We learn from
Vincennes, Indiana Territory, that about the middle of last month,
(August) the Delaware Tribe relinquished to the United States, all
their claim to the extensive tract of country which lies between the
Ohio, Wabash, and the road leading from Post Vincennes, to the Great
Falls of Ohio. It fronts the Ohio, about 300 miles, and its
acquirements by the United States, is of immense value, as it will
facilitate the establishment of extensive settlements on White river,
the Wabash and the Mississippi; great part of it is first rate land,
plentifully watered, and abundantly supplied with good timber.
We lately stated on
information from the Indiana territory that the Delaware Tribe of
Indians had ceded to the United States, all the country between the
Ohio and Wabash rivers, as high up as the road leading from Vincenes
to Louisville. We are now informed that the title of the U.S. was
incomplete by the relinquishment of the Delawares, as the Piankashaws
who were the original proprietors of the country, had refused to admit
the right of the Delawares to sell it. It appears that the latter, who
are emigrants from the shores of the Chesapeake and the Delaware bays,
went to that country about 35 years ago, and the Piankashaws offered
to divide with them their land upon condition of uniting with them
against their mortal enemies the Chikasaws, with whom they at that
time waged a bloody and unsuccessful war. The Piankashaws on the
contrary assert, that the Delawares were only to have the use of the
country to live and hunt upon in conjunction with themselves, but that
they had no right to sell it. The dispute however, has been happily
adjusted, and a treaty was signed on the 27th of August last, by
governor Harrison, as commissioner on the part of the United States,
and the chiefs of the Piankashaw tribe, by which the whole right of
the latter to the above described country is vested in the United
States.(Contributed by Nancy Piper)
Police raided the home of John Dampier. 1208 Gimber Street,
yesterday afternoon and took away eighty six half pint bottles
of white mule, three pint bottles of red whiskey, and
four gallons of while mule in jugs. Dampier who is 44 years old and
his son Arthur Dampier, age 22 years old were arrested on a blind
tiger charge. Charles E. Humphrey, 27 years old, 1201 Tabor
Street who was found near the Dampier home with a half
pint of white mule was also arrested. Dampier was held under a bond
of $5,000. The other men were held under bonds of $2,000.
Dampier has been arrested and fined several times on blind tiger charges, police records show. He was at one time a saloon keeper. Officers who conducted the raid were Lieut. Eisenhut, Sergt. O'Connor, Patrolmen Kohler and Sebert.
Bicknell, Indiana Jan. 13- The body of Thomas Kinney, 38 years old,
who was reported missing following the explosion and fire late
yesterday in the Knox Consolidated company's Mine No 1, in which
Peter Daugherty, 32 years old was killed and John Brennan injured,
was found by a rescue crew shortly after noon today. The body which
was badly burned, had been over looked in the dense smoke and was
found near the shaft, after the fire had burned out.
The loss, caused by the explosion and fire has not been determined it was said.
The crime of murder is
increasing in the country to a most alarming degree. Scarce a Mail
arrives, which does not furnish some new instance of that awful crime.
It is but a few days since we had to record the murder of a father by
his own son, and a wife by her own husband, and now we had to add, a
brother by his own brother. The latter case is thus stated in a
paper of the 20th ult. published in Salem Indana....." A most inhuman
murder was committed in this county, about seven miles from Salem, on
the night of the 25th just, the horrid deed was perpetrated upon
Joshus K Lakey, whilst he was lying in bed, and probably asleep, near
the hour of midnight, he was stricken two blows with the edge of an
axe, across the side of his head. He was discovered soon after the
transaction, and was the alive, but expired in a few hours. A
Cproner's inquest was held over the body of the deceased, and the jury
returned a verdict of willful murder and that the act was perpetrated
by Clj? Lakey, brother to the deceased. We have not heard
whether the said C. Lakey, the supposed murderer, has as yet been
New Albany, Ind., Feb.
11.There is great excitement here over the announcement that an old
German, named Peter Hoffman, who died In Harrison county yesterday,
had made some startling disclosures regarding two mysterious and
brutal murders that had been perpetrated near his home. It appears
that Hoffman was taken sick a short time ago, and as he grew worse he
evinced great mental suffering. On being informed that he was about to
die he cried out for a priest, and, in despairing tones, confessed
that be had murdered three men, One of the crimes he had committed in
Germany, to escape punishment for which he had fled to thls country.
The other two murders be said be had committed In Harrison county,
and since he was taken sick he had been overcome with remorse. His mental torture became so unbearable that he was compelled to confess his guilt His statement about the murders are fully corroborated by the evidence in the bands of the authorities.
The details of the
terrible Bender murders in Kansas come to us with fearful emphasis, in
view of our discovery of the fact that the inhuman murderers were
probably for some time in the neighborhood of this city, and that
circumstances in connection with the recent developments in Kansas
strongly point them out as the authors of a mysterious double murder
which happened in our midst some year and a half ago.
Our readers will remember the circumstances attending the murder of a German and his wife by the name of Bandle, and the burning of the house over thelr bodies. The mystery has never been removed from that terrible tragedy, and up to this time no person has ever been accused or even suspected of the commission of that crime. We believe that the blood trail leads us to the Kansas fiends. At the time of the Bandle tragedy there was resident near this city a family by the name of Bender.
