The Infernal Machine Murder! 5 Jan 1855 M'arthur Democrat (McArthur, OH)

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The Infernal Machine Murder!
5 Jan 1855 M'arthur Democrat (McArthur, OH) - l' in- in the fu- ot it to Island. oi of us in...
l' in- in the fu- ot it to Island. oi of us in -ol it ol in his retorts to on a by tie the a to N. in for is in is THE INFERNAL MACHINE Murder! TRAIL OF WILLIAM ARRISON, Fir the Murder of Isaac Allison. Arrison found Guilty. ' The aruraeut In this cast closed at Thunday noon. Tho Court chargtd '.ha Jury, civiitg them imjurtially the law in the me. From that point we giva our reroil in full. JURY ROOM. Aftei tha Jury returned, the Court ordered ordered lecesi oulil 0 o'clock in tbe truing. The Jury were conducted to ill room adjoining the' Court, where a warm dinner had been prepared for them. The door was locked, and a Deputy Sheriff atatioued at the outside, to guard a ih'. respond to tlie calls of the Jury. l'U a Jurors sat at table souie time, ll first iu silence, but gradually approaching and discuiing the caee, After dinner, and an interchange of views, a vote waj proposed, as lo lindi T, the prisoner guilty guilty of murder io the u U degree, ll was taken solemnly and resulted, - Yeas 10 Kays 3 Those voting in the negative gave their reason, and points opou which the v doubted, were eipUiiied. After filleen or twenty minutes bud been thus spent, a second vote was bad, which resulted, Yea3 ill Kays-" 1 Iu few minutes a third ballot wm had, which resulted, Yeas-"" 12 Kay 0 By which the Jury agreed to report a verdict of gnilty of murder in tht firil degree! The third ballot occurred after the Jury lud been in their room about an huur. Thy announced the fact that they wtie ready to lepcrt about 4 o cluck, but ill e Couilnot being in session, they were detained in the jury room uutil C o' THE EVENING SESSION. A little after six o'clock the court room was again opened to spectators, a large crowd of whom were in waiting. Even the teat reserved for the bent til of the fair tex soon filled with idlers. Inside the bar it was soon inoivn that a verdict had been agreed upon. What it ivuH. was not known, hut it was easily guetsed at, "Eirly verdicts are always dguiut the prinoaor," was whisprnd in more than oue ear, and tho general expectation expectation was against the accused. A solemn anx'.ety was depicted on every countenance, need wish to hear the few words upuu which the lile of a fellow-being fellow-being depended. The jury came into Court, euch and every one (resulting that demeanor due to their position.- The utmost silence instantly prevailed. APPEARANCE OF THE PRISONER. With the jury, the prisonei was brought into Court, and for the Aral time during his trial, wus placed upcu the prisoner's bench. He folded his hands and turned his eyes to the jury. We had a fuir view i f his countcuunr. It wus sorrowful, deeply traced with care, jet fixed. An occasional deep ilrjwn sih,enda nervous twitching of Ihe flu-j;ers, flu-j;ers, were the only sigus of emotion. Yet his appearance teemed pitful, the occasion may have qflcctod our vision, hut we no longer saw in liiin the bold young mun, facing the most conclusive evidence eguinsi him, sml buojed by He seemed to feel his fate! RENDITION OF THE VERDICT. The clerk asked the jury if they had agreed upon a verdict. Utter silence prevailed as the foreman arose and pissed pissed the sealed verdict to the Court. It was opened and read: "We, the jury, find the defendent, William Arrison, Guilty of murdct in the fubi decree, as charged iu the in diet tu c u t." W'liei. it wis read there was a trove 'iiriong the spectators, as if disposel to applaud. One man slid rather loudly, "that is rigiii!" but the prompt call ol the Deuuty She rill for order was instant ly obeyed. The announcement made no change in the prisoner's countenance; a deep drawn sigh was his only respo:ice. A young lady sitting by the side of Julge Fhn n burs, into tears, and even his lUuor steined much affected. Dcairous of sparing the prisoner' feeling) ut-muchas ut-muchas possible', Deputy Slier i li II ig don give hi in a seat behind tbe Sheriff's desk where he was free from the gate ol the spectators, which was fixed tpon him. The jury was polled, snJ each juror, as his name was called, responded to the verdict. They were then discharged by the Court, who thanked them for llieirl patience throughout the long ami tedious tedious trial. MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL. Judge Key, on behalf of the defense, made a motion for a new trial, and asked asked an arrest of judgment. The Conn ordered the motion to be entered on the minutes, The