John Boynton convicted and executed for death of grand uncle Wilson Smith.

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John Boynton convicted and executed for death of grand uncle Wilson Smith. - ENQUIRER, CINCINNATI, SUNDAY, MAY 0,1909. COLOR...
ENQUIRER, CINCINNATI, SUNDAY, MAY 0,1909. COLOR SECTION. OU L "rTT:t iVT . - !"":'.: -rr m l Cx ' ,,1 f. fiiiiilll I; iWM iUMF ' 11 lllfii v WP r YOU -? vV T D T 1 TV C rr i a x i'm',"? "w HVU U I VI J 1 IN 1 1 EVIDENCE? CQNV A VE T E IV A N 'S A TRUE STOR.Y v , t -k lUraM Com- ; i.TV KK. formerly t .t"rney for New f.)r 12 'years, pro.'ie-.... ..f !i.!iili-il? during i!i- KmiD(Jj and !! .r..,: V f i;,.'-.. :,: I. ii. I of cvi'! n. chiefly be- .,; , ;i In.:' "f K'rjury. I'er-I i. i v f.uuw ii of a rnae i:: :i:i-'ni w.l--ni - iu w Uich a T.-r. iI n.-.i'y for a crime tf I ...1 l.nvA 'r.-rv.ti ' t!::i: rv ciri-uiiistaniLil J-s.- !.. !!' i ii ! rstainl it; tUi"' do .c :ii:t -i.iMiniiin cirvuuiaiau- !. . A 111 tile lloor-' n l . a revolver. It l-!;.-'I mi l :i lull U'-ad. inetjr- uui : ii tiiittl:-l iik-u n ouia say .;i ! tin- mau ill tut) if ilin-ct cvideuce. On .,!.!. I l.i- circtiiuslantial tiiiM bave seeu tbe 'lii '1 lit prosecution; iiji- t. -:n.'. (lie bullet waa ' jil.i i :i lti revolver, tlje ti:.- buli' t umi oibt-r cir- tiVii:. .i:fn .i' in.- strike you with a M...'..I i.t- il:..-t t evidi-at- but t.- t!::iii. ;-n- iM-rjury here. A .nii.i- . .;.! ... i-ry likely le nl- ii'. t--t. . ii. n niul lie in i trli t be i-. i::ii.'.i:i. :i! evidence di als' CASE boat his erring grandnephew. For the'in full fQr cotton deliver l a' wharf t rent he knew Boy u ton for a weak char- dafe. . Mariin Williams." acter, bat. as be conceived, free from! The dat attached was that utwuj which tii ! In. which say i'iiiiitiitn-es point equally to .'iii. -it f;i' t. .-.-t:.-. c.rr:;:s . tie ;j inn. a'-'iu.-t tal. 1 ii re iiiut be no uf ili.iii. i- fur ur other bv- t!iu - L it of t;uilt." IST at gmy dti-k. ben tbe sur-1 uiv uf (U.- Mi.Mssippl ttceuied to Sl-.trlllllj; -ky nii.i nr.-, . ... si.-l.,,.; n- ,. .t 3o apt to l.e .s cI PS,e?,n " , . "I d!dn t do any sbooting. said the I canoeist, with a strangely earnest ei- amply protected In preeslon. The raftamaa'a gesture de- iii!ial cvidiuce by tbe : noted admlratlou. that! OU. all right; you didn't, then.' We ijess heard the sunset k" about a thou-: sand nil leu nfT 'r nielilx" It nta a liu'l- ilie verdict must . - "No, I didn't." repealed the young man. with emphasis. "lon't you see 1 hare no gun?" "No more you haven't. said tbe man on the raft, altering: hia tone of banter. "That's queer." The canoeist dug his paddle and thrnst THERE WAS A SHOUT FEOM ONE OV THE OUTERMOST SEARCHERS. ra Its of former rears and taken upon him- 'Another noasibllltr oenrred to hi in. lnn Vf hA nn Ant ,.' waa Ol f XX'it H tlw .- .n aont nf 41ia KhAlHT Ttta plrAp n-m tVi.1li.v .... QiA fnA. ..m . . . . . I - , , . . . U V. - " "y ' - Homing i ue weapon inai naa oeea mea the orcanielnc and disposition of the the shore where the reed thicket srrvw. tn- i m.,.j.. oiti, 1. - - T .1 1. .!.! 1.1. - I A. "...IJ 1 V. I VI TT.IOUU OUIUH Bi-n ll ll. - viclouHnesa. Howard had not visited the Smith house for two weeks previous to Its owner's disappearance. ' and was mr-ptised"to learn on hia arrival there that Boynton was present. JOixon. who had been Smith a valet and confidential man, met the detective with this information. "A aad blow to Mr. Boynton, Mr. Howard," was the man's first comment. "And him come back after so lone." "Boynton? s Boynton here?" "Full two weeks now. Since Mr. Smith was Bussed three days ago he's been that uneasy and despairing there was rio comforting him. He's upstairs bow. He heard the body had been foHnd when one of the men 'came back about an hour ago." - ' A servsnt ent up for Boynton and 4he young man presently appeared. Constrained