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rlmSTS ARE MADE
IN WINNSBORO AFFAIR
ERNEST ISENHOWER AND JESSE
MORRISON ARE IN AIL
Warranic Haro Rppn fflr OthW?i
Arrests are Expected to
News and Courier.
Winnsboro, June 15.?9 eriff A. D.
Hood killed in performance of his
duty, Jules Smith, a negro charged
with criminal assault, and Clyde IseuW
hower, a relative of Smith's a^eged
intended victim, dead, Deputy Sheriff
I Earle Stevenson desperately wounded,
ibis left arm being practically shot off,
& Rural Policeman J. R. Boulware shot
tVin r-.ii- r\f >ii? ctnmanh and barelv
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ft living, and Jessee Morrison, brotherin-law
of Isen'-ower and a member of
W the attacking party shot in the head,
f and several other deputy sheriffs
( wounded, tell the horrible results of
an attack by a small mob on tihe sheriff
here this morning while he was
ascending t?e court house steps with
the negro who was to be placed on
> trial for his life.
I Sheriff Hood went to Columbia this
morning and brought Jules Smith, the
negro who was to be tried for the
awful crime, back to Winnsboro to put
him on trial for his life. The negro
iad been in toe State penitentiary
for safe-keeping and the sheriff was
accompanied by several deputies. This
precaution was taken in iview of certain
threats said to have been uttered.
Tee sheriff and his prisoner reached
here in safety. With the negro walking
between him and Policeman
Ha;ynes, tf:e sheriff had started up the
steps to the court house, his deputies
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of shots broke out. Tfce first bullet
I struck the negro prisoner in ti-e
fc stomach with fatal results. The secRt
ond bullet from the mob hit Sheriff
By this time the fusillade had become
general, the mob firing promisW
cuously into the crowd whicfo was
following the sheriff and his party up
; the steps to t?e court room. As soon
| as he could draw his pistol 'Sheriff
I Hood returned the fire and several of
t his deputies joined in the affray. Sher
k, iff Hood was snot nve limes, luree
S times in the stomach, in his right
B side, in left arm and between shouldK
er and elbow. Deputy Sheriff Earle
V Stevenson who was right behind itim,
was shot twice in the left arm, practically
severing it from his body. One
F - bullet struck Rural Policeman J. R.
Boulware in his stomach, probably fa
h ^tally wounding him. Deputy Sheriff
I B. R. Beckman was shot in the left
j leg. Constable R. L. Kelley was si-ot
in the thumb and right arm. Deputy
(Sheriff J. W. Broom received several
bullets through ibis pants and one
grazed his left foot.
From all the information obtainable
the consensus of opinion is ttiat Clyde
Isenhower began t?e shooting and it
is said that his first bullet killed the
negro prisoner. He thimself was fatally
1 wounded, being shot several times,
and receiving thirteen openings in his
body as a result of bullets lodging
there. It is thought that Sheriff Hood
directed His Ore at uiyae lsenuower,
> far the sheriff emptied >Ms pistol. IsenI
hower, after being shot to pieces,
l staggered into the sheriff's office and
r had unbreeched his pistol and reloaded
it before he fell faint from the loss
l Jesse Morrison, a brother-in-law of
Isenhower, and said to have been a
I member of the mob, received a scalp
Tvound in his ?ead and had a thumb
^ shot away. D. F. Smith, a bystander
Ptook refuge behind a tree and a bullet
just grazed his stomach. Probate
L Judge W. L. Holley was standing in
P the door of the court house at the
L time of the shooting and a bullet
buried itself in the door facing at his
EF side. Although mortally wounded,
Sheriff Hood took the negro prisoner,
I who was sinking from the effects of
the fatal bullet in his stomaon, up
the steps of the court house and into
L the room and pushed him into the
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Igock oeiore ice suociuuueu. as ub ich
to the floor, he said to Solicitor
Henry: "They have got me at last."
Tttie negro prisoner lived only about
ten minutes. i '
Sheriff Hood, Deputy Sheriffs J. F.
