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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 28, 1911, Image 25

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- Part of the Confession of Leon Martinez. J
"OnKJuly22, 1911, about three 'miles' from -Saragosa, I inet
Miss Brown riding in abuggy. (Then follows a statement of
an insulfhe offered her.) She said .she would' have' me arrested,
and that slie would kill me. Then I commenced shooting, and
shot four- times. Her horse ran away, and when I heaeffed the
horse she got'out'of the buggy. When I gol? off my horse the
girl ran, I stabbed her in the back. She turned, around and hit
me withiier fist. Istabbed her four or five times-in tile breast.
I got on my horse and loped away to Saragosa. She, wis s'tand-
ing up when I left her." . " i
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stabbed in J tliec back! V
Reeves. county heard the news
and boiled. ' BuV ftr agreed with
District Attorney WiiL Brady be
fore the murderer was discovered,
fhat there Would beno lynching.
Reeves county would ' let legal
justice bedpne for this terrible;
murder. -
1 Then Leon Martinez ,wasar
rested and he confessed;
.Race feeling and horror almost
brought a lynching. But they
held in. A telegram summpned
Judge S. A. Isaaks from Midland,
70 miles away. He left his bed to
catch a train and reached Pecos
at 3c50 Monday morning.
Reeves county was doing its
best to behave. Judge Isaaks
Judge J., W. Parker, of Mid
land, was named by the court to
defend Martinez A number of
Mexicans employed Geore Es
tes, former prosecutor, to assists
The defense couldn't deny the
gtiilfof Martinez. But they put
his father and mother on the
stand in an attempt-to prove thajj
By W. G. Shepherd. ,
Pecos, Texas, Nov. 38RfieVes
county passed up ap excellent
chance for a lynching bee last
July, when hundreds of vjrileciti
zens were itching to string up a
young Mexican who confessed in
sulting, then murdering 'a white
school teacher.
The murderer isn't hung yet
Emma Brown, pretty and 25,
left the general store at Saragosa
last 'July 22 and drove out over
the prairie with a supply of gro
ceries for her sister's ranch, 10
miles away. Half an hQur later
Leon Martinez, a young Mexican
clerk in the store, left on a 'pony.
Later Martinez returned. Miss
Browrf never reached the ranch.
Next morning a stray horse
and buggy were iound. Four
bullet marks were on the buggy.
The deputy sheriff was hastily
Some distance from the buggy
he found the corpse of Emma
Brown, scarred with two bullet
holes and six stab wounds. Wqrst
of all, Emma Brown 'had been
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