greetings having been exchanged, the veteran turned to his task. "Mr. Boynton." he said. "I should regard It as a favor If you would tell me( anything of Interest you may know In, connection with this sad affair. I have, charge of the Investigation." "I am afraid I can help you buti slightly." was the reply. "My granduurie-l went away in me morning, uiree oj Smith liad disappeared. Amply provided with funds and wall equipped for the work toy his close connection with the police throughout the country. Howard tracked Boynton - from state to t stale and from town to town tor the beat k-i v muii in. ne ran (lie iugitive down at last In Key West as he waa about to leave for Cuba. The young- man. throws Into a condition of hopeless despair by hia capture, was broucht back and placed la jaU at the county seat to await trial.- Once more upon the ground of the crime, Howard's first step was to seek out Marlla Williams, a small grower of cotton, and question him as to the receipt . He ..was clear In the matter arid aaid that on the day la question Smith had called upon hint to make payment for cotton purchased for uch dealings with other planters in the neighborhood owing to the favorable position of his steamboat landing-, and It was an ordinary transaction. Smith had not been accompanied by any one. he said. In his search 'for persons who were in tha vicinity of tha rice field at the probable time of the murder Howard made extensive Inquiries. Word of the shooting of Smith had traveled far up and down the river, and a week before the trial of Boynton the detective, was able to add the nnal, crushing circumstance to the case of the prosecution. inree raitsmon, returning northward, vol- arn. We eznected him home by noon- lne,r testimony and told or having ffme. of the killing. From what I hear I can only suprse J'bed the Held the shot and tha mere uf light from itstaivnv, on ahead of the monster island of lum- rassaee through this with a boat would r m ,ThL0,'de' 1 1C b?1r W-8 VltS. if if, ma.U.orr fom'1dl'n",ltT- but.u detctive appeared at the Smith home-'in reflecting upVn his accession to for-from the ooze and placed in one of the skiff that had taken the body away had tead to nick ui such threads of eir-ltnne" Kins. in wnich it was taken down a been ron-ed within a few yards of where cuuistance as mltrht be found to cflne mile '" low to the landing at tin- plapta- It lay. His own craft, as he proved by about the home n of the pBnter. and tlon and thence to tbe old Smith home- experiment, could be poled to a position mak iiimuif familiar t v. k rivui I. urn a in ni a j '., inn,..... .... . . . that some bandit or rrson n3"r' 1 r te "ca"Ut r.rm m" th ished a grudge against him waylaid him I4;. Lpon ,bf!nf confronted with Bojn-on his rounT It is most unfortunate." hanrljr "en"'te? ,hhlm " ,. The young man was obviously nervous m11" h,Th,e Lct. that he hf and 111 at ease. His final word nKfJ!0,bt'01m strangely In the ears of Uow.rd. who '.1n,.tItb' ,f rr-carileif him kpenlv I . 7 aaslt'al point brought out regarded Him keenly J at the trial was furnished by he physl- "It Is unfortunate," he remarked, with clan who examined the body. His testl-a trace of irony. - "May I ask If you I tnonr as to th. iir.iir. k knew of any quarrel the deceased may j the bullet, -coupled with Howard s diagram nn e ii nu w i m iui guv ueiurc uis death r ' -Boynton flushed under the inquisitors tone. -' I "I Io not." he answered, abruptly, and! left the room. Howard turned to Dixon wben the re-; maintained a sullen reserve throughout his inai. awoke to a aense of his position unite being led to the scaffold. He broke wildly from the officers and Incoherently pL-aed his innocence. 