The Altoona tribune. (Altoona, Pa.) 1856-19??, January 07, 1865, Image 1

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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.
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.
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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
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. ' ,
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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