The familu consisted of two men and two women. The men were employed on the McCulloch farm, on Silver creek, at the time of the Bandle murder, and it will be remembered that this identical farm was the sccue of that homicide. Soon after the occurrence of that shocking affair the Benders left and went to Kansas. It seems that on reaching Kansas they entered on a career of crime which is without parallel in the history of our times.
Taking up their residence near Cherryvale, Kansas, in an unfinished house standing on roadside, and out of the view of any human habitation, they constructed, with devilish ingenuity, a regular trap for any traveler whom they could inveigle into their den. They placed the table from which their meals were taken near a curtain of cotton cloth, so that the victim would sit with his back against the curtain. A candle placed
on the table would of course, shadow the form of the person sitting against it on the cloth, and a blow with an axe or hammer given by a man on the opposite side of the curtain would fell the sitter to the floor, and then the cutting of his throat could be easily accompIished. The number of their victims is as yet unknown. Eight bodies have already been disinterred and recognized by their clothing, or by marks upon their persons.
The circumstantial evidence which connects them with the mnrder of Bandle and his wife may be summed up thus:
1. The identity of the names.
2. The description of the Kansas murderers answers exactly to the Benders who lived here.
3. Their manner ot living in Kansas, the two men and the two women living as one family, is exactly as they lived here.
4. The Benders left this city for Kansas, the place we find them now
5. The time of their departure from this point corresponds with the time of their arrival in Kansas
6. The residence of the Benders on the farm on which Bandle and his wife were murdered, and the immediate departure from the scene.
The Benders fled from Kansas when tiny discovered the suspicion of the people there; but we predict that before they all swing from the scaffold some one of them will confess their complicity with the Bandle tragedy near this city.
Cincinnati June 10.
Dispatches from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, report a horrible and
mysterious murder was discovered today, two miles from that place.
Mrs. Mary E. Bradley and two daughters, aged ten and twelve, were
found dead, horribly mutilated. Mrs. Bradley's body was cut
open and the vicera exposed. The faces of the daughters were beaten
to a jelly. The baby was found alive suffering from a slight wound,
and a three year old boy was found wandering in the adjacent woods
uninjured. The family was poor and had no money. The husband
was absent working on a farm in Ohio. There is no clue to the motive
or persons of the murderers.
A dispatch from
Vincennea, Ind., gives an account of the murder of John D. Vacelet,
his wife and two sons, two miles South of that city, Pierre
Provost, who live with them as a farm hand, gave the alarm to the
nearest neighbor about half a mile away, at four o'clock Thursday
morning having come to them in his night clothes, saying in broken
Euglish that they had had a hll of a time over to Vacelet's. On
going to the house the neighbors found two sons aged fourteen and
sixteen in bed, the father lying in the doorway of an adjoining
room, and in the next room the mother in her bed, all dead and cold.
The deed was evidently done with an axe, as the heads and throats of
the victims were cut and gashed by such a weapon, and two or three
bloody axes were found. Provost is under arrest and can give no
satisfactory account of the affair.
He claims to have also been attacked by the murderers and escaped, but this is already proven untrue. Circumstances are entirely against him. Threats of lynching do not seemingly disturb him, and he preserves astonishing composure amid the excitement. P. S. Provost committed Suicide Sunday night.
September 4. Yesterday evening at Browning's, three miles from this
place, Lafe Morgan was knocked down with a club and then
unmercifully pounded, by Dick Barr, a young stripling not
yet twenty-one. In a few hours Morgan died from the effects of
the beating. Barr was immediately arrested and committed to
jail. The assault was brutal in the extreme and entirely
unprovoked. Morgan was a house carpenter, and
leaves a wife and two smalee children in destitution.
Kokomo, Ind. May 16,
During last fall a company of eighteen Italians procured work on the
New Lafayette, Burlington and Western Railroad, under the
supervision of Contractor McCarty, now of this city. Four of
them it seems, rented an old building on the farm of Mrs.
Livingstone, twelve miles west of this city. When winter set in and
work was suspended these four Italians who were all that remained of
the 18, worked about the neighborhood at odd jobs and lived as best
they could until Tuesday, the 5th inst, in hopes of getting the
wages due them from the railroad. The Monday following they were
seen buring rubbish near their cabin. Tuesday they boxed up their
things and hired Buck Livingston to take them to Flora Station, in
Carrell County, stating to Livingston that they were going to
Chicago. But onw was absent, and the remaining three bought tickets to Cincinnati. Nothing more was
thought of the matter until Thursday morning, when Buck Livingston
and W.T, Kelly went to the shanty and discovered an old mattress
and two pillows in the house badly stained with blood. This
aroused suspicions and they immediately instituted a search of the
premises. On going down the ravine one hundred yards from the
house they discovered a fresh pile of dirt in a secluded place,
and were soon horrified at finding a man's arm. They quit digging
and sent word to Coroner Smith, of this city. The coroner had the
whole body disinterred, and it was identified as that of Antony
Nicoli. the boss of the laborers and a subcontractor on the
railroad works. He had a rope about five feet Iong around
his neck and had his skull crashed in by what appeared to be the
pole of an axe, or a heavy club. The rope was used to drag the
body from the scene ot the murder to its burial place.There
is some evidence going to show that the other italians had
threatened him, believing that he was responsible for their
pay, and this, most probably, was the cause of the deed, as Nicoli
had neither money or valuables to tempt them. The last seen of
Nicoli alive was Saturday evening, May 2nd. This night, it Is
believed by the neighbors, was the time of his murder by his
companions. The inquest is now in progress in this city. The three
companions of Nicoli are suppposed to have gone to
Sharon, Ohio, to work on the public works.
