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The Holt County Sentinel
The Holt County Sentinel
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Description: Horrible Tragedy. HIGGINS

Date: August 4 1865

Newspaper published in: Oregon, MO

Page/Column: 2

An awful occurrence took place on the 21st., in St. Clair county. Two brothers, John and Tiff HIGGINS, who had lately been mustered out of the United States service, went together to mill, where they remained nearly all day. They were both married men, and lived near together. Returning home in the evening they stopped at the house of their mother, a short distance from where they lived. It appears that the wife of John HIGGINS and his mother had been engaged in a family quarrel,in consequence of which John was greatly enraged and embittered against his mother. After the brothers had been a short time at their mother's house John began to use violent language, abusing and threatening his mother, and finally made an attempt to kill her, using a bowie knife, with which he stabbed her three or four times about the neck and breast. Tiff immediately interfered to protect her, when his brother turned upon him, drawing his revolver and firing at him three or four shots in quick succession, the last of which wounded him slightly in the left arm. Tiff returned the fire with better aim, shooting his brother through the heart and killing him instantly. After caring for his mother he went to Osceola and delivered himself to the authorities. Mrs. HIGGINS is said to be mortally wounded. It is thought Tiff HIGGINS will lose his mind.

(Mo. State Times.)

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