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THE WINONA ARGUS, MN., Thursday 26 February 1857 (2)

NEWS ITEMS. - The Burdell inquest is still the exciting topic in New York.

 

THE WINONA ARGUS, MN., Thursday 5 March 1857 (2)

NEWS ITEMS. - The Grand Jury have found true bills against Mrs. Cunningham and Mr. Eckel, for the murder of Dr. Burdell.  Snodgrass is held to bail as a witness.

 

THE WINONA ARGUS, MN., Thursday 19 March 1857 (2)

Another Horrible Murder at Wabashaw.

Mr. Polhemus was shot near Tepeotah on Dr. Enright's claim last Friday night.  The facts in the case seem to be, that the deceased had been employed by Dr. Enright in his absence to take charge of his house and claim.  In the absence of Dr. Enright, a Mr. Brown entered a suit contesting the right to it, and obtained a writ of restitution which was executed; but subsequently an irresponsible gathering of the friends of Dr. Enright dispossessed him and left the possession in care of Mr. Polhemus.  He being alone and unarmed had retired for the night as it seems, (for he was in his shirt and drawers) and to appearances was driven out and shot some ten steps outside the house, and staggered a few feet and fell on his face; no struggling was apparent in the snow, indicating that he died almost instantaneously.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - "An inquest was held, and after the examination of several witnesses the Jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by being shot though the breast, by some person or persons unknown."

 

THE WINONA ARGUS, MN., Thursday 14 May 1857 (2)

When Will the Morning Dawn?

The great increase of crime in our large cities, may well lead us to enquire into the causes of crimes of such startling atrocity, and induce us to seek some reforming influence to arrest them.  New York city is now alive with the excitement attendant upon the trial of the suspected murderers of Dr. Burdell, and the citizens of the quiet town of Newburg, are using their best endeavors to ferret out the barbarous perpetrators of another of the foulest and most horrid butcheries that our criminal record can show. ...

 

THE WINONA ARGUS, MN., Thursday 27 August 1857 (2)

NEWS ITEMS. - A man named McKinley was shot and killed by Mr. Frederick Frentress at Dunleith, on the 20th.  McKinley had stolen some wood from Frentress, and upon the latter attempting to measure the same which he found on McK.'s premises he was so violently assaulted by McK. as to render it necessary to kill him to save himself.  Coroner's inquest was to this effect.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Saturday 1 June 1861 (3)

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held Friday, on the body of OLIVER BINGHAM, who was reported drowned.  Judge COLE was appointed by the proper authorities to act as coroner, the county official residing in the back part of the county, it was not convenient to notify him.  The verdict of the jury was that "Bingham's death was caused by accidental drowning."

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Wednesday 14 October 1863 (3)

MURDER IN FILLMORE COUNTY. - We learn from then Chatfield Democrat some particulars of the murder of JOHN COSLIN, a citizen of Fillmore county, near Newman's ford on Root River, on Friday night of last week by a man who says he lives at Stillwater, in this State, and who came down this way for the purpose of trapping.  COSLIN and some two or three others were on their way to Winona, and encamped for the night near where the trapper was en camped. - During the evening the trapper missed a pistol, and accused COSLIN of stealing of it, which led to the murder.  The instrument used in killing COSLIN was a large knife. - He was struck in or near the heart, and died in five minutes after receiving the blow. - The man who committed the deed is a German, but whose name we are unable to give.  He is in jail at Preston.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Monday 15 June 1864 (2)

Arrest of the Malden Murderer.

Immediately after the murder of young Converse the attention of the detectives was attracted to E. W. Green, the postmaster of the town, by the fact that he had manifested no feeling whatever in regard to the matter - never engaging in any conversation about the murder, or attending any meeting of citizens or other gatherings where the subject was discussed, or making any inquiries thereto.  It was ascertained that, though of good reputation otherwise, Green was heavily in debt.  A few days since it was ascertained that Green paid a debt of some $700, which had been due about two years, and that the money paid by him was nearly all in bills on the Malden bank.  This was unquestionable proof against him.  But more was to comer.  It was also ascertained that since the murder he has paid sundry debts of $20 and under, principally in Malden bank bills.  These circumstances lead immediately to the arrest of Green.  He was invited by the officer to accompany him from the stable where he was found to Mr. Lamson's house, near by, where the other detectives were assembled.  On entering the room in which the gentlemen were all seated, Constable Abbott frankly informed Green that he was under arrest for the murder of Frank B. Converse.  The room was silent as the tomb when this announcement was made, and so continued for some moments, Green remaining as if struck dumb, but yet exhibiting no marked emotion.  No one seemed less moved than the prisoner, however.

