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Dallas, Tex., April 23, For the past three days J. J.
Pierce of Tate, Rockwall County, has been in Dallas. He and his
friend, R. B. Willis had a room at the Texas and Pacific house, corner of
Elm and Lamar streets. At an early hour this morning Willis was
awakened and found Pierce in a dying condition. Dr. Burton was
summoned, but too late to save Pierce's life. He had taken a dose of
morphine, thereby intending to end his life, and succeeded. Willis
says that Pierce has threatened self destruction a number of times during
their stay in Dallas.
Pierce had been drinking and spent all his
Yesterday he borrowed a sum of money from his friend, and
with part of it brought some morphine. Willis anticipated Pierce's
intentions and took the deadly drug away from him.
The two men went to their beds last night as usual.
During the night Pierce arose and was asked by his room-mate what he was
doing. Pierce aid he was going out a moment. His room-mate went
off to sleep and the next thing he knew Pierce was in the throes of
Pierce was about twenty-five years of age, and leaves a
wife and child in Rockwall county and a sister at Forney.
At 3 o'clock this morning fire destroyed a house on South
Harwood street, near Fletcher's lumber yard. The house was valued at
$900 and was being erected for George V. Hughes. The building was yet
in the hands of the contractor, but would have been finished in a couple of
Mrs. L. W. Dunn, a resident of South Harwood street, found
out late yesterday evening that her private room had been robbed of diamonds
to the value of $250 and also a quantity of other jewelry. She at once
notified Chief Detective Kirby, who placed George Tucker, a
seventeen-year-old negro who worked around the Dunn property, under
arrest. George was left in jail last night and this morning Kirby took
the prisoner with him and made a search through the quarters occupied by
George. Nothing was found however, and the boy denied all knowledge of
the theft. Mr. Kirby then made a bluff at the boy, when he
wilted. He then took Mr. Kirby to the yard and there unearthed all the
stolen property and acknowledged the theft. George will probably board
for some time to come at the expense of the state.
Yesterday morning a man named Berry was found in a dazed
condition near the Union depot by Officers Price and Gunning. Berry
could give no account of himself, not even to tell his name. He was
bloody and showed hard usage and was sent to the city hospital, where he was
afterward found by his brother and removed to his home on Pecan
street. Afterward Berry regained consciousness and said that the
night before he went into a restaurant on Elm street and had a lunch.
He then started for home going up Elm street. He started to cross over
to Main street through an alley. At the entrance of the alley three
negroes asked him some questions, which he answered and went on. Next
he remembered of being hit over the head, and then all was a blank until he
came back to consciousness at home. His head shows evidence of a
terrible blow and blood flowed freely from his nose and ears. His
pickets were picked of about $24 in money and a good gold watch and
chain. Berry is not yet out of danger, passing alternately from
consciousness to unconsciousness. As yet there is no clew to the
perpetrators of the deed. Berry is a telegraph operator and his wife
is away from home on a visit.
ON TRIAL FOR MURDER
In Judge Tucker's court to-day George Martin was put on
trial for the murder of Delia Close. "The killing took place on
March 16, about 7 o'clock p. m., at the house of Mrs. Covington on Jackson
street. The affair, as told at the time was about as follows.
Mrs. Close and Martin had been living together. The
woman left Martin a few days before the killing and went to the Covington
woman's house. A short time before the killing Martin called at the
house and was alone in the room with Mrs. Close. Shots were heard proceeding
from the room. Mrs. Covington and Mrs. Close's seven-year-old daughter
rushed into the room, then enveloped in darkness, the child remarking:
"George Martin has killed my mamma and I will kill him."
The child was hurried from the room and went into
convulsions. Lights were brought and revealed the woman's dead body
reclining on a sofa. Life had flown and the sight was horrible in the extreme.
A number of shots had taken effect in the woman's head and neck.
Martin had fled by a back way; but was subsequently arrested in the northern
part of the city, where he was resting in a clump of cedars. He did
not deny or affirm the killing.
The day was consumed in obtaining a jury
and at 5 o'clock p.m., only eleven jurors had been selected. It is
understood that Martin's defense will be the insanity dodge.
