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William Smiley, b. ? d. killed Feb. 4, 1896

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William Smiley, b. ? d. killed Feb. 4, 1896

Posted: 1064085194000
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 1116900943000
Surnames: Smiley, Hughes, Whittinghill, Walker, Tapp


The Murderer Flees and Successfully Eludes the Officers Tuesday, but on Yesterday Morning Surrenders to Chas. P. Whittinghill

Now in Jail at Dixon to Answer for the Terrible Crime That He Committed.

His Father, a Brother and a Young Man Named Walker arrested as Accomplices.

On Tuesday afternoon about six o'clock Jim HUGHES, a desperado, shot and killed William SMILEY, the marshal of Providence. Jim HUGHES and his father, Jordan HUGHES, of the country, were in Providence Tuesday drinking. Before night the men both got considerably under the influence of liquor and they made themselves quite odious to the good people of the place. About six o'clock Marshal SMILEY arrested the father and at that time the son came up and interfered. In the melee Jim HUGHES pulled his pistol and fired five times at the marshal at close range. Mr. SMILEY fell pierced through the heart with one of the balls and died in a few minutes. The murderer made his escape while the old man was held.
A special engine was sent to Earlington for the blood hounds and they were taken at once to the scene of blood. The trail was soon struck and was followed until the track was lost at Tradewater river. On the other side of the water, the trail was again found and this was followed to the Ohio river. Officers are still in pursuit of the fleeing fugitive and there seems to be but little doubt that he will be captured.
The killing has produced intense excitement not only in Providence where it occurred but in adjoining counties. Mr. SMILEY had been acting marshal only about two weeks and had been selected for the place on account of his bravery and caution.
Providence has for some time been at the mercy of a gang of toughs who have made it quite unpleasant for the better element. About the first of the year there was a determination on the part of the good people of that community to put a stop to the ruffianism that has for so long disgraced the town. J.C. TAPP, a fearless and conscientious man had been selected as City Judge and William SMILEY as the Marshal. These officers are being backed up by those who want to see law and order enforced.
This foul murder will no doubt have much to do in arousing the people of Providence to a sense of their duty. They find it necessary to band together for the protection of their homes and their lives.
Lawlessness has gone to that point that patience has become exhausted and forbearance is no longer a virtue. Let the good people of that town determine that hereafter the laws shall be enforced, and let them see that all violators of the law shall be punished to the full extent of that law. This and this alone will redeem the town.


News reached the city yesterday that Jim HUGHES, the murderer of Marshal SMILEY, surrendered himself at an early hour yesterday morning to Chas P. WHITTINGHILL, on whose farm he worked and that he was taken and lodged in jail at Dixon before it was generally known that he was in custody. This circumstance is perhaps the only thing that prevented a mob from getting him.
It is said that he was wounded in the arm by the shot that SMILEY fired at him. If this be true, it will probably explain his surrender, as loss of blood and weakness resulting therefrom would have made it impossible for him to have endured protracted exposure.
Jordan HUGHES, his father, one of his brothers and a young man named WALKER were arrested charged with being accomplices in his crime. They were securely tied and taken to Dixon and placed in jail. It is said that the plan to murder SMILEY was concocted by them in a butcher shop that day. The father had been arrested a few days previous, and it is this that led up to the bad feeling on the part of HUGHES and his friends. The plan was to get drunk and take the town and if SMILEY attempted to arrest any of them, to kill him. We publish this for what it is worth, but the fact that the parties were arrested for complicity, goes to show that the people of Providence believe this to have been the case. (Source: Madisonville Hustler, Fri., Feb. 7, 1896)
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