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A NOTABLE TRIAL.
General Walker's Trial Takes Place.
SIX DAYS OF HOT WORK.
The Trial Attended by a Number of
the General's Friends. The Prose?
cution was Vigorous and Almost
Vicious. The Defence was Ably
Conducted and the Result a Com
plete Vindication of the Distin
N riminal prosecution has ever at?
tracted more attention in this part of Vir
ginia than that of General James A. Wal?
ker, for shooting W. & Hamilton on the
11th of March, 1899. The shooting was
caused by the contest for a seat in Con?
gress between General Walker and W. F
KI.ea, into which contest Hamilton had
obtruded himself as volunteer counsel. The
contest and the difficulty in which Hamil
ton was shot were the fruits of the most
vicious canvass for Congress made by
Khea last Fall.
It will be remembered that General
Walker, because of the known ill feeling
created at Bristol by Rhea and his subor
dinates,asked for a change of venue.which
motion was denied by the Hustings Court
of that city, though sixty affidavits had
been secured, setting forth the fact that
General Walker could not have a fair
trial in that city. A motion to have a
j arv from another county was granted by
the court, which kindled a hope in the
breasts of General Walker's friends that I
j ustice would be done him, though sur- r
rcunded by the partisan hate of Rhea and
hip followers. It seems that the active c
work ofRhea'e followers, such as Davis, c
the fellow who shot General Walker when t
his faced was turned, to compel the trial i
to be heM at Bristol caused a considera- t
ble reaction in sentiment in that town. <
Liberal men were astounded by the meth
ode and the men that were used to force a
man to have his trial at a place where be
did not desire it and where he did not be- I
lieve he could secure justice. Such con- t
duct could only be revolting to liberal
minde, hence the reaction of sentiment in
On Monday morning, the 3rd inst., the
trial began in the Hustings Court of the
city of Bristol, Judge W. S. Stuart presid
ing. An excellent jury, composed of
twelve representative men froui Mont
gomery county, was sworn to try the issue
of the Commonwealth vs. James A. Wal?
ker. The political complexion of the jury
was as follows : Seven Democrats, three
Republicans and two Populists. They
were good and true men, and we doubt if
any one of the twenty-four men who were
brought from tiie county of Montgomery
as a venire from which to select the jury
would not have promptly said "not
guilty"" after hearing the testimony.
There was one incident, however, which
transpired dm ing the impanelling of the
jury which was calculated to arjuse the
suspicions of any disinterested person.
James A. Stone, who is clerk of the court,
ami a bitter Rhea partisan, was calling the
list of jurors. When he reached the name
uf the sixteenth man, the last to be called,
he skipped that name and called the name
of the seventeenth man. Strange to say,
the sixteenth man was a Republican and
the seventeenth man on the list a partisan
Democrat. General Walker, who was on
the alert and justly suspicious of Stone,
had a list of the venire in his hand, and
immediately called the attention of his
counsel to Stone's conduct. Counsel
called upon Stone to make the correction,
which he did, by returning to the name
of the sixteenth man,and without one par?
ticle of explanation of how or why he
called the name of the seventeenth and
skipped the name.of the sixteenth man.
Under ordinary circumstances this thing
would be considered accidental; but in
view of the surrounding circumstances
disinterested persons will question the in?
tegrity of Stone's conduct.
General Walker was very ably defended
by Col. Fulkerson, Capt. J. H. Wood,
and eesrs. Daniel Trigg, D. F. Bailey,
John' E. Burson and Thomas L. Moore,
the latter being the late Commonwealth's
Attorney for Montgomery county. The
defendants counsel, though earnest and
aggressive, were cautious and painstaking.
They made no mistakes in the conduct of
their side of the case; but frequently, in
arguing questions that arose during the
progress of the trial, demonstrated their
power to discuss questions of law and fact,
nnd in many instances showed conclu?
sively ths.t tbe court was in error in ih
The Commonwealth was represented bj
J. S. Ashworth, Commonwealth's Attor?
ney for the city of Bristol, assisted by J
H. Winston, Jr., Judge Thomas Curtir
and P. J. Davenport, the latter beinj
Commonwealth's Attorney for Washing
ton qouuty. The last three were employ
ed by private persons to assist in the pros
ccution. They bad a bad case and it wa
conducted witb a great lack of discretion
A part of the counsel seemed to thin!
