maria hammaker miller murder 1879

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- of to of a in at at the till the the on the fire to be the MCRUKK OF W. K. MILLKK. H or riil Deed of Blood Intense Excitement la Firemen mna - JKaiiroad circles Last Night Miller's Good Character, and the Desperate Career ot the Assassin. The news of the murder of William K. Miller, a citizen of Harrisburg, at Mont gomery s Ferry. Ferry county, the main facts of which were given in the Telkcbapd yesterday, was a subject of excited conversation conversation in fire and railroad circles, where the murdered man was well known and much liked. In the Fourth ward, on South between Second and Third street, and on State, where the Miller fam ily are well knownt the murder created a deep feeling of sorrow. William K. Miller was a son of Charles Miller, who for years worked for the late William H. Kepner. The elder Miller was a member ot the llope engine company and worked, for Mr. Kep ner until he died. lne nope company buried him. usins their hose carriage a a hearse. The murder was prompted by jealousy. The cause of the murder crew out ot Mr, Miller's attention to Miss Maria Hammaker, a young lady also well known in lUn'u burg, having lived for some time o South street below SocvukL Last wwk tU young lady vrent to her home at Mottvm cry's Ferry, IVrrv county, tv arrau nor wedding with. Miller, but it is now tKl that the couple wc re married at that time - v The murderer, SaiuucI K, AlrUht, was a rival of Miller's in attentkxa tv Mfes Hatw maker, but was at no time encurv in his nut. Sunday last Muter wsta4iUr risburg to see his mother, prior to. his marriage, marriage, as he then stated, which was to have taken place, or to be announced on Tues day. On Wednesday evening Miller left liarnsburc to co to lontcomerv s r erry. and was met at Newport l)y his intended wife and her brother, who were on their way home, Miller accompanying them to Montgomery's Ferry. It was while waiting at tne terry to go to Altoona that 31uler and his wile were confronted by , Albright. The murderer stalked into the room where the young peo ple were engaged in conversation, and with out a word or a threat deliberately drew his revolver and shot Miller through the heart. He did not sneak a word betore or after the deed, but, pistol in hand, rushed at once to the road, where for a moment he brandished his weapon in the faces of the few horror - stricken people who were pres ent, and fled to the mountain. Great excitement at once prevailed. Miss Hammaker was borne in a senseless condi tion from the room, and the body of the murdered man was placed on a sofa, but life had fled when he fell shot to the heart. If the people had had Albright in their pos session thev undoubtedly would have lynched him. Albright is a dissolute, desperate cuarac - ter." a marauder against whom many crimes are aIIppWI. He has been eneaered in many bloody Irays, having been accused wnn killing a man in Texas, and then flying that part ot the country, uetectives leit tne city last nisht to eo - in searcn - ol him, a worK which many think will result in bloodshed before he can be taken. Later The At rival of the Body ot Mr. Mil ler Great Kxcitemenl at the liepotaudln Cumberland Street. - The delay in forwarding the body of the murdered man, Miller, to his mother s iliouse on Cumberland street, was occasioned Fty the time taken in getting the coroner to the scene - ot the tragedy. 1 he inquest was held late last night, and a verdict in accordance accordance with the facts was rendered. The body shows two bullet wounds. : Miller was struck by two bullets, one m the breast, passing through the lung on the left side and put of the back, and the second entering the bowels. It is not fully decided by the surgeons whether the shot which passed though. - the lung touched the heart or not. . Both wounds are about one - quarter inch in diameter. : ; Three shots were fired, the desperado delivering the third at Miss Hammaker, which, in his excitement and haste, fortunately fortunately missed its object. A postmortem examination of the body of the murdered man will take place to - morrow morrow morrow afternoon, such being the wish of his relatives and friends. - Theory as to the Murderer's Whereabouts. Albright - is - said to be an experienced woodsman," thoroughly familiar with the bridle paths of the mountains. It is theorized theorized by many that he will push on to West Virginia,' and in the dense - wooded mountains mountains of that region manage to elude arrest for some time. When the body, in charge of the undertaker, undertaker, . reached Cumberland street there was a great crowd on hand and eager efforts efforts made to get into the house, but all persons were excluded, the Wagner family very properly declining to see any strangers. strangers. The body was not in a condition to be seen by any one, it having received no attention whatever since it passed out of the hands of the Perry county coroner. Charles F. Miller, lather of the murdered man W. K., was buried by the firemen of Harrisburg, Sunday, July 3, 18C0. It was the most imposing firemen's funeral ever had in Harrisburg. the commissioners of .ferry county, it was reported here this afternoon, had declined declined to offer a reward for the arrest of Albright. A telegraphic dispatch was received by members of the Citizen engine company, from friends of Miller, at Newport, lor assistance assistance to aid in scouring the mountains in search of Albright. Chief Ciley contemplates contemplates organizing a force, which, if he succeeds succeeds in getting the men, he will take to Newport to - morrow to make a search in the neighborhood. The funeral of the murdered man will take place at four o'clock on Sunday afternoon, afternoon, from his mother's residence on Cumberland Cumberland street. All the fire companies have been invited to attend. Humored Arrest of Albright. Rumors were circulating thi3 afternoon uiui. weietuvc Aiiuerson naci received a dispatch from New Bloomfield, announcing the arrest of Albright. Inquiry showed that no such dispatch had been received, though Detective Anderson has had commu nications - from the district attorney of Perry county on the subject of the murder. The commissioners of Perry county arc utterly lnumereni on tne suoiect ot a reward. through the district attorney is very active ui ma e noris to am in me arrest oi Albright. ine town is lull oi nying rumors, upon wnicn no reliance can be placed, on the subject of Albright's whereabouts. An the or was from the of were a as was it was the the night ether lute fer interference before 2(5th of then last and than end, long of fore fact, well a he any cur ' the in is as In or to it a of it

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 08 Aug 1879, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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