Terrible murder in Memphis.
--The Memphis Avalanche
, of Tuesday last, gives the following account of an unnatural murder which occurred in that city on Monday evening:
About 4 o'clock last evening, one of the most atrocious murders it has ever been our lot to record was committed in a well-known house of ill-fame, on Washington street, between Main and Second.
The victim was a frail young woman known as Hattie Rogers
, and the perpetrator of the deed is a young man named Armand Selby
, very respectably connected, whose family resides in this city.
It seems that young Selby
had become deeply enamored of the young woman, and had persuaded her to leave her boarding-house and to occupy a house rented by him in the southern portion of the city.
They had lived together but a short time, when, about a week since, young Selby
giving way to his violent temper, beat her most unmercifully.
She at once left his house and went back to her former boarding place on Washington st., where since her beating she had been confined to her bed. Young Selby
has visited the house several times, and implored of the other inmates of the house to intercede for him with her, which they did, but without success.
Last evening one of the women living there was lying in bed with Miss Rogers
, who was on the front side, with her back turned to the door, when both were aroused by the ringing of the street door-bell.
Shortly after steps were heard ascending the stairs, and a moment later young Selby
opened the chamber door, and with the words, ‘"Hattie, I'm going to kill you!"’ walked to the bedside, place!
a pistol to her back, and fired.
The ball entered just beneath her right shoulder, coming out below her left breast, and inflicting a slight flesh wound in the thigh of her companion.
The poor girl never spoke afterwards, and expired in about twenty minutes. Before the startled inmates of the place could realize what had occurred, the murderer dashed furiously down stairs, reached the street door, opened it, and was soon beyond the hope of pursuit.
Up to a late hour last night no tidings had been received from him.
The deceased was between twenty-one and twenty-three years of age, had lived in the city about eleven months; and was from Cleveland, Ohio
, where she was married at the age of sixteen, and had one child.
Cruel treatment upon the part of her husband induced her to abandon him and commence the life she led up to the time of her death.
She was small in stature, with a purely Grecian face, and was very beautiful even in death.