The assassination of Wild Bill Hickok

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The assassination of Wild Bill Hickok - ASSAAsIXATIOX OP WILD BILL. He la Hhot Tkraagb...
ASSAAsIXATIOX OP WILD BILL. He la Hhot Tkraagb the Head by Job a HcCall while Uaoelona of Danger Arrest, Trial, and DIs-rharge of the Assaswia, who C la tans to Have Avenged . Brother's Death In Killing Wild Bill. On Wednesday about three o'clock the repor wss started that J. B. llicock (Wild Bill) was killed. On repairing to the hall of Nuttall A Mann it was ascertained that the report was too trae. We found the remains of Wild Bill lying on the Door, The murderer, Jack McCall, was captured after a lively chase by many of our eillsena, snd taken to a building at the lower end of the city and a guard placed over him. As soon as this wad accompli shtd s coroner's jury was summoned, with C. II. Sheldon as foreman, who alter bearing all the evidence, which was to the effect that while Wild Bill and others were seated at s table playing, cards, Jack McCall walked in and around directly bad of his victim, and when within three leet of him raised his revolver, and exclaiming "Damn you, take that," fired, the ball entering at the back of the head and coming out a. the centre of the right oheek, causing in stent death, rendi-red a vol diet in accordance With the above facts. Preparations for a tria1 were thn made by calling a meeting of cilh-cus at Hie theatre buildiuu. Immediately after the theatre was over the meeting was called to ord Judge W. L. Kuykendall presiding. After a statement by the president of (he object of the meeting, the gentlemen present numbering 100, elected Judge Kuykendall to preside at the meet ing as Judge in Die trial of the cause. Isaac Brown was elected Bheriff, and one deputy and twelve guards were appointed. It was then decided to ad)onrn to meet at o'clock a. a. Thursday, Aug. S1, iu order that ths gentlemen appointed for the purpose might have time to announce ths meeting and its object to the miners of White wood and Deadwood mining districts. At nine o'clock Thursday the meeting was called pur suant to adjournment, when the action of the previous meeting was submitted for adoption or rejection, and after some remarks were adopted, Col. May was chosen proscoutlng attorney, snd A. B. Chspline was selected by the prisoner, but owing to sickness Mr. Chspline wss unable to attend, and Judge Miller was chosen In his place, A committee of three was then appointed by the chair, one from each district, whose duty it was to select the names of 33 residents from each of their respective districts, and from these persons so chosen the jury wss afterward obtained, Mr, Eeld, of Gtyvtlle, James Harrlngtod, of this city, and Mr. Coin, of Montana City, were the gentlemen appointed for mis purpose. At this tlm the meeting adjourned. At two o'clock the trial was commenced, and lasted nntil tlx. The evidence In ths ease wss the same as that before the coroner'! Jury, so far ss the proseoution wss concerned. The defence was that the deceased, at some place in Kansas, killed the prisoner's brother, for which he killed deceased. The Jury. after being out an hour and thirty minutes, re turned the following verdlot; Deadwood Citt, Augusts, 1876. We the Jury find Mr. John McCall not guilty. (Signed) Charles Whitehead, rVcmoa. ' JT J. Bear, L. D. BooKaw, J. H. Thompson. 8. S HorxiKS, J. V. Gooraaw,-v.v -Alrx. Tbmtr, K. t. Towlb,. J. K. Thompsoic, L. A.Jt'DD, Ed. Burke, Job Mamr, Janrt. Thus ended the scenes of the dsy that settled s matter of life and death with one living, whose life wss In the hands of twelve fellow-men, whose duy It was to decide upon the guilt or innocence of the acoused, charged with the murder of Wild. Bill, who, while the trial wss in progress, was oeing tain in inn eoia, 001a grnunai 111 tne val ley of Whitewood, by kind hands that were ever ready to administer to hi sufferings while living, snd ready to perform the painful duty of laying him la his last resting place.

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  1. The Black Hills Weekly Pioneer,
  2. 05 Aug 1876, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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