SHOOTS WIFE WHEN CRAZED BY JEALOUSY
CHARLES W. SYLVESTER, CONDUCTOR ON NORTHERN PACIFIC, IS ARRESTED AT BELFIELD SOON AFTER THE TRAGEDY
WOMAN MAY DIE AS RESULT
Attention of Other Men Said to Be Responsible for the Act.
Dickinson, N.D. Feb 5.—Charles W. Sylvester, one of the best known passenger conductors on the Yellowstone division of the Northern Pacific railroad, last night shot and probably fatally wounded his wife in their apartments over the Times-Herald newspaper office at Belfield. The bullet entered the woman's stomach and, according to latest reports, she will die. No cause for the shooting is known, although it is said that Sylvester has been jealous of his wife because of the attentions paid her by other men. Since being taken into custody by Constable Like at Belfield, Sylvester has remained silent over the affair. He will be taken to Dickinson tomorrow morning in custody of States Attorney H.A. Bergeson and the deputy sheriff.
Bismarck Daily Tribune, 2-6-1915
CLAIM SHOOTING WAS ACCIDENTAL
Wife of C.W. Sylvester Stepped Between Husband and Another Man.
Dickinson, N.D. Feb 6—Charles W Sylvester, the Northern Pacific railroad passenger conductor, who shot and fatally wounded his wife in their living apartments over the Times-Herald newspaper office at Belfield, Friday night, arrived in Dickinson this morning in charge of States Attorney H A Bergeson and a deputy sheriff. He refuses to talk of the shooting. Mrs. Sylvester's condition remains critical and attending physicians say she cannot live longer than three days. The bullet entered the stomach. While awaiting the arrival of the Dickinson authorities, Sylvester as permitted to be present, under guard, at this wife's bedside at the hospital.
Wife Claims AccidentAlthough Sylvester has refused to talk, his wife told of the tragedy which may cost her life, and claims the shooting was accidental. According to her story, Sylvester had been quarreling with Earl Stevens, the argument became heated and her husband drew a gun, advancing in a threatening attitude towards Stevens. In order to prevent any serious trouble, she stepped in between the men and grabbed her husband's arm. In the scuffle to free himself, the gun was discharged and the bullet penetrated her abdomen. Mrs. Sylvester is at present in the hospital here.
Bismarck Daily Tribune, 2-7-1915