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JACKSONVILLE REPUBLICAN (Ala.), 11 February 1837

FATAL OCCURRENCE. - On Monday evening last, about dusk, Mr. R. S. Miller, citizen of this place, was shot by J. D. Huguenin, late of Savannah, Georgia, and shortly after expired.  The ball was shot from a pistol, entered the pit of his stomach, and came out immediately opposite on the right of the spine.  Mr. M. being near his residence, was able to reach it, but died in about three quarters of an hour after the occurrence.  Mr. Huguenin was led to the commission of the deed, from some expression of Mr. Miller implicating his honor.  An inquest was held over the body of the deceased, and a verdict of wilful murder brought in against Mr. Huguenin and his supposed accomplice, Mr. Kachler.  They have been fully committed.  Tallahassee paper.


JACKSONVILLE REPUBLICAN (Ala.), 25 February 1837

On Thursday morning last, Mr. John G. Arnold, formerly of this place, was drowned, about two miles and a half northwest of Jacksonville.  Himself and another man were upon Mt. Wm. Gregg's mill dam, engaged in getting off some timber which had lodged against, at which time the dam and mill gave way, and they were precipitated into the mass of floating timber some distance down the stream.  The person who was with them narrowly escaped with his life.  In endeavoring to get upon a log across the stream below the dam, one of his feet was caught by the timber, at which time he heard Arnold call for help; upon looking round he observed him wedged between the timbers with his feet up, and found it utterly impossible to render him any assistance until it was too late.  When taken from the water he was found a good deal bruised.  One or two others who were in the mill at the time, also narrowly escaped.

   Mr. Arnold's death is much regretted by his friends and acquaintances in this place, among whom, so far as we know, he had uniformly borne the character of an honest, industrious and peaceable citizen.  By this melancholy casualty, a wife and several children are also left to mourn his premature death.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 2 February 1877.

The Jacksonville Sentinel of January 24th says: On last Sunday a Chinaman who was working a mining claim near Willow Springs was shot and killed b y a man named Abel Knott, under the following circumstances: It appears that Knott and a fellow named Martin claimed the ditch which the Chinamen were using in working their claim, and on Sunday, armed with rifles, they went down to where the Chinamen - three in number - were at work. They called to the Chinamen when in about 60 yards of them, and one, Loy Foo, advanced towards them with a spade in his hands, and when about 20 yards distant, Knott drew up his rifle and shot the Chinaman, the ball passing through the top of the breast bone, causing instant death.  Coroner Callender went down next day and held an inquest, when the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

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