Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Mecham Murder Case.Date: September 11 1879
Newspaper published in: Cairo, Illinois
We learn that the authorities of Pulaski County have placed Mrs. MECHAM and the hired man who was in the house at the time of the assassination, in the county jail, and will hold them to answer for the murder. If the reports that have reached us concerning the intimacy that prevailed, at one time, between Mrs. MECHAM and another hired man, named Jim YOUNG, are true, it might serve a good purpose to look after Mr. YOUNG. He was seen in the vicinity a few hours after the murder, and the fact that the ferocious dog knew him may explain the animal's silence. MECHAM was maintaining an insurance of $1,500 on his life, and had been heard to boast that when Dr. ARTER'S will was read, that it would be found that the old Doctor had made him a present of the farm upon which he (MECHAM) was living. If this be true, and if it be a fact that Mrs. M. has confessed that the promised YOUNG if he would come back at a certain time, they'd enjoy the home together (not intimating how they would dispose of MECHAM), the several facts taken together, furnish a clew that should be carefully followed.