The Altoona tribune. (Altoona, Pa.) 1856-19??, January 07, 1865, Image 1
Body.-^hie Rierly hare temporary in IUND tally banlahea Miiftte action on Ire it a trial, and .. -;r Jf.:-*. '■ menanflwoman certify, that I r llaal tor eighteen | b not able to go Hies that IjCOoT'l ' Byour Rheumatic tnree-fonrtha, of a id well. My;wlto , and a email por mtyyeaia of age; ad, and I bare not me great plea,are that you can refer to, to niel IRM3TEONO,’ Allegheny City. c wastaken bad N rch (art. Sbo.vaa affered ivised to try your or, ahl gotabottla d s(u* was entirely ?r aaw such madt it till, theft welling jyrjjg# waato U to i In the be4y- i Jl. wife GO gnedf would respectfully i n . m of Altoona and aorroamltn(rcoi* returned fromthe Ea»t, whew he hu ickof , ' ) WINTER GOODS, !ity and price, cannot lie tu'rpMed in . (lie atoek i« much larger thgg 1* quite an object, fn thu* czcitici >*iu. to pnrcheao where they can*get i and at the Lowest Prices, * can and wHI sell as tow, if not i other botpein thia plane. Be wivhct stock before purcliadng else where, ; ii* can offei* inducement! which will is stock consists of S GOODS of every description, S’ WINTER WEAR, * D MISSES’ DRESS SHOES, -.I) BOYS’ BOOTS AND SHOES, MES’S.JIaLE hosi SD MISSUS’ WOOD BOSE, ND CKBLEACHKD MCSUS HAMS AND HEAVY DKILLINGS. ini, Hbetedßooties At lJti'SUt ... vmw !S, very low HIUCEKIES >«gar, Rio Coffee*, Symp*, kc: is usually kept in a Dry GoodsStort, beapert. J. A. SPRANKJJS. TIOjSAL STORE ALTOONA, XBU7 OCCVKED SI J. ». HILXIUN. * /. C U KRY, LOST .RESPECTFULLY public, that be has purchased J. B. i(l>ry Goods, Groceries, Ac.* and will • at the old stand. d from Jtfr. Q. 1 have Jou «dM lortmeot of m, DRESS GOODS, S, NOTIONS, AND SHOES. are; queeeswabe, D WILLOW WARE, >C ERIE'S, OF TOBACCO! tg ttuuUf kept in » firft cbuß coos* bought low for cath and ww be eold >ricee (br caeh or conntry prodn»t tfe to git* me a call before pttrcawlog tfcfeTl can offer rapenor Induce OVES, HEET-IKON WARE. rtSIUNED WOULD KK A large supply wIU *lw*J» -IBOK WARE, to Knot nriatj. & SPOUTING led o cpmwromlthJntr room II teepge; hoa4, iu» iMprlawa t gtK' Jtc. \ k prompt!/to. STgPinty i ad Sheet Iron Ware- TING, &G. 1 mia> respect; tkotltirens of AltooiM^H^a t;lw mutinies, to«BK T ’*' r * will ull ot low B ' Od »l«ge_«Uicic, afJKnifMt.SW- Dfoll Article, for Calitsory,pafpo*-w— -ed the rrjtjjt of nltiptyffl,*)** 1 ! SAUSAGE ; S;Cpp% ~• e<l«onlv tp be *eoi id by every ition p«ld ’to patting op SrOtTTI^, try- -Spouting pdliptw oiwl tgd terms. ;: f«p/il 14, wW v 1 im*,' fiemlnsi; ■ i l«l>ta trretnwu—ln 1 KlN —mat ky mall in mw»MS J wg».' Addrere, 1 AMiclntten, No- j rin Una**tinder' ; j Storeof ,Oi W.KH***" - 3 J7sr**h T^oa rfartepa^j s « — ~ ;■j ;■ - :..j ';• T ~ ! ~' ,l;i! ' F '' - McCKUM & DEKN, VOL. 9. ' THE ALTOONA TRIBUNE, i t a McCRUU, - - ■ • • B. C. DEBN, ,0110*3 Ait t} | riOMIJIOU. v-.r»mnuui, d’«y ftbl ' invari.MyiU vince, sl 60 AU "port diicontiuned »t (to equation ofth« time paid lor fUMI OP A.DPKBTIStSO: I *iu«ertion 2 do. 5 do. r r e, r« rf* fo * «* *iw Ou. siu»re, (8 lme« . IIW 160 200 **° .. n w a«« % so, Ov'r three week* and leu U*u three months, 2S cents per HU «. for each ineert.oh raonths , j Six line# or jle»i * \ Ou« iquare " 4 oo Two “ ’ 8 00 Ti>re« o 00 F c,ur . 10 00 liulf s column u qq Vear ' P r,lh paper pi't or inrffviduxl &^^SSSSSX. SONG OP A THOUSAND YEABS BY HBNRT C. WORK Lift up jour eves desponding freemen! Fling to the winds your needless fears ! He wljo unfurled your beauteous banner, Savs it shall wave a thousand years A thousand years, my o*n Columbia! Tis the glad day so long foretold ! Tis the glad mom whose early twilight Washington saw in times of old. What if the clouds one little moment, Hide the blue Sky where mom appears— When the bright sun that tints them crimson, Rises to shine a thousand years ? A thousand years, &e Tell the great world these blessed tidings I Yes, and he sure the bondman hears ; Tell the oppressed of every nation, Jubilee lasts a thousand years! !, A thousand years, &c. Envious foes beyond the ocean I Little we heed your threat’ning sneers ; Little will they —our children's children — When you are gone a thousand years. A thousand years, Rebels at home! go hide your faces— Weep for your with hittar tears ; i'ou could not bind the blessed daylight. Though von should strive a thousand years, A thousand years. &c, Back to your dens, ye secret traitors ! Down to your own degraded spheres ! Ere the first blaze of dazzling sunshine Shortens your lives a thousand years. A thousand years, &c. Haste thee along, thou glorious noonday ! Oh for the eyes of undent- seers! Olr, for the faith of Him who reckons Each of his days a thousand years !' A thousand years, .