that it was the duty of the Commonwealtl
to obstruct and prevent tbe introductioi
of any^videnca that would throw ligh
upon tie transaction and excuse Genen
Walker for shooting Hamilton. The
seemed especially anxious to prevent th
introduction of any testimony that woul
throw a cloud upon the conduct of Rht
and his immediate friends who were coi
necled with the difficulty. To that en
they were fortunate in securing favorab
ratings fvom the court, bul not enough bo I
prevent the jury from being impress*
witbUhe belief that Walker was not on
justiiied in shooting Hami'ton, but
creating in the uiiud* of nearly all wl
heard the evidence a firm conviction tb
a diabo?ca' plot had been formed to mi
der General Wa'ker. Perhaps the pro*
iting attorneys were of opinion that they
ad a great opportunity to distinguish
lemselves by assisting in tiie prosecution I
f so distinguished a man as General j
falker; and if they could, by possibility,
(cure his conviction they would establish
reputation for life. This, no doubt,
lade some of them more eager than they
ould otherwise have been, and they j
ere led thereby to take many positions,
3th as to law and facts, that were grossly ,
roneous and unfair. If they were eager |
i protect Khea and his co-conspirators,
le very course they pursued only at
acted more attention to those -whom
ley were trying to protect; and notwith
andiusr the court would not, at any stage
' the proceedings, allow the defense to
troduce proof of a conspiracy, enough
its brought into the case to create a firm
:lief, in the minds of all who heard the
?idence, of a wicked plot to injure or kill
When a distinguished citizen commits
crime without provocation, and mali
ously, he should receive no considera
an that is not extended to the humblest
tizen. The greater his opportunities
id the higher his position the greater his
spcnsibility. But when an old and dit
Qguished citizen, one whose record as a
an, as a soldier, as a lawyer and as a
)litician has been such as to make him
anorable and distinguished, is accused of
)inmitting a crime, it is proper to treat
im with the same generous consideration
lat is accorded the humblest citizen,
his is especially true when it is plain
rat the act was provoked by a systematic |
ne of conduct, pursued by his adversaries,
lade up of personal abuse and the appli
ition of numerous vile ephitheis. In!
ieueral Walker's case it was plain, in the
arly stages of the trial, that such a line of
anduct had been pursued toward him;
nd that he had submitted to taunts and
isults, numerous and galling, rather than
o a violent act. It was further shown
iat he made no assault until he was con
inced that his personal safety demanded
rompt action. This being true, the char
cter of the prosecution was bitter, viudic
ive, unwise, and at times disgusting,
t so impressed unbiased bystanders, it
lust have so impressed the jury.
The trial was not concluded until 8:301
'clock on Saturday night. The jury was
at from ten to twenty minutes, and when
hey returned with the verdict, it was,
onfidently expected: "We, the jury, lind
he defendant.Jas. A. Walker,not guilty,as j
barged in the indictment."
While the trial was in progress General
Valker constantly had by his side some |
if his staunch friends from different nor.
ions of the Congressional district. Among j
hose present, were H. C. Joslyn and Geo
V. Blankenship, ?f Lee; W. E. H?ge, o^|
k-ott; J. H. Meade, of Russell; C C. Lin
?oln, of Marion; Hon. T. M. Aiderson,
."nited States District Attorney; and Col.
r?seph Harrison, Capt. Henry Bowen, C.
I. Barns, J. T. Barns, J. O. D. Copenha
ter, and Wm. C. Pendleton, of Tazewell.
friere were others whose names we eannot j
There were many battles of words| be
ween the opposing counsel, over the in
;roduction of evidence by the defendant;
ml "we object" and "objection BUStain
id," where objections were raieed by the
prosecution, occurred so often as to become
both monotonous and amusing. They al?
most became by-words with persons at?
tending the trial. One person would meet j
another and say, "I object," and the oth?
er would promptly respond, "objection
sustained." It was a fight from start to
finish on the part of the defense to get in
what it believed to be important testimo?
ny. Much that was considered not only
proper but material was ruled out by the |
court. When the defense proposed to ex?
hibit the wounds of Geueral Walker.made
by the pistol shots of Geo. E. Davis,. to
contradict the testimony of Davis, Stone,
Rhea and others, who had testified that
Davis h.vl shot Walker in self-defense,
part of the counsel for the Commonwealth
objected. Judge Curtin admitted that
it was proper evidence, but the court sus?
tained the objection raised by Abhworth,
holding that it was immaterial evidence.
