On the third floor of the
tenement No. 58 North Second
street, E.D., last night, a
drunken ruffian named Samuel
Chatterton, beat and kicked his
wife to death in the presence of
her children. The pair were
married eighteen months ago, but
Mrs. Chatterton had two children
by a previous husband. Since the
marriage Chatterton has done
little work, but has drank the
product of his wife's toll. Mrs.
Chatterton was about to become a
Mrs. Chatterton left the rooms
yesterday morning to do some
washing and collect money from a
Mrs. Woods, on First street,
near North Sixth. Her husband
left at the same time and did
not return until noon, when he
was partially intoxicated.
After drinking a pint of beer
purchased by the little boy, he
lay down on the lounge and slept
until the arrival of his wife,
in company with Mrs. Cocheu,
wife of a prominent citizen of
the Eastern District, Mr.
Frederick Cocheu, at five
o'clock. He inquired where she
had been, and receiving a reply
that she was working, coupled
with the remark that he should
have been doing the same instead
of lounging around grogeries, he
became enraged. He then asked
her for money, and was refused.
He next called her vile names
which reflected on her chastity,
and seizing her by the hand
struck her violently on the face
and head. He next pushed her to
the wall and struck her head
against it several times. At
this point the two children
entered and were about UNITING
THEIR SCREAMS with the
unfortunate woman's when he
threatened them if they did so.
Mrs. Cocheu was also about
interfering but another threat
from the rum crazed man quieted
The children crouched in a
corner while the brute continued
to pound the mother. She raised
her hands to protect her face,
and, as a consequence, they were
badly cut and bruised. Horribly
beaten and bleeding from gashes
on the head and face she sank
tot he floor. He then desisted,
and after the lapse of a few
minutes she arose and sat in a
chair. She several times
attempted to reach the bed, but
was unable. He AGAIN DRAGGED HER
TO THE FLOOR and kicked her
several times. She lay there
bleeding and almost senseless.
After a while, realizing to some
extent what he had done, he
placed her on the lounge.
Mrs. Cocheu then left. When she
had gone he sent the boy for a
pint of beer and offered the
wife a glass, which the children
think she drank. He next sent
the boy to Ackey's restaurant,
on Grand and First streets, to
beg for fragments left on the
plates by patrons.
The boy returned with some meat.
He was next sent to drain the
lager beer kegs standing outside
saloons. When he returned at
eight o'clock his mother was
lying on the bed, where she had
been placed after falling off
the lounge. The boy next went up
Grand street and did not get
back until nine o'clock. Then a
Miss McNamara, who resides on
the next floor, told him that
his mother was dead. His father
prevented him from crying.
The children remained in the
room sobbing in a corner while
the father lay on a lounge until
10 o'clock when a Mrs. McCarron
entered. She inquired after Mrs.
Chatterton saying that she had
got work for her to do next day.
She was told that she was lying
on the bed. Mrs. McCarron then
procured a light after finding
Mrs. Chatterton cold and
motionless, and was horrified to
find her dead.
She immediately started to
inform the police of the Fifth
Precinct and alarmed the other
occupants of the house.
When Captain Weglom, accompanied
by Detectives Short and Holland,
arrived they found the woman
lying on the bed dead and the
children were crying bitterly. A
few women stood around the
bedside. Chatterton had fled.
Captain Woglom went to a
neighboring saloon and found him
in the act of leaving in company
with a man named "Jackson"
McDevitt. He was arrested and
locked up in the Fifth Precinct