The Shooting of Herbert Partridge

From Partridge Nest

Today I stumbled on a series of newspaper articles concerning the shooting of Herbert Partridge of Brooklyn, New York. I cannot identify this Herbert as yet, so provide this merely as fodder for your enjoyment.


Knife and Revolver Weapons of Death in Midnight Fight

Between Widow’s Alleged Brother and Suitor for Her Hand

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 – Like a fight in medieval times, where two knight fight for the favor of milady was the duel to the death today between two men, one armed with a long knife, the other with a revolver. The duel was fought in the home of the woman for whom one man will die and the other stand trial for murder.

Mrs. Jennie Smith, an attractive brunette, said to be in business near Wall street, lived with her two children in their apartments in Bradhurst avenue. Her husband is dead. Herbert Partridge, an accountant in a Wall street firm, has been renting rooms in the house for several months. He was constantly with the widow.

However, there was another suitor for her hand. This was Charles Jahn, an athlete of New Rochelle. The two men had quarreled several times.

Last evening Jahn called on Mrs. Smith. As he was about to leave at midnight, Partridge entered. he had been drinking. The men quarreled and finally Partridge drew the knife.

Jahn drew a revolver and fired three times just as Partridge was upon him with the knife. One bullet lodged in his head, another in his cheek and another in his arm. He fell to the floor dying. Jahn left the house.

When the neighbors rushed in they found Mrs. Smith kneeling beside the dying man, her two children cowering in the corner.

At the police station Mrs. Smith said Partridge was her brother. She would tell nothing more. As Jahn had a good reputation. It is expected that he will give himself up to the police today.


Partridge Didn’t Want Jahns About and started at Him With a Knife

Herbert Partridge, a bookkeeper in the employ of a Wall street auditing company was shot three times early yesterday by Charles Jahns, a stenographer, in the apartments of Mrs. Jennie Smith, at 18 Bradhurst avenue. Partridge, who is 34 years old, was known to the other tenants in the house as the womans brother.

Jahns escaped and Partridge was taken to the Washington Heights hospital in a dying condition.

Two years ago Partridge boarded in the Smith home, when the woman was still living with her husband. Mrs Smith has two daughters, Grace, 6 year old, and Gladys, a year younger. Her husband left her and she came to this city with her two children. She held a position with a brokerage firm in the Wall Street district. Partridge went down town with her every day and returned with her at night.

About eight months ago Mrs Smith met Jahns, who is 24 yean old and employed by by the Adams Express Company. He is six feet tall, weighs 176 pounds and is of athletic build. He lives in New Rochelle with with his widowed mother. Partridge came home one night several weeks ago and found Jahns in the parlor talking wlth Mrs. Smith. He ordered Jahns out, and rather than have any trouble Jahns left.

Partridge told Mrs. Smith, she says, that that he did not want Johns coming around, and if she did not keep him away there would be trouble. Mrs Smith said the man was not doing any harm and that he ought not to get so mad over his calling. Jahns called on Mrs. Smith Tuesday night and remained until late. Partridge came home at 1 o’clock yesterday morning and found Jahns in the parlor.

Partridge said: “I thought I told you to stay away from here. You know you are not wanted here, and if you don’t keep away there will be trouble.”

“I see no reason why I should not be permitted to call as long on Mrs Smith cares said Jahns.

“Well, we’ll see about this,” replied Partridge. He ran Into the kitchen and returned a moment later with a long carving knife. Jahns was cool and told him to put the knife down. He tried to argue with Partridge.

“I’ll either finish you or you will put me out of business,” said Partridge as he made a rush for Jahns. There was a small table in the parlor, which Jahns used to keep Partridge away from him, but when he saw that it was to be a duel to the finish he told Partridge to drop the knife or some thing would happen.

The two children were awakened by the commotion and the tenants on the floors below were aroused. Johns pulled a revolver from his pocket and as Partridge came for him Jahns fired three times. The first bullet struck him in the centre of the forehead going into the brain the second hit him in the right forearm and the third went through his right cheek.

Mrs. Smith fainted. When she came to Jahns had left. The two children said Jahns picked Mrs. Smith up, put her on the sofa and went out.

Partridges chances for recovery are about even. Mrs Smith was arraigned in the Harlem court yesterday and sent to to the House of Detention as a witness. The two children were sent to the Gerry society.


Coroner Harburger was called to the Washington Heights Hospital yesterday to take a statement from Herbert Partridge who was shot in the head at 184 Bradhurst avenue last Wednesday morning in a quarrel over a woman. Charles Johns, a stenographer, is charged with the shooting. Partridge could not talk. He nodded in the affirmative when asked if Johns shot him. If he recovers he will not be able to talk, the physicians declaring his power of speech was paralyzed by the bullet.


  1. The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, October 03, 1906, Last Edition, Page 8
  2. The sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, October 04, 1906, Page 7
  3. New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, October 08, 1906, Page 14