The Landmark, Statesville North Carolina
Newspaper articles contributed by Twylla Teer and abstracted by Elsie Arcuri.
Some of these articles were almost impossible to read. PLEASE view microfilm before accepting it as fact.
ult. = last month
inst. = present month.
Periods intentionally omitted after abbreviations, initials, etc.
Feb 18, 1881
In Alexander county on the 4th inst. of typhoid fever, Mrs Amanda E Stine, wife of Mr John Stine.
Mar 11, 1881
In Alexander county on the 5th inst. Mr Allen Alexander, aged 73 years, the father of Messrs J L Alexander of this place and T C Alexander of Mooresville.
In Alexander county near Little River postoffice, on the 22nd of February, Mr Joseph Bradburn, leaving a wife and six children.
In Alexander county on the 24th of February, at the residence of the bride’s mother, by Richard Sharpe, Esq, Mr Wm Lackey and Miss Amanda Gooding.
In the same county on the 15th of February, Mr Andrew Watson and Miss Alice Rogers.
Mar 18, 1881
At the residence of E M Stevenson Esq in Taylorsville on the 16th inst. by Rev T G Thurston, Dr H McD Little and Miss Addie H Bogle.
April 15, 1881
Dr King and N T Summers Esq are looking around for shoals on which to put up mills and a cotton factory if they can get a company. The are negotiating for the Cheatham Shoals in Alexander county on the South Yadkin River. There is another shoal on this stream some 2 1/2 miles below near the Harris Ford, but the parties owning it ask for it unimproved what it would be worth after being improved. I hope parties holding such property will be reasonable and not drive such enterprises from home.
In Alexander county on the 3rd inst. by Rev M A Holler, Mr James Honeycutt, aged 70 years and Mrs Rhoda Goodnight, age 40.
A Remarkable Turkey
Mrs Bettie Lackey of Sharpe’s township, Alexander county has a turkey hen that is a wonder in a way of egg-laying. She commences laying in the spring and continues until she has enough eggs to set on, and while she is setting her nest has to be watched everyday to keep the newly laid egg from spoiling. After she hatches, and while raising her brood, she keeps right on laying until the feathers all come off her and in the dead of winter has to be wrapped up to keep her from freezing to death. The truth of this story is vouched for by Mrs Lackey and by persons of the neighborhood whose veracity cannot be questioned.
Apr 22, 1881
In Salem, on the 14th, Mrs Sallie Dobson, wife of Solicitor Jos Dobson.
In Sharpe’s township, Alexander county on the 16th inst, Mrs Cynthia Thompson wife of Mr James Thompson, aged 75 years.
April 26th, 1881
ROCKY FACE, Alexander Co NC
A gentleman of this place has received from his brother in Alexander a letter giving an account of the remarkable occurrence, containing some interesting facts supplemental to the communication published above. He says that with the falling of the rock there was a mighty crash and the earth trembled perceptibly. Trees of a foot in diameter were cut off at the roots and fell with their tops up the mountain while others were taken roots and all to the loot of the eminence. The falling rock is supposed to have contained 4.000 to 5.000 cubic feet and it took down with it thousands of tons of earth and rock.
May 6, 1881
A ROCK SLIDE
A Genuine Sensation in Alexander County – A Mountain Rock Falls from Its Place to the Ground Below!–
A correspondent writes us from Rocky Face, Alexander county, as follows:
The Rocky Face is a mountain of considerable size in Alexander county about six miles northeast of Taylorsville. A large part of the eastern side is naked rock. At the upper edge of one of those naked spaces lay a large granite rock known as the millstone rock from which material has been taken from time to time for millstones. The rock that remained was about twenty by forty feet long and varied in thickness from three to four feet. On the morning of April 25th about eight o’clock, a still and foggy morning it left its long resting place and came down the mountain without anything to interrupt it’s course for about one hundred yards, when it came in contact with some earth and timbers and projecting rocks, which it swept across. It carried everything with it to a width of one hundred feet over another smooth space of about one hundred yards, where it stopped, near the foot of the mountain, in one mangled mass of rock, timber and earth. The crash it made as it was hurled down the mountain beggars all description. The large rock is broken in many pieces.
What could have caused the falling is what we are at a loss to understand.
