Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Stabbing 1867

Publication: THE VINCENNES WEEKLY WESTERN SUN
Date: September 28, 1867

We clip the following from the Lawrenceville (Ill.) Journal, of yesterday:

SERIOUS STABBING AFFRAY.—On last Monday evening, a serious stabbing affray occurred in our streets, between Daniel Haines and John Jones. There has existed an ill-will between these two men for some time past, and whenever they met the difficulty was revived. On Monday morning they met in a saloon in this place and renewed their quarrel, which continued until about four o'clock, when Haines struck Jones a blow with his fist, felling him to the earth. As soon as Jones fell, Haines jumped upon him and proposed following up his blow, when Jones drew a dirk knife, the blade being about five inches long, and plunged it into Haines right thigh near the groin, barely missing the artery; then he made an ugly cut, some three inches long upon his left hip, and also a severe cut upon his right cheek, extending upward, cutting his ear entirely in two. Haines now lies at a house in this place in a critical condition. Jones gave bonds in the sum of $500 for his appearance when called for.

Thanks to J King for all the research in the collection of Vincennes early newspapers.

Monday, June 22 - 7pm at the Museum- "Bondage in Egypt - Slavery in Southern Illinois" by Darrel Dexter.

 "For most Americans, Illinois, the home of Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, is thought of as a “free state” in America’s great struggle with slavery. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 banned both slavery and involuntary servitude in the territory and state."

But slavery legally existed in Illinois from 1720 to 1865 in thirty-four counties in southern Illinois known regionally as "Egypt."   Darrel Dexter will present his research of more than a decade  on how this happened,  at the LCHS June meeting.