Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 24, 1873, Page 5

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 24, 1873 Page 5
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THE INDIAN FOE. Conduct of the Campaign Against the Modocs. FAILURE OF THE CAVALRY SCOUT. Threatening Attitude of the Neigh boring Tribest MOTHER TERRIBLE MASSACRE, Thirteen Citizens Butchered by Usages and Cheyennes in Kansas. STORY OF AN EYE-WITNESS. Four Hundred Indians on the Warpath. DEPREDATIONS IN NEBRASKA. A Lively War Against the Apaches in Arizona. San Francisco, April 23, 1873. No farther news hag been received to-night about the Modoc war. A despatch from Port land, Oregon, to-night says that the Indians on the Upper Columbia, Snake and Lewis Elvers are well posted on Modoc affairs, and are indulging extravagantly in WAB PAINT AND WAR DANCES. Their conduct is menacing. The troopB in Eastern Oregon will probably prevont or punish any overt act. THE APACHE WAR IN ARIZONA. In Sonora the troops are making a vigorous war against the Apachcs from Arizona, and expect to diminish the number of depreda tions materially. ?car-faced Charley Not Killed? Evidence ?^at the Indians Abandoned Their Position Hastily. San Francisco, April 22, 1873. The regular courier from tlie front arrived at Yreka this morning. Some of the volunteers* who escorted Eugene Hovey's remains to town had a talk with Falrchlld, and ascertained that SCAB-FACED CHARLEY WAS NOT KILLS!*, the body supposed to be his being that of Shack Hasty Frank. Schonchin was not killed by Mr. Meacham, but only wounded in the breast. lie was killed by a shell, and the whole of his body below the breast torn to pieces. Another young Modoc named Watchuatatc was recognized among the dead. The shell that killed Schonchin and others was picked up by Watchnatate before it ex ploded. From the way things looked in the cave the finding of ammunition, provisions and other articles, it was evident that THE INDIANS LEFT IN A IIURUV, no doubt supposing that their stronghold would be blown up. The tracks of at least seven Indians have been seen between Fairchlld'B place and Lower Klamath Lake. Many persons are of the opinion that small parties of Modocs will raid around the country to obtain good horses, while a sufficient number will remain in tlie lava beds to keep the soldiers busy there. Failure of the Cavalry Scout? No In dians Encountered? Mudoc Sympathiz ers and the War. at the Front, April 20?4 P. M. The cavalry have returned. They failed to dis cover any signs of an Indian trail. Dr. Cabaneso has returned from the lava beds. He reports that two squaws have been captnred. An old squaw was brought in yesterday and shown Schonchln's head, and she said it was his head. Colonel I'erry travelled about eighty miles, making a cincniT of toe lava beds. He saw no Indians. The Warm spring Indians will soon be on the trail of the rambling Modocs who bothered the troeps to-night. Dr. Cabaneso was along the line during the day of the fight, and says he counted twelve warriors alala. How many were burled no one knows. Modocs were seen to-day from the lookout at the signal station. modocs interrupting communication. Mr. Tlcknor started to-day with the express for Unkvllle, but he saw a parry of Indians and had ?o torn back. Two Modocs are supposed to have been killed in the lights ofvesterday. MODOC SYMPATHIZERS. There is much speculation in regard to the Modacs gaining aid from ether tribes. It is possi ble that all the tribes except the Warm Spring ladians sympathize with Captain Jack, but they are satisfied that to aid him means extermination. THE l'ITT K1VER INDIANS will not be likely to Join Jack unless he forces l hem. They are a miserable set, and have became so de moralized over the many severe chastisements by Several Crook that they have lost all courage to flght the whites. The Snake Creeks about Fall IUver are a mean set ami really belong to the Fl-Dtes. TOE SNAKES AND PI-LTE8, ?rhe rotim about floose hake nnd lurther north, are vicious customers. Although belonging to some northern reservation in Idaho and Oregon, they art constantly prowling around the section com prising Goose Lake, Chcwean and other valleys la Eastern Oregon, Northern Nevada and Southern Idaho. The Shastas scarcely number half a dozen warriors. They have alw ays been bitter enemies of the Modocs. *na SCOTT VAI.LEY AND KLAMATH RIVER INDIANS, aithough sought lor aid, have never shown the least disposition to take stock In Captain Jack's rrusade. The Indians hereabout and throughout ; Scott Valley are well posted on the movements of *%e Modocs. f IflNAL FIRES bavo been reported 011 some of the hills in Scatt Valley, but whether they are signals of the Modocs or net It Is not known. - Indian Depredations In Nebraska. CHEYENNE, W. T., April 2.1, 1873. JL Jcttcr from Siiinn* Neb., dated the 22d, says I that ttxteen ramans flashed into Moore's nera and stole thirty bead of horses and mnles. Mr. Moore and fifty mounted men, with Captain Hanley In command, hare started in pursuit. A10THEB TERRIBLE MASSACRE. Cheyeanei ??A Oisgti Plundering and Scalping In Kaniai?TlilrUen Citizens TomaliawkcdwA W?r Against the SeU tiers Commenced? Horrible Affair at Medicine Lodge Creek. Leavenwokth, Kansas, April 23, 1873. Intelligence of more Indian depredations have Just r>een received from Arkansas City. The follow ing statement of the outrages are made under oath, beiore a notary, by a settler named William Sbaiupson. He says In company with John Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell, William Falkington, Joseph Pal icing ton, of Macoupin county, 111. I arrived on April 11 at Medicine Lodge Creek, Kansas, about fifteen miles from the Indian Territory line, where I went to look for claims. While I was abont a quarter of a mile from camp three or lour hundred Indiana came lrom the direction of the creek and surrounded the rest of the party, who were In camp. I heard the report of guns and saw THE INDIANS USE THEIR TOMAHAWKS on my comrades. The Indians who came to me took away my gon, pistols, vest, pants and money, and gave me a blanket. I have not seen my com rades Blncc, and think all were killed. I arrived at Caldwell April 14, and heard that nine other persons were killed about the time our camp was taken." THE REPORT CORROBORATED. Captain barling, chief of the surveylbg party in that region, arrived thiB evening, and corroborates the report of the Mediclue Lodge outrages. He charges the crime to the Usages and Cheyennes. These bands were fllteen miles beyond their reser vation boundary. Surveying operations have been suspended, and the