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Description: North Carolina Tragedy – Shelburne and McCloy MarriageDate: March 14 1878
Newspaper published in: Bridgeton, NJ
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 3
NORTH CAROLINA TRAGEDY
For two years past Miss Ada McCloy, a beautiful and highly respectable young lady, the youngest daughter of a widow living ten miles from Clay Court House, has been engaged to Wm. Shelburne, who is twenty eight years of age. About a year ago Shelburne, who is a native of that county, secured a position as clerk in a cotton house in New Orleans. He bade his lovely little sweetheart farewell, and after many assurances that he would soon return and make her his wife, mounted his horse and left.--During his absence he and his affianced corresponded regularly, and on Christmas he sent her a gold watch. Never were lovers more devoted. The United States mails never bore more touching epistolary missives than those which passed between the parted lovers. Three months since the young lover wrote that his salary had been raised, and that he was coming on to claim his treasure. Last Monday week he returned and was married on Friday afternoon,
It was his intention to leave for New Orleans the first of the next week, after receiving congratulations of the few friends in this sparsely settled part of the State.—The young couple retired to their chamber. The widow and her remaining single daughter testified that they fancied they heard angry voices in the bridal chamber, but they laughed away the idea, thinking in the goodness of their hearts that it was the wind howling around the heights of the Blue Ridge, near which the house stands. At 7 o’clock next morning their was a commotion in that house. The new-made bride, with hair disheveled and her lithe form clad in a loose-fitting wrapper, startled the household by cries of “Willie, my darling, come back.” In answer to the afrighted questioners she cried, “He has gone to Simpson Foster’s; stop him!” Then without answering any further questions, she herself rushed to the stable, made the hostler saddle a horse, mounted and rode off at a tearing rate. Simpson Foster is a young man, aged twenty-two, living about three miles from Miss McCloy’s. He recently returned from college, where he graduated with distinction. When she reached the barnyard a harrowing sight met her gaze—the handsome form of Simpson lay on the ground covered with blood, and her husband was coolly mounting his horse and riding off.
What led to the tragedy was made known on the 2d of March. The night previous, when the newly-married pair retired, the husband, to his horror, discovered that his wife was enceinte. He accused her of it, and she confessed that she had been seduced by Simpson Foster five months ago. She said she had sworn that she never would betray him, and begged her husband’s forgiveness, saying she despised her seducer and loved only her husband. The husband remained in the house until morning and turned a deaf ear to the appeals of his wife. He seized a double-barreled shot-gun, and mounting his horse, went to the farm of the man who had dishonored him. He called Foster from bed, and, when the seducer opened the door, fired one barrel at him, which took effect in his right shoulder—Simpson staggered forward on the veranda and, saying, “What have you done?’’fell.
The unhappy girl, the unfortunate bride of a day, died in the night, after having given premature birth to a child. Although Simpson Foster the young student who had accomplished Mrs. Shelburne’s ruin, was terribly wounded iu the right shoulder by the infuriated and betrayed husband, he is now pronounced out of danger. Mr. Shelburne, immediately after the shooting, left for parts unknown, absolutely refusing to see or speak to his dying wife, who, while she retained consciousness, pitiously declared her love for her deceived husband and her contempt for Foster. The indignation against the latter is great, and as Mr. Shelburne’s friend’s have taken the matter in hand, and it is thought that as soon as he is informed that Foster will recover he will at once return for the purpose of killing the scoundrel. The sad affair has created the most intense excitement throughout that section of the country, owing to the high social position of all the participants and
the popularity of the young people, who were universally esteemed.