Monday, January 6, 2014

A Memphian Killed at New Orleans, 1879



On Saturday last a paragraph in the Appeal stated that a telegram had been received here stating that F.M. Cash, formerly of this city, and son of the late Frank M. Cash, of this county, was shot and killed at New Orleans on last Friday.  The remains of Frank Cash reached here Saturday afternoon, and were interred at Elmwood cemetery.  The New Orleans Picayune, of Saturday, the fifteenth instant, gives the following account of the sad affair:

"The numerous homicides during the past few weeks have caused much comment in our city, and aroused the indignation of the entire community, owing to their frequency.  None of them, however, created so great a sensation as the tragic encounter which took place at noon yesterday on Magazine street, between Lafayette and Poydras streets, between two gentlemen well known among the produce merchants, Messrs. J.S. Adams and Frank M. Cash.  The merchants, whose offices are situated on Magazine street, in the block specified above, a little after midday were startled by the report of two pistol shots in rapid succession.  This being an unusual occurrence in that locality, almost every person in the vicinity rushed out into the street and saw Cash standing on the sidewalk, immediately in front of Adams's store, No. 93 Magazine street, holding a revolver, yet smoking, in his hand.  Just then three shots were fired from the store, returned by Cash, who fired three more shots and fell.  The crowd rushed toward him, and it was discovered that he was wounded.  The greatest excitement prevailed for a few minutes.  Cash was conveyed to the drug store at the corner of Camp and Poydras streets, where stimulants were administered by Dr. Russell.  It was learned immediately after the shooting that Cash had been wounded by J.S. Adams, who surrendered himself to Mr. S.K. Russ, and went with him to the Central station.  Cash, who is a man of twenty-three years, the stepson of Mr. T.A. Hamilton, commission merchant and in his employ, was removed from the drug store of Dr. Russell to the residence of his stepfather, Nos. 163 and 165 St. Charles street, and Dr.s Cullen and Choppin summoned to attend him.  Upon his arrival at his place of residence the most heartrending scene ensued.  His other, upon seeing her dear son brought home, almost lifeless, when but a few hours before he had left the house the very picture of health, burst into tears, and throwing herself across his body, wept bitterly.  She questioned him tenderly concerning his condition, but the youth, though suffering excruciating pain, and feeling death fast approaching, took his mother's hand and softly, whispered, "Mother, I am too tired to speak."  Dr. Cullen just then entered, and, upon examination of the wound, which was in the right side of the abdomen, just above the groin, pronounced the patient beyond all hope of recovery.  the physician's diagnosis was a terrible and unexpected blow to the sorrow-stricken mother.  She bent over the prostrate form of her son, who was gasping for breath, and covered him with caresses.  Her profound grief moved to tears the men who were present.  Dr. Choppin soon arrived, but could do nothing for the dying youth, who expired as the physician entered the door.  Judge Sheehan had also repaired to the house, but could obtain no statement from the deceased.  He asked him if he wanted to make a statement, but received a negative answer, and the unfortunate man turned away and breathed his last.  Adams, charged with the shooting, was arraigned before Recorder Sheehan and remanded to the parish prison without bail.  After Cash had expired a reporter of the Picayune repaired to the scene of the meeting which terminated so tragically to institute inquiries and obtain all the details possible concerning the affair.  There were many contradictory reports as to the causes of the difficulty, and many seemed quite reticent in furnishing the desired information.  It appears, from what could be learned, that for some time past there had been an ill feeling existing between the two principals in the affair.  Adams, some time since, had been in the employ of Mr. Hamilton, but had severed his connection with the office and joined Mr. Martin in the butter and cheese business.  Yesterday Frank Cash called at his store in relation to a certain bill, and an altercation followed.  It is said that Cash struck Adams, and they engaged in a fisticuff.  Cash was then observed--with his clothes in disorder, as if he had been in a scuffle--to retreat to the sidewalk from the store, and drawing a pistol, fired two shots in the store.  Adams responded by firing three shots, after which Cash again fired three shots, emptying his revolver, and fell.  It is supposed, as four chambers of Adams's pistol were found empty, that he must have fired the fourth shot about the same time with Cash's last three, and that it was that shot which took effect and caused Cash's death.  The bullets from the latter's pistol, a Smith & Wesson, buried themselves in the doors and posts of the store, while those from Adams's weapon, a Remington, were not found, with the exception of the one which killed Cash and one which lodged in the tin gutter leading to the sidewalk from the roof of Messrs. Barstow & Deeves store, on the south corner of Magazine and Lafayette streets.  One of the employees of this store was sitting in the doorway, and had a narrow escape, as he was near the line of fire and the bullet passed within a few inches of his head before it struck the gutter.  It is said that as Adams was on his way to the statio of Mr. Charles Cash, the brother of the deceased, who had heard that his brother was fatally wounded, followed Adams and attempted to seek revenge, and shoot him.   Adams, seeing him, rushed into Mr. George P. Cran's store, on Poydras street, and secured a hatchet.  This second encounter, however, was frustrated by Mr. W.H. Byrne and one of Mr. Adams's friends, who disarmed both men.  An autopsy was held, and the inquest continued to a future day."
Originally posted in the Memphis Daily Appeal March 18 1879

Frank Cash Killed
Frank M. Cash, Jr., who it will be remembered by many, went to school at the college here five years ago, was killed in a street fight in New Orleans last Friday, by a man named Adams.  Frank was a popular, well-loved boy while here, and his friends learn of his death with deep sorrow.
Originally posted in the Milan Exchange March 20 1879

Francis M. Cash Jr. is interred at Elmwood Cemetery with his parents.

1 comment:

  1. Great piece on Mr. Cash. I've been working with a woman who is doing some research on the Cash family. I gave her a 'link' to your blog. I'll think she'll find that story VERY interesting. Good job Mary.

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