Contributed by Susan
Description: A Dastardly DeedDate: January 21 1878
Newspaper published in: Chicago, Ill.
A Dastardly Deed
Early on Saturday evening, January 19, the Twenty-second District was the scene of an unprovoked, malicious, and most brutal attack, one which will undoubtedly prove fatal, and so resolve itself into a murder. About 8:30 o’clock two young roughs went into Peter SCHMIDTS’ butcher shop, 1580 State Street, with the intent, it is thought, to rob the place. Circumstances proving unfavorable, however, they asked a few trifling questions, and then suddenly ran off, one of them taking with him off the chopping-block a long sharp knife. The pair ran south on State Street, turning west on Thirty-seventh Street. Just after gaining the corner they met Hugh McCONVILLE, a painter, residing at 1960 Butterfield Street, who was returning home from an adjacent grocery, accompanied by his niece, a young girl of 15. One of the thieving roughs seized the girl, and started to drag her away from her uncle. He promptly aided her, and made short work of the two scoundrels, when one of them, with an oath, drew the butcher knife alluded to, and striking at McCONVILLE, cut a fearful gash across the abdomen. The poor fellow was picked up and carried into a neighboring house, where Dr.
MARLEY found that the abdominal sack was severed, and pronounced the wound fatal. There is scarcely any chance for the wounded man’s ultimate recover, though he may linger for several days. He is 36 years old, has a wife and several children, and is a man of excellent reputation. At time of writing McCONVILLE is still alive but very low. The villains who assailed him have not been captured.
At 2 o’clock this morning McCONVILLE was reported still dying, but very low, his physician stating there was no hope of his recovery.