R. E. B. Buford

June 20, 1893

BUFORD IS A BAD ONE, A FORMER TREASURY CLERK ARRESTED UPON TWO SERIOUS CHARGES

Washington, June 19 -- Chief Post Office Inspector
Wheeler tonight received a dispatch from Inspector Sharp, at Chattanooga, announcing the arrest at Pensacola, Florida, of R. E. B. Buford, who is charged with sending threatening and abusive postal cards through the mails to Hon. William Windom, late Secretary of the Treasury and Hon. T. B. Coulter, until recently Auditor of the Post Office Department, and that the prisoner had been committed to jail by the United States Commissioner in default of $10,000 bail.  The inspector also stated that Buford murdered Deputy Marshal Lestrange, at Center Hill, Florida, November 24, 1890, to avoid arrest for this offense.

Buford was at one time a clerk in the Sixth Auditor's office here, and although he attended to his duties, it is said he neglected his family.  His wife appealed to Sixth Auditor Coulter to compel her husband to provide for his family.  This Buford did for a time.  Buford then requested the privilege of resigning, with one month's leave, which was granted, and he left the city.  Mrs. Buford asked Auditor Coulter for some of the month's pay due Buford, which he failed to take with him.  The Auditor, after consultation with Secretary Windom, decided to give her a portion of it to defray her living expenses.

In the meantime, Buford wrote to Mr. Coulter for his money.  He also communicated by postal card with Secretary Windom and the Postmaster General regarding the matter, and referred to Mr. Coulter in a profane and abusive manner as a rascal, scoundrel and thief.  These epithets were sent to Mr. Coulter, who turned them over to Chief Post office Inspector Wheeler.  An inspector was detailed on the case, with the above result.



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