--A difficulty occurred at the Sprigg House
, in Wheeling, Va.
, on the 13th inst., between Richard Hadden
and James P. McLane
, a salesman in a drug store, in which the former was shot in the breast, and it is thought mortally wounded.
thus relates the conclusion of the tragedy:
, yesterday morning, came down to the store at which he was engaged, on Main street, as usual, though evidently agitated on account of the rash act of the few hours previous, and the probable consequences.
About 9 o'clock, however, learning that he was about to be arrested, he disappeared.
Yesterday evening his numerous friends and relatives were startled by a dispatch from Bellaire
, stating that he had shot himself near that village, and was dead.
was about twenty years of age, and was greatly admired by his employers and loved by his associates.
It appears that upon leaving the store in the morning, McLane
went down slowly to the West Wheeling Ferry Landing
, and, after crossing, stood for some time on the Ohio
shore looking into the water, and then proceeded down towards Bellaire
He is supposed to have lingered along the route between the Ferry Landing
and the place where the body was found, a short distance this side of Bellaire
, until about half-past 2 o'clock; and being in a distracted state of mind, because compelled to leave his home a felon, drew his pistol and shot himself through the heart.
He seemed to have been thinking the matter over before committing the rash act, as he had whittled quite a large niche in the fence against which he had been standing.
Before firing the pistol he wrote his name upon his shirt bosom with a pencil.
When first discovered by a boy he was still struggling, but died in a short time, and was removed to a house near by.