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A Fatal Argument
Albert Baird shot and killed Robert VanCleave, of Beardstown. They were chopping wood together and got into an argument over the payment for a saw. A fight followed. Baird is 55 years old, and VanCleave is a young man. The former was getting the worst of the fight when he pulled his gun and fired. Baird went to Danville and gave himself up. [Pontiac Sentinel, Jan 20, 1899; Sub by KT]

Fatal Result of a Quarrel.
Danville, Ills, Jan 14 - A row over a crosscut saw cause the fatal shooting of Robert VanCleave by Albert F Baird. Both men were woodchoppers in timber a few miles west of Danville. They agreed to fight out their differences in the highway. During the fight Baird drew a pistol and shot Vancleave in the groin. The wounded man was brought to the Danville hospital and Baird was arrested by Sheriff James Sloan and confined in the Danville jail. [Jefferson Evening News, Jan 16, 1899]


Danville, Ill - Orville Kelly, 21, held to federal grand jury, charged with violating white slave act in bringing Mary Johnson, 17, from Vincennes, Ind., for immoral purposes. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.) , January 31, 1913]


Sheriff Elect of Vermillion Co. Murdered
We learn from the St. Louis Republican of the 22d last,
Thomas McKibben, sheriff elect of Vermillion County, was found dead one day of last week, in his corn field, six balls having catered his body. By whom the deed was committed was not known. [Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) December 4 1856 - submitted by Nancy Piper]


Chicago, May 11. - Selby H. Mower, of this city, lately in the employ of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad as train dispatcher, is charged with bigamy, and last night left for parts unknown. He has been married ten years, his wife living at Danville, Ill. Last December he was married to a young lady in this city, Miss Mary A. Murphy, with whom he has since been living at the Delavan House. His lawful wife at Danville is reported to be in very destitute circumstances and a low state of health with consumption. [The New Orleans Daily Democrat. (New Orleans, La.), 12 May 1878]


James Rigdoh, John McDowell, John Boyd and James Maloney were each fined $2 in costs by Justice Timmons for being drunk. Ed Brant was released by order of Mayor Beard. [From the Danville Daily News - Jan. 17, 1893 - submitted by Barb Moksnes]


The Illinois Weekly Payment Law
Danville, Ills., July 22 - T.L. Spellman, a coal operator, was fined $50 by a justice of the peace Monday for violating the weekly payment and anti-truck store laws.  He appealed the case, and will take it to the supreme court, probably.



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