Squire Tankard

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Squire Tankard - CHAUTAUQUA TRAGEDY Shot Two Then Tried to Kiil...
CHAUTAUQUA TRAGEDY Shot Two Then Tried to Kiil Himself. Jamestown, July 6. About 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon Squire Tankard shot and killed Mrs. William Beaumont. He then turned the revolver cn Mr. Beaumont and shot him, the bullet taking effect in his arm, making a serious wound. After the shooting Tankard jumped into the lake and placing the muzzle of the revolver at his own head, fired again, but the wound was not serious and he left the water and made his escape into the woods before the campers made any effort to apprehend him.. " The shooting took place at Driftwood on Chautauqua lake, where the Beau-monts in company with a party of friends, were spending a few days camping. Mrs. Tankard, wife of the man who did the shooting, was a sister of the murdered woman and there had been a quarrel between the two families for some months. Tankard and his wife had separated. She having gone to live with Beaumonts. The parties are all mill operatives,' but were respectable and well to do. Officers are out searching for Tankard. Jamestown, July 6. Squire Tankard, who yesterday shot and killed his sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Beaumont, and seriously injured her husband, William Beaumont, at Driftwood, on Chautauqua Lake, was captured today by Constables Turk and Wilson. The murderer was found crouching in the barn of Mayor Shephard at Gerry, ten miles north of here. After the shooting, Tankard jumped into the lake, and while in thg water, shot himself in the head. It was supposed the wound was slight as Tankard scrambled ashore and ran for the woods. It was found this morning that the bullet lodged in his forehead inflicting a serious wound. The Gerry officers turned the man over to Sheriff Griswold who brought the prisoner here at 8 a. m. to-day. An autopsy over the remains of the dead woman will be held at the coro ner's inquest to-day.' Tankard is an English mill employe as are also his victims. He told the officers he had married a woman ten years his junior and had had trouble ever since. The Beaumonts, he said, caused a separation between himself and his wife. "I had to kill them," he said. Beaumont's wound is serious and it is feared he will die.

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  1. Star-Gazette,
  2. 06 Jul 1899, Thu,
  3. Page 5

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