When the ruling was announced a wave |
of dissent was audible in the audience,
which must have awakened in the mind
of the court the injustice that was being]
done the defendant. The court in a few
minutes requested that the question of |
exhibiting the wounds should be raised
again upon the grounds of rex gestae. This |
was done, and the argument thereon was !
not completed until Friday morning. At
the conclusion of the argument the court
ruled that the wounds could be exhibited
as evidence. Davis, Stone and others had
sworn positively that General Walker was
facing Davis when the latter shot him,
that he had his pistol in his hand, still
smoking, and pointed in the direction of
Davis. This was to sustain the plea of
self-defense set up by Davis at his trial,
and upon which he was so promptly ac?
quitted by a partisan jury gotton up in
Bristol. When those wounds were shown,
and their nature explained by the two
physicians that attended General Walker
when he was wounded, Drs. Pearson and
Vance, we were not astonished at the stub?
born fight made by the prosecutors to
keep the wounds from being shown to the
jury and the audience. It is a well settled
principle of law that physical marks are
the best evidence. In this instance they
certainly were, and contradicted ev?
ery statement made by every witness tc
the effect that Davi? had shot Genera'
Walker in self-defence, but proved con
clusively that he had, in a most cowardl)
manner, tried to assassinate the gallant olt
soldier. That his act was cowardly wai
virtually admitted by one of the counsel
at another stage of the proceedings, whei
he stated that Davis was soseriouely afrait
of General Walker that he ran from bin
as soon as he shot him. We did not hea
all the Commonwealth's witnesses testify
but those we did hear impressed us will
their manner, which was full of venom fu
the defendant. We do not remember t
haye ever seen a more vicious expre^sio
than was worn by the face of Davis while o
the witness stand. Thejury must have als
been unfavorably impressed with the cor
duct of the Commonwealth's witneeses.an
gave very little weight to what they tolci
for we have heard that had the case bee
submitted to the jury without the defei
dunt off-ring a particle of evidence the
would have been a verJict of aequittal.
There was a marked difference in tlie
tanner iu which tiie witnesses for the de
;nee testified. General Walker related
ie incidents connected with the shooting J t
i a manly,frank way, that bore the stamp -
f truth on every word uttered. Ca|fee i
id Hickman were both splendid wit
esses, ami stood withering cross-examina
ons in such a way as to show that every
atement they made was from honest 1
mviction. When it became necessary e
> place Mr. John E. Burson on the wit- 3
jss stand it was evident he went there '
luctantly, and only from a sense of duty. c
e related how Hamilton had met him a
w hours before the shooting, and iu a ^
mversation told how he (Hamilton) and j
hers intended to provoke General Wal
it into a row, and what they were going t
do for him; how he (Burson) had
irned Hamilton not to provoke a diffi
ilty, urging that General Walker would
jrt him. Mr. Burson, soon after the
iooting,related the conversation to friends e
Hamilton and to Hamilton also. He ^
is sent for by Hamilton, who tried to ?'
nploy him as counsel in his suit against *
eneral Walker for damages; but Burson 1
:clined to act as counsel in that case, ?*
ving as his reason this knowledge of '
amilton's intentions to provoke a row z
ith General Walker, which resulted in
ie shooting. t
We are informed that the counsel foi a
ie Commonwealth were very severe on \
[r. Burson, one of them calline him -
idas Iscariot. That attorney was as far (
f from moral truth, in comparing Burson \
i the betrayer of the Saviour of the world, c
i he was from the legal truth in trying t
i secure the conviction of General Walker, i
jdas betrayed his Lord and Master, the t
nbodiment of truth. Burson told of a c
icked scheme, that had been divulged to
im, to injure a gallant and distinguished
tizen. He told how he had been urged ^
y two men, one in one of the honorable
rofessions.the other at the head of a large
osiness institution in Bristol, to suppress ^
hut he knew about Hamilton's declara- ,j
ons. Mr. Burson told who those men t
ere, and they did not come on the wit
ees stand to contradict him. The prose
ition declared after Burson testified that t
ley would both contradict and impeach
im. They did not try to impeach him.and ^
ie effort to contradict him was so feeble l
lat after two witnesses were introduced *
ie Commonwealth rested its case.
