New York Times, “Tragical Affair in Chester Country, Pa.,” August 5, 1857

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    “Tragical Affair in Chester Country, Pa.,” New York Times, August 5, 1857, p. 8: 6.
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    Philadelphia (PA) Ledger
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    Tragical Affair in Chester County, Pa.
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    Meghan Fralinger, Dickinson College
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    Tragical Affair in Chester County, Pa.

    Correspondence Philadelphia Ledger.

    PHOENIXVILLE, Monday, Aug. 8, 1857.

    On Saturday last, a man by the name of BAUGH, in a quarrel with a negro, who was working with him in a harvest field, near Chester Springs, in Chester County,, stabbed the negro with a pitchfork. A Constable in the neighborhood attempted to arrest him, but from the resistance offered by BAUGH, thought it prudent not to do so. Two officers from West Chester then arrested him, one of whom BAUGH cut in the next and shoulder with an axe before they finally secured him. In proceeding with him to West Chester, BAUGH again attacked one of the officers and attempted to tear open the wound he had made with the axe. He then turned upon the one who was driving, and by some means got his hand around his throat, not withstanding he was handcuffed, and endeavored to strangle him. The officer was compelled to shoot him before he could he made to loosen his hold, which he did in the head, and killing him.

    The officer, who was struck with the axe, we learn has since died. The officer who shot BAUGH delivered himself immediately to the authorities at West Chester.

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