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DAWSON, OA., FRIDAY, MAItCII 3,
THE SILVER ARROW;
A PAGE F’ROM THE CRIMINAL CALENDAR.
BY GEOBOE L. AIKEN.
“Were you ever in the Tombs ?”
Such was the salutation of my friend,
Charles Mack, a rising- young lawyer, as I
encountered him upon the corner of Broad
way and Leonard Street. .
“Never” I replied.
“Do you want anew idea—n strange
insight into tho mysteries of human na
“By all means.”
“Come with me, then. I am going to
see a young girl, in the Tombs, accused of
“A murderess! What could have in
duced her to eommit tho dreadful act ?”
“My dear fellbw how rapidly you jump
to a conclusion I did not say a murder
ess, but a young girl accused of murder.
I have every reason to believe her innocent,
otherwise I should not have undertaken to
defend her, which I have done at tho re
quest of hor employer ”
"What are the facts in the case a9 far
as they have come to your knowledge ?”
“Simply these:—The girl's name is Sy
bil Clark, somo nineteen years of ago, and
safl to be very beautiful. I have not seen
her yet. She i. an artificial flower maker,
and being all alone here, occupied a fur
nished room on Crosby street a not un
usual style of living among girls of her
class. Last night, about ten o’clock, the
..eighbors were aroused by the cry of mur
der, proceeding from her apartment, and
upon entering discovered her kneeling
over the mutilated body of a young man
which lay upon the floor w. Iteringin blood.
He was quite dead—stabbed to the heart
with tome sharp instument. lie was re
c gnized as a person, Richard Baker by
numo who occupied a chamber above, in
the same building and was supposed to be
her lover. Tho neighbors, charitable
souls, at once said that Sybil had killed
him in a fit of jealousy. The girl was at
once taken into custody and conveyed to
the Toomba. The coroner will render his
verdict this morning, and her examination
‘ Circumstances are certainly against
her.” I suggested.
“I do not thiuk set,” returned my friend.
“My opinion is that she had rejected Ba
ker, and tho silly fool put au end to his
own existence. But the most renmkable
part of the whole affair is, that the weapon,
with which the crime was committed has
not been discovered. In fact, no weapon
more dangerous than a pair of scissors
could be discovered iu the apartment ”
•T do not wish to discourage you,” I re
marked, “but that certainly has a bad look
for your client. If the lover—if ho was
such, indeed—committed suicide, the wea
pon would have been found, as she would
nave had no
as, if guilty of the crime, that would, in
tuitively have been hor first act ”
Ho shook his head gravely as he listen
ed to these words.
“Theieds much force in your reason
ing,” he said, “ and I fear the case will
prove a difficu't one ; but ‘nil detperandum'.'
its we used to say a school—never des
pair’ is my motto Let us attend the ex
amination. Alter that I will have an in
terview with the girl herself, and then 1
shall be able to shape a course for her de
fence. (Jan you spare the time ?”
Os course I could, and was delighted
with theoppe r'.unity of getting a fresh sub
jout. . .
The court-room was quite crowded
when we entered, there being a peculiar
iuterest in this case. The morbid taste of
a certain portion of the public runs strong
ly to murder, and when that is combined
with love, it becomes perfectly irresistible.
The coroner’s verdict was handed in.
It was the usual formal. “VY e (the coro
ner's jury) find that Richard Baker came
to his a- ath from some sharp instrument in
the hands of some person unknown.” Af
ter a long preamble, it designated Sybil
Ofetrke as the suspected personage.
The witnesses were cftlled, ti e prisoner
placed upon the stand, and the exmninu
There was a buzz of curiosity as the
prisoner took her place and modestly rais
ed the green veil from herfaco. By Jove !
she was pretty, and I was not the only one
in the court room who thought so.
She was plainly but neatly attired in a
calico frock, which revealed a form of class
ic proportions. A little chip bonnet set
back upon her hea I, (this was before the
coal-scutth s came in) disclosed her face
very clturly, bho hud & clcui* rod .itnl
and white complexion, a litt'e noso and
month just the right size to kiss, a wealth
of dark brown hair, and a clear grey eye
That was another bad sign, I hive al
ways discovered that grey-eyed women are
inclined to jealousy. How did I find that
out? As the learned judge has just re
marked, that question is irrelevant. lam
telling somebody else's s ory, not my own.
