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VOL XXXV T I NO. '23.
KNOXVILLE, TENN. : WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 1, IS75.
WHOLE NO 1805
At MaryviUe, Blount County. Ten
nessee. Full and Reliable Details of the Pro
ceedings. FIRST DAY'S PROCEIXINGS.
From the Daily Chronicle Aug. S
Knowing the interest felt in the trial
of Joseph Ayres, charged with having
Instigated John Webb to murder Rich
ard Key Holds, we gent a special report
er to Maryville Circuit Court, now iu
session, who will send us report of
the proceedings from day to-Uay.
Yesterday morning the case was
called, Judge E. T. Hall, presiding, and
both sides having auuouuced them
selves ready, the trial commenced. A
list of the- State's witnesses was pro
duced and the names called, 73 in
number and all but 14 answered to
their names The witnesses for the
defense were then called, of whom
only 23 out of 07 answered to their
Col. Baxter, for the defeiiBe, stated
that he would probably want some
witnesses from Kuoxville who were
not on the list, and would not be used
unless the State brought In a certain
class of evidence for instance, Webb's
own written statement as published in
The Attorney General stated that he
did not have the written statement.
The counsel for the defense announ
ced that they were ready for trial. The
sherill' was ordered to call the list of
jurors, of which there were fifty-seven,
and tho entire list was exhausted with
only nine jurors selected, when court
adjourned for dinner.
At 1:30 court opened again, and the
remainder of the jury were empaneled.
The names of the jurora are:
I. N. Yearout, A. Kinuamon, Rich
ard Lebow, David Gifiin, John Brown,
John McCulloch, Frank Cowan, F. P.
Peace, Wm. Keller, Wm. Hannah,
Rufus Pate, and Isaac W. Brown.
The plea of not guilty was then eu
tred and the jury were again called
The prosecution was represented by
Attorney General Welcker and Capt.
It. X. Hood, and Messrs. Washington
and Williams were expected on the
evening train, while the defense was
represented by Messrs. Baxter, Houk,
Cati and MCUonneii.
REBECCA WHITE'S TESTIMONY.
Live on Coal Creek ; remember the
day of the week, Thursduy night, that
Richard F.Reynolds was killed ; don't
remember day of mouth or year, but
was done about 1st oi juarcu j whs hi
hpr house on the 5th: saw John
Webb pass her house the day
before: he was coming up the
walk from towards the depot
He was coins towards his brother's,
Dick Webb. Was within 150 yards of
him. Had grey looking clothes on ana
had nothing with bim as he went.
Knn micht have been an hour and a
half high in the evening as he passed,
:r might have not been quite that
high. Had no conversation with bim.
Know him well ever since he Bucked
his mother. It was about 3 miles
from where he boarded to my house
It is about 2J miles from my house to
Dick Webb's in Anderson county, i
am going on 49 years of age.
Col. Baxter read Mrs. White's testi
mony, and asked her if it was correct
ly stated, to which hIim replied
that it was a full statement of her evi
Daniel Leinurt, Clark Martin, Wm
Martin, Commodore Argubright, Miss
Mary Leiuart, and W. R. Hicks, Esq.,
were all examined, to show that Webb
and Dave Duncan were seen together
at different points on the day before
Richard F. Reynolds was muidered
after which court adjourned until to.
heiue sworn said he was, on the mom
ing of the dav on which Richard
Reynolds was killed at night, at the
house of old man Martin. Met John
Webb and Dave Duncan opposite
Martin's house that was on the morn
ing of the 6th of March. Knew where
Dick Webb lives: it was two and a
half miles from where he met to Dick
Webb's. Duncan and Webb were
coming towards Clinton, Anderson
countv. and this way from Dick
Webb's house. They were both to
cether. Is well acauuinted with both
Knew them for a long while. Had
been mostly raised with Johu; were
raised about i miles ot eacn oiner,
Was not carrying anything.
