The cause of the recent murder of Mrs Niland and Mrs McCaffrey in this city by their husbands, can be ascertained by anyone who will read the leading editorial of the "Telegraph" of last week. Such principles and doctrines as are there advocated, put the lives of our citizens in jeopardy. The penalty for murder has never been enforced in this State, and the consequences are that two murders have been committed in this city of four thousand inhabitants within six weeks; whilest in Massachusetts, where they do hang, only two murders are committed in a year. Alas! poor Webster! He only killed his patron and benefactor for the paltry consideration of a few dollars. The robbed the corpse of notes and papers-then cut it in pieces-then burned it up-then went to a whist party-when arrested called God to witness his innocence-then took poison to kill himself-then endeavored to implicate the principle witness against him, as being the murderer-then attempted to induce his family and others to commit perjury-then forged letters to prove his innocence-then called God and high Heaven to witness that he did not know who wrote them-then acknowledged his guilt in the main, by lying as to the particulars, and then asks pardon which is refused. And now the Telegraph has the qualms and called the Governor of Massachusetts, the counsel, and the Judiciary, all fools, and knaves, and aristocrats, and Judicial murderers. They will undoubtedly feel very bad when they see this paper, (The Telegraph) but we hope they will not take strychnine. The Telegraph is responsible for every murder committed in this vicinity and ought to be indicted in every case.
A few weeks ago the Telegraph thought it would make but little difference when Webster should shuffle of this mortal coil, and the question was merely one of the loss of time; and found consolation in this; but now it has "puckered" its mouth to whistle a very different tune.
Whistle away neighbor; and if you change your tune as often as you change your principles you can whistle eternally. Say, Sholes, did you ask the knocking women in New York, where Webster would go on the 30th day of August next. The answer might have furnished you with farther consolation.
[Published: Kenosha Democrat, August 1, 1850, Kenosha, Wisconsin]
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