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The Daily Dispatch: January 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Brutal murder of the postmaster of Clinton, Ill. (search)
Brutal murder of the postmaster of Clinton, Ill. --The town of Clinton was thrown into great excitement on account of the most brutal murder ever committed in that country. A drunken wretch by the name of Harrison Sumner went to the post-office and commenced abusing the postmaster, Lewis Roberts, when Mr. Roberts ordered him out. A few moments after the postmaster left the office to go to his supper. He had not gone but a few steps when the villain Sumner plunged a dirk-knife into him, er ever committed in that country. A drunken wretch by the name of Harrison Sumner went to the post-office and commenced abusing the postmaster, Lewis Roberts, when Mr. Roberts ordered him out. A few moments after the postmaster left the office to go to his supper. He had not gone but a few steps when the villain Sumner plunged a dirk-knife into him, killing him almost instantly. Sumner attempted to make his escape, but the citizens were too fast for him. --He was caught and lodged in jail.
Congressional. Washington, Jan. 18. --Senate.--The Ohio Legislature's coercion resolutions were tabled. Mr. Sumner presented resolutions calling for correspondence with foreign countries in relation to South Carolina clearances.--Laid over. Many Union petitions from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan were presented. Mr. Cameron's motion to reconsider the vote defeating Crittenden's resolutions was carried--27 to 24--Mr. Dixon, of Connecticut, voting aye. They were made the order for Monday next. Mr. Green moved a joint resolution looking to a peaceful separation by general Convention, which, he said subsequently, he introduced for the purpose of calling attention directly to the subject. Mr. Crittenden objected. The Kansas bill came up, and Messrs. Douglas, Seward, Green and Collamar spoke. Green's amendment, changing the boundaries, was defeated. House.--Mr. Moore, of Ky., explained why he did not vote for Adriana Anderson's laudati