Boulware and B. R. Beckham were
taken to Columbia on a special train,
reaching there about 1:30 o'clock. Surgeons
had Sheriff Hood on the op
(erating table several nours anu ?iguteen
perforations were found In mis
intestines. He was given every attention,
but his condition from the first
was hopeless, and he died tonigiht at
7:50 o'clock. Deputy Boulware has
only" a ffghtlng- chance for recovery,
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I MAKING THIRD VICTIM
ALLEGED LEADER OF WXIXSBORO
MOB Sl Cir.MBS TO WOUNDS
Murder Indictments Returned by the
Fairfield Grand Jury?Funeral
Chester, June 15.?Clyde Isenhower,
charged with aving been tiie leader
of the mob that killed Sheriff A. D.
! Hood and '"is negro prisoner, Jules
Smith, at Winnsboro yesterday, died j
in a hospital here at 10 o'clock to-;
Deputy Sheriff Earle Stevenson, who
i was hrmicrhf hprc i?? renorted to
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nigi':t as doing well.
Winnsboro. June 15.?As a climax j
i to the apDalling court house tragedy !
| that gripped the city and the county j
with excitement here yesterday; that j
took the life of Fairfield's valiant j
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snerm a. l?. nooa; mai snuueu uul |
the mortal existence of his prisoner, I
Jules 'Smith, who as a dramatic touch1
to ti.e affair, fell in a dying condition !
near the prisoners' docket box in the
court house, when released from the
clutch of Sheriff Hood, was toe arrest
of Jim Rawls, tfesse Morrison and
Ernest Isenhower, all on the charge-of
murder as named in the indictment re-1
turned by the grand jury, of which J.j
H. Coleman is foreman.
Clyde Isenhower, alleged leader of
tJ' e attacking party died in a Chester
hospital tonight. He was still alive
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though he was reported dead last1
The report of the grand jury follows
Grand Jury's Findings.
"We concur fully in the appeal of
your honor for the enforcement of the |
law, and deeply regret and deplore the 1
tragedy enacted within t?':e portals of!
the court house today, to the terror i
of thoughtful and law-abiding citizens, i
and we join in your honor's tribute to j
tue courage of Sheriff Hood and his j
) faithful discharge of his duties even
at the risk of his own life. He and
his brave assistants l-dnorably discharged
their duties, and their conduct
cannot be too highly praised, and
we realize that when the spirit of
these men sball always characterize
our public officers, much will ha>"e
been done to put lawlessness down.
"We have made an investigation of
this affair and present for murder
Clyde Isen'-ower, Ernest Isenhower,
Jesse Morrison and James Rawls, the
prisoner, Jules Smith, having been
killed while in the custody of the
officers of the law. The names of the
witnesses will be presented to the solicitor
by the foreman. We also present
the same parties for feloniously
assoulting and shooting Sheriff A. D.
Hood, Earle Stevenson, Linder Kelly,
B. R. Beckham and J. W. Richardson j
on ti_e 14th of June, 1915, and a list of |
the witnesses will be handed the solicitor
by the foreman.
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?w Sheriff's Statement.
In a statement given out for publication,
Rural Policeman Austin Scott,
since appointed sheriff, told the following
story of his part in the killing.
"I was going up the steps with the;
rest of the party, a little behind, to
protect the negro. I then i-eard one
ff1 j -y say, 'Now is your time,' and this
fellow, Clyde Isenhower, began shooting,
and everybody began firing. I
made a certain fellow, I don't know
his exact name, drop his gun. Boulware
was next to Sheriff Hood.
"Immediately after the scooting I =
hurried to summon the doctors, but <
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tney coma not De iuunu ai uuuc. mc,
whole affair began as we turned to go j
up the steps, and I tftink about forty
or more shots were^fired. Sheriff Hood,
after the shooting, was carried into
the court house, he and Boulware. The |
negro fell near t>be docket box. I saw
no more of the tragedy, as I kept my
eyes on Ernest and Clyde Isenhower.
Further than what I here say I know
noticing more of the shooting."
An armed patrol guarded the jail
during the night, but no trouble occurred.
All of the wounded are reported
resting easy except Policeman
Raleigh Boulware and Cyde Isenhower
who are in a very critical condition.
Tbe funeral of Sheriff A. D. Hood
will be held tomorrow morning at the
Presbyterian church at 11 o'clock. The
Rev. J. B. Traywick and Dr. O. H.
