Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Arrest of the Murderer SPRY.Date: January 16 1880
Newspaper published in: Cairo, Illinois
McLeansboro, Ill., Jan. 14.
Capt. W. B. GARNER and Deputy Sheriff John T. BARNET arrested Benjamin W. SPRY, of whom mention was made in yesterday's Republican, for the murder of Lum ROWDEN near Pittsburg, in Jersey county, in this state on Jan. 5, and for whom it is understood there is a reward of $400 offered. The prisoner answers the description exactly, and says that he and ROWDEN had an old grudge and he had been to the grocery and was going home past ROWDEN'S house with a double-barrelled shot gun and deceased followed him, and the boys hallooed and told him that deceased was cocking his gun, and the, the defendant, fired and heard ROWDEN halloo and supposing he had killed him immediately left; but he did not know for certain that he had killed ROWDEN until told so when arrested today. The deputy sheriff and Capt. GARNER will start for Jerseyville with the prisoner on the 1:45 train in the morning. There is no question as to his identity. The prisoner is about nineteen years old.