BRAZIL, April 30. An
atrocious murder and suicide was committed here today. James Young,
aged 50, who was janitor at the court house, killed his wife, firing
three bullets into her breast. He had accused her of infidelity, and
since January they had not lived together. Mrs. Young was 45 years
of age. The murder occurred at the home of her mother, four miles
from this city. Young sprang upon a horse that was in waiting and
galloped back to the court house. He ran to his room in the
basement, called up County Recorder Kaiser through a speaking tube
and bade him good bye, and immediately afterwards fired two bullets
into his body, dying almost instantly.
South Bend, Ind.,
Aug. 28. For several years Mlshawaka, a small place three miles east
of South Bend, has been visited annually by contagious diseases,
causing many deaths. About three months ago an epidemic of
diphtheria broke out which quickly spread over the entire village
with many fatal cases. Workmen engaged on an electric plant shut off
the water to drain the large pit, or reservoir, from which the the
water mains of Mlshawaka are supplied. The bed of the pit was
covered with dead fish, snakes, dogs, cats and other dead animals.
Workmen who attempted to clean the pit were overcome. All of the
water used In Mistawaka was drawn through this mass of decaying
Fort Wayne, Dec.4. William Stone, formerly a member of the Dalton
gang, under sentence of 10 years here for shooting Deputy Sheriff
Harold, has confessed several murders.
Stone says that he and his partner, William Walrath, killed a man at Kansas City in 1883 and robbed him, but later gave the money to Henry Donnelly, a policeman, for protection. He confesses to the murder of Mrs. Stewart and her son Clarence, in Cleveland. The bodies were cut to pieces and thrown into Lake Erie He says the following morning he killed a boy in the Big Four yards in Linndale, Ohio.
In Buffalo he and Walrath and a man named Burns, a saloon keeper, killed a wealthy western farmer who was looking for a good time. The money was divided and Stone and Walrath returned to Chicago and with their share started a restaurant. Here Walrath married Stone's sister. Mrs. Walrath died and Stone and Walrath left Chicago. Later Stone returned and was implicated in the murder of a father and son named Prunty.
Three men are said to be now serving life sentences at Joliet for the crime, but Stone was not arrested. Another murder was committed at Union City, Pa., the victim being an old man, named Horton. Another murder was committed by the trio near Youngstown, O., the victim being a resident of Ashtabula
The last murder committed by Stone and Walrath was on April 29, 1895, on a Pennsylvania freight train. At this time Stone was shot and did not get medical aid until South Bend was reached. The next desperate act of the trio was the robbery of a Grand Trunk train in Michigan where five watches and money were secured.Two of these watches have been identified since their arrest here.
This afternoon, when the officers learned that John C. Stone's confession had become generally known, he was hustled out of the city to the Michigan City penitentiary to serve a term of 10 years. When Stone made his private confession two months ago he implicated his pal, John Duffey, as the leading spirit in the bloody highway robberies. This sensational confession was kept concealed till Duffey was placed on trial yesterday for assanlt with intent to kill a posse of deputy sheriffs. The confession became public too late to have any effect on Duffey's case, as, when the jury retired at night, the wild tale of crimes had not reached the jury. Duffey only received a 4-year sentence.
Police Do Not Credit It.
Cleveland, Dec. 4. The police of this city think the confession of John Stone, at Fort Wayne, Ind., is based largely on imagination. Nothing is known here of the crimes which Stone says he and Walrath committed in Cleveland.
were voted by the Grand Jury today against Harvey Van Dein, Peter
Neldermeier and Emil Roeski, the three young bandits who were
arrested yesterday. An indictment was also voted against Gustav
Marx, who murdered Officer Quinn, and was with the others in the
majority of their crimes.
Indictments were voted charging Van Dein with complicity in five murders; against Neidermeier for four charges of murder and of Marx for four murders. Roeski will stand trial for one murder. The following are the crimes for which indictments were voted by the jury.
Van Diel and Marx for the murder of Otto Bauder July 9th; Neidermeier, Van Dein and Marx for the murder of Frank W. Stewart during the car barn robbery August 20th; Van Dein, Neidermeier and Marx for the murder of John B. Johns at the barns for the murder of Detective John Quinn November 21st; Van Dein and Neidermeier for the murder of Adolph Johnson August 1st. at North One Hundred and Seventy eighth street and West North Avenue in the saloon of B.C. Legrosse, also the murder of Legrosse at the same time.
Cognizance con not be taken in Illinois of the murder of Brakeman Sovca in Indiana Friday, nor of the shooting of Detective Driscoll and Zimmer in Indiana
It is the intention of State Attorney Dincen to bring the men to trial as quickly as possible. It will take two weeks, as all four of the men worked together, but it happened when the greater crimes were committed one of the men was absent. Roeski was not at the robbery of the car barns and had no part in the murders committed at that time. Marx was alone when he killed Officer Quinn and was in jail yesterday when the murders were committed in Indiana. Either one of these two, therefore, will probably have a separate trial unless a general plea of guilty is made by all four men.