The result of the examination may be
summed up in a fe.v words. The testimo
ny of the witnesses bore strongly against
the girl. Her story was this: F r months
she had been annoyed by a gentleman,
whom she had accidently met one evening
whilst returning to her home from the
store, whither she had been to curry some
work. Struck with her appearance, he
had followed her home, and accosted her
as she was about entering the house
Frightened at the stranger’s freedom, sue
had, without returning his salutati ns, flu
precipitantly to her own apirtinent, and
fastened he self in. In the morning she
had almost forgotten the cir< umstur.ee, and
pursued her uvoculiou as usual, but in the
evening, after carrying back her work and
returning,she was again followed by the
stranger. He had again aocostel her, but
without receiving an answer. This was
repeated day after day, until at last, weari
ed and annoved by the mans pertinacity,
she hud resolved to speak to him and put
an end to the persecution.
\s she expected, he made her a passion
ate declaration of love, told her he was a
gentleman, a Southerner, of wealth ami
high standing in society. It was tho old
story repeated, riches seeking a victim in
tho ranks of poverty. Sbo indignantly re
fused the splendid infamy he tillered and
dismissed him in terms calculated to wound
his self-love and free her from further pur
suit. But tho stranger was either its mad
ly in love with her as lie profo.-sed to he,
or else obstinately bent upon accomplishing
his ends, for he still followed hor like her
So tnnttors continued until tho mght of
the murder. That night he had grown
more audacinus, and boldly entered her
chamber. She saw at a glance that he
was under the influence of liquor, and be
came alarmed. She threatened to call for
aid if he did not instantly retire, but he im
plored her to listen to him. lie repeated
his protestations of love, nay, even ottered
to marry her. As an earnest of his Direc
tion he showed her a present which he had
brought her, a silver arrow about six inches
in length, the feathered end heavily studded
with diamonds. It was intended to be
worn as a hair-pin. It appeared to her to
be of great value. But she was n tto be
dazzled by its magnificence, and she rejec
ted his otters as firmly as before.
He became enrung and at her refusal,
threatened violence, and seized her unit.
She shrieked aloud for help, when Richard
Baker, who probably was going up stairs
to his room, and heard her cries burst into
tho apartment. 110 immediately closed
the intruder; there was a confused strug
gle, and the next moment the stranger was
gone, aui Lie ta:d 1 a'cerlay dead t p n the
She was bending over him. endeavoring
to ascertain the extent of his injury, when
the neighbors came thronging into the
Such was the girl's simple story. It
was told in av ice choking with sobs, but
w ith a sad earnestness which convinced me
at once of her innoeene. Unfortunate
ly for li»r, the stern officials of the law
were not so susceptible its I am. The
w’irnesses were recalled and questioned
None had ever seen the stranger—at least
they had not noticed him. That was to
be expected. Now York is a city of
strangers. \Y ho remembers llte thousand
faces we meet daily upon Broadway ? And
yet ibis evidence had a damaging effect
upon the girl's case. Site was fully com
mitted to answer the change made against
her, and was remanded to prison.
Mack, as her lawyer, and I as his friend
and a member of the press, were permit
ted to visit her in her < ell.
We foued her the very picture of des
pair. Hite had been weeping, but as we
uttered she dried her tears, and endeavor
ed to look calm. A vain effort. The an
guish us a broken heart was imprinted up
on her sweet faee. Tears are becoming to
most ladies, but the sad despair she en
deavored to veil beneath a forced smile
"'■'■bourTig •t.’.lb’g’YfffH l , l '
his cheeriest lon’, we’ I get you safely out
of this sad scrape, Lo assured,"
“Oh," she cried, fervently, 1 hope so.—
Bur the worst is over. 1 care not w hat be
comes of me now. Innocent as I am, my
character is forever To think
that I should ever be ac used of such it
crime! Even if my innocence should be
proven, my good nutnei-t forever tarnished
Will not people pnin* at me all the days
of my life, and say, ‘There goes tho girl
who was accused of murder?’”