CHARGED WITH FORGERY
A. Christian, a section Hand at Arlington, has been
arrested and jailed on the charge of forgery, and furthermore has
acknowledged his guilt. Christian came to Dallas with a Texas and
Pacific identification check made out in the name of Dock Davis and signed
by P. H. McCoor, section foreman at Arlington. Both names were
forgeries. Christian obtained the money, about forty dollars, on the
SCALPS BROUGHT IN BY A YOUTH OF SIX SUMMERS, WHO KILLED
THE BEASTS HIMSELF-SMALL PAY.
Special to the Gazette.
San Antonio, Tex., April 23, Martin
Hernandez, a Mexican boy aged six years, who resides on the Leon creek at
the Dwyer ranch, came in this morning and delivered to County Judge
McAllister, the scalps of a large coyote and a good sized wild cat, both of
which animals the boy had killed with his own hands, but under the law, he
only got $1, and had to ride fourteen miles for it after having killed the
Special to the Gazette.
Cleburne, Tex., April 23., Last Tuesday morning Mrs.
Duncan, living in West Cleburne, gave her two boys a chastising for laying
out of school. They are eleven and thirteen years of age. They
left home that morning and went up in the neighborhood of Godley, this
county, and were not heard of until to-day, about 11 o'clock, when they were
returned to their home by relatives. The mother and father have been
looking for them all over and were much relieved when they were returned.
No Smallpox at Corsicana.
CorsicanaApril 23, The two men
arrested ten days ago as smallpox suspects will be discharged from the
pesthouse Monday next. Their cases proved to be varioloid. The
city is absolutely free from any cases of smallpox.
"DIE LIKE A DOG"
S. J. Box Shoots James S. Merrill Twice. Lodged in
Jail-Almost a Tragedy at Hillsboro.
Hillsboro, Tex., April 23, This evening about
7 o'clock S. J. Box approached James S. Morrill who was driving a float for
Mr. S. B. Schuyler, and cried out to him: "Died like a dog" and
immediately fired on him with a pistol. The first shot struck him in
the upper part of the arm, the ball ranging obliquely upwards and lodging in
the deltoid muscle. The second shot struck him in the upper third of
the right leg, ranging obliquely upwards and lodging in the gastronemius
muscle. the wounds, while painful are not painful and not
serious. S. J. Box was arrested and lodged in jail.
The Merchants Who Recently Visited the Packing House Remember
Temple, Tex., April 23, The visiting merchants to the
Fort Worth packing company who were so royally entertained by Mr. W. H.
Masters and his assistant, Mr. Bryan Snyder, freight officials of the Gulf,
Colorado and Santa Fe railroad, acknowledge their appreciation by presenting
these worthy officials with several boxes of the finest cigars that could be
possibly made in our city, (and we have a cigar factory). We were
shown by Mr. Yancey, Mr. Masters' reply expressive of his appreciation of
the kindness of the visiting delegates, and also in the absence of Mr. Bryan
Snyder tendered for him sincere thinks for the kind remembrance of the boys.
Closed on Attachments
Texarkana, Tex, April 23, The hardware
establishment of M. H. Trimble was closed to-day on attachments as follows:
Gate City national bank of this city $3750; St. Louis sash and door works
$1890; and Arkadelphia cotton mills for $500. It is expected that the
total liabilities will reach about $12,000, with assets roughly estimated at
Settled with a Winchester
Paris, Tex., April 23, A reward of $200 is
offered by Governor Perryman of the Creeks for the arrest of Sunny Lucks, a
full-blood Creek negro, who several days ago killed Dixon Scott, a white
man, but an adopted citizen of the Creek Nation. They disputed over
business matters and Lucks settled it with his Winchester.
Lost a Foot
Honey Grove, Tex., April 23, Kinney, a
brakeman on an east-bound freight, in attempting to climb his train, had his
foot seriously injured. It will require amputation.
Burglarly at Ranger.
Ranger, Tex., April 22, Some unknown person
entered the C. E. Terril & Co. drug store and relieved them of
$30. No clew to the perpetrators.