& c. fiW |§ist4to»i. THE LEFT-HANDED ASSASSIN. A DETECTIVE’S STOKY. I was called down from Loudon! to Ipswich on au errau'd peculiar to one of my profession. I reached the imi where I was to meet a fel-j low detective, who had expe’udedj both time and patience in attempt-! ing to ferret out a mysterious mur-l der. But it appeared to he oue of those singular cases that defy human detection, and which are generally! abandoned by those appointed to discover the culprit, and left to di vine vengeance.! I met Mr. Croft, who formally re signed in my favor, and after taking a glass of rum punch with him, re turned to the city, while I prepared for my journey. I will now state how matters stood. Some three and a half miles from Ipswich stood a stone mansion, the) property of Charles Simmonds, a ■retired barrister. He resigned 1 his profession, owing to having be queathed to him a handsome legacy by an only brother, who, after amas sing a large fortune in Australia, took it into his head to dye. diaries i was his sole heir. Mr. Simmonds had practised law in Ipswich, but his health had - never Been-very ro bust, and soon after entering Into his legacy he purchased the mansion alluded to, and retired frgra business,. seeking the quiet and rest one in his station so greatly needed. * He married when young, bat he made a great mistake in selecting a-; partner for life. His wife was pret- snare that caught him, but wholly devoid of principle; illiter ate and low in her tastes, she became tlm bane of his life. 1 She had a brother who occasion ally visited the house, and Who in gradated himself into Mr. Sim mond’s favor by his amiable man ners, genteel address, and the fre quent brotherly lectures he read to Mrs. Clara Simmohds, his sister. Maurice Obdyke -was always w'ell dressed when he came to the house, and his conduct was unexceptiona ble, quite in contrast to that of his sister. What his - profession was could not be ascertained by Mr. Simmouds. When he asked his. wife, she-replied she did not know, aiMhe forebore questioning Mr. Ob dyke himself, for the reason that the gentleman never spoke of having any business. All, that could be learned was that he- resided in Lou don, made" periodical visits to Ips wich and remained there two or three days, then left again, whither no one could tell, orthose who could would not. ( 5 00 7 00 10 00| 12 00 U 00 20 00 40 00 . 1 76 $ 3 OO 4 00 6 OO 8 00 10 00 14 00 25 00 When Mr. Simmonds retired from business and took possession of the mansion, Obdyke came more fre quently and bis,visits more prolong ed. In spite of bis lectures he and his sister seemed to agree amazing ly well' and to Mr. Simmonds’ great satisfaction she grew more refined, or, more properly speaking, less vul gar every day. Refined she would probably never be—it was not in her nature to be so—but she managed, by some -means, to render herself less obnoxious to her husband, and be conducted himself towards her accordingly. Matters stdod thus five years, when Mrs.. Clara Sim monds contracted a malignant fever and died in five days after the symp toms manifested • themselves. This occurred during the absence of her brother, and she was interred before be even knew that she .was sick. When be beard of the sad event, bis rage was terrible to behold. He accused Charles Simmonds of being the indirect, cause of her death, and threatened "’to have -the affair thor oughly But ascertain ing that bis sister died from natural causes, be suddenly disappeared from the neighborhood, and came to visit Charles Simmonds no more. There were no children born to Mr. Simmonds; hence, in the event of his death, the estate would fall iuto the bauds Of distant relatives.’’ who had gone to America years be fore. - Oue day, EOme time after the death of his wife, Charles. Simmonds ex amined her personal-effects, and was surprised to find among her papers a will with her signature attached ,to it. Rather amused at this discov ery he sat down to read it, and found that she had,- in ease of her death, bequeathed all her real aud personal property to her .brother, Maurice Obdyke. ■. Her property, when she had none to Bequeath.— She was as poor as a ehureli mouse (to use a homely hilt quite forcible phrase) when ‘Charles Simmonds married her. Where, then, was the legacy to her brothea - to come from? Tims reasoned tjhe - widower when he read die euribus'document; .but presently the truth flashed upon his brain. This letter had been made in the expectation that she would survive him, then she and her broth er would revel in his w r ealth, and af ter her death all would be his. “Was this a conspiracy against him f ’ was his mental question; “had they calculated confidently on his demise? If so,; is it not proba ble that they meditated using means to accomplish the desired object?” Horrible thought. • He turned to the will to see the date. It had been written six-months previous to her death; the -witnesses names were not familiar to him.— ‘He communicated this discovery to his legal adviser, and mentioned the suspicion that had entered his breast. The attorney said that it looked re markably suspicious, yet still they might have mean# no harm. The attorney added : r , “If such a plot did exist, it does so no longer, at least it cannot affect you; for what well Id Maurice Ob dyke gain by your death ?” “True,” Simmonds, need not fear anything from him. Yet in two weekk from this con versation, Charles; Simmonds was found sitting in his chair in the li brary, stone dead’- Ho had been shot through the heart, the ball en- - tering Jus back. Etc must have been dead many flours betbre discovered the strangest ALTOONA, PA., SATURDAY, JAIQJABY 7, 1866. part of the aftair was, that none of them the report of the pistol or gun. He entered his library'after, sup per, and, as was his usual custom, sat there reading, until the hour of retiring—which was eleven o’clock. They discovered his dead body, in the morning,, and at once gave the alarm.—All these particulars My. Croft related to me, and he • hada little faith in my ability to make any more out of the aftair than what he had done. I reached the mansion, and at once entered upon the busi ness that had brought me there. I examined the room where the mur der had. been committed and discov ered that Mr. Simmonds had been sitting with, his back towards the window at the time he was shot, and so true had been tire aim, that the ball sped through the heart, com pletely severving it in two, as was as certained by a postmortem examin ation. A broken pane of glass in the library window attested whence the shot came. The library was on the second floor, and situated in the north wing, of the mansion. To gain access to this window—the only one the room contained—the murderer must have encountered great -diffi culty, unless he used a ladder to reach it. There was but one other way, which was to climb to the win dow by the leaden water spout. I examined the .ground beneath the window, and could see no sign of a ladder being placed there ; not a trace 1 of footsteps were visible, and I came to the conclusion that recourse was had to the spout. .. I procured a ladder, and placed it beside, the water spout, and made a careful ex amination of it from up to the libra ry window. •, I was soon assured that the mur derer had made use of that meaifs to reach the window. The lead was soft and yielding, and bore the finger marks of the assassin—each finger having made an impression on the metal. When I had finished this part of the examination, I sat down and pondered well over the matter. I had made two very important dis coveries ; one was, the assassin must have fifed the weapon with his hand, for I was perfectly, convinced that no man could have held him self by the water spoilt with the left hand, and reached the window with the right, so as to enable him to fire at an object in the middle of the room, where Mr. Simmouda invari ably sat while reading, and where he was found seated when disc in the morning.