Contributed by Gigimo
Description: The Monticello Tragedy. Another Version of the Killing of Adam SPEAR by James MOUNCE.Date: February 7 1888
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO
Cerro Gordo, Ill., February 7.
Another version of the MOUNCE-SPEAR tragedy near Monticello Sunday night has been received here. It differs from the first published reports regarding the provocation, and is as follows:
The men had long been enemies, the bitterness gradually increasing, MOUNCE being accused of undue intimacy with SPEAR's wife. From the evidence obtained at the Coroner's jury it is thought MOUNCe concealed himself where he knew SPEAR would have to pass by, and when the latter was unguarded shot him dead. The affair creates the wildest excitement in the neighborhood, as the parties are all well known, SPEARS being a prominent farmer and MOUNCE the owner of a saw-mill. MOUNCE shows little concern, and soon after the killing surrendered himself to the authorities and is now in the County Jail.