motion, we presume, wili be argued a an early day. After this the Court adjourned. ONE FRIEND TO THE LAST. We lute mentioned that when the verdict was reudered, a young lady bunt into tears. Soon after, she seated h;r ielf beside the prisoner, and engaged iu close conversation wi'h him, during which tears flowed i reel down her cheeks. We understand that during his residence her last summer, he paid hie iddresses to the young lady. She ws subpecned by the Siate to testify agaiusl i he prisoner, but took the summons so much to heart, that Mr. Truden, the Prosecuting Attorney, agreed not to call her as a witness. We sre not aware what the prosecution expected tu prove by her, but suppose it was nothing o! great moment. She has been iu constant attendance during the trial, manitejtiiig a great interest iu the proceedings. She continued in close conversation with the prisoner until he was taken from the Court room. RETURN TO JAIL. The prisoner was escorted back to jail about seven o'clock. lie bad left it on ly a short lime previous villi hope, but he returned a convicted murderer. In stead of conducting him to bis old quar ters. Jailor McLean took him to what is known as the Fatal or Murderer's Room. It is small apartment in the old building, building, fronting on the main entrance, a comfortable but well secured apartment. It is called the Murderer's Room, from the fact, that persons convicted of murder murder in the first degree hav always been confined in tha apartment, snd the Fatal Fatal Room, from the f.ct, that every inmate inmate of the spartment, so convicted, with the exception of Captain ' James Summons have suffered tho full penalty of the lavr. It is the room where Cowan, Cowan, Hoover, Davis, Lecouut; and other murderers spent their last days. It had been well cleansed, end cumfortably furnished furnished by the Jailor, who anticipated the verdict of the jury. The orisoner had but little to say. As soon as be wss taken into tha room, jail-or jail-or McLean informed him that he had an unpleasint puty to perform, that he must strip him and examine his clothing. The prisoner made no objection, butim mediately changed every particle of clothing, putting on those furuuhed by .he J lilor. Tlioe he look off vera in possession possession of by Mr. McLean, who search them. The prisoner requested the Jail or to burn soma papers in his pocket- book, which was done in his presnce. At an early hour he threw himself upon his- bed, and overcome, wr s soou asleep.- He will be kept in close confinement. None but his relatives or attorneys will 'oe allowed to communicate with him, and they only in the presence ot one of the officers of the REVIEW OF THE TRIAL. This trial, from its peculiar charnct ... . ... . (HI . er, has elicited general interest, i ne awful death of Allison and his wife hocked the whole community, and their murder pronounced 4 crime almost un equalled in history, Every citizen fell an interest in discovering the author of the fiendish outrace, and at first uatur ally looked among those steeped with crime, and imbued with human blood. One circumstance, and then another, and another, until their combination destroyed destroyed all uncertainty, pointed to the convicted prisoner, a young man, but little known, and that little iu his favor, favor, es the murderer. He had fled; a large reward was offered offered for his arrest, and for months the police police were on his track. They luat sight uf him, but again, by the slightest mis take, discovered his whereabuuii, arrest ed him, and brought him In trial, 'l lie evidence ug-iiust liim wus unknown tu the community. No preliminary tiialj was had, and no testimony given, only before the grand jury, which was ut course lucked up in the bosums of the jurors. This im-reused 'he public anxiety anxiety tu leant what woulJ be developed in the case. The appearance of the prisoner was iu his favor. He boldly declared his innocence, innocence, and expressed no fear uf a lair and im partial trial; and his conduct indicated indicated anything but guilt. As the trial progreated, the testimony testimony produced by the Slate was appeal I ing. The history of the prisoner, fur five days, as produced Iroin some forty witnesses, strancers to each other, and one nut knowing what the other would testily, but all coiiueciing the prisoner with the iufurnal machine. The bux which contained the deadly instrumcn, and which had been gathered in (ragmen (ragmen ts, was produced. The carpenter that made it, knew it by uncriug mams, and pointed to the prisoner as the man who had it made. The curd upon which was written the direction, was recognized by the man who penned it, and who