Mr. E. O. Randolph killed his wife at Middlebrook in this county on Saturday night last by stabbing her in the abdomen and arm. She died on Sunday morning. E.O. Randolph is the same person who was tried here some time since as a spy, who a few weeks since stabbed Dr. McCheaney, and who accidently shot Mr. Jacob Prubeck last week. He is either very unfortunate or a very bad man.
That's right dontcry. He could be a circus kife-thrower who's going through a rough patch.
But back to the good stuff, the lead sentence in c_b's original citation is quite firm. "Mr. E. O. Randolph killed his wife at Middlebrook in this county on Saturday night last by stabbing her in the abdomen and arm." That's far more than any modern newspaper can say, who would probably render it "Mr. E. O. Randolph has been charged with homicide over the death of his wife ... " etc. Yet the last sentence then backs right away with "very unfortunate or very bad" and there's no sense (to me) that it fulfills the distancing function of the modern style. It's just tersely ironic.