There were with me at the time Bill
aud Clark Martin. Don't know how
thev were dressed. Neither one of
them had a gun. Don't remember of
either one of them having a shawl,
Knew Dave Duncan about 8 or 10
years. It was a path they were trav
eliiic. a near shoot from the moun
tains to Clinton. Lives 3 miles from
Commodore Argenbright's. It was
about. 'il. or near 4 miles from where he
met them to Clinton. He spoke to
them ana buooii nanus witn vveuo
Stopped a few minutes, not loug. Had
no con verwauuu wnu wieiu
Hhook hands and went on
Thev were not travel! u
fast, walking common gait; never saw
them traveling on that road before that
J recollect or. l am aooui ao years oiu
Col. Baxter also read Leiuart's testl
mony to him, and he admitted it to be
Bald : Met Duncan and Webb on the
morning of the 5tU Daniel Leinart
and William Martin were with me;
was well acquainted with tliein, with
Webb better than with Duncan. Met
lem von fide of Clinton, I suppose
about 5 miles, near that. Started to
Work, and met with them. Had no
conversation with Duncan and
Webl): only spoke and passed.
)on't think Mr. Webb had anything ;
Mr. Duncan had on dark clothing and
Mr. Webb light clothing; Webb light
at and Duncan dark liat; suppose
Duncan lived on the mountain, was
ever at his house; did not know
here John Webb lived at that time;
now where Dick Weld) lives. '1 hey
were coming from the direction oi
Dick Webb's house and goirg towards
Clinton, 'lliev were going in lln"i
rection of Commodore Argentinian a
ouse. I live about two miles beyond
Argenbrigliis house; maybe a little
more. I am 41 years old. Duncan was
tall man ; very large man ; dark
complexion ; had beard, I think.
Don't remember exactly the time of
day, but between 8 and 9 o'clock.
Col. Baxter read his testimony to
mi, and he also acknowledged u 10
be correct, and no further questions
were put to him.
SECOND DAY S PROCEEDINGS.
Maryville, Aug. 25, 1875.
Court met this morning pursuant to
adjournment, Hon. E. T. Hall, presid
ng. The minutes of the previous day
aving been read and approved, the
rial of Joseph Ayres was proceeded
with. The first witness called this
BENJAMIN S. DIX,
f Anderson county, who testilled to
aving seen Dave Duncan and John
Webb together on tiie 5th of March,
1874, at Clinton.
testified to having seen Duncan and
Webb together on the 3d of March,
ai4. about o miles southeast of Clin
ton, and 1 J miles from the Knox coun
ty line, on the old Emory road. (Sam
uel Tillery was examined and testified
to Having seen tnese two men togetlier
bout the same time, going in the di
rection of Richard Reynolds home.
saao Braden testified to having mend
ed John Webb's boots on the 20th of
""ebruary, 1874, and driving nails Into
the heels of the hoots. Neither of
these witnesses were cross examined
by the counsel for the defense.
Was at Richard F. Reynolds' the
morning after Mr. Reynolds was shot.
aud testified to having seen tracks
going to and coining from Black's
The counsel for defense did not
The widow of the murdered man, was
called, aud gave her testimony in re
gard to the tragedy, telling the same
story as she has told on other occasious.
witn wnicu ruosi oi our readers are
familiar and which we need not repeat
W. W. Reynolds, a brother of the
deceased, also testified to the death of
his brother, aud how search com
menced for his murderers.
At the conclusion of his evidence.
court adjourned lor dinner.
The first witness called after dinner
was Thomas Duucau, a cousin of David
Duncan, who told about finding the
ritle iron belonetmr to Mr. Kevnolds.
near Dave Duncan's house, hid under
log, and about returning it
to W. W. Reynolds, a brother of the
deceased. The 17th witness called
was Thomas J. Black. He and the
next witness J. L. Lewis testified to
substantially the same story about
having seen Mr. Reynolds the morn
ing after he was murdered and about
tracking two men from his residence
in the direction of Anderson county,
Their testimony as taken by tiie coun
sel for the defense, was read over to
them when they admitted its correct
ness and tbey were not cross examined
SOMETHING OF A BREEZE.
W. R. Hicks, Esq., of Clinton, was
recalled. Col. Raxterand Judge Houk
for the defense objected) to the witness
being recalled. The Attorney General
stated that he wished to prove by the
witnesses tnat these parties passed back
after the murder wascoramitted. Col
Baxter and Judge Houk insisted that
the evidence should not lie allowed
Witnesses after having given the
testimony may be tampered with. The
report of the trial had been published
in the newspapers. Judge Hall
stated that if the reporters continued
to publish their reports, ttiey would
have to be excluded irom tiie court,
After some discussion Mr. Hicks'
testimony was admitted. Mr. Mo
Connell iusisted on the newspaper re
porters being excluded, col. mxter
honed that this would not be done, aud
did not think that the Court had the
right to dictate to newspapers what
they should report or wliat not. The
Judge hehl that he had the riehr. to
put a stop to any attempt to subvert,
Mr. Hicks said; On Friday morning
I went out to where tuey were burn
ing some lime kilns. My atteutiou
was called to some one crossing th
bridge. Did not see any one, but heard
the noise. Judging from the noise,
there were two crossing. This was
about two hours before day. They
were crossing irom tne soutu side or
tiie river, aud passed on to the north
side of the railroud bridge at Clinton
That was on the 6th of March. My
reasons for recollecting this was the
excitement over the murder.