knew the pris-our pris-our ws3 the man wliu ordered it, A quar rel with the deceased, sml personal threats of the prisoner, appeared beyond dispute, and in fact, from Thursday morning morning to Monday evening, be was traced, in the prep-ration of his murderous box. Yet the prisoner did not dispair. How will the defense meet this array of evidence, evidence, was enquired by every one. They met it lamely. They relied solely upon the prisoner's previous goud character, and the J J ing declaration uf Allison pointing tu another as perpetrator of the atrocious murder. Those who read the testimony, and followed the case tliouliout its tediuusisustain investigation, had but one Opinion I that the priioner is the murderer! Such was the general sentiment, such the anticipated verdict of the jury. Able cousel rtppeaied on both sides. Tho Prosecuting Attorney and his assistant, assistant, conducted the prosecution with marked ability, and the argument uf the opposing cousel were masisrly effor's A half a day was occupied einpannel'-ing einpannel'-ing a jury, and a more honest one was never cmpauiielled iu this country. Four days and a halt were occupied in the examination of witnesses, and four days in the argument. Every indulgence indulgence was allowed the defense, and Ihs prisoner s counsel all declared that ne had a fair and impartial trial, Though the court room was crowded during the entire proceedings, there was no wild excitement, no outside attempt to influence influence the proceeding. Every body felt an interest in the cake, but every one seemed auxioi.3 thai a full investigation be had and that justice justice ulooe be meted out. This ends our notice of this celebrated celebrated case tlie hist instance iu ourconu-try, ourconu-try, if uol iu the world, when it was proved that an infernal machine killed the being lor w Loin il was made. The Motion for a New Trial. The motion for a r.ew trial uf Arrison the couvicted murderer of Allison, was called up in the Criminal Court this morning. The counsel fur the delensr not being ready to argue the inution, ihe argument was postponed until 2 o'clock this alteroouu. We uiulersaud that the defense n ill ask fur a new tiial upon the lollowi ig ground: 1st, 'I hat ihe verdict is contrary to the testimuliy. 2nd. That the verdict is concrary tu law. 3d. That the verdict is contrary to tbe instructions uf the Cuurl 4th. That new evidence has been discovered, discovered, uf tbe u'.most consequence to Ihe accused, viz: 1st. That the turn-key of the jail will testify that the boy King visited ihe jail previous to the trial, and beingasked to pick out the man who give him the box tcTte delivered at t h Marine Uosnitil. uuhf sitatinaly picked out a prisoner named Pogne, who bears no resemblance to the prisoner Arrison. ' 2d. That they can prove positively that the card upon the box, left in the hosiery store by the buy King, was not fastened to the bux,y a lady who visited visited ths hosiery store with her little buy, while the box was there. .This lady, it is asserted, will testify that her child took the card from the box and carried it away from the store, sud as soon as she discovered the fact, she made him return and replace it, just where be found itr- If Judge Flynn does not grant anew trial, he will be apt to sentence the prisoner, as soon as tbe motion istlispos ed of, probably this evening or to-mor row morning. If the motion for a new- trial fails, application may be made to a higher court through a w rit of error, or the executive clemency solicited. The prisoner still insists upon his innocence The Motion for a new trial overruled! The Prisoner's Statement! Sentence of death Passed! Yesterday afternoon the motion fur a new trial was argued before" Judge Flinn, Mr. Dickson and Judge Johnson appearing for the prisoner. Mr. Pruden declined renlvms on tbe part ol the State. The basis of the motion was as stated above. Judge Flinn gave notice that he would take the subject into con sideration and announce the decision to day. The court was no sooner opened at 9 o'clock, this morning, than every inch of space was filled with spectators. The attendance uf members of tho bar was e. The prisoner was brought into court and -eated on the prisoner's bench. We noticed no particular change iu Ins appearace, except that he was more melancholy melancholy than usual. His brother seated himelf beside linn, and the two were engaged iu cluse conversation for a long while. His Honor did not appear with his usual promptness, and the dense mass of sptsciaiur v ere kept waiting about an hour and a half. They exhibited a remarkable degree of patience, His Honor sriived and the court wa opened