES. 309 El Paso Street, E1 Faso, Texas. OPERA HOUSE BUILDING. TWO MURDERS AT SiFFORD MEXICAN KILLED AT DRY LAKE CORONER'S VERDICT NO CLUE TO THE MURDERER. A Mexican Named Martinez Killed at the Union Canal Bridge in Town. A boy came to town last Wednesday with the word that a dead man was lying under a mosquito bush at Dry Lake, about three miles east of this place. A coroner's jury, in a couple of wagons, were soon on the way, and fonnd the body as reported. An examination of the body was made by Dr. Lindley, who discovered that he had been shot in the left temple and the bullet had lodged just under the skin in the opposite side of the head. The ball was extracted late in the evening by Dr. Lindley. When found, the corpse was straight ened out and the saddle and other prop erty of the deceased was piled on the body, and the vicinity of the murder bad been carefully looked over by the mur derer and traces of the perpetrator were very carefully obliterated. After listening to all the evidence of those parties who found the body, the i jury returned the following verdict : "We, the jury empanelled to inquire into the death of a Mexican, name un known to the jury, find that said Mexi can came to his death from a gunshot fired by parties unknown to us ." ' The body was prepared for burial by Gottlieb Zallner, and the funeral was held very early Tuesday morning. Noth ing was disclosed before the inquest as to the murdered man's identity, and no body seemed to know him. ANOTHER MCBDEB. Our citizens were startled on Tuesday evening about 7 o'clock, by the report of another shot, and quite a number made the remark that there was "another murder." A very few momen's after the report of the gun a man was found lying on the bridge across the Union canal on "L" street, near the residence of E. D. Tuttle. An examination showed that lie had been shot through the body, the ball entering nearly the centre of bis breast and coming out behind a little lower and on the right side. The wound was evidently a fatal one, but the man was in a semi-unconscious state. Sev eral persons attempted to gain come in formation from him, but to all questions he responded with his name "Manuel Martinez." He lived about half an hour after being shut. Judge Hunter summoned a jury and was on the ground soon after the mur der, and then adjourned to his court room to hear the evidence. The follow ing witnesses were examined : Archie Tattle, Henry Gray, Francisco Mungia, A. Graden and Jesus Rona. The hear ing consumed an hour and a half, at the end of which time the jury returned the following verdict: "We, the jury, find that the deceased was named Martinez; that he came to his death by a gunshot fired by some person unknown to us, but we would re commend that Francisco Mungia be held for a preliminary examination." The man Martinez was seen around town all day Tuesday in company with Mungia and another Mexican. The third man, who is supposed to be the mur derer, is a stranger, but would be recog nized by a great many persons who no ticed the trio. A pretty accurate des cription of him and his outfit was ob tained and no doubt will soon be arrest ed by the authorities who are on his his trail. The officers have plenty of in formation in rezard to him, and it is sup posed that he is still lurking in the vi cinity of Safford. In accordance with the recommenda tion of the coroner's jury, Judge Hunter held Francisco Mungia for a preliminary examination charged with being an ac cessory, and he did seem to know moie of the transaction than he was willing to tell. The witness Rona was also taken into custody as witness pending the pre liminary examination of Mungia. The body was given into the charge of Gottlieb Zoller, who boxed and buried it : on Wednesday. I Up to the time of going to press with this paper, the murderer has not been apprehended, but as a lorge force of dep uties are on bis trail, his arrest is only a matter of a few hours. Safford Arizo- nian. Later. The news reached Clifton yesterday that a Mexican gave himself up to the authorities at Safford Tuesday claiming that be killed the man found at Dry Lake accidentally. C. W. Maxon, the well-known mining man, was seen by the Era scribe at Lordsburg thii week. Mr. Maxon has been in that section for about two months and has secured a group of eighteen val uable claims in the Virginia district sev eral miles south of Lordsburg. The above district was worked years ago for silver and lead and no attention was paid to copper. It turns out that some of the mines that had considerable de velopment work on them are first-class copper properties, running as high as 50 per cent copper, besides well in silver and lead. Mr. Maxon's friends here hope he will succeed in the new copper camp. If you contemplate buying a box of cigars we will make it to your interest to get our prices. Cigars by the box our specialty. Ice Cream Parlor. The Eba is informed by Mr. Stafford that President Garland, of the G. V., G. & N. Ry.f will soon have an engineer at work surveying a railroad line from Sol omonville to Morenci. Mr. Stafford says that a line can be run from Solomonville to Morenci on a two per cent grade. 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