--A correspondent of the St. Louis Democrat, writing from Camp Blair under date of the 23d inst., gives the following account of a horrible tragedy which took place in the neighborhood of the camp on Wednesday of last week:
It seems that there was some dispute between two neighboring families about a tract of land.
On the day mentioned, as Mr. McNull
, the murdered man, was plowing in his field, he was met by a Mr. Wilson
, his wife, (Wilson
's,) with their two sons and daughters.
began abusing McNull, the whole family threatening him with annihilation, and finally told McNull that if he did not leave the county that night he would be mobbed and forced to leave.
The latter replied that he would die first, upon which Mrs. Wilson
snapped her fingers and said to the rest.
‘"come on, boys, damn him, let's kill him."’ A gun was levelled at McNull, but failing to go off, he was struck on the back of the head and felled to the earth.
W. and her sons and daughters, with the old man, then fell upon him and beat him until life was extinct.
The tragedy, however, did not stop here.
, McNull, from her house; seeing her husband thus brutally assaulted, ran out to assist him. She was met by old Wilson
, who caughther by the hair of her head, pulled her down and stabbed her in the back.
The Wilson girls then fell upon her and beat her until they were actually tired.
They then left their victims and fied.
Soon after the occurrence, a messenger came into Camp Blair for assistance from the troops to arrest the murderers.
at once started for the scene of the tragedy with twenty men, but on his arriving at the spot found that the civil authorities had arrested the murderers.
They were all captured and securely confined.
The people about the country were intensely excited, and threatened to lynch the whole Wilson
family; but sober judgment prevailed, and the law will take its course.
was buried on the next day.