As before stated, there had been a great I
saction in General Walker's favor before
ne trial began,and it was testilied to by the j
seining withdrawal of sympathy and sup- r
ort of the better element of Bristol for
Iamilton and Uhea. It was no infre '
uent thing to hear gentlemen, who were
oetile to General Walker politically, ex-,.
ress their sympathy for him in his
rouble, and disgust for those who had
reated the trouble fcnd were engiueei ing \
The evidence in rebuttal was concluded
y the Commonwealth on Friday after
oon, and instructions asked for, by both
he Commonwealth and defendant, were j
ubmitted with arguments on the night of j
hat day. On Saturday morning the ar-1
u men Is began. Messrs. Oavenport, Cur
in and Ashworth spoke for the prosecu
ion, and Mr. Moore, Capt. Wood, Hon.
). F. Bailey and Hon. Daniel Trigg for
he defendant. Of course the efforts of
he prosecuting attorneys could not be
?therwise than weak. Two of them had
thready expressed, privately, the opinion
hat the Commonwealth's case had been
jutchered and had gone to pieces.
There has been nothing but words of ]
jraisc for die speeches of those gentle
nen who represented General Walker.
Armed with truth and justice, their blows
were hard and effective. The arguments
were all so fine that it was hard for friends
or enemie? to determine which did the
best. General Walker and his friends will
never forget Col. Fulkerson, Capt. Wood,
Dan Trigg, Dave Bailey, Messrs. Moore)
and Burson for the fidelity and efficiency
with which they performed their duties in
At a little after 8 o'clock on Saturday
night the case was submitted to the jury,
and in less than half an hour the verdict
of not guilty was returned. There was
never a difference of opinion among the
jurors as to what they should do. The
verdict was a righteous one, and was a
great rebuke to those who had plotted to
ruin General Walker. It is astounding
that Khea and bis advisers would persist
iu the prosecution of General Walker with
the knowledge of the developments that
would be made at the trial?developments
that have covered a band of conspirators
with disgrace so lasting that it will never
General Walker's triumphant acquittal
was confidently expected by his friends,
but this did not prevent its being heard
with the profouudest pleasure by all good
men in the Ninth District, in Virginia,
and throughout the Union.
incidents ok the trial.
Dave Bailey had a new pronunciation
for ret gestae. He called it "K hea's jester."
The conspicuous absence of the publish?
er of the Bristol News during the trial wai
It was demonstrated that General Walk?
er had some as true and brave friends in
Bristol as eyer walked the earth.
Hon. S. 11. Walker, of Augusta county.
Vr., brother of the distinguished defen?
dant, sat by his side throughout the trial
The iufrequency of: "We object" anc
"objection over ruled," upon objection!
raised by the defense, was a marked lea
ture of the trial.
General Walker's manner during tin
trial was s? manly as to win the admira
tion of bis friends and the respect of hi
There was a a notable frequency of: "w
object" and "objection sustained," upoi
motion of prosecution to prevent testimc
ny being introduced by the defendant.
The absolute correctness of the stenc
graphic notes of Mr. Boswell, of Washing
ton City, who acted as stenographer fc
General Walker, was questioned by n
Dan Trigg said in a conversation: 1
would rather have the manifestation <
corfidence and esteem that is being show
General Walker by his friends in theNinl
District than to have a seat in Congress.
SWELL, VA., THURSDAY, JULY 13, 189
Mr. Moore, while arguing for the admia
ibility of General Walker'b wound? as ev
cence, mid Davis had shot him in th
ide only because he was not at his back
io more withering thrust was made dur
ug the trial.
When the jury announced their verdict
Jeneral Walker arose and said: "Gentle
uen of the jury, allow me to express my
incere thanks to you. I had no doubt of
our verdict from the time I heard that 1
iad an honest jury from Montgomery
From i lie evidence it was apparent that
ieneral Walker and Mr. Calfee were the
ast to leave the room after the shooting
hi the night of the 11th. of March; and
hat Rhea and his friends got out bb fast
s they could, after Davis got in his eow
Strong men wept when General Walker
xhibited his wound? to the jury. Wept
om sympathy over the maimed and help
jbs left arm, tint was made useless by
errible wound received while leading the
umorlal "Stonewall" Brigade. Wept
om indignation when they gazed at the
elpless right arm that had been paraly
ed by an assassin's bullet.
Prof. Phipp8, of the Southwest Institute,
jstitied that he was in the court room
nd looking in where depositions were be
lg taken, that Judge Rhea came out into
lie court room, that he, (Phipps), pio
ested against the treatment that General
Valker was receiving in the room where the
epositions were being taken, and that he
ild Rhea there would be trouble unlesa
lie guying was stopped. This was only
wo or three hours before the shooting oc
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WHAT HAS RECENTLY TRANSPI
IN THE COUNTIES OP THIS
The Pearisburg Virginian and Pulaski
News-Review are having a controversy
over the question as to whether Giles or
Pulaski county is entitled to the next rep?
resentative in the House of Delegates.
