Weekly Stockton Democrat
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
Sunday, 13 Dec 1857

MURDER of WILLIAM SNELLING -- On Saturday evening week, Dec. 5, about 8
o'clock, a man named W.W.C. EDWARDS host Wm. SNELLING, at Snelling's Ranch,
on the Merced river. It appears that EDWARDS had a difficulty with
SNELLING's brother-in-law some time since, which he transferred to
SNELLING's in the following manner:

The parties had eaten supper at the hotel in that place, when EDWARDS,
while in the bar room, turned upon his victims, whom he had preceded out of
the dining room, and said, "There's William SNELLING, a s-- of a b----,"
and at the same moment raised his pistol and fired at him, the ball
entering SNELLING's side, passing through the lungs, and coming out on the
opposite side.

SNELLING fell against the partition, but recovering himself, drew a
Derringer pistol and fired at EDWARDS, who jumped over the counter and
dodged behind it as he saw SNELLING drawing a weapon, thus escaping injury.
EDWARDS then ran out of the house, when he was met by the Sheriff, who
caught him and wrenched his pistol from him. EDWARDS managed to escape,
however, into a thicket close by, and was soon out of reach.

SNELLING's family was immediately sent for, who came to find their
protector in a dying condition, as the attending physician stated there was
no hope for his life when our informant left, about half an hour after the
cowardly deed. Three parties started out in pursuit of EDWARDS, and are
determined to spare no effort to arrest him. SNELLING is said to have been
a very peaceable man.

Transcribed by Dee Sardoch
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