G A Allen
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA – Alexander County
In the Superior Court
Eli M Stevenson, Adm’r of a A M Bogle, dec
against E M Bogle, Absy K Bogle, Wm H Bogle and Joseph Bogle, heirs at law of A M Bogle, dec’d
Special Prosecuting to sell land for Assets.
This is a Petition to sell real estate for assets and the defendants all being non-residents of this State, are hereby commanded to appear at the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court in Taylorsville, Alexander county on or before the 30th day of June 1881 and show cause if any they have, why the Petition of the plaintiff shall not be granted. And let them take notice that if they fail to appear before the 30th day of June 1881 and show cause in any they have, why the Petition of the plaintiff shall not be granted. And let them take notice that if they do fail to appear and answer with the time aforesaid they will be deemed to have waived all objections to said petition. Given under my hand and seal of office this April 29th, 1881.
W A Pool, CSC Alexander County.
Jun 3, 1881
In Alexander county on the 31st ult. Mr Henry Alspaugh, formerly a resident of Statesville aged about 35 years.
June 17, 1881
A Prisoner Escapes
The authorities of this county last Tuesday arrested Jeff Warren of Alexander on a capias issued from the clerk of Alexander court to the sheriff of Iredell. Warren has been living in this country for sometime past and was wanted in Alexander for an affray and slander. Sheriff Mayes of the county last named in company with Mr S J Lumsden, left here Tuesday with Warren in a wagon. At stony Point the prisoner asked the sheriff to stop over to his father’s house near by and ask his father to go on his bond. While the sheriff was gone Warren escaped from Mr Lumsden, leaving his hat and coat in the wagon and though seen and talked with on the road-side, Wednesday, by parties who were passing, he has not been re-arrested.
In Alexander county, on the evening of the 10th inst, Mr Alfred Woodward was kicked on the head by a mule, knocking him senseless, in which condition he has since remained. His life is despaired of.
July 17, 1881
The Alexander Tragedy
A correspondent gives us a circumstantial and well written report of the Alexander county tragedy, which has been the chief topic of conversation in this community for a week past. The funeral exercises took place last Sunday, and the burial was attended by a great crowd of people from far and near. A crime so utterly atrocious has never been committed in this region, and the authorities of Alexander county should leave no stone unturned to bring the guilty perpetrator to justice. As yet there is no clue giving very strong hope of the apprehension of the murderer.
MURDER MOST FOUL AND ROBBERY ADDED TO IT
Miss Caroline Thompson of Alexander County, Brutally Murdered and All Her Father’s Money Stolen
Reported for The Landmark
Margaret Caroline Thompson a maiden lady of about 50 years of age daughter of Mr James Thompson, of Sharpe’s township Alexander county was brutally murdered at the door of her father’s house on Friday last by some person or persons unknown. The fact of this terrible crime as gathered by the coroner seem as follows:
Mr Thompson partook of quite a late dinner in company with his daughter on Friday noon and then, leaving his daughter in charge of the house went to his plowing which was about three quarters of a mile away. There he staid hard at work until about sundown when he returned to his home. Arriving at the gate he took the harness from his horse and went through towards the kitchen a small out building near by, intending to leave his harness there as was his usual custom but as he neared the kitchen he saw his daughter Caroline lying flat on the ground near the kitchen door. Thinking she was sick and having no serious thought concerning her strange position, he spoke to her asking what was the matter and receiving no reply he bent over her and then realized that she was covered with blood and was dead.
In his great agitation at this terrible discovery he hurried to the house to see if robbery had been committed as well as murder and found his worst fears realized. Everything of value had been stolen and his mortgages, notes, bonds, and money were gone and the floor strewn with bed clothing and wearing apparel taken from the chest where he had secreted his valuables. Before leaving home at noon Mr Thompson had taken the precaution as he had only commenced to do lately to lock up his house and put the key on top shelf of the cupboard in the kitchen. He told his daughter where the key was then went to the field as before related. He left her rendering quite a quantity of beeswax and alone excepting the presence of a large and ferocious dog which he kept to guard his home from danger.
When he realized the full extent of his loss and the terrible fact of his daughter’s foul murder he hurried to his nearest neighbor telling him as he met him. “I’m ruined! and somebody has killed Caroline! Oh help me, come to the house quick!” Mr Kennedy was the neighbor called. He hurried to the house and found it was only too true. He raised an alarm and roused the neighbors far and near and soon they commenced to arrive from all quarters.
