The year 2013 ended with 58 known homicides in the city of Camden, which perhaps is more a statement of the human condition than anything about the city in particular. One thing that many of us would prefer to deny, is that there are some people who are flat-out evil, and apparently John Hill, the murderer in this instance, was one of them. He had been implicated in the drowning of 14 year-old Perry Jordan in the summer of 1891 and had attempted to kill bar-owner Daniel Hurley three weeks before this shooting.
John Hill unsuccessfully attempted to implicate his employers in this murder. They were acquitted. He was tried, convicted, and hung in April of 1893.
The Camden County Republican Executive Committee held a meeting at No. 210 Market street on Saturday. Chairman Charles A. Butts announced the following standing committees: Finance — Messrs, Stafford, Horner, and Boker. Printing — Bonsall, Blowe and Campbell. Campaign — Wagner, McKinley and Baird. Naturalization — Young, Stockton and Peters. William T. Sloan and Frank Green were appointed assistant secretaries. It was decided to hold a mass meeting at the Camden County Court House on Thursday and extend an invitatino to General John A. Logan to be present and address the meeting.