Butler citizen. (Butler, Pa.) 1877-1922, March 17, 1880, Image 1

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Ad.lrew tbk BIIT ,. KK ciTIZtS,
(r.ntier lime.)
: \r Hulier for St. Joe, MIIUTBIOWD.
K .ri-K City, r*<'r...u, Parker, tic., at 7.35 a. lu .
a-.-' 2.05 -1:1(1 7jd | in {See below lor con
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Ti-.iu» arrive at Butler from the :i!iore
point* ;t 7. 5 i. m una IA f ), :iu«l 0.-VS i in
The 1-56 irain conned* »iih train tbe West
Peun rtrui ■ br"Uift. to Piui-hariili.
Trau- <iive ICiilwdV Mill, Butter county.
Har:!-.! >, Mrcenville, elf., al 7.40 a. m.
a: <1 l> JO in 2.21 ip. m.
-j T . r .. r >.ia it 530 a m lor <*<
tn.ii i(l at 10. « i. tn '• r train
H L .(urn le'ivc llt.iiaril on arrival of
t. il a, IU. and 1.50 p. NI.
- |.je leavt-« Martin-bur# at H..'10 for 12.30
mnnmAiiA RAILRO -.D.
1 jin* leave Sutler tßutler or Pitutmrea Tiuie.)
Market -it SOB a. ui., tciM to Alle
gheny, ir<- vinz at »i*l a ra. Tbl- train coo
l ■ at Krrvpwrt wilh Krwport A(dinn:otla
l_uu. which arrl.'P# »t Alluhcny at 3.20 a. in.,
l.iltr-Hid time.
F.xj-i 'tt .it 7.21 a. ni, eonßeetimr i«l Butlir
JUMIOTI. wi!(j"oi «-tian>fe of enre, at H.'-fi with
f xp.e-b W'*»t,
a t r> ET'-ri** e*i>t arriving at Blain-villc
A' ii .i. ui. r.ibrtmd time.
\fail it 3 .'sfi |> a-, cotmoctine at Butler Junc
t. .bWUtiout iiiui:ue ol Ci«r». with Exprew. west,
arrtvintr In All« i.'bt-ny at 520 p. in., and Ex
pr:-» i-iift nrrivinir at Blnirsrille lnfrvrtinr;
a> I.TO p. m railr i.nl tiinf, which eonne. U w'th
Y lil.ulcll'hia Kxpri-M eaot, when ou tiute.
The 7.21 a. ni tri.in connects at Blaireville
at 11.05 a tu the Mill t»«t, and ts.e 2M
p. m. irtii at «.M with ibe Pliil tdelphia Et
j r-*a e !-'t.
Trfilis ariire at Boiler o 0 We»t Penn K. K at
S i a tn , 5 <*' a (I 7.20 p. in.. Butler time Tbc
£ M and Iraiiir, i-' iiuecl wiib taimi on !
t' Butler & Parker K. K. Sun ay triiu iiriirea i
a! P.ntle*M 11.11 a. in., with train {
for I'arker.
Haiti Line.
■oa'rh trains I'-ATH Ptrishnrirfi tor the E.if
j rr. .ind s i** a in. and 1251, 421 ar:d R.*'t p
t irrivine a' Philadelphia at 5.40 nn«J 7.20 ,
I .i mi (13.00. 7" and 740 p m.; at Baltimore '
3 < ~'it ihe oan.e t>ine. al New York three, hours
Inter, and at Washington al>out one and a ball
b>>ura Inter.
mr-i-ly] HOTLER. l'A. j
o|# MTALDRON. Or dnale of tbe Phil
fi adelpbls Dental College,!* prepiircd
% fl •to do nnjtbine in tbe line of bU
profi»-lon ir a-ati«faetory manner.
Olß<* on Main street, Butler, Union Bioclt,
n'. «t!iir«. apll
1 i' i-m S. B 'Td h"» 3'Jll *rrrn of So. 1 Prairie I
1.-ml in Bn'ler conntv, Knii-nr. which he will i
< 1 for 100 acres in this county. and pay {
diffmiKtil auv.
large tinnil er of CHEAP FAIIMN for -ale
ii . n.m »v We*t Yirjrtnia, Mihiio'iri and Kan-i
k Api>l?ti> W». K. BOYD.
rS- 'Jut Vogeley Honae. butler. Pa
A hiirf»ome -ix-r. mu frame h'>u-<-, located
o" Blttf! Mreet. northwestern part »>( Butler. '
J."' iVtx 17' i All i v ouibuildintr*.
