“From Kansas,” New York Daily Times, 6 July 1857, p. 3.
St. Louis (MO) Democrat
New York Times
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More Trouble at Leavenworth City- James Lyle, County Recorder, Killed- Serious Riot Threatened.
From the St. Louis Democrat.
The election to fill the vacancies in the City Council was held on Monday the 29th inst. The forenoon passed off as quietly as at any ordinary election in the towns of the east, and no apprehension was felt or any disturbance during the day. Soon after dinner, JAMES LYLE, County Recorder, and Probate Clerk, gave to a German a Pro-Slavery ticket, which the German tore up and threw upon the ground. Whereupon Lyle began to abuse the German. J.M. MITOREL, a noted character, and last year a Pro-Slavery man, interfered on the side of the German, and ELI MOORE Pro-Slavery, and a Free State man named HALLER, joined in the altercation, high words passed and knives and revolvers were drawn- five or six shots were exchanged and LYLE fell stabbed through the heart, expiring almost instantly, the knife entering his back between the left shoulder and the spine. Although a great many persons were in the immediate vicinity no one was injured by the firing except a bystander slightly in the elbow.
It was supposed that HALLER struck the fatal blow, and he was soon arrested, standing on the street nearby. MITCHELL was also arrested.
LYLE took an active part in driving the Free State men out of Leavenworth last year. He was a young man, and recently arrived-his wife being at the time absent from the city.
HALLER was of those who were driven out, being broken up in a good business, and losing all his property- as it is charged that the murder was premeditated, and perpetrated on account of old troubles.
HENDERSON of the Journal, addressed the excited crowd in an inflammatory speech, and there was a manifest determination on the part of the friends of LYLE to lynch HALLER at once- from which they were only deterred by the superior number of armed citizens who thronged the streets, determined at all hazards to sustain the authorities.