   Without uttering a word during the process, Green was searched, and in his pockets were found two bills, one of $5 and the other $2, both on the Malden bank: and while the search of his pockets was being prosecuted he held in his hand a roll of some $70 in bills on the Malden bank, which he was seen to place on a table near which he was standing.

   Green stated that on the day of the murder he visited the bank twice, and the first time he found a conductor there who left a pair of skates. The next time was a just half-past 11 o'clock.  Immediately on entering the bank, he said, he walked into the director's room, and seeing that no one was there, he drew his pistol - a six-barreled Smith & Wesson's revolver - placed the muzzle within a foot of young Converse's head, and fired, the ball taking effect under or back of his ear - the shot felling him to the floor.  He instantly discharged a second barrel, the shot from which took effect in the temple, while his victim lay on the floor.

   The murderous deed having been consummated, Green seized the bills in the drawer, amounting to about $5,000, and thereafter repaired to his office.  After detailing these facts, Green informed the persons present that a portion of the money was concealed in a piece of newspaper in an old boot in the post-office, where $615 in bills on the Malden bank was subsequently found.  The balance of the stolen money, Green said, was secreted under the flooring in the attic of the "Volunteer" engine house, and making search there, the detectives found $3,464, all in Malden bank bills, making in the whole $4,069.

   Green further stated that about ten days before the murder he purchased the pistol with which he committed the deed; that he loaded the pistol in every barrel, and kept it in a drawer in the post-office until the 13th day of December last, two days before the murder, when he took it from the drawer and carried it about his person.  He is a man of small stature, being scarcely over five feet and an inch or two in  height; was twenty-seven years of age last October, and has an estimable lady for a wife, who has an infant but three or four months old.  The agony of his wife, on being informed of the arrest of her husband, can be better imagined than described.  It is represented as having been of the most heartrending description.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Saturday 26 March 1864 (2)

DEATH BY DROWNING. - An inquest was held by Coroner ELY, yesterday, upon the body of a man named REMY STUBENBERGER, who came to his death by drowning on last Thursday while going down the river in a skiff, from Winona to Pickwick, in the vicinity of which latter place he resided.  In company with the deceased was a man named HANLEY, and it transpired in the evidence taken before the Coroner that both of the men had been drinking whisky until they became beastly intoxicated, and lost all control of the boat and consciousness of their position or whereabouts.  When near Homer, STUBENBERGER fell overboard, and although an attempt was made to rescue him by persons who were apprised of the accident, life was extinct before he could be reached.  His companion, HANLEY, seemed to be oblivious to all that had occurred, and the only evidence he was able to give was that both he and the deceased had drank freely of whisky on the passage down from Winona from a jug containing three gallons which they had in their possession.  A verdict of accidental drowning was rendered.  STUBENBERGER was a German, about 40 years of age, unmarried, and leaves no relatives in this State.  He was the owner of a tract of 40 acres of land, 50 cords of wood, and some property of but small value.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Monday 16 May 1864 (3)

An inquest was held on Sunday afternoon, by Deputy Coroner EDWARD TAYLOR and a jury, upon the body of GEORGE DEHN, a person who drowned on the 29th of April from the steamer Key City while she was at our levee.  Upon the body was found the sum of $18.15, and a few papers.  The verdict of the jury was "accidental drowning."  The body was taken in charge by the Coroner for burial.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Friday 10 February 1865 (2)

The Inver Grove Murder.