—Xow, wha I deduce from this circumstai the fact that' the assassin -v hitnded. My reason for this tion was a good one. Xom left handed person could hav so fatal a shot from the posi must necessarily have occu r .. the time ; and that he knew how to use the weapon was also manifest, for no'chance §hot could have been so fatal iu a thousand trials. This then was conclusive evidence, and though I made the discovery, I com municated it to no one. The other discovery was no less important. The man who climed up the spout had but three fingers on the right hand! This was plainly seen by the finger marks on the met al ; the spout was marked but in four places by the right hand—the thumb and three fingers, the index finger was gone. , : I gave instructions not to allow any one to meddle with’ the spout, and deputized a constable to see that my orders were strictly obeyed. T next questioned the servants of the late Mr. Simmonds, fourin num ber, and elicited the following in formation : „ . On the evening previous to the finding of ’the dead body of Mr. Simmons, a-female mendicant slop ed at the mansion, and requested permission to stop over night. The woman, a delicate looking creature, seemed much Worn out by her tramp during the day, and the kind heart ed cook hade'her stayi at .the same time asking her to take a cup of tea ancl something to eat. ' , “I Theippor creature was 'half star ved, and ate ravenously ; after sat isfying her hunger she laid down on a bed the cook had prepared on the floor for her, and in a short time fell asleep. ■ The woman had a small black travelling valise with Her, which [INDEPENDENT IN she placed under her lying dpWh. | Next morning the«woman had gone before any one else had arisen, and, strange to say, she had left the black valise lying in some bushes in the rear „6f the house* It was not discovered until the departure of Mr. Croft, the detective. I instantly asked toaee the valise; it was produced, and il broke the lock without hesitation, hoplng> I might get some further clue he? perpetrators that.this (probably pre tended) mendicant was an accom plice. The valise.contained absolutely nothing—it was empty. I was on the point of throwing it aside, when I felt tl. -. rustling of the paper in the lining; I fished it from its hiding place ; it proved to be a let ter—its date was three w’eeks old. The, envelope had no address on it, nor had the letter any signature.— It ran thus: Ipswich,jJtme 3d, 1859. “Call on me, No. 33 Holling| Court, and ask for me. I have a fat job for you and your girl.— Cull between the hour of nine audited in the even ing. Burn this letter after you dare read it.” This was all the letter contained; no names were mentioned. It was evident that the request to destroy the note had not been complied with—why, I could only conjecture. Either the recipient meant to keep it for future use, or it had been lost sight of; for when I found it, it was imbedded within the folds .of the coarse lining of the valise in such a manner as almost to escape the notice of any one but that of a de tective, bent upon getting every clue he possibly could to ferret out a murderer. The reader has seen how even I came very near throw ing away this, perhaps important document: I made strict inquiries whether anything had been purloined by this woman, and was answered in the negative; at least they supposed not, for nothing hadyet been missed. The kitchen door leading out into the yard, as well as the gate, had been left unfastened by the wo man, I followed the path she had probably taken when leaving the mansion, and came upon a dump of bushes, where were strewed some scraps of newspaper—these I exam ined, and saw they pieces of a Loudon paper. While mechanically placing the pieces of'newspaper m my pocket, I cast my eyes around the spot, and presently they alighted on a square d of 'ut four oun )d it up—the ie bottle con perhaps two it designated hloroform. I *6n convinced ie. The label place of an apothecary well known to me. I concluded to keep the bottle* for the purpose of ascertaining who had purchased it and its contents; I had no doubt now that the sub tle drug had been used as a means to stupefy the inmates of the man sion while the murder was, commit ted. The woman had probably put the servants to sleep, and her hus band, from the' outside, committed the dastardly deed. The reason he did not enter the house and do the deed while the’ servants were ren dered insensible, Was probably owing to the fact that Sim monds invariably barred the library door when he retired at night.