surveyors have withdrawn from the Indian country until the government atTords protection. CHEYENNES AND OSAGES ON THE WARPATH. Notwithstanding the letters of Buperlnter -u Hoag and despatches of Governor Osborne t York papers to the contrary, the Cheyenne) d j Usages arc away from their reservations, drii ug ' away stocK, and plundering and killing settlers in Southwestern Kansas. THE SETTLERS WILL ORGANIZE AND FIGHT before leaving their claims. The Indians threaten to drive them away from Mcdicine Lodge tuis Summer. Advice to Surveyor* from Headquarters in the Saddle. Washington, April 23, 1873. General Pope, commanding the Department of the Missouri, writing to the War Department with reference to the recent murder of surveyors in tlie Indian Territory, says:? "If surveying or other parties sent eut by the government into this region will report to me, by letter or otherwise, while they are going out for what time and purpose I will always take measures to make them secure. If the present surveying parties will call on the commanding officers at Forts Dodge, Supply or Larned, which posts are nearest to the region where their work Is to be done, sufficient escort will be furnished them." General Pope thinks it probable, from the fact that the bodies of the surveyors are said to have been found bu'^d, that they were murdered by white horse thieves or other desperadoes with mo tives of plunder. THE WEATHER. War Department, ) Office of toe Chief Skinal officer, \ Washington, D. C., April 24?1 A. M. ) Probabilities. The barometer continues to rise on Thursday over the entire country east of the Mississippi; lor the South Atlantic States, southwesterly winds veer te brisk northwest, with tail ing temperature and generally cloudy weather; increasing northerly winds prevail in the Southwest and in the Mississippi Valley ; for the Lake reKion generally riHing barometer, clear weather and northerly winds; for New England and the Middle States, northerly winds, partly cloudy and clearing weather and continued low temperature. The Weather In This City Yesterday. The lollowinir record will show the changes in ? the temperature for the past twenty -four hours In comparison with the corresponding day of last vear, as Indicated by the thermometer at Hudnut's Pharmacy. Hkkami Building:? 1872. 1873. 1872. 1873. 3 A. M 34 37 3 P. M 53 03 6 A. M 33 37 fl P. M SO 51 ? A. M 38 42 0 P. M 47 4ft 12 M 44 47 12 P. M 45 44 Average temperature yesterday 44,'i Average temperature for corresponding date last year 43 THE WRECKED ATLANTIC. Nothing Doing at Pronpect? The Weather too Stormy for Diving Operation*. Halifax, N. 8., April 23, 1873. The steamer Lackawanna and schooner Meteor, of the New York Coast Wrecking Company, with diving apparatus aad material, arrived here to-day and proceeded to Prospect. The latest news from Prospect shows that, not withstanding the fine weather of the last few days, the swell at the wreck has been too great for the divers to work, and nothing has been done to re cover bodieser goods. Captain Sheridan's schooner and two wrecking schooners from New York are 1 all at Prospect, waiting a favorable chance for i diving. Captain Williams is at the wreck. Mr. Penoel. of j the White Star New York agency, left for New j York this morning. A CRAZY BAILOR 8H00TS HIMSELF. New Haven, April 23, 1873. This morning a man named Charles C. llrown, , while In the barroom connected with a sailor's i boarding house, kept by Daniel Gunn, on the cor- j ner ol Warren and West Water street, shot himself j In the head with a pistol and died Immediately. , The deceased was believed to have been laboring I under a tit of temporary Insanity, as he ' had given ample evidence of It tor J the past two days. Just before shooting himself he | pointed the pistol at a man lying on a lounge und a gentleman if the man had not live* long I enough, and receiving a nogatlve reply, imnie- 1 dlatel.v shot himself. He has served several rears ! as steward on the Messrs. Armstrong's brig Klght Away, and had been left behind on tlie vessel's i sailing. He is supposed to belong to Elizabeth port, N. J. BASE EMPLOYMENT FOR A POCKET KNIFE. Chicago, 111., April 23, 1873. A man, supposed to be Christian Johnson, en tered a coal ottlce on West Adams street this after noon and quietly asked the clerk to lend him a knife for a momenf. The clerk handed the man his pocket knife, which the man took, opened one blade and drew it rapidly across his throat, cutting it Horn ear to ear. lie died almost lustautly. THE H0R3E SHOE SHOALS. PlIILADEI.PIIJA, April 28, 1873. The board, consisting of General J. c. Woodruff, General H. S. Wright, General John Newton. Col one.l J. I). Kurtz and Colonel W. P. Ci algl,llK United urates Army, is In session in hli?cl?v, regarding the condition or the obstructions at liorse Shoe SUoait, Delaware Kivcr. BICHHOKD SWITCH SLAUGHTER. The Testimony at the Official Inveatigation? Statements by the Oondnetor and Othera on the Ill-Fated Train? Horrors, of the Acci dent?The Bridge and Hill Dam Inspection Ho Security? The Inquiry Closed with "De cision Reserved." PROVIDENCE, R. I., April 23, 1873. The official Investigation Into the disaster at Richmond Switch, before Henry Staples, Esq., Railroad Commissioner lor this State, was com menced to-day. THC TESTIMONY. Orrln 8. Gardiner test i tied? Have been conductor on the New York, Boston and Providence road lor the past eighteen years; generally run a boat train ; was on the train on Saturday last ; we bad an engine, tender, three flats or crates, one second class, three first class and one smoking car; bad an accident that morning at Richmond Switch ; so far as I know seven oodles have been recovered; think twelve or fifteen persons were injured ; three flats, a second class car and two first class cars were destroyed ; at the time ot the accident I was about four feet from the frout door of the rear car ; we were running at the usual rate of Bpeed ; my first movement was to show a red Bignai to the rear train; then went forward and loundamlxed up mess; the morning was misty and dark; it must have been about 3:40 o'clock; three cars were on the track, and one end of one seemed to be over the bank; did not see flat cars; should Judge they were bottom up under the water; don't know that I saw any of the train men until they came with the Injured men ; four of us were uninjured; the fire spread very rapidly; one car wax telescoped ; Judge that the fire caught In a sec ond class car; how 1 cannot say, but a deck hand showed me his shoe and said It BURNED FROM THE FIRE IN THK BTOVKJ got an axe from the wellroom at the station, also