The pipe works at Rad ford was expect?
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For some time a large force of hands has
been engaged in getting the works in
shape and before long they will be tun?
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ployment to from three hundred to live
The Wytheville Dispatch disputes the
claim of the Pulaski News-Review that
Governor Tyler "can count on the sup?
port of the people of the great Southwest"
as a candidate for United States Senator.
The Dispatch says very few Democrats in
Wythe will be for Tyler GS against Martin,
and that the delegate from that county
will be a Martin man. In response to
this assertion of the Dispatch the News
Review says: "Has the machine got its
ork so well under way that it can be
told bo far ahead of the time for choosing
the members of our legislature who they
will be and how they will vote."
1 he Largest Consumers
)f paint are the railroads?they use Devoe
ead and zinc?and they never use paint
vilhout knowing what it is made of.
The Ixiok & Lincoln factory at Mai ion,
Va., has been working on full time this
summer, and has been turning out a great
many wagons, plow handles, and oth?
er articles which are made at that factory.
The industry is a very valuable one to
Marion, as it gives profitable employment
to between fifty and sixty men, and man?
ufacturers into various articles a large
amount of lumber supplied by the sur
Judge David Cummings, judge of the
county court of Washington county, has
appointed Mr. John 0. Bradley treasurer
of that county, to 1111 a vacancy caused by
the death of Mr. S. T. Withers, treasurer
elect. David A. Preston, who was a can?
didate at the recent election for circuit
court clerk of Washington, has been select?
ed by Mr. Bradley as bis deputy.
Mr. J. L. Gleaves, of Wytheville, has
been appointed deputy collector of inter?
nal revenue in the Western District of
Virginia, with headquarters at Wytheville.
He succeeds R. P. Johnson, who had held
the position since 1893.
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The Prices of the
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"r. H. L. Myere, 100 Mulberry St., New?
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It Is An Exacting Taste
rhat We Can't Please.
General Otis has telegraphed the Presi
lent that he can enlist two veteran volun?
teer regiments from the volunteers now in
the Philippines. This looks like the vol?
unteers are satisfied with their treatment,
and are not averse to holding the islands.
Kansas City, Mo. will make an effort to
have the Democratic National convention
held in that city in 1900. Some cities like
some persons will even seek empty hon?
That was a cruel hoax that General Fits
Lee had been left a half million dollars by
Mr. Henry B. Plant, recently deceased.
President McKinley is using great judg?
ment in the selection of officere for the
new volunteer regiments that are to be
sent to the Philippines.
The Southern Democratic politicians, ?s
a rule, are opposing the course of the Ad?
ministration in the Philippines, but they
are eager to receive appointments for their
friends in the volunteer regiments that are
being raised for Otis.
The Topeka ?'Capital" says: "Instead
of putting out a platform next year the
Democratic party would make a hit by
writing a will and testament and nominat?
ing Bryan as executor." The trouble is
the Democracy has nothing to devise but
past recollections, and William J. would
like to administer on something more sub?
William Jensinga Bryan ascendsd Pikes
on the l?th. inst. The rarified air did not
interfere a particle, with his power of speech.
The New Orleans Picayune (Democratic)
says: "There is yet hope for the Demo?
crats," and add6 their's will not always be
the jackass party, as it is represented by
caricaturists." As long as Bryan and
Bailey lead the party the braying will not
The Richmond Times is ot the ^opinion
that Mr. Bryan ought to stop making ob?
jections to what he calls imperialism, or
cease to advocate national legislation which
will tend to breakidown all the barriers
between the State and Federal Govern?
ments, and bring about i what is called a
centralized government. There is great
force in this position of the Times. Here?
tofore the Democracy was opposed to cen?
tralization, but alt the Populistic doctrines
of the Chicago platform, so warmly advo?
cated by Mr. Bryan, are centralizing, and
would result, if adopted, in patenalism.
A telegram from Marion, Va., to the
Lynchburg News, dated July 12lh, con?
tains a circular address from J. H?ge
Tyler "ro the People of Virginia," In
which he announce himself a candidate
for the United States Senate to succeed
Senator Martin. We take it for Ranted
thepjople of Southwest Virginia, irre?
spective of party, will be for Tyler as