maria hammaker 1879 miller/albright
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"What a Man "Who Saw Him Swears to An Information against the Hammaker Girl for PerjuryPostal Changes for the Past Week - Fatal Effects of a Fall from a Tree. THE MURDKRER ALBRIGHT. He is Seen by a Old Acqaaintance, Who Makes an Affidavit to the Fact. Special to the Telegraph. Newport, September 22. The killing of William K. Miller, of Harrisburg, by Samuel E. Albright, of Montgomery's Ferry, at the latter place, on account of a girl named Maria Hammaker, whom they both claimed, threw Perry county into a ferment of excitement, the edge of which has scarcely become dull in the lapse of time. The people have discussed the case in every detail until it has become threadbare ; the newspapers have elaborated every point to the nausea of their readers; but still the murder, with its attendant causes and its after facta, is a fruitful theme ot conversation. The Telegraph has kept its readers fully posted on every feature of the assassination, and of all the daily papers that reach here is the only one that expresses the sentiments of a large majority of the people in this neighborhood. The finding of a dead and almost decomposed body in Girty's cave about two weeks after the murder; the claim that it was Albright's; the pretended identification by Albright's immediate relatives; the verdict of one coroner's jury that the body was Albright's ; and the divided finding of another coroner's jury, five members averring that the body was not Albright's and one that it was; the arrest of old Jesse Johnson as an' accomplice after the fact and his release on a habeas corpus, arc facts with which your readers are acquainted. Since then the community has been divided in opinion the larger part holding that the body found in the cave was not Albright's as against the . minority who believed the body was Albright's. But neither side could offer positive evidence to uphold their opinion, and so the people talked about the murder as if it were a never - to - duj sensation. But about ten days since the case put forth a new feature. A young man announced that he saw Albright on September 2nd near Williamsport. Those who believe that the body found in the cave was put there to delude the authorities and afford Albright a chance to escape, were puzzled to explain why nothing has been heard of the murderer since the reported suicide. The statement ot this young man solves the puzzle and confirms their theory that he is at large. The young man is named Alfred Potter, and is a nephew of Lewis Potter, an attorney at - law in Bloomfield. Young Potter was ceitainly well acquainted with Albright, and his reputation for truth and veracity is such as to preclude the idea that he is making a false statement. But in order to convince those who affect to disbe lieve his statement, Mr. Potter has agreed to make an affidavit, of which the following is a true copy: "And dow comes Alfred Potter and on oath says: My age is twenty years. On or about the 2d of September, 1879, I was at the Muncy Hills stone quarry, below Williamsport, Pa. ; whilst 1 was there Samuel E. Albright came there, accompanied by a man and a boy the affiant had gone to the quarry in search of work and had been there about fifteen minutes before Albright arrived ; the boy was about seventeen years ot age. l here was a young man with me, from Liverpool, by the name of Fry; when I saw Albright coming towards the quarry I remarked to him, 'There comes Albright.' When Albright came to the quarry and recognized me he changed color and appeared very uneaBy; he placed one hand in his pocket and kept it there all the time he was about the quarry. I talked with him for some time; our conversation was about that section of the country and neighborhood. He stated that he was looking for a job. It was about dinner lime; the boarding house bell rang for dinner; the quarry boss invited us to take dinner; Mr. Fry and I went into the boarding house, but Albright and his comrade declined. When we came out they had left. I was not acquainted with the men at the quarry. I was well acquainted with Albright; he and I were raised in Buffalo township, and until I was nearly ten years old resided within a mile and a halt ot each other in Uuck s Valley, Buffalo township. My grand - father, bright, resided Jacob Bair, and Capt Samuel Al - grandfather of Samuel E. Albright, on adjoining farms, and Benjamin Albright, father of Samuel E. Albright, resided on a farm adjoining the Capt. Albright farm. One ot my aunts is married to an uncle of Samuel E. Albright. Nearly all my relations on the father and mother's side now reside, or at least formerly resided in Buck's Valley, Buffalo township. When I was nearly ten years old my father moved into Hunter's Valley, about three miles from where Albright resided. I still saw him freqently, Hunter's Valley being in the same township. About four years ago my father, Levi Potter, moved into Liverpool township, near