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Brazilla Vanderveer murdered in New YorkLast Sunday afternoon, Brazilla Vanderveer, of Red Bank, son of William Vanderveer and grandson of Pearson Hendrickson, was killed in New York city. Vanderveer had gone into a restaurant on Third avenue with two friends named Charles D. McCarthy and Otto Brunz, to get something to eat. While they were still eating, three men who were in the restaurant got into a row with the cashier. They refused to pay for what they had eaten, and in the row the cashier was struck.
When the cashier was struck Vanderveer rose from his seat and went toward the men to see what the row was about or to act as peacemaker. There was some sort of a tussle, and the waiter, Vanderveer, and the men went out of the door together. McCarthy and Brunz got up and ran out to help Vanderveer if necessary. Outside there was a struggle which lasted about a minute, and in which McCarthy and Brunz afterward said they could hardly tell whom they had hold of. Vanderveer was knocked down in the street about halfway between the curb and the car track, and McCarthy was hit twice in the face by one of the men. When Vanderveer fell the men who had swindled the cashier ran off up the avenue, and were lost in the crowd which had collected.
McCarthy and Brunz started to walk back into the restaurant to finish their meal, supposing that Vanderveer had picked himself up and was following them. As they were entering they looked back and saw Vanderveer still lying flat on his face just where he had fallen. they picked him up and carried him into the store, not even then supposing that anything serious had happened and they tried to bring him to conciousness by pouring water on his face and putting brandy to his lips. Brunz ran around Lexington avenue and called Dr. Burke who said Vanderveer was dead as soon as he examined him.
the body was taken into an undertaker's next door to the restaurant, and laid in a box. Only two marks were found on the body. Both were on the face near the right temple, and both like simple bruises of the skin about a quarter of an inch in diameter, one higher than the cheek bone. Not a drop of blood was on the body.
From the description of the men, the police were led to believe that the man who had struck the fatal blow was John Hughes, known to the police as the "dangerous blacksmith." On Monday morning Hughes gave himself up. He said the first he knew that Vanderveer was killed was when he read it in the papers. He also said one of his companions, named David Rushford and known as "Hartford Dave," had struck the blow which killed Vanderveer. The name of the third man was Gus Hurd. Hurd and Rushford belong in Hartford, Conn., and the police of that place have been notified to be on the lookout for them. Hughes was committed to jail.
On Monday an autopsy was made on Vanderveer's body by Dr. Herold of New York. he stated that death was caused by several wounds on the head. The wounds might have been caused either by a blow or a fall, as the base of the skull was fractured.
On Monday Pearson Hendrickson, Vanderveer's grandfather, accompanied by coroner Smith, went to New York. The body was delivered to them, and was brought to Red Bank on the last train that night. It was taken to mr. Hendrickson's house on Broad Street. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church. The interment was in the Presbyterian graveyard at Shrewsbury.
Brazilla Vanderveer was of slight build and rather short in stature. He was much liked by his companions. He was a clerk in the store of James H. Peters and Co. for a while and he afterward acted as a clerk for H. H. Curtis, where he remained for four years. In 1881 he went to New York city and got a situation with Callahan, the hatter, where he had since been employed. He was the eldest son of Wm. Vanderveer. Years ago Mr. Vanderveer left Red Bank for the West. His present whereabouts is not known. Brazilla's mother and sister live with Pearson Hendrickson, mrs. Vanderveer's father. Brazilla was in his 29th year.
Source: Red Bank Register Wednesday, September 22, 1886