THE NEBRASKA CITY NEWS. January 26, 1878. 1 - 2. "EDWARD McFARREN To Be Hung on February 15th. For the Murder of a Deputy Marshall--The Prisoner a Former Resident of this City." -- The following is a special telegram to the Chicago Times concerning Ed McFarran, a foarmer resident of this city. He worked at the blacksmith trade in both the plow factories and different shops for about three years while here, and earned a hard name by drinking and carousing. He was two sisters residing here at present.
"KANSAS CITY, MO., Jan. 18.-- The Times correspondent called today on Edward McFarran, alias Richard Green, who is sentenced to be hanged on the 15th of February, for the murder of a deputy marshal near this city.
"McFarran is not communicative, but the following was elicited: He says he was born near Dayton, Oh., and is now about 26 years of age. He learned the trade of blacksmith, and went to Nebraska, where he was employed at the Union Pacific shops.
"From Nebraska he went to Iowa, where he was arrested for horsestealing by sheriff McDonald, of Burlington, Iowa. During an effort to escape, McFarran shot the sheriff, but the wound was not fatal.
"Hearing that McFarran had gone to Indiana, Sheriff McDonald proceeded to find him, but was not successful. Getting more definite information a short time after, the sheriff succeeded in getting his man. McFarran was then lodged in the jail at Sidney, Fremont county, Iowa. On the evening of Nov. 28, 1856, McFarran, aided by two men arrested for horsestealing, with him made good their escape from Sidney jail. A reward of $50 was offered for the arrest of each and detention of the escaped prisoners.
"McFarran's next appearance with one of his companions, was at or near Kansas City. The immediate cause of the attempt to arrest McFarran, where he was cutting timber near this city, was that he had manifested a lawless spirit, and had attacked peaceable people at their homes and on the highway.
"On the last occasion he went to a dwelling house and shamefully abused the inmates. He was wild, reckless, and addicted to drinking. The matter was placed in the hands of the authorities, and Deputy Marshal Hughes, armed with a warrant, went to the shanty where McFarran was staying. Hughes entered the door an called for Richard Green (McFarran's alias,) and stated he had a warrant for him. McFarran put his lef thand into his breast pocket, took out a revolver, slipped his hand behind him, conveyed the revolver to his right hand, and before the officer could extract the warrant from his pocket the bullet from McFarran's pistol sped on it fatal mission. After the arrest the sheriff from Fremont, Iowa, came on and identified the prisoner.
"McFarran says his mother still lives in Ohio, his father being dead. He has a sister and other relatives living in different parts of the west. He will not tell their names, saying he does not wish to bring disgrace upon the. He hopes to receive a pardon, and has joined the Catholic church, constantly receiving the ministrations of a priest.
"He sends a letter to his friends each day, and otherwise deports himself as one understanding the awful position in which he is placed. Although great interest is taken in Mc Farran by the religious people, is is generally understood that the law will take its course."