As the result apparently of an ungovernable fit of temper, a young lad named Wylie is now in the hands of the police charged with causing the death of a 13year-old girl named Swackhammer at her father's farm in Erin Township. Because the accused could not have his own way in regard to going to Acton, he appears to have taken down a shotgun and fired the contents into the body of the innocent daughter of the house. She died within 15 minutes. Peter Wylie, or Peter Wilson, as he is also known, is a Scotch lad who was brought to this country three years ago by Rev. Peter Wilson of Toronto. At the time of the tragedy he was working for Darius Kennedy. A short distance from the Kennedy farm is the Swackhammer homestead, and being neighbours, the two farmers exchanged help. Kennedy was to have helped Swackhammer Thursday last with the turnips, but was taken ill and Wylie was sent over to tell of the trouble. The lad appears to have changed the message and instead explained that he had been sent to help with the work. On Saturday night Wylie was to go back to Kennedy's and in the afternoon Mr. Swackhammer told him to assist with the chores. He refused to do so but going into a shed secured the stock of an old gun and while Stanley, one of Mr. Swackhammer's sons, was hitching up to drive to Acton, Wylie pointed the stock of the gun with a threat to shoot both lad and horse.
He later went to the woodshed where he found a shotgun and when the girl followed him and entered the door she received the full charge in the upper part of the body. Wylie contends that the shooting was accidental and he had no intention of doing harm to the girl.