The incident is connected with the recent murder of a soldier at Inver Grove, Dakota county, and the trial of THOMAS EAGAN, the murderer, have already been given in our columns.  The trial, which was one of the most remarkable and protracted that has occurred in the State, terminated on last Friday in the acquittal of the prisoner. - This result is mainly attributable - judging from the facts in the case that have been published - to the fact that it was difficult to obtain an unprejudiced jury, while evidence was craftily moulded to suit the circumstances, and even money, it is alleged, was freely used among those susceptible to its potent influence.  The prisoner, THOMAS EAGAN, was an Irishman by birth.  The jury was composed of seven Irishmen, two Germans and three Americans.  According to the report of the trial in the Hastings and St. Paul papers, the feeling of nationality ran extremely high, and there seemed to be a combination formed on the part of the countrymen of the accused, to defeat the ends of justice, and to secure the acquittal of the murderer of GEORGE ARNOLD: The evidence adduced on the part of the State, stripped of the equivocations of some of the witnesses for the defence, is said to have been overwhelming against EAGAN; it "traced the intention to commit the crime from before leaving WILLOUGHBY'S, where a threat was made to do the deed, up to the slaying of the helpless and unarmed victim; and the last act in the dreadful tragedy was witnessed by THOMAS HALL, and sworn to by him upon the stand, and all attempts to impeach his veracity on the part of the defence utterly failed, and the crime of wilful murder rested upon the prisoner as clearly as the sun at noonday."

   Yet, notwithstanding this, it appears that not one of the prisoner's countrymen would at any time agree to the finding of a verdict against him.  Day after day did the jury "deliberate" upon the case, yet the majority remained unyielding.  At length the verdict of "not guilty" was returned, and the prisoner was thereupon discharged.  The point upon which such decision was made was that of identity, the jury claiming that it was not satisfactorily proved by the prosecution, although several of them, according to the Hastings Gazette, have since expressed the belief that he was guilty of the atrocious crime.

   EAGAN, as soon as he was set at liberty, disappeared from the neighborhood, before the citizens were informed of the fact.  Had he remained, violence to his person would undoubtedly have ensued.

   The termination of this affair, if all the circumstances in the case have been truthfully related, is greatly to be regretted.  It is not only a serious blow at the peace and dignity of the State, imparting as it does the right of trial by jury, but it appears to have aroused the prejudices of nationality in the county of Dakota, to a degree which bodes no good for the future.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Wednesday 1 August 1866 (3)

The body of the young man McDONALD, who was drowned in the river on Monday evening, was found under the raft near which he went in.  A coroner's inquest was held and a verdict rendered to the effect that the deceased came to his death by accidental drowning.  The body will be given to the friends of the deceased who were expected in to day from Fillmore county.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Saturday 25 August 1866 (2)

HORRIBLE SUICIDE. - The Mobile Times of August 12th contains the following report ... unidentified headless man.   ?

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Thursday 8 November 1866 (2)

STATE NEWS. - J. D. WILLIAMS, owner of the Ferry across the Mississippi river above St. Paul, was found murdered in his wagon on the 5th inst.  He had undoubtedly been attacked b y highwaymen, and murdered for his money, of which he had several hundred dollars upon his person.  His pockets had been rifled and his pocket-book and contents taken by the murderers.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Wednesday 23 January 1867 (2)

The New Ulm Murders.

VERDICT OF THE CORONER'S JURY -

 NAMES OF PERSONS IMPLICATED IN THE MURDERS.

From the Mankato Record, Jan. 16.

Murder of Alexander Campbell and George Liscom.  Very long account.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Tuesday 5 February 1867 (1)

The Mysteries of Murder.

From the New York Tribune.

Lengthy list of unsolved murders.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Thursday 7 February 1867 (2)

The New Ulm Murders.

REPORT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO GOV. MARSHALL. -

INDISPOSITION TO BRING THE CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE.

Lengthy report, critical of just about everyone.  Mob rule.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Friday 1 March 1867 (2)

Murders and outrages in various states.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Thursday 2 May 1867 (2)

The Rice County Murder.

ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS OF THE FIENDISH BARBARITY NEAR DUNDAS.

The Dundas correspondent of the Minneapolis Chronicle gives the following account of the murder which we noticed in a former issue of this paper.  The murdered man, whose name is Stanford, found the murderer's cattle in his "sugar-bush" drinking the sap, of which cattle are very fond, and drove them away.  The murderer, whose name is Hoyt, saw them being driven away, and at once drove them back; and upon their returning, Mr. Stanford drove them away a second time, when he was met by Hoyt, who with his axe brutally murdered him, severing his left hand from his wrist, smashing in his skull on the back of his head, making a gash five or six inches long, cutting his right cheek almost off, hitting him again on the right shoulder, and with another blow very nearly severed his right thumb from his hand, and (although the body has not been disturbed up to this time, waiting for the Coroner,) I presume other marks of fiendishness will be found when he is moved.

