Galveston Daily News
Monday, February 9, 1885
Record of Crime
A Young Man Assassinated near Coleman
Coleman, Feb. 8: A young man by name of DUD HENDERSON was killed at the farm of A. J. NATIONS ten miles northeast of Coleman last night by a stranger with a small 38-caliber pistol, fired several times… Henderson recently came to his county from Hamilton.
Alleged Murdered Captured
Rockdale, Feb. 8: SHEM FORBES, colored, indicted in Lee County, Mississippi for a murder committed a year ago, and who evaded arrest and escaped to this state, was arrested near here today…will be conveyed to Mississippi as soon as proper officers
Section Boss Suicides
Fort Worth, Feb. 8: A man named JOHN MURPHY committed suicide last night at the National Hotel… a paper found on his person locates him as a section boss on the Missouri-Pacific RR.
Two Young Men Stabbed
Weatherford, Feb. 8: Last night, a man named H. M. MARTIN stabbed and seriously wounded two of our most worthy young men… B. M. MARTIN, wife and six children, accompanied by his father and mother-in-l;aw, arrived on the west bound passenger train last night. On getting off, they inquired of the night watchman if they could stay in the depot until morning, but were informed it was closed, but they could get lodging in a hotel near the depot. After this, they left the depot, walking toward town. After reaching the square, they turned around the east side, and directly in front of GUS JENSON’S barbershop, met FRANK A. FREEZE, recently of Cookville, Tennessee, now in employ of R. E. BELL. Martin stopped and inquired of Mr. Freeze if he knew here he could get a place to stay with family. Mr. Freeze told him of a hotel next door. At this Martin stabbed Freeze. Freeze turned and walked into the barbershop and told some young men he had been cut. While they examined him, they heard another halloo down the street in front of HENRY STAK’S meat market. There they found FRANK B. DORSEY assistant agent in the Pacific express office. Dorsey said he was met Martin and family who inquired about a hotel and Dorsey told him he had just passed one. Martin struck Dorsey…. Dorsey and Freeze are inoffensive young, sober, good business men… Martin was arrested and his father-in-law was also jailed for safekeeping. Martin stated they were from Newton County, Mississippi.
St. Louis, Feb. 8: A special from Fort Smith, Arkansas says two of the prisoners brought in Tuesday last by Deputy Marshal MERCHAM, who registered as JOE FRANKLIN and FRANK SMITH, have been identified as FRANK and BILL CLARKE, for whom there isreward in Texas of $1300. J. M. GUY of the Indian Police, who arrested them, is now here and has applied for a requisition to take them to Texas. The U. S. authorities here, who now hold them on charges of larceny, will turn them over to Guy as soon as he gets the necessary papers. It appears they belong to a gang of desperadoes and were indicted for cattle stealing in the Circuit Court of Montague County, Texas. They gave bond and, and on the night of the 31st of last month, burned the courthouse in that county, thinking to destroy the records, but they failed, as the courthouse was provided with a fire proof vault. They were arrested for this crime and placed in jail. Some time in September last, a party of their friends, led by a man named HOSKINS, literally tore down the jail and liberated all the prisoners, some thirty in number. HOSKINS was killed by GUY when he arrested the CLARKE brothers, who had taken refuge in Indian Territory after escaping from Texas. The Texas authorities have spent much time and considerable money in their efforts to arrest these men, and the prosecuting attorney of Montague County has informed Judge PARKER of the U. S. Court here, that they can certainly send them up for 10 or 12 years each…
Stabbed to Death
Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 8: In a row tonight MARTIN GRIFFIN, a delivery driver, was stabbed and killed by LAURA LYONS, in JENNY HOLMA’S house of prostitution.