: Eli MS— ()• •••-bird cash 'iijd balance in (our '■
e',:- Annual pa}mints. I:> quire at thin otliee
\ aliuhle Farm for Sale
Tl e undersigned offer* at private Bale the
fa mi iai.-lv owued by fiobert Oilleand, dec'd,
Jain of Middles* x t owi'sliip. containing
162 ArrrN,
IB 1 ■<• of less. w.th % two-storr brick honoe and
J \l barn, hay house wagon shed and other
ont nildingr. Two good orchsrds thereon. 13<)
n nu cieiied, balance in good timber, easy of
l.v about o< e-lia,f nnle froui Butler and t
Pittsburgh plank road Mid l„ l -j miles from new
°natTou -gani.'e railroad. i.« a ell improved an.l in ;
gornl condition. and ii- well adapted for dairy .
pKtjiofeOM. For terms apply to
d< cl'tf] Bakerstown, Allegheny Co.. Pa.
For teale.
Tho well-impro\ed faitn of B«. W Ii Hutch
is<-»i.in tho northeast comer of Middlesex town
ship. Butter court*. Pa . is now ofTer«yl for sale.
10 > Inquire of W 1C FKISBEE, on the prem
iers. aplfitf
fj will luij a otie-liall interest. in a tood bu»- i
. iu.s« in One who knows koine- j
11 oiralw-ui larmlor prek-rred. An honest man |
* tt; the alsm <■ iino.nit will do well to adores* i
I , letter. SMITH JOHN#, care 8. M James, i
f iherty -tr-et. Fitl-burtrh, Fa |au'J7-ly !
I ll*. ttIiTLKR
811 T LEil. PA.
Kx. CAMPbPi.r. JAM. D. Anukksox.
Pre»id«nt. Vice President.
Wm. Caxkbell, Jr., Cashier.
William Campbell, J. W. Irwin,
J an. D. Anderson. George Weber.
Joeeph L. Purvis.
O >ea a General Banking A Exchange business.
Interact p iid on time deposits Collections made
ti A nrornpt returns at low rates of Exchange
Gol-1 Fxchange and Government' Bonds bought
ami sold. Commercial pa|ier, bonds, judgment
tod otherseriiritiee boiiaht at fair ratee la2fl:ly
liirorpornlcil IHltt.
A v\- #7 0<5,«4.4»
I i»«-. in (sl>-.r., WI.OO ,000
« -IT McJ'NKIN ti. H"N, Agents,
j"ii :Bly Jefferson street, butler, Pa.
Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
Office Cor. Main and Cunningham Sts.
WM CAMI'BKLL. Tkkasuhkb
J L. Furrta, E. A. Heltuboldt.
. V, illiam Campbell, J W. Bniktiart.
A I'routiuuu, Jacoti Sctim-ne,
G. C. R'ie»»lng, John Caldwell,
Pr. W. Irvin, W. W D.^lds,
J. W.Christy H. C. Helot-man.
JAS. T, M'JUNKIN, Gen- A«'t
STTT7X>^?'R < I 3 A.
Tl.ree acres of ground, large honae and utor
g t< . with <• nth'jldiiigs good water at the door,
aod good Tonng on-hard. Ia aix milea Iron
- Put ler; and a good location for a country atore
Will Ktve {KMwesaion ittmadtatelr Inquire at
'• Bntlur Pa.
Ct fn '"".day at 1 rne Humpies worti.
'l'-* -ft (vtfu. A Cou
sou*. Qb olj
Boot and Shoe Store
John Bickel,
The largest and most complete stock of Goods ever brought
to Butler is now being opened b}' me at 1113* store. It comprises
Boots, Shoes, Gaiters, Slippers,
Misses' & Children's Shoes,
in great variety. AIL Goods were purchased for CASH
in the Eastern markets, and therefore I can sell them at the
Old Prices, and
Lines of Philadelphia, New Yoik and Boston Goods embrace
mv stcck, and customers can take their choice.
I M" ea.ll What I Say:
All can cail and see for themselves. The best of satisfaction
will be given li»r CASH.
of Goods in my store cannot be excelled by any other house in
the county, for proof of which a prrsonal inspection is all that is
and Findings
at Pittsburgh prices Shoemakers should come and purchase if
they wish to obtain material cheap.
Proprietors of the Weil-Known Splendid
We wish to inform th<; public that we have remodeled our Mill with the
latent improved
Gradual Reduction System Machinery,
which is well known by Milli-rn to be the bent in existence. We can nay to
Farmers and Producer* of wheat thut it will In* profitable to them
to give UK a trial. We claim that we can make a
out of the fnme number of bushels of wheat than any other Mill in the
county, and equal to anv first-elans Mill in the citv, or Western Mills.