The testimony was then read to him
by Col. Baxter, and acknowledged
BENJAMINS DIX RECALLED.
It was at the lime kiln below the
Clinton bridge, the tnornincr after th
murder of Richard Reynolds, heard
something crossing the bridge I took
to be men. I uon't Know now many
They were crossing towards Clinton,
and from Knoxville.
The testimony was read to him and
acknowledged as correct.
COMMODORE ARCIEIlKKiHT RECALLED.
On the morning after Reynolds whs
murdered I did not see any one pass
ing, unless it was some of the heigh
IllllS psMslllg 113-,
REBECCA WHITE RE-CAI.I.ED.
I saw John Webb again on Saturday
Illuming after Reynolds was killed. I
asked 1 i 111 where he hud been ever
since that Wednesday. He said that
he hail been to Kuoxville to get money
to pay fur that scrape that he had with
Lovelace in Clinton. I asked him if
ne had walked there In a day, and he
'.id he walked it in a dav uud night,
and got to John lnllev between nnd-
ight and day, 011 Thursday morning,
asked him if lie had beard of Hie
murder down in Knox county, and be
said he did not. He had a shawl. A
muti'sgiey shawl, with some black and
white stripes in it. He said that if I
seed'anybody Inquiring for him to tell
them 1 1 1 a 1 he had with mm what would
whip them all back. That was all he
told it In 111 1 his busiiiessor where he hud
Col. Baxter read her testimony on
re-examination to Mrs. White, andshe
acknowledged It correct.
WM. MARTIN RE-CALLED.
Saw two men going on the road on
-'riday morning that I took to be the
same men that passed my house on
Thursday moruiug. I live about 5
miles from Clinton. It was not on the
public road to the mountains, but a
by-way. One ot the men Had a gun
nd the other had a shawl across ms
houlder. Didn't notice which had the
gun and which the shawl. They were
going towards my house and towards
he mountains and Waldreu's Judge.
Dick Webb lives about 3 miles from
my house in that direction.
Didn't notice what kind of shawl it
was ; was some distance from them.
Didn't have the shawl and gun on
their way Thursday morning. Could
not tell what kind of gun it was.
The testimony, as heretofore, was
read to him and stood as correct.
On the day after the murder I saw
Mr. Dave Duncan and John Webb
pass my house, 011 their way from
1 1 11 ton . 1 live hardly a mile beyond
Clintou. They passed just about frun
up, or a little after. Duncan had a
gun and Webb a shawl. The gun was
a rule. The shawl was a striped shawl;
looked like a man's shawl. I knew
Duncan and Webb, and am satisfied it
was them. 1 don't, Know exactly my
age ; am about 53 or 54. I had known
both a good while.
Mr. Raines' testimony was read to
him, and acknowledged correct.
S. W. HENDERSON.
On the Gib of March, 1874. The day
after Reynolds was killed, I saw John
Webb aud another man going towards
the mountains. The other man was
a tolerable large man old like man
grey beard and blue clothes. I live
about H miles beyond Clinton. They
came across the ridge by a path from
towards Clinton. They naa to pass
names, jolin Webb liau a gun, ana
that other man bad a shawl. I am
mistaken. The other man had the
gun and Webb had a shawl. It was a
rille gun. TUe shawl was
gray lookiug like shawl. They
were going lu the direction or
Wm. Martin's. Webb stopped at my
house a few minutes. Hecume lu aud
shook hands with me, and I walked
out to the gate with him where the
other man was. Webb told me that it
was Mr. Duncan, in answer to my in
quiry. 1 was well acquainted with
Webb. This was about 7 o'clock in the
morning. I am going on 23 years old
As usual there was no cross exami
nation, and only the testimony was
read to him to which he asserted as be
A. W. GAINS.
I live in Anderson county, about 1
mile from Clinton, maybea little more,
I will be 31 years 01a in October, on
the 0th of March, 1874, I saw John
vvebb and another man crossing the
mountains. The other man was an
old-like gentleman with beard on
his face, he had 011 a suit of
blue leans, homemade clothes
They were going in the direction of
Wm. Martin's it wus a by-way and
not the regular road. I saw them
about 7 o'clock in the evening, if Sam
Henderson's c uck was right. The
man that was with Webb had a gun
Webb had some, mux on his shoulders,
a shawl, coat or something of the kind
The evidence was then read to Mr,
Henderson by Colonel Baxter and pro.