- 1 — The fact must have been known to the assassin, hence the; mode he adopted to accomplish his obj ect. I obtained no further clue; in fact I thought I had sufficient for my purpose. I came to the follow ing conclusions, and contemplated acting upon them: . : ■Some intelligent person who de sired revenge on Mr. Simmonds, had hired another person and his wife to do the deed he himself probably shrank from, I had every reason to suspect Opdyke as the principal ,in this affidr, and it was my object first to find hut where he resided in London, and then to take measures to ferret out this leffi handed murderer. v The reason I wished to see Mau rice Obdyke teas to discover wheth er he was left-handed’ or whether he was minus a finger on the other hand. I forebore Questioning the, servants oh r tMa sUbject'; probably head before they might have informed me < cor rectly, but then aervatits will talk, and. my secrets would have been thrown to the winds, which might have wafted my suspicious into the ears of the culprit. To avoid this contretemps I held' my tongue and started for London, : j I called ppoty th^a£othe«ary r -and handed Win the bottle, I asked him if he recollected to whom he had sold the chloroform. He ;at once .replied in the normative, and gave the name of Obdyke. [I was finite surprised at this information, and could not speak for a| moment, so .unexpected waaj it., I had duly hop ed to get a partial description of the purchaser, and intended to compare it with' that of Obdyke, a descrip tion of whom I had obtained from the legal adviser of the late Charles Simmonds. ~ “Are you acquainted with Mr. Obdyke?” I asked. “'No, sir.” | “ How, then; do. you know that it was he who purchased the drug?” “Because, just as he paid for it, another gentleman entered the shop and called him by name.” I here made the apothecary de scribe the personal appearance of Obdyke, and it tallied with ’ that given me by Mr. Yates, the attor ney at Ipswich; I had an advertisement | inserted in the principajl papers, -by which means I ascertained thfe residence of Maurice Obdyke. He i lived in fine style, and was presumed to be a gamester by vocation. He was unmarried, but entertained his ac quaintances iu a superb manner.— He had some half dozed servants to minister to his wishes, 1 I managed to become acquainted with a. person who had the entree of his house, and | had the satisfaction of (accompanying him one day to one of Obdyke’s regal entertain ments. To all casual! observers I entered upon the enjoyments of the hour with great zest, but I never theless kept a keen eye upon ; all that transpired around me. I soon convinced mystelf that Obdyke was not left-handed, nor had he lost one of his fingers. It was then certain that he was not the actual perpetra tor of the. deed. I examined the hands of every guest, but could not discover my man. One, it is true, I took to be left-handed from the fact that he always took up his glass* with that hand; but then ‘that was nothing, for I knew'fight hand folks to do the same thing. I, however, looked at his right hand;; the fin gers were all there, or at least ap peared to be, for the man iwore kid gloves. ~ s Suddenly a bright-idea entered my brain, and I resolved to cany; it out. I provided myself with a pin, and watched for an opportunity wfien he would lay his hand on a chair or table. In the-meantime I had been introduced to, hiifi; he called himself David! Jarret, and was a married man. The opportunity presented itself; ie rested his right hand on the table, when I directed his attention to a distant part of the' foom, and whiles he loosed I drove the pin into his index finger, just above the first joint. ,■ He did not move his hand I I with drew the pin—it came out as easily as it had entered: The substance it had entered was not flesh, but cotton. I beheld the assassin of Charles Simmouyds—of that I was firmly convinced. But I was resolved to try another tesjt? I had the letter found in the valise in my possession. I went home, took an extract copy from it, then sent a copy in an en velope to Mr. Obdyke by a boy, after which I returned to the saloons of my host, excusing myself for the temporary absence. _ According! to my instructions, the lad entered the room and handed the envelope to Maurice Obdyke.