a coal hod to bale water ; used the axe on the side of a car to cut a man out; did not succeed because the flames drove me awav ; Mr. Brown, the through baggage master, was at work rescuing passengers, and came near being burned ; he got out several ; have been over this bridge in daylight within a short time; all the employes and myself worked hard to get the passengers out. WALKER 8. MONRO K, brakeman and lookout for baggage on the steam boat train, said he was in the rear smoking car the tune of the accident; saw Mr. Gardiner thrown into the uir la the car; he shouted, '? \ here is the rod llghtf" 1 told him, and he asked, Where is the white light?" Mr. Gardiner handed me a red light and Mr. Dualiam a white light; 1 lumped off, ran back and signalled toe moil train and the wrecking train; went baok to Richmond Switch; went to a house near by to get the wounded something to ui.t; got tea, bread aud cake and carried them to Horn' of the wounded ; went t? the wrecking train lot maitresRes and pillowB lor the hurt people and carried :iieui to them; saw Mr. Gardiner doing rli he v aid ; he seemed to be everywhere doing au tn at w.tS possible. Frederick Beales, brakeman, testified similarly to the above. THOMAS 8 PRAGUE, CONDUCTOR, of the night mail uain, testified as lollows:? Was on my tram on Saturday lust; stopped Rome titty rods from the wrecked train by signal light; saw Mr. Gardiner, who wished me to run buck to Ston injrton and get Mr. Matthews, the superintendent, doctors aud such help as 1 could ; 1 went back and first went to Mr. Matthews' house; Mr. Matthews said, "Get Drs. Stanton and Hyde:" lie told me to tell Mr. Frouty, the agent, to gut all the help he could ; when 1 lel't my engine I ordered the engineer to run to Westerly and tell the watchman there to get what doctors he could ; at Stouiugton we got help, and together took the engine and a passenger car by Mr. Mat thews' orders and by the time the doctors got to gether we had a train made up; on this train we had mattresses, pillows, timbers, Ac.; ,wr must have had iiity or sixty employes on the wrecking train ; we went Immediately to the scene of the accident. John N. Shay, engineer or the night mail train, corroborated the testimony or Mr. bprague. Virgil 0. Hudson, house surgeon at the Rhode Island Hospital, testified Ten persons were brought to the hospital about two o'clock Satur day alteruoou from the disaster at Richmond Switch: lour were brought on mattresses, and the other six were able to walk into the hospital with slight help; Judge from their appearance that everything had been done for their comfort that could be; two others have been brought In since; we now have seven of the wounded in the noa pltai ; five have been dlsodarged. Lewis B. Smith, Joseph Ofmatead, John Keough and Lyman Copeland, passengers, testified that the Superintendent, conductor and employes did all thev could for the passengers. TIIK SUPERINTENDENT'S INSPECTION ORDERS. A. s. Matthews, Superintendent oi the stonlng ton Railroad, testifled t.'ave orders to the bridge men to examine the bridges and report to me when anything is out oi order; my instructions are to send men over the road every day, Including Sundays; they go over it with a handcar, and lr anything Is wrong they fix it, If possible, or report at once; never knew oi any instance where these orders were disobeyed; think there is more water In the stream than ever beiore; this bridge was fifteen leet between the walls at the water line aud sixteen feet open; the stone foundation was good ; the bridge was probably built in I8;i4 or 1836, when the road was first bailt; always cen sldered the mason work to be very substantial, aud that It would resist auythiug within the bounds ol reason ; the wood part was composed oi hard pine stringers, two rail timbers, 8xiti inches, bolted together under each, over a span of sixteen leet between the wall:s; uo recent repairs have been needed, to my knowledge ; have been to Richmond Switch since the accident; the stone work Is washed out, being undermined ; the mill dam has probably been built fifteen years; there never was any trouble before at this bridge from the rush of water: the only alteration I should make In this bridge would be that called lor by the experience gained from this acci dent; had It not been for this accident I would build a similar bridge over a like stream: I think the woodwork had been there three or four years; there is uot usually a strong current iu the stream ; the country about the ponu is flat ; tnc pond Mows back a long way; since the accident I have run au iron rod down eight leet and struck stone at the fallen abutments ; now TUB BRIDOF. WAS EXAMINED. William F. Dewey, repairer of bridges on the Stonlngton Railroad, along the whole line ire in Stonlnglon to Providence, testified as follows:? Examined the bridge at Richmond Switch a fort night ago particularly ; found the bridge sale as iar as stone, wood and iron could be, in my opinion; gave a close, rigid examination; no re pairs were required; went over and under the bridge; there was Irom one to two leet of water and not much ol a current; saw no more water in the stream when I made the examination than usual; the woodwork has been on the bridge lor three or tour years; 1 rebuilt the bridge at that time lront new stock, and it was thoroughly re built; should build another bridge in the same manner if It were not lor this accident ; the chasm was some sixty reet across, and the whole founda tion ol the bridge fell in. STATEMENT OK THE MILI.DAM OWNER. George N. Ennis, sworn, testified :? Am owner of the mill and dam : built them In 1858; It la leased property now; there was no greater quantity of water la the pond tins Spring than formerly ; the dam was built with stonewall on the back side; dug to a haul pan for the foundation; the wall is lour feet thick at bottom, tapering to two feet at top; primed It with boards on the lower side lo stop breaks; backed them with dirt tlfty leet ai bottom and twenty at top, with drive way ; rip-rapped the wall on the water side to protect the dam when the wind blew; the mill gate was left wide open and the wheel gagged : was about the dam nearl} every day ; saw the dain a lew days before the accident; it seemed to be all right; tue break was in the west end. In what I thought was the strongest purtof the dam; the pond was about lorty acres in extent, of an average depth ol six feet; never had a break in the dam beiore; have no doubt some person started the water by dredging a dltcii across the dam. James 0. Kenyen. miller, testified Ran the mill where the accident