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HAYES HEARING SET FOR TODAY
News and Courier Correspondent Vis
its Scene of Killing of Young
Robert X. Floyd.
Conway, Feb. 9.-As a result of a
trip today by the News and Courier
correspondent to Tabor, N. C., the
Geene of the killing of Robert M. Floyd
by Mrs. Rosa Hayes, it was ascertain
ed definitely that the preliminary
hearing in this case will be on Tues
day, the 14th inst., at Whiteville. This
date has been agreed upon by all par
ties interested. Magistrate W. C. Gra
ham, of Tabor, has been designated to
sit on the case, and this morning he
was busy binding over witnesses. Up
until noon today twenty-two witnesses
ad been bound over by the State and
judging by the activity of relatives of
the deceased still more witnesses may
be summoned. Al of these witnesses
livie in and around Tabor, and they
have been summoned, it is learned, to
prove a motive for the killing, other
than the statements made by Mrs.
Hayes, and to implicate others in the
.* Sentiment at Tabor.
One with no knowledge of the kill
ing would be impressed on arriving
at Tabor with the idea that some great
calamity had befallen this quiet, but
busy little town. Notwithstanding the
fact that it has been five days since
the, occurrence and the subsequent re
moval of the parties of Whiteville, Ta
bor is yet all astir over the affair.
Groups are gathered here and there
discussing it, each comparing rumors
and theories with the other in an ef
fort to solve the mystery surrounding
the tragic death of young Floyd.
The Hayes House.
The Hayes home is situated' only a
few feet back from the sidewalk, of a
broad, open side street, and only
about 200 yards from the business
street of the town. Within forty feet
of the house, on either side, are other
dwellings, one being a hotel, which on
the night of the killing was well filled
with guests. Hayes's barber shop is
only about 100 yards from his home,
one standing at the front of the shop
having an unobstructea view of it. The
house is a four-room dwelling, a hall
rinring between the two rooms on
eithier side. The hail opens by a door
on The front porch, which door Mrs.
Hayes in her testimony states was
locked. The door to her bed room,
which she states that Floyd entered,
is several feet down the Ihall to the
right. Floyd's hat was hung on a
rack on the left wall of the hall be
yond the bed room door. The bed, toj
which Mrs. Hayes states Floyd forced
her, sits in the extreme right corner
'of 'the room, but to the :left of the bed
room door. Mrs. Hayes, in retreating
backwards followed by Floyd, as she
states in her testimony, carried her
the width of a room through a door
* into the hall, the 'length of this hall,
through the front door and across
about ten feet of porch, Floyd having
been found at the extreme front of
the porch, with one foot 'out on the
top step. 'Those who saw Mr. Floyd
before he was moved, state th-at his
form covered the entire width of the
porch, so that any one returning to
the ball would be forced to go over
.Mr. Floyd's prostrate form. Mrs.
Hayes's statement is that she fell out
the door ahead of Mr. Floyd, and that
she afterwa.rds returned to the house
and securing anotheir pistol shot him
again in the head.
Bullets in Bed Room.
Yesterday afternoon was made a
thorough search of the bed room of'
the Hayes home, in which the shoot-I
*ing is stated to have occurred; the'
carpet was removed from the floor and
two other bullets accounted 'Tor, one
a leadl bullet, was found lodged in a
sill under the floor, the course of the
bullet being a downwai'd slant fronm
the direction of the hail door to the
bed room. Another bullet had plough
ed through the top of the floor at such
a slant as to pass out through the.
window sash several feet from the
floor; this bullet could not be found,
but was evidently fired from the same:
place as the other.
Hayes, it is said, b3uggt a numher
of steel bullets from a local hardware
dealer about ten days ago, saying at
the time that he 'antedli is wiK to~
practice with his new automatic. It
is stated that next-door neighbors
have frequently, since then, seen Mr.
and Mrs. Hayes target-practicing with
this pistol in their bat-k yard.
Floyd had l,een tone from the bar
ber shop 'only about fifteen minutes
when the shooting occurred. During
that time he had taken his horse to a.
ne'arby livery stable and had made
inquiries beyond the Hayes home as
to where the house was, Mr. and Mrs.
Hayes having moved to their presen'
home only since January 15. They
moved to Tabor during December, bunt
occuniedJ another house than this me.
until the 1st> Gf January.
Fatber of Deceased.
Leaving a brother of Mr. Floyd in:
Whitevi!!e the deceased's father, Mr.'
M. T. Floyd, and a brother, Herb art
m'lvd c n th m orning in TLori:- Mr
and Mrs. Hayes's old home, anr1 ca.ine
to Conway this afternoon. It is un
derstood that Robt. B. Scarborough.
of this har, will be employed to aid in
the prosecution. The father of t'ie
deceased stated to the News and Coir
ier correspondent that he .avs deter
mined to see the matter pishad to
the last ditch.
CALLING ON GIRL, WAS SHOT.
Alken Boy Shot by Another as He En
ters Front Gate.
Aiken, Feb. 9.-Will Carter, a young
white boy about 17 years of age, lies
dangerously wounded at his home in
Langley, and another young white
boy, about 16 years of age, is in jail,
charged with the shooting.
From inforriation 'that could be
gathered this morning, it seems that
Walter Cowens and Will Carter were
in love with the same young lady, who
was about their age, or younger, and
that Cowens, taking exception to the
attention being paid her by Will Car
tef, shot Carter in the back and side.
Cowens boards at a home in. Burnett
town, and it was at this house that
Carter was calling. He started there
last nigth, and about 8 o'clock open
ed the gate e,nd started in. Cowens,
seeing hincoming, picked up a shot
gun and fired at Carter. The load
took effect in the side and back. Car
ter was only about ten yards from
Cowens when the shot was fired, and
the wound is a very serious one. Last
night the wounded boy was resting
well as could be expected.
Cowens fled, 'but was located in
Bath by Rural Policeman Busbee and
brought to Aiken and lodged in jail.
Cowens in jail here today was in
terviewed by the News and Courier
corresponder.t. He says that Carter
had been threatening him for the past
few days, and that on Tuesday night
had made threats at him as if to draw
his pistol; that^'e saw him coming
It will sooi
lor. Why no
into the house last night, and that h<
picked up his gun and fired at him
He says he shot Carter in the back
just as he was'latching the gate. He
also said that Carter was mad wit.
him about something that he had said
about a young lady.
It may be stated that Carter has
served several years in the State re
formatory. Cowens Ls in knee pants,
and when seen in jail yesterday was
pitiful in appearance.
LOCAL OPTION LAW IN ALABAMA.
Parks Bill Goes Through After Long
Debate-Provides for Saloon or
Montgomery, Feb. 9.-By a vote of
58 to 44 the house-, at 5 o'clock this
afternoon, passed the Parks local op'
tion bill, after a debate lasting five
hours. As the senate is known to be
overwhelmingly in favor of a local op
tion bill, it is believed that the Parks
bill will be rushed through that body
and become a law before the end of
This does not mean that the State
will be thrown open to the sale of li
quor immediately, for the Parks bill
was so amended today as to make it
inoperative until regulation measures
to accompany it are enacted.
Saloon or Dispensary.
The Parks bill provides that 45 per
cent of ithe number that voted for
Governor can petition for an election
on the question of "wet" or "dry." If
wet, then an election is ordered on the
question of saloon or 'dispensary.
1; The county is the unit and no unin
corporated town or city and no town
not having a pbliceman or town mar
shal can have a saloon or dispensary.
The bill also provides for distilleries
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