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The eagle. (Silver City, N.M.) 1894-1???, May 01, 1895, Image 6

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Three Nights and Two Days Without
Food or Drink.
An Aged Colored Woman Robbed and Left
to Die Among the Rocks Kelow
Chloride Flat.
Mary Washington is an aged and fee
ble colored woman who has been laund
ress at the hospital at Fort Bayard. By
practicing strict economy Bho had gath
ered together considerable money, some
of which she had invested in United
States bonds, but several hundred dol
lars were always kept at hand in coin
and currency, and quite a considerable
amount was loaned out at interest.
Mary liad a fondness for the cup which
inebriates and at times was decidedly
erratic. Some time ago she was brought
over here and put in the hospital.
From there she was taken to the resi
dence of John Richardson, a colored
man who lives on the corner of Main
and Ninth streets. LastThursday even
ing the colored woman, who was unable
to walk when she was removed from the
hospital, disappeared. Mrs. Richard
won says that about 10 o'clock she left
the old woman for a few moments with
her little girla and when she returned to
the room in which she left them the old
woman was gone, but the little girls
seem to know nothing of the occurrence
The old lady was missed by some of
the colored population on Friday morn
ing and a search was at once commenced
for her. She was discovered on Sunday
afternoon about 3 o'clock in the rocks
just below Chloride flat by Percy Lucas
She was lying on her face and almost
dead. She was brought to town and tak
en to the residence of George Parker
where she lias revived sufficiently to
recognize her friends and to state that
she was taken from the Richardson
house in a wagon by a man and woman.
A wagon track was found leading from
the place where she was found to town
bo that there is hardly a doubt but that
she was taken out to that desolate place
and left to die.
On Monday John Richardson and
Charles Carpenter were arrested and
lodged in jail. Both men had been
spending money quite freely around
town for two or three days and this fact
coupled with the fact that the old woman
had considerable money was comfidered
sufficient to warrant the arrest of the
two men for robbery. Marshal Cantley
has succeeded in getting some very dam
aging circumstantial evidence against
the men and says that he has no doubt
of their guilt. Ho thinks that the men
intended to murder the woman hut that
after they got out to the place where she
was found they deliberated over the
matter and decided to leave her to die
of hunger and thirst in a place which is
very seldom visited.
The idea that the woman escaped from
the house and walked nearly three miles
is regarded as simply preposterous and
unless the prisoners can give a more
satisfactory explanation of her disap
pearance they may have a serious time
in keeping out of the New Mexico penitentiary.
If the theory advanced by the officers
bo correct, and these men really left the
woman to perish, no more heinous crime
has ever been attempted in this part of
New Mexico.
G. A. R. Encampment.
Vnr thn Annual Di'nftrtnient. KtiP.ftmn-
ment, G. A. R. to be held r.t Santa Fe
May 2nd and 3rd the A., T. & S. F. Ry
will make rate of one and one third fare
ril9.4M for th round trin. Tickets will
be on sale May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, limited
for return to May 4th.
J. H. Mudge, Agent.
It is expected that the term of court
at Hillsboro will adjourn this week.
Con Whitehill will open an ice cream
parlor in the building between Jones'
meat market and the express office in a
few days.
Chas. Schmidt, who has been at the
Grant county hospital about three weeks,
died last Friday, and was buried the fol
lowing day. He was unconscious a
number of days before his death. He
came from the Mimbres.
You can get a copy of Coin's Finan
cial School free by paying a year's sub
scription to The Eagle in advance.
Call at the office, leave your subscrip
tion and get a copy of the greatest book
on the silver question ever published.
J. K. Houston, one of the old residents
of Pinos Altos, was here last Friday and
attended the Odd Fellows' bull. He
thinks that he and his partner, Mr.
Thomas, will have a good crop of fruit
this year and in speaking of the keep
ing qualities of apples stated that they
kept some of the crop of 1893 until this
year and that they expect to have apples
of last year's crop for the 4th of July.
The particular variety which they have
been able to keep for such a long time is
a seed ling of the Baldwin.
A Socorro County Crank Wanted to Slay
, the Great Agnoxtlo.
The question of the free coinage of
silver is rapidly warming up from Maine
to Texas, and we believe Col. Robt. In
gersoll made a certain prediction recent
ly when he said "the next president of
the United States will be a free coinage
of silver man." In speaking of Col. In
gersoll, it reminds us of an incident that
occurred in Chloride away back in 1881,
when the Black Range was just alive
with men of all occupations, politics,
and sane and insane ideas, and when
law and order was preserved by the cool
ness and nerve of the better class of citi
zens who ofttime8 checked the wild ca
reer of their obstreperously inclined as
sociates who frequently went "a gun
ning" without the least provocation,
and it was in those exciting days of
frontier life that Col. Ingersoll visited
Chloride, and the fact Col. Ingersoll
while here came near losing his lifo
through the insane agency of a religious
as well as a genuine all around crank
tvho claimed "that God had commanded
him to slay so dangerous an enemy to
the human soul," is distinctly remem
bered by a few old timers, and only for
the prompt action of one of our citizens
he would no doubt have accomplished
bis object. This historical incident is
not generally known, but it is a fact
and ia well remembered by the editor of
this paper. The intent of the would-be
assassin was at the time very little
known and was kept as quiet as possible,
and the famous "Bob" and his friends
left the camp unconscious of the impend
ing danger that for a moment threatened
hiin. Chloride Black Range.
The district court for this county will
open two weeks from next Monday. The
docket will be an unusually large one
and there is not money enough in the
court fund to hold court long enough to
clear up the docket.
Ira Harper and Thomas J. Clark, of
the Gila, are building a saw mill in Mule
Spring mountain and will build a wagon
road from the mill to Clifton. The road
will cost several hundred dollars.
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