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816. WH Sat Aug. 3, 1793: Newburyport, July 27. A letter from Worcester informs, that Frost, who murdered Mr. Allen, at Princeton, last week, was on Saturday last taken, and secured in goal. He is an unaccountable fellow,speaks very carelessly of having beat out Mr. Allen's brains, and then well mellowed his head; and if he could have the opportunity of serving Mr. Allen's brother in the same manner, they might hang him as soon as they pleased.

817. WH Sat Aug. 3, 1793: Providence, July 27. On Thursday fe'nnight [se'nnight?] at Charlestown, in this State the wife of Mr. John Green, of that town, was killed by lightning.

818. WH Sat Aug. 3, 1793: Providence, July 27. On the 16th inst. as Mr. Thomas Morton of Glocester was passing through a gate near his house (a carriage standing by the gate, in which was a scythe) when the gate opened, the horse started forward, which brought Mr. Morton between one post of the gate and the carriage, and against the point of the scythe, which entered his belly, and made a wound two inches long, out of which his bowels immediately issued. He was soon seized with excruciating pain, and notwithstanding all possible assistance was afforded, expired at two o'clock next morning. He has left a wife and four small children to lament his unfortunate death.

819. WH Sat Aug. 3, 1793: Windham. Died, Mrs. Prudence Baker, relict of Deac. Samuel Baker, aged 81.

820. WH Sat Aug. 3, 1793: Information is hereby given to the Officers commanding the several companies in the 5th regiment of Militia, that for the purpose of introducing uniformity of music into the regiment, Fifes of a similar construction have been procured, and the Captains are requested to call on Mr. Miner Smith, in Windham, who will deliver to each, two Fifes, at the price of Three Shillings and Nine-pence each, and they will have a right to reimburse the expense from the fines collected from their respective companies. They are requested to call as soon as convenient. Zephaniah Swift, Lt. Col. Comd'r. Windham, July 31, 1793.

821. WH Sat Aug. 10, 1793: From the Connecticut Courant. Mess. Hudson and Goodwin, By desire of the parents of the child destroyed in the tragical scene at Wintonbury, in the town of Windsor, on the 20th of July instant, and others whose attention was commanded, you are
requested to publish in your next paper, That Ezekiel Case the perpetrator of the horrid crime had dwelt in the house of Mr. Ackley about ten weeks next preceeding; and had been there employed as a journeyman, at the shoemaking business. That in the same family, a sister of his, an amiable and worthy character aged about 34 years, had resided as a nurse and house labourer about three weeks -,in the course of which he had discovered upon several occasions, an inimical disposition towards his sister. That on the morning of the fatal day, he arose from his bed, and entered upon his labour as usual, and continued in the shop industriously employing himself, till called to breakfast, when he attended with the family, made his breakfast as at other times, and returned to his work, which he diligently attended to until about half past nine in the forenoon, (having by that time, and in that morning, performed as much service, as to begin and finish a woman's shoe, and in as good workmanship as at any other time.) Nothing particular had then been observed of him, during the time above mentioned, but upon recollection, it appears that he had been unsociable, the unnoticed in him. The act was thus: he suddenly cast his shoe from him, and with his hammer in his right hand, he instantly left his seat, passed a door into the kitchen of the house, where his sister was engaged in family business, seized her by the shoulder with one hand and smote her with the hammer upon the back part of the head, she exerted her utmost strength to disengage herself from him, and to flee, while he gave her a second, and most dangerous wound near the crown of the head, with which she now languishes; she dragg'd him thro a second room into an outward entry, and thro an outward door made her escape,
(during which, he gave her three or four additional blows, upon the shoulders, back, and etc.) Case immediately returned into the last mentioned room, and with a countenance terrible as death with his harm and hammer extended, rushed upon Mrs. Ackley, enfeebled with long sickness, and setting at a cool window, with her only little daughter in her lap, aged about 3 years and 2 months, and without words, he seized the child by the arm, and smote Mrs. Ackley repeatedly upon the head, and by a third stroke fell'd her to the floor, he gave her several violent blows with the hammer, before she with the utmost difficulty had effected her escape. The murderous hand then proceeded against the desirable child, and with savage barbarity and cruelty plunged the face of the hammer, thro the skull into the brains of its head, and not satisfied with this, repeated the blows upon other parts of its head, and upon the ribs and hip of the child; and immediately retired into a dark corner of the lower apartment of an adjoining bark-house. The considerate public will please to suspend their opinion whether the above was in a fit of distraction (according to the usual understanding of the world distraction) as was suggested in your last paper, until the trial of the
forenamed Ezekiel Case, in September next.