Liverpool, Pa. I saw Albright frequently up to the time he was convicted for stealing Buck & Krumbler's meat and left the neighborhood. When Albright came 1o the quarry he had on a new suit of dark clothes. I recognized him by his voice, his light moustache, his peculiar teeth and his general appearance. The men in the quarry were at work some distance from us, and Albright stuck so close to me with his hand in his pocket I had no opportunity to inform them as to who he was. I told them who Albright was after he left, but they treated the matter with indifference and went to work. Mr. Fry did not know Albright, but knows the fact that the men came to the quarry as I have above stated." This affidavit establishes as completely as human testimony can that Samuel E. Albright was alive on the second day of September. And the conduct of the Albright brothers John and Alfred in this place on Saturday affords strong circumstantial evidence in confirmation of young Potter's statement. On Saturday John and Alfred Albright saw a biother of Alfred Potter starting from his home for Bloomfield and mistook him for Alfred. They hastened to this place and went to another brother of Alfred Potter's, who is working here, and tried to persuade him to say that Alfred was mistaken in saying that . he had 6een Sam Albright on the 2d of September. But the only comfort they got from Potter was the declaration that he knew Albright was alive and so did they. If John and Alfred Albright are so certain that Sam is dead why are they so anxious to stop any suspicion to the contrary ? Information Against the Hammaker Girl. On Saturday John Albright made information before Justice Zinn, of this borough, against Maria Hammaker, charging her with perjury in swearing before the coroner's jury that she was the wife of William K. Miller. It will be remembered that it has since been proven that the girl was never married to any person, though she has a child by Samuel E. Albright. It is rumored that the Hammaker and Albright families have had a fall out and this miormation is the result. But there must be more behind the information than a family dispute. It is more likely that the Albright boys fear Sam will get to some place of safety and send for the girl, and she going to her lover will leave a trail which the detectives will follow to Albright's abiding place. If this is not their fear, why should they have the unfortunate Hammaker girl arrested ? It Sam Albright is dead, what good can come of convicting the girl, Hammaker, of a high crime? But if Sam Albright is alive, isn't he safer from arrest by having the temptation to send for his sweet - heart removed, through her confinement in the penitentiary for a year or two under sentence for perjury? n. Maria Hammaker Arrested and Held for Trial. This morning Constable John Sailor, of Newport, arrived in Harrisburg with a warrant for the arrest of Maria. Hammaker, on a charge of perjury in swearing that she was William K. Miller's wife before the coroner's jury on August 7. The warrant was served this morning, and at a hearing before Alderman Maurer at noon bail in the sum of $300 was entered for Miss Ham - maker's appearance at the next term of Perry county court, in October, Capt. A. G. Cummings becoming her security. Constable Sailor returned this afternoon to Newport. KEYSTONE PICKINGS. Pennsylvania postal changes for the week are reported as follows: Establishcd. - Cherry Spring, Potter county, II. Nieinan, . post master; Patton's Station, Jefferson county, W. Smith, postmaster; Short Run, Potter county, Isaac Bailey, postmaster. Name Changed. Wilmarth, Erie county, toRolfe. Postmasters Appointed. F. W. Rotzel, Ililltown, Bucks county; W. B. Copeland, Wexford, Allegheny county. About two o'clock yesterday afternoon Harry Claybaugh, a switch - tender in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad, at the Fourth street crossing, met an untimely death. He had just stepped from the footboard of a shilling engine to the main track, not ten feet distant from the approaching way passenger train, and before he knew of the danger was struck and hurled into the air at least fifteen feet, and in falling his head struck a rail, crushing his skull and causing instant death. An inquest was held, and the jury exonerated the train men from all blame. Josiah P. Hetrick. an old and prominent citizen of Easton, died yesterday morning from the. effects of a fall on Wednesda'. lie was picking pears, and fell from a shed, dis locating his neck. He lingered in a half conscious condition until death. He was in his seventy - fourth year, and had held many offices of responsibility and trust, the latest being that ot Collector ot Internal Revenue under President Johnson. lie was a politician of some note in the Whig party, and subsequently was a strong and influential Democrat. He was the father of a large family. He was a man of unusually healthy constitution, never known to have been sick a day. LATE NEWS. Interesting Items by Mail and