Peter Neidermeier confessed tonight that he had been guilty of robbing trains, in addition to his other crimes. He admitted that he was the leader of a gang that held up and robbed a Baltimore and Ohio passenger train near Miller, Ind., about two years ago. The robbery was committed the spoilt where the three men were discovered yesterday by the police and Neidermeier said tonight that the dugout in which he and his companions were found yesterday, was the exact spot where he and hs partners in the train robbery had hidden before holding up the train. He also confessed to the killing of a train detective who attempted to put him off a freight train on which he was beating his way through Canada.
The Ninth Indiana Cavalry will hold its annual reunion at Fortville on Oct. 12, 1899.A company of 54 men has been mustered into the State militia of Muncie. J.K. Ritter is Captain, and John Seldomridge and Jacob Melton first and Second Lieutenants, respectively.
An epidemic of
malaria of a very severe type has broken out along the Mississinewa
river, near Matthews , owing to the pollution of that stream. Whole
families are sick, and 3 deaths have occurred within 2 days. The
infected strip does not extend more than half a mile inland from
either bank of the river.
“Old Dick” the oldest
horse on the farm of the Indiana Reform School is dead. For nearly a
score of year this faithful animal has served the State. Last
Thursday afternoon, while drawing a small wagon, he staggered and
fell over on his side and soon after breathed his last. He was about
30 yrs old and was buried near the place where he fell.
ex-United States Marshal for Indiana, has been appointed general
passenger and freight agent for the Indiana and Illinois Southern
The name of Mr. Harry S. New, retiring Senator from Indiana, will be presented to the Senate for confirmation of his appointment as Postmaster General some time before that body disperses. At the same time the nomination of Postmaster General Hubert Work as Secretary of the Interior will go to the Capitol. President Harding has a Cabinet again. The resignation of Secretary Fall for announced reasons of ill health left a vacancy difficult to fill. When Secretary Hoover and Mr. John Hays Hammond, obvious first choices, refused the position, the President found himself in a difficulty. Mr. New is 64. Included in his qualifications is experience as a big game hunter, as an editor, and as a soldier in the war against Spain. [Time Magazine, Saturday, Mar. 03, 1923]
INDIANA: The House passed by a large majority a tax of one cent on every package of cigarettes sold Saturday, Mar. 03, 1923
INDIANA: Governor McCray announced that he would pocket-veto a bill passed by the Assembly, providing a bonus of $10 for each month of service for veterans of the World War or the war with Spain. Saturday, Mar. 17, 1923
Senator James E. Watson, of Indiana, regular Republican, returned to Washington from his home state and informed his comrades : " All would be well if we had dollar-and-a-half wheat and ten-dollar hogs."Senator Watson stands high in Administration councils. He is not only a member of the Republican Senatorial Committee, but he is next to Senator Lodge for the Republican leadership in the Senate. In 1916 and again in 1920 he defeated Thomas Taggart, Democratic "boss" of Indiana.He has a straightforward if rather blunt way of dealing with the situation of farmer dissatisfaction which confronts the Republicans in the Middle West. Wheat at $1.50 and $10 hogs are not his entire program. Said he to an interviewer : " The best thing that could happen to this country would be to have Congress not meet for three years, and have no State Legislature meet for four years." Asked if he were willing to " concede that it is all up with the Republican Party now " in the next election, he replied: "No, sir, I am not. What we need now is some old-fashioned party loyalty ! " It is noteworthy that this optimistic view is not generally shared among Republican leaders. Senator Moses, Chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee, and Representative Wood, Chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee, view with alarm both the President's World Court proposal and discontent among the farmers. Senator Watson's optimism is not as sweet as the President's. But it is more specific. Monday, Aug. 06, 1923------
Sued for divorce. Voris ("Jack") Reynolds, wrestling instructor at the University of Indiana, by Mrs. Emma Reynolds, at Cedar Rapids, la. She charged cruelty. Reynolds claims to be world's welterweight wrestling champion. >Monday, Aug. 13, 1923
At French Lick, Ind., a gentleman, crimson from top to toe, crimson even to his dangling tail, ladles water from a spring. It is a sulphurous, brimstony drink, known as Pluto Water. There, by Pluto's Spring, assembled George E. Brennan, Thomas Taggart and Charles F. Murphy, each of whom holds the Democratic politics of a state (Illinois, Indiana, New York) securely between thumb and forefinger. They are known to be gentlemen who view with alarm the candidacy of William G. McAdoo. Mr. Taggart is President of the French Lick Springs Hotel Co.; the charms of the resort —its healthful climate and salubrious waters — attracted the others. Probably for like reason Ralph Pulitzer, publisher of Manhattan's most virulently Democratic newspaper, The New York World, was also at the watering place. The joy of an affluent passerby who casts a handful of pennies into the street to watch the urchins scramble is doubtless being tasted on much larger scale by Edward W. Bok, who offered $100,000 for a practical plan for international peace in which the U. S. can participate (TIME, July 9). The deadline for submitting plans brought the contest to a close with 22,165 plans submitted. On the last day over 700 were presented to the Policy Committee of the American Peace Award. Miss Esther Everett Lape, author, and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, wife of the ex-Assistant Secretary of the Navy and erstwhile Democratic candidate for Vice President, sat up until midnight to receive the last plans. The Committee of Award, chairmanned by Elihu Root and including Brand Whitlock, Colonel Edward M. House, Major General James G. Harbord, William Allen White, has been considering the plans submitted for over a month. Its final decision is to be made about the first of the year. Then a straw vote of the country will be taken on the chosen plan.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Birth control and division of wealth.