   Now, after having finished his victim, he is still bloodthirsty, and repairs to the house of the murdered man, and with a fearful oath exclaimed: "I have killed the old man, and now, G-d- you, I will kill you," at the same time leveling a blow at his wife's head, and but for presence of mind and strength, she would certainly have met the same fate as her husband.  As the axe came down she caught hold of it and stayed the blow, at the same time screaming for help, which a son heard from the barn, and came in a hurry, who, with assistance, succeeded in saving his mother's life and binding Hoyt.  They immediately sent here for a constable, who brought the barbarian here in time for the morning train to convey him to Faribault to be lodged in jail; where I hope he may arrive safely.  He boldly confessed that he murdered Mr. Stanford and says that he intended to kill Mrs. Stanford, and with the blood of one or two morfw here in the village (inckusing his brother) on his hands, he would be ready to die.  No one saw the squabble between him and Mr. Stanford, but he confessed the whole thing voluntarily.  He also told his intentions to kill others as boldly, an s with as little concern as though he had done a noble deed.  In speaking of the murdered man, he said, using his own language, "Well, I have sent him where he will never trample on my rights again."  Judging from the feeling, I think it is well that he was not allowed to stay in this town, where he is known, for he has been considered just the kind of man he has proven himself to be, and might, ere this, have been hanging on a bush.  He leaves seven children, all young, and a wife, who remarked that she "hoped he would never get away again."  Mr. Stanford leaves a family better prepared to take care of itself.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Saturday 11 May 1867 (2)

STATE NEWS.

The facts revealed at the examination of Hoyt, for the murder of Mr. Stanford, at Dundas, says the Faribault Republican, do not differ very materially from the statements heretofore published regarding the affair, except as to the immediate cause of the murder.  It appears that Mr. Stanford had leased a sugar bush near Hoyt's residence, and when Hoyt's cattle went into the bush, Mr. Stanford drove them out.  This act alone seems to have furnished the sole provocation for this most fiendish murder.  The following additional facts concerning the attempt to murder Mrs. Stanford were elicited at the examination: ...

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A MELANCHOLY accident occurred near Winnebago Agency last Tuesday.  Mrs. Robert Jellison and her son, aged five years, were drowned while attempting to cross the La Sueur in a small canoe.  Their cries were heard, but all efforts to rescue them were of no avail.    ???????

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Saturday 31 August 867 (3)

THE AFFRAY ON THE MINNESOTA - CORONER'S INQUEST.

The inquest on the body of PHILIP METSHAN did not materially change the facts as already published.  The principal evidence was given by CHAS. FORSYTH, who saw the affray. The verdict was that the deceased was killed by a blow from a stick of cordwood in the hands of some person unknown to the jury.  The man who was seen to strike the blow is described as a large and powerfully built man, with sandy hair and  whiskers.  It is supposed that he must have left the boat at Trempealeau and got aboard of the Itasca the same day, as there was a raftsman on the latter boat who made the remark to the colored cook that he "had settled one  fellow to-day on the Minnesota."  The body of METSHAN was taken down the river on the Minnesota yesterday.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Thursday 19 December 1867 (3)

MURDER AT ST. CHARLES - ARREST OF THE MURDERER IN MICHIGAN.

While the murder of FREDETRICK ABLEITNER, near St. Charles, recently, may have passed from the minds of many of our readers, the case was destined not to go unpunished. ....

[Missouri or Illinois??]

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Monday 13 April 1868 (3)

THE Coroner's inquest held upon the bodies of JOHN AUGUST and HANS HANSON, resulted in the following verdict:

STATE OF MINNESOTA,

County of Winona.

An inquisition taken at Winona, in the county of Winona, on the `13th day of April, D.D. 1868, before David Loring, coroner of the said county of Winona, upon view of the bodies of John August and Han s Hanson, lying there dead, by the oaths of  the said jurors, whose names are hereunto subscribed, who, being sworn to inquire on behalf of the state of Minnesota, when, how and by what means the said John August and Hans Hanson came to their death, upon their oaths do say that the death of the aforesaid John August and Hans Hanson occurred on the afternoon of the 11th day of April, A.D. 1868, and was occasioned by the following casualty, to-wit: the falling of the walls of a certain concrete brick building, owned and occupied by O. M. Farrington, Esq., as a hardware store, and situated upon ten, block sixteen, in the city of Winona, in which said building the aforesaid John August and Hans Hanson were, at the aforesaid time, then and there at work in the employ and under the direction of the said O. M. Farrington.  The jurors herein, from the evidence given before them, further say that, in their opinion, the walls of  said building were originally insecurely built of material wholly unfit for such building purposes, and that one of said walls had become still more insecure from the effects of great heat caused by the burning of the adjoining wooden building; and  further say that from their investigations in this case they unqualifiedly condemn the further use of such weak and dangerous material for building purposes in this city, and that, in their opinion, the proper authorities should prohibit, to the fullest extent of their authority, the further use thereof, for the erection of buildings within the limits of said city.