22D WITNESS, SAMUEL HOSKINS.
I live In Anderson county, beyond
Clinton 15 miles, un ine morning o
the Gth of March, 1874, John Webb
and David Duncau passed my house
Thev were going towards tne moun
tains towards home where Webl.
uud Duncan both lived. They were
also going in the direction of Dick
Webb's. This was about 10 or 11
o'clock. It was on Friday, I believe,
Webb had a shawl and Duncan bad
gun; the gun was a ride; the shawl
gray. I had known Webb several
Years, ever since I was a chunk of
boy and known Duncan several years.
I am twenty the mu or wc.touer.
The witness listened to the reading
of the testimony by Col. Baxter aud
The Attorney-General stated that h
would now close this branch of the
evidence by introducing the trans
crlpt of the Hupreme Court to show
that John Webb was convicted of
killing Richard Reynolds.
Home discussion ensued as to the ad
missubility of this evidence. The
Court decided to admit the record as
evidence, when the transcript was read
by Capt. R. N. Hood, of counsel for
the prosecution, which reading occu
pied tho remainder or the evening
THIRD DAY S PROCEEDINGS.
M AKYNtl.l.E, August, 2d, 187").
'I I leading of the manuscript of the
records of tho Anderson county Circuit
Court and the Supreme Court In the
Webb case having been completed yes
terday evening, Court adjourned until
this morning, and the further hearing
of lostimony was in order.
The records of the previous day were
r. ad and signed.
The jut- were cautioned not to read
the newspapers on thesubject of Ayers'
Judge Hall also called theiratti'iitlnn
to the the fact that the records read
last night were only admitted as prima
fiu-ia evidence of Webb's guilt and
not hmg mure.
was the first
etailed how he had arrested John
Webb in Sartiu's cellar. Webb show
ed a determination to fight, until wit-
ess talked about burning the house.
put u I m in Jail in Jacksboro'. Wed
nesday morning before day I started
witn mm to Knoxville In a hack from
Careyville, with a sufficient guard to
take him to Knoxvllle ; put him on
the train at Careyville and brought hi ni
10 Knoxville and delivered him to the
uiler at Knoxville, That is the same
oliu Welib that was hung at Kuox-
ille on the 13tli of August, for the
murder of Richard F. Kevnolds,
When prresled he was dressed in com
mon apparel with new pair of boots.
wryville Is about 10 miles from Coal
Creek, I thought, but on reflection it is
only seven miles. In going to Careys
vine irom Clinton you pass Coal
eek. 1 lived some five miles
fromJUchard Reynolds, at the time
ne wus murdered, lie lived in Jvnox
couuty. 1 am about 50 years old.
CROSS EXAMINED BY COL. BAXTER.
I diil not examine Webb carefullv
when he surrendered. I asked him if
he hud any other weapons; he told me
he hadn't, he had a penknife and some
money, and 1 told him to keep that.
1 uiu 1101 examine him. 1 din not ex
amine him at any time. He was kept
u jail alter i delivered him to the jail
er, except when he was curried to and
from Clinton for trial, from the time I
delivered him there until the day he
the evidence of the examination
and cross examination wus read to Mr.
Lewis, and with u few changes was
adopted as correct.
Said: lam 03 years old, In my G4l,h
year. 1 live in lvuox couuty. 1 am
acquainted with the defendant, Joseph
Ayres. I have known him for a good
many years. When lie was nil lie vounsr,
wneu ne grew 10 be a man ne lelt the
country. 1 understood that lie had
gone to Missouri, since tho war I saw
him 111 Knox county several times,
Ho lived in Knox countv. He lived
some 0 or 8 miles from my place of
resilience, mil j. owned a iarm auioln-
lng 111111. i nave reference to 07, US,
09 und until March, 1870 that I owned
tins farm. He lived on the adjoining
iarm 10 mine, and it was c Med bis,
He was surveying land there, and
seemed to claim that us his. There
was a conversutiou between Josepl
Ayres and myself in relation to Rici
ard F. Reynolds about the latter pin-',
of 1SG9 aud the forepurt of l.S.i'.
