William Arrison 6 Jun 1919 The Enquirer, Cincinnati

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William Arrison 6 Jun 1919
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THEj EQUIKE nations end In Is of the the Let to-i to-i to-i a 1 ore- it-' it-' it-' the j i Wo but but over-for the and or- or- think- tw. iio ) of he at j the has (sliding lid. Inside of which were igrooves indicating design for some pe-U pe-U , culiar arrangement of contents. He , called there three or four times in the course of the construction of the box. I He had served some time in Sals- Sals- To ' the j the ' It with of Tern- , Is i Poten- ' .he was expecting a package for Mrs. Allison.- Allison.- The burglar Connolly a man ' jpf several aliases, operating in various D. tate8t had glven recently a gold watch ; to Allison and had promised him a gift pro- pro- to be sent In a package for Mrs Allison, and These facts were unknown to Arrison. place ; the sending of a package was merely Coun- , coincidence. and . " "' Cincinnati's Infernal Machine Tragedy ' - I" ' " ' - - , . . BY CONTEUR .' Probably many Clncinnat5ans old enough to remember events' of 1854, In late years during the excitement following murderous exploits by meam of bombs in many states, have recalled the Arrlson-Allison Arrlson-Allison Arrlson-Allison tragedy in Cincin- Cincin- natl-. natl-. natl-. JJondar' June 26' of that year' The cr4me and the sequence made n moat fascinating story, told , all over ' I this country where newspapers were Printed. It was long known as The Infernal Machine Tragedy.' The scene of the horror was In the building still standing at the south- south- west corner of Longworth street and Western row. as Carlisle avenue and Central a'venue then were called. The building was known as "Marine Hospital and Invalids' Retreat." and "Cincinnati College of .Medicine and Surgery." Allison1 was steward and his wife was matron of the hospital, and they lived on the second story on the Longworth street side. Allison was studying there and was to have craduated the following year. Wil- Wil- Harn Arrison, from Iowa, also was a . . student thfre and was to hac been duat' wth Allison. . , . , . . ,, " 1 had twice Knocked down Arrison u inlnrit hnth his eves. Arrison had discolored Dotn nis eyes. ... iworn revenue j-.ater j-.ater j-.ater ne announced . he was going to return to his liome in ITW Th,r. ,nm..hine strangely i . . .. . . anomalous in Arrison s cnaracier. that he should have been so self-pos self-pos self-pos sessed In planning every step: toward the crime, and yet should, also at every step, have left, a trace too plain to be missed In the detection. .At the shop of McCullough & Hlvely, skilled: Joiners, Arrison had made and paid for a box of black walnut with a bur" d"Sst tore as a clerk, and was i well known to several druggists and : clerks, and yet he boldly entered drugstores drugstores In quest of gunpowder and ful- ful- minatihg powder. Equally open were j his movements In procuring gas pipe and a pistol lock. - Finally he called at C. F. Hall's en-'I en-'I en-'I eravlncr store at 14 West Fourth street v,.h - writer there address a card to Allison. The eas pipe was well loaded 'with the best kinds of powder. slugs and bullets, embedded in cotton, soldered at the ends, and firmly fixed In the box with a neat trigger attachment attachment which would be sprung when the victim should pull back the sliding cover In its grooves. Peculiar and puzzling facts appeal- appeal- Ing to the Imagination developed In .an investigation or mis crime. jt- jt- investigation Prison and an elder brother had a Cali- Cali- forni. experience In their earlier days. Aiii8"on was exacting tribute from a . , burglar of national fame, from whom 5 iCEME OF THE iNfERNAU MSCHIHE" TRAGEDY . At 9 p. m:. on Plum street, between Fifth and Perry. Arrison met two small boys named Gersham Summers and John King, to' whom he gave the box. wrapped in brown paper and weighing about twelve pounds, and a dime, with - Instructions to hand the package according to the address so nicely written. These boys, having the dime, simply shirked going up stairs and left t-e t-e t-e box with another boy. Charles Jackson, who was clerking clerking in O. Stockton"s haberdashery store In that corner. He. in turn, handed it to Dr. John Eaker, who was about to go up stairs to leave a prescription. Meeting- Meeting- Mr. Allison in the hall. Dr. Baker handed her the box and she, stepping into her room, ha.idcd it to o..KWi..-...t, o..KWi..-...t, o..KWi..-...t, ... Illy -t -t ly, opened the paper and puuea oack the cover. The explosion' was some-. some-. some-. re-thing terrible, being heard for blocks re-around. Allison received 22 woVnds including a cut in the abdomen, and died that nipht. The women was fripl.t- fripl.t- , fully lacerated and died the next day. Allison was aDie to taiK some ana to say that he believed the bomb came wo, . ,..j, - " referred to as a gambler. fonnony, then operatinpr in Philadelphia, wrote to the authorities here, on reading of the crime and suspicion pointing to - ward him, telling a few facts which served to prve his innocence. Arrison had gone to Musc atine, Iowa. and was in hiding there, but soon was arrested on account of the traces he had left and a few letters written- written- to people in Cincinnati to know "if excitement excitement had blown over." And he asked if her would better go to Cali-'tween Cali-'tween fornla. , There was a horrible miscarriage -of -of secre-justice in this case. The first trial be- be- fore Judge Flynn occupied nine days. The proof was positive as to the iden- iden- tlty of Arrison with the person who had given the box to the boys. In his desire to dispose of them as possible witnesses he ' told the boys to "stay . ne-and see it opened and they would see . the prettiest -thing -thing they ever saw in : their lives." The prosecution was conducted by Andrew 3. Pruden and Timothy A'. O'Connor; the defense by Johnson. Keys, Dickson and French. The verdict verdict was guilty and Arrison was sentenced sentenced to be hanged. On legal quibbles, quibbles, however, he obtained another trial and got off oh a sentence of 10 years. After serving eight years, savins- savins- two 3. Pruden and Timothy A. on good behavior, he wa released.- released.- I Not the least remarkable feature of ' be-Arrlson's conduct was his off rontery ' in coming back to Cincinnati on his i release and obtaining a clerkship in al drugstore In Western Row (now Cen- Cen- tral avenue), opposite Catharine street '. rnurt ctror.n Tr.Hiooinn f : rltlzens led to a demand for his (nrtiot- (nrtiot- ment for the murder of Mrs. Allison, which had not been included in the first Court proceedings. 'He let. the city then &nd finally di:dn Iowa. j i I ! I , j ' ! l

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