No sign or trace could be found of the murderer except his terrible work. His victim lay cold and still as he had left her. She lay with her face buried in a puddle of clotted blood, her right arm under her and across her breast, her left arm was drawn up in a position of as if she had tried to use after being felled to the ground. Beside of her, lying to her right, was an axe covered with blood and hair showing plainly with what terrible means her murderer had killed her. The ground towards the gate for more than ten feet from the body was spattered with blood showing the brutal force spent in making ” [?] work.” A more horrible spectacle from correspondent has never witnessed. Ver_ it was a murder in “coldblood”. Her murderer had dealt her [?] terrible blows with the pole or blunt of the axe, any one of which would have been mortal, they all penetrated the brain to a considerable depth. On her body no wounds or bruises were found and Dr Little reports no evidence of an attempt at outrage.
This much seems sure that the murderer was not an accomplished villain but a burglar of the worst type. No experienced robber would have found it necessary to commit – – in this rage, he would have gagged and bound this woman after having obtained from her all the information he could.
Another factor looms up though. It looks as if the victim might have recognized her murderer and he had thought it best to make way with her for “dead men (and women) tell no tales.”
The deed probably done at about 3pm and the murderer had ample time to get far away from his crime and with his booty before the murder and robbery were discovered. Of some importance and pointing to the murderer as not being a stranger is the fact that not a thing in the house or kitchen was disturbed besides the chest containing the valuables with the single exception that the gun was lifted down from it’s rack over the door and was found on the night of the murder near the door in a standing position, evidently so as to be handy to the murderer in case anyone should molest him in his terrible work.
The dog spoken of for some unaccountable reason came to Mr Thompson in the field about one hour after he left his house at noon and stayed with him until about 5 o’clock pm. When Mr Thompson returned home at sundown he found the dog lying down close to his daughter’s body.
Mr James Thompson is a highly respected citizen of this township, is 81 years old and yet as hale and hearty as a man of 59. We have considered him our wealthiest land owner and it was not known that he had an enemy in the world; certain it is that he owed no man anything. He says that he had often thought that he would be robbed but never that murder would be done in connection with it. He is almost broken down with grief over his daughter’s fate, especially too as it comes so soon, only about two months after the death of his wife.
Of the money stolen about $200 of it was in bills of small denominations and the balance about $300 was in silver and gold, only a few pieces of the latter though; the bulk was small silver change.
Such a crime as this has not been known in this county before and that such is the state of feeling about the – among the people that quick vengeance would be meted out to the murderer could he be found.
His own conscience must be his greatest burden just at this time.
Jul 1, 1881
A Strange Case of Suicide in Alexander
An esteemed correspondent at Taylorsville writes us that on Tuesday 28th inst. Nelson J Walker, Esq who lives about 6 miles north of that town, sent his son Christopher, a boy 14 years of age, to a field near by to get some oats to feed the stock on at dinner. The boy left the house hallooing and singing, apparently in the best of spirits but on the way to the field he took a halter rein which he was carrying along to tie the oats up with, tied it to the limb of a small oak tree not more than 5 or 6 feet from the ground, fastened the other end around his neck and swung off. When found he was dead, his feet touching the ground, the tree (which was only 2 or 3 inches in circumference) was not being large enough to support the weight of his body.
The cause which led to the boy’s suicide is altogether a mystery. It is stated that on a previous occasion he made an unsuccessful attempt to take his own life. His father is a respectable citizen in good circumstance.
Population of some of the Towns and Counties of North Carolina
We have received from the census bureau at Washington the bulletins giving the population of the several towns and counties of North Carolina and we copy the enumerations for the counties in which our paper circulates most largely:
Ellendale township 1,052
Gwaltney’s township 1,321
Little River township 768
Miller’s township 890
Sharpe’s township 982
Sugar Loaf township 828
Taylorsville township including
the town of Taylorsville 1,360
Taylorsville town 180
Wittenburg’s township 1,154
Jul 8, 1881
More Crime in Alexander
The Thompson murder and robbery, and the success of the criminals to eluding arrest, have borne their legitimate fruits to Alexander county. Wednesday night of last week three men went to the house of Mr Jacob Deal, above Taylorsville and knocked at the door with rocks but were frightened away. Last Monday parties went to the house of Mr Jacob Dagenhart a deaf and blind man and robbed him of $40.