I couldn't state precisely the locals,
where the conversation took place.biu
near my iarm, on Heaver Creek, ad
joining the land of Joseph Ayers. I
was auoui 10 make a transrer or tua
farm, aud Mr. Ayres asked me if that
rumor was true. I told him that I had
made R. F. aud W. W. Reynolds a pro
posal, auu n tney came up to that they
would gel the land hack. lie
just remarked that he Reynolds
stiouldn t settle that near him, and
live. He didn't say which Reynolds,
but Dick Reynolds was the man that
was to get the land. I don't think we
talked much more' on the Reynolds
subject, he sorter turned from me
when he made the remark. I mean
Richard F. Reynolds when I say
Dick Reynolds. I don't think lever
had any other conversation with
Ayers on- the subject. Richard
Reynolds lived on the farm that I sold
him, in Knox county. That was the
farm adjoining the farm that Ayres
owned at the time we had the conver
Col. Baxter read Mr. Nelson's lestl.
mony over to him aud he acknowledg
ed it correct.
J. S. MATTHEWS
said : I am 32 years old. I reside in
Kingston, Tenn. I am acquainted
with Joseph Ayres, und have known
him since 1871. I got acquainted with
him in Knox couuty, at Heiskell's
Statiou. I then resided there. Job.
Ayres then lived at Beaver Creek, in
Knox county. I had a conversation
with Ayres, or he with me, in regard
to Richard F. Reynolds, about the 1st
of April, 1871, in the road betwixt his
house and Knoxville. We were
riding together on Black Oak
Ridge. We passed near by
where Botne'tueu were cutting saw logs.
They had cut a tree across the road.
He pointed out a man to me, and said
" there Is a man who helped kill mv
father." He said his name was Half.
He said that Dick Reynolds was the
man who killed him, aud that this
man Hall helped to do it. Ayres then
told him where he killed him, and
how he killed him. He told me that
he abused him very brutally, before
and althe time of killing him. He
said that ho left him haltered up iu a
house near Knoxville, like a horse,
aud after he kept him tied up a day
anda-half, or two days, aud theu they
took him out and shot him aud after-
wurds Reynolds took the cuu and
struck him, burying the hammer of
the gun in bis lather s roreueau. 1
told him then, that if a man had killed
ray father that wav. and for nothing.
I would kill him, aud he said then
that he intended to kill Dick Reynolds
or have him killed, and that he
" was not In a hurry about it
until he cot money enough."
said he. "You know that monev will
do nil things." " There is a law." he
said. He then told how he could do.
He said he could be missing from this
country and slip back and do what he
warned to. 1 remarked to him that I
wouldn't do that way; that if I was
going to kill him I would go up and
kill him in the first crowd I found him
in. I wouldu'tcare for thelaw. That
Is nbout all of that conversation. I
bad other conversations with him 011
the same subject, ot different times.
it was generally on the road to Knox
ville us we traveled together. I don't
think we ever traveled togetlier with-
)Ut his saying something about it. The
last time we talked together about
it was near about Die middle of
June, 1S71. The substance was about
the same hs the first conversation.
He also urged me to have nothimr to
do with that man Reynolds, that be
was a mean man, and u rebel. 1 had a
conversation with Avres on the sub
ject of a blacksmith account, and
Kevnolds. 1 le told me not to let Rey
nolds come there, and not to do liis
work ; and he proposed to pay me, I
btlieve it was $10, as much "113 Rey
nolds' work would amount to. to not
et bim come there. I told him that I
would n't do any such thing, and nev
er to mention t he mutter again, that I
wouni 1101 sell out. That blacksmith
shop was in my possession, but be
longed to Ayres. It wus close to Ayres'
house, uud k mile from Reynolds'.
I he conversation was at the shop. I
don't think I had any more conversa
tion with him in regard to Reynolds
after that. Had no further conversa
tion witli him about, a bill that Rey
nolds owed me. I don't know of anv
other threats made by Ayres against
Reynolds, and Have told all 1 know.
Col. Baxter then read Mr. Matthews'
stalemedt to him, aud he acknowl
edged It correct. My name is Mat
thews, aud was born in North Caroli
na, near Asheville. Left there iu 1S50.