HAPPY SUE LEE
Married a "Mellion Gal"
San Antonio, Tex., April 23, To-day, for the first
time in the history of Texas, a Chinaman married a white woman. The
groom is Sue Lee. He was married under the name of Lee Thompson.
The bride is Mrs. Annie Livingston of Eastern Texas. She is said to be
a divorced widow, and was wedded as Mamie Wilson. A negro preacher,
named T. C. Durham, performed the ceremony at the house of a man named
Lawson. It was private.
Sue Lee has the small frame and almond eyes of his race,
and speaks English very well. He is the proprietor of a lunch-stand in
one of the local variety theaters and is prosperous. Mrs. Lee is a
handsome, blue-eyed and yellow-haired woman, not more than twenty-five with
white teeth and a plump figure. She expressed herself as altogether
satisfied with her choice. The couple will not be disturbed, though it
is claimed that owing to the miscegenation laws of Texas the marriage will
An important meeting of the Chamber of Commerce will be held this morning
at 10 o'clock.
A first class amateur baseball nine has been organized in Fort Worth and will
soon take the field. (Editor's note: The Cats?).
Columbus Williams and Clara Scott were licensed to marry yesterday, also a
colored couple, N. Rainey and Kate Mitchell.
The residence of Alex Winthrop, on the South Side, was burglarized Wednesday
night and valuables to the amount of $40 stolen.
The Women's Unitarian Alliance will hold its next regular meeting at Mrs. J.
H. Martindale's, 208 Taylor street, Friday, April 24.
Nathan Harvey, a negro, was found guilty of horse stealing in Judge Stedman's
court yesterday and given six years in the penitentiary.
Officer Kitts yesterday arrested Louis Girard on suspicion of being a member
of a gang of Kansas crooks. Officers from Wichita, Kan. are expected here
to determine whether Girard is wanted.
John Johnson, a negro, was tried by Judge Stedman yesterday on a charge of
stealing jewelry worth over $20. He was acquitted, but was at once
arrested on a second charge and placed in jail.
A United States prisoner named Morris, arrested in Oklahoma, who is in jail
here, has become insane, and local officers don't know what to do with
him. United States Marshal Knight has been notified.
The Groceryman's protective association held a meeting Wednesday night and
discussed the measures of protection relevant to their system of credit.
Every groceryman in the city is a member of this association.
Mr. J. K. Turner received word yesterday of the death of Charles E. George,
who was known by a great many in this city. Mr. George married Miss Lillie
Waterman of this city, and was killed on his engine in a railroad accident.
It was intended to have a meeting of the city council last night, but several
of the aldermen were out of the city. A meeting will be held to-night, at
which action will be taken on the appointment of policemen. Other matters
will also come up for the council's consideration.
There is nothing new to record in the horrible case, mention of which was
made in yesterday's Gazette. The little girl, Alice Bowman, is in a
critical condition, and early yesterday morning, it was thought she would
die. The grand jury will assemble in a few days and will act on the case.
The children's mission band of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, postponed
from last week, will give their entertainment to-night at the church at 7:30
o'clock. It is expected that all friends of the church and those
interested in missions will be present as they are all cordially invited.
Come and encourage the children by your presence.
Capt. Jack Adams, a well known citizen who came to Fort Worth in the
seventies, died at his residence, 909 Taylor street, yesterday at 6 p. m. of
asthma. Capt. Adams came to Fort Worth from Kentucky and for several years
was identified with business enterprises in this city. He had only been
sick a short time. He was well known, not only in Fort Worth, but in other
places in Texas and throughout Kentucky. The funeral takes place at 4 p.
Charles Thies, a tailor employed by W. S. Matney, yesterday cut T. C. Evans,
formerly proprietor of the cigar-stand in the Hu??ey building, with a razor,
inflicting several flesh wounds and literally cutting Evans' coat to
pieces. Thies was behind in his board bill and was asked to settle by Mrs.
Evans. It is charged that Thies was insulting, for which he was spoken to
my Evans, who struck Thies during the quarrel and then the cutting took
place. Thies is in jail.
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