Murder and Lynch law.
S Hert, of Alabama
, and Mr. Boon
, of Cherokee
, were murdered in Montgomery county, Texas
, a few weeks since, by C. C. Hall
, a young man aged 23 years. Hall
had some negroes of Boon
's in his possession, which he could acquire by killing him. The Houston Telegraph
Under the pretext that a valuable negro boy of Boon
's was very ill at his (Hall
's) house, a fact afterwards ascertained to be false, Hall
to visit his house, some sixteen miles from Huntsville
, in the direction of Montgomery
Although still quite unwell, Boon
started, accompanied by Col. Hart
, in his (B.'s) buggy.
On their way down Hall
from behind, instantly killing him, and afterwards, at two shots, killing Col. Hart
He then removed the bodies for some distance to a ravine, where he buried them next day, both in one grave, where they were found and identified.
The non-return of B. and H to Cherokee
, and their apparent silence, first attracted attention among their friends, several of whom came down to see about them.
From what they heard they at once suspected their fate, and Hall
having shown forged bills of sale to the negroes left with him by Boon
they caused his arrest and at once set about an investigation to get at the truth, Hall
in the meantime being confined in the Huntsville
A general interest having been excited, the whole country in the vicinity of the place where the murder was done turned out in the search, and it was not long before the grave was found, the bodies disinterred and identified.
The miserable outlaw seemed utterly destitute of anything resembling caution.
He is known to have brought his gun part of the way, leaving it on the road, and to have discharged his revolver when in Huntsville
and reloading it before leaving, to have taken Mr. Boon
's buggy to Montgomery
to have it repaired, and to have borrowed a spade in the neighborhood with which to inter the bodies.
In short there was not the faintest shadow of a doubt of the guilt of the hardened wretch.
, day before yesterday, was arraigned before Esquires Rogers
, of Walker county
, but the fact appearing that the crime was done in Montgomery county
, the Justice
ordered him thither in charge of a strong guard.
Yesterday he started in charge of Sheriff Marsfelder
and some twenty persons as his posse.
This morning, we learn, that, as the Sheriff
was on his way down, he was waylaid near the scene of the dreadful tragedy and forcibly deprived of his prisoner by from 100 to 200 armed and determined men, who executed the wretch on the spot where his victims lay.
made a full confession; said how he had taken their lives, what he had taken from them, and the disposition made of it. He gave orders to have the negroes and money to be given up to Boon
On the gallows the culprit said: ‘"Had I lived I should have become one of the worst men living."’