The new Mill, un d f< r bought of Munson k Hro., 1
Utica, N. .; the (jcorpe '1". Smith Middlings Purifier, bought
at .Jack.-on. Mich., together with Bolting Cloths,
Heals, Convey era, A:c., suitable for
the Machinery, cannot be
Excelled in the United States
or elsewhere. This mny seem an exaggeration to some, but we wish the pub
lic to know that we ore aUe to perform all that we publish, as we have given
our machinery a thorough test in the presence of several good Millers and
Millwrights, and it has proven even better than it was guaranteed to do.
We are also remodeling our Mill for
Grinding Other Kinds of Grain,
which will he entirely satisfactory to our customers. Farmers wishing to
have their grist home with them the same day, can do so ou
short notice. They will thereby save another trip.
Buckwheat Flour, Bolted and Unbolted Corn Meal, different kinds of Chop,
Bran and Mill Feed, all of tbe best quality and at the
p^Parties in town purchasing from us will have their orders promptly
atended to aud articles delivered at their place of residence.
j- We Pey Highest Market Prtoe for ail Kimfo of Grata
John I.efevrp, Charged with the
Murder of His Wife, Before
the Bar cf Justice,
In our issue of the 24th of Decem
ber last we made r. note of the circum
stances that led to the arrest of John
Left vre, of Jefferson township, this
county, on the charge of murdering
his wife Sarah, vee Harbison, aud in
our issue of the Tih of January last
we gave the proceedings and result of
a bearing held before Esq. Keck, of
this place, Mr Lefevre being held to
await the action of the Grand Jury.
That body having found a true bill
against Mr. L.. the case came on for
trial on Monday afternoon of last
week, Bth in.-t.
The Commonwealth was represented
by llist. Attorney Forquer and Messrs.
Bowser and McCandless, and the de
fendant bv Messrs. Thompson k -Scott,
Greer and McQuistion.
Before arraigning the defendant, a
motion was made by his counsel for
furtiier specifications or particulars of
the manner of the alleged killing than
were set forth in the bill of indictment
This reque.-t the Court ordered to be
complied with to a certain extent, and
the prosecution confining the charge of
killing to strangulation and blows, and,
after being done, the defendant was
arraigned and plead not guilty, putting
himself upon God and his country, ac
cording to the forms required in such
A jury was obtained during the
afternoon without much trouble, the
following twelve of the regular panel
summoned being cLosen and sworn:
1. J. M Clceland.
2. Isaac Wible.
3. Sutton Harper.
4. John Kifley.
5. William lJromfield.
6. F. T. Shaffer.
7. William Curry.
8. Joseph Lehman.
!). S. P. Eakio.
10. Samuel Bolton.
11. Thomas Garvey.
12. Janie.~ Croft.
The District Attorney opened the
case on part of the Commonwealth,
after which the examination of wit
nesses was proceeded with. The fol
lowing is a synopsis of
Smith Greer was called and testified
that he resided sixty rods from defend
ant's house : that on Dec. 15th, about
11 A. M., he saw Lefevre motioning
him to go to him ; he did so and fol
lowed Lefevre to his house, saw body
of Mrs. Lefevre iu the kitchen, her
feet on the carpet strip of tbe hall
door; her face was colored —a kind of
reddish shade — and very much swol
len ; blood in several spots on the
stairs and floor, hair down and bloody;
Lefevre said to witness that his wife
had got the churn ready for him to do
the churning, antl then went up stairs
beans to cook, soon after which
he heard a scream up stairs and then a
fall, aud running, found the body at
the foot of the stairs, the feet up on
the stairs and the back of the neck
over the lower step of the stairs ; this
was Monday; Tuesday while Greer
was at sup|>er, defendant complained
of a sore hand and said be had hurt ir
breaking a lump of coal ; his hand was
much swollen.
Court adjourned till to-morrow at
A. M.
Court convened at II o'clock. The
room was well filled with spectators.
The prisoner came in serenely, and
several times during the day indulged
in a smile at the witticisms of the
Tbe first witness was Smith Greer,
who was recalled to testify to the cor
rectness of the diagram of the house.
Mitchell Hcekert testified that he had
made the model.
Mrs. Eliza Kaufohl testified—Help
ed to wash and lay out corpse on Tues
day : head and neck yery much swol
len ; mark about as wide as two fin
gers around her neck ; face and neck
was kind of bluish yellow color; mark
on breast and under right eye ; thought
side of head appeared soft anil as 1
washed blood out of her hair it came
out ; her hair was all tangled and
bloody ; her lift ear was slit up and
her right ear was slit across ; I saw
defendant that day in the bouse ; he
looked sorry looking.