occurred; the water In the pond on Friday and Saturday was about the same us usual; left the mill on Friday about hall past live o'clock; left the mill gate open and considered everything perfectly safe; there were no unusual raius lately; ireuuentlv leave the mill gate open; never saw any leaks In the dam; have been there two years and never heard of any leaks; the pond was drawn down aliout eight luches on Friday; feel sure that the dam was tampered with. J. B. Gardner, Assistant superintendent, testi fied? Sent the wounded to the hospital on Satur day by order of the Superintendent; they are cared for there at the expense ot the road. I'eleg 1). Tucker, carrlasre maker in the mill buildings, testified : ? There la nothing, in the flow ot water different from former years; examined the dam and tlunite Friday afternoon, when there was about the same amount of water In the pond as usual; oousidered the railroad bridge a large bridge for the stream. BABC0CK, THE SWITCHMAN. George F. Babcock, switchman at Richmond, ra tified:? The switoh is abomt fifty reds from tie bridge, where the accident was; crossed the nil road bridge Friday night about six o'clock, aid nothing unusual attracted my attentteu, aid passed back over the drive way of the dam j?t before seven o'cldck Friday evening; the waer was running out of half or the waste gate. WAS THE MILLDAM SAFE f Harris Lamphear. manufacturer, was sworn *id 1 testified Never saw this dam until arter the?c cldent; have since visited It and looked it cror thoroughly ; the part that remains seems to tire been properly built and of sufficient strength; should nay the railroad bridge was three times as wide as was necessary to accommodate the water of the stream; have had a great 0( experience with dums and nearly lost several before 1 found what the trouble wan; I have learned not to allow the water to rise above the frost line when the ground la set tling In Spring, as before the ground thoroughly settles it is porous and the water easily Unds a passage through It ; this inav not have been the cause of the break, but If It was not I cannot think what else to attribute It to, as the portion oi the dam that remains is certainly amplv strong The investigation was then closed. The result of the Inquiry will be reported at the May session of the General Assembly. One ot the bodies irom the disaster, now at the undertaker's, on which was found cards bearing the nauie oi "Mr. Fleming," has been identified as that oi Mark Fa by, who was en route from Hrook lyu to his friends in Central Falls. The other bodies have not been Identified. The report that a child's skull had been found la nntrue. A HORRIBLE MURDER. Maisaehuiettft Bidding Fair to Gain the Murder Premium. A Wife Coolly Shot by Her Drunken Hmband in Edgeworth? Details of the Tragedy? The Murderer Take* to the Woods, bat It Subsequently Secured? ?erdiot of the Coroner's Jury Against Him. BOSTON, April 23, 1R73. This morning, Just before eight o'clock, Mark Boothby, a man of some thirty-seven years of age, living near the depot of the Boston and Maine Railroad In Edgeworth, a village of Maiden, while In a drunken frenzy shot his wile through the heart and then (led to the adjacent woods. The particu lars of this terrible tragedy with Its surroundings and the previous history of the participants are these. Some twenty years ago John Walch and his wife Sarah, of Lancashire, England, came to this country, and for a while located in 1'rovidence, R. L, from which place they subsequently re moved to Maiden. While living there the war broke out, and Walch enlisted in the Thirty-third Massachusetts regiment, and with that organiza tion participated In several battles. His health lie coming undermined, he was discharged, and sub sequently he went to Lancashire, thinking a voyage across the ocean would do him good. Tnls hope was not realized, as he died In his native village, and his wife obtained a pension, which she drew quarterly up to the 4tli or last December, on which day she married HARK BOOTllBY. This man was bora in Buxton, Me., und was thirty-seven years eld, seventeen years the junior of the deceased wile, who was fllty-four years old. He lived in Buxton a few years, but removed to Palmyra when a mere boy, and that was his home until a few years since, when he came to Massa chusetts. He was by trade a carpenter, but bad also followed a sealaring life in the merchant ser vice for several years, besides which he hail been in both branches oi the United States service, the army and tiie navy. UE HAS TWO WIVES, so it is alleged by the neighbors, now living, from one or whom, however, he obtained a bill of divorce. Three of his children live in Boston, as does ulso his divorced wife. His relatives were all much op posed to his marriage with the Walch woman, but It is said that property considerations led him to marry her, despite their protestation. Ever since his marriage the couple have lived unhappily, and the chief blame is charged upoa him. He Is Baid to be of a morose, ugly disposition, fre quently abusing his wife and her two children, whUe liquor increased this disposition to an aggra

vated degree. It is reported that he has inude frequent threats or shooting his wife and also to marry the little girl, but nothing Is teld of any oc curence of this klud previous to yesterday. He was drank then and, being at work in the dock yard making some wheelbarrows lor a Maiden inau, took a notion to destroy them for no other purpose. It seems, than to spite or aggravate his wife, lie split the sides up with an axe and, piling the dObris near the house, net them on fire. Fearing the house *,*rH- jHirn. his wife went out and dashed a pail ol water on the Ore, and said to him, ".Mack, don't do so." He sprang at her with frenzy, caught her by the throat, choked her, and declared he would kill her. Mary, who was standing near by, screamed "Murder!" and, fearing the neighbors would be alarmed, he desisted, and, turning to tne little girl, said, "God damn yo?, you little b h, I'll saoot you for this." He continued drinking during the day, and was drunk when lie went to bed and also when he got up this morning. MRS. 1IOOTHBY HAS A SON who Is employed in a store in Boston. Ills name is George 11. Walch, and his age is nearly seventeen years. When he returned home lust night his mother teld him ol her troubles, and he said such things to allay her fears as he could; but it was not without tear that he left his uome this morning to go to his dally toll, nnd before three hours had passed away he heard the horrible news that his mother had been murdered. As soon as Boothby had