[Note: This should read Peter Dagenhart a deaf and blind man; not Jacob. Peter Dagenhart was the only child of Henry & Christena Ketchie Dagenhart still alive in 1881. — Jerry Dagenhart]
Jul 15, 1881
In Taylorsville on the 9th inst. Mrs Alfred Carson aged abut 59 years.
In Taylorsville, on the 11th inst. the infant son of Mr and Mrs J T McIntosh.
Relic of the Revolution
Mr Jacob Bauman, of the Alexander county, was plowing on his farm, at the Junction of Middle Little River with the Catawba, week before last, when he plowed up the skeleton of a man, who had evidently been buried many years ago-probably during the Revolutionary war. Not only was this an event of itself, but among the bones was found the bullet which had no doubt killed the man. It was a musket or a smooth-bore rifle ball, one end pressed flat, and is now in the possession of Dr E O Elliott of the Sparkling Catawba Springs.
Aug 18, 1887
A tombstone in the graveyard here, over the body of Abner Sharpe, shows that he died in 1800, in the 135th year of his age. Now will somebody please beat that?
Aug 19, 1881
On Saturday 18th[?] inst. in Alexander county, Mrs J – Joines, granddaughter of Geo Rufty Esq in the 17th year of her life.
In Taylorsville, on the 15th inst. Rev Alfred Carson, a zealous, earnest Christian gentleman. He strove to do good and advance the cause of Christianity in all his surroundings. He was extensively known and honored by his fellowman, honored of God, and his efforts blessed. A good man has gone to rest. May his example be followed.
In Gwaltney township, Alexander county, just across the line from Sharpesburg, Messrs W G Bennett and Wm Lackey were standing in the door of Mr Bennett’s store when a flash of lightning struck the horseblock in front of the door. It shattered the block and knocked Mr Bennett back into the store and Mr Lackey out into the road, shocking both considerably inducing no serious injury upon either.
Sep 2, 1881
Rev J S Gwaltney of Alexander county reports a meeting of one week held with the church at Antioch, which resulted in thirty conversions and sixteen additions to the church. Brethren C C and J B Pool and L P Gwaltney aided in the meeting.
At her residence in Alexander county on the 25th August at 7:30pm in the 77th year of her age, Mrs Sarah W Perry. She was for more than half a century a member of the Methodist church and lived a constant Christian life. She was a good neighbor and a most devoted mother.
Alexander’s Educational Interests
Correspondence of The Landmark:
The Alexander county teachers institute conducted by the county superintendent D McMatherson assisted by Professors Melver and Burke, at Taylorsville was closed Friday 25th inst. after a very successful session of two weeks. At the close of the institute the teachers were examined and certificates were given to thirty-one teacher, Of these nice were first grade, thirteen second grade, and seven third grade certificates. The entire number in attendance was sixty-four. The teachers who were instructed were interested and attentive during the entire term of two weeks.
A teacher’s association was organized for the purpose of holding monthly meetings for mutual improvement. Rev Thos G Thurston was elected president H T Burke, A T Marsh and N S Norton vice presidents and R P Patterson secretary of the association.
Sep 16, 1881
Church and Dockery
The Alexander Crime
An intelligent correspondent at Taylorsville gives us an account of the incarceration of Lige Church, in Alexander jail and of the attempts which was afterwards made to lynch him. It is the common belief that Church was a contracting party to his own arrest. He is known to be a very bold, desperate man; yet his brother-in-law, one Minton, brought him easily enough to Taylorsville and into the presence of the sheriff, and was prompt to demand the reward of $300 which the Governor has offered for the apprehension of the culprit. It is supposed and with good reason, that there was a deliberate plan between Church and Minton, whereby Church was to give himself into the hands of Minton (who by the by has been feeding him in the woods ever since he became a fugitive from justice) and that after the prisoner had been delivered to the sheriff and the reward obtained, his friends were to release him from jail and the reward be divided among them.
