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THE JEALOUS SHOT OF A DUSKY RIVAL
PROVES FATAL TO "BIG EVA SMITH Bhafer Breaks Down and Cries X>ike a Baby When Told That His Mis tress Is Head—A Touching Scene behind the Bars of the County Jail. "Big Eva" Smith is dead. The wound made by the bullet fired by Bessie Fisher yesterday morning proved fatal. She died at St. James hospital at 3 o'clock this afternoon. An inquest will be held by the coroner tomorrow. In cells at the county Jaiil are con fined Bessie Fisher and J. H. Bowlaul, known as "Chic" Malone. The latter is said to have been directly responsible for the shooting of "Big Eva." It wus over FT w : v\ 4 ÆJ gr 'fl /I 'S E.VA 3mm % >5 l \\ L m r a yk>\\V K V / X if 't / 9 his affections that the women quarreled just prior to the tragedy. The Fisher woman, who is but 20 years old. is apparently perfectly indifferent to her fate. She will have to answer to a charge of murder, but that does not seem to disturb her. Boland is also in different. He is charged with being an accessory after the fact. Joseph Shafer, colored, who was known as the lover of "Big Eva," and who is confined at the county jail, on a charge of killing John Hawkins some time ago, shows more concern over the death of the woman than does any one else. He was told of her death imme diately after it occurred. The news prostrated him. Tears coursed down his cheeks in streams and he sobbed like a child. Several times ho moaned and it was impossible to reconcile him. "She was good to me" he said. "She was the only real fiiend I had on earth If I had been out of here it never would have happened- Poor Eva, poor girl. This is mighty hard. I don't care what becomes of me now." Both of the women and Boland ar«. colored, and although it is claimed by friends of the women that they came of respectable parents, all are of the lower type of the tenderloin district In whieh they reside, and have figured more or less in police circles. The victim of the shooting occupied a crib at 38 East Galena street The bullet from a 44-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol of old pattern, enter'd the woman's body at the base of the sternum, and, passing through to the right side of the back, it emerged and fell to the floor. The leaden missile of death will be retained by the officials K3 evidence to be used at the trial of the case. Those who have known the woman for some time say that "Big Eva's" cor rect name Is Cassie Frye, and that she formerly resided in Lawrence, Kan., but that her parents are now living in Kan sas City. The Fisher woman, who Is quite young, hails from Minneapolis, where her folks still reside. She has been in Butte but a short 'time. Boland, the man over whom the shooting occurred, is of that type always troublesome to the police ,and on several occasions he has been before the court on various charges, ranging from that of being a frequenter of houses of ill-fame to the more serious charge of insulting white woman on the stFeets. Various accounts of the trouble have been given differing in details, but ail agree as to the cause of the shooting. The young colored girl who did the shooting and Boland have ibeen appa rently inseparable companions for a number of months, but of late the girl suspected that she has not been the sole recipient of her admirer's affections, and she concluded to keep a sharp lookout - and determine who had been trifling with Boland. Saturday evening Bessie had consid erable money, and her admirer helped himself to $10, so she claims. Boland states that she gave him the money, but it matters little how he came by it. Bessie found in this an excuse to call at Room 27 in the "Owl" block, corner of East Galena and Wyoming streets, and demand of Boland her money. Her suspicions were confirmed when the door was opened, for there she found the man to whom she had been so at tentive occupying the same room with "Big Eva." Thoroughly aroused with jealousy and hatred, the young woman left without a word to Boland or Eva, but was back again in a few moments. She demanded her 810 hardly before the door was opened, muttering in mono syllables to herself about the actions of her "Chick." Eva went to the door of the room, and. turning the key, threw it open. Without a moment's warning Bessie fired and her victim fell backwards Into the room. Without waiting to ascertain the re sult of her act, the enraged murderess fairly flew down the stairs and onto the street. Officer Gray, who happened by at the time, heard the shot and hurried to the "Owl" block, where quite a crowd had assembled. Bessie appeared excited and he placed her under arrest but hardly had he turned his back when the desperate wom an took to her heels and succeeded in escaping. Officer Gray had no idea that the wom- an had oeen the principal actor in the tragedy he was about to discover had taken place, so he failed to keep a close guard over his prisoner. But