“My dear young lady,” said honest
Mack, in his straightforward matter-of
fact-way, “this wor'd—and when I say
this world, I iimaii tho people in it—is en
tirely too selfish to waste so much tint ) on
you as you seem to imagine. In a week s
time you and the murder will be forgotten.
Yi'U have only to move into the next street
—that is, as soon as we can move you out
of this—to bo unknown. A few personal
friends may perhaps remember tho attair
for six months Besides, if y u consider
your present name to be damag' d—tarn
i hoi, l believe was your word, excuse
me if I have not [tut so nice a point to it—
you have only t<> change it, sad I need
scarcely inform you that you will not have
much difficulty iu doing that—in a legal
The girl smiled, notwithstanding her
grief, at Mack’s homely argument, and
cou'd tut notice that his p ain common
-ense had dime her good. She began to.
b ighten wonderfully. The blank despair |
laded l'roin her features aud assumed a .
hopeful expressi n.
She told us the little story of her life.
She was of humble parentage, and was a
native of Bridgeport, Connecticut Her
parents dying when she was quite young,
she had been ‘ brought up’’ by an uncle
An orphan, with neither brother nor lister,
rlio had found the home afforded her by
her uncle quite irksome, llevcn had bless
ed him with a large family, and she, as
usual in such cases, was converted into a
household drudg-. Her parent ha.l left i
her some little money, ami when she ar
rived at the ago of eighteen, which gave
her a legal rudit to claim it of her uncle,
she bade him and her native town farewell,
and came to New York to work out her
own destiny. Having a taste that way,
she had engaged in making artificial flow
ers. She had been little over a year in
New York when the sad afliiction over
We left her quite tranquil, rendered
hopeful by our e'ucouragmg words. 1 1
confess I did not exactly see where the '
hope was to come from, but Mack felt quite ]
sanguine, and as he knew his own business
better than I did, I concluded that he had
At his invitation I accompanied him to
the house in Crosby Street, where body of;
Richard Haker lay. A surgeon had just
completed an examination of the wound as
we entered, (being privileged, to the great
disgust of the crowd who were kept w ith
out by the police.) The object of the sur
g on’s examination was to ascertain what
kind ol instrument had committed the
wound. That it was not a knife, the rag
go orifice proclaimed at the first glance.
Yt was upon the breast, directly over the
heart, und that organ had evidently Loeu
I spare my readers the sickening details,
yid come at once to the result. The sur
geon drew forth from the wOuud tho barb
ed point of a silver arrow !
Here was a confirmation of Sybil Clark’s
story. Alack enjoined secrecy upon the
surgeon and tho reporters for twenty-four
hours, and, witn the consent of tho police,
who was present, started off, accompanied
by himself and a detective, to ferret out
I confess I was as eager for the chase as
he was, bnt not quite so sanguine of succss.
I ventured to exptess my opinion as wc
emerged into the street.
“ Do you think any tnaa would bo fool
enough, after committing such a orime, to
remain in the city ? He’s far enough off by
“ I differ with ynu my boy,’’returned
Mack, as wo wa kod rapidly along I have
bad tome experience in criminal oases, which
has given mo a strange insight into human
nature. Most people would imagine as you
do, but, I tell you, there is a fascination, a
horrible magnetism, as it were, that chains a
murderer to the locality of Lis crime. Bo
sides, this man evidently thinks himself se
cure. Bethinks there is no proof against
him, and, to his mini, a hurried departure
would be suspicious No, sir, that man was
at tho examination this wurniDg, aud Lc is
still in ti e city.”
I stn; p. ; d short aud stared at Mack in open
“ At the examination?” I exclaimld.
"What makes you thiuk su?”
“I saw him there.”
“What! do you know him?”
“ Saw a man you do not know? My dear
Mack, what arc you driving at?”
“How innocent you an! I livo by my
wits, old fellow, and constant practice has
made them tolerably sharp. This is Sep
tember—only a Southerner would thiuk of
wearing a talma thus early in the fall. Be
sides, there were other proofs—his bread
leafed Kossuth, his sallow complexion, and
full, tawny heard. I had my eye on the man
when the girl was describing Lis appearance.
Do you remember her description?”
I replied that I did It was in answer to
a question from the magistrate, but I forgot
to chronicle it in its j rn; er place.
