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THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, May 10, 1873
MATTERS IN MAINE
Honorable Nelson Dingley, Jr., of Lewiston Journal will probably receive the
gubernatorial nomination of the Republican party.
A DOUBLE MURDER!-LYNCH LAW-A terrible tragedy occurred at Chapman
Plantation last Tuesday night. It seems that James Cullen, a native of New Brunswick,
broke into the store of David Dudley, at Ball's Mills, and stole a pair of boots and some
other articles, last Saturday night. As he was known to be a desperate character, Deputy
Granville A. Hayden took two men with him as assistants, Messrs. W. H. Bird and
Thomas Hubbard. They traced the burglar to a shingle camp occupied by one Swanback,
and captured him there without resistance. He acknowledged the crime and promised to
return peaceable with the officers. As the hour was late they concluded to spend the
night at the camp. After midnight Swanback and Bird were awakened by a noise and saw
Cullen chopping off the heads of Sheriff Hayden and Mr. Hubbard. Being unarmed they
ran for their lives, pursued for some distance by Cullen, who brandished the axe reeking
with blood and yelled like a madman. They succeeded in escaping and spread the alarm.
A party headed by B. J. Hughes started for the camp which they found a pile of smoking
ruins, under which lay the charred bodies. Several armed parties started in pursuit of
the murderer, and one of their party found him secreted in the cellar of his residence in
Mapleton. He was dragged out, bound and the captors started for Presque Isle. They met
a party from that place who took possession of the prisoner, led him to a tall tree, gave
him a few minutes for prayer, put a noose about his neck, threw the other end of the
rope over a limb, and taking hold strung him up, and left him hanging till he was dead.
These horrible murders, so swiftly and terribly avenged have created an intense
excitement not only throughout the county, but through the state. Mr. Hayden was a
young man greatly respected. He leaves a wife and one young child. Mr. Hubbard
was a young unmarried man, of excellent reputation. Cullen, the lynched murdered
leaves a wife and child at Mapleton. Since the above was in type we have from a
correspondent at Presque Isle a fuller account of the affair, which will be found in
Mr. J. K. Osgood has been meeting with a warm welcome in his labors for the cause
of temperance in Aroostook. At Houlton 140 signed the pledge at the close of his first
lecture, and a reform club was at once organized. At subsequent meetings in Houlton
400 signed the pledge. Mr. Osgood is not now making the tour of the whole county,
but defers his visit to Presque Isle and other points till the travelling is better.
Mr. Stickney, of the Sunrise speaks out promptly and decidedly in condemnation
of the Lynch law, and we trust the public sentiment of the community about him will
him in it.