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- - 1877 - - TRIAL OF CHARLES BURNS--
For the Murder of Elijah Birdwell, June 20th, 1877. Verdict: Guilty--Sentence, Death By Hanging. A. J. Hunter appeared for the defendant, and done the best he could for a very bad case. Col. Van Sellar assisted the prosecution and made a very able and pointed speech on behalf of the People.
[Paris Gazette, Wednesday Morning April 10, 1878]



Two of the prisoners that broke jail, Davis and O'Gara, were captured at Clinton, last Wednesday, and brought back by Deputy Sheriff Sims next day. (Arcola Herald, quoted by the Charleston Plaindealer on Thursday, June 23, 1887)



- - 1877 - - CHARGED WITH THEFT OF HORSE MULES
Geo. W. Hoover was arrested in this place [Newton, Jasper County, IL] yesterday morning, March 14th [1877] by Sheriff Selby, on a warrant issued in Edgar county. Hoover is charged with the theft of a pair of horse mules near Shilob, in Edgar county, in June last. He now languisheth in "durance vile". [Newton Press, Jasper Co., IL March 15, 1877 - KT - Sub By FoFG]


- - 1878 - - FATHER & SON ARRESTED FOR LARCENY
Detective Aus Owens arrested William Vesy and his son, Ezra at Charleston on Wednesday last, for the larceny of 25 bushels of wheat from Israel Mortohon the day before. The had their load on the scales in the act of having it weighed when they were arrested. They were brought to this city, taken before Esquire Sheets and held to bail in the sum of $500 dollars each, in default of which they were committed to the county jail.
[Paris Gazette, Wednesday Morning April 10, 1878]

- - 1915 - - WOMAN IS EXONERATED

Grand Jury Exonerates Paris, Illinois, Woman of Vote Buying Charge.
Paris, Illinois, April 28.-The grand jury today exonerated Mrs. Hattie O'Neil of the charge of vote buying at the city election last week. The man arrested with her is being held to the jury on the same charge. It is alleged that women's votes were sold for from three to twelve dollars each.
[Source: The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, OK) April 28, 1915, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


- - 1905 - - Preacher Guilty of Wife Beating
Paris, Ill, March 17 --- Rev. C. W. Thompson, colored, pleaded guilty to the charge of wife beating in the circuit court, and was fined $25 and costs by Judge Craig. Although the minister was willing for his wife to procure a divorce by charging him with assault he did not like the criminal proceeding, and said he was not guilty and merely pleaded guilty because that was the cheapest way out of the trouble. [
La Crosse Tribune, (La Crosse, Wis.) - March 17 1905 - DM - Sub by FoFG]





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