A Killing at Hempstead

Hempstead, Texas, April 4. — This afternoon about 3 o'clock Steve Allchin shot and instantly killed Dick Chambers.  In the melee Allchin received a shot in the thigh, which was serious but not fatal.  The cause of the difficulty was about as follows: In the last issue of the Advance Guard, the county paper, there was a communication under a non de plume which was somewhat stringent on certain county officers, and the sheriff of this county, T. S. McDade, thought it criticized him too severely, and Dick Chambers, the sheriff's son-in-law and deputy, took up the matter and called upon Captain Alsbury, the editor, and demanded the author's name, which was at the time revused, but was afterwards, yesterday or today, communicated to the sheriff or his deputy.  They hunted Allchin, the author, up and demanded a retraction, which was refused.  Some words passed and Chambers opened fire with a pistol upon Allchin, who grabbed his Winchester rifle and opened fire on Chambers with the above result.  There is a great ecitement here over the matter, and many think that the end is not yet.

"A Killing at Hempstead", Gainesville Daily Hesperian (Gainesville, TX), Friday, April 6, 1888, p. 1, col. 8.

Also see:
Austin Weekly Statesman. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 12, 1888 Page: 1 of 12.