Mrs. Thomas Greer, sworn — Reside
about fiO rods from and iu sight of
Lefevre's house ; saw him motion to
my son Smith ; he went up, returned
at once and I went up; think it was
between half-past 11 and 12; found
Mrs. L. lying in the kitchen, feet on
carpet; the strip was off the door
into the hall ; she was dead ; her right
•rye was black ; Lefevre said they
were churning ; she; told him to churn
until she would go up stairs for beans
to cook for the little folks'supper when
they came home from school ; as he
was churning he beard a scream and a
fall; opened the door, ran to the foot
of the stairs and found Mrs. Lefevre
lying with the back of her neck on the
lower step and feet up in the corner of
the winding stairs; I saw blood on
the first step of tbe stairs ; also on the
floor in the hall, and by the pantry
door near the stairs I saw quite a spot
of blood that looked like as if some
thing bloody had rolled over tin- floor;
Lefevre said be had pulled Mrs. Le
fevre off the stairs and straightened
her out in tbe hali ; the spot where
the blood was would correspond to the
description of where she laid ; her
eyes and mouth were closed, hands
open and arms limber.
Miss Louisa McCaskey, sworn —
Reside within fifty rods of Lefevre's;
got there about \2 o'clock; saw the
body in the kitchen on the floor with
a piece of carpet under the head ; Le
fevre was standing in the kitchen ; did
not speak when I went in; Mrs. Le
fevre's eyes were shut, nicuth closed
and tbe tongue not protruding; did
not touch tbe body ; the face and neck
was yery much swollen, and as near
as I can describe it was of a dark mu
latto color all over her face, and all
around her nw;k was a swollen cord
fJf uWJUttVvtt tfcjgwtf trtWOMj } ito uVb
was very much swollen, ami there
was a mark under one of her eyes; I
noticed her right ear was cut across ;
that was all the mark ; I saw blood
ion the lower step : another mark of
j blood about the size of my h«nd about
1 ten or twelve inches from the step on
the floor; then about eighteen inches
or two feet from the stair step a spot
of blood about teu inches wide and fif
teen long; this was neither a pool of
blood nor a stream, but a smear ;
I looked as if it had been rubbed there;
I suggested to Lefevre that an inquest
, had better be held ; be said it was no
use; that he was there when she fell
down the stairs.
A. P. Cas key, Mrs. James Duffy
and James Wike's testimony corrobor
ates that of Mrs. Greer and Miss Mc-
Daniel Spires testified that la-t sum
mer, about the time Lefevre*s wife had
him arrested for desertion, be met him
at Hannabstowu. lie told me he was
going down to make up with his wife
until he got his matter.- in shape, and
then he would leave her; that it would
not be long he would live with her; I
saw Lefevre's hand the day alter Mrs.
Lefevre 's death ; his right hand was
very much swollen, the fingers ami
back of the hand puffed up; he said he
was out getting coal on Monday even
ing, and iu breaking a lump with a
mattock in the dark, struck the back ol'
his hand against another lump of coal;
saw it on Wednesday again ; there
was no mark or abrasion of the skin ;
I am a coal miner, and I do not think
he could strike his hand against coal
to cause such a swelling without mak
ing marks; his hand was clear of
marks both times 1 saw it.
Harry Cooper, a little eleven year
old son of the dead woman by her first
hu.-band, testified. Resided with
mother, stepfather and two brothers ;
was at home on the Monday prior to
mother's death ; her and John (mean
ing stepfather) quarreled all day Sun
day, as tbev usually did ; on Monday
morning Henry Loudenslaker came to
get a flail fixed while we were at break
fast ; Lefevre said he had made two flails
and got nothing, and would not make
anv more, and besides he had no shav
ing-horse ; mother said if it was for
Pughs he could do it; he replied,
"You're aG— D liar;" I went to
school about 8 o'clock and that was all
1 saw that time. One time last summer,
on Sunday, we went to prayer-meet
ing, and some boys chased us home ;
lie said for us to go back; mother said
no ; he got a rod and was going to
whip Willie ; mother said if he wanted
to strike anybody to strike her; ho
struck her three times on the back,
knocked her down aud kicked her; she
got up and seized the fire poker ; he
said if she hit him he would knock her
brains out; they nearly always fought
on Sunday ; after mother was buried
John Lefevre, son of the defendant,
who lives in Butler, was there, and
wanted his father to come and
live with him ; he said maybe he would
come up sooner than he expected ;
John said you are your own
now, and he said be was ;
mother had shoes on when we left
Monday to go to school.
On cross-examination the counsel
tried to get Harry to say be told Smith
Greer that she had a pair of Lefevre's
boots on, hut Harry stuck to the text.
A long and tedious cross-examination
by Col. Thompson failed to elicit any
thing except that Dan Duffy had
talked to him about the boots before he
went before the grand jury lasl week.
Harry's testimony was delivered in
such an innocent and straightforward
manner as to convince all he was tell
ing the truth. All the ingenuity of the
counsel and confronting him with his
testimony before the committing mag
istrate could not disturb him.
Here Court took a recess until 2 i\ M.
