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Murder at New Orleans


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Dreadful Murder at New Orleans.--The following account of one of the most awful and cold blooded murders we have ever ready of, is taken from the New Orleans Bulletin, of September 8:--

It becomes our painful duty to record a murder perpetrated in our city on the evening of the 6th, inst., under circumstances of horrible atrocity. The scene where this heinous tragedy was acted, is a small grog shop on Girod Street, near the corner of Teheupitoulas Street. It was owned by a woman named Mrs. Doyle, who employed a young man to assist her in the establishment as barkeeper. Circumstances had occurred about the house which excited the suspicions of the police. For this reason, a watchman was stationed near the premises to spy the movements of the inmates on the night above mentioned. At an early hour, near the dawn of day, a man was seen stealing out of the front door of the house, with what appeared to be a bag upon his back. The watchman hailed him, and started in pursuit, when the suspected person dropped his load and ran back into the house. The watchman stopped to examine what the fugitive had dropped and found it to be a quantity of mud and dirt wound up in a blanket. The circumstance seemed rather mysterious, and the watchman, after calling to his aid a reinforcement from the guard house, commenced a search of the house. The plank floor was raised, and the body of a man, murdered and mangled was found in a hole dug for the reception of his body. The grave being filled by the corpse, rendered it necessary to carry off the surplus dirt, which led to the detection of the murderers.

The unfortunate victim was a sailor named Gotlief, who had a few days previous taken his discharge from the United States Navy, and received his pay amounting to $150 or $200. The woman of the house was arrested, and three men, her associates in crime. Their examination occupied all day yesterday before the recorder, Mr. Baldwin. We can not learn the particulars, but so far as can be gleaned from different sources, it appears that the sailor came into the grog shop intoxicated, and in paying for a glass of liquor, exposed the contents of his purse. The sight excited the cupidity of the harpy keeping the shop. Without much persuasion, she decoyed her victim into a back apartment, where he was induced to drink a cup of hot tea drugged with laudanum. The dose took effect immediately, and in a state of stupidity and paralysis into which the poor sailor was thrown, the wretches robbed him of his money, and then put him to death. The awful catastrophe should be a warning to all sailors and boatmen to beware of the haunts of -----pation and vice. They may take this as a specimen of the fate they may expect in such places.

The Mysterious Newspaper Affair at Darien.--The last Savannah papers contain full proceedings of several county (McIntosh) meetings, in Darien, the Mayor, Dr. Holmes, presiding, which serve to explain the circumstances of the sudden and mysterious discontinuance of the Telegraph newspaper. It would appear that there had been certain ----- in the place, that the Telegraph had spoken of individuals, and that in consequence, the editor, Mr. McCarroll, was threatened and fled. A resolution, deprecating riotous proceedings, and inviting him back, was voted down at once by a large majority. Other resolutions speak of extensive excitement in the country, growing out of the continued abuses of private character in the paper, and appoint a committee to inform Mr. McC that quiet may be restored by a pledge from him to abstain from personal abuse. At a subsequent meeting Mr. McC proposed an arbitration, and Powell Blue and Rose were appointed, and decided that the paper should hereafter abstain from the abuse of private character, and that it be placed in its former position. And the parties mutually sanctioned the award.

Newark Advertiser

Norfolk, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.

THE PENNSYLVANIA.--In the slips forwarded in our correspondents early on Tuesday morning, giving the particulars of a gale on the day pervious, we omitted to mention that the U. S. ship Pennsylvania broke from her moorings in the Navy Yard, and brought up against a steep mud bank on the opposite side of the channel. We had not then ascertained the circumstances, and therefore deemed it state the bare fact, lest it might excite unnecessary alarm abroad for the welfare of this noble ship. We have since ascertained, however, that the ship broke loose in consequence of the snapping of the rings of the three ponderous anchors to which she was made fast, and that not a chain or a rope yard gave way. She is as easy in her present position as id she were at the wharf, and the necessary preparations for hauling her off, being completed, it is confidently expected that with the next high tide, she will be got afloat without the trouble of lightening of a single gun or water tank.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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