The Assassination of Ex-Sheriff McDade — Arrest of the Supposed Murderer.
HOUSTON, Tex., Nov. 27. — [Special.] — Ex-Sheriff Thomas S. McDade of Waller county was shot down and killed at an early hour last night at his home in Hempstead, fifty miles from Houston, by an unknown and cowardly assassin who succeeded in making good his escape after committing his bloody deed.
From all that can be learned it seems that the murdered man had left the bedside of one of his children, who was sick, for the purpose of going to the cistern to get the little sufferer a drink of water. He had hardly closed the door as he went outside when the cowardly wretch in concealment turned his gun loose on the unsuspecting victim, who fell mortally wounded and very soon afterwards died.
The assassin must have left the scene of his terrible deed immediately after firing the fatal shot, as a number of citizens hastened to Mr. McDade's home upon hearing the report of the gun, but no traces of the assassin could be found.
This morning, at 1 o'clock, Sheriff George Ellis of Harris county, living in Houston, received a telegram from Deputy Sheriff Thornton of Waller county asking for the loan of bloodhounds to track the murderer. Sheriff Ellis wired back that he had no hounds, but that they could doubtless be obtained at Cunningham's or Ellis' sugar plantations, in Fort Bend county.
The reporter called at the jail in this city this morning and visited Jack McDade, a nephew of the murdered man, who with Dick Springfield is under indictment for the killing of Allchin in Hempstead some months ago, and were sent here for trial on a change of venue. Young McDade was a deputy under his uncle towards the close of the latter's administration. To the reporter he intimated his belief that the assassination of his uncle was instigated by thirst for vengeance on the part of Allchin's friends. Be this as it may, however, the murder of poor McDade was cowardly, cold-blooded and most dastardly in all its hideous bearings. He was elected to the shrievalty fourteen ago and for seven consecutive time the people of Waller county evidenced their confidence in him by re-electing him sheriff. In September last he resigned the position and retired to private life.
He was known as a brave and efficient officer and commanded the high respect of his fellow-citizens. He was essentially a man of peace and during his official career seldom went armed. While firm and fearless in the discharge of his duties, he never became involved in difficulties or feuds, and in all probability never drew a gun on a human being in his life.
This afternoon parties from Hempstead arrived in Houston and stated to Sheriff Ellis that a young man named Blassengame (sic Blassingame) had been arrestd on suspicion, the horse the assassin rode having been trailed from McDade's house to the home of Mrs. Allchin, widow of the late Steve Allchin, killed by J. McDade at (sic) Springfield. Blassengame has been attending to the affairs of the Allchin estate.
"The Assassination of Ex-Sheriff McDade.", The Times-Picayune, (New Orleans) Wednesday, November 28, 1888, p. 2, col. 3.