The New Era
Wayne, Humeston, Iowa
May 31, 1893
NEWS OF THE STATE
- James Dooley, murderer of Mrs. Coons, at Prescott last year, has secured a
postponement of his sentence to be hanged until the October term of court.
- Mrs. Charles Hall publicly horsewhipped Henry Stoessel, an Ottumwa grocer,
because he politely invited her to settle a bill. He will prosecute her.
- Great excitement is occasioned in Iowa City over the murder of Patrick O'Donnell
by John Bivens. Both were farmers living near the city and got into a
quarrel. Bivens stabbed O'Donnell, killing him almost instantly. He was
immediately placed under arrest.
- A 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Goodridge, of Jones township,
Union county, met a fearful death by falling into a well. The little one had
crawled up to the curbed well and fell in. How long the body remained in the
well before discovery was not learned.
- John Bevins, aged about 60, stabbed Patrick O'Donnell, about 40, with a
jack-knife in the arm and side at Johnson's saw mill, near Iowa city. The
injured man is not dead. The men were farmers and had been drinking and
quarreling over the marking of some hogs. The murderer is under arrest.
- Harry Fatman, a West Union young man of respectable parents, was captured
by Sheriff O'Neel on charge of forgery. He signed his father's name to a
note for $90. The evidence of his guilt is plain, and this being the third
offense his father says the law shall take its course. He is said to have
been a model young man until he fell in with a fast set at Oelwein.
- David Phillips, a well-to-do farmer of Douglas township, Clay county,
suicided by hanging. He went to his room, fastened a rope around is neck and
jumped. The rope broke, but his neck was also broken.
- Michael Fellinger, an employee of the Dubuque Cabinet Making Co., was hit
in the stomach by a board flying from a saw. It was supposed that he was not
dangerously injured, but the next morning, he died from an internal
- The supposed assassin of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Towne was arrested at
Glenville, Minn., thirty miles north of Plymouth. It was believed that a
tramp had done the shooting, but it is now said there was a plot to kill Guy
Towne, 15 years old, who lived with Mr. and Mrs. Towne and whose father had
recently died leaving him a large estate. Guy's father married a widow with
three children and the story goes that the plot contemplated Guy's removal
so that they could get the money and one of the boys was delegated to do the
deed, but instead wounded Mr. and Mrs. Towne. Mrs. Towne will die, but Mr.
Towne will recover.
- The greatest interest of the Neise trial at Ottumwa was manifested when
Harry Niese, the defendant's 9-year-old son, was put on the stand. He had on
oath testified to the coroner's jury and the grand jury that his father had
been in the room where the dead woman was burning and made no effort to get
her out, and that his father had said that if his mother was burned he would
have a new mama and the life insurance to build a new home. When called at
the pending trial he repudiated his former stories and claimed he was asleep
and had lied to the two other juries. He has been living with Hattie Foltz,
the woman implicated in the case, and the supposition is that she has
instructed him what to say.
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