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Transcribed by Dee Sardoch
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>Tuesday, 1 Aug 1871<<
ATTEMPTED MURDER -- Vengeance of a Deserted Wife -- One Woman Shoots
Another -- The Wound Believed to be Fatal!
Considerable excitement was created about half-past 8 o'clock last night by the report that 1 woman had shot another at the Grand Hotel. The facts, as nearly as we were able to ascertain them, are these:
A lady arrived at the Central Pacific Railroad depot on the westward bound train due at 1:28pm, and took passage in the Yosemite House omnibuss yesterday, and upon arriving at the hotel, was shown to room 26. Her name was entered on the hotel register as "Mrs. STEPHENS, Tahoe."
On the way from the depot to the hotel she asked the driver if, on his way, he passed the Express office, and the driver replied that he did not. Subsequently, she made inquiries of the whereabouts of the operator in the office of the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Co., and learned that he boarded and lodged at the Grand Hotel, Centre street. In the evening she procured a hack, went to the Grand Hotel and was shown to a room on the 1st floor; but she refused to accept the one to which she was assigned, expressing a desire to occupy one on the next floor, indicating the part of the house she preferred. She was then shown to room No. 19, which opens into the same hall and is situated almost directly opposite the room occupied by the telegraph operator above alluded to, and a woman which he has represented to be his wife. Shortly after the newly arrived woman was shown to her room, 3 pistol shots were heard, and the new comer left the house and requested Edwin L. DOLE, the owner of the Grand Hotel omnibus, to direct her to the Sheriff's office.
On their way along the street, she asked where the Express office was, and being shown, she stepped into the telegraph office adjoining, caught the operator by the collar and remarked: "I have done it at last; I have shot her 3 times, and I ought to kill you," and so saying made an effort to pull a pistol from her breast, but was prevented by her hand being caught by Mr. DOLE. She kept hold of the operator, saying that he was her husband and that he had got to go along. They both then went along to jail and were locked up.
At the Grand Hotel it was found that the woman, whom the operator claimed as his wife, had been shot 3 times, receiving 1 flesh wound on the right shoulder, 1 bullet having passed through the thigh, inflicting a severe wound, but breaking no bones, and the 3rd penetrated the centre of the abdomen and passed almost directly through the body.
Dr. Samuel LANGDON was called, examined the wounds, found 2 of the bullets, but failed to discover the 3rd. The Doctor thinks the intestines are wounded, and her recovery is a matter of great doubt. The wounded woman called for her husband, but that gentleman was not forthcoming. The operator and the wounded woman arrived at the Grand Hotel, as shown by the register, on the 29th of June last, under which date the following entry is made: "N.J. SAVIERS and wife, Carson, Nev.," and they have been constantly living there since excepting a few days that the man was absent. When he left particular instructions were given to have his wife well cared for.
At 11 o'clock last night the woman who fired the shots was suffering greatly in jail from nervous prostration. On her arrest at the prison, a Smith & Wesson 5-shooter, with 3 barrels empty and 2 loaded, was found upon her person. It appears that she has recently been quite ill and that she had only been 3 days out of a sick bed before she arrived in this city.
P.S. Just as we got to press we learn that the wounded woman is suffering great pain and that her symptoms are decidedly unfavorable, and her recovery considered hopeless.
>>Wednesday, 2 Aug 1871<<
THE PARTIES in the LATE TRAGEDY -- Mrs. N.J. SAVIERS, who shot her husband's paramour at the Grand Hotel on Monday evening last, greatly recovered yesterday from the nervous prostration suffered by her during the previous night. She is apparently about 40 years of age, and her husband is said to be 27. She is the daughter of Dr. GLENN, of Placerville, and formerly was Mrs. SEELY, wife of Benjamin F. SEELY, formerly a resident of El Dorado county.
She obtained a decree of divorce in the District Court of the 7th Judicial District of the State of Nevada, on the 4th day of November, 1867, Judge CURLER presiding. A certified copy of this decree she brought with her to this city, and has placed the same in the hands of the officer of the county jail. She has also a marriage certificate, showing that she was married to Nelson J. SAVIERS, at the town of Stillwater, Churchill county, Nevada, on November 4, 1867. The marriage ceremony was performed by Hon. Benjamin CURLER, Judge of the 7th Judicial District of that State, in the presence of J.M. GRAY and H.H. CHANDLER, attending. Witnesses. The marriage was recorded Nov. 9, 1867.
It appears that up to the middle of June last she was wholly in ignorance in regard to the intimacy existing between her husband and the woman who is believed to be lying at the point of death. Mrs. SAVIERS manifested the most devoted affection for her husband, and has no fault to find in him other than the breach of faith which drove her to desperation and which resulted in the tragic occurrence already known to our readers. She avers that she had not the most remote intention of injuring him -- in fact, she declares that it would be impossible for her to do him any personal harm.
The woman now lying at the point of death has, we are told, had 3 husbands -- the 1st named WOLF, the 2nd named CODDINGTON, who at one time is said to have been a member of the Nevada Legislature, and the 3rd named LAKE, who is said to be still living.
CONDITION of the WOUNDED WOMAN -- The woman who was shot at the Grand Hotel on Monday evening last, is gradually sinking and no hope is entertained of her recovery. Justice BROWN was instructed by the Deputy District Attorney to take her deposition, and the magistrate went to the hotel for that purpose, but found that the woman believed she would recover. The husband of the woman who fired the shots visited the wounded woman at the hotel last night and remained with her about 15 minutes. He was accompanied by 2 officers.
HABEAS CORPUS -- N.J. SAVIERS, husband of Mrs. SAVIERS who shot the woman at the Grand Hotel on Monday night, was taken before Judge BOOKER on a writ of habeas corpus, yesterday, and no sufficient cause being shown why he should be discharged, he was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff. He is held on a warrant charging him with being accessory before the fact.
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