If the crowd which surrounded Taylorsville jail a few nights ago had been a little more determined, this nice little scheme would have been entirely thwarted. But there seems to have been a miscarriage somewhere in the lynching arrangements, and a demonstration of the people of Taylorsville and a speech from Mr R Z Linney served to dissuade the attacking party from its purpose and Church was carried across the river to Catawba jail, from which he will certainly escape unless extraordinary precautions were adopted to insure his security. If he can be held and hung according to law, it will be much better than if the plans of the lynching party had succeeded. If the negligence of jail officers shall permit him to escape, a new and powerful argument in favor of lynch law will have been advanced to the people of this section. It is said that in the presence of the crowd which surrounded the jail he weakened and cried like a child; a deadly fear took hold of him and he could not have walked a step. “Thus, conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
Dockery according to his confession which was recited last week, was not one of the original parties to the crime which resulted in the death of Miss Thompson and the robbery of her father’s premises of all the money he had. He was a mere hireling. He was to have been given $55 for his share in the nefarious transaction. He was not a partner but an employee. Dockery has confessed, too that it was he and Church who robbed the house of Mr Erastus Redman of Iredell, a few days after the Alexander murder and robbery.
Gradually the meshes of the law are being woven around the villains who planned and executed this atrocious crime, and it appears reasonably certain that the principals in guilt will be brought to the scaffold, except as remarked above, the negligence of jail officers allows them to escape.
Sep 30, 1881
The Wilkesboro Index says: Clem Walker of Alexander county was found dead in the public road near R W Colvard, Esq in the upper end of this county, on the 20th inst. Nathan Creps and Bud McNeil, (son Calvin McNeil) have been committed to jail charged with the murder. Walker, we learn was a poor man and leaves a wife and eight children in destitute condition. The unfortunate affair is the result of drunkenness.
Oct 7, 1881
Taken from Newton Jail Last Night and Swung to a Limb
Last night about 10:00 o’clock a party of about 100 mounted men appeared at the door of Newton jail and demanded the keys of Mr Andrew Helton, the jailer. He protested but finally yielded to the demand, and the party unlocked the doors and proceeded to the cell of Elijah F Church, took him out, carried him a mile and a half from the town and hung him to the limb of a tree, then quietly deposed. The proceeding occurred under the bright light of the moon and there was no interference with the lynching party.
Shortly after the party left town with the prisoner, two surgeons followed in the direction which they had taken. They found the body still hanging on the tree, with life extinct.
Church was one of the murderers of Miss Caroline Thompson, of Alexander county, in June inst. Our readers are perfectly familiar with all of the particulars of this crime. Of his guilt there is no question. He had for many years been a pest to society and public opinion will sanction the summary proceeding which has put him out of the way.
Dockery Carried to Charlotte
Sheriff Mays, of Alexander, arrived here Wednesday evening, having to charge Harrison Dockery, the accomplice of Church in the robbery of the home of James Thompson and the murder of his daughter. Dockery was locked up in jail here until train time yesterday morning, when Sheriff Mays carried him off to Charlotte to be confined in jail there for safe keeping. This precautionary measure was the result of intelligence that Church’s friends and the friends of others who are suspected of complicity in the Thompson crime had determined to lynch Dockery, he being the person who had given evidence against Church and who may testify against others. It was reported that the Taylorsville jail would be attacked Tuesday night and the authorities accordingly took Dockery out and guarded him in the woods all night.
The Lynching of Church
Further Particulars to the Case
[This article was almost impossible to transcribe. Errros are probable.]
We mentioned in our last the bare fact of the lynching of Elijah Church, by a party who took him out of Newton jail Thursday night of last week. Such details were reported by the Newton Enterprise and the Piedmont Press. It is stated that the lynchers rode quietly but briskly up to the jail and then all but one dismounted and went up. When Church heard the noise he remarked to his fellow prisoner – who had heard Abernethy at [?]Ball’s Creek jump up exclaim[?] ” My time has come”. When the crowd knocked at the door the jailer opened it and the visitors passed into the passage and demanded Church! The jailer refused to bring him out, and was told they positively would not leave until they had him even if they had be beat the jailer up; that there were 115 men in the party and that they were able to enforce their demand. Seeing the circumstance was useless, the jailer delivered the key to Church’s cell to the leader of the party and they went upstairs and brought him down, having meantime left one man below to keep the jailer covered with his pistol. The shackles were taken from the criminal, his hands tied behind him and a rope tied around his neck. The lynchers delivered the keys to the jailer, told him to see to his remaining prisoners, and setting Church behind one of the crowd on a horse they all rode off together.
