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Suicide Of William Jones

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William Jones, the colored burglar, who shot deputy sheriff Smith, in Ypsilanti on Monday, last is dead by his own hand. He committed suicide Wednesd'ay. With frozen feet and hands, aware that the officfers were after him, with a scar on his neck which prevented concealment, denied shelter at his mother's house, he lacked the courage to face the penalty of the law for his crimes and took his own life. At about nine o'clock Wednesday night William Jones appeared at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Simpson, Prospect street, Vpsilanti. He was warned by his mother that it was no place for him, the officers were watching and they were looking after the house with the idea that he might come back. He asked to get warm. His hands and feet were frozen. He had ridden back to Ypsilanti from Jackson on the bumpers and exposure in the winter weather had told on him. He had a hunted look in his face. His mother impressed on him the fact that he must not stay in Ypsilanti. He replied that he wouldn't bother her long as he intended to make away with himself. After setting by the fire for awhile he went out, stepped across the lane into an orchard and then shot himself. He was found at once by Charles Simpson with a bullet hole in his head. He had shot himself in the right temple and his lifeless body lay face downward in the snow with a buil dog revolver under it. The suicide occurred shortly after midnight. Justice Beach empaneled a coroner's jury and the inquest will be held this morning. A let'ter was found on Jones's person which was aá follows: To whom it may concern: This is to certify that I have this night taken my own life. My mother has closed her doors on me. My feet ure frozen so bad I can't walk, so every avenue of escape is cut off I hope the courts will not hold my dear rnother responsible for anything that was found in her house that was stolen. I know she was asleep when it was brought in the house. I also wish to take all blame off Chas. Simpson. He is innocent. He knew nothing about any of the things that was found. He was al-30 asleep when they eame in. I will now f.xplain the whole thing in which 1 was connacted. I cannot remember the night we took the hams and bacon, but they were left in the woodshed unul the morning the officers came to u-rest ns, then they were brought in the collar, as I expeeted to go to Chicago that ?ay, but I am no nearer Chicago now than I v 1 Jnen. I hope my dear mother. sister and stepfather will ïorgive me for the awful disgrace that I have brought upon them. I shot an ofRcer three or four times, but I have suffered ten times the pain he has. I Know my mother says I cannot stay in her house so I have nothing to do but die. My last request is, will the court see that my mother has my trunk and the things which belong to me, as nothing in there was stolen except the new stuff. I think I would have made a poor burglar had I lived to try my luck. Goodbye to the world. W. R. J ONES. The mother received the following letter by mail from the suicide: Jackson, Feb. J9, 1S94. My Own Dear Mother, - I beg you to forglve me for the terrible disgrace that I have brought upon your house. I know you did not suspect there was anything stolen in your house or you would have made us move it right away. I know the people will look down upon you and think you knew all about it, but you was asleep when that stuff came into your house. Please do not woiry over us boys, for I think wé ar3 ïot worthy of so good a mother. 7c was despondency that drove me to do it. 1 have been out of work so long without money or clothes so what could I do? I am in a tarn, they hav% earohed fcr me, but was not game enough to go all the way. I am never coming to Ypsilanti again and I may be a murderer. There was a policeman tried to take me to the lockup and I shot him two w three times. I don't know how bad I hurt him or anything about it but I will not stop to find out. Kiss little sister for me. Love to you a.nd Charlie. I remain, your son, W. R. JONES. Don't write. I may be in the 5thei world when you hear from me :gain. The officers don't take much stock in the story about the rfiother not knowing of the stolen goods and say that it does not agree with her story. Alter the account of the recovery of the goods stolen from Bowdish & Matteson and Dusbiber was written for last Tuesday's Argus,the officers made a more thorough search of the house and discovered a large quantity or stolen goods, including silver ware which had been marked over. In a trunk 160 napkins were found. They also had been marked over the original name. It is thought that the Jones boys were concerned in the Worden robbery last fall and in the robbery of the Saline postoffice. "Cy" Simpson and his wife were arrested as receivers of stolen prop erty and bound over to the circuit court under $$$o bond each, which bonds they furnished. Deputy Sheriff Peterson is confined to the house with his wounded hand. The bullet cut an ugly, jag ged wound, and the officer kept on with his duties for sever.l hour:after he was shot so that the wound is very painful. Deputy Sherifl Smith is doing well.


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