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Death Of William Diehl

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The following account of the murder is given to The Democrat by A. E. Clark, an old partner of Diehl, and a comrade in the G. A. B. We give Mr. Clark's own story: About 3. o'clock last Friday, Wm. Diehl and his partner, John Schanland, were eating dinner in their cabin in Bunker Hill Minning District. After tbey had finished, Diehl said to his partner: "I am going to chop down a tree out here, about 125 yards from the cabin." He went to his work. and a few minutes afterwards Schandland went out of the cabin, sat down under a fhed near by. and pulled off his boots to pair his nails. All at once he heard a volley fired from a deep ravine, about 15 yards from where Diehl was working. Schanland look up and saw Diehl f all, and heard him say, "My God!" Schanland rushed into the house and grabbed bis rifle. He carne out immediatly and saw four Indians going towardB Diehl's body. Mr. S. turned loose on the foremost Indian, who reeled and jumped behind a tree. The Indians then commenced ftring on Schanland, who retired to the cabin and returned their fire through the canyaas door. White a portion of the Indians thus engaged the attention of Mr. Schanland, two of the philanthropic broeders crept up behind the cabin and attempted to set it on fire, but was kept at bay by two good dogs. After Mr. Schanland had fought the Indians about two hours, firing only when necessary, as he was short of ammunition, a party of Indians made their appearance on a knoll of 200 yards from the oabin and commenced calling to those engaged in the tiglit. This called a lull in tbe firing, and a few minutes after the Indians all left, taking a southerly direction. Shortly after the Indians left, Mr. Schanland went out to where he had seen his partner fall, hoping that he might be alive. But tbe old veteran was dead- two bullets through his stomach and one through his heart. Mr. Schanland procured u piece of canvass and covered the body of his late friend companion. He then mounted his horse and took a half oircle of about twenty miles to James Crowley's ranch, on the San Pedro river, where he arrived about two o'clock the next morning. At daylight a party of ten men left Crowley's ranch for the scène of the murder. The deceased, at the time of his death, was employed in building a corral for James Crowley, in Bunker Minning district, about twelve miles southeast of the Mammoth mine. He was well known in Southern Arizona as a miner and prospector, and was formerly a partner of E. A. Clark - Tombstone Prospector. Mr. Diehl's mother and sisters live in this place. The young man who was killed was a member of the old first Michigan infantry. He enlioted under Capt. Roatli. After returning from the army he remained here for a while, and then went west to seek his fortune.


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