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Reni Cardot Shot By Leander Walls
Reni Cardot, a young man about 20 years old, who was in Robinson visiting his sister, Mrs. Nathan Hall was shot at the Big Four depot last Thursday by Leander Walls, a colored man, from lawrenceville, and now lies at the home of his brother in law, with but slight hopes of recovery.  Leander Walls was at once arrested and committed to jail.  [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois) 25 Jan 1900]

Geo. W. Ford Poisons Wife
Geo. W. Ford, of Crawford county, charged with poisoning his wife, was tried in the Richland Circuit Court, and acquitted.
[The Newton Press, (Jasper County, IL) Thursday, 25 NOV 1875]

William Forsyth to be Executed
William Forsyth, the murderer of Robert Ashmore, in Crawford county, Ill. in 1855, is to be executed on the 29th inst. He is sixty years of age.  [The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Ind), 14 JAN 1858]

Sam Goff Acquitted  NEW
The trial of Sam Goff, indicted for murder, for the killing of Sam Pemberton, in Goff's cabin in the Dark Bend of the Embarrass River, on December 26th last, came up in the Circuit Court Tuesday morning of last week, and lasted until Saturday morning at eight o'clock when the jury came in, and returned a verdict of "Not Guilty."  Over 100 jurors had to be called into the box, before twelve men, satisfactory to both the state and the defense, could be had, and the state and the defense both exhausted about all of their 20 peremptory challenges, before the jury was obtained.  This took until Thursday.  The state was ably represented by States Attorney, Manford Cox, ably assisted by parker & Eagleton, and that Sam Goff was not convicted, was through no fault of these gentlemen.  The defense of Goff was conducted by Bradbury & Gaines, Geroge W. Hones, and H.C. Bell, and in the able and successful manner that usually attends the efforts of the Big Four, when they unite their learning, their skill, and their sleepless energy in a big criminal case like this.  Valmore Parker stated the case for the state, who acquitted himself in an exceedingly creditable manner.  The case for the defense was stated by P.G. Bradbury, and it goes without saying, that no man could have done it safer, better, or more convincingly.  By Friday at eleven o'clock A.M. the evidence was all in, and States Attorney Manford Cox opened the argument to the jury for the state, and he won new honors as a vigilant, active, strenuous, and able Prosecuting Attorney, making, in the two hours he was up, the best speech he has ever made since his election to the office he is so satisfactorily filling.  Mr. Cox closed his argument at about two o'clock P.M. and then the defendant had his inning , by the arguments of Geo. W. Jones, Duane Gaines, H.C. Bell, and P.G. Bradbury.  Mr. Bradbury closed his argument at 8 o'clock P.M. after speaking nearly two hours, the defendant's able attorneys, and there are no better in these parts, having for nearly five hours of solid talk, stormed the jury with law, fact, logic, eloquence, appeal, as well as every known method of reaching the minds and hearts of the twelve gentlemen who held Goff's fate in their hands, than whom no four men in the state better know how to do, or are able to do.  Never had these four gentlemen been heard to better advantage.  They were fighting for the life and liberty of their client, in what was generally regarded as the most desparate legal battle of their lives, and it was easy to see that they were reaching the hearts and understanding of the jury, and convincing them that their client should, under the law and evidence, be acquitted.  At eight o'clock P.M., Judge Eagleton began the closing argument for the state.  It was easy to see that he was on his mettle, had faith in the justice of his cause, and was determined to win a verdict of guilty.  His argument was eloquent, able and filled with force and logic that the judge knows so well how to employ, and which he has the ability to so well employ.  But the jury who have the last say in all criminal cases evidently believed Goff should not be punished.  The general public, who perhaps is not well advised as to the evidence was surprised at the verdict.  It is to be hoped that the experience of the defendant in this sad tragedy will make him a wiser and better man, for the taking of human life is a deplorable thing, even if justified.  [Robinson Constitution (Robinson, IL) 21 SEP 1910]

Horse Thieves
Crawford County is full of horse thieves. On Thursday night the 11th inst, two horses were stolen from the barn of Peter Henry, living six miles northwest of Robinson. A reward of $175 is offered for the horses and thieves, but we haven't a description of either.
[The Newton Press, (Jasper County, IL) Thursday, 25 NOV 1875]

George Kelley Killed by I.S. Train  NEW
Death on the Rail Claims One More.  George Kelley Killed by I.S. Train Last Friday.  With one foot completely severed and his body horribly mangled, George B. Kelly was discovered dead, Friday noon beside the Indianapolis Southern tracks by trainmen on the west bound passenger.  The body lay, face upward, about three hundred feet west of the switch near the Boiler Works and the foot which had evidently been carried on east, was discovered five feet from the north side of the track.  Physicians who examined the body, say that Kelley had been dead about two hours before the discovery, and the supposition is that he had been hurled from the east bound passenger train when attempting to board it.  He could not have been on the track, for although his body was fearfully lacerated, had the engine passed over it, it would have been cut in two.  The body was taken to the I.S. Station and from there to Ridgway's morgue, where the coroner's inquest was held.  The verdict was that Kelley had been accidentally killed by an east bound train.  Kelley was greatly addicted to drink but those who saw him on the morning of his death, state that he was not intoxicated.  He had been boarding with the family of Clark Waldrop and late in the morning had told Mrs. Waldrop that he would run down to the Boiler plant and see how things looked since the work of removing the plant had begun.  It was near here that he probably attempted to board the train.  S.A. Kelly, who is head salesman for the McDowell & McViney Furniture House, of Muncie, Ind., and an only brother of the dead man, was notified and arrived here Saturday morning to make arrangements for taking the body to Penville, Ind., where the funeral was held.  Mr. Kelly said that his brother had been here for the past few years, and had been working in the oil fields, and at various occupations; that George Kelly was forty-six years of age and had one son, twenty-one years of age who reside in Muncie.  The whearabouts of George Kelly were unknown to his brother until the news of his death was brought to him.  George Kelly was at one time in the employ of The Simpson Lumber Company.  Mr. Kelly is very grateful for the kindness shown himself and his dead brother by Robinson people, and is especially appreciative of the assistance given him by the I.O.R.M. and B.L. Root.  [Robinson Constitution (Robinson, IL) 12 OCT 1910]