eaten Ins breakfast he started out lor more rum. He did not have to go far, for a lew rods awav lives a man named Campbell, who keeps a low grocery, and to this place Mack directed Ins steps. Ills wile, actuated by a purpose to keep him from drinking if possible, soon followed, and succeeded, after some words? some of which, perhaps, were not very pleasant? In inducing him to return home, and they left the place together. Hhe entered the house first and he soon afterwards, and he, taking up tho cat, began to play with and tease it in a pleasant manlier. Soon, however, the cat sprang out of his arms ami ran away, und he directed the little giti Mary to catch it lor him, wliloli she did. The ani mal appeared frightened, and this exasperated him, aad SEIZING AN OLD MITSKET which he kept loaded, he declared he was going to shoot it. His wile thereupon remarked, "Why, Mack, yon don't want to shoot the cat; she never did you uny harm." And Mary, whose favorite the cat was, also expostulated quite warmly, whereupon Boothby, turning to the latter, exclaimed, "Well, then, damn you, I'll shoot you," aud raised the gun and aimed it at her. With motherly Instinct Mrs. BuotliUy sprang to wards him, seized the gun and diverted the uim from her daughter, when, with tho ferocity ol a beast, with his great, staring eyes gloating upon her, he turned quickly, TOOK HASTT AIM AT ni8 WIFE, AND FIRED. She threw np her arms, gasped out spasmod ically, "Oh, my heart!" and, staggering backward, fell and instantly expired. Tiie gun was loaded with two or three pistol slugs, somewhat larger than buckshot. The charge entered the left breuht not more than a quarter ol an Inch above the nipple, making a ghastly orifice, ironi which the blood poured lu copious streams over the prostrate form of the woman, saturating the clothing and standing lu great pools on the floor. Thp slugs went entirely through the body, one of them lodging In the mortar of the partition wall and another hanging just. Inside tho skin at the back. The instant the horrible tragedy was committed the murderer, belore his expiring victim had scarcely ceased to breathe, throw his gui down and saatcliing his coat put his arm into on* sleeve, sprang out ol the door and HAN FOR THE WOODS. Sot a word was spoken by htm. Not a look did he give behind. He ran rapidly to the highway leading toward Mediord down which he travelled fota short distance, glancing frequently down at hit clothes t? see If there were blood stains, and thtn took to the woods. Travelling tlieucc to the house or his sister. In Wakefield, and afterwards, by her ad\ice, giving himself up t<> the authorities. Boothby is a man or thirty st?en, although he looks older; stands five reet seven inches high ; Is stout oulit, with extremely bioad, lieavv shoulders ; has an abundance or thick, black hair; wears a heavy mustache and cliln whis kers, separated In the middle, both slightly gray ; ins a large, staring eye ; looks downward, and nas utfort or "nANG-DOQ APPEARANTF." The clothes he wore were a pair of dark, mixed pints: white shirt, no vest, black sack coat and a a'oucli hat. The only witness of the dreadful crime was the little girl Mary Walch. She stood horrified for a noment, looking first at her mother and then at tie murderer, and It was not till he had got some distance away that she recovered sufficiently to five the alarm. Hhe then ran to the door and (creamed for help, and, no one appearing to hear Iter, she ran to the nearest neighbors and Inco herently told her story, which was listened to with ?)most actual disbelief at first. When they were wrought to realize what had happened THE CKY OF "Ml'RDKR" WAS RAISED. A crowd quickly collected. The news spread like wildnre. The excitement In the little village of Edgeworth, the scene of the tragedy, is intense. All day crowds of men, women and children have gathered about the hoase, many of them ey?n voting girls, showing a morbid curiosity neither delicate nor becoming in Insisting upon removing the sheet which covered the breasts or the unfortunate woman as she lay upon the floor of tho narrow apartment, so as to view the horrible ghastly rent in her bosom. An Inquest was held this afternoon resulting In tbe unavoidable verdict that the woman cauie to her death at tbe hand* of her husband. SCANDALOUS Hoax Ames, Alley, Hooper and Judge Underwood's Little Rake. A United States Judge Confis cator and Purchaser. MODEL MASSACHUSETTS M. C.'S. Iago's Mobilier Ring No. 2 Broken and Exposed. The Vultures Grab a Yirgiata Es tate Worth $75,000. LEGAL DECISION. The Supreme Court or Virginia Declares the Transactions Fraudulent. Compromising Testimony Taken in Alexandria. Richmond, Va., April 23, 1873. The Supreme Court of Appeals have rendered a decision to-day in me cane of Underwood vs. McVeigh, being an appeal from the Judgment of the Corporation Court ol Alexandria directing a writ to Issue ejecting Judge Underwood, of the United States District court, from the possession of a handsome and very valuable residence in the city of Alexandria, purchased by him at a conization sale ordered by hlinsell in 1864. Mr. McVeigh proved in the Corporation Court that a corrupt ring, con sisting of Oakes Ames, John B. Alley, Samuel Hooper and Underwood & Son, organized to cause the confiscation proceedings to be institute! against his property, McVeigh having left Alexan dria and came to Richmond during the late war, and combined to purchuse McVeigh's property at mere nominal prices. The jury, composed in part of republicans, rendered a verdict unequivocally sustaining the allegations of fraud on the part of Underwood and his coadjutors, whereupon the Court ordered its writ of ejectment to issue. Underwood appealed irom this decision, and on technical points brought the case under review by the Supreme Court of the State. T11K IlINU MTLEI) OUT. That tribunal to-day lully affirmed the decision of the lower Court, and declared, in its opinion, that Underwood's conduct In the matter had been such as to shock the moral seusc of every honest man. The effect of the decision will be to restore McVeigh lus property, valued at about thirty thousand dol lars, with mesne profits and rent lor nino years. McVeigh's counsel, having mad* this a test case, will now apply to the Corporation Coart of Alexan dria lor writs ol ejectments against several other parties, coniederates of Underwood, who hold other pieces of valuable property acquired in the same way. anotiikb candidate for impkacument. It is said that Underwood contemplates carrying the case to the Supreme Court ol the United States. McVeigh's counsel are rather