'He waa hanged at sun&st. " .e'.e e of the scene of the muider and the prsittoa of the body when found, satisfied, ti e Jury completely.. They : returned a verdict ot S-ullty after brief deliberation. j . The scene at tha execution, was a trying i nu. ir in spccuKora. tloynlon. who had treating footsteps had passed up tbe stairs. . - "It's not such a bard blow as you seemed to think. Dixon." he torn- Late the same afternoon the veteran ! mented. "I suppose he finds some solace Met.-hes than the ...i ii, .in .!... .i... ' iiortiiiiit ien for devlsinc ln.l llow. It wna -l,.,.st dark when I .W,,.r k '.n f. ".VPO'l'is of stead. The crowd gradually disperel. whence through the Intervening growth, UIi8 of the 8ltuotion on the daj. be lt niemlers tnrniug back townrd the . he could see the figure of his negro serv- 0 j, dth Some part of what he l ow n. comparing -opinions on the way ant. standing where Smiih probably had knew supplied him with a framework mid lKpt upon spreading the new, stood. As he dwelt ujon this phase he for what he learned Howard, with a negro to row hia likiff. regarded with Increaxlng favor the Wilson Smith had lived a bachelor and stayed in the rice field. He proceeded n.eory that the murderer had accom- aUmCi 80TC for ,WBrrn of WTXIinta, with his preliminary investigation. jpllnhed his design from a small boat white and black He had Inherited the The snot, as was Inevitable, had been hidden among tbe rushes. house and the estate, and with them a trampled somewhat by the sea rt-hera. i He maneuvered from side to side, bent fine, crusty reserve and pride of name and tbe old dotoctlve had little hope of uikmi discovering, if possible, the exact that kept him much to himself In the discovering footprints or other traces angle from which the shootiug bad absence- of congenial acquaintance that wonldsaid him In the ma iter. In taken place, and making mental note Some few friends he had Howard hav- Rnaiyziug ine surrounniug teatiirts or umi tue piiysicmn a testimony as ro ms ing been the only one of recent acquis! ground and growth, however, be saw op-' direction taken by the bullet wouM bj tion. to whom he occasionally dispenseil iu some rt. .of iiunortaiK-c With alert gLunce lie was reminiscence and superior sherry of an tbe manner la swecpin? each object within h!s vision: evening. He. waa possessed of consid er; 1.1 v raft swung with ,,w r,r, r,. .it m.i, ..W l " "ou 5?ul"u lo aZL .T ' l ' "7.T';Z frable .wealth. w.lchhe valued wisely ---, .n-.n.i. . . "" ......... ... ".i. . nut uoi noieiv. it a n omen mm a nni The natural explanation of Smith's minute observation that had led him to pleasure to augment the value of his presence in the rirr swamp, as it oc- sucks iu many a previous pui stilt. So uuds by careful husbandry, although, as r.-i j -, . riiuiin n luiu, nc mat i uvr iniiuu i in i j ur. " uiu ne irenueutiT grumoiea. lie total result ill! t f 1 1 : t . I . I I .' i II I 1 1 1 . V i.i 111,.! Mini m . . r a . . . . 1 1 I .J I . 1 . . .. . - - empty Hour, iu - , iieeu i.iuu oue or nis p'rioaic rouuas or smiion, uia-u vi n.-r siuv-ct, "would likely some day be squandered liova In skiffs and duirouts moved s?ow!v hia nnmorliea 'If Ihre n-fn a cri-lfi Hint bls'eve ruiiuht a nlinn rlitter. the 1- ji . i. i . a r atnl the i.tise ' .... . ... i ' V ,' . l e ,a.. uw.u. wwwiw, uu o an in i nn i-iiTirn Biini nr i no arron i?i ii-anu i kjl u a i inii iu una iiiat-s a i nns i mta l..ii v it i" i ivu aavais puiik i.aii " tit a In ru whtTe lMnrii Raw nn pmritr rivpr hpfrtri thn. iI.mi iu a boft tidtovl Tlic canoe had ranlsbed. - Its are s,ii!...i. starting from the little town alwut three' not ininieuiateiv Hiriicnii and lb., in-jtmng unocr ne sunace. nice me su-, Th!, phrase, as Howard knew, applied s.iian,,.,, .'."ftW iJUVnoZZ It was goe on the instant.' but How- recenP SSSi B i,r uiii-.iii,.. lV' ,J . J .... "M ... J"Jt a struggle, and It was plain that the ard patiently experimented his reaehlno id. - matnrit- km., " - Auumn iwil.. rn in ... i ... " t .. 