The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 17 September 1881

Local Matters

Mr. W.D. SUMMER is building a large pasture near Logan’s gap.

County Attorney HAMILTON has recently made a handsome addition to his residence.

No, more jurors are wanted at present, and you can come forth from your hiding place.

Five murderers were hung at Fort Smith, Ark., on the 9th inst., one of whom was PADGETT, the murderer of Wm. STEPHENS, of this town.

Among the improvements of late in town, there are none more acceptable to the public than Dave ZWEIFEL’s neat dining-room. His cooking would do credit to a Delmonico. He will soon commence keeping fresh fish and oysters.

Real Estate Transaction

Several important real estate transactions have taken place of late in our town and county, among which the following are worthy of note:

Lessing, Solomon & Co., to Martin, Byrne & Johnson, all of the J.D. STEPHENS town lots and houses in Comanche.

A.J. PILGRAM to E.W. HOPE, the brick store on the east side of the Public square, formerly known as the Gooch store.

Mr. J.G. STEWART, of Palestine, to H.R. MARTIN, the Ybarbo league.

Pertaining to People

Mr. James CARLETON [sp?] has bought an interest in the Monarch Saloon.

Mr. J.A. MEADOWS and wife left Monday morning, upon a visit to the east.

Mr. John SWITZER, of Comanche is now compositor upon the Times. Hico Times

Mr. J.E. CANAN has returned from Eureka Springs, Ark., much improved in general health and appearance.

Charley VEDDER, accompanied by his sisters, Mrs. W.M. STAFFORD, of Galveston, and Mrs. Brewer W. KEY, of Caldwell, Ks. Departed for their respective homes, on Wednesday last. Charley, with his father and mother, (who will soon follow) will locate in Galveston. This family, during their long residence in Comanche, have formed a large circle of friends, who will sadly miss their hospitable companionship, and regret to see them depart.

District Court

Hockstadter & Co. vs. Elliott & Wright. Trial of the right of property. Judgment for defendants. New trial granted.

T.S. MARSALIS vs. W.G. DUNCAN & Co., two cases. Garnishment. Dismissed at plaiintiff’s cost.

M.E. PACE vs. J.J. RANDOLPH. Appeal from justice court. Appeal dismissed.

State vs. J.M. CALDWELL. Theft of cattle. Found guilty of a misdemeanor and fined $50 and cost.

State vs. J.M. HOGUE. Theft. Guilty and sentenced to one day’s confinement in county jail.

The O’Dell Trial

On Friday morning last the case of The State vs. James O’DELL for the murder of W.H. McKEE in June, 1880 was called. A special venire of sixty was soon exhausted and only three jurors qualified. The judge thereupoon ordered another venire of one hundred immediately summoned to appear on Monday. On Monday, after exhausting about half of the venire, the jury was completed and the trial proceeded. The examination of witnesses, some 35 in number, occupied the court until Wednesday about 11 o’clock, when County Attorney W.O. HAMILTON opened for the state in a masterly effort, concise and to the point. Although we did not hear him, we have heard his speech complimented by this competent to judge, who with one accord, unite in pronouncing his speech a masterly effort for one so young in the law. Mr. I.P. HUTCHISON, for the defence, followed in a speech of three hours and thirty minutes, sifting the evidence to the chore. Mr. LINDSEY, also for the defence, made a clear, concise and logical effort for his client in his usual quiet and earnest manner. The closing argument for the state was made by District Attorney ACKER in a two hours speech, displaying great tact as a prosecutor.

The judge then delivered his charge, which was thorough and concise, and the jury retired. After deliberating several hours, a failure to agree was announced, but the judge remanded the jury to its room, and everyone expected a hung jury. About 9 o’clock, p.m. the jury announced a verdict of "NOT GUILTY". The prisoner was brought from the jail to receive the announcement, and such an overflow of joy as he exhibited, we have seldom witnessed, and he was soon upoon a horse, flying homeward with the joyful tidings to his aged father, whose display of parental interest had been so great since the trial began.

The following gentlemen composed the jury: W.S. MEADOWS, Jessie LYNCH, E.B. RILEY, R.W. TURNER, A.J. THOMPSON, J.B. THOMPSON, A.C. HUTCHING, W.M. WYATT, C.C. SUTTON, H.E. SHERLEY, H.N. BRINE, P.F. JACKSON.

Miscellaneous Notes

R. NUGENT, a native of the Emerald Isle, was naturalized in the district court on Thursday.

©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.