gratified at this course, as the case will go there with the entire record of lraud undented, which would justily the impeachment and trial of Underwood by the United States Senate. HISTORY OF THE CASE. A second, though an old, Credit Mobilier cose, In which Oakes Ames, John B. Alloy, Samuel Hooper and John C. Underwood figure as pnaclpals, has been before the Court or Appeals of tills 11 'ate, and a more scandalous transaction can scarcely be found on record. In 1861 Mr. William K. McVeigh, of Alexandria, in this State, who was president of a bank and over sixty years of age, sought und obtained permission from the United States military officials then in possession of that city to go to his family in Cul pepper county. This permission was readily granted, because Mr. McVeigh was a non-com batant by reason or his age. He left In Alexandria property In real estate, including his residence, valued at $75,000, and consisting chiefly of wave houses and com mission houses oil the wharf. Soon after tlie formation or tlu: loyal state or Virginia, wlrh the capital at Alexandria, John C. Under wood was appointed United States District Judge lor the State. At tin; same time Oakes Ames, John II. Alley and Samuel Hooper were members of Congress Irom Massachusetts. It occurred to these patriots, in conjunction with Underwood, that McVeigh's property would bo a nice little thing to get hold o* without" paying for it; and, with this in tention, they accordingly FOKMKD A KINO. Underwood, being the District Judge, was made the tool, and for Ills share, wnicli was McVeigh's residence, he confiscated the whole property, and, without more ado, took possession of the house and went to live in it before even the ordinary legal forms were complied with. Two gentle men with whom McVeigh had hail business trans actions for a long period, residing in lialtunore and Huston, hearing or this outrage, came to Alexan dria, and in order, it possible, to prevent it, obtained judgments against the prop erty to the amount ol $7,000. Under these Judgments the property was sold, and the Hon. Iloax Ames himself and the Hon. John I). Alley bid in the whole property, worth $70,uoo, lor the sum Of 8EVKN THOUSAND DOLLARS. In this way they had acquired a double title to the property, which had previously been divided among them, first under the confiscation by Under wood and afterwards by Its sale under execution. At the close oi the war Mr. McVeigh, who had in curred none or the pains or penalties of confisca tion by the part he had taken in the war, eutered suit to recover his property, obtained by Its pres ent owners in such a iraudulent and Illegal man ner. The case was carried by the corporation to the Supreme Court, where a decision was rendered setting aside the outrageous proceedings or , AMKS, ALLKT, UNJJKKWOOD & CO., which said "A different result would be a blot on our jurisprudence and civilization. We cannot hesitate to doubt on the subject : It would be cou trury to the first principles or the social compact and of the right or the administration of justice. The judgment Is reversed." The confiscation scheme thus being disposed of Ames, Alley, Un derwood A Co. then held McVeigh's property pur chased under Btich monstrous and Ignominious circumstances, as the appended evidence will show. The cuso was next carried before the Circuit Court of Alexandria, where a decision in McVeigh's favor was rendered, but Ames, Alley, Underwood A Co. having obtained a TITLE AT LAW, and the deeds of the property being regularly re corded and tilled in their names, were now deter mined to put Mr. McVeigh to all the trouble and expense in their power beiorehe again could come Into the possession of what Is his own by law. 1 They appealed to the highest tribunal or this .state Mr. McVeigh in the meantime was barely able to realize a subsistence for himself and family by a retail business in tills city. EVIDKM'K IN TffE RrrT. The following are the revelations made in the form ol the evidence above referred to:? I John O. Halderson, being duly sworn, Mid? I reside 1% ' the city of Baltimore, in Maryland, mid ain a merchant doing business there ; I am a member of the Arm of Hal derson, Ward * Co. ; I hove known Mr. McVeigh person* i ail* about six rear*; Mr. Ames I first met In the Spring of IS64; Mr. Alloy I havo known lor ten years; as a lnein- ? her of the ttrm oY Halderson, Ward A Co., and as agent tor ; Francis Dane A Co., Kimball, Koblnsoii A Co., Ulc hist two being Boston llrms. also as agent for the Asiatic Hank of Salem. Mass., I Mail certain notes and claim* against C. A. Baldwin A Co., of Aleiaudrta, of which drm Mr. Me Veliih was a partner; I went with theae claims to Ale*, andrla, learned that Mr. McVeigh was in Richmond, of somewhere In Virginia oeyondour lines; tills was at noine time in the Kpriug or Summer of 186,1; I placed the mat ter In the hands ot Mr. Heath, an atterney-at-law, who afterward instituted suit upon them against Baldwin A Co.; he advised us subsequently that he hail obtained Judgment.* thereupon, and that attachments had been Heued against the property of McVeigh, or a portion of it ; nothing further was done about them until I learned that . ? ?. i a I"* had ?*?* aciian by the Tnited state* Marshal under the Confiscation act, and was advertised to he sold thereunder: upon bearing that fact I started ror Washington and endeavored to ob tain a postponement of the sale ; I called upon Mr. Alley in relation to it in the months of January and Feb ruary, IK71 ; Mr. AJley promised any ' assistance 5? gtT*.Jn furl hating our object; I then went to Alexandria, -aw Mr. Heach, who advised that the Confiscation act could not apply id the case: that the decree of con lite ation made by Judge Underwood vm A?aini?t the fee nlmple of the eatAte, ami could not be *u? t allied ; alter the lapse of a few month*, haviuu le Auicd that I could uot obtain a uMtuouemcut of tho I commnnleatajl wit h the parting Interested, upon w li I' : and Mr. Kohinson cam** to Washing! on, arriving there on the morning of April U, 1*4 , the next ilay we had an interview with Judge Underwood in company with Mr. Beach; the Judge refused t? postpone the wile, hut intimated that we might make au arranne mentaliout our claim*; he laid hu ? anted to buv a dwelling-house tor his wile, and if he became the mir chaser at the sale, he for one would be willinu to par fifty per cent, of hid proportion of our judgment* ; he in formed us that Mr. I? K. Chittenden. who waa Interested in a steamship company, would he likely to purchase the wliart property, hut would not bid on the dwelling, lionaea, and advised us to