--We were informed yesterday that a terrible tragedy occurred in Marietta
on last Wednesday night, resulting in the probable death of two respectable citizens of that place, and the self-destruction of a desperado named McBride
.--It appears that McBride
was arrested some two years ago on a charge of arson for burning the flouring and saw mill owned by a Mr. Kram
, of Marietta
Subsequent to his arrest, he agreed to pay five hundred dollars to a lawyer named Green
, provided the lawyer would obtain his acquittal.
During the trial Mr. Green
labored assiduously for the benefit of his client, and had the pleasure of procuring his release.
It seems that McBride
refused to pay the lawyer's fee after he was released from the clutches of the law, and on Wednesday last a portion of his property was being sold to satisfy the claim.
During the evening Green
had occasion to pass by McBride's house, when the latter discharged a gun heavily loaded with buckshot, wounding Green
, it is feared, fatally.
When the authorities undertook to arrest the would be murderer, he boldly announced that he was armed with three revolvers and a gun and would kill any man who attempted his arrest; he said he had powder enough to blow up the dwelling and would do so if they did not desist.
Orders were given to capture him dead or live, when he fired again and wounded a man named Lewis
, dangerously if not fatally.
The desperado then closed the last act in the dreadful drama by shooting himself dead with a revolver.--Wheeling Union,