1. .,. .1. V . - . , . . of them alonu tbe kliore snreading out ,""v ""' s'""."" " "rl " v ' " ' " grounus ror uneasiness on the part of ....plain c of ti c t"0''1 a'.n8 "e, """T' 5il 7L.g ?.Vi they were otherwise undisturbed. source he brought tbe skiff to a favora- his Btirvivlnir relative. It had heeK How. .. vuwr niu. Ikhj v.i ...v-i ... , . . ,j v. itl,. . .l Mk-.1 .l.,n .,- .Iln,. : .. . . . . . T. :na. The n!y ac- , so swampy iincerta n ver-e oT the firmi r ' Tu m,nd tbU """ ambrtsh. a ble position and raked alon? the slimy ard g vn to .,and between the young ;-;.! rot: i the oivasloual. thick growth expanses of river land with sedulous care ... 'crotind Thev occunled several hours jn , eompieie surprise. 10 wuicu ine ciiamc-, wuiu m iw yuiui uciina uoieu. amuum nian, whom he bad last seen a year be-s. irresistible "n--the l" ,ont every opportunity, instantly h:s grasping tlngera closed fa-. fore, and Smith when the latter raged . . rcatuing tne neia. ine inir. case. . . .C l.o fll.l mil arlr nliont the Imtt of a revr.1 ri-r t , .i i- . , D . j,5 - ...... - - .... - ' - . - - . . -, uuiU3. Ullll. HUIU VI XUT I11VU B UUIUKB wheru the stalka rose high, need but and .he stood upright, exuitlns in the 'reached the Mississippi plantnt on at in- uiuu ai i ue tor-, when tln hand n ttlinro hid cnn half 1 " " ",l U,B cic imam ui aiuc ui mr i-t uc uuu muuu. itervais, usuany in ine iorm or a uemana h i.. . .i!w.V through the re fidll Zre o"ai,ll,F,1, to ,M f"wcl Or. again, he It was a flre-shooU of modern de- for money, and on these occasions the as be lumv,.gU"tt5mfc "u 'V " , rn-h- t'OH ',ne c,"' Ixn ,he otl"r nuder 8,jrn' Four of th chamb neld undla- wealthy granduncle would denounce his crs that bmucht the others Ii.viusr ' rovPr of ,h rustling that would fill his charged cartrldgea. The fifth held an'heir in no uncertain terms, and Howard, , , , , ialK ,t l.i... otners nurryuig Jg w trod away ""Howard cast exploded helL There were no evidences if present, would plead for blm. tlciii of rue. ,.v ViJ.i ln lonki no-f ,irii, i f ' about for some Indication of a place that that It bad been In the water for any Tills he did through a certain sym-1 .r reeds tlmt ' u-n. Tmi h nnif ii mt Von.-ii ! ""S1'' ho,r ,rbt,re n"l"" ! ' j length of time. For another matter it pathy with one absent and maligned. .,r ,i i.. r ' ,1 "'A.'.". ".: 'i.k'-! hidden, but in-4hls he met with no sue-. must inevitably have sunk completely I and In part because he knew the elder - ..... iiijiuivii iii i imv h-i iiuu, nun mrj had found It. It lav half in. half out. of the water, on its face. I lie arms huddled across nnderneatlu Smith bad fallen away from tbe water toward the bank and had slipped back several feet. Wben they turned the body over the cans, of death was apparent. There was a bullet wound In the Tight breast. The planter must have died iustantry. it was afterward established, aim-e tbe bullet had passed through bis heart. U"1 1-1... ... . 1 . . . i lurit- i our uinu iu I ll r- a t tr-l I u. a.. A young man ,-urloti crowd who noted the details pad-II with with a calm, understanding eye anil to i 'V.rt t.f a tlre- '..i ipii. t witii a A i ,.f thiu '"I iite .BVillj; tnp a ji samer cil "'' :i the raft, iu- ti tl.e in. idi-ut. the .ireti of tall 1 .i:i. n . .mo. from sight in the tilt bad it lain there man's affections were .In truth wrapped ROOSEVELT'S 'AFRICAN ADVENTURE. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4. Mi, r-!-. 