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Charles Stewart Murder in Dugger, Indiana, 1906

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Charles Stewart Murder in Dugger, Indiana, 1906

Posted: 993794333000
Classification: Death
Edited: 1084494289000
Surnames: Stewart, Launders, Alumbaugh, Rogers, Walls
TERRE HAUTE STAR, Monday, December 3, 1906, pgs. 1, 6

Man Dies at Home After Being Struck With Mace at Dugger.
Victim of Assault Said to Have Agitated Trouble Between Two Companions.

DUGGER, Ind., Dec. 2.-(Spl.)-The third murderous assault in this vicinity within the past week took place here early this morning when Charles Stewart was struck on the head with a mace by Frank Launders, the keeper of an alleged "blind tiger" resort. Stewart relaped into unconsciousness soon afterward and died today from the effects of the blow. All of the assaults have been committed by Greene county citizens, but this morning's fatal fight occurred just a mile west of the county line.
There has been a bitter fight in Dugger between the saloon and anti-saloon elements for the past few years, but "blind tigers," which are generally thought to have been exterminated, still flourish.
Last night Walter Walls and a companion, accompanied by Charles Stewart, entered the resort run by Launders and while in the place Walls and his companion became involved in a fight. Stewart was charged with agitating this trouble.
Stewart re-entered the resort this morning, accompanied by his father-in-law, Richard Alumbaugh, and the latter's son, Samuel Alumbaugh. The men were drinking at the bar and the two Alumbaughs, Stewart, and Launders became engaged in a heated argument.
At this juncture, it is alleged, Launders walked out from behind the bar and struck Stewart over the head with a mace. The first blow caught Stewart squarely across the center of the skull and the second a little to the left. Stewart was taken to a physician, where his wounds were dressed. While being removed to his home, he became unconscious and never revived, dying shortly before 7 o'clock this morning.
Launders was arrested by Marshal U. P. Rogers and taken to Sullivan, where he was placed in jail.
Stewart was 31 years old and leaves a widow and three small children. He was an employe of the Sunflower mine, working as a machine man.
Launders Waives Preliminary Hearing and is Placed in Jail.

SULLIVAN, Ind., Dec. 2.-(Spl.)-Frank Launders, who struck Charles Stewart on the head with a mace at Dugger this morning, causing Stewart's death a few hours afterwards, was brought here by Marshal Rogers, Launders waived preliminary hearing and was placed in jail. It is probable that he will furnish bond and will be released till the January term of the Circuit court is convened.
Launders seemed worried over the affair this evening, and stated that Stewart was the cause of the trouble, and that he also was the cause of another man being seriously injured in the "blind tiger" last night. He said he did not think, when he struck, that the blow would prove fatal.
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