see Mr. Chittenden ; in the .if. ternoon of the same day, atter the above named inter view, WK BET MR. ALLKV OX PICNNSYLVAKI A AVENUE. Mr. Koblnson Informed lilut (Mr. Alley) that the sale waa to take place the next day : Mr. Alley advised ti- to buy the property If It was not sold too high, with a view to secure our claims under the judgment* and aitu< htnents; tliat evening Robinson antl lnyselt weut to Mr. Cmttcn den's house, informed him that Judge I'nderwood hud Intimated that he (Mr. Chittenden) might perhaps buy the wharf property; Mr. Chittenden said he mlfcht buy it, provided that he could get it at a price which he would consider equivalent to a fair rent lor a few years; that he had 110 confidence In the title to be derived under tlie confiscation sale; that it would be well for us to see Mr. Thomas Clyde, who would arrive In Washington la the ino. ning, and was largely interested In the steamship corporation ; It was suggested to Mr. Chittenden that there would be no time in the morning to see and talk with Mr. Clyde, us the sale was advertised to take place at ten o'clock, upon which he said he would write Judge Underwood, asking htm to postpone the sale until he could get there ; he accordingly sat down and wrote a note and gave It to Mr. Itobln son, addressed to Judge I'nderwood. Next morning all the parlies met at Alexandria Courthouse, MU. ALLKV .mil SR. OACKS A Mrs BKINU ON aOARD. the boat on which i met with Mr. Clyde. Mr. Chittenden arrived there after us. Messrs. Pane and Kohinson and myself had au interview with Mr. Chittenden and Mr. Clyde In the courthouse, the sale having been postponed. At this Interview Mr. Clyde rettued to purchase under the sale, or to buy on iudguients, or, as he expressed It, to have anything to <10 with it: the sale hiok place at 12 o'clock, tnooni; the property waa in seventeen different lots; the attachments in our fiivor were Issued only against seven or tight of them, and as these were separately ottered for sale I gave notice to the by standers ot the attachments against them held by us; the sale occurred <111 Monday, the 11th dav of April, 1f*M ; the deputy marshal who co'mlticted the sale denied the validity of our claims ,11,-uiiigt the properly its against proceedings under the Confiscation act ; a portion of tho property covered by our attachments was purchased by a Mr. Kid ridge ; atter the sule we all returned to Wash ington ; 1 did not see Mr. Ames or Mr. Alley at the sale ; I learned ut Washington that Mr. Kldridge had purchased the property tor Mr. Ames, and I was atterwurda told by Mr. Alley that he was interested In the pur chase with Mr. Ames; this was oil the evening of the day of sale in the lobby of the House of Representatives; the next morn ? ing, Robinson, Dune and tnyseli had an Interview witli Mr. Allies and Mr. Alley at the Washington House, In Washington; Mr. Alley proposed thai we should go In jointly with iliem in the purchase, we putting in our judgment clnwns in Die joint coucern, that he, Mr. Alley, could rent the property to the government, and thereby we should he aide to realize on our interest ; we acceded to this proposition at the suggestion of Mr. Alley and Mr. Ames, they becoming security in accordance with the laws of Virglniu ; the property was advertised to be aold by the sheriff under our judgments', we all then returned home. Karly in May 1 went again to Washington; I was there joined by Dutic, Robinson and L. 11. Harrington, then President of the Asiatic Rank; we then sold our judgments to Mr. Alley lor the full amounts, leaa $700, that being the estimated proportion of a prior attachment resting upon the prop erty; on the morning of May 10, ia<54, the dav on which this sale under our attachments waa advertised lo take pluce, in Mr. Beach's office In Alexan drla, we executed the assignments of onr judgments to John H. Alley, 1 lakes Ames, Samuel Hooper and William A. Duncan ; the sale Wan advertised (according to the best of my knowledge and beliefi to take place at twelve o'clock, but did not In fact lake place until about two o'clock I'. M., though I had heard of no announcement mudc of a postponement ; atter the necessary papers were all prepared we went trom tlic ottlce of Mr. Reach to the market house, where the sale was to take place, and was made: prior to the sale Mr. Alley insisted that we should not bid against lilro. I only recollect the fol lowing named persons being present at the sale, viz. : Mr. Robinson, Mr. l.arriugtou and rnvsell, Mr. Reach (our attorney', Mr. Alley, Mr. Duncan, Walter Penn (auction eer at tlie previous sule). the sheriff, and two or three others whom I did not know; the property aauh mostly bid ill by Mr. Alley; 1 made some bids at ills suggestion, and he would bid over me; I think Mr Huncau made one or two bids; MR. AI.LEV MANAGED TUB BIDDING. Iii the aetUeineiit of our sale to Mr. Alley and others we received Mr. Ames1 note for four thousand dollars at sixty days, Mr. Alley's dralt on his house In Boston lor the balance of the sum due, less Mr. Duncnti's payment to him ol ftl.MS, which lie, Mr. Alley, paid over to ua; I overheard Mr. Alley and Mr. rium an agree to proportionately share the risk of a note to be glveu bv Judge Underwood for his proportion ot the purchase ; m conversation with Mr. Alley, at which he insisted, as I have before expressed, that we should not bid against liini, his language was, ''We hav ing purchased vour indumenta you are not (or will not) going to bi<l uf-rainst us;" this is as nearly as I can recol lect it. y. Who was William A. Duncan, to whom you Jiave above referred? A. He was at that time Deputy United States Marshal. y. Did he not bu v any of Mr. McVeigh's property st the confiscation sale ot which yon have above spoken? A. I understood liliu at the tilii ? to be Interested In the pur chase of the property, and the house adjacent to Mr. McVeigh's residence was allotted to him. underwood's conduct. Q. Who was the Judge Underwood to whom yon above refer 1 A. He was at the tune Judge ot the United states District Court for the State of Virginia, under whose de crees the coiiilacatlon sales aforesaid had been made. y. You state iu answer to the third question above that "Judge Underwood said he wauled to buy a dwel ling houi-e lor his wile (at the contiscation sales then about to be iniide)," and that If he became the purchaser nt the sale he would tie willing to pay tlfly per cent of his proportion ot our 1 udgmcnta, and you state near the end ot iour said answer that you "ovorheard Mr. Alley ana Mr. Duticnn agree to proportionately share the risk of a note to t>e given by Judge Underwood for his proportion of the purchase;" did or not the said Judge Underwood, or MM one tor him, purchase a dwelling, house lor himself or Mrs. Underwood at said confisca tion sub> ; und. 11 so, what bad the said note, the riak of which was shared by Alley and Duucan, to do with the matter? A. .