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A. Yes, sir. he fired twice after he
Q. Could you see well enough to
tell what kind of a gun he had in his
A. No. sir.
Q. You didn't see any gun around
there when you got up there?
A. I never went there at all.
W. B. Forrest testified: "Friday
evening about sundown I was stand
ing in front of my brother's store and
I heard a pistol fire and I was looking
up the other street. I heard a pis
tol fire and I turned around and seen
Joe Ben Coleman come running to
wards thar corner and just as he went
to turn the corner he fell. I didn't
know then who was doing the shoot
ing, I didn't see it. About the time
he fell he pulled a -pistol or something
I couldn't tell at the distance what it
was, but he throwed it down, and that
time Blease had run around him. He
fell on his left side and Mr. Blease
had went over him on the other side
and he shot twice."
Q. You say Mr. Blease ran over
him and got around to his back?
A. No, sir, he was lying on his
left side and he was down on the
Q. Down on the sidewalk leaning
back against brick building, his left
shoulder against the wall?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What did Mr. Blease do?
A. When he turned the corner he
ran over to the other side of him,
around him or over him, one, I don't
Q. Anyway, 'he got on the opposite
side, the right of the deceased.
A. Yes, sir, and fired two shots
after he go+ 4, re. That is all I
Q. How far were you from the
corner of Smith Brothers' store?
A. I suppose about 50 yards, 40
Q. How many -shots did you say
you heard fired before you looked up
A. I thought three shots were fired
before I ever seen anybody but Mr.
Q. And how many shots were fired
Q. After Mr. Blease came around
he fired twice?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Is there anything else you
A. No. sir.
Q. Was Joe Ben Coleman lying on
the ground when you saw 'him?
A. No, sir, I seen him fall.
Q. Do you know whether Mr.
Blease was on the left side or in
front of him?
A. He was on the opposite side.
He run over him or around him, I
didn't know which.
A Wife's Confession.
'Ihe most important witness was
Mr. H. G. Crouch, who testified that
on Friday evening he was driving to
Saluda and Mr. B'ease overtook him.
He sawv that there was something the
matter with Mr. Blease, his eves look
ed red like a man in trouble or like a
man who 'had been crying or drunk
or something. Hie asked Mr. Blease
what was the matter and Blease an
swered loss of sleep. They passed a
few words and later Blease asked
witness if wi'tness was his friend
He asked witness if witness was best
friend to him or Joe Ben Coleman.
Blease then said that Joe Ben and
his wife had been too t'hick or too in
timate. Blease told witness that he
had been to Mr. Herbert's and that
she had made a confession in the
presence of her father and mother:
when he got ready to leave she had
called him back and made a confes
sion that they- were too thick.
WXitness asked Blease when he had
discovered it. He told witness that he
thought so about a year ago and that
on one occasion 'his wife wanted to
go to the carnival in Columbia, wit
ness thought it was August. with Joe
Ben, and he objected and she said she
was going anyhow and he finally con
sented 'to give 'her the money. Wit
ness asked Blease, "WThy 'haven't you
stopped this before now?" Blease
said, "I've tried to but you know
Luda bosses me and she has actually
made me, when I got after her, come
and get on my knees and beg her
pardon.'' Blease also told witness
that about three weeks before this
he had found a letter in her bed
ter ito a r0c,1m "Ild P"t i, togthe
and it was a euer from Joe Ben to
his wife. Witness asked what it con
tained and Blease told him the con
tents. He referred to it about this
way said the witness:
"Dear Luda: I would do anything
in ehe world I could for you but I
can't get you any more Of that stuff.
As soon as I can close up the store 1
will come down and see you. Destroy
Witness asked Blease what was
meant by that stuff. Blease said he
did not know, either morphine or
ergot. Blease told witness that after
getting this letter he went to Joe
Ben and told him, "Joe Ben, if you
want Luda, take her and get off; and
if you don't want -her, keep from
around her, don't go about her.
Blease said. "Since my wife has been
up to Mr. Herbert's sick he has been
up there to see her." Blease told
witness two or three times and told
him the days but witness did not rec
ollect the days. Blease also stated
that while his wife was over at New
berry that Joe Ben -had gone off up
to Glenn Springs with Mr. McCarty
and that Joe Ben came back by there
and stayed two days with his wife.
In The Store.
Witness related further incidents
which Blease 'had told him in the
course of this conversation, much of
which is -unpublishable. Witness had
offered to try to settle matters but
Blease had told him fhe was not ask
ing for advice. At times, said witness,
Blease seemed to be rational but at
other times he seemed to be like a
wild man or madman. Witness then
related what occurred in the store, as
"When I got to the store I saw Mr.
Bob Rayrney in front and Preacher
Carson inside and some other men in
there and I thought to myself I will
not go in there, they will prevent any
disturbance and I drove over to the
bank and had some little transactioi
with the ,ank and drove my horse
over and took out and when I got
back to the store Mr. Blease and Mr.
Coleman were standing over to the
right at the office . I wouldn't have
gone in if I 'had known that Eugene
was in therc, because I felt like they
could settle the matter be::er by
themselves but I had walked in not
seeing him. I said 'Joe Ben, I want
some soda.' He started to get the
soda and he and Eugene con'tinued
to talk. T said I will come back and
gt it directly. I thought I would let
them settle it better by themselves,
and about the time I got to t'he door
Joe Ben says, 'Hold on, come back.
don't you think Eugene exacts too
much of me?' I acted like I had not
heard anything about it. I says.
