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Campbell - William


Source: Lafayette Morning Journal, Thursday, August 7, 1890

William Campbell, of New Richmond, Arrested for Subordination of Perjury - Another Chapter in the Chappell-Ross Affair. The Chappell-Ross nuptials last Sunday morning at Romney seem to have been the preface to a series of interesting incidents, and, while the event was undoubtedly a happy one to two of the interested parties, it has proven a sad one for two others. John Chappell, Mrs. Ross' father, has developed a determination of character and a clarity of action that promise to be detrimental to the future liberty of two gentleman, one of whom, Thomas Whitecotton, has already been introduced to the readers of the Journal. Whitecotton was the witness who swore that Mrs. Ross was of a marriageable age. When arrested he claimed that William Campbell, a saloonist at New Richmond, had made him drunk and induced him to do what he did. On the strength of this statement Mr. Chappell yesterday had a warrant issued for the arrest of Mr. Campbell, charging him with subordination of perjury, an offense with two to twenty-one years imprisonment clause attached to it. Deputy Tom McKee was entrusted with the warrant and started for New Richmond. It was a long drive but Tom got over the ground in good time, offered Mr. Campbell a seat in the buggy and placed him behind bars at 12:30 this a.m. It is pretty generally understood that Tom knows just what to do with a warrant and has made his number of important arrests in his short career as deputy. Mr. Campbell asserts his innocence. Whitecotton claims Mr. Campbell gave him a number of drinks and then filled a bottle from which he could revive himself en route to this city. He says that after he sampled the contents of the bottle he knew no more. From that he thinks he was drugged. Mr. Campbell enters a general denial to all these assertions and says he is ready to prove his entire innocence. This case gets more interesting every day. Mr. Campbell is a brother-in-law of Treasurer Florer and that and that adds considerably to the importance of the case. But there promises to be other developments of an interesting character. Mr. Chappell owns the David Shuee farm in Jackson township. The broad and fertile acres of this farm and the commodious farm mansion adorning it are well known factors of the real estate wealth of Tippecanoe County. That his handsome daughter should choose to leave this grand estate and live in a log cabin, is one of the enigmas of the hour. Love certainly had much to do with her choice but, before this case ends, there may be other reasons asserted that will cause quite a ripple. Mr. Chappell has announced his determination to use the law in righting the wrong he claims has been done to his daughter, and the word finis cannot be written yet.  - typed by kbz
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