— I had written nothing in it I merely'sent the copy, i I wanted to sf e how it affected him. , 1 The ruse was perfectly successful. As soon as he glanced at it he turned pale, and when he eopcludcd it he cist a frightened glance aroundhim, then leisurely sauntering towards the spof where Jmrrqf sat playing Cjards, he handed him the note, then beckoned him to follow: Obdyke entered a ride door, presently fol lowed t>y nib accomplice. Now was i-' . \ the period for action. , I had sortie . half doaeh of the boldest policemen stationed within hearing, t gtwe foe signal, then entered, and m a very time bad my birds caged. It was subsequently ascertained that Mr. Sinunondabad been robbed of n very large amQDiit ofcgold-aud ne aasassm must have entered the bouse after des patching his victim, aad added rob bery to/ that of murder. 1 could now account for the splendid man ner in which Mr. Maurice Obdyke lived. He lived on bis blood money. The evidence against the culprits was too strong to admit of any doubt of their guilt. They were duly arraigned, and their exe cution followed close upon their conviction. I, * I gained two things by my parti cipation in the affair tbatOroftbad • abandoned in despair. The first waS one thousand pounds, which was the reward offered for * the ap prehension of the assassin. Tne rS other was, I gained the reputation of bpiug the shrewdest detective in the entire force, a title Crpft envied me not a little, THE BOAB TQ POOR FARMING. As the road to poor farming is not generally understood, though it is crowded with travellers, we throw up the following landmarks, from the Springfield Republican, for the common benefit: Ist. Invest all your capital in hand and run in debt for more. 2d. Hire'phoney tp .stocks: your farm. 3d. Have no faith in your own business and be always ready to sell out. ; , 4th. Buy mean cows, spavined horses, poor oxen and cheap tools. sth. Feed bog T hay and mouldy corptalk exclusively, in order to keqp your stock tame; fiery cattle afexerribly hard on old, rickety wag ons andplows. 6th. Use the oil of hickory freely whenever your oxen need strength; it is cheaper than hay or meal, keeps the hair lively, and pounds out all the grubs. 7th. Select such calves for stock as the butchers shun—-beauties of runt, thin in the hams, and pot . bel lied ; but Jbe sur|e and keep their /blood thin by scanty herbage.— Animals are safest to breed from that havn’t strength to fferd, Bth. Be cautious about manufac turing manure ; it makes the fields look black and mournful about planting time; besides it is a deal of work to haul it. EDrrOBS AND p] 9th. Never waste time by setting put fruit and shade trees ; fruit and leaves rotting around a place make it unhealthy. tSf* An elephant and bull fight took; place .lately at Saragossa, Spain. The elephant was walking quietly about the arena when the first ball was released, and rushed at it with all his might. The ele phant received bis antagonist with great coolness, and threw him down with ' the Utmost ease. The bull rose again and made two more at tacks, which the elephant resented by killing him with a thrust of his tusks. Th 4 conqueror did hot seem in the least excited, but quietly drank some water offered by Jus keeper, and" ate several’ ears of Indian com. A second hull whs then released, and, in a few minutes, suffered the same fate as the first. DISAPBpDfTEb.—A man applied to Dr. Jackson, the celebrated chemist, with a box of specimens. “ Gan you tell me what this is, sir?”— Certainly I can, Ur; that is iron pyrites.” ‘‘What sir? in a. voice of thunder. “ Iron pyrites! Iron py r rites! And what’s that?” “That’s what it is,” said the chemist, putting a lot on the shovel over the hot where it “Dross;”— and what are iron pyrites worth?” “Nothing.” “Nothing! ./Why there’s a woman in pur town who owns a whole hill of that—and I’ve married her!” ■ > " , ',lBl. Whemithings-igetto he worst they generally take a turn fpr the better. K This proverb appUea more particularly to a lady’s silk dress, when she oannot aif ora to 'get a h&k one., A ■ ■ -4= * - : - ‘ . *-'■ x}l ‘ ’ *» NO. 40.