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THE WESTERN STAR, 4 October 1890

W. N. Kington, of this city, received a dispatch Wednesday morning that his son Reuben, formerly of this city had been stabbed to death Tuesday night, Sept. 30th., by a man named Evans, at Hennessy, Oklahoma. Mr. Kington took the first train for Hennessy, and returned here yesterday with the remains and they were buried at 4 o'clock in the city cemetery. The Particulars. A letter from Hennessy, written the day after the tragedy, gives the following particulars: "A man named Evans was building a store for Mr. Richardson. Across the street from him, Reuben Kington and Steve Parker
were building one for another party. Somebody told Kington that Evans had criticized the front they were putting in. Kington met Evans in the drug store and charged him with what he had heard. Evans denied it and they had a few words and Kington struck him once or twice, slapped him like. Evans started to have him arrested and Kington called after him that if he did he would whip him, this was just before 6 o'clock. About
half past seven, Evan's son and another man were on the street and Kington had been told that Evans' son was looking for him. Kington stepped up to him and said: "I understand you are looking for me." "No,"
said Evans, "I am not." "Well," said Kington, "I called your father a g___ d___ liar tonight." Evans said he was not. Kington said he was, and
a very few words were passed when Kington struck at him once, some say twice, when young Evans stabbed him. Kington did not know he had been stabbed, but called out, "he has got a knife, boys, catch him." A dozen or more people were around. Some one stepped up to Kington and saw the blood upon his shirt and said, "He has cut you, some one go for the doctor." Kington said, " he did not cut me, I am all right." Someone said, "let us go into the light and see." Kington said, "all right," but before he got to the sidewalk he sank and was carried into a restaurant and never regained consciousness and in a few minutes was dead. Evans walked away and was arrested without trouble. It all occurred in the presence of several parties and in less than a minute after they met."

Rueben F. Kington was a son of W. N. Kington of this city, and has father, mother, brothers and sister residing in this city and county. The deceased was born in Warsaw, Ill., Oct. 24th, 1850, consequently would have been 40 years old this month. He resided in his native state of Illinois until the summer of 1884, when he removed to Anthony, Kans. and in the fall of the same year came to this county and proved up a claim. He has lived here continuously ever since, following his trade as
a carpenter, until last January, when he went to Hennessy to work at his trade. He was unmarried. During his residence here he sustained the reputation of being a peaceable and industrious citizen. His sudden and tragic ending is a sad blow to his aged father and mother and his relatives and friends. The Star deeply sympathizes with them in their bereavement.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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