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Early Texas newspaper extracts containing genealogy data.  Obits, marriage and death notices.  Events and happenings across the state of Texas are included in this collection.
Fort Worth Gazette
Fort Worth, Texas Newspaper Extractions 1891
Various clippings mentioning people all over Texas.
This page contains April 24, 1891
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April 2-3, 1891 Sept 1893 Dec 10, 1894 Dec 18 & 20, 1894
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April 24, 1891
A SUICIDE
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 money.  
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 death.  
Pierce was about twenty-five years of age, and leaves a wife and child in Rockwall county and a sister at Forney.
 
MORE FIRE
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 days.
 
Dallas, Tex., 
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.
 
DALLAS THUGS
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 check.
 
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 wild beasts.
 
Truant Kids
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.
 
SUBSTANTIALLY REMEMBERED
The Merchants Who Recently Visited the Packing House Remember Their Friends.
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 $16,000.
 
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 not hold.
 
LOCALETTES
 
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. m. to-day.

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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