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SHOCKING TRAGEDY NEAR NEW…

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SHOCKING TRAGEDY NEAR NEW YORK. MURDER OF AN ENGLISH EMIGRANT. The New York Herald, of the 3rd ult., gives an account of one of the most atrocious murders ever committed. One of the victims, Mr Alfred Rendall, will be remem- bered by numbers in the neighbourhood of Kington and Hay, as well as in Hereford. Mr Rendall was articled to a solicitor at Kington, and having completed his term was duly admitted, and commenced to practise at Hay. He afterwards abandoned the profession of the law, and applied himself to farming, occupying for some time the Pipton Farm, near Glasbury. Sleepy Hollow, where the tragedy took place, a spot immortalized by Washington Irving, is situated about two miles to the north and west of Tarry Town, and commands a magnificent view of the Hudson river. The pastoral lands are owned and tilled by the numerous farmers whose comfortable dwellings dot the hill-sides, and the valleys impress the beholder with ideas of primitive simplicity and industry. Isaac Van Wart Buckhout, the man who has imbrued his hands with the blood of his wife and that of two of his neighbours, is the son of a farmer, and lived with his wife iii a story and a half' cottage, situate on the upper Siig Sing road, at the place above named. The neighbours award Buckhout the credit of being a quiet, orderly citizen, but his home, and she whom he had sworn to cherish were at intervals saddened by his fondness for intoxicating liquors. At a distance of perhaps a quarter of a mile from Buckhout's dwelling lived Alfred Rendall, an Englishman, who did business as a wine importer and insurance broker, in Pine-street, New York, owning the farm on which he resided, and which adjoined the property of Buckhout. Rendall was in the habit of going to and returning from the city daily, and the two families have always been excellent neighbours, Buckhout frequentlyseeking counsel of Rendall on business matters and the latter as often assisting him, not only with advice, but in a pecuniary way. With Charles Rendall, the son of the man named, and who is about twenty-three years of age, Buckhont was equally intimate, the two being constant companions while hunting, fishing, or enjoying other rural pastimes. On Christmas Day Buckhout and his wife dmed with Rendall and his family, and after the .festival had been heartily enjoyed by the.guests and their hosts, Buckhout requested that Rendall, his son, and the youngest daughter should partake of his hospitality on New. Year's Day. When Saturday morning arrived the daughter, it appears, had other matters to occupy her attention, and abandoned the idea of visiting. Young Rendall also seemed disin- clined to leave the parental roof, but his father urged him, saying that Buckhout was low-spirited, and they would go and cheer him up for an hour or two before dinner. This was about half-past ten a.m., and a few minutes later Mr Rendall, accompanied by his son, was seen by some neighbours entering the residence of Buckhout, and what followed can only be gleaned from the appearance of the premises as they were found shortly afterwards. Not more than ten minutes had elapsed after the Rsn- 1 dalls were seen to enter the fatal house, when Mrs Francis Weeks, living near Buckhout, heard two reports from the discharge ef a gun, in quick succession; but she at first 7 â ' 1. paid no attention to the matter. Her womanly curiosity" prevailed in a shorttime, and she proceeded towards the house, meeting Buckhout, who passed without speaking. On entering the open door a terrible scene presented itself to the woman s hornfied vision, and she fled in terror fronf tne spot, borne other persons who were near caught the %n<k01i g°mJp fcThe h?use> discovered the dreadfvd Son ⢠trage(V- *n sitting-room Alfred Ren- Sl v Seated ,on a chair> Us crossed, dead, surrounded by a pool of blood, his neck having received a murderous charge of buckshot, which separ- ated the carotid artery, and divided the spinal chord, ^T^Stan deatk The deceased still held in his hand a portion of a goblet out of which he had been dnnking cider. And it is thought than when he S saw Buckhout point the weapon at him, he instantly raised Protect himself, and the shot striking tLs car- ried away the upper part of it. Lying bleeding and1 Cfoarfes>RendaU Wi aPartment was found riabt tlS^ v,^t ?gieceived a terrible wound in the right temple, which had penetrated the eye and carried away a portion of the face. In the kitchen adioiâ¢w £ T sitting-room Mrs Buckhout lay apparently dead, her skull smashed in m a sickening manner by blows from a ^iT the stock of which lay in splinters around the ill-ffted. room Having emptied both chambers of a double- C^Vnt^the h*61*9 o{ the Recalls, itd £ Xi b?K entered the kitchen, and, having bfa stock of the gun to fragments on the head of his wife, struck her again with the barrels, ainTn'nrr the haâ¢TVf £ ? triggers into her brain. She expired shortly after being discovered. Charles Rendall at^mre- had surgical attention, but he was still insensible last evening, and it was thought impossible heoSl«Lvive i gAftpr t injuries being considered of a fatal nature. After leaving the house Buckton walked about a mile to the dweUing of Ira Miller, made T confess^ and requested to be taken to Tarry Town as he fbl Town, and gave him into the custodv of pSS?Sd Lawrence, who took him to W?ute Mr Rendall was about fifty-five years of age, and was esteemed by a numerous circle of friends. His bodv was removed to his late residence yesterday afSrriooT Tht W b were also conveyed to'Sing Smg by her afflicted relatives. No motive has yet X advanced for the assassination, and the general impression appears to be| that Buckhout was labouring under a fit of inanity when he perpetrated the shocking deed T. The decased, Mr Rendall, was uncle to Mr R H Barrett, station master, Wem. He came o^r to this country m July, 1868, and was visiting his nephew at Wem, for a fortnight at that time. p ew, at

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