There was stolen about 2,000 dollars in bank notes. Mr. Wells’ brother, who lives on the opposite side of the river, perceived the store closed after breakfast the next morning ... came over, when ... he was found lying on the door weltering in his blood.
COMMENT: No one was convicted of the murder, but about 20 years later a man in New Jersey awaiting execution for another crime, “declared that he had committed the murder of Wills [sic] ... He ... stated such circumstances ... as would probably have been sufficient ... to have produced his conviction.”
Steam-Boat travelling has increased beyond all calculation on the Hudson, since its introduction by Messrs. Fulton and Livingston. There are now plying on the north river no less than five boats, four of which perform a passage from New-York to Albany and the other to Poughkeepsie, and back again once in each week, several of which have carried upwards of two hundred passengers at a trip. — Columbian
Distressing Accident. Yesterday afternoon, Mr. LEWIS RHODA, Mr. Fulton’s chief engineer, accidentally got entangled in the works of the new Brooklyn Steamboat, Nassau, had his left arm torn off, and his neck strained. He survived only three hours! — Columbian
COMMENT: The Nassau had just begun service as a ferry between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The local press was ecstatic about this “new and beautiful boat,” which “surpassed the expectations of the public,” crossing in four to eight minutes. “On the day of her commencement she carried at one time 549 passengers, one wagon and two chairs [two wheeled chariots] with their horses, and one saddle horse.”