death; the victim fell at the flash of the gun, and upon rushing up to secure the dead man's arms, Summerfield
observed that he had a fine new overcoat strapped to his back, which he determined to appropriate to his own use. The fight was over, and Summerfield
had time to examine his prize, when, remarkable as it may appear, the coat was marked in the lining with the name of Thomas Holmes
, and in the pockets were found letters, signed with the name of the sister, whom Summerfield
had known in New York, and to whom he had made the remark we have quoted, in which the dead man was addressed as brother.
The evidence was conclusive — he had killed the brother of his friend, and the remark which he had made in jest had a melancholy fulfilment.
We are assured this narrative is literally true.
now wears the coat, and, our informant states, is not a little impressed with the singularity of the coincidence.