Mob Murder Article

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Mob Murder Article - KANSAS NEWS A Fredonia special, under date ot...
KANSAS NEWS A Fredonia special, under date ot May IS, says: An exciting murder trial brought here on achangcof venue from Allen county, closed in Judge Stillwell's court last night. The defendants defendants were the whole male portion of llie Gilliland family, from near Humboldt, consisting of father and three sons, Isaac, Joseph and Andrew, The evidence showed that in broad daylight llic family attcin]ited to force one Herclcrodus and McFavland oft from a tract of land claimed by Gilliland, Gilliland, biit decided liy a land league to which they all belonged to be the property of a widow lady. The old mail shot Herclerodes tlirec times, killing him instantly, Isaac shot McFarland McFarland three limes while attempting to get away, following him 300 yards, overtaking him, and with the other two boys killed him with clubs. To save beiu^r 'moljbed by their brother leaguers, tliey at once gave themselves u]i. TJie trial lasted four days, when a verdict was rendered against the father and Isaac of murder in the lirst degree, aud against Joseph and Andrew-of Andrew-of murder in the second degree. By ugrcenient the younger boys got new trials and Andrew was set free, .'.nd Jo.seph got two years in the penitentiary. penitentiary. Many feared that if the verdict verdict was not satisfactory that the Allen Allen County League would mob them, iiiul the Grand Army Post was called and escorted the prisoners from the courl-lioiise to the jail in safety. Clay Center Tinici: On Monday last

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  1. The Belleville Telescope,
  2. 29 May 1884, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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