'z of n,,. storms as common at this seasea of tha Kisumo. or Port Florence as It Is some- strong prejudice against tha wearing of year. j time called, la the western terminus of clothes, which, they declare, leads to tm- i. . t.. A .,.AM m I a. .,1.1,. ... ka katliA I ' v n a p.iiw.r .ml thm hlof wsr nw I mfvrlitv anil nn ICvlronifii wnm n .t. t w lilrli-d the ca-' trnom others tnruil naturally for i shore we stopped at Ft. Ternan, a plac-ls Ijike Victoria. It possesses what I am told J tire herself even in tha most exiguous rai- lu-'.r.i. . i . me ainYUOB oi aiiairs. , ' "' k'-uceu He had tacitly lma-nl th. cfininiMn.i nf tf I ills -iursi scarelilnr narlv. a cnn-eiHirn nnl an far tliru.t of the paddle 1 duo to his training, which would have '"! haded hliu served to qualify him. nor to the powers f.-r . ,. i .., ,. 'deputed blm by tbe authorities, as to ... .v, j.uiig Ulll unstrained assumption of that posl-jtlon. ' in m- K, at tha William Howard had been a memlier . a,l . 'of tbe detective force in several Kastcrn i a u.y tuat clti aDd ,ia tired after an honorable water u an- .-areer with the esteem and high regard wli.le his craft of all his associates. Still an active man at retaining his bodily vigor as he did his force of mind, he bad "come down the big river and purchased a small plantation with his savings, content to pass his remaining days in rural seclusion. Nothing could have been further from bis thoughts during tbe two years of his life as a 'planter than that he should ever be Induced to resume the 1 U ll'ar '! -V""" the group. r", J4 approvingly. young." he "r on w"'re a'n t n tlame Jed Wta" - , gen- 'ue Bran .......... " iBotr f ,i . , -i-iisuien. Whatever you w as iracKing or criminals ana tbe collecting of evidence. His place adjoined that i Wilson Smith, a ma a aear bis nwa age. whom he had learned to-respect and admire in spite of bis crotchet. Wben his wealthy neighbor had been missed he had returned without effort to tbe hab- nam. some miles from Kiaumu. and la tha hlgheet dockyard In tha world, and ; men t without sullying her reputation. They raihrr more tl an 1.000 feet above IU And la tha place at which all the steamers now Iiere tha storm whlth had b;en b. ood.nj I plying on the lake have been puXtogether. all tlia afternoon over the western face off Tbe station (or town) Itself Is pretty; its the Mau Escarpment burst, upon us. Kv -n ' trim houses and shady 'trees, backei after 10 months on the South African veldt I waa astonished by Its fury. For nearly two hours the thunder crashed and roared In tremendous pea'a - - 'Uke water flung from soma high crag. Tha lightning fell with Barer a lag. - A river steep and wide." While tha rain dashed down In sliaets of water, on single gust of which would drench you to tha skin. But our train Is an effective shelter. We dine comfortably la the midst of tha tempest, and afterward In a cooler atmosphere look up toward repentant stars and a tear-stained sky. At dawa wa are at Kisumu. There la a stir of men, a crowded platform, soldiers In order, groups of Indian traders, bun-dreda of Kavirondo atatlvea In their fullest undress, bunting and Introductions. Large white steamers 11 alongside tha Jetty, aad beyond these tha waters of tha lake gleam rhalr broad welcome to tha suortae. aga'ntt the hills, overlook the wide expanse of Kavirondo Bay and its encircling promontories. Unluckily. It Is unhealthy, for the climate la depressing and the ae trace accumulates in the tldeless and ahal-low Inlet. - - , Afloat on th Equator.' Tha Kavirondo tribe, the greatest In thia part of the country, had organized an imposing demonstration. la dense array they lined the road from tha railroad station to the Commissioner's house, and our party walked thro ugh their midst In a perfect hubbub ef horns and drums and shrill salutations. All the warriors carried their pears, shields and war paint, and most of them wore splendid plumes of ostrich feathers. - The Kavtrando are naked and onaahamed. Both sexes are accustomed to walk about la tha primitive simplicity of nature. Their nudity la based not upon sner Ignorance, above tbe seal but ranaA nollcr. TheT tiata a nr are said to he tbe most moral of all the tribes dwelling on the lake shore. I woke up