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ver Wen man Hardware Store
, ) Union City, Tenn.
f Office 144. , Residence 595-J
Over Wehman'i Hardware Store
Union Gry. Tenn.
Office 144; Residence 595-J
- Union City Commercial, establfehed 1890 I - ... ... . .
, West Tennessee Courier. established 1897 1 ConaoUdated September 1.197
VOL. 28, NO. 27
Jury Returns Verdict of Fifteen
: . Years in Penitentiary.
The State of Tennesseo versus
Clarence Johnson, begun here In
circuit uourt last xnursaay, was
; tried, the evidence being all In Sat
, urday afternoon and the argument
finished Monday before noon.
Judge Moore, for the prosecution,
opened the argument.' He was fol
lowed by C. N.' Lannom and R. A,
Pierce for the defense, Attorney
General Morris making the , closing
. speech. The courtroom was crowded
most of the time. On Monday morn
ing every available seat was occu
pied and standing room all along the
walls. The feeling seems to have
beert tense from the time, of the.
tragedy. , ' - . v '
. In the examination last week a
number of new witnesses were in
troduced. ' One was Sims, who was
present that night and saw much of
' the trouble. Another was Mr. Ver
hlne, train dispatcher at the depot,
and a few others moro or less with-
, out bearing on the case.
There seemed to bo. little change
of evidence from that which was pro-
-. dueed at -the magistrate's trial July
21, heard here before Justices J. W.
McCorkle. W. J, Davidson and S. R.
Bratton. ' "
The ' grand Jury found an Indict
ment against Johnson for murder
either in the first or second degree
. Judge Elkins read his charge, a
very lengthy and" exhaustive recital
of the law, or any part of the law,
: that might be Invoked In arriving at
a decision by the Jury. ... The Jury
was made up as follows:
C. W. Petty of Number Four, L.
A. Walker of Number Seven, R. P.
Wright of Number Nine, Jake B.
Summers of Number Five, Ivie Llp
pard of Number Fifteen, E. B.
Toombs of Number Six, C. H. Wil
liams of Number Twelve, John E.
Boaze of Number Sixteen, J. Ai Pre
witt of Number'Four', J. H. Catney
of Number Fourteen, R. O. Greene of
Number Six, J. E. Griffin of Number
Six. Officers: C. L. Harris, ' W. K.
.Dyer. . .
Nearly everyone is familiar with
the evidence. It is useless to go into
,it again. - The trial was for the klll
. ing of Oscar Roper, night police
man of Union City, on the morning
of JulylS, a little' after midnight.
Clarence Johnson operates a taxi
line between Union City and Gibbs
and" conducts a garage on Second
and. Church streets. He was with
a party of friends In a taxi that J
night and they drove the car across
the walk that leads to the entrance
of the hotel. .Officer Roper ccme up
and notified the parties in the taxi
to appear before the Mayor the next
afternoon at 3 o'clock. Trouble en
sued and Roper struck Johnson with
his club. Johnson left the place and
wen to the garage and, as the evi
dence goes, loaded his gun and came
back and threatened and did kill
Roper at the depot.
Mr. ..Pierce, counsel for the de
fense, laid much stress in bis speech
upon the statement that Johnson
was laboring under a diseased con
ditlon of. the mind, the effects of the
injuries of the policeman's club and
therefore was not responsible for
his acts.
The Attorney General's speech,
which was delivered after he had be
come worn "over the work of the
court and his voice considerably ef
fected,, was listened to with unusual
attention. He emphasized on one
hand Johnson's liability in deliber
ately going after his gun and taking
the life of Roper, but undertook to
point out to the Jury that Johnson
fired the first shot. The witness.
Sanders, he said swore that he saw
the flashes from Roper's pistol and
two from Johnson's gun. also
that there was between the first
shot and the second a little -more
time than after the second. The
shots in quick succession, the flashes
of which Sanders refers to, took
place from the second shot. After
the shooting three empty shells were
found - and one loaded'. Roper's
shots were all wild, one striking the
side of the depot, one the express
office and another Johnson's foot.
Therefore, according to Mr. Morris
argument, Roper must have received
in his side the discharge from John
son's gun before he fired his pistol,
and that the wound was tire cause of
his shots going wild. The threo emp
ty shells also accounts, so Mr. Mor
ris argues,- for one of the flashes
Sanders saw and testified to as one
of Roper's shofs. The two Sanders
spoke of as gun chots and the first
one which he thought was Roper's
tallies with the three empty shells.
The fourth shell found was not dis
charged and that, the Attorney Gen
eral figures, had something to do
with the break between the first and
last two gun shots.
After the charge of Judge Elkins
the Jury retired and did not report
until Tuesday morning. Then they
asked for instructions on a point of
law, retiring again. So it was
about 11 o'clock before the Jury re
ported a verdict, and this was that
defendant Johnson was guilty of
murder in the second degree with a
penalty of fifteen years in the penitentiary.
