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MAIN FOUND SLAIN;
J. D. Stuckey's Tnront Cut In Local
Sanitarium?J. A. Dullose In Custody'
Columbia, April 29.?J. A. DuBose
of BIshopvlllc, a traveling salesman,
was arrested last night on the charge
of having murdered his friend, J. D.
Stuckey of BIshopvllle, a wealthy
planter, who was found lying on his
bed with his throat cut In a local san
itarium last night .about 8:15 o'clock.
After an Investigation by Sheriff Cole
man and Coroner Walker, which lasted
for ovor three hours, Mr. DuIJose was
There was every indication that Mr.
Stuckey had committed suicide except
that tlte knife with which he cut his
throat could not be located anywhere
in his room. The knife, a double
bladed bone-handle instrument, was
found in a pocket of a coat belonging
to Mr. DuBose In his room on Lady
street. There were two small splotches
of blood on the blade.
After the knife was found Mr. Du
llose said that he lent it to Mr. Stuck
ey and picked It up when ho found
him dead in his room.
An Inquest over the remains of Mr.
Stuckey, who was a prominent and
widely connected citizen of Bishop
ville, will be held some time today.
Wanted to See Him.
Before his arrest last night, Mr. l>u
Bose, who seemed deeply shocked,
talked very freely about the affair. He
said that a relative of his friend, Mr.
Stuckey, told him at the Jerome hotel
yesterday afternoon that lie was un
dergoing treatment at the sanitarium
and would like to see him.
Mr. Dullose came to the sanitarium
about T.."iO o'clock last night and talk
ed to his friend in the sitting room,
Mr. Stuckey had been Buffering with
delirium tremens, according to Dr. M.
M. ltice, and had told several people
at the sanitarium that he was afraid
of being arrested. Mrs. Stuckey, who
had been at the sanitarium with her
husband ever since he came to Co
lumbia a week ago, left for her home
in Blshopvllle yesterday afternoon,
after telling those in charge of the
patients to keep a close watch over
Mr. Stuckey, as she was afraid he
would do himself Injury.
Mr. DuBose said last night that Mr.
Stucky, whom ho had known for
years, told him about his hallucina
tions and ho advised him to think of
something else. After they talked a
while and made arrangements to
spend the night together, Mr. DuBose
says his friend asked him to lend him
Found Lying Bond.
"I told him I didn't have one and he
walked out of the room," said Mr. Du
Bose. Ho was gone some time. I
found the negro porter back in the
hall and asked him to show me Mr.
Stuckey's room, which he did. I open
the door and saw htm lying on the
bed with blood all over the pillow. 1
walked over to the bed and put my
hand on him to see if he were alive.''
Mr. DuBose then infnrmpii Dr. O. E.
Thomas, manager of the sanitarium,
that Mr. Stuckey's throat had been
cut. Dr. Thomas telephoned for a
physician first and then for Coroner
Walker, who arrived about 8:20
The coroner found Mr. Stuckey
lying full length on one of the three
beds In his room at tho sanitarium.
Ills left arm lay across his chest and
his right arm was straight down his
side. There was a long, deep gash on
the left side of his throat, but there
was no knife in his hand, nor could
one be found on the bed or in the
room, A window, opening into a light
well, was opened, and It was thought
that the knife might have been thrown
out of it, but a search was made with
Scrawled Note in Room.
A note, written in a scrawling hand
with pencil on a scrap of pasteboard,
was found lying on a table in the
room. The note read: "I am Innocent
Cod Knows it." The latter part of the
signature on the note was almost
Illegible, but the first name, "Jim,"
could be easily read. The last name
began with an S.
The fact that Mr. Stuckey was sub
ject to hallucinations due to delirium
tremens, the finding of the note, the
position of the body and the distribu
tion of he blood about tho bed, all
led to the belief that he had commit
ted suicide, but the knife with which
the deed was done could not be found.
Coroner Walker questioned Mr. Du
Bose, the negro porter and others in
the sanitarium. Afterwards Mr. Du
Bose said that if he were not needed
he would go to his room on Lady
street, lie came back in a short while.
In the meantime, after he had made a
futile search for the knife. Coroner
Walker notified Sheriff Coleraan. An
undertaker removed tho body of Mr.
Stuckey to the morgue where it will
be held until the inquest.
Sheriff Coleman and Coroner Walker
j questioned Mr. DuBose in a private
j room in tnc sanitarium. Exactly wkal
he told them Is not known. They went
down on the second floor of the build
ing to search for the knife in the
bottom of the light well again. Then
they held another conference with
Mr. DuBose. They went with him to
his room on Lady street, and the knife
was produced from a pocket of a coat.
Lent Him the Knife.
Mr. DuBose told the officers that
he had lent Mr. Stuckey his knife,
which he had asked for with the pen
cil. When he went in search of his
friend and saw him lying on the bed
with blood all over the pillow, Mr.
DuBose told the officers he took the
pocket knife up and put It in his pock
et. Then he notified Dr. Thomas of
what had happened to Mr. Stuckey.
Several who saw the body last night
commented on the fact that, although
parts of the fingers and the back of
Mr. Stuckey's right hand were blood
smeared, his palm and the lower joints
of his llgers had no blood on them.
This was taken as an indication that
he held the knife In his hand and con
forms to Mr. DuBose's final statement
to Sheriff Coleman and Coroner Walk
er, made only after much questioning.
it is expected that the inquest today
will go far toward clearing up the
mystery which surrounds the knife
With which Mr. Stucke\ met Iii.- death.
Relatives of the late James 1).
Stuckey were expected to arrive in Co
lumbia last night from Bishopville.
They were notified as soon as the trag
edy was discovered. Mr. Stuckey was
apparently a man of about 40 years of
age and weighed over 1T."> pounds. He
was a wealthy planer. He returned
only a few weeks ago from Hot
Springs, Ark., where he went for
Ho came to Columbia about a week
ago with his wife for treatment in a
liquor cure sanitarium.
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