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October 11, 2016

June 22, 1864 Three Men Arrested on the Pacific Railroad Train, Executed as Spies, Warrensburg, Missouri

Mr. A. D. Davies to be Shot.---
Mr. A. D. Davies, the former editor of The Times (Rushville, Ilinois) left bore some several weeks ago, on a business tour through Missouri. Last week his wife received a letter from him dated forty miles from Kansas City, May 1st, containing the following information. 
A station on the Pacific Railroad, for Kansas City. When within forty miles of their destination (near Warrensburg, MO) they were arrested by a party of men calling themselves Federal soldiers, were examined and sentenced to be shot as rebel spies. 

He further states that the man who was in this town in company with Sheriff Mets and Judge Clem (Bates County former sheriff?), was with the party and recognized him. One hour was given him to write to his family, but before he finished his letter he was called upon for execution. The letter was mailed at Warrensburg, Mo. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his sad fate. 

Rushville (Ill.) Times, May 20. (1864)
 It was the organ of the Democratic party, and the leading and prominent men of that political organization in the county were the stockholders. Messrs. Scripps & Johnston conducted the paper until 1859, when both retired, and Andrew J. Ashton took charge for the Company.
Mr. Ashton was succeeded by A. D. Davis, who held control for three years. He some time after was elected superintendent of schools, and was in other ways honored by his fellow-citizens; but no withstanding these repeated honors, he turned away from an honorable career and went to the bad. He was succeeded in the management by J. C Fox.

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