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No New Light Thrown Upon The Awful Fort Thomas Tragedy.
Cincinnati, Feb. 12.-Not a step of progress was made yesterday toward the solution of the Pearl Bryan tragedy. It has been clearly established that Pearl Bryan confidingly put herself into the hands of her betrayer, Scott Jackson, on Monday night, Jan. 27, trusting him to save her and her family from mortification and shame. Where the too credulous girl stayed on Monday and Tuesday nights, Jan. 27 and 28, is known beyond a doubt. Where she spent Wednesday and Thursday nights, Jan. 29 and 30, have remained missing links up to the present writing. On Thursday forenoon and Friday night she was seen. With these two exceptions her whole history from Wednesday morning, when she left the Indiana House, up to Saturday morning, Feb. 1, when her headless body was found, remains a blank mystery.
It is claimed that a Kentucky woman, going home in her carriage late Friday night, heard a woman's scream followed by silence near Fort Thomas. Men in Covington land, Newport remember seeing a vehicle passing at an unusually late hour Friday night driven at great speed. Detectives are working these clues. Not a trace of the head has been found.
Mr. Irvine of Covington, a contractor, visited the jail last night and identified the prisoners as two men he saw haggling with a negro about the price of some service on the morning after the Pearl Bryan murder. An effort will be made to secure the negro and have him identified, thus making him either a witness or a third party in the crime.
[13 Feb 1896; Paper: "American Nonconformist" - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

At Cincinnati on the 10th Michael Cronin, a laborer, while drunk threw a teacup at his wife. The missile missed Mrs. Cronin but killed a thirteen-months-old child. [Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) June 19, 1889, page 2]

A few days since, the iron safe in the counting room of Thomas Gilpin, in Cincinnati, was blown to pieces by powder which had been poured into the keyhole by robbers, who applied a match, retreating at the same moment, and having previously prepared a clear way of escape with whatever booty  they could clutch, while confusion consequent on  the act was at hand. [American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper, November 11, 1844, page 2]

Burning of Judge Symmes' House
Cincinnati, (Ohio) August 21 - Some interest has been excited on this catastrophe on account of the reputed loss of property and papers, besides the house which has been consumed by the destruction of the premises.
In the court of common pleas, April Term, 1811, the grand jury of this country returned a bill against John Hart, a magistrate in that neighborhood for the said burning and being charged he was committed. The trial in this important case was commenced on the 7th inst. and lasted till the 16th. Mr. Glover was the prosecutor on behalf of the state, and was assisted by Mr. Burnet. Mr. Monroe and Mr. Longworth were counsel for the defendant.
About 70 witnesses (on both sides) were examined and arguments of considerable length and ability were held, which together with the evidence we presume will be given to the public as we understand the trial is to be reported when prepared for the press.
The Jury retired on Friday morning to make a verdict and after returning two or three times with no verdict and the court sending them back to their room as often, no verdict could be obtained.
On Saturday morning the jury returned to their box, but without any officer as we understand they had broken out of the room in which they were and the officer would not again take them into his custody. The court refused to recognize them and after remaining sometime in the box without the care of an officer of the court, they dispersed to their respective homes and the prisoner was remanded back to his confinement. [The Centinel, Gettysburg, PA, September 25, 1811 - NP - Sub by FoFG]

Claims Man He Shot Attempted Hold Up
Cincinnati, O. Jan 16 - Loren Hartzell, 33, of Anderson, Ind., charged with murder, today claimed he shot Carl Katz of Newark in self defense. Katz, his pals said, was killed in an attempt to hold up the driver of a rum running automobile. Hartzell admitting the shooting told police officials that he shot Katz when he leaped to the running board of his automobile and attempted to hold him up. [The Daily Messenger,Canandaigua, NY. Jan 16, 1922 - MR - Sub by FoFG]

Hiram Hendricks, the Cincinnati colored man who some time ago was engaged in a shooting affray with Jim Thomas another colored man, has been found guilty at Dayton, of shooting with intent to kill. Thomas was convicted of the same offense a week ago. [The Appeal (St. Paul, MN), February 23, 1889, page 1]