   In testimony whereof the said Coroner and Jurors of this inquest have hereunto set their hands the day and year aforesaid.  DAVID LORING, Coroner.  O. G. Maybury, M. B. Buffum, C. Bohn, A. W. Gage, Richard Jackson, C. N. Wakefield.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Monday 25 May 1868 (3)

FOUND DROWNED. -  The body of a man was found floating in the Mississippi river and picked up at Homer on Sunday afternoon.  A coroner's inquest was held over the body and a verdict of "accidentally drowned" was rendered.  The appearance of the corpse indicated a man about thirty-five years of age; his clothing consisted of a grey woolen shirt, dark colored pants, and a pair of boots.  The Coroner had the corpse duly buried.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Monday 18 June  1868 (2)

NEW YORK

 MURDER - ACCIDENTS - ...

Buffalo, June 18. - An old unknown man was murdered near this city last night, and his body thrown across the railroad track.

   A deaf and dumb man, named Andrew Klief, had his head severed from his body, on the Central Railroad, last night.

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While some men were blasting for a sewer on 84th street, yesterday, a piece of rock was hurled into 5th avenue, hitting one Daniel Kennedy in the head, causing death soon after.  Owen Deragan, superintendent of the blasting, was arrested.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Thursday 16 July  1868 (3)

The body found drowned in Rush Creek in the town of Utica, mentioned in last Evening's Republican, was that of a man named Frank Reel.  He had been sick for some time, and it is supposed that in a fit of temporary insanity he terminated his existence as he had only been absent from the house where he was boarding for a few moments, when his lifeless body was found in the stream.  It was not deemed necessary by the Coroner, under the circumstances, to hold an inquest.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Tuesday 15 December  1868 (2)

Murders everywhere, details.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Tuesday 27 April 1869 (3)

CITY AND VICINITY.

MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR -  A MAN FOUND DEAD IN A BOAT. - Two men arrived in the city last evening from La Moille in quest of Coroner Loring.  It appears that on Monday a boat was seen floating pasty the town with the body of a man in it.  Parties went out in a boat and drew the skiff to the bank, where it was kept until the Coroner could be sent for.  No marks of violence appeared on the body, and thus far it seems surrounded by a strange mystery.  Coroner Loring departed for La Moille this morning, and it is hoped that the inquest may throw some light upon the matter.

LATER. - Since the above was in  type Coroner Loring has returned to the city and from him we glean the following particulars of the inquest:

   The man was found dead lying flat on his back in a skiff, floating in the river.  He was five feet six inches in height, probably from forty to forty-five years old; had brown hair, a little grey about the temples; small black chin whiskers, brown jean pantaloons, double breasted black frock coat; cotton check shirt; blue ribbed cassimere vest; cotton drawers and long ribbed stockings with shop shoes.  The skiff was wood coloured, square at both ends, and the name of Fort. Wolf painted on the side.  On the same side were about twenty round black spots about two inches in diameter.  There were no papers to identify the body.  A pen knife, paper of carrot seed, and a two cent piece were found upon the body; also a silk handkerchief.

   By direction of the Coroner the body was interred near the spot where found.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Thursday 6 May 1869 (2)

The coroner's inquest on the bodies of the victims of the recent slaughter on the Long island Railroad concluded yesterday.  The jury found a verdict holding the company responsible for the death of the different persons, in consequence of the defective state of the rails and negligence in not keeping the road in proper repair.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Saturday 31 July1869 (2)

STATE NEWS.

RILEY, the raftsman who killed his comrade Kelley, at Read's Landing, on the 20th inst., has been found guilty of wilful and malicious murder by the Coroner's Jury, and has been sent to St. Paul for trial.