At 2 I*. M. the Court met and Harry
Cooper's cross-examination was con
tined. Col. Thompson quizzed him
for half an hour, but to no purpose.
Tommy Cooper, a thirteen-year old
son of the dead woman, was then
called. He corroborated his brother
Henry in all respects, except that he
thought his mother wore boots instead
of shoes, and that Lefevre said to his
wife, you are a d d infernal liar,
instead of G d liar.
The little German boy, Henry Lou
derslaker, came next. He came to
Lefevre to get a flail fixed ; he corrob
orated the Cooper boys, except he says
Lefevre told his wife it was a lie, leav
ing off the adjectives.
Daniel Duffy testified that about 12
M. he saw tbe body ; the face and neck
were much sWollcn ; cartilage of botli
ears cut through; body lying on the
back ; both ears full of blood ; mark
two inches wide clear around the neck,
wider under the chin than any place
else ; two marks on the forehead, as
though made by the knuckles; mark |
under the right eye, as if made by a
thumb nail ; two marks on her breast ;
face so much swollen he could not
have told who she was if he had not
seen her in the house of Lefevre ; the
mouth and eyes were closed ; blood
-an from the right nostril when she
was raised from the floor ; black mark
on the right wrist and elbow ; witness
also corroborated Daniel Spiies as to
the condition of Lefevre's right hand
the Tuesday and Wednesday follow
ing, and as to the cause of the hurt as
told by defendant; after the arrest of
defendant went with Bowser and For
quer, attorneys, to the house of Lefe
vre, to h t them Tn, the key being left
with me. Up stair.-, on tbe wall plate
under the roof, Mr. Forquer found a
mop of woolen cloth of two different
■ colors, covered with loose boards and
an old skillet; the cloth appeared to
' be bloody, aud contained hair; he sup
posed from its length it to be the wo
man's hair. Col. Thompson subjected
witness to a crohs-oxarainatiou of two
hours, forcing him to admit he had
takeo an active part in bringing up
1 witnesses, and in fact urging the in
formation against the defendant. He
testified that Mrs. Pugh mopped up
the blood with a coarse floor cloth, but
the witness, without having it iu his
bands, swears the cloth found by Mr.
Forquer is not that cloth. IIi» posi
tive testimony for tbe prosecution w.i»
ifUUfrv tAAfc/u Ou WAX* lamtuwlu ■
The Cooper boys say Lefevre had dirty
brown overalls on when they started
to school on Monday. Duffy says he
had dark pantaloons on at 12 o'clock,
when he saw him first.
Wrn. Smith corroborated the other
witnesses as to the marks, and testified
thi»t Lefevre hud overall* on when he
saw him on Monday at 12 o'clock, thus
flatly contradicting Duffy.
The first witness called was Rachel
Reigcr, who swore that on Tuesday
evening after the death of Mrs. Lefe
vre she helped dress the corpse and
saw the marks and the ring around the
neck described by other witnesses Iti
pulling one of the stockings off the
body, witness observed that the leg
was badly swollen. In sweeping up the
beans in the hall she found some of
thcin sticking- fa?.t in a spot of blood.
Itefore the inquest Lefevre ap|»eared
much distressed and down-hearted, but
.-lie observed that as soon as the ver
dict of accidental death was rendered ,
he became very lively and talked
free I v.
Lucy Lang, who also assisted to
dress the corpse, testified upon that
point and said Lefevre remarked as he
he pulled off one of the stockings of his
dead wife, "that is a good fat leg."'
She also heard him tell Susy Harbison,
mother of the deceased, that when he
found the body he pulled it half way
into the kitchen, through the door op
posite tbe stairway, and then ran to
notify the Greers.
The next witness wi.s Win. Harbi
son, brother of Mrs. Lefevre, who tes
tified as to the marks on her head and
neck. He said the head and face were
swollen and disfigured so as to be be
yond recognition.
Joseph Harbison, another brother,
testified: (Jot to Lefevre's house Tues
day after sister was in her coffin ; ex
amined the stairs; saw what I aui
positive was a spot of blood on the
fourth step from top of stairs ; saw
blood on first ami second riser of stairs ;
when stair door was closed tbe only
part of stairs in view was first and sec
ond riser and step.
Dan. Duffy recalled — Saw a tin pan
holding half a gallon in pantry lying
on side ; defendant told me it was the
pan Mrs. Lefevre went to get beans in.
On cross-ex mination witness said be
thought about the pan Monday even
ing, and went and told District Attor
ney Forquer at his office.
