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to in view of the fact that I failed to
With reference to the Black inci
dent the following may be of inter
est to you: The hearhig of the case
developed these facts: -
1 That the men- called on Black
for an amicable adjustment of the
2 That when angry words were
exchanged and Rogers pointed his
finger in the face of Black, declaring:
"You are not going to make that
speech tonight," Hall and Black grab
bed for their guns.
3 That Hall (Black's companion)
fired the first shot, firing twice in
rapid succession, and killed Rogers,
who was not armed.
4 That Copeland fired the third
shot, hitting Black.
5 That Hall did most of the shoot
ing. On the witness stand he testi
fied that having emptied his No. 38
Colt automatic he reloaded it since
he carried two or three extra maga
zines in his pocket.
When Ryan was asked why they
went to Black's hotel armed he said:
"We heard the statement these fel
lows made, that they were ready for
resistance and we took precautionary
The above L. M. is the court rec
ord of the affair and it very clearly
shows that tie blame is not on the
Catholics whose protest was surely
called for, but on Black and his com
panion Hall, who provoked shooting
from the other side as a matter of
Your martyr, Black, advertised
himself as an ex-priest. Rev. P. J.
Flanagan of Moundsville, W. Va.,
offers $500 to any one who will prove
that either Black or his parents were
ever Catholics. There's an oppor
tunity for you to go out and earn
Black made the statement "that
every one of our mothers or sisters
who went to confession was open to
carnal intercourse with the priest
who heard the confession." Mr. Hall, 1
do you approve of any statement like
Your friend, Spurgeon, made sim
ilar remarks and the crowd had
among its members some red-blooded
men who could not stand and have
insults offered their wives, their sis
ters and above all their mothers. As
a result Spurgeon got a good licking
which he deserved. The Catholic
newspapers throughout the country
deprecated, the affair and advised
against such reprisals.
I have not got the space to reply
to the balance of your article at this
time, but Til tell you what ni do:
ni bet you a dollar to a doughnut
that you had a dozen copies of the
Aurora Poison Spreader alongside of
you when you wrote the article. .
James A. Clark.
A TRIFLING OVERSIGHT
"What, here we are half -way there1?
and I've got to run back for your call
"Well, don't be provoked, George,
you know how seldom I forget any
thing. And while you re there, wind
the clock, set out the milk bottle,
throw a cloth over the canary's cage
and see if the gas stove is turned oft.'