Of the further proceedings the Piedmont Press says:
Several of the young men of Newton happened to be out drinking at the time, and followed the party and saw them hang him. They were close enough to hear all that was said by them[?] what was gathered the lynchers endeavored to get a confession from the prisoner but he denied being guilty of the charge to the very last. Just as he was about to swing from the horse he asked the party to wait – stating he had something else to say but they told him that they had given ample time and could wait no longer, so in a few seconds the party scattered leaving the victim swinging in the air. The moon was shining very bright but not a single man of the party was recognized by any one . They were respectable and fine looking gentlemen, none masked or disguised and performed their mission and remained very quietly without any effort to disturb the citizens.
Oct 14, 1881
Mrs. Elizabeth Allison, of Gwaltney’s Township, Alexander County, died on Friday last, the 7th inst., aged 104 years. She was the oldest person in Alexander County and probably the oldest in this part of the state.
Jurors for Alexander Court
The following named persons have been drawn to serve as jurors at the fall term, 1881 of Alexander Superior Court:
R F White, T C Bostiac, G W Hefner, F B Reese, J R Mayberry, M W Murdock, J S Perry, S W Campbell, Wm Daniel, Robt F Lackey, N C Beckham, G C Echerd, U L Alspaugh, M Dallas Benfield, Thos Walker, A A Bolick, A W Robinson, S W Harrington, J P Miller, R B Steele, J N Smith, T P Russell, R D McRea, A J Green, R C Clary, G C Heman, L S Herman, John Watts, Jno M Bumgarner, Jacob Little, R S C Martin, H H Drum, Wm Brown, D L Mitchel, Edmund Kerly, W R Childers.
J P Lowrance, A C Icenhour, J C Pritchard, J W Barnett, J A Patterson, Adam Flowers, E M Stine, Hinchey Little, J B Keefer, A M Bumgarner, E A Teague, A C Bentley.
October 28, 1881
Fatal Accident in Alexander
Mr James Smith a respectable and well-to-do farmer of Gwaltney’s township, Alexander county, aged 56 years was engaged on the 21st in stacking up wood for winter use, when the pile fell and rolling over him killed him instantly.
Dec 2, 1881
Death of Rev T A Coon
The death of the earnest and humble servant of God whose name is mentioned above occurred at this residence in Mocksville Tuesday morning of this week. Mr Coon was a member of the North Carolina Conference and was, at the time of his death, in charge of Mocksville circuit. He had been pastor of the Methodist church of this place for the four years immediately preceding 1880, and was universally respected and esteemed by our people. He was a native of Alexander county. He fell victim of consumption.
Court and General Matters of Interest
The Superior Court of Alexander county met last Monday, Judge Seymour on the bench and Mr Solicitor Adams representing the State. Business has been dispatched very rapidly. Cases, as follows, on the criminal docket, were disposed of during Monday and Tuesday:
State vs Stewart Wilson; retailing; not guilty.
State vs John Teague; carrying concealed weapons; called and failed.
State vs Wash Adams; retailing; submits; judgment suspended on payment of cost.
State vs J F Munday and Joseph Palmer; conspiracy; nol pros.
State vs Wm Matheson; carrying concealed weapons; continued.
State vs Joseph Bentley Sr and Joseph Bentley Jr; assault and battery; guilty; $10 and cost, each.
State vs Anthony Howell, colored; sci. fa.; judgment.
State vs L A Tuttle; assault and battery; submits; $20 and cost.
State vs Holton Younger; carrying concealed weapons; submits; judgment suspended.
State vs Markus Lippard; forcible trespass; submits; judgment suspended.
State vs M M Bowman; assault and battery; continued.
State vs C Lippard; injuring schoolhouse; submits; judgment suspended.
State vs N S Hines; larceny; continued.
State vs Joseph Lackey and Carson Lackey; assault and battery; submit; judgment suspended.
State vs N B Bostain; assault and battery; submits; judgment suspended.
State vs Bryan Brown, overseer of road; submits; judgment suspended.
State vs J J Warren; slander; guilty.
State vs M M Bowman; carrying concealed weapons; continued.
State vs Naomi Lippard; assault and battery; submits; judgment suspended.
State vs Columbus Jones; assault;submits; judgment suspended.
State vs W C Oxford; removing fence; continued on affidavit of defendant.
State vs Henrietta Bradburn; removing fence; not guilty; judgment against prosecutor for cost.
State vs John Fry and Solfronia Hafer; fornication and adultery; continued.
State vs Joseph Port; carrying concealed weapons; judgment suspended.
Wednesday morning the civil docket was taken up.