-ome one did buy the house lorinerly occu pied by Mr. McVeigh tor .Mrs. Underwood at the confisca tion sale, and I have been Informed Judge Underwood and his family have continued to occupy the house from about that time until the present ; snbsequcnt to the con fiscation sale, when we sold oar judgments to Alley, Ames and others, and the settlement* were to be made bv them, I heard the conversation above spoken of? that they (Alley und Duncan) were to share the risk ol a note to be given them by Judge Underwood for his in terest iu our judgments. y. At the attachment sales who bid in the said dwell ing bouse last mentioned, and at what price? A. John H. Allev, at about thirteen hnndred dollars, butlliave since seen a certified copy of a deed from the sheriff ol Alexandria county to Maria O. Underwood. y What, was the rcut value ot that house and lot at that time? A. 1 should thluk trom twenty to iweuty-flve thousand dollars. V. Who bid In tlic adjacent house above ipok en ol. which had been alloter* as you have above stated, to William A. Duncan? A. John H. Alley bid in that property at the attachment sales. It had been 11 lloted to William A. Duncan under the arrangement as u> the contiscation sales; I have since seen 11 eertited copy of a deed of the Sheriff el Alexandria coitni.s conveying the attachment title to William A. Diinciiii and John underwood jointly. u. MHO WAS JOHN UN DERWOOD? A. I have been intortned that he whs at that time United States Marshal of the dlsirict of Virginia. V- What price did said house bring ut said attachment sale, and wlui, was Its real value? A. It sold lor 8700, and 1 should think it was worth trom $10, DOS to (12,000. y. Were there unj warehouses sold ut said attachment sales; and It so, to whom were ihoy knocked down, and at what prices, und what was their real value? A Then were three warehouses and wharves, which were knocked down to Kr. Alley lor ubout tnree thousand dollars lor the whole ; I should estimate them to be Worth ut least ten thousand dollars each; I think one ot them was knocked down to Mr. Alley at about one thousand eight iiuudred and titty dollars, and the other two sold together tor one thousand one hundred; I have since seen a certified copy of a de<'d from the Sheriff ot Alex andria county to John B. Alley, ol Massachusetts, of the tlrst-named warehouse, and one from the Sheriff to hainue! Hooper tor the other two. y. What ether property of Mr. McVeigh's was aold at aaid attachment sales, aud at what priccs and to whom was it knocked donn? A. There were several other dwelling bouses sold ut prices rungitig from thlrty-tbree dollars to about se veil hundred or eight hundred dollars each ; ( do not know their real value ; thev were knocked down to Mr. Alley. . y. VI us Alley the only real bidder at the said attach ment sales? A. He was. y. Vou have stated, in answer to the third ques tion above, that the said attachment sale* were advertised to tako place at twelve o'clock, M., but in fact did not tuke place until 2 o'clock, P. M., on the day of sale, and that yon heard no an nouncement made ol a postponement Why was the post ponement made? A. It was made to enable Mr. Beach to prepare the papers by which we assigned our judg ment claims to J0I111 H. Alley, oakes Ames, Duncan, Ac. ; and alter the patters were prepared we weut to the market-house, and the sules were made. y.? Was any bell rung, or any public announcement made that the sale was then to take pluce, so as to give persons who might wish to inakc bona Jiitr bids an oppor tunity to purchase the property? A. There was no bell rung to attract a crowd ; the auctioneer merely stated to tho?c who ucciimpunled him trom Mr. Reach s office, that the sale woidd then take place ; no effort was uiado lo gather a crowd ot bidders; there was hardly even a form 01 a sale. "business" m c.'sas the "" y. What were John B. Alley, Oakes Ames and Samncl Hooper at that time? A They were at that time Mem bers of Congress trotn the Slate of Massachusetts. y. Were or not the persons interested in the attach ment sales the same persons interest it in the confisca tion sales? A. They were air the same "ring." y. Were you present at the couflacaUon salea on the 11th April, rbif A. I was. O.? Was anything satd on that occasion of the attacn inent Hens oil said property? A.? I gave notlee publicly at the time and place ol sale that our attachment liens covered a large portion of this property, und as each piece of property was put up for sale I announced pub licly it waa covered bv our attachinenta; those lota not embraced In our attachments of courae I aaid nothing * Q.? What did the property embraced in theae attach ments bring nt the attachment salea and conffacutlon sales together? A. ? Proui eighteen to twenty thouaand dollars ; about seven thouaaud dollars at the attachment sale and the balance at tile confiscation sale. y. What was said property worth at that time. A. 1 should ttaluk from $70, 'U0 to $7ft,W0. YA0HTINQ H0TE3 T Yacht Clio, Messrs. Asten, Pratt ami Bath urn, From New York, pat into Boyle's Docks, opposite VVbltestone, yesterday forenoon to paint bottom. The Pavonla Yacht Clnb, of Jersey City, has elected the following officers for the ensuing irear:? Commodore, Kreaeyer; Vice Commo dore, John L. Cleary ; Rear Comiaixlore, Theodore Brumenauer; Secretary, Joseph Humphreys; Cor responding Secretary, Aartn Pope; Treasurer, Henry B. Pearson; Measurer, Edward A. Davta. The newly elected Commodore was presented with a handsome gold badge by Vice Commodore Cieary, who delivered an appropriate address on behalf ol the Club. This Club obtained Its charter dnrlng the recent session 01 tlis >cw Jersey Legislature. A FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION. Norwich, unt., April 23, 1873. At half-past twelve o'clock to-day the boiler in the foundry of Messrs. Merrltt A Burgay, in Main street, exploded with terrific force, Instantly kill ing the engineer, Hanc? Stevenson, and the fire man, Allen Mel-oed. It Is supposed the former was working on the boiler, as be was blown high into the alr? A portion of the boiler, weighing half a ton, was hurled same twenty-flve yards. Anothet large piece seriously damaged the building oppo site. The foundry Is & uamnleM wreck. Loss, $40,000.

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