THE BOURBON NEWS.
PUBLISHED EVFRY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY IN THE YEAR
PARIS, KENTUCKY, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1913
Negro Killed in a Saloon Brawl.)
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George Thomas, colored, was shot
and wounded Saturday night by For
rest Lawrence, a white man, from the
effects of which he died several hours
later. The shooting occurred about
11 :30 o'clock in the saloon of Mike
Woods on Mam street, and is said to
have been the result of a previous
The saloon was crowded and a num
ber of men in the place were eye-witnesses
to the shooting. Lawrence was
placed under arrest by Patrolman Fred
Link and lodged in jail.
Stories as to the cause of the shoot
ing are conflicting, it being said that
the negro had threatened the life of
Lawrence and that the snooting fol
lowed a number of remarks that had
been made by Thomas to a white
According to the most reliable infor
mation Lawrence entered the place
and going back to the pool room in the
rear of the saloon engaged in an argu
ment with Thomas, who it is said ap
pealed to the bartender, A. R. McKen
ney, for protection.
At tuis time the men were standing
in the doorway between the saloon and
pool room and Lawrence was making
an effort to get at the negro. McKen
ney, it is said, was between them
when Lawrence suddenly drew his re
volver, pushed the former to one side
and fired two shots. A third cartridge
in the revolver failed to explode when
McKenney wrenched the weapon from
Thomas fell to the floor, one of the
bullets taking effect, the other missing
ita mark. The bullet from the 38-cali-bre
Iver Johnson revolver entered the
right side between the sixth and sev
enth ribs, passing through the right
lung, iniflcting a,niortal wound.
The second shot fired by Lawrence
was while the negro was on the floor
and it took effect in his body about
four inches to the left of the first
Dr. J. 1. Brown' and Dr. William
Kenney were summoned to attend the
wounded man. who aside from suffer
ing from the severe shock ble.i '. intern
ally. Restoratives were administered
and he was removed to the home of his
mother on Williams street where he
diedabout two hours later.
Thomas was employed at the butcher
shop of Albert Anton and was consid
ered an expert butcher. Lawrence,
who was formerly employed as a tele
phone lineman, had more recently been
doing farm labor.
Thomas, it is also said, had threat
ened the life of Lawrence because of
the fact that he had been accused by
the white man of killing his lchickens
and only a few days ago the latter had
a warrant out for the negro and he
was placed under a pehce bond.
EXAMINING TRIAL THURSDAY.
Lawrence was arraigned in the
countv court yesterday afternoon, be
fore Judge Denis Dundon and enter
ing a plea of not guilty his examin
ing trial was set for Thursday morn
ing at ten o'clock.
Coroner Rudolph Davis yesterday
conducted an investigation before a
jury at which a number of witnesses
were examined, resulting in a verdict
being returned in accordance with the
A. R. McKenney, bartender at
Woods' saloon said that he saw the
shooting and was standing between the
men netore Lawrence tired, tie was
pushed out of the way when he fired.
He said Thomas told him that Law
rence had been making trouble forllhim
and asked what was the best thing to
do. He testified that he had told the
negro to leave the saloon by the rear
door and a second later Lawrence fired
the fatal shots. He said Law rence
came in the saloon after Thomas had
been there tor some time. The men
did not talk to each other and Thomas
said that Lawrence had it in for him.
Kirby Woods said that he did not see
the first shot fired but saw Law
rence standing over the prostrate
negro with his revolver in his hand
and saw him fire the second shot.
Was engaged in counting at one of the
pool tables when the first shot was
fired. He went to get an officer after
he saw the negro was wounded. Had
not noticed either of the men in the
saloon. Saw Mike Woods take a pistol
from the coat of Thomas.
Mike Woods, proprietor of the saloon,
said he "was tending bar when the
shooting occurred and did not see any
of the trouble. He was attracted by
the two ahots and went to the rear
room finding Thomas on the floor. Said
he took a pistol from a holster that
was concealed under his left arm.
Walter Gray said he saw Lawrence
fire the second shot while Thomas was
on the floor hut did not see any diffi
culty before the shooting.
Horace Steele, a negro boy, testified
that. he went in the saloon after the
shooting but was not in there at the
Sam Biddle, colored, said he saw
both shots fired. At the first Thomas
fell to the floor and Lawrence holding
his revolver in both hands stood over
him and fired the second shot.
At the conclusfon of the evidence the
jury retired returning a verdict as fol
lows: "We, the jury, find that George
Thomas came to his death by a gun
shot wound inflicted by-the hands of
W. K. SCOTT. Foreman.
GEO. W. JUDY.
O. L. FRYE.
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