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THE COUNTY CHAIN GANG.
Statements From Mr. B. E. Kcon In De
fense of H s Brother And Attacking
Testimony Taken In Investiga
tion on Wednesday.
.ir. Butler E. K on. at reet
a member of the city police Irce.
a brother of the late Air. 1'in.
.!. Koon. against whom, as guard
of the chain gang several of the
.charges of cruelty to convicts were
made in the testimonv taken 1
Referee F. H1. Dominick on last
Wednesday. .Ar. iutler E. Koon
was himself a guard on the county
chain gang for four years. up until
)ecember. 1902. having preceded
his brother as guard. Fr,)m the
knowledige of the wo-)rkings of the
garg gained during his f-u1 years'
service as gtua r(i. and' inl defense of
his brther, he desitres am requests
space to make a few statements in
rererence to the testinyt)m taken at
the investigation on Wednesday.
His statements are as follows:
The members of the gang, are
as low characters as there are on
earth. but during the time I was
with the gang as guard they were
treated as kindly as it is possible to
treat this class of men. They were
whipped only in order to make them
work and only enough to make
them work. They were given to
bacco, which was purely a kind
ness on the part of the authorities.
They were also provided with
warm and heavy clothes in the win
ter. I never saw a man come off
the gang who deserved a pension
and I am only sorry that there are
not more of the criminal and worth
less negroes on the gang and sub
ject to the lash.
"The testimony of Mr. Albert
Schroder in the investigation on last
Wednesday I believe to have been
inspired largely by spite. During
the summer of 1902 there was a
log in the ground at the creek below
.Mr. Schroder's house for a ford.,
which had been put in several years
before. AIr. Schroder claimed that
the log caused the water to back
up and (lid damage to his land. He
entered suit againit the county,
coming to the supervisor with
tears in his eves. I took the gang
tb the place and cut a ditch about
three hundred yards long and eight
or ten jeet wide. though in my
judgment the log was doing no
harm whatever. I also took out
the log. After the ditch was dug
Mr. Schroder came to the super
visor and offered to comnroise forj
S50. telling the supervisor that I
had said he was entitled to the
dlamages. I had told Schroder no
such thing. Superviser Schum
pert was overruled by the board and
Schroder wvas given S50 (damages.
Every since that time Schroder has
hadl it in for Supervisor Schumpert.
"WVhile I wvas near Mr. Schro
decr's house Schroder repeatedly
told me that he wantedl a place on
the gang. saying that the negroes
ought to be whipped even more
than I was having them whipped
and made to work.
I am satisfied that my brother,
Air. Ben Al. Koon. did not whip the
negroes like MIr. Schi-oder says was
the case. M1v brother wotild fre
-quently come in on Saturdlay nights
and talk to me about, the wvorkings
of the gang. and if anything I he
lieve he wvas too easy on the ne
groes. I dlesire to state that I be
lieve AIr. Schroder slipped tup in
this part of his testimony
I am satisfied in me belief that
any charges of cruelty in the treat
ment of the gang bri utght against
my brother are nat true. andl if me
b)rother was living: thee w' nldl be
I believe that Schr' der is the
cause of the whole investigation and
that Schroder's activity lies in the
- tact that he failedl to get a plIace
with the gang. and in his spite
against Supervisor Schumpert. I
believe that Schroder's testimiony is
directedl largely against rm' brother
because that gentleman is dead and(
no t here tI defend' himself.
"The in'vesti'ation *in W\eie
wh........T.i....:....ca.. by '-ch'
Message Told After 40 Years.
I cul( dicd in peace: I could die in
peace if I onilv were he inc with my
Wie ami1 little chilbirvn. but it is si
hard t) die here. far frn liime
an(1 ailv ng strang..ers.
(~6l. i)elaixy. ,f C'obb's (ietrgia
I.eionlI. m11"aned these words nearly
fo,rty years ag.O as lie lay dying ini
Stantoln I Hospital. Washington
Citv. I te had been f,,ud mortally
woinded on I battleneld by Union
soldiers and had been taken a pris
oner to tile hospital.
"You can live only a few hours.
the surgeo,n told him on making his
rounds one day. Calling to his sid,
"Johlie Wright. a 1)(yisi lnion
Slde rec" verni- ig in a w lie.
(ciI 1)elan'e. "aid t' him: "Readi
t(m fr the ffrurteenth chapter
..1 >t. Johnil." The\ young. soldier.
a dctevnit hristian. read the ciap
er to tile rinzed I .
when he had finished the Colonel
t(,o,k from his pillow a daguerro
type of his wife and children and
kissed it farewell f,r tiim. The
end sotoen came.
Years passei. Tile voting sol
dier became a minister of the .lcti
odist Episcopal Church in Ohio.
and in his sermons sometimes re
ierred to the brave- Confederate's
death. ie now lives at Bridgeport,
Ohio. across the river from Wheel
ing. He determined recently to at
tempt to fnd the address of the
widow or relatives of Col. Delaney.,
that he might tell them the details
of the soldier's last moments.
He had a statement inserted in
the Confederate -Veteran. a paper
published at Nashville. by Col.
Cunningham. An eager reply came
from Mr- Hull. of Athens. Ga., a
daughtei e Col. Delany. asking for
the particulars of her father's
death. They had tried in vain to
learn more than that he had been
killed in battle.
And now, in a Georgia home,
there is a letter that will be handed
down from one generation to an
other. It is the minister's reply and
it tells how a brave Confederate
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"Naturally, but what accosions
"I was down at the postoffice a
half hour ago and saw posted oni
the wall a long list of uncalled-for
A Boy's Wild Ride for Life.
With family around expecting
him to (lie. and a son riding for. i8
miles. to get Dr. King's New Dis
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Some seem to think
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We want to assure
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ever they buy drugs at
Mayes' Drug Store
they will always get 16
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100 bolts New Gingham the 12 1-2c kind
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500 Bed Spreads slightly soiled from Bolting
500 Corsets 50 and 75c kind~ - -
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Big close out in Towels 1000 at - -
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veek - - - - - 25c
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- - - - - 19c
- - - - - 9c
ie same flake kind offered over town at
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S- - - - - - 74c
- - - - - 25c
r 6 days price - - - 9c
- - - - - 5c
- - - - - 10c
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[CE. ISome of these things
given that an elec
n School District Ought to come.
-the 15th day of For they are going
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school located in It is a settled fact.
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