822. WH Sat Aug. 17, 1793: Albany, July 11. Mr. Valentine who for some considerable time past, has been in confinement on a charge of having murdered an Onondago Chief, has been liberated by the Circuit Court, at its late session at Harkemer at the request and entreaty of the Onondago Tribe. The Indians assured the Court, that their late brother was in a great measure, chargeable with the punishment which befell him, by his conduct to Mr. Valentine at the time of his death and that Mr. Valentine was not considered as guilty of the crime charged against him.

823. WH Sat Aug. 17, 1793: The public are requested to examine the dollars which may be offered them, as a number are at present in
circulation, which were coined by authority, but have since been sawed open, filed down very thin, and copper substituted therefor. They have
the appearance of being milled.

824. WH Sat Aug. 17, 1793: Notice is hereby given, that the Copartnership of Taintor, Isham, and Co. will be closed on the 6th day of October next; as it will be very inconvenient for them to settle with each other before the accounts of the Company are closed, they earnestly request every person that has an account with them unsettled, to call and settle the same previous to said 6th day of October. Windham, Aug. 16, 1793.

825. WH Sat Aug. 17, 1793: Cutnails. William Page, at his shop in Windham, makes, in the best manner, and at a cheap rate, all kinds of
Cut Nails, either for shingling, lathing, or sadlers use. Cash, or most kinds of Produce, will be received in payment. All orders will be
punctually attended to.

826. WH Sat Aug. 17, 1793: Taken up by the subscriber the 5th inst. a light sorrel Horse, about six years old, has a white strip on his face,
one white hind foot, branded R.D. The owner is requested to pay charges, and take him away. John Conant. Mansfield, Aug. 15, 1793.

827. WH Sat Aug. 17, 1793: Anecdote. In the year 1775, a farmer of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, assisted by his people, working in harvest,
killed a rattlesnake; and soon after, having occasion to go home, took up by mistake, his son's jacket, and put it on, the son was a stripling,
and both their jackets were made of the same kind of cloth. The old man being warm, did not button his jacket, until he got to the house, then
found it much too little for him; he instantly conceived the idea that he had been bitten by a rattlesnake, and swollen from the effect of the
poison. He grew very ill, and was put to bed. The people about him were very much alarmed, and sent for two or three physicians, one of whom
poured down his throat a pint of melted lard, another gave him a dose of wild plantain and the third made him drink hoar-hound tea, made very strong. Notwithstanding all he grew worse, and was to all appearance on the verge of dissolution, when the son came home with the old gentleman's jacket hanging like a bag about him. The whole mystery was at once unraveled, and the poor farmer, notwithstanding his drenches of hog's fat, plantain, and hoar-hound, was well in an instant.

828. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: Died. At Mansfield, the 9th of August, Mrs. Molley Williams, consort to Capt. Amariah Williams, in the 45th year of his age.

829. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: The Field, Commission and Start Officers of the fifth Regiment of Militia are requested to convene at the house of Mr. Jonathan Hebard, in Windham, on Thursday the 29th day of August inst. at 10 o'clock in the morning, for the purpose of making necessary arrangements for a Regimental Review, which will be at Windham, on the first day of October next. The Music with their Drums and Fifes, are desired to attend at the same time. Zephaniah Swift, Lieut. Col. Comd't. Windham, August 23, 1793.

830. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: State of Connecticut. Brigade Orders for the 5th Brigade of Militia. By the General. The following are appointed the commissioned Staff, viz:
5th Regiment, Zenas Howees, Adjutant. Consider Young, Quarter-Master. Samuel Perkins, Pay-Master.
11th Regiment. David Holmes, Adjutant. John Fox, Quarter-Master. Willard Child, Pay-Master. Rev. Noadiah Russell, Chaplain.
12th Regiment. Ambrose Dutton, Adjutant. William Huntington, jun, Quarter-Master. Wyman Parker, Pay-Master. Rev. Timothy Stone, Chaplain.
21st Regiment. Phineas Pierce, Adjutant. Elijah Fox, Quarter-Master. Jedidiah Johnson, Pay-Master. Rev. Solomon Morgan, Chaplain.
And they are to be treated as such accordingly. Returns, agreeably to the forms distributed by the Adjutant-General, most be made to the
Brigade-Major, by the 10th day of October annually. By order, John McClellan, Brigade-Major, Woodstock, Aug. 19, 1793.

831. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: The Brethren of Moriah Lodge are notified to meet at brother Parishes, at Brooklyn, the first Wednesday, in September next, at 11 o'clock A.M. Per Order, of the Worshipful Master, Lem'l Grosvenor, Sec'ry. Pomfret, 19th Aug. 1793.

832. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: Whereas, I the subscriber, in the town of Union, in the month of August, 1792, after John Sessions, Esq. of said
Union, had made and sworn to his deposition before Solomon Wales, Esq. to be improved in Windham County Court, I did publicly say to said
Sessions, that which you have sworn to in that deposition, is false, and you have sworn falsely, and you know it, and I can prove it. And that afterwards, sometime in December last, in the presence and hearing of many other people, I did declare the following words concerning said
Session, viz. Esq. Sessions was a damn'd liar, and I can prove it; and before Windham County Court in August last, in my ease with Eb..
Sessions, he took a false oath, and God knows it, and I can prove it. At the divers other times and places since, I have expressed myself in
the same way, about said Sessions. And whenever I have so done, I was in a passion, and felt malicious towards said Sessions. My conduct was
exceedingly imprudent, and unjustifiable , as I have no idea that said Sessions was guilty of perjury in the matter aforesaid, or had the least
intention to vary from the truth; I acknowledge my fault, and ask his pardon, and request the public to esteem him, said Sessions, and to view
him as tho no such slanderous words had fallen from me. Witness my hand, in Windham, this 22d day of August, A.D. 1793. Henry Martin. In Presence of Hezekiah Bissell, Moses Cleveland.

833. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: Chapman & Tinker, Shoe-makers, would inform the public, that they have lately set up the business of Shoe-making, in Windham, where they propose carrying it on in all its various branches: and as they have taken pains to procure the best of leather, for Boots, Bootees, and Shoes of all kinds, they flatter themselves they shall be able to give satisfaction to all who shall apply to them for work. The smallest favours will be gratefully acknowledged, and the work done on the shortest notice. They want to hire a Journeyman to said business. Windham, August 23, 1793.

834. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: Eleazer Baker, informs the public, that he carries on the Clock and Watch-making, and Goldsmiths' business in all their various branches, at his shop in Ashford. One or two apprentices about 15 or 16 years of age, are wanted at the above business. August 20, 1793.

835. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: Broke into the subscriber's inclosure the 3d inst. a dark bay horse, five or six years old, about fifteen hands high, trots all, black mane and tail. The owner may have him again, proving property and paying charges. John Griggs. Brooklin. Aug. 19, 1793.

836. WH Sat Aug. 24, 1793: Strayed from the subscriber's enclosure some time in the latter part of last June, twenty-five old Sheep and twelve Lambs, they are marked with a square crop off the left ear, and a swallow's tail in the right year. Whoever will take up and return said
Sheep to the owner, or give information where they may be found, shall be generously rewarded, and reasonable charges paid. Adams White.
Mansfield, Aug. 20, 1793.