Telegraph from all jfomu. Mrs. Mary Gillespie, who was so terribly burned at the Boston Gold Street tenc - men house fire, is now in a fair way to recover. John Hurtgen, of Warrenton, Mo., got into a dispute on Saturday night with Geo. Lee about a bill which he owed him. Lee killed Hurtgen. At Burlington, N. J., on Friday last, Mrs. Charles Estelow, while making a fire with kerosene, was so bad ly burned that she died shortl y afterward. The liabilities of Adger&Co.. Charleston, are said to be ?,000,000. The People's Bank will wind up its affairs in consequence of the failure of the Ader firms. The local authorities of Yorktown, Va., are making extensive preparations for cele brating the anniversary of the surrender of Cornwallis on the 19th of October. The Massachusetts Democratic Stale Central Committee, at a meeting in Boston Saturday, agreed that nothing that will assist in defeating Butler should be left un done. Congressman S. S. Cox, of New York, was presented with a fine gold watch and chain Saturday by the letter carriers, in appreciation of his successful efforts to get ineir pay increased. At Front Royal, Va., on Saturday, the jury found a verdict of manslaughter in the case of Jonas Ilockman, charged with the murder ot James Foster, and fixed his punishment at two years' imprisonment. Hereafter postal employees will not be permitted to change the directions on mail packages passing through their hands. All misdirected letters must be returned to the senders or to the Dead Letter Office. Gov. Robinson has convened a special session of the New York Supreme Court to test the right ot Mayor Cooper to remove police commissioners, and the authority of the lower courts to interfere with the mayor in this matter. Edward Meredith, a son of Judge Merc dith, of Richmond, Va., committed suicide by shooting at Kansas City. Mo., on Saturday. Depression, growing out of financial trouoie.anu sickness, resulting trom a spree, are said to have caused the act. A Charleston (W. Va.) dispatch states that Dr. Dubbing, who lives in Milton, near that city, was shot in the neck Friday nignt oy lawyer JM'Allister. ot the same place. Dubbing was living, but paralyzed No details as to the motive of the assault are known. J. J. Dargan and Joseph II. Earl, of bumpter, b. (j.. went to Augusta, ua., on Saturday to fight a duel. Dargan was ar rested and gave bond. Earl escaped. It is believed the parties have gone to North Carolina to fight. Both are lawyers, and members ot Ihe South Carolina Legislature. Bob Moore, white, a desperado, was killed wiiu a razor uy John Thomas, coioreu, at the uovernment locks near Charleston, West Virginia, Saturday. Shortly afterwards Thomas was arrested by an excited crowd and hung immediately on the nearest tree. His body was also riddled with bul lets. The House of Reorescntatives of Geor gia on Saturday almost unanimously voted down a resolution condemning Governor Colquitt for alleged corruption in regard to the office of the nrincinal keeper of the penitentiary, and passed a resolution asking the Governor to examine into the conduct of that officer, and take such action as he may deem proper. Fall River was ouieter yesterday than during any Sunday for months past. No serious disturbance occurred, although at noon a party of our working spinners was assaulted by a crowd of forty men directly in front of the house of the captain of the night watch. The latter gave chase and broke up the crowd, but was unable to over take the disturbers. The new cases of vcllow fever at Mem phis Saturday numbered thirteen twelve white persons. Amonsr them is Mrs. J. S. Prestidge, the ninth member of that family stricken, only one of whom, however, lias died. Two deaths from the fever occurred, both white. Total cases to date 1.21G, deaths 346. A dispach from Memphis anthorities was received at Washington Saturday ask ing for 100,000 rations for 2, 300 people in the camps. The matter was rclcrreu to the National Board of Health, who declined to furnish the supplies on the ground that the act 01 congress creating the ooaru uiu not give it authority to disburse funds except to prevent the spread of the fever from State to State. It being suggested that a refusal to give the rations might result in the camps breaking up and spreading the disease to adjacent States, it was replied that that could not be done in view of the rigid quarantine. There were yesterday at Memphis twelve new cases eight white and but one death. FIVE Distinguished Largest Country Close of a C n aut The Free days' session of 5,000 were George sol, Hon. Hon. Judge Penney, Miss of Boston, some twenty have held ever held vote the at Cincinnati Important racy well Alabama, a number nent in the engaged in ment in the guise many of hard - money are preparing organization, Greenback however, ing Alabama. sumed such alarm the latter although than the 1 TDK Tlio Respect London, says the the opinion the Ameer the members he has subjects. 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