next morning to find myself afloat on a magnificent ship. Its long and spacious decks are aa snowy aa those of a pleasure yacht. It la equipped with baths. electric light and ail modPTn necessities. There is an exceEent table, also a well selected library.; 13 mart bluejackets with ebon- faces are polishing tbe brass tr or k; dapper, white-clad British naval officers pare the bridge. : Wa are ateaming 10 miles an hoar across an Immense sea of fresKt water as big aa Scotland and uplifted higher thaa the summit of Ben Nevis. At tlrries we are in a complete circle of bike and sky, without a s'.n of land. At others we skirt lofty coasts covered with forest and crowned with distant blue-brown mountains, or spread our course between a multitude of beautiful Islands. The ' air is cool and fresh, the scenery splendid. We might be ysChtutg off the coast of Cornwall In July. We are upon the equator, to tbe. heart of Africa. and crossing tha Victoria Nyansa. 4.000 feet CosTsicht. Hja. Br Wlnstoa CkarcaULI tune. "Mr. Howard," said the man earnestly, "Mr. Boynton was wrong In saying that Mr. Smtlb had no quarrel of late. He did have a quarrel Just the day before he was killed, and it was with his grand-nephew. The master was sharp ot tongue, as you know, and Mr. Boynton has no easy temper himself. There was something said about tbe young man's way of life and high words passed that could have been heard in tbe kitchen if I hadn't shut the door and stood by It. "If you were standing by the door.' said Howard, significantly, "perhaps you yourself could hear something of the conversation. ' "As ar matter of fact. I did hear enough to catch the drift." admitted Dixon, "and unless I am much mistaken Mr. Smith was threatening to change his will if Mr. Boynton did not alter his habits." "Dixon," Interrupted noward. suddenly, "have yon ever seen Mr. Boynton carry weapons?" "It was his custom to go armed;" was the answer. "I have had a glimpse of a pistol once or twice, but Brown, the groom, would know. -He cleaned the young man's arms for him." . Brown was summoned and questioned. He knew Mr. Boynton's weapons, he said. There were two revolvers of the same pattern, forty-fours, and a Winchester. He was sure he -would know them. The detective whipped a hand to his hip pocket, and, under the strong light of a hanging lamp, flicked the weapon he had found Jn the rushes Into view. "Was that one of the revolvers?" Brown looked at it a second as It lay In Howard's palm. "I could swear It. sir." he answered. "There are marks on It one couldn't forget. It belongs to Mr. Bovnton." Perhaps the pressure of bis years had worn down the keen edge of the vet eran a aeeiBion, remans tbe affair had developed with a rapidity that made him doubtful or he was moved to delay by ins conception or isoyntou s character. In any case he made here the first mis step in th calculation, oound the two serv ants to secrecy and returned to hia home. He spent soma flours la- mapping out a diagrammed report of the matter for hia own study, aa had ever been his practice. Tl e structure of circumstances seemed Impreg nable. lie made arrangements with the Prosecator to. arrest Boynton .the rext morning. But when he came with an officer tha young man had disappeared. - Before starting on tbe trail the a red de tective, bitterly s-lf -scenting for his un-pardonaLIe cveisigl.t. aioiei one mre error. He made a t: o.xiug'j ii r. h of the little room on tha top floor that had be-n occupied by Boynton. Among other signi.1-carrr-vlndicatiors of a guilty flight thit fa-noticed waa a little heap of paper ashes in the grate. He teat over these, detaching piece from piece and a.nJying them. He waa no stranger to th fact that certain grades of heavy paper, when burned In a quick blase, retain a 'r of eheelMi and show printing or writing In Ink w t;i perfect clearness. Some of