Strict censorship of the press.
Deep and profound remarks were absent from Mr. William G. McAdoo's admission that he would be a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination next year. (See page 1.) Nevertheless he delivered himself of some opinions:
" Prospects are elegant for Democratic success all over the country. I congratulate Nebraska on having a Democratic Governor" [Charles E. Bryan, brother of William Jennings, and considered a "favorite son"]. A reporter asked: "Would you support Governor Bryan for the Presidency?"
"I would support any man the Democrats nominate."
"What about Henry Ford?"
"Henry Ford is a perfectly good citizen."Monday, Nov. 26, 1923
The Centinel, Gettysburg, PA, February 22, 1809
Rice Jones, Esq.,
a member of the House of Representatives of the Indiana
Territory was deliberately murdered in the streets of
Kaskaskias, on the 7th December by Dr. James Dunlap.
500 dollars is offered for the apprehending of Dunlap.
Contributed by Nancy Piper
On the 30th
ult., a treaty was concluded between the Governor or the Indiana
Territory and the Miami, Potawatomi and El River Tribes of
Indians, who have ceded to the United Stated 2,600,000 acres of
land, lying on both sides of the Wabash, said to be some of the
finest land in the United States.
Contributed by Nancy Piper
Lexington, (K.) July 6
A very unfortunate transaction we understand took place a few days ago at Vincennes; the circumstances are as follows: Some misunderstanding having taken place between Captain Posey and Lieut. Jennings, of his company, the latter received a challenge to meet him in an honorable way, which was refused. Capt. P., a short time after asked Lieut. J. into a room and presented him with a pair of pistols and told him to take his choices; that he should fight or he would kill him. Jennings still refused to fight the captain who immediately discharged one of the pistols at him which failing to kill, Jennings wretched it from Posey but the other pistol was resorted to and when Jennings was in the act of retreating a deadly wound was given which terminated his existence immediately.
Every person who
is acquainted with Capt. Posey must sincerely regret that he
should have been led to commit so rash an act – a deed which has
not only destroyed a fellow soldier in a way not to be
commended, but one which is fraught with ruin to himself and the
most poignant grief to his relations and friends. We
give the circumstances as we have heard them from various
persons without vouching for their accuracy. We
have not learnt that Captain Posey has been arrested or pursued.
He is said to have escaped to Louisville in this state.
We hope the circumstances of this affair may turn out
more favorable to Capt. Posey.
Contributed by Nancy Piper
OF 1812 - INDIANA
The editor has
been politely furnished by General Gibson, (acting governor)
with the perusal of a letter from the commanding officer at Fort
Harrison, dated the 9th inst., in which he says that
he has been informed by different friendly Indians, that
Tecumseh was preparing a considerable force to strike an
important blow somewhere against the whites and that the full of
this moon was the time fixed for his commencing hostilities.
All the accounts received concur in stating his present
force as much greater than at the battle of
It has ever been
our belief that in case of a war with
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We stop the press
to announce the arrival of an express from Captain Z. Taylor,
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On Saturday last,
Col. W. Russel at the head of Col. Willock’s regiment of
Kentucky militia, Col. Jordon’s regiment and a detachment of
Col. Evans’ regiment of Indiana militia and three companies of
rangers started from this place on an expedition against the
Indians at Fort Harrison, which place we have before said was
besieged, the whole amounting to about 1,200 men, all in high
spirits and anxious to meet the enemy. On
Sunday they marched 20 miles, since which we have not heard from
them. We understand that Col. Russel
calculated on reaching
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In our last we
stated that Governor Harrison had proceeded on from St. Mary’s
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Extract of a letter from Captain Z. Taylor, commandant at
“The Indians have put their threats into execution. On Thursday the 2d inst., after retreat bearing four guns were heard to fire in the direction where two young men, citizens, who reside here, were making hay, at 400 yards distant from the fort. I was immediately of opinion that they had been killed by the Indians, but did not think it prudent to send out at that late hour of the night to see what become of them – and their not coming in by the next morning convinced me that I had been right in my conjecture, and about 8 o’clock next morning I sent out a corporal with a small party to find them, if possible, without running too much risk of being drawn into an ambuscade. He soon sent back to inform me that he had found them dead and wished to know what further orders. I sent out the cart and oxen and had them brought in and buried. They had been shot with two balls, scalped and cut up in the most shocking manner. Late in the evening of the same day a large party of chiefs, amounting to about 45, with eight or ten women, arrived from the Prophet’s town and of his party with a white flag for the purpose, as they informed me of holding a council next morning. At retreat beating I examined the arms and found them all in good order and completed their cartridges to 16 rounds per man. In consequence of the number sick I could not mount a sufficient guard to see every part of the garrison, and having just recovered from a very severe attack of the fever, was not able to be up through the night; I therefore directed one of the non-commissioned officers of the guard, after tattoo, to walk continually through the night and keep a good lookout, to prevent the Indians taking any advantage of