and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers
21 & 26 Jul 1871; 21 Jul 1872
Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
The Pulaski Patriot,
In this city, Sunday, July 23d, of congestive
chill, James H. C. Kittle, oldest son of J. and M. E.
Kittle, Carrol County (Ills.). Mirror and Fullerton
County, Penn., papers please copy.
We have hitherto not spoken of this matter. The first week of its occurrence we had no space, on account of the tax list and other matter that was in type. Last week we had inklings of a legal investigation, and determined to be silent until we could arrive at the whole truth, as we did not wish to do injustice to either party to the bloody tragedy.
The state of the case as developed by the coroner’s jury, is pretty well known to the community and will require but little comment. We were of the opinion at the time that the examination was too cursory and not wide enough in its range. Perhaps if it had been more thorough, the second examination would not have been necessary. Mr. Stoltz being the only witness examined as to the facts of the killing. He stated doubtless to the best of his knowledge, the case, but it is perfectly natural that there would be as many versions of the case, as there were persons participating in the tragedy, arising from the excitement of the moment. Mr. Stoltz testified that he, with a portion of his posse, entered the shop of Daniel Bush, found him armed and prepared to make resistance, that he actually presented arms to fire at him and his posse, that the pistol was knocked from his hand by him, and as he was trying to seize his gun, he ordered him fired on by his assistance, they obeying his order, and the effects of their shots afterwards proved fatal; that he made his escape into a cornfield, where he was found two days afterward in a dying condition
The version of the wife of the deceased as well as another witness, differed materially from that of Mr. Stoltz. She stated that Mr. Stoltz, with a portion of his posse, entered the shop by a light held by herself, found her husband asleep. Without summoning him to surrender, or telling him that they were officers of the law, and had a warrant for his arrest, assaulted him with a bludgeon, while asleep, and disarmed him, that her husband escaped through the open door of the shop, and as he escaped from the shop he was fire don by the posse on the outside; that the fire was kept up as he retreated into the cornfield referred to above; that he made no hostile demonstrations with his arms, but was taken by surprise and doubtless thought himself in the hands of a mob.
Under this version of the story we think the colored people did right in insisting on a further investigation of the case.
If the shoe had fallen on the other foot, that
is, if a white man had been accused as Bush was, by
the colored people, and if they had gone in the capacity of
officers of the law, or a mob and committed the violence as
was in this case, there is not an American in the county,
but what would have insisted on a rigorous examination, and
prosecute it to the bitter end. They will accord the same
privileges to the colored or any other class of men that
feel that one of their number had been unfairly dealt
with. The days of old fashioned "nigger hunts" have passed
by. Every man now stands on his individual merits before
the law. That Mr. Bush as has been asserted,
confessed to the "soft impeachment" of hog stealing, is a
matter that we know nothing of, as we have not been able to
trace it to any authentic source, and no such confession
came out on the examination, hence we are disposed to
discredit that portion of the story. That he did or did not
steal hogs, we do not know, as that part has not been passed
on by the law.
Mr. Thomas Lockford, of Cairo, an employee of the C. & V. R. R. working with the spile drivers above our city, was killed today by the rebounding of a snatch block caused by a chain breaking. It struck him in the small of the back; he lived only a few hours after receiving the injury.
[N.B. There are no extant issues for 1873 or 1874]
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