Thomas J Chapman

Reoort of murder in Decatur Daily Republican 19 Aug 1884

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Soldiers' took of and Moulton he was he- * . , Paying the Penalty of Dissipation--The Jellison Murder--Mathers Admitted Admitted to Bail. MATTOON, ILL., he an of puH and was imprisoned committee the i l b u r Storcj for his July e of the custom limes with continued to and of circulation decreased, irrcg- inan- her, as lu the appointed cs- somo ol Mr. deslg- tho was August 19.--Nicholas at his home, three miles east of Huraboldt, just after dark Sunday evening, and the assasslu had been arrested at last accounts. The victim victim was a bachelor farmer who usually had a family living In the house with upon the 240-acre farm which he had rented, but during the past two weeks no one was with him but a hired Thomas Chapman, who recently came from Arkansas, according to bis story. Sunday, Hubbart took a neighbor's family with him in his boggy to camp-meeting und left his hired man to look after the household affairs in al-s absence. They did not return home camp-meeting until dark, aod Hubbart drove his neighbors to their homes and then returned to his. Soon thereafter tho neighbors neard pistol sbots at barl's home aud 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 ap- HIDKOUS DISCOY1SKY. Between the house and barn they f Hnbbart's hat and buggy robe. They proceeded to the house, where a lamp was lighted, but there were no other signs of life. Going on into tlie yard saw the house dogs were in one and there they found the lifeless body Hubbart, a bullet hole in bis skull the left ear having caused his death. the dead man's left baud be gripped axe tightly as though he hart attempts! to defend himself iigainst bus assailant. Upon examining the hat they f o u n powder-burned a«l a hole in it corresponding corresponding with tho one in tbe victim head. 'HIE SLAVKR. Many neighbors gathered at the scene antl the premises were searched lor hired man, Chapman, but he was not be found, though several of the neighbor-, had noticed him there only a sliort before Hubbart's return. In the house they found a chair lying ou a t.iblc a paper spread over tbe chair to hide view of the lamp from tho back entrance entrance of tbo house, and in the ol the floor they found a valise which was opened and contained several by Chapman, and one addressed to his wife, in which lie promised to return to her soon with plenty ol money, a team and other necessities, the valise was one of Ilubburt's suits, knives and forks and other articles of value from tho household effects. A trunk, heavily packed, also stood in middle of the lloor, and It was be the property of Chapman, but upon investigation It was found to contain books and other articles belonging to house. Men'were at onco dispatched lu directions o \ e r the country iu tho fugitive, but no trace of h i m found at last accounts. TUB INQLHST. At the coroner's i n q u e s t held afternoon It was discovered that a ball had passed through the body u tbe arms, from one side, passing the lungs. State Attorney Leltch immediately immediately telegraphed to Governor Hamilton Hamilton with a view to ottering a reward the capture ot tho assassin. Iluhbart's neighbors would make short work of licnd bhould; they bo able to catch but he has probably reached his Arkansas ere this.

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  1. Decatur Daily Republican,
  2. 19 Aug 1884, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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  • Thomas J Chapman — Reoort of murder in Decatur Daily Republican 19 Aug 1884

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