us, should it be their intention. About 11 o’clock at night, my attention was drawn by the firing of one of the sentinels. I immediately jumped up and ran out, and ordered the men to their posts & in a few seconds the the firing began to be pretty lively on both sides, when my orderly sergeant, who had charge of one of the block houses, called out that the Indians had set fire to the other, which was filled with combustibles of different kinds and contained to contractors stores. I directed the buckets to be got ready and water brought from the well and the fire extinguished immediately. From some cause they were very slow in executing my orders, and by the time they got the water and broke open the door, the fire had unfortunately communicated to a quantity of whisky and in spite of every exertion in less than a moment it ascended to the toll and baffled every exertion to extinguish it. Most of the men gave themselves up to despair as the block house immediately joined the barracks that make a fourth part of the fortification and it was some time before I could get any order executed – and sir, what with the raging of the fire, the yelling and howling of several hundred Indians, the cries of the women and children, a part of the soldier’s and a part of the citizen’s wives and desponding of so many of the men, which was worse than all, I can assure you that it was one of the most awful situations, which a man could be placed in – nor were these more than ten or fifteen able to do much, the rest being either sick or convalescent, and to add to our misfortune, two of the strongest men in the fort jumped the pickets and left us. But my presence of mind did not for an instant forsake me. I saw, by throwing off part of the roof of the barracks and keeping the end perfectly wet, that the whole row of buildings might be saved, which would only leave an entrance of 18 or 20 feet for the Indians, after the block house was burned down, and that a temporary breast work might be raised to prevent their entering it. This I showed to the men, which appeared to inspire them with new life and never did men behave with more firmness and desperation. Those that were able mounted the roots of the house under a shower of bullets with Dr. Clark at their head (who rendered every assistance during the time the attack lasted, which was seven hours) and in less than a second threw off as much of the roof as was necessary, while the weak and sick kept up a constant fire from the other block houses and two bastions. This was done with only the loss of one man and two wounded. I am in hopes neither of them dangerously. Although the row of barracks was several times in a blaze and the immense quantity of fire against them, the men used such exertions that they kept it under, and before day had the breastwork raised higher than a man’s head, although the Indians kept up a tremendous fire on that place and shot innumerable arrows into the parade during the night. I had but one killed inside the fort and he lost his life by being too anxious. One of the men that jumped the pickets about an hour before day begged for God’s sake for it to be opened. As I did not recollect the voice, and expected it to be a stratspem of the Indians, I directed the men in the bastion, where I happened to be, to pay no attention to him but to shoot him if he came to the gate. One of them shot at him, but fortunately he ran up to the other bastion where they knew his voice, and Dr. Clark directed him to lie down close to the pickets behind an empty barrel and at daylight I had him let in. His arm was shattered in a shocking manner, which he said was done by the Indians, and which I suppose was the cause of his returning. I suspect he will die. The other the Indians caught about 130 yards from the fort and cut him to pieces.
“They continued their firing until six o’clock next morning at which time we began to return it with some effect. After day light, when they withdrew out of the reach of our guns, they drove up the citizens horses, and as they could not catch them, shot them – about 60 head.
“Some continued about the garrison until next morning. I have heard nothing of them since; their number was considerable but can form no idea of their extent. They suffered smartly, and we lost the whole of our provisions. We are not making use of green corn for bread, until we can get supplied, which I hope will not be long.”
Contributed by Nancy Piper
News-Sentinel Monday, November 25, 1963
11 Lose Lives On
(By The Associated Press)
On this day of national mourning, families also are mourning 11
lives lost in Indiana traffic over the week end.
A 13 year old Indianapolis boy on his way to deliver the Sunday morning Star was among the victims, killed by a hit-and-run driver. The youngster, Eddie Hopper, died at the scene.
His younger brother, Rickie, 11 also was hit by the car, but was not hurt seriously.
Victorial Marie Bedna, 52, Elkhart, died in a head-on crash Sunday on U.S. 20 one mile east of Michigan City.
Police said an auto crossed the highway in front of the victim's car, and she swerved into the path of a car driven by Leon E. Hostetler, 46, of Hartville, Ohio. Hostetler was not injured.
Roscoe Howard Jr., 35, North Judson, died Sunday when his car went out of control and flipped over on Ind. 39 2 1/2 miles south of North Judson.
Robert Griggs, 31, Jasonville, was hurled from a car and fatally injured at Jasonville early Sunday.
Police said the car, driven by Carl P. Bledsoe, 28, Indianapolis, ran a stop sign and slammed broadside into another car. Bledsoe was injured seriously, and four other persons were also hurt.
Contributed by Kate Watson
is notifying county auditors that he cannot supply them with
settlement sheets until he is informed under what law the May
settlements must be made. Date: 1895-04-11; Paper: American
VETERANS COMING FOR ANNUAL MEET
Harold C. Megrew Camp, Strongest in State, Elects Officers Tomorrow Night.
ROLL HAS 300 MEMBERS
Attempt Will Be Made to Interest 1,500 Eligible Persons in Organization.
