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Former Chariton Resident Shot By Texan Herders
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: January 24, 2004 at 02:03:57
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The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Saturday, September 23, l875

'Milton Collins, A Former Resident Of Chariton, Shot By Texan Herders -- The Murderers Arrested -- Full Particulars.'
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Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 20.

The people of Kearney are terribly excited over a cruel murder perpetrated there on Friday. A party of Texan
herders had come to the place with a herd of ponies. Some of these ponies had got into the barn of MILTON E. COLLINS, aged 25, son of the REV. COLLINS, of Kearney, and formerly of Red Oak, Iowa. MR. COLLINS corralled the ponies, and a number of the herders swore they would "have the animals or blood." They went to COLLINS' house, where he was in company with his wife and infant child. MR. COLLINS talked gently with them, but they were mad with liquor, and one of the party, named J.H. SMITH, emptied his revolver into the breast of COLLINS, who died in a few minutes in the presence of his wife and child. The party vowed that they would "clean out the town," but they thought better of it and fled southwest.

The people organized, and pursuit commenced, one party being under the command of Deputy United States Marshal BALL and the other of Colonel RAE. There was a sharp pursuit and rifle shots were exchanged. The murderer SMITH and a man named YANK started from their fellows, and the rest being brought under the rifles of RAE's party, surrendered. Eight prisoners were taken --
JOHN D. COOPER, of Oxford, N.C.; BEN MATTHEWS (colored), Austin, Texas; B. ROACH, San Antonio, Texas; S. COPELAND, San Antonio, Texas; NELSON P. MARTIN, Leavenworth, Kansas; and JOSEPH WINDECK, Kearney County, Nebraska. Two of these men are of the party who took the ponies from COLLINS, and they have done some shooting. Sheriff ANDERSON and some twenty volunteers took up the pursuit of SMITH and YANK, and Sheriff JAMES, with a posse from Plum Creek, also engaged, but up to this evening, though inquiry has been made by telegraph, we have no further information at Lincoln.

Later. -- All the COLLINS murderers have been caught and are now having an examination.

Omaha, Neb., Sept. 20. -- Doc. SMITH, one of the Texan herders of the late Kearney Junction raid, was caught last night by the sheriff on an island in the Platte River, about three miles east of Plum Creek Station, Neb, and is now confined in jail at that place. He is said to be the man that killed MILTON COLLINS.

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Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
*I thought this interesting -- it is said my Collins Ancestors; Luke and Sarah, came from York, Nebraska in l905 and settled in Decatur County, Iowa. Wonder if Milton Collins was related?!
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