Mary A. Dufl'y, sworn — Heard con
versation between Lefevre and his son
John after the funeral ; the wanted
him to couie to Butler aud stay with
him ; he said maybe he would when he
did not expect him, he was his own
Susan Harbison, sister of the de
ceased. sworn — Got to the house on
Tuesday after sister was in her Coffin ;
saw a ring around her neck as far as I
could see ; also that there was a seri
ous injury on her ear and that tbe skin
ou her chin was grained ; deceased
was about 42 years old and would
weigh about 120; asked the defendant
how it happened ; he said she went
up to get beans ; he soon heard a little
exclamation, "oh," or something, and
fall ; he ran out and saw her false
teeth lying in the corner ; picked them
up and" laid them on the window, and
then saw the body on the stairs, the
back of the neck on the first step,
bead on tbe floor and feet up the
stairs; he caught her under the arms,
dragged her into the kitchen and ran
for the Greers; witness saw beans on
top of stairs iu old cheese hoop"; could
have reached them bv going half way
upstairs; told defendant that it was
not time to get beans for supper; he
said she was getting them to put to
soak; told him Sarah did not soak
beans ; he said she had got to soak
ing them in later years.
Cross-examined by Col. Thompson
— Was married twice and am now
single; married Van Austen and got
a divorce : married Col. Snodgrass
and am divorced; my sister Sarah,
the deceased, married Sain Cooper
about 20 years ago ; she bad four
children and was divorced; married
(iral>c and was divorced ; married de
fendant. ; she owned the house and
ground where they lived.
Defendant offered to show that the
youngest of the Coopers (Willie) was
born long after the divorce, and bis
paternity fixed upon a man named
Miller. Defendant also offered to
show, if the Commonwealth would
permit, that defendant paid the money
to procure the divorce from Urabe.
Huled out.
Dr. Stephen Bredin was called and
sworn, but before taking his testimony
Court adjourned until 2 l* M.
At the afternoon session Dr. Bredin
testified that on Sunday, the sixth
day after Mrs. Lefevre's death, he ex
amined the body, which had been dis
interred at the instance of Mr. Harbi
son ; tbe face was of a copper color ;
took scalp off, cutting from ear to car,
stripping down and front; blood eehy
tnosed; two spots on the forehead,
under tin; right eye and above each
ear; both ears were cut and the left
had the marks of two distinct strokes
crossing each other at an angle of ten
degrees ; the right ear was cut hori
zontally, but cut through the cartilage.
The witness pointed out on the face of
counsel Greer the location of the marks
on deceased's face ; all marks on tin
car* and under the eye must have been
produced by the application of direct
force and by some instrument with a
point not larger than the marks, as
there was no continuation of the
wounds in any direction; witness saw
a mark around the neck, an inch and a
half wide, cut through the skin ; found
cellular tissue full of blood, both in
fluid aud coagulated stater ; took out
fivo vertebr© of the neck and found no
fracture or dislocation ; removed the
skull cap and then the brain, which
was in a healthy condition ; there was
no fracture of any part of tbe skull ;
opened the chest and examined tbe
heart; it was found in healthy condi
tion ; the lungo were laid open to view,
but did u«t cut into them ; a mottled
or granite appearuiice indicated tbe
presence of L»!m>d ; think deceatwd <yiue
Uf IM iMitli ; Wi
think the wounds wcrw sufficient of
themselves to produce death ; Lefevre
told me his wife fell down stairs with
her neck on lower step and head rest
ing on the floor.
On cross-examination Col. Thomp
son endeavored to place the Doctor on
record as to symptoms of strangulation.
Question —In case of the death by
strangulation of nn adult in full life,
would not the lungs be gorged with
blood. The left side of the heart be full I
of blood and the rig-lit empty, the eves ]
opeu and protruding, mouth open,
tongue out, and hands clenched ?
An.<%cer —Not necessarily. The
| lung's would ordinarily be gorged with
blood, but if previous blows had par
alyzed her and the heart ceased to
pump blood, then such would not be
the case.
Dr. Pillow corroborated Dr. Bredin.
Dr. .J. M. Scott corroborated the oth
Seven pieces of board taken from
the partition with blood spots were of
fered in evidence. The closet door was
also offered in evidence. A piece of
board showing two bloody linger
marks, taken from the cheek of the
pantry door, was also offered in evi
dence ; also a piece of rafter with a
spot, got near where the cloth was
found up stairs.
Dr. Scott recalled—l made a careful
examination of the stairs on Monday
afternoon about 3 o'clock; I found
blood on the first step and second
riser; I saw no blood on the sides of
the walls of the stairrase; I found
apiece of lath on the wall near the
top of the stairs, which I examined
carefully, hut saw no blood or marks;
i did not find anything about the stairs
that would make the marks found on
the body of Mrs. Lefevre ; the mark
under the right eye, the ring around
the neck, and the cuts on the ears. I
think could not be produced bv falling
down stairs; death by a fall or sudden
shock could not produce the mark
around the neck in such a short time ;
the body of a person killed instantly
by a sudden shock or fall would not
swell after death until purification
would set in ; at death swe ling would
cease with cessation of circulation,
except it might be slight swelling 1 from
blood pouring out into cellular tissues,
but it would not be extensive until
purification would commence; I do
not think the external injuries were
sufficient to produce instant death, but
the bruises might produce death, after
the lapse of time, through inflamma
tory action ; I am not prepared to say
what was the actual cause of death.
