Joseph H. Jaeger, the German tinsmith who, on the 10th inst., was assaulted by Joseph Slavin, and had his left jaw fractured, died yesterday at St. Francis hospital from his injuries. Jaeger kept a tinsmith's shop at No. 203 Spring street, and leaves a widow and six small children. A young girl named Mary McCue, who works in a cigarette factory, lives in the same house with her aunt, Mrs. Fennessy. She had been keeping company with Slavin, who has the reputation of being an idle, shiftless fellow. He had formerly been employed us a bar tender in a Varick-street liquor store, but for some months has been loafing about doing nothing. On the night of the 10th inst. Slavin and the girl quarreled on the street, and Slavin struck her in the face. She ran through Jaeger's tinsmith's shop into his apartments in the rear, where she took refuge with the Jaeger family. Slavin followed her, but Jaeger locked the door so that he could not enter. He went into the back yard and smashed the windows with a brick. Then he went away. Some time after Jaeger went out, and Slavin met him on the corner of Spring and Varick streets. Slavin assaulted him and struck him across the face with some blunt instrument, evidently a slungshot, fracturing his lower jaw.
Slavin was arrested, but Jaeger, fearing the vengeance of his companions, refused to make a complaint against him. He grew gradually worse, and on Wednesday last, when his condition became critical, the police were notified. Acting Captain Robb sent a general alarm out to all the police stations in this city directing the police to arrest Slavin, but he is still at large. On Friday Jaeger was removed from his home to St. Francis Hospital, where he died yester day. Coroner Martin has been summoned to hold an Inquest in the case.
New York (New York) Times, August 24, 1884.