Hi half lust 10 o'clock. MOTION FOR A NEWS TRIAL. Judge Llimi lengthily reviewed the The first point, namely: that new and important evidence had been discovered, was disponed of, us not coin ing within the established rules uf law, and wus ut such a chancier that it could not possibly effect the case, On tlie t-ecuud point, that the verdict was contrary contrary tu lb evidence, the Court uuliesi. tatingly declared that the verdict was in accordance w ith the testimony, and did nut see how the jury could iu honesty honesty have done utherw ise. After reviewing reviewing the third point, the Court overruled the motion. Mr, Dickson gave noli-j that the defense defense w ould except to the ruling of the Court. THE PRSONER'S DEFENSE. he was sure if he had time he should his inuuience. He believed il The prhoiier wus then ordered to stand up. The Couit inluruied him that he hud been indicted under a section of the stitutv, winch was read, tur the murder of Isaac Allison. He had been tried by an impartial jury of his country men, and defended by competent, .zealous cuusel, und the jury had found him guilty. Alter the verdict had been reaJ by the clerk, the Cuurl asked the prisoner il he had anything to say why sentence should nut 'ie passed upon him. Af;er a pause ut twu or three minutes, the prisoner, iu a cool, determined manner, manner, ami with a steady voice, said he tell that there were many things which uught to be said, but he did not fell li in ii(iB' ,'ne g()U( a(ur0 0f Court. Something, howeve, he wuuld say: he had huped fur a new iiial; not fur the sake of gathering time to draw- out a mieeruble existence in the jail ol Hamilton county; such, certainly, was nut desirable. He presumed that it was not the de sire ul this community to mil a man to death whu fell himself innocent of the crime with which be was charged, anil wi s generally admitted that lime only tended to substantiate gailt, but he usk ed fur time, thai he could show his innocence. innocence. In tha first place, as to the ueaulilul n J t work, which seemed to take so with the jury he thought lie cuuld break that. lie did nut show where he was during ihe time when the box was being made, because he did not know until it was luu late, that it was necessary. He thought he cuuld show where he wus aud what he was doing during all that time, if he now had the opportunity. He had no aflidavils tu lliat effect, but be could gel tliem. auoibet thing, lie wished it under'' stood that while in jail he kept out of the way of no one- On the contrary, he always said it auy wittiesses cuuld ideu tify hi in , he would submit lo the ordeal. Now. Mr. McCullough had said he re-cuguized re-cuguized him in jail, while standing b) lie stove, lie ilid nut want to bring witnesses out of jail, bul he cuuld prove that he was uot standing there at the lime. He thought witness honesi, but mistaken. There were other things which ought to be biuuglit to the attention of the court, and which were in Iii3 lavur. He ;i. tiered himself that he cuuld prove, beyond ull duubt, that he never gave that bux to those buys. Whether that would liavo any effect, he did nut knuw enough uf law lo say, bul lie thought it wuuld break the beautiful chain of les-tiuiuuy les-tiuiuuy upuu which he bad beeu found guilty. There were other things which ought tu be said, but he wuuld not say them. In asking for a new trial all he uskeu fur was time by which he though I he cuuld shuw his innocence. He had iiothi further to THE SENTENCE. Judge Flinn said, that lie had fundly hoped that sume showing wuuld be made by which he wuuld be relieved of the tuleinn duties lie had to perform, bul such was not the case. The trial had been approached by slow steps, and with tearful eyes, but the result left bul one course for the Court to pursue. And in view ef this being probably his last jii- dicitl art, La would nj that if any legal legal opportunity had been presented bin of setting aside tha verdict, and grant ing a new trial, he would bare been proud to do so, Tbe taking of a life of a fellow man. vru the saddest of all duties, but the tlern dictates of tha Jaw must be obejed. His Honor said, that in view of this being probably his last official act, ha would say, that he looked upon no act of his with more pleasure aud set'iaCec. lion, than that of setting aside verdicts in two cases of murder, where he tho't the defendants had been unjustly convicted. convicted. Time and Lis conscience told him he was light, and he wuuld say to the prisoner, that if there had bten sufficient sufficient grounds fur the same course, in his case, the court wuuld have beeu happy happy to grant it. Rut uo good reason having