OHIO – Week of June 25
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OHIO – Week of June 25

Dayton, Ohio

The population of Dayton, Ohio in 1870: 30,473
Estimated population in 2015: 140,599

Week of June 25, 1866

June 25, 1866

Abatement of a Nuisance

Hon. Ben Eggleston and a number of other soap boilers in Cincinnati, having been indicted for “permitting a nuisance” the Prosecuting Attorney last week brought one of the parties, John Hateke, to trial before Judge Murdock and a jury. They are charged with carrying on, not only within the city limits but in the midst of populous neighborhoods, the disgusting business of rendering into fat and oils, out of which soap is made, the gathered up dead carcasses, wherever they may be found, of all species of animals — dead horses and hogs, dead cows and cats, dead pigs and puppies — carrion of every hue, stage, and smell.

To establish the charge that such enterprises were injurious to public heath and to the value of adjoining property, numerous intelligent and scientific witnesses were examined.

The jury deliberated but briefly and brought in a verdict of guilty. A fine of $300 and costs of prosecution was assessed, the default of which was the county jail. The Sheriff took possession of the stinking prisoner.

The next case will probably be that of our old friend, the Hon. Benjamin Eggleston, the Radical Member of Congress from the First District, as he is included in the indictment of this notable party of stinkmongers. Benjamin, so long as we have known him, now many years, always was in the stink business. It is his talent, his forte. He was a stinking Whig. He was the stinkingest of the stinking Know-nothings. Benjamin of late has enlarged his business, Washington and Congress being his main branch of the Cincinnati Rinderpest. In his political labors there, he has lost nothing by the transplanting of his natural propensity to engender foul odors. He has been a zealous and obedient tool of old THAD in stirring up the stinks of the worst passions of disunion malevolence, and in partisanship, to accomplish the infernal ends of the leading infernals of that body. He has been no less unscrupulous or audacious than he was under this indictment in stirring up and creating stinks to poison the physical health of his people and constituents at home. Both as soap-boiler and Republican Congressman, Benjamin is a clear case of Rinderpest! He is an eminent subject for one of his own odorous vats!

June 27, 1866

The Grave

The grave, the last resting place of the mortal part of man, has always been to me a subject of most solemn interest. Believing as I do that frequently from the silent tombs comes a power capable of imparting to us either happiness or misery. This power appears to me to be an emanation from God by which retributive justice is frequently meted out to those who violated the laws of both God and man. It is this power which gave rise to the saying the “murder will out”. Few murders are committed but that in the course of time the murderer is discovered, sometimes by a very trifling circumstance, but most generally by the troubled should of the murderer himself. Men who commit deliberate murder seldom have any peace of mind, many to relieve their sufferings have taken their own lives while others have voluntarily given themselves up that they might be relieved of their suffering by legal execution.

It sometimes happens that men who have committed the most bloody crimes have escaped legal punishment through the interposition of base and unscrupulous friends. But that does not save them from that other and higher punishment which is more certain and terrible than any human punishment.

I know that the taking of a man’s life has generally been considered as the greatest punishment which can be inflicted upon him. This, I think, is a mistake. If we take into consideration the few capital punishments compared to the great number of murders committed, it would appear evident that Providence did not design capital punishment as the greatest punishment. It should only serve as a lesson and a terror to the great mass of mankind who fear premature death. Those He would punish most, He permits to live a long life of mental misery and torment. Who is prepared or capable of judging to what extent this mental brother suffering may be meted out to all principal actors who would protect and defend men in the committal of the most bloody crimes known to our laws.

The Murderers: Samuel Coovert, the convicted murderer of the Roosa family, near Deerfield, was sentenced yesterday afternoon to be excited on the 24th of August. His execution takes place one week before the execution of Watson for the murder of Capt. Menter in Newport, KY. It will also be seen, in this connection, that one other murderer is still at large in our midst. It needs one to be in no study to pick him out from among pedestrians.

The Grave War

We copy the following communication from the Journal, of this morning. It speaks for itself. The head vampire and his corps of ghouls are reaping their harvest of infamy and nobody pities. The grave raiders may well ask the shield of the Journal and its committee of malignants but the moral sensibility and Christian feeling of this community in this atrocious affair are not to be mistaken. Cain did not bear a more indelible mark on his face when he left the presence of his God to become a murderer over the earth than do these desecrators of a martyr’s tomb.

To the Editor of the Dayton Journal:
I do not wish to involve myself in a newspaper controversy but the article in this morning’s Journal is more than I can submit to. Your first comment can be answered by saying that Mrs. C.M. Bollmeyer wishes it understood that she holds herself responsible before any court of Justice.

Second: The “Copperhead leaders” had nothing to do with that slap. I alone am responsible. Robert W. Steele & Co. would have gained more credit by leaving it alone and advising the murderer to leave Dayton.

Third: The terrible conspiracy of letters were dictated by Mrs. C.M. Bollmeyer of Warren. She mailed a copy of Robert Steel’s letter to me on the 9th. I received it on the 11th or 12th, the copy of the Journal letter was received last Saturday evening. The sport made of her letter was not at all manly.

Dayton became notorious when my husband was murdered in cold blood and the murderer allowed to stalk the streets. His presence outraged the feelings of every friend of the murdered man. It would be useless for me to speak of the motives which actuated the friends of my husband in this matter. The editor of the Journal knows it was in defense of the dead and to prevent insult to the living. I think it would have shown more wisdom had the Trustees of Woodland Cemetery and the editor of the Journal made an effort to get the truth of this matter before making any public statement. I wish it understood that this, as well as other letters I have written on this subject, are my own and not written at the suggestion of others. —Mrs. J.F. Bollmeyer


June 28, 1866

Missing Child

A reward of $2000 (the money is in the hands of Mayor Harris) is offered for the return of an abducted child, Lillie Davidson. She is between four and five years of age, stout in stature, light complexion, light brown hair cut short, full gray eyes, a round full face, and a little sunken across the eyes. There are two moles on the side of her face, one near the temple and the other near the top of her ear. When last seen she was under the assumed name of Lollie but would know her right name if asked.


A bed sack was found floating in the canal near Carthage on Wednesday, which on being opened, a mysterious object was disclosed — the body of a woman. Further investigation revealed her name to be Jane Hoenan. The nose, eyes, and mouth were bound around with heavy strips of muslin. The only articles of clothing were a heavy skirt and a chemise. The remaining portion of her clothing was found on the bank close by. There were no marks of violence on her person that would lead to the supposition of foul play.

The Deerfield Murderer

Sam Coovert, the Deefirld murderer, when receiving his sentence to the gallows on Tuesday last at Lebanon, put on a smiling and audacious face and when asked by the Judge if he had anything to say, replied, “Nothing much except that I am innocent.” He then listened to the order of the Court with utter indifference. He is, with one or two exceptions, the most brutish gallows bird yet hanging on the boundaries of the infernal pit.

Cholera or Congress?

A Western editor says that Heaven will not permit cholera and Congress to prevail at once in the same suffering community. Let’s have a little cholera, then. A slight change can’t possibly make matters worse.


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