I)r. S. Bredin, recalled by prosecu
tion— I made a careful examination of
the steps of the stairway and sides of
wall in staircase, and 1 looked for anv
sharp edge of wood or other substance
that would produce such surgical inju
ries as those i.n the ears and that
around the neck, and I found nothing
that, in my opinion, could produce
those marks on Mrs. L. by falling the
distance Mr. Lefevre alleged she had
fallen ; 1 found nothing that would
produce the mark under the eye ; it
would he impossiale for the fall on the
stairs to make that ring around the
neck ; Lefevre told me she lay with
the back of her neck on the lower step,
her head not 011 the floor, and feet up
wards on the stairs ; my opinion is
that in falling down stairs the force of
gravity would carry the body clear
down on to the floor ; that it would In*
impossible for the body, falling down
the stairs, to stop in the position Le
fevre said he found it; if a person
died instantly from wounds or from a
sudden shock, the face would he pale,
and the whole body would be pale,
caused by the blood receding; I would
not expect the body to be swollen un
less the patient lived long enough for
swelling to take place; I get that from
the study of anatomy. [lt will be re
membered that a number of witnesses
who saw the body of Mrs. L. about
12 M. on Monday, testified that her
face was much swollen and discolored.]
Dr. King, sworn for prosecution—
Was at post mortem made by Drs.
Bredin and Pillow on Sunday, sixth
day after death of Mrs. Lefevre.
[Witness corroborates other doctors
ns to condition of body, marks, Ace.]
Had talk with Lefevre when examin
ing the stairs; told him I did not think
the body would stop on the stairs in
the position he described he had found
it. if she had fallen hard ; he said she
had fallen rather soft; from my exami
nation of the stairs and the walls of
the stairway I did not find anything
that would produce the marks found
upon the body.
Qurstion —From your examination
of the body and wounds, state what,
in vour opinion as a surgeon and medi
cal man, produced this woman's death
Anxurr—My opinion is that she
(•nine to her death by strangulation
and external bruises and wounds com
bined ; when asked by Dr Bredin
what had become of the bloody apron
and bloody clothes he said the women
had burned them.
('rnxw.raminrd —lnternal evidences
of death by strangulation would be
lungs gorged with dark colored blood,
right side of heart full of blood, partly
lluid and partly clotted, and brain
suffused with blood; external evi
dences, eyes open, dilated and starinjr,
mouth o|M-n, tongue protruding, red
mucous in wind-pipe; if the person
was beaten and lielaborcd so that the
shock to the nervous system would
produce a semi-unconscious or comatose
condition, that would account for tin?
absence of the internal symptoms or
dinarily f iuiid to exist.
Defense asks that answer of witness
l>e stricken out, because he gives an
opinion or theory from a pre-existing
state or oondition of the body not
proven, and which can only be arrived
at by inference, and upon infer
ence he now banes or founds his opin
ion. One inference cannot be founded
upon another inference.
Prosecution assert there is such a
close connection between them as to
render them competent.
Powerful argument" were made on
this point by Col Thompson lor and
MoCandiess a»-aiii.->t.
(AAflt UA* '4 AWljf Utffl I V Hi,
One aqw*, on# insertion, «• aac&subev
esoec one-tcnrtfc of « ociffffic. ♦& per tosh,
l-gure 'ai double theee ium;
charges wbsrs weekly or monthly chaagee are
made Local advertisements 10 cant* par Una
for flirt insertion, and S cents par Una for each
additional Insertion. and deaths pub
lished free of charge. Obit as 17 notices charged
as advertisements, and payable when handed in
Auditors' Notices. fI; Executors' and Adminia
trators' Notices. 13 each; Est ray. Caution
Dissolution Notioea, not exceeding ten linea,
each. —_
From the fact that the Crnm la the oldee*
established and most extensively circulated Be
publican newspaper in Butler ooonty. (a Bepnt
lican county 1 it must be apparent te buaineat
men thai it is the medium they ♦'"'"M aae in
advertising their buaineaa.
NO. 17.
when. this question being settled, the
prosecution will rest.
Court reserved the decision of ques
tion of striking out Dr. King's testi
Little Harry Cooper identified boot*
said to have been worn by deceased
on the day of her death, and also his
stepfather's dirty yellow overalls.
Prosecution formally offer in evi
dence the bloody cloth and hair found
by Mr. Forquer under the rafter, and
then rested.