John Kohn Charged NEW
John L. Kohn, of Wapakoneta (OH) who was brought back to that city a couple of weeks ago from Robinson, Ill., where he was found living under an assumed name, was arrested Wednesday evening on a charge of assault with intent to kill Fred Weimert, the groceryman of that city, who was horrible beaten up and almost killed several weeks ago.  The charge was preferred by the assaulted man's father, Sebastian Weimert.  Kohl plead not guilty when arraigned in a justice's court at Wapokoneta and was bound over to court in th esum of $15,000.  Unable to furnish bond he was sent to jail.  Kohl protests his innocence, and maintains he knew nothing of the crime when taken in charge at Robinson.  Weimert condcuted his grocery in a business room leased of Kohl, and the two had had words.  Weimert is recovering. [The Celina Democrat (Celina, O. [Ohio]), 06 JUN 1913] 

Menlo E. Moore Kills Edward R. Gibson  NEW
According to Vincennes dispatches Edward R. Gibson, millionaire oil operator of Vincennes, was shot and instantly killed Monday by Menlo E. Moore, a theatrical manager of that city.  The shooting occurred at 2:50 in the morning when Gibson and Mooore met on the Union Depot platform.  Gibson had just purchased a ticket for Salem, Ill. when Moore slipped up behind him, shooting him in the neck.  Jealousy over the attention of Gibson to Mrs. Moore is the alleged cause of the tragedy.  Moore now rests in the Vincennes jail, charged with murder in the first degree.  Edward R. Gibson is well known among oil operators of Robinson, having been in the Illinois field for the past five years.  Moore, with a party of theatrical women, was in Robinson several weeks ago and was ordered from the Woodworth Hotel by the proprietor, F. J. Myers.  [Robinson Constitution (Robinson, IL) 5 OCT 1910]

Arrested for Larceny  NEW
Howard A. Munn, a young man of about 25 years was brought before Esq. Alfred Parker charged with stealing $35.00 of J.H. Crawford of Palestine.  He was placed under a $300.00 bond and the case continued until 10 a.m. today.  [Robinson Constitution (Robinson, IL) 22 JUN 1910]

Pat Seamy Flees
A big sensation has been created at the little town of Morea, Crawford County, by some citizens finding a lot of goods concealed in a barn that were supposed to have been burned some time last spring when a store building was consumed by the fiery element. Patrick Seamy is the man! The community sympathized with him and thought Pat had met with a great misfortune, but they congratulated him when reminded that there was considerable insurance on the stock that was supposed to have been burned. To make a long story short Pat had set fire to the building himself, hid the goods in order to have them left and get the insurance, too. Fortunately, however, the insurance company had not yet paid off the policy. Pat has lit out for parts unknown.
[The Newton Press, (Jasper County, IL) 7 OCT 1875]

Tries To Die With Old Year
R.C. Wiggs, an Insurance Man, Cuts His Throat in His Room At Woodworth Hotel.  A well dressed and nice appearing young man registered the name of R. C. Wiggs at the Woodworth Hotel shortly afternoon last Friday, and was shown his room.  There was nothing in his manner to create suspicion at this time.  It was not long however until he came down in the lobby with a bad gash in his throat and his shirt saturated with blood.  He apologized to the clerk for the manner in which he left the room and asked to be taken to a doctor.  The porter went with him to a physician's office.  His wound, which was found to be a very bad one, was dressed and he was questioned.  Nothing but a disconnected story could be got from him, and he seemed to be either suffering from insanity or the effects of drugs.  He said he came to Robinson from Marion, Ill., on the 10 o'clock train, that he was a representative of a Life Insurance company and that he came to Robinson on business for his company.  He gave the name of B.F. Hazelton as his friend, and said Mr. Hazelton was in Robinson or would be here.  He was taken to the hospital and a man employed to watch him during the night.  Communication was made with Marion, Ill., and Mr. Hazelton, to whom the unfortunate man referred, was finally located at Carbondale.  He came up on Saturday to look after the young man's welfare and has been here since, as his company instructed him to remain here as long as needed and spare no pains to insure Mr. Wiggs comfort.  The mother of Mr. Wiggs, who was visiting in Indianpolis, was notified and she came down Sunday to be with her son.  While his condition is improving and thought to be of only temporary duration, yet it was thought best not to remove him from the hospital for a few days.  It seems that the young man had once held a more responsible position with his company, but was transferred to a field, superintendency, and this is attributed largely the cause of his condition.  He developed acute melancholia at times and this grew on him.  When at himself Mr. Wiggs is a very popular and bright young man, of pleasing address and manners, and his condition is certainly unfortunate.  [Robinson Constitution (Robinson, IL) 5 JAN 1910]


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