for the timely appearance of Chief of Police Reynolds the Fisher woman would doubt- less have made good her escape, for a time at least, as she has numerous friends among her race who would ren- der her assistance. - A search was commenced for the wom an. At the cabin of "Commodore" Adams, on Wyoming street, the revolver was found. Adams knew nothing of the shooting. Chief Reynolds went to the lower Ar cade lodging house on South Main street, and the actions of a negro who nerv joe SCHAFFER ously paced to and fro on the sidewalk aroused the chief's suspicion. He con cluded to investigate. The head of the department made a search of the rooms, although the woman who conducts the place and two or three colored men were abusive towards the officer. Fearing that the colored people might succeed in rushing the woman to a more secure place, the chief sent for Officer Curley, and they found room No. 17 securely fastened, and made the proprietors pro duce the key. At this time Boland ap peared and the chief arrested him on sus picion of knowing more about the shoot ing tnan he cared to divulge. Officer Curley entered the room and found the colored girl under the bed. She was arrested and together with her lover, taken to the city hall and finally to the county jail. Boland would say very little except that he believes the shooting was caused by hie attentions to the Smith woman and neglect of Bessie. The latter claimed, when questioned, that It was not her intention to injure Eva, but sne ad mitted having shot her. An effort to get a statement from the injured woman was unsuccessful and after muttering, "Bessie shot me" she became uncon scious. Now that "Big Eva" is dead Joseph Schafer has lost the only real friend h* had on earth, a fact he fully realizes. In the Swim saloon at 47 East Galena street, about 5 o'clock on the morning of August 12, 1897, Shafer shot John Hawkins, a black man, and the latter died a day later. Eva Smith was then k ' Story of an Old Murder Revived— Shooting oi John Hawkins by Joseph Shater Who Was ''Big !< Eva's" Lover—Murderer Says He Has Lost His . Only Friend. known as Eva Shafer, because of al leged friendly relations that existed be tween Joe Shafer and herself. The wo man was present when the shooting oc curred, and it was claimed at the time that after Shafer shot Hawkins she took a hand in the proceedings by cutting Hawkins with a razor. For the alleged 'offense she was arrested, as was also A1 Ford, who it was alleged had also struck Hawkins with a razor or other sharp .instrument. Eva and Ford were tried 'on a charge of complicity in the murder, but were acquitted. Shafer was tried first, however ,and convicted of murder , in the first degree, and it is claimed that when Fold heard of the verdict he turned almost white, although his com plexion is so black that charcoal would Shafer has been tried twice for the murder and will probably be tried again, as his case is now pending on appeal in the supreme court. He has been in the county Jail three years and nine months, and during all this time "Big Eva" has kept the trail between her crib and Joe's cell well beaten. Prior to the CnlCrv ttAlPNE. x>ctl rmtK shooting hardly a day passed that she did not send him something by me» senger or call at the Jail with food and cigars herself. When informed of tbe shooting of the woman Shafer burst into tears and said she was his only real friend. The crime committed by Shafer was the result of some previous trouble among the colored population of the ' bad land" district. On the evening of the ■ k day previous to it they had all visited '('iilumbia Gardens, and danced, drank and whooped up things generally. In the course of the evening Hawkins en. tried the ball room and some of the 01 her darkies did not like it, because they considered him only a common coon. Hawkins was a fighter, and when one of the others told him he had no ibusiness in the swell set he proceeded to make a rough house out of the place. They fought to the outside, where one of the swell set drew a gun and took a few shots at Hawkins, but Hawkins ■escaped the bullets by reason of the poor ^marksmanship of the shooter and the protection a hack afforded him. About 3 o'clock in the morning the party returned to the city and the Shafer end of it went to the Swim saloon for refreshments. While there Hawkins, who had returned to town after being fired upon at the gardens, walked into the room and was shot by Shafer. After receiving the bullet he wrenched the weapon from Shafer, and then "B:g Eva" and A1 Ford loaned Shafer a help ing hand in the melee. Preserves Sweet and Good r T H,s WEEK Hennessy's Grocery Departments in Butte and 1 Centerville offer a great variety of Fruit Preserves of the finest quality, at prices never before named for such a high grade of goods. Strictly pure--absolutely guaranteed to be nothing but fruit and sugar. 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