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Publication: The Penticton Press add link
Issue: Vol 1 No. 14 , Saturday, October 20, 1906
Title: Murder at Carmi Mine

The Penticton Press

Vol. 1 No.14 PENTICTON,B.C., Saturday, October 20, 1906 $ 1.00 Per Year In Advance


Two Men Killed and Third

Wounded as Result of Drunken Row

Murderer Captured at Grand Forks

At 8:30 P.M. last Sunday a shooting affray occurred at the Carmi Mine about four miles from Beaverdale, and resulted in the death of two men, Peter Goodrow and Joseph Celle and the wounding of a third, David Smith, ?Scotty?.

The perpetrator of the crime, James A. Dale, who is about thirty five years of age and was born in Missouri, lived at Carmi with his wife, father and uncle. Dale and his wife have been running the boarding house at Carmi for about two months. He was well known in Greenwood and district.

It appears the two deceased and the wounded man came back from Beaverdale about supper time more or less the worse for liquor. The youngest of the party, Joseph Celle, on going to supper handed Dale a 22 rifle to take care of. After finishing the meal, Celle asked Dale for his gun. Dale denied all knowledge of it.. This started the row. Meanwhile Dale?s wife went and got the rifle and handed it to another man to give to the owner., who than left the house and proceeded with his two companions to a shack at the north end of the town. Dale, who is said to be a man with a very violent temper, and who was also under the influence of drink, went and got his rifle saying he was going to kill the Frenchmen. On reaching the street he immediately opened fire on the three men who were than some two or three hundred yards ahead. The three men apparently took no notice of Dale?s shooting, as owing to the darkness his shots were evidently going wide. On reaching the shack, one of the two lit a lamp, Dale than appeared at the window and shouted for Smith to come out as he was going to kill the Frenchmen. Smith refused to go out and Dale opened fire wounding him in the left shoulder. He then fired repeatedly at the two Frenchmen, killing both..

Meanwhile the remainder of the men in town under Mr. Musgrave, the manager of the Carmi mine, attempted a rescue, but Dale opened such a hot fire on them that they had to take refuge in the post office. After shooting a dozen or more rounds into the post office, Dale cleared out.

The wounded man and the two dead bodies were taken to Greenwood where a coroner?s inquest was held on Tuesday morning. Peter Goodrow was shot through the throat, and Joseph Celle, who was about nineteen or twenty years of age, just below the heart. J.W. Edmonds, special constable from Penticton arrived at Carmi on Wednesday, and in company with Mr. Musgrave, J.P.. visited and examined the cabin where the murder was committed. The cabin is about eight by ten feet in dimensions.

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Murderer Captured at Grand Forks

There were several pools of blood on the floor, while on the wall hung a rifle and a shot gun.. It is evident that if the three men were not at the time paralyzed with either fear or drink, they could have easily defended themselves.

Several special constables were appointed to hunt down the criminal, and the provincial constables throughout the district were notified that Dale was captured at Grand Forks on Wednesday. He is described as a man of about five feet six or seven inches in height, stoutly built and of a dark complexion..

Murderer Attempts Suicide

Penticton Press, Saturday, October 27, 1906

James A. Dale, who murdered Joseph Celle and Peter Goodrow at Carmi last week attempted to kill himself shortly after his capture on Wednesday afternoon by James A. Dinsmore, constable at Grand Forks. He cut his throat with an old knife nearly severing his juggler vein. As a result Dr. W. H. Dixon believes there is little chance of his recovery.