the crinkly mitt had been torn and he could mike nothing of the woe Js he could pick out here' aai there. . - In one corner of ti e grate, tared into a cylinder, but atlll n-milr wiote and one- side Intact, he found a l a? that he could lift out with care. It waa a receipt, and the few phrases thereon were attll distinguishable. -Received from Wilsm Smith. It 'raa. "the sum of fifty dollars $0O aa pavymant Six montha later a criminal. Gtis Webben waa tried and convicted In Ohio for highway robbery with murder. In his d-ath cell this man wrote a confession. In which be declared Ine waa tha murderer of Wilson Smith. Making his way by easy stage up the Mississippi, he hsd stayed for some time in the neighborhood of the Smith p'.aaw tation and had been led to believe th planter habitually carried a considerable sum. Tha defense had stated at the trial that Boynton had lost the revolver with which tha fatal ahot had been fired. This was shown to be true by Webber's statement. Ha had found the revolver in prowling about the estate some days before the murder. He had tracked Smith" from the homo of Marlln Williams Into the rice field and had killed him there, rifling tbe body and obtaining about a hundred dollars. . One sentence In Webber's confession explained Boynton's possession ot the receipt. While following Smith he had seen th planter pause on a bluff and wave to 'soma on out on the river In a canoe. The canoeist bad come ashore and ther was some conversation which he did not hear, arter which Smith handed the other a package of papers. Supposedly th planter had Intrusted his grgndnephew with some small business affairs and had Riven him, among other things, the Williams receipt. As to Baynton'a presence In the reeds at the edge or the rice Ce'ds about .an hour latter no rpeciflc explanation could be advanced. It was kn ,wn, hcw.ver, that ha waa fond of paddling -idly a'ong the shores. pushing Into baycus and unrr qurntid places In bis fatly trips in his canoe. Ha must have been wl hln . 100 feet of hi granduncle when W. bber fired the ahot. Surrounded a he waa by the tall grasse he could not have kn?wn the portent of the sound and might easily have mlJuiged the direction from w'.ilc'i It cjme, whi-a would account for his dash out intj tha river. " . I His subsequent actions, his strange demeanor before tha detective, his destrtictlm of the Incriminating re.-e'pt a d his t Isht, to which sue'.) weight 1 a J be?n giv-n la th aerie of events that went to make ap the circumstantial ease, were the result of hia fear that he would be ac u el c-.f th murder ani the peculiarities of his nature. William Howard, the veteran detei-tlva, died soon after these facta wee- brougns to light. . POOR WHITE DAB NINO. The bachelor, finding a hole In the toa of hia Blocking, tied a piece of string about the stocking just above the hole, and thaa cut oft the projecting fragment. "Poor white darning, you call that." h chuckled. "That's how. the poor white girl do. Every time a hole cornea they! tie a string behind ft and cut tha ends off. pulling tbe stocking a little' further down tha leg. - "In time tbe stocking becomes I In time It disappears." A SAW FOB FINANCIERS. E. 11. Harrimanv discussing success wtffc " a Is Angeles reporter, advocated cautloa. ' "I am no believer, aaid Mr.' Harrimaav "In recklessness. Recklessness IB finance la a sword that you bold by the blade." He smiled. . i Too many financier, fighting their fool ish battles, go altogether under." he sale. because they have forgotten the good ell proverb: - . " 'Never hit a man whea you're dowav'

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 09 May 1909, Sun,
  3. Page 45

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  • John Boynton convicted and executed for death of grand uncle Wilson Smith.

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