Preparations have been made for the most important meeting of Spanish War Veterans ever held in Indiana, which is to open tomorrow night in G. A. R. Hall, 222½ East Maryland street, by Harold C. Megrew Camp No. 1, United Spanish War Veterans. At this meeting officers of the camp for the coming year will be chosen. Also the veterans will be given an opportunity to hear a talk upon the benefits to which they are entitled on account of their service in the Spanish-American war.
Harold C. Megrew Camp of this city, ranks first in membership of all the organizations of Spanish War Veterans of the country. The Indianapolis organization has a roll of more than 300 members and it is constantly growing. Arrangements have been made for a reception to follow the regular meeting tomorrow night. Applications for membership in the camp will be acted upon at some time during the evening.
The present officers of the camp whose places will be filled by the election are: Camp commander, J. I. Anderson; senior vice commander, Harry R. Campbell; Junior Vice commander, William C. Higgins; adjutant, Charles S. Maxwell; quartermaster, Clarence Woodruff; officer of the day, Henry Cron; officer of the guard, John E. Merritt; chaplain, Henry Victor; surgeon, Dr. Homer I. Jones; trustees, Maj. Carroll B. Car, George W. Powell and Capt. Charles S. Tarleton; and counsel, Col. Russell B. Harrison.
History of Organization.
A history of the organization of Spanish War Veterans follows:
In 1899 the first camp of Spanish War Veterans was organized in Indianapolis. It was named after Gen. John S. Poland, and Capt. William B. English was the first camp commander. Its membership was made up largely of members of the One Hundred and Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry and the officers and men of other organizations making this their home after the close of the Spanish-American war. In a short time the Frank S. Clark Camp was organized as a foreign service camp; the Burton S. Cottrell Camp, primarily as a company organization of Company H, One Hundred and Fifty-Eighth Infantry, Indiana Volunteers; the Capt. William E. English Camp of colored soldiers, made up almost entirely of the Indiana battalion of colored men which was organized in July, 1898, and the McGee-Henderson Camp, composed exclusively of the members of the Twenty-seventh Indiana Battery, known as Battery A, Indiana national guard.
The membership of all these camps was large and great interest was shown for a year or two, but as the members were young men, very few of them married, and all hustling for a livelihood in their different vocations, the members soon began to seek other cities and state where better business opportunities were offered. Many of them having had a taste of military life, returned to the service, and in a few years the original members of these camps were scattered over the country and, in fact, all over the world. It is doubtful if there is a single company of the five regiments and two batteries that responded to the President’s call from Indiana in 1898 that can muster 40 per cent of its members in this state today.
The camps have been kept up by recruiting members of other organizations coming into our city, but they were not the old “bunkies” who soldiered together in camp and garrison, and the ties of comradeship were not as strong or close as were those of the original members. The interest became less and attendance fell off until the camps were U. S. W. V. camps almost in name only. Last summer the national commander in chief, Charles W. Newton, took up the task of reviving the sleeping camps in all the states. He sent an aid-de-camp to this city to see what could be done to assist the comrades here.
Two Camps Unite.
As a result of that visit, arrangements were made for the consolidation of the Gen. J. S. Poland and Burton C. Cottrell Camps. These two organizations surrendered their charters and names and reorganized under the name of Maj. Harold C. Megrew Camp, Department of Indiana. By this arrangement all members in good standing in the two camps were transferred to the new camp. Special efforts were made to bring in all the old members and as many new ones as possible at the mustering of the camp, which was done by the department commander, Frank C. Kirby, and his staff on the evening of Sept. 19, 1909. When 175 members of the two camps signed the new muster roll and a class of seventy-five new members were mustered into the camp, one of the strongest camps in the country was formed. It is estimated that there are 1,500 ex-soldiers and sailors in Indianapolis who are entitled to belong to this organization and it is the desire of the officers and members of this camp to make it not only the largest, but also the best camp in the United States.
That there is a necessity for this organization for the purpose of looking after sick and destitute comrades is shown by a pathetic incident that occurred shortly after the Maj. H. C. Megrew Camp was organized. Among the most earnest workers for the new camp was Emil Haspel, a member of Company H, One Hundred and Fifty-eighth Indiana Volunteers, in the Spanish-American war, a man with a service record without a blemish, and proud of the honor of having been a soldier in the defense of the honor of his country. He was often detailed for orderly duty at brigade headquarters, where his fine, soldierly appearance and intelligent service brought commendation from the general commanding and his officers.
Private Haspel had but little sickness in the service. He came home, obtained a good position, married and quietly went to work to make a home for his wife and the two little children who came to them. The exposure of camp life in the South had planted the seeds of disease deeply into his system, and he began to have attacks of sickness which would last a few days, or perhaps a couple of weeks.
“It’s nothing serious. Just an attack of malaria,” was the doctor’s reply to his questions.
As time passed they came oftener and began to interfere with his work, and finally he could not keep a permanent position on account of his health. His wife had to assist in earning the living. The struggle went on until, at the last his mind became weakened and the wife and mother had to fight the wolf from the door alone.
Camp Carries Relief.
