29 September 1885
Austin, Sept. 29.
The city is again agitated over four mysterious outrages which were committed west of the capital at 2 a.m. The victims are all colored, and were servants in the employ of Mr. Dunham. Mrs. Gracie Vance and Mrs. (sic) Orange Washington were murdered outright, and Lucinda Boddy and Kitty Johnson were fatally injured with an axe. Oliver Townsend, a negro, has been arrested on suspicion, and the police and deputy sheriffs of the city are out in search of other suspected parties.