The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 6 August 1881

Love in a Buggy

On Thursday evening about one oíclock, a buggy containing a gentleman and two ladies drove up to the court house and halted, when the gentleman alighted and hunting up Judge WILLIAMSON, informed him that he had a little business for him out at the buggy. The judge immediately reparied to the buggy when, lo and behold! Mr. William GLEASON informed him that he wanted to be joined for better or worse to the lady in the buggy (the young one), Miss Cora A. BENDER. The judge performed the ceremony in his usual solemn and dignified manner, pocketing the perquisits with a gracefulness seldom witnessed. The happy couple went on their way rejoining to their home near Mount Airy.

Murder at Sipe Springs. Wm Woods Instantly Killed by Fred Paine. Woman the Cause..Paine Makes His Escape

One of the most shocking murders that has occurred in our county for a number of years was committed in Sipe Springs on Tuesday morning last, whereby a young man by the name of William WOODS was hurled into eternity by the hands of an old man named Fred PAINE. The particulars of the shocking affair, so far as the Chief has been able to ascertain, are in substance as follows.

WOODS had been in the habit of visiting a daughter of PAINEís (who is a grass widow) and on Friday before the killing, Paine forbade him coming on his place again. On Sunday, however, WOODS took the lady buggy riding and remained until a late hour at night unawares to the old man, but on Monday he heard of the previous dayís proceedings and on Tuesday morning he loaded a shotgun and mounting a horse, went to WOODís fatherís house in search of young WOODS, but did not find him at home. PAINE then went up into the town of Sipe Springs in search of Ö and found him lying on a [illeg] in a small bakery with his [illeg] near a window. Riding up to within a few feet of the window, PAINE told his victim to "get up G__d__ you, Iíve come to kill you," and as he was in the act of raising up, fired through the window, the contents of the gun (buckshot) striking the unfortunate young man in the forehead just above the eyes, lifting the top of his head off and strewing his b [illeg] on the floor and wall near by in a most horrible manner. PAINE then rode quietly away to his home where he remained a few minutes and then rode off. There was no officer in the town at the time of the killing, but Deputy Sheriff SHERILL arrived on the spot four or five hours later and with a posse started in pursuit, but was unable to overtake the murderer.

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PAINE was a old man with a very good character, but was irritable and high tempered and had considerable domestic trouble. He was a blacksmith by trade.

WOODS was a young man, inclined to be a little wild, but his untimely death is greatly regretted.

A Handsome Present

Frank WILSON made Sheriff YATES an elegant present, last Monday, in the shape of a handsome silver-mounted, pearl-handled six-shooter, made by some new-fangled pattern, whereby it is quite an improvement on the Coltís 45. It is such a pretty weapon that one would consider it a great luxury to be so fortunate as to be shot by it.


Miss Maude TUCKER has returned from Hamilton.

Postmaster CAMPBELL has returned from Hamilton.

J.L. WRIGHT, one of our old-time Comanche boys, was in town yesterday.

Messrs. F.E. WILSON, Baily NABERS, John MASON, and Burwell TAYLOR have returned from Kansas.

Mr. J.D. CAMPBELL returned from Thorp Springs, Monday last, where he has been attending Mahanís Commercial College.

Miss Jennie MILLION, of Meridian, has returned to Comanche, much to the pleasure of her numerous friends.

©2004 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.