837. WH Sat Aug. 31, 1793: Baltimore, August 13. On Thursday last, a schooner, commanded by Capt. Mitchel, on her passage from this town to Choptank, was overset by a sudden squall of wind opposite Kent island, under her mainsail and gib. She had the following persons on board, viz. Mrs. Bloch and her infant, about 8 months old, Mr. John Wilby, Mr. Thomas Thomas, and Elias Brown, son of Mr. Jacob Brown, about 11 years of age, all of this town, together with the Captain, 2 hands and a negro boy. The above unfortunate affair happened about 8 o'clock in the evening after the passengers had gone to rest, and the squall was so sudden that notice could not be given them. Elias Brown, waking with the noise of the water coming into the cabin, gave the alarm, when they all made their escape upon deck, except the negro boy. Mrs. Bloch on getting out of the cabin handed her infant to Mr. Thomas. But the waves running very high he was instantly washed overboard with the child in his arms, and obliged to let the child go in order to save himself, which after some difficulty he accomplished. Mrs. Bloch, Capt. Mitchel and Elias Brown staid in the canoe till the next morning, when they went on shore and sent back the canoe for those on board, and bro't them on shore. Here they remained watching the wreck till evening, when the captain with some others went on board, where he found the negro boy below deck, who requested them to scuttle the vessel, which they immediately did. He had remained in this situation nearly 24 hours subsisting on a watermelon, part of which he had huged in his arms when they drew him out.

838. WH Sat Aug. 31, 1793: New-Haven, August 21. Wednesday last, Elisha Street of Cheshire, was committed to the goal in this city being charged with the murder of a daughter of Mr. John Lee Hitchcock, about five years old. Some of the particulars of which are, That on Tuesday, last week, Mrs. Hitchcock being at home, with two children, both in a cradle, the one above mentioned, and an infant about eight weeks old, the only persons of the family at home; Mrs. Hitchcock observing Street, coming towards the house, with a hoe in one hand, and a club in the other, and had nearly got to the door before she discovered him, was greatly alarmed, from what she knew of his character, and previous conduct, immediately left the house, and the two children, (being under no apprehensions for their safety) and ran to a neighbour's about 50 rods distant; Street ran thro the house, and followed her, till finding he could not overtake her before she reached her neighbor's, left the pursuit, and was seen to return to Mr. Hitchcock's house, going in at one door, and out at another. Mrs. Hitchcock, supposing he had gone off, returned home, where presented to her view, the horrible spectacle of an amiable child murdered, lying over the side of the cradle, her head severed apart, and brains running on the floor, the infant was asleep, having received no injury. The murderer being pursued into a swamp, from whence, on finding he could not escape, made an attempt on his own life, by cutting his throat in two places, but was taken before he had fully effected his purpose, the wound at first, was supposed to be mortal, the blood streaming copiously from it; but he is now in a way for recovery. He has a wife and four children.

839. WH Sat Aug. 31, 1793: The flux rages with very great violence in some parts of the state of Maryland, upwards of 5000 persons (it is
thought) were carried off within a few weeks; and in some places more than two-thirds of families have fallen the unhappy victims of this
depopulating disorder.

840. WH Sat Aug. 31, 1793: To be sold, upon very reasonable terms, A farm, situated in Mansfield, North-Parish, containing about one hundred acres of Land, well divided into mowing, plow land, pasturing, and a good orchard. Said farm is well wooded and watered, and has thereon an excellent grist and saw-mill, in good repair; two houses, one of which is new, and very convenient; and also two good barns. For further particulars, enquire of the subscriber, who will give an indisputable title. Jacob Hovey. Mansfield, Aug. 24, 1793.

841. WH Sat Aug. 31, 1793: Came into the subscriber's enclosure, a few days since, five Sheep, marked with a half crop the upper side of the
right ear, and a half-penny the under side of each ear. The owner is desired to call, pay charges, and take them away. Stephen Brown.
Windham, August 27, 1793.

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