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A Shocking Affair

Perth Courier, December 10, 1875

Shocking Affair—Last Saturday a man named Henry Lever of Montague, brother to Daniel Lever of Bathurst, was brutally attacked by his uncle Nelson Weedmark and beaten senseless with the butt end of a gun after first being shot at by his assailant. In fact, we have heard just before going to press that Lever is dead leaving a wife and five children behind him. The brutal attack occurred opposite Weedmark’s house near Smith’s Falls. Both were considered “hard cases” and whiskey was to blame for engendering the hard feelings. Weedmark has given himself up. (Transcriber’s note, see article in next week’s paper, Mr. Lever apparently had NOT died.)

Perth Courier, December 17, 1875
Committed: The attempted murder on Saturday last—Nelson Weedmark of Montague was conveyed to the Perth gaol to await the action of the General Sessions regarding his violent assault upon Henry Lever in that township a few days before. On Wednesday morning of this week the Sessions, not being competent to adjudicate on so serious a case as this presented, committed Weedmark to trial at the next Spring Assizes on the charge sustained by the finding of a True Bill by a grand jury, having assaulted the said Henry Lever with intent to kill. The offence constitutes what is called in law a “capital felony” and involves capital punishment.

Owner of originalBev (Weedmark) Alexander
Date29 Jun 2009
Linked toHenry Lever; Horatio Nelson Weedmark

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