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A HORRIBLE STORY. The Murderous Work of a Kansas Maniac.

Many of the most mysterious and startling everita have 6ccdrrea in this county during the last three yeara, and by a moat horrible and sensational discovery made in the Flint Hills the key has bWn obtained to the eeriea of mysteries. In July, 1883, « fumily by the name of Fentwek arrived from Now York and proceeded by team to a spot near che soutn west cornet' ot the county, they camped. Being iv search ot Health, and having at command a plentiful supply of money, fney made tho cump u pleasant place aud seemed to by supremely happy. The birthday of the youngesc child, little Katie, took place about a week after their arrival, ai.d tho event was celebrated by a Uttle feast and jouhcation. «,J H h er i a M her ' BV f r indul Sent, yielded to the wish of the little maiden, and presented her with a locket of antique workmanship, and ot considerable value. Alter the happy dinner was over Katie, the child strayed, laughing and einging, away from camp, and was never seen a»ain Becoming alarmed at her ' proWod absence, tae fath Qr made a frantic but tfui'lera search. Almost distracted with grief he returned to camp, just in time to seek shelter from the most violent etorm that probably ever visited Cbautauqua county, ireea were uprooted and the brawling streams became overflowing rivers Whon the tempest euba.ted a search party was got together, and, although among them were some of the most expert trackers in the Cnerokoo .Nation, no traco of Katie could be discovered. It was believed that she had besn drowned in eomo of tbo swollen streams. Early in December George ISiUers, the hall-breed mail-earner, s-taifced on hid tti weekly trip from Sudan to Peru, and novor arrived. His horse wan found by a searching party quietly feeding in the don*e timber aud stripped of saddle and bridle, In the spring of the next year Elmer Johnson started out to hunt equirro's and Liiled to roturn. His gun was found with the stock smashed, and beside it lay his hat with a profusion of blood upon ir, but tho boy himself had disappeared as mysteriously as the others. It was thought at the time that he had been killeu by either a bear or puma. Last September a party of young men, who had been camping ] U at across the liuo in the Territory, arrived in Sedau and told of finding a covered waggon vuth the skeletons of two hoi sea tiod to it. Upon investigation the facts weio found to be as they had stated. The waggon was old and weather-beaten, and as near as could be judged, had been in tho ?amo position for as much as a year. It* contents were a few unimportant articles. ±\o trace of human beings could bo found. Un February 12th, Oscar Beach, in company with Frank Hoveor, a halt breed and mulatto, was hunting within a half mile of the Nation lino. They peparated, aud Beach was never again seen. The halfbreed was suspected of having murdered his companion, bnt nothing camo of it. When tho D., M. and A. railroad first began the grading and cutting at what is known a? tho Caseado, the> brought a gan-j; of Italians under the management of an Irishman, Pat Durfee by name, who is almost a prodigy of strength. Durfee, had a habit of swearing a heavy gold neck-chain. For several consecutivo nights the Italians, who camped, in the timber in weather-beaten tent*, complained that they were frequently aroused by some one prowling about tho camp. Durfee ridiculed their fear, but became impre??e"i with their earneatnoss, and co remained on the waich in the midst of the camp He fell aslcop, but, was aroused by feeling his watch-chain torn from him, and eat up, only to see a figure bounding away in the starlight. Plucking forth his xevolvor he fired, and the Sgure fell, with a yell of pain and fury that sounded like the roar of a wild beast. As Durfee approacned tha prostrate figure arose, revealing a rcan over six feet tall, clad in a fanta-tic garb of leather and with an indescribable look of fierceness. He hurled a huge club at Durfee, who attempted to fire again, but was knocked senseless, while the stranger bounded away in spite oi a bulJet in his leg. As soon as Durfee recovered he started in pursuit with the Italians and a number of the Irish graders. Three Cherokees acted as guides They followed deeper and deeper into the heavy timber and entered the wild and broken Flint lulls. Late in the day they were suddenly halted by a largo stono striking one of the Italians on the head, felling him to the ground. From behind a huge boulder sprang the object of the pursuit with Indian yells, and rushed deeper into a jungle like a hollow in the bills?, that was almost impenetrable. The hollow ended abruptly at what looked like the mouth of a cave. Here the wild man made a stand, partly concealed by a large stone, and began to throw missiles with unerring aim in tho midat of the pursuers. Three men fell, and Durfee rire f l every load in his pistol, but without more than wounding tne strange being. Emboldened by hie success he rushed at the little band of Italian?, brandishing a huge club and roaring like tho maniac that he clearly showed himself to be. Right and left he struck stunning blows, and men went down like ninepin«. The Irishmen were all armed with clubs and strove to disable him, but without avail, while the Italians drew their long knives, buteeemed powerless to stay the savage onslaught. Finally Durfeo dodged a stroke of the deadly club and closed with the maniac, but was hurled to the ground, in spite of his great strength. But this gave the Italians an opportunity, and, wild with anger, they swarmed upon him. The long knivas were used so vigorously that the raving man sank to the ground, cut and slashed all over bis body. In a tow moments he breathed his last, As he lay with hie features diatorted and foam on his lips, one could hardly repress a shudder of d'-ead at hiafrightflu appearance. His face was tanned by exposure to about the colour ot sole leather and was seamed by terrible scars. His nose was broken and had grown horribly distorted, and half of his upper lip had been torn away, exposing teeth like fange. A tangled mat of irongrey hair covered his head and tho lower portion of his face. Claeped around his wrists were a pair of heavy eteel bands, from one of which depended a link of a chain. Upon entering cave and following a winding passage some twenty i*et long, a horrible sight met tho eyesof thesearcheis. Upon a ehelf of rock was a crhastly array of grinning human skulls, to the numbe/\ of sixteen, and in the centre of the cave lay a neatly arranged pile of human bones. There was a rude fireplace and a few cooking utensils, and a couch of dry grass and BkinB near. Hanging from a series of pegs driven into rifts in the wall were an apaortment of articles of all descriptions, There were the saddle and bridle of the murdered mail-carrier, and near hung the empty pouch. There were the clothes of poor Elmer Johnson and the gun of o<icar Beach,

and nearly a hundred article?, the ownerBhip of which was not known. The maniac* | treasures were found in a pocket rift in the wall. ' There was tho' locket df"iittle Katie Een^wek, and articles of all kinds and all of value. The'rqanai'c Vaa eearchect and Durfe6'« watch chain I ' was- discovered. The Ttalians buried tho body in a shallow gully and covered , it with atones. Id is bolioved that the maniac was a half-breed membor of the Delaware tribe, who had become insane several yeara before, and,had escaped With 1 hia irons still upon him and was suppoaed to have died from exposure. The greate-it excitomonfc prevails here, and* t.he cave is daily visited by sight-eeere. Mr. Fentuek had been notified and will arrive to morrow, ivll the bones have been buried excepfc those that are supposed from their size to be those of little Katie.

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A HORRIBLE STORY. The Murderous Work of a Kansas Maniac., Te Aroha News, Volume IV, Issue 179, 20 November 1886

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A HORRIBLE STORY. The Murderous Work of a Kansas Maniac. Te Aroha News, Volume IV, Issue 179, 20 November 1886

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