besa aJ. vauced.the Court must proceed to ils painiul duty, a duty as psinfut as the Ihrcbs of death i'.self. With teats streaming down his cheeks, his Honor then proceeded to read tha sentence, as follows: 'It is the sentence of the Court. Wm. II. Arrison, thai you be taken from here, to the jail ot Ham il Ion county, there to remain uutil Ihe Uh day of May next, when, between the hours uf 10 o'clock A. M., and 4 o'clock P. M., yon shall be taken out by the Sheriff, an t hanged by the neck until you are dead." His Honor tvss so muvtd that be with difficulty pronounced ihe sentence, Tbe prisoner received it without any emotion. emotion. The Court immediately adjourued to 9 o'clock on Monday. The prisoner strongly guarded, was aken back lo jail. A large crowd surrounded surrounded both the court house and prison, prison, attracted by a curiosity to look upon one who would be guilty of tucb an at rocious crime. A good story is told by 'the boys'" at the expense of the newly elected Know Nothing Recorder ot Fairfield county. A lew days alter entering upon upon the discharge ot his duties, ho entered the Clerk's ofllce, hearing upon upon his countenance indubitable evidence evidence that some momentous question was struggling for solution. He held in his hand a boni Jide deed, which some disciple of Faustushad ornament ed with a neat boarder, and other exponents exponents of the taste and skill of the 'cralt." He addressed the Deputy-Clerk Deputy-Clerk in a conlidcntial tone, and inquired inquired il it were necessary that the recorded recorded deed should be afac simile of the oriuinal? The deputy, who is a bit of a wag, thought he saw an opening for a joke, and answered affirmatively. "Border and all?" inquired the official. official. "Most certainly.'' The Recorder left, Lut returned in about two hour?, locking somewhat perplexed. "How t o you progress with your job?" inquired the friendly Cleilc. "1 ve got along well c-Dough with the border," replied the other, "but that infernal spread eagle at the top that'sthe grtatct Lctlici I never could draw anything of the toil." The Clerk, hating semi-thing of a genius for drawing, volunteered to "e-ecute" "e-ecute" the engle,an achieve merit which he salislactonly accon'piished.-Safii- ia;t. From Oregon. There is little news of interest in tha Oregon papers. Ve learn from the Cresce.r.t City Herald, that three Indian ihg murd erers of A. Folush, were hung at Cre scent City, on Monday, the 2Uth itist., in accordance with the sentence ot a people's jury. The revenue cutter Jefferson Divu, was at Olympia. Atari election for Councilmen, held at Portland on Monday.the 8tli iost., the Democrats teat the combined lorca of the Whigs and Know Nothings. At the special election for Council-men Council-men in ashington and Columbia counties, the city of Portland polled 389 vo'es, and gave eighty five majority majority for Dickinson, the Democratic candidate. A Chubcii How at Newauk, N. J, There is a row in the German Lutheran Church, in Newark, N.J. Tne minis . ter who was elected fur fif'.Iicen years, has turned Roman Catholic, aud in attempting attempting to introduce the furms and church ceremonies peiuliar to that faith, has roused the ire etui opposition of his congregatiun. The latter have applied,, through the trustees, to the court, to open the doors, and allow them the use , of the church. There has been uo de cisiuit In the case, but from the feeling evinced, tine is danger uf violence, The cartmtn of New York have- held a meeting to procure the repeal of the law lliat lias existed since tne reign. ol Queen Anne,requiriiig them to reside on Manhattan Island. There are 10, 000 in the city. We learn that a destructive fa're occurred occurred in Mt. Sterling, Ky., on the night of the 28th tilt., consuming sev eral buildings on Main street. No . particulars are given. ; Coli.atkbal ia Arkansas manage business in a rather uriimtive manner, some one write there that before he could get a $53 note discounted, he lud to deposit as , "collaterals ' two cook stoves and a cross-cut saw. . The State House at Omaha,'. Nebraska, Nebraska, is entirely enclosed, floor down and nearly otherwise completed. ' - ' Life or Ubeeley. it is stated in tha life uf Horace Greeley that Leggeit once discharged him from a compositor's sit- ' uaiion ou the Evening rust, on account. uf his slovenly appearance. Greeley a lirst e.nployineut in New York was ob tained lrum W. T. Porter, of the spirit, who w as then foreman of West's prin ting office. In 1633 Greeley started the Moruiug Post, the first penny paper iti , the" world; il lived sixteen dajar

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