Went to the (State of Iowa, remained
there one year, went to North Mis
souri, remained 4 years, and went, to
Arkansas. I settled near Bentouville,
and remained about 0 months; went
back to Missouri, to St. Cluir couuty,
remained there about 3 mouths, weut
to Benton county, Missouri, on Osage
river, to Warsaw, and remained a
mouth, perhaps; weut to Jefferson
City, to the capital, nut to the peni
tentiary, that is near the capital, re
mained tRere 10 days; went back to
Warsaw and remained there about a
week; went- to Arkansas, to Benton
county, the same county, but to
another part of the county, remained
about- 0 months and went to l'olk
couuty In Arkansas, and remained
about three weeks; never meet Cope
land in my travels.
Tho witness detailed additional pere
grinations going to a greut many pla
ces and remaining a short time, and
finally brought up at Kingston where
he bus resided since last fall. He said
further : 1 lived on Joseph Ayres
luud once. I have a family, und
had one nparly nine years. Never mar
ried before. Married in Knox couuty.
I lived on Joe Ayres' land from the
spring of 1871 to the full of 1S71. I
rented from him. I had a falling out
with him ; I can't decide how bitter it
was. Ayres did not charge me with
teuling, that I know of; he never ac
used me of stealing to my face, nor
Id I hear of hlra doing so. He said
1 lmetbing about taking the potatoes
hi Knoxville and selling them. He
forbid me from taking any of the po
tatoes from the ground before full. The
potatoes I took away I had aright to
take away; I raised them 011 the
ground that I had free of rent. He
never accused me of slipping away
after night with potatoes and "rent"
corn ; it is not charged so iu the bill
he filed against me. He claimed that
I was gathering and using of the crop
without paying him his share. I
did not move some portions of the
crop at night. It is not so charged.
1 okl not like Ayres fur what be had
done. I suppose I was like any other
mau who had been treated badly.
'1 here was at that time a bitter feeling.
I didn't like him for the way he hud
Col. Baxter then read his cross-ex
amination to him after which he was
I am a blacksmith. I weut to the
trade when 1 was ten years old, and
worked at it ever since except one year
I farmed. When I was in Iowa I
worked at my trade. I was working
in Missouri 4 years at my trade.
While I was traveling, the principal
part of my time I was working for the
artillery 01 ine rcnei government. . 1
weut from Asheville back to Iowa
and stayed there one summer,
working at my trade. Worked
in Kuox county ut my trude.
My feeling towards Ayres at the time
1 bad the conversation was tust tne
tame it would have been towards any
other mau of short acquaintance. Me
nd Avres had a disagreement about
the first of July. This disagreement
was because he had not complied witli
his written agreement. That was al
ter he ottered ten dollars not to work
for Reynolds. The first thing he did
lie beguu to take the implements that
I was to have, aud that was the first of
the disagreement. They were necessa.
ry to make the crop. The next disa
greement was, he bud taken the har
ness and locKed tuem up. l uou
know but that the disagreement was
more about the potatoes than anything
else. The potatoes were dug aud put
In the blacksmith mop, auu be said 1
dug them too lute. The potatoes I
sold were my own, made ou ground
not rented. I lost everything I had
that year. I had a little, aud I have
since worked at my trade, concluding
If farming turned out that way, I
would quit it. I have no hard feel
lugs towards him.
We had some words about selling a
plow to Jordan Norman. He thought
it was his, but it was my plow. Jordon
Norman did not give the plow to
Ayres that I know of. There might
huve been an old handle that belonged
to Ayres that was lu the plow that I
sold to Norman, I can't sny exactly
about it, but 1 know that I did not sell
Ayres' plow. Norman took the plow
I sold away, and has it yet as far us I
know. I never stole any thing, I
swear. He told me that I could use
any thing about the place I wanted to.
He took away everything he did not
allow me to use and locked them up.
JAMES II. KUNYON,
said, I will be 31 years old next Octo
ber. I am a blacksmith by trade. I
live at Powell's Station Knox coun
ty. I have lived there since some time
in March or April, 1871. I can't say
that I am acquainted with Jus. Ayres,
had a passing recognition. I first had
thut passing acquaintance nbout Feb
ruary or Mtirch, 1871. I had a conver
sation with him at one time, only one
time when we were by ourselves. This
conversation; took place during the
last days of November, or the first
days of December, 1872. It commenced
in front of Ayres' house. Beaver
Creek Valley, to Powell's Station, du
ring the whole course of the route we
had that conversation. I can't say
positively how fur it was. but I should
say four or five miles. Iliad been in
the neighborhood of Mr. Ayres, and
by accident I fell in his company. Mr.