“Well,”proceeeed Mack,“my eye was on
this nvtn rs sho was speaking, and, as I no
ticed his restless motion?, and caught- the
steal,by glances tfhia sunken eyts, I said,
mentally, to myself, ‘My heud against a bush
cl basket, but that is tho very man. ’”
“ In tho name of all that’s stupid why did
you Lt him escape ? Why did you nut have
him arrested?” •
“Softly, B'lftly! what preof bad I against
him? If 1 had tingled him out, and Sybil re
cognized him, it would have beencen-idercd
a trick. Wo could uot have held him—he
would have hern suffered to depait, for, of
course, ho would have sworn that he nevrr
have been able to lay nanrfa on’ uiiii agmu
He wi uld have been off to Cuba or England
at the first opportunity.”
Ib gan to have a great opinion of my
friqjid Mack’s penttratiou t.nl ingenuity.
We stopped before the largest jewelry ct
iahli*hiiient in tho city. I shall not mention
any uumes here, as advertisements are not
admitted to tLE paper, gratuitously or other
“What are we goiog to do here?" I in
“Find out where the silver arrow came
from, aud who purchased it!” answered
‘ How will you he able to do that?”
“By description, aud showing the remain
“Well, even if you disoover the purchaser,
what then? If he has thrown away the shaft,
where is your pi oof?
“The shaft was heavily studded with dia
mond-', according to Sybd’s description,” re
turned Mack, dryly,“ and a man does not
thmw away fifteen hundred or two thousand
dollars’ wordt of property, though he is a
The di'teutive, who had leen quietly jog
ging at our heels, and now stood beside us,
nMdcd his head approvingly.
We entered the jewelry store, and Alack
rcque.-tel to Lo furnished with a view of the
various articles of jewelry adapted for ladies’
After a lengthy examination
wo found nothing of the kind there.
At the third establishment wc visited, we
gained all the information we desired The
jeweller recognized tho broken arrow, and
remembered to whom he had sold it two
dajs previous. Clement Bastow, (the read
er will, of course, understand that I am using
fictitious names eutirsly in this sketch,) a
Southern gentleman, stipping at tho Alc
A warrrnt was procured, and weprooeeded
to the Metropolitan. Mack ascertained that
Bastow was iu his room, without excitiDg
1 suspicion, and wo quietly made our way
We knocked, and were invited to eater.
We did S’. A gentlemanly dressed man
with sandy hair, a tawny beard, and a rest
less eye, an so to receive us. It was the
man Mack had described.
“Aft right, by the shade of B.ackstoni!”
The guilty are ever suspicions. Bastow
had his revolver out in an instant, but was
seized and disarmed before ho could use it,
and accommodate l with a pair of handcuffs
! Ihe jeweled shaft of the arrow was ftund
upon his person. He passed that night in
! the tombs. Ho was fouud the uext morning
! dead in his cell. He hut takiu poison to
avoid the ignominy of a trial.
Sybil was released, her innocence being
fully established. Alack got a glorious fee,
, )„ r b i ie was married to him six months after.
1 1 gave away the bride.
S&- Wo give them (the Southern people)
protection against theirowntLiovc3. I lulu.
i But nothing under heaven seems capable
i of giveing us protection against yours. — Lu.-
i /aula News.
There are 23,000 colored persons
I in Washington city at this time,
VOL. I. NO. 4.
Como anti Skut (lie Door
Oh I do not mand ao long outside,
Why need you be so shy ?
The people’s eyes are open, John,
As they are passing by (
You cannot tell what they may think.
They’ve said strange thing* before!- \
And if you wish to talk awhile,
Come in aud sbnt the door !
Nay, do uot say, “No, thank you, Jans,
With such a bashful smile ;
You said when ladies whispered “ No,*
They meant "yea” ell the while!
My father, too, will welcome you,
I told you that before;
It doesn’t look well standing here—
Come iu and shut the door 1
You say I did not answer you
To what you said last night;
I heard your question in the dark-
Thought on it in the light;
And now my lips shall utter wbal
My heart has said before.
Yea, dearest, I—but stay awhilt—
Come iu and shut the door.
Just lliia Once.
“Just this once, and then wu’il go homo.”
