A 1859 Hit Man
YAZOO DEMOCRAT [Yazoo City, MS], September 3, 1859, p. 1, c. 5
The Victoria (Texas) Advocate publishes the following extract from a letter received by a gentleman in that place, from a friend in Gonzales, dated Aug. 17th:
["] It becomes my painful and melancholy duty to apprise you of one of the most horrible and cold blooded assassinations that ever occurred in any country.Last night, at 8 o'clock, as Wm. Baltzell was coming out from supper at the Keyser House, he was met in the hall by Neill McCoy, a professional gambler and outlaw, who asked William if his name was Baltzell.William said it was.McCoy said, "You are a damned murderer," and struck him on the head with a slungshot, which knocked him senseless.Just at that time, David Baltzell stepped in at the front door, and fired a pistol at McCoy, but missed him.McCoy turned and fired at David, the ball taking effect in the left temple, and passing round the forehead lodged in the right.David expired in about thirty minutes, and McCoy made his escape.It was a plan laid by a clan, and they imported this desperado for that purpose.The citizens are highly enraged, and the mob spirit was high last night, if it could have had material to work upon.William Baltzell is not dangerously wounded, but had not the slung shot flew off the string, it would certainly have killed him.No effort has been made to overtake McCoy, as he was well provided with everything necessary, before the difficulty occurred.["]
The Austin State Gazette learns that Indians have been lately seen within fourteen miles of that city.