Cincinnati Telegram: D. R. Lock, popularly known as Petroleum V. Nasby, was arrested here this evening and locked up in the fly cell of the Central station house. Locke was standing in front of the Enquirer office, waiting to see a proof of the advertisement for his play, which is to be produced at the Grand Opera House next week, when the policeman on that beat came along and, noticing that he was taking up a great deal of the sidewalk, ordered him to “move in.” Locke became somewhat indignant, and refused to comply with the order, when the officer promptly took hold of him and marched him off to the station-house. On the way to jail Mr. Locke explained to the policeman that he was the originator of the “Confederate X Roads.” But the officer, who had read Nasby’s letters, literally marched him into the station-house. After Mr. Locke had been in a cell for an hour or more, chief Wappenstein heard of his arrest and ordered him released. Mr. Locke is angry, and threatens to "make it hot for the Cincinnati police department."-P.P. [New Ulm Review (New ULm, MN) Sept. 10, 1879, page 2, Sub by RL]

Alex. Sands, of Cincinnati, will be summoned to appear before the ballot-box investigating committee as soon as Chairman Mason fixes on a day. [The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky.), February 19, 1890 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

-- Among the rebel conspirators found guilty and sentenced by the military commission that has been in session at Cincinnati, is Richard Semmes, who has been sentenced to three years' hard labor in the Ohio penitentiary. This man is about twenty-six years of age, belongs to Maryland, and is a nephew of the notorious pirate, Capt. Semmes. He entered the Yale Law School, we believe, in the year 1862, and left in the summer of 1863, and soon after went to Chicago to commence the practice of law. His disunion sentiments, which were freely shown by him while here, led him to engage with other young and aspiring rebels, in a plot to release the rebel prisoners confined in Camp Douglas. The plot was discovered, the fellow arrested, tried, and has now received his just deserts. --- N. Haven (Conn.) Journal [Daily Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 April, 1865 - Tr. by Donald Buncie]

Samuel Thomas and Mamie Johnson, both colored, quarreled last night on Washington, between 7th and 8th streets, about where Thomas should sleep, and the woman shot at him, but missed him.  She escaped. [The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) 2 Nov 1905, pg 9; tr by KT]

At the target grounds of Ft. Thomas, near Cincinnati, Private Louis Young shot and fatally wounded Corp. Henry Lunold, against whom he had a grudge. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) July 20, 1892, Sub by RL]

That every man concerned in the Cincinnati election crimes and scheme to steal Hamilton County and the State of Ohio, is liable, under the laws of Ohio, to imprisonment in the penitentiary, should be the smallest put of their punishment. Public opinion, swift, strong and sure, should unite against and mark them in a way to scare all such scoundrels away from all such attempts for all time to come.Men of every political faith have a common cause here, higher than their mere opinion! Shall not all such in all parts of this State send greeting and backing to the Cincinnati Committee of One Hundred of their struggles with the gang? [Summit County Beacon - October 21, 1885 - Sub by FoFG]


Cincinnati, Aug. 28. - Two prominent whisky firms of this city, W.W. Johnston & C o., and Elias Bleck & Sons, were arrested to-day charged with counterfeiting the trade-marks "O.K." and "Ribbons and Seals," in a warrant sworn out in the United States court by Jos. M. O'Donnell. [The Saint Paul Globe, (Saint Paul, MN) Aug 29, 1878, p.1]

Aluminum Dime Counterfeits
CINCINNATI, Dec. 27.-United States Secret Service Agent Hazen is searching for a gang of counterfeiters who are flooding the city with aluminum dimes of the date of 1893. The counterfeit is an especially fine one, and but for the weight cannot be detected with the naked eye. This is the first counterfeit to be made of aluminum so far as the local government authorites know.[The Argus (Caledonia, Houston, MN), December 30, 1893, p.1]


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