Thomas J Chapman

Report of fmfurder in Alton Evening Telegraph

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Thomas J Chapman - Paying the Penalty of Dissipation—The Jcllison...
Paying the Penalty of Dissipation—The Jcllison Murder—Mathers Admitted Admitted to Bail. MATTOO.V, Ii.i.» August 1!).—Nicholas llubbart was inurdurud at Ills lioinu, three miles oast ol IIiiiiibohlt, just alter dark Sunday evening, mid the a.v»!issin had not been arrested ut lust accounts. Thu victim victim was a bachelor farmer who usually had a family living In the house with him upon the 210-ucre farm which lie had rented, but during the past two weeks no one was with him but a hired man, Thomas Chapman, who recently came from Arkansas, according to his story. Sunday, Ilabuiirt took u neighbor's family wllli him In his buggy to camp-meeting anil left his hired nmu to look after the household affairs) In his absence. They did not return homo from camp-meeting until dark, and ffubbart drove his neighbors to their homes and then returned to his. Soon thereafter the neighbors heard pistol shots at Hub- barl'B home and later cries of distress. They repaired to the house and cautiously approached, but all was quiet, the bachelor's bachelor's dogs not even noticing their approach. approach. 111DICOUS DISl'OVEHV. Between the house and barn they found Hubbarl's hut and buggy robe. They proceeded to the house, where a lamp was lighted, but there were no other signs of life. Going on into the yard they saw the house dogs were In one corner, and there the!' found tlie IKeless body of Huoburt, a luillut hole in hissUull behind tne left ear having caused ills death. In the dead man's left hand he gripped an axe tlghlly us though he had attempted to deleud himself ."against his assailant. Upon examining tile hat they found it powder-burned and a hole In it corresponding corresponding witli the one in the victim's head. TIIK .SI.AYIUi. Many neighbors gathered at the scene and the premises were searched for thj hired man, Chapman, but he was not to be found, though several of luu neighbors had noticed him there only a short lime before llubbait's return. In the house they found a chair lying on a table ami a paper spread over the chair to hide the view of the lamp from the back entrance entrance of the house, and in the middle' of the floor they found a valise which was opened and contained several letters by Chapman, aud one addressed to his wife, in whicli he promised to return to her soon with plenty ol money, a team and other necessities. In tbe valise was one of Itubbart's suits, his- tulves and forks and other articles of value from the household effects. A trunk, heavily packed, also stood in the middle of the Iloor, and it was known to the property of Chapman, but upon investigation It was fouud to contain jooks and other articles belonging to the liouse. Men wcje at once dispatched in various directions over the country in search of .he fugitive, but no trace of him hud been 'ouud at last accounts. T11K INtJL'KST. At the coroner's inquest hold yesterday afternoon it was discovered that a second jail had passed through the body under the anna, from one side, passing through .he lungs. State Attorney Leitcli immediately immediately telegraphed to Governor Hamilton Hamilton with a view to offering a reward for the capture of tho assassin. llubbart's neighbors would make short -work of the (lend i-hotild they be able to catch him, hut he has probably reached his homo iu Arkansas ere this.

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 19 Aug 1884, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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