One of the most dastardly murders
ever committed in Fulton occurred
Sunday night about ten o'clock,
when Nathan Morris was shot to
death by two unknown men while he
was putting his car in the 'garage
at his home on Cedar Street.
The unknown murderers were sup
posed to have been, hidden behind a
door in the rear ef the garage, hav
ing secreted themselves in anticipa
tion of Mr. Morris return. Just af
ter Nathan had driven in the garage
and turned the lights out, two shots
were fired, which attracted the at
tentlon of members of the family In
the home. Immediately after the shots
were fired, v a faint cry from Nathan
was heard by his sister, Miss Bess
Morris, and Henry Bynum, who was
calling at the home during the eve
ning. As they hurriedly went to in
vestigate the trouble, they met Na
than who had run from the garage
and was entering the front door In a
dying condition. He fell into the arms
of Mr. Bynum, and died within
few seconds.
As the wounded man entered the
door the question was asked by his
sister: "who did this?" and the
answer.jalthough barely a murmur
was sufficient to cast suspicion up
on the guilty parties.
Drs. Majors, Luten and Smith were
summoned, and the police were no
tified. An examination disclosed the
fact that both shot3 had taken ef
feet, one passing through the Jugu
lar vein, the other entering the neck
and passing out through the shoul
der. . "
It was stated by Mls3 Bessie Mor
ris, and parties who were passing,
that two white men were heard and
seen running down the alley from
the garage, disappearing in the di
rectlon of the state line into Tennos
see. .. ... ..... ..".j.
That the deed is one of the most
cowardly ever committed in the city
is beyond doubt. The two men who
perpetrated the crime, hiding as they
did in the dark and waiting until the
young man had parked the car and
turned out the lights before firing
the fatal shots.
Nathaniel Greon Morris, was the
eon of the late Dr. N. G. Morris.
He was born in this- city, August 12,
1892, being only 27 years of age
when his young and useful life was
so tragically- ended. He was one of
Fulton's most prominent and sub
stantial young business men, and his
untimely death came as a shock to
the entire community!
The deceased is survived by his
mother, two sisters, Bess and Carrie
Mo?ris, and one brother, Paul Mor
ris'also an uncle A." W. Morris, be
sides a large circle of other relatives.
The- family have the heartfelt sys
patfcy of their host of friends in
their deep bereavement. Fulton
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Telephone 400 Union City, Tennessee
News reached this city this morning
of the death by suicide of Mr. G. W.
Newton, a well known planter and old
resident, who resided one mile from
Hickman, Ky. ' "
. Mr. Newton's untimely death came
as a great shock to his family, relatives
and friends. The body was discovered
by a neighbor about 3 o'clock' this
morning, lying in the road a quarter of
a mile from his home, with the top of
his head blown off, aod bis shot, gun
with which be committed the horrible
act, lying near him.
The motive for Mr. Newton's suicide
is unknown. He had lost a case in the
Fulton County Circuit Court yesterday
and it was thought that brooding over
the loss of the case might have caused
his despondency.
Mr Newton was fifty-seven years of
age. Iie was born in Hickman, where
he was highly respected. He leaves a
wife and eight children to mourn his
is. "Tie was the father of C. L. New
ton, an I. C. switchman of this city.
Funeral services and interment will
occur at Hickman Sunday. Fulton
Daily Leader of Sept. 20.
Steel Strike Rests with Women.
Pittsburgh, Sept. 23. Early set
tlement of the- steel strike rests with
the-women. ; A prominent Bteel man
Are now coming in and
are promised by - the 15th.
have a big stock and SPECIAL
PRICES on .' . 5
Tablets, Pencils, Crayons, and
And shall be glad to give your child
the best possible service. ' -
0 ver s D
rug Store.
chool Book Department
stated to-day that most of .the men
who had gone out were foreigners,
and that their action had been large
ly controlled by their wives.
In a great many cases the wives
urged them to quit work, not so
much in an attempt to get more mon
ey as because they were fearful that
if their men worked they would be
subject to attack by the other
strikers. -
. If the steel companies 'agents can
find some way of reaching the wom
en the feeling Is that the strike will
be of short. duration.,,, .., ,,:
So It Goes.
The sleep imp is perverse, I say,
Beyond all doubt.
I lie awake 'till break of day:
And toss about. .
Lone vigil with the howling pup
I sadly keep.
But when it's time for getting up
' How I could sleep.
Good At Some Figure.
"Is your wife good at figures."
"Well, she's a shark at a bridge
score, but not much at keeping
household accounts.'.'.
Get your land ready for Winter Cover
Crops and Winter Pasture.
Barley Winter Turf Oats
Crimson Clover
Corn, Corn Chops, Ground Barley, Shorts and Tankage.
We are in the market at all times for Corn and Hay.
Call, us when you have anything in our line to offer.
Mil Rinds
Telephone 51 m

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