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Description: Unknown Assassin Shot Him, While Charles NELSON Was Sitting on a Bench with Mrs. STAPLES, His Bicycle Companion.

Date: July 3 1897

Newspaper published in: Baltimore, MD

Chicago, July 2.--While Charles NELSON, of 3238 Graves Place, a stenographer, sat on a bench in Washington Park last night, with his companion on a bicycle ride Mrs. Margaret STAPLES, of 1__7 Michigan avenue, an unknown assassin fired three bullets at him from the cover of a lilac bush.

One bullet entered NELSON's body near the heart, another pierced his neck and the third wounded him in the leg. NELSON was taken to a hospital, where the physicians pronounced the wounds fatal.

After firing the three shots the assassin ran away and was soon lost sight of by the crowd which had been attracted by the shots. The cause of the shooting is unknown.

Mrs. STAPLES' husband, from whom she has been separated, is a salesman. She is being detained by the police as a witness in case the assassin is found.



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