Ayres' teamster came in the road driv
ing a wagon, and he followed walking,
and we went to Powell's Station to
gether. We were both walkiug. While
going we bud 110 conversation about
Mr. Richard F. Reynolds, until we
came in front of his house, or about
opposite the house. I spoke to Mr.
Ayres that I had been collecting bills,
and that I ought to stop at Dick Rey
nolds' and collect a bill there. Mr.
Ayres asked me how much he owed
me, and I told him some five or nix
dollars, wasn't sure how much. He
said, " If you'll stop and put a ball
through his damned old heart I will
pay his bill." I looked at
Mr. Ayres and said that
would be a pretty cheap job wouldn't
it. He next said. If it costs any more
I have got the money, that is about the
language he used verbatim. That en
ded the conversation ut the time. I
took occasion to change the subject.
Had no other conversation with him
011 the subject. Heard no threats made
on any other occasion. Did not know ,
that there was a difference between
them. Didn't know who drove the '
wugou knew at the time, but don't
know now. It was a young like man.
Col. Baxter read Runyon's testimo
ny to him, and it was pronounced cor
rect. Col. Baxter asked him what his
standing was in the neighborhood. He
replied that they must ask his neigh
bors, t'ol. .Baxter Insisted on an an
swer. He replied that he could give
his own opinion of himself, and being
insisted upon, he said he had a
good opinion of himself. (Laughter).
He was asked 11 he was not a hard
working man, he referred the Colonel
to his neighbors. The Colonel asked
him if he knew the estimate his
neighbors put on him. He said he did
not positively know what his neigh
bors thought of him, they treated him
kindly, and he treated them the same
way. I know Mr. J. N. Matthews,
but don't know his general character.
Court theu adjourned for dinner.
Court opened at 1:43 p. M.. aud the
first witness culled in tbeevening, and
the 2Gth of the list, was
MATHEW A. RULE,
Who said: I am 30 years old. I live
iu Knox county, In the 19th district.
ou Beaver Creek, and about li miles
from where Richard l . lieynolds
lived. I am acquainted with Joseph
Ayres. I have known him tor
between 17 and 20 years. I don't
know precisely. I am a miller by
trade at present. I have link a con
versation wb h the defend 111 in rela
tion to Richard I''. lteyii"M-. It was
some four or live years auu. It was at
the mill 1 manage. I only had the
one conversation with Mr. Ayres. I
said to Mr Ayres that, as he and Mr.
Key no 1 . wore close neighbors, I
would : . to bear of them being on
better terms, us there were some dif
ferences existing between them. He
remarked that he would rather take
his blood than to live in peace and
quiet with him. That was about the
closiug or the conversation. I may
have spoken to him in regard to enter
taining such feelings. I remarked to
him that Mr. Reynolds had assured
me that he hal nothing to do with the
killing of his father, and that, if be
would come to him face to face, he
would satisfy him that he had nothing
to do with it, aud then ensued the
conversutiou above alluded to. I don't
think that there was anything else
CROSS-EXAMINED BY COL. BAXTER.
The evidence, was read to Mr. Rule.
and approved by him as correct. After
wnicb the Pillowing answers were
Mr. Ayres has been absent from that
neighborhood twice, from the time I
first knew him. It was some 12 or 13
years ago that he moved to Missouri,
and remained! until after the war.
when he returned. He moved from
thut neighborhood again some three
years ago, when he moved to Ander
son county, about 12 miles from his
former residence, and his family have
resided there ever since.
It was about one aud a half year be
fore Mr. Reynolds was killed that he
moved awoy j maybe longer, I won't
A. T. WILLIAMS
Suid: I am about 53 years old. I am
a farmer. I reside in Anderson county.
I am acquainted with Jos. Ayres for 30
years, I expect. He had a conversa
tion with me iu regard to Richard
Reynolds, in July, 18GG, in Anderson
county at my Louse. Says he: "I
will have Richard Reynolds killed,
d 11 him!" I was living ou the old
Jessie Ayies place, in Knox county,
when me and him had the conversa
tion about his father. He asked me
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