The opening for defendant was
made by Lev. McQuistion, Esq., dur
ing which defendant shed tears copi
ously. The theory of defence is that
the cloth under the rafter was secreted
there by some one for purpose of man
ufacturing evidence, and that tho
Mood stains in the pantry were made
while cutting and packing pork.
Robert Cooper (father of Samuel
Cooper, husband No. 1.) testified that
he helped defendant butcher two hoga
on Nov 28, and piled the meat along
the petition between kitchen and
Mrs. Pauline Pugh testified—On
Tuesday, after the body was :coffined,
1 took water in a tin basin, and soap
and old pant leg. and washed up the
blood, throwing the cloth out. [The
cloth found my Mr. Forquer shown
witness.] I believe that is the same
cloth I washed up the blood with;
when the bodv was dressed, all of the
skirts of her dress was torn up and
used to wipe up blood. Common
wealth allege it was burned by defen
Roltert Elliott, son-in-law of defend
ant—l made a draft of the house; am
a carpenter. [Witness goes into a de
tailed statement about the stairs; five
pieces of board cut out of the door and
around the stairs, identified and offered
in evidence.3
Andy Armstrong, another carpenter,
corroborated him.
Little Harry Cooper, recalled for de
fence. flatly contradicts the theory of
the defence, and says that the meat
was piled against the other wall of
the pantry, and not against the parti
tion where blood was found.
Smith Greer contradicted Harry
Cooper in regard to statement made by
him that his mother hadn't Lefevre's
Iwiots on the morning of the difficulty.
Greer, Smith, Wike, and several
other witnesses, swore that Lefevre
hud yellow overalls on, contradicting
Dan. Duffy.
Mrs. Wike said there was milk iu
the churn, and she helped to churn it
on Tuesday.
Mrs. Lang, recalled—l assisted in
laying out the corpse. In answer to
question by Colonel Thompson, as to
whether deceased was not in a condi
tion peculiar to women, witness said
that on account of the constant pres
ence of John Lefevre in the room, the
modesty of the women would not al
low them to make an examination.
John Pngh, foreman of the inquest,
wa- asked to state what Lefevre swore
before the inquest, to which the Com
monwealth objected.
Court adjourned.
The Wilkesbarre Record, alluding to
the replies of the loeal leader? in various
l»arts of this State to the circular ofthn
New York Tribune inquiring for their
preference on the Presidency, considered
the result shown as the "most signifi
cant development that has yet been
made of Mr. Blaine's overwhelming
popularity amonff the Republicans of
I'ennsylvania." It adds that "such
unanimity cannot bo ignored by the
i« aders of any political organization
that hopes for a long and victorious
career in the future, and they are blind
leaders who attempt it." Itcontinues:
• The Republican press of the State
is in almost unanimous accord with tho
inn-ses of the party, and this constitutes
a power that will certainly make itself
felt and heard. Already in various *
parts of the State there are movements
looking to an organized demand for a
rectification of the mistake made at
llnrrisburg. County Conventions are
l>eing called at an earlier day than
usual, with a view to gh'ing authori
tative expression of popular protest
against so gross a misrepresentation of
the Hepulilican party of Pennsylvania
in the National Convention as the car
rving out of the instructions fur General
Grant would be.
"There would lie neither sense nor
reason in any attempt to ignore th«
fact that popular dissatisfaction is man
ifesting itself in the ranks of the Re
publican party pretty generally through
out the State. Under pressure of pop
ular sentiment at least three or four of
the district delegates chosen to tho
Chicago Convention have already been
con-trained to declare, iu an open and
public way, that they refuse to abide by
the unit rule and Grant instructions of
the State Convention. It is useless
and absurd to insist that a district del
egate is hound by the instructions of
the State Convention when he is under
instructions from the party in the dis
trict he represents. A delegate to a
National Convention (except for the
State at large) is simply the represen
tative of the party in his Congressional
district, and it is his business to repre
sent that party faithfully and honestly.
We do not go so far as to sav that a
delegate should not exercise any dis
cretionary powers, but he should not
permit hiru-elf to act deibntly at vari
ance with the wishes of the people
whom he represents.
"We maintain now, as we have
heretofore, that the State Convention
exceeded its just power when it M
sumed to instruct district delegates to
the Chicago Convention, and that an J
such delegate may justly, in deference
to the properly ascertained wiib <4d
will of tho Republican party lQ bit
Congressional dietrict, ignore these in»
utructions, without making himself la
the least liable to the charge of being a
'disorganizer.' If the Republican* of
a Congressional district aro for Blaine
tb«y havo a right to say so in the Na
tional Convention through the medium
of their delegates; if for Grant, wey
have u right to dumaud that Grant
tjii'iU have Utu bout-tit of t&uir vxrfco
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