   THE Wabashaw Herald of the 29th says: Willard Stopes, a lad aged 16 years, committed suicide last week, by shooting himself in the breast with a Springfield rifle.  His body was first discovered about 100 yards from the house, by his mother, but life was totally extinct.  His parents reside on Sand Prairie, about thirteen miles from this city.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Wednesday 1 September 169 (2)

Indian Justice - The Murderer of Treatocheau Killed.

From the St. Paul Pioneer - August 29.

We published a few days ago the account of the murder, by a Chippewa Indian, of young Treatocheau at Rock Lake, in the upper country.  The murder was committed after the Indian and his victim had had a set to in wrestling for sport.  The Indian was thrown, for which he was laughed at by the other Indians who witnessed the match, and the rest of the party had set down to a game of cards.  While they were sitting there, the murderer approached Treatocheau from behind and stabbed him in the head, splitting open his skull.  He then ran into the woods and escaped.

   We now learn from the newspapers printed in that vicinity that as soon as the Mille Lac chiefs heard of the murder, they took steps for the punishment of the criminal.  There was no need of a trial to prove the facts, or identify the criminal; for no dispute existed as to either.  They simply issued an order that as soon as he appeared in the camp, or wherever he was found, he should be shot, and two Indians were appointed to execute the order.  About ten days since he came in out of the woods to the Indian village.  He was immediately seized and delivered to the appointed executioners, by whom the sentence pronounced upon him was carried into effect without delay.  If a little rude, this is still very substantial justice, and would not be out of place, under some circumstances, in communities that make much higher pretensions than do our moccasined neighbors out in the woods.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Monday 29 August 1870 (1)

A CASE OF ABORTION RESULTING IN DEATH.

From the Chatfield Democrat.

Dr. Moore, Coroner of Fillmore county, called at our office on Wednesday afternoon, and gives us a few of the particulars of the inquest held by him on that day, at the residence of one Thomas McIntyre, of Pilot Mound Township, in this county.

   The victim of this inhuman outrage was a Mrs. Lafaver, aged fifteen years, wife of Frank Lafaver, and daughter of Mr. Samuel Shearer, a wealthy and respectable farmer of this vicinity.  The parties above named were married in March last, against the will of the young lady's parents, since which time they have resided on the farm of Thomas McIntyre, as his tenants.  On Tuesday of last week, Frank Lafaver in company with Thomas McIntyre started for Rushford with two loads of wheat.  Mrs. L. complained of feeling unwell in the morning before her husband started, and after he had gone she left home about seven o'clock in the morning and did not return until twelve o'clock at night.  The neighbors became alarmed at her absence from home and made search for her in every direction without success, until the hour above stated, when she was discovered dragging herself around the corner of her dwelling more dead than alive.  She was taken to the residence of Thomas McIntyre and medical aid summoned immediately.  The physicians, Drs. Thomas and Case of this village, found her in a critical condition, and suspecting the cause, made inquiry whether or not she was suffering from the effects of abortion, and she replied in the affirmative, that it happened during the day, and that she had taken medicine to bring it about, but continued to refuse to tell who gave it to her until a few hours before she died.  Everything possible was done to restore her, but after suffering intensely for a whole week, shed died on Tuesday morning last about eight o'clock.

   Much excitement existed in the neighborhood from the day she was missing from home, and as soon as Mrs. L. died, a messenger was dispatched for the coroner to investigate the circumstances of her death.  On Wednesday morning early the coroner accompanied by a jury arrived at the premises of Thos. McIntyre, and proceeded to examine the case, with Drs. Thomas and Case, to make the post mortem examination.

   Numerous witnesses were sworn, among whom the mother of the deceased, who testified that just before Mrs. L. died she was raised up in bed to make a confession of the facts in the case, but all she was able to say was, "Tommy gave it me, Tommy gave it me!" saying which she fell back upon her pillow and in about five minutes breathed her last.

   The case was submitted to the jury at a late hour in the afternoon, who upon due deliberation rendered a verdict in substance as follows: "That the death of Mrs. Lafaver was the result of an abortion caused by medicine administered to her by one Thomas McIntyre."

   The coroner proceeded forthwith to consult with the County Attorney, who has, doubtless, ere this caused the arrest of the accused, and we do not desire to say more on this sad and mysterious affair at present.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Wednesday 25 January 1871 (2)

THE CLEVELAND MURDER.

From the New York World.

Trial of Dr. Galentine for murder of Jones.  Editorial comment.

 

WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Thursday 9 February 1871 (2)

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