RR/John C. Toenges/Wm. Siebert Case, The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Oct. 15, 1883 p.3

RR/John C. Toenges/Wm. Siebert Case, The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Oct. 15, 1883 p.3 - 1st a on returned - of in to He is he of np P,...
1st a on returned - of in to He is he of np P, it to as as for the SEIBERT, THE SLOCCER. John Toenges, a Crave! Road. Laborer Brutally Assaulted by William Selbert - The Injuries Probably Fatal. It was predicted by ,the advocates of capital punishment, that the hanging Of Samuel McDonald would exert a salutary Influence over the criminal classes, in thit vicinity, and that, for a time, at least, there would be a free dona from murders, which has hitherto been nnknown. The Sehtinel hoped that tbe expectations of those citizens, who consider hanging the only adequate punishment for the taking of human life, would prove well founded and that there would be a lull Id that department of crime, Hardly a week has elapsed, however, since the eventful day which witnessed the legal "removal" of Sam McDonald until this paper' is called upon to chronicle another murderous assault, and to destroy all antlcl - tlons of a pause In the carnival Of butchery. On the gravel road which is being constructed west of this city were employed William Seibert, a man about fifty years of age, and John Toenges, a German lad eighteen yean old, who came to America from the Faderland only sixteen months ago. He has since bis arrival boarded with his uncle at 163 Ewing street, and earned tbe reputation of being a quiet) inoffensive young man. Both he and hia assailant have driven teams on the gravel road and until Saturday there never had been any trouble between tbem. About noon that day Seibert discovered tbat he bad lost the end gate from hia wagon and began to search for the missing board, which he finally found on Toenges' wagon. Be then proceeded to abate the lad, accusing him of stealing it and applying all manner of opprobrtona names to him, winding up by picking up the board and striking Toenges on the back of the head with the all hia atrength. Tbe boy, stunned by the blow, fell from the wagon to tbe ground, where he lay Insensible, with the villain Seibert standing over him, ready to hit him a second time in case he showed tbe ability to arise. When the workmen, who had witnessed tbe dastardly act, crowded around and pulled the scoundrel away, Toenges had partially regained consciousness and faintly remarked, "Seibert did it," Dr. Proegler was summoned and examined the injured lad, pronouncing hia wound very dangerous, but not necessarily fatal, and ordered his removal to hia home. His uncle, Stalhut, when he learned of the assault grew very wroth and at once awore out a warrant for the ar arrest of Siebert, who was later captured by Constable Kelly and takf n before Justice Bysn. He was at the time under tbe influence of liquor, but was quite docile and made no objection to being locked up when, In default of (1,000 bail, he was taken to tbe jail. To - day the condition of young Toengea is not improved and it is feared that he will never recover. Be has regained consciousness, bat Is very weak and his physician aeems to entertain little or no hope of his ever leaving his bed. The grand jury, which convenes to day, will probably return an indictment against Siebert without delay. This afternoon young Toenges' con. dition is much improved and there la now an excellent prospect for hia re . covery. THE EAGLE SOARS. I &

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