The Fatal Bullet.
The many quarrels of Col. J. H. M. Montgomery and John H. Jeffers have at last ended in the death of the latter on Friday evening near Bladensburg, twelve miles below here. On that evening Jeffers was riding along the road when he was stopped by Montgomery, who had crouched with a carbine cocked. Jeffers exclaimed: "Look out," and immediately received the fatal bullet in his side, the ball passing through the body and lodging under the skin. Montgomery claims that Jeffers attempted to pull a weapon on him and that he did the shooting in self-defense. No weapon was found on Jeffers. The wounded man lived two hours and made the statement as above, the story not differing from Montgomery's except as to Jeffers' attempting to draw a weapon. Montgomery was on the way to 'Squire Wilhelms to swear out a peace warrant and immediately after the shooting he gave himself up to the above officer. There have been many quarrels between them and the feeling has been very bitter, Jeffers making many threats. At a former time Jeffers had waylaid Montgomery and shot at him. On the third trial for this offense he was sent to the Ohio Penitentiary and had returned home but two months ago when the shooting occurred. It was a very difficult point to decide upon Jeffers' sanity at anytime. Both served with distinction in the army. Montgomery was at one time a member of the Ohio Legislature. He was the Democratic candidate for State Senator, last fall.
We understand an examination upon the affidavit of John Wright was had before the Justice of the Peace Tuesday. We have not learned the result. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 18, 1880 Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]
Utica - No trace has been found of Hattie Hall, the 14-year-old daughter of Clem Hall, who disappeared a week ago. [Mansfield News, Mansfield, Oh, Jan 2, 1900 - Sub by L. Dietz]