Not a word of complaint was uttered to any one outside of the home. Silently but proudly and bravely the wife struggled until, realizing that he could do nothing more and was becoming a burden to his loved ones, his mind gave way and he ended his life with his own hand. The news was brought to Major H. C. Megrew Camp that night. A donation was made, a committee appointed and arrangements perfected to do all that could be done to assist the widow and children of Comrade Haspel.
When the committee visited their little home they found the mother getting out a washing that she might have the money to buy a meal for herself and children. The modest home was clean, but there was not a shovelful of coal or a mouthful of food in the house.
The comrades made known their mission and the poor woman almost collapsed. She could not find words to express her thanks.
With her consent the committee took charge of the funeral arrangements and Comrade Haspel was buried in the soldiers’ plot at Crown Hill Cemetery. The full ritualistic ceremony was read and after it a detachment from the I. N. G. fired a volley over the grave and “Taps” was sounded.
There are other families of comrades and other comrades who need aid, not always in a financial way, but in a word of encouragement or speaking to others for them.
Megrew Camp meets regularly on the second and fourth Monday
evenings of each month in the G. A. R. Hall at 222½ East
Maryland street. A large class of members will be mustered into
the camp and business of special interest to the members will be
Transcribed by Angelia a proud member of the
On this day in
History, July 30th 1945, the USS Indianapolis(CA-35) is
torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks within minutes in
shark-infested waters. Only 317 of the 1,196 men on board
survived. This has been considered one of the worst disasters in
US Naval history. Partially because most of the Sailors and
Marines were lost after making it safely off the ship. Most died
due to exposure and shark attacks.
However, the Indianapolis had already completed its major mission: the delivery of key components of the atomic bomb that would be dropped a week later at Hiroshima to Tinian Island in the South Pacific.
The Indianapolis made its delivery to Tinian Island on July 26, 1945. The mission was top secret and the ship's crew was unaware of its cargo. After leaving Tinian, the Indianapolis sailed to the U.S. military's Pacific headquarters at Guam and was given orders to meet the battleship USS Idaho at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan.
Shortly after midnight on July 30, halfway between Guam and Leyte Gulf, a Japanese sub blasted the Indianapolis, sparking an explosion that split the ship and caused it to sink in approximately 12 minutes, with about 300 men trapped inside. Another 900 went into the water, where many died from drowning, shark attacks, dehydration or injuries from the explosion. Help did not arrive until four days later, on August 2, when an anti-submarine plane on routine patrol happened upon the men and radioed for assistance.
On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, inflicting nearly 130,000 casualties and destroying more than 60 percent of the city. On August 9, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, where casualties were estimated at over 66,000. Meanwhile, the U.S. government kept quiet about the Indianapolis tragedy until August 15 in order to guarantee that the news would be overshadowed by President Harry Truman's announcement that Japan had surrendered.
In the aftermath of the events involving the Indianapolis, the ship's commander, Captain Charles McVay, was court-martialed in November 1945 for failing to sail a zigzag course that would have helped the ship to evade enemy submarines in the area. McVay, the only Navy captain court-martialed for losing a ship during the war, committed suicide in 1968.
Many of his surviving crewmen believed the military had made him a scapegoat. In 2000, 55 years after the Indianapolis went down, Congress cleared McVay's name.
"...the Navy knew there were submarines in the area but never told McVay and sent the ship to sea unescorted ... Worse, the Navy failed to notice that the cruiser had never arrived at port, while hundreds died at sea.
In October of 2000, following years of effort by the survivors and their supporters, legislation was passed in Washington and signed by President Clinton expressing the sense of Congress, among other things, that Captain McVay's record should now reflect that he is exonerated for the loss of the Indianapolis and for the death of her crew who were lost.
In July of 2001 the Navy Department announced that Captain McVay's record has been amended to exonerate him for the loss of the Indianapolis and the lives of those who perished as a result of her sinking. The action was taken by Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England who was persuaded to do so by New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, a strong advocate of McVay's innocence. The survivors are deeply grateful to Secretary England and Senator Smith and also to young Hunter Scott of Pensacola, Florida, without whom the injustice to Captain McVay would never have been brought to the attention of the media and the Congress.
Unfortunately, the conviction for hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag remains on Captain McVay's record. Never in the history of the U.S. military has the verdict of a court-martial been overturned, and there is no known process for doing so.
It can be stated unequivocally, however, that, if the Indianapolis had arrived safely at Leyte without incident, Captain McVay would never have been court-martialed. Thus, by exonerating him for the loss of the ship and the death of 880 of her crew members, the Navy Department has at last conceded that he was innocent of any wrong-doing. His exoneration is tantamount to an admission that he should never have been court-martialed in the first place.
The survivors are thankful that after 56 years the good name of their captain has been cleared.
The Judges of the Supreme Court of Indiana, have written a letter saying no dissensions exist among them, nor have any of them resigned. "Over worked, and inadequely compensated, it is true that we all feel somewhat keenly the neglect of the Legislature at its recent session to relieve us in either particular. We may each feel at liberty, therefore, to quit the position at any time, but when that event happens it will be attributable solely to that cause."
Date: Monday, June 7, 1869 Paper: Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH) Page: 1
Gov. Hovey has declared void the Indiana legislative apportionment bill passed by the last legislature, on account of certain changes made in the bill after it had received the signatures of the presiding officers of both houses.
Date: Thursday, June 18, 1891 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN) Page: 2
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