Johnston will officiate at tJte services,
j Masonic honors will be accorded the
Telegrams poured in today from all
- parts- of the- State* tfr tfafc' bereave# family,
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 7.)
[HORROR OF TRAGEDY
GROWS WITH TIME
THE DEATH TOLL SO FAR NUMBERS
The People of Fairfield Stunned by j
iftNiir Thuf Thpir Tpm?
pie of Justice.
Columbia, June 15.?The passage of
twenty-four hours only adds to the
awfulness of the tragedy at Winnsboro,
yesterday, when Sheriff A. D. j
Hood was shot down while taking a J
negro up the court house steps to
place itim on trial on a charge of assault.
That the negro lost his life is
a mere incident, for standing out in
all its 'horror is the toll enacted by
men who gave vent to their passions
and took the law into their own hands,
staining the portals of the Fairfield
Temple of Justice with the blood of
their own sheriff and f:is deputies,
and all because these men did their
sworn duty ana upneia me iaw.
All that is mortal of Sheriff A. D.
Hood lies today in Winnsboro, while
two juries?tr.e coroner's jury and the
grand jury of Fairfield county?are
probing into the tragedy with the determination
to bring those responsible
before the bar of justice.
Trio in Jail.
Locked up in jail in Winnsboro,
wi:.ich is directly across the street
from the court house, the scene of the
tragedy, are Ernest Isenhower, Jesse J
Morrison, and Jim Rawls, charged
with being members of the mob and
participants in the shooting. Ernest
Isenhower is a brother of Clyde Isenhower,
who is said to have been the
leader of fcve mob, and the man who
fired the first shot. Jesse Morrison is
a brother-in-law. Clyde Isenhower,
himself, would have faced a charge of
murder had he recovered.
The attacking party is said to have
been composed of only five, and the
consensus of opinion is that the whole
affair was planned in advance. The
suddenness witin which t?e attack was
made and the quickness with' which
it was all over, together with the evi-!
dences left by bullets which hit the
court house, strengthen t';e belief in
the conspiracy. This matter is receiving
attention at ti'e hands of the Fairfield
grand jury, which began an investigation
yesterday afternoon as
soon as Judge Wilson made his
vigorous Charge to them, in which he
denounced the affair as an "assassination."
First Shot Hit >"egro.
Sheriff Hood had started up the
steps with the negro prisoner between
itim and Policeman Haynes with his
deputies in the rear, and the crowds
following behind, when the first pistol
shot was fired. Clyde Isenhower is
said to 'have been standing within less
than a dozen feet of the sheriff, and it
is said that his shot was the first to
be fired, ti-e bullet entering the
stomach of the negro and killing him. |
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JLI10 SUCIliL ItJUCiVCU bctciai uuncio, ic I
is stated, in his body before he could
pull tois gun which he emptied at the
aggressor. The deputies joined in returning
the fire of the assailants and
it all happened before anyone could
realize wfcat was going on.
BraYery of Sheriff Hoad
Standing out from the awfulness of
the tragedy is the matchless bravery
on/} fna ^Qiintbeo r?ovrktirm tn dlltv of
Sheriff Hood, who gaive up his life in
defence of the wretched negro rather
than surrender him to the vengeance j
of the mob. Although mortally wound- j
ed, shot through and through, and
with blood pouring from the many
perforations, 'Sheriff Hood dragged the
dying negro up the steps of the court
house and pushed him into ti-e dock
before he fell to the floor. The negro :
died within a few minutes. The
sheriff was propped up against the
wall, saying to Solicitor Henry at the
time "they have got me at last." All
during the time before the special
train reached Winnsboro from ColumI
bia not a word escaped to~e lips of the
dying man, although he must have
been in great agony. He as brought
here and for several hours surgeons
worked over him on the operating
table hoping to save the brave life,
but in vain. Nearly a score of perforations
were found in his intestines.
After all that was possible 'bad been
done for him, it was seen that this
case was hopeless and he knew it himself.
He died just before 8 o'clock,
and died like he had lived, uncom
plaining and unafraid, a man to the
Great regret is expressed in official
circles and by citizens in every walk
of life over the death of Sheriff Hood.
Shot down while doing his duty, My
'Wood* batWu'g the steps and the floor
of the court house, and the Spartan
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