“Well, woll, just this once and then
The speakers wro two youths just verging
into manhood. The features of both bore
the impress of intellectuality, while their
dress and air denoted that they bclongtd to
what is called she upper class of society.—,
They wire both remirkably fine looking
yourg men, hut a close scrutiny of the fea
tures of the first s(oaker would disoaver
traces of fishionable dissipation, and tha
flippancy of his pave a life fashiona
bly denominated “fast.” In the fca'ure*
and manner of the other nono of these trseus
could be found. Tbe>e was nothing indica
tive of vico in any form, but upon his brow
was stamped tho holy impiessof untarnished
Th y had been listening to a scientific
lecture delivered by one of our most learned
de.olors, and were just returning home.—.
Upon their way home Harry Howland had
several times pressed bis companion to step
into some oouvrnieot drinking saloon and
take a smile. But Walter Worthington,
whose parents, before their death, had
strongly iutbued his mind with an abhorrenco
of all things intemperate, and ts the benefits
and virtues of a life of solriety and industry,
had firmly refused. But at length his good
angel had forsaken him, and he succumbod
to tho persuasive sophistry of his friend, and
onnseuied to join him in a glas3 just this
* * * * • #
Tho court room in which Judge P
presided was densely crowded by an anxious
and curiously excited throng. A horrible
nturdcr had recently been committed, and
the guiity murderer had been brought into
court to receive the sentence of the law.—
The prisoner, in reply to the usual question
pU.v G,n spnb nee of the law should not be
dress ng the court and jury, »aia —• > i
“Your hooor and gentlemen of the jury,
while I have no hiog to say in exculpation of
the great crime of which I am charged, and
have been justly convicted, I should like to
be permitted to say a few words in regard to
uty downward course iu life in the hnpo that
it may retard others from treading the same
path, and reclaim those who are nut already
too far advanced.
“Early in life I was boreft of both parents
and thrown upon the world without a guide
or prop save the moral teachings of my pa
rents. By these I was guided anil sustained
f..r awhile, but in an evil hour I deserted
my moral guide, and from that hour until
the present my life has been a downward
“One night, about five years ago, in com
pany with a friend—bow hollow now sonuda
the term—l was mduoed to take the first
step in my downward course. Strongly
urged, I took a glass of wine. Not being
accustomed to the use of intoxicating bever
ages, I was shortly overcome and easily per
suaded to try somethiog strougcr. Upon
quito the place beastly drunk. In a short
tme my di.-grace beet mi known ainongtt
my friend?. Those wb se favor and soeitLy
I formerly courted shunned and repelled
me. Aly proud 8, irit drooped, and my firm
ness deserted me. To drown the soiaj of
shame us my first disgrace I entered iuto a
deeper game, and had finally g >ne so far '
that to go back were as bad as to wade o’er.'
“On attaining my majority I was posses
sed of a fine competency left me by my fa
ther, but my habits were ttoich that in hm
than five years I Lai run through it all, and
am now the poor penniless, friendless wretch
yea see before you On tbo night of tbo
murder of which lam convicted, and for
which I shall shortly suffer tho penalty of
the law, I approached the friend who had
placed my foot upon the first 8 ep of my
downward course, and appealed for charity to
sustain my wretched existence. My appeal
was received with taunts and jeers, hor a
moment my brain became frenzied as I saw
before me the cause of all my wretchedness
taunting me w’ith my misery. I raised my
knife, aud with all the energy of a fr nzied
mind and brain plunged it to the hilt iu his
“ You honor, I have nothing more to aay.
I know there are no ‘exteuuating ciroum
stauccs to screen me from the law of man,
but in the short time that may be all tied
to me I shall endeavor to make such atone
ment as fur my sius as will plead to Gcd lor
The prisoner ceased speaking, and the
Judge, iu a solemn manner, passed the sen
tence of death.
Just this once I What a volume of misery
and woe is couveyed iu those three winds.
What heart-rcudings anl unutterable an
guish have they produced. Just this once,
aud then—lost. John 11. Neyims.
The Conservative men of Tennessee
held a convention in Nash' i.lo on tl a
‘22d inst, to promote the political and other
interests of the State.
tap Gen. Sheridan, by order of the »u
--thorities at Washington, has refused to ai! *
emigration from New Oilcan? to Metis--