'What is the matter?' Joe Ben he
started 'to tell and says 'Eugene tell
him.' Eugene says, You tell him;b
and directly Eugene says 'I meant ex
actly what I said, you must either get
out of this country and never -come
back or I will kill you.' I pleaded with
him nor to have a fuss.
"He says, 'I meant exactly what I
said, you must do one or the other.'
and he asked him tL question, 'WVhat
are you going to do?'
"Te Ben finally says. 'Rat-her than
to take life or to give life I will leave
but I can't promise you I will nev'er
ome back.' 'Then~ Joe Ben you re
fuse to do it?'
"He says, 'You know~ I can't just
pick up my business and not come
ack, besides you know I can't gc'
tonight. I have got to have 'time to
straighten out my business and I
won't promise you not to come back.'
"'Then, Joe Ben, you refuse?'
"He says, 'Yes, I can''t do it. I can't
go and never come back, I can't gr
"He says. 'Joe Ben, are you armed?'
He sav's 'No.' He says 'Arm your
self." Toe Ben hesitated. He says.
- sa. Joe Ben. arm yourself.' I be
gan to see a spell like I had noticed
down the road coming on him again
and began to see trouble. He says, 'I
don't want to take any advantages of
yu arm yourself.' Joe Ben still hes
ita'ed and the ran his hand in his
pcket and pulled out a little der
ringer and said, 'Take this, I don'tf
want to take any advantage of you,
defend yourself.', Joe Ben didn't take
it. Mr. Blease was on the inside of
th counter when this conversation
took place an~d Joe Ben was on the
outside and I was standing right at
theend, of the counter. Mr. Blease
then dropped the pistol he had offered
to Joe Ben on top of the show case
and 'Ad ni :,-, pick- -;tv "Tdld 1c'fvIldl
h3;iel and he reached back ior his
pistl and I said. 'Joe Ben. get out of
the way.' and 'he walked out and
Blease and mvself had a tussle and 1
had the advantage of him but I never
could get hold of the arm :hat he had
the pistol in but I had 'him in there
I thought plenty long 'Or Coleman to
turn the corner.
"Finally he got the advantage of me
and gave me a shove. He was the
strongest man then I !have tackeled or
I had weakened, but I was nervous
and as he got out from me two or
three steps I saw him throw up a
pistol and pull down but I could not
ee Joe Ben. It happened that Mr.
Blease was between us and as he shot
ie pulled and shot a second time, and
I saw Joe Ben turn the corner. I
made sure he was safe and therefore
I wasn't in a big hurry to get there.
but Mr. Blease advanced pretty pert.
r Blease advanced and Dan Smith
ame out and they had a tussle and I
think Mr. Blease went on his knees.
and that is when Mr. Blease turned
o the other side, but he soon freed
himself and that is when he shot
down two or three times."
Q. There were two shots fired?
A. Two or three. He shot on the
ground and about the time I got to
him I run up and put my hand on his
shoulder and he throwed his pistol
Q. Who threw his pistol down?
A. Mr. Blease did.
Q. What kind of a pistol was that?
A. It was a black looking pistol,
I suppose what you call blue steel.
Q. Do you know what name it
was, what calibre?
A. No, sir, I do not. About the
time -I got hold of him he throwed
his pistol down and hollered out as
loud as he could, "I shot him about
my wife." Remember Mrs. Mary
Alice Smith was standing in the door
and he seemed to have spoken to her
about it. And then he said, "I sur
render to the sheriff." About that 'cime
he saw the deputy sheriff and he said.
"I surrender to the deputy sheriff."
About that time I went up to Mr.
Coleman and saw a pistol, a little
derringer and and that pistol Mr.
Blease had thrown down, about a
foot to the right of the little der
derringer and that pistol Mr.
right of Joe Ben. I picked up Joe
Ben's hat and laid it in his lap and
asked him if he was shot. He says,
'Yes, all to pieces.' I says, -WTnere?'
He says, 'In the sto'mach.' I could
see he was shot in the right shoulder
and he claimed to be shot in the leg
and asked me to straighten out his
leg for him. I said, 'I don't t'hink
you are shot except in the shoulder
and leg. I think you will get over it.'
He says, 'No, I am shot to pieces.'
I says, 'Did he hit you the first shot.'
He says, 'No.' I says, 'Why didn't
you get out of the way?' I don't re
member what reply he made, he was
saying, 'Oh, Lord, Oh, Lord.' Dr.
Kirksey had come and a crowd
had gathered and I wen: to get the
pistol and both pistols were gone, ani
I saw Mr. Able going off with a pis
tol in his hand. I said, 'Is that the
pistol of Mr. Blease?' He bowed as
though it was. I turned and asked
who had picked up the little derringer,.
Dan Smith says. -I did.' I asked him
where it was. He said in the store.
He went and got it and brought it to
me. ' He says, 'It is cocked. I says,
'Why don't you let it down?' He says,
'I don't know how.' I pulled it down
and walked up to the store and met
Mr. Bob Ramey. I says. 'I want to
tie a string around this pistol so as
not to get it mixed up with the one at
the store. They are a pair of matches.
only the one by the side of Joe Ben
was a little rust:er than that other.
but e will tie a string around it, and
he held it and I tied a string around
it and we put them in the safe over
It was developed by other testi
mony that the derringer picked up
near Coleman was loaded and one
shell had been snapped on. The one
Blease offered Coleman had one
empty chamber and one loaded shell.
Did Coleman Shoot?
Other witnesses testified as to the
shooting. E. W. Forrest, who saw
oleman fall, was questioned by the
:oroner as follows:
Q. Did you see anybody fire a shot
:here during this time except Mr.
A. Well, now. I was satisfied that
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