Caldwell County Missouri
J. Woods, L. Boyd and Wife Arrested on Charge of Wholesale Attempt to Murder
Fulton, Mo., Aug. Aug. 6.—Prosecuting Attorney John Robinson Baker, of Callaway County, is certain he has unearthed a wholesale attempt to murder children of families at Concordia and as a result of his investigations to-day ordered the arrest of Jefferson Woods, Lee Boyd and his wife, Mrs. Anna Boyd, of Concord. They were brought to Fulton this morning by Deputy Sheriff James Colo. The children endangered by the attempt belong to families whose members testified In the slander suit of Mrs. Boyd against Dr. W. B. Bills, a prominent Physician of Concord, which was tried in June and resulted in a verdict for the defendant. Mrs. Boyd asked for $16,000 damages on the ground that Dr. Ellis had defamed her. Ellis' defense was the remarks were true, and he had summoned a large number of people In his behalf. The testimony was of a sensational character. Jefferson Woods was named In the suit.
STRYCHNINE ON CHEWING GUM.
The first attempt on the lives of children was made several weeks ago. when a package of chewing gum was found in the yard of Edward McPheeters, a nephew of Judge Robert McPheeters, of Fulton, dean of the alumni of Westminster College. Less than a week ago another package was placed near the gate of the McPheeters home. A 3-year-old child of the family was in the act of placing a piece of the gum in its mouth, but was prevented by an older member of the family. The suspicions of the McPheeters were aroused, and the gum was sent to a chemist at Mexico, who pronounced the powder with which it was profusely covered to be strychnine. The McPheeters are neighbors of the Boyds. Twice since that packages of gum have been placed near the gate of the McPheeters home, and each one of these was found to contain strychnine.
OTHER CHILDREN INCLUDED.
After the second attempt at poisoning: McPheeters' home was watched,
The placing of gum on the premises of people in the vicinity of Concord has become more frequent the past several days, and at least three more families are known to have been included in the nefarious plot. All the gum has been preserved and will be placed In the hands of a chemist for examination. The McPheeters have three small children and all the other families where the poisoned gum had been scattered have one or more small children. Concord, the scene of the sensational cases, is one of the oldest towns in the state. Until the suit of Mrs. Boyd was started it was regarded as one of the most quiet communities in Callaway County, but the developments in the poisoning case have aroused the people to a high pitch of excitement. The Ellis suit was filed in the Callaway County Circuit Court, but was taken to the Audrain County, Circuit on a change of venue by the plaintiff. The trial consumed five days, and the jury returned a verdict within thirty minutes after the case was turned over to them. Dr. Ellis, defendant In the slander suit, is a brother-in-law of Judge J. P. Tineher, of the Callaway County Probate Court. At a conference with Judge Dave H. Harris, of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, this evening, bond was fixed at $1,000 for Mrs. Boyd and $2,000 each for Boyd and Woods, All of them furnished bail.
When seen this evening by a representative of the press all three disclaimed any knowledge of the affair, and alleged that it was an attempt to discredit them. They claim that they can establish their innocence when the case comes to trial. No preliminary hearing will be held and the case will be docketed for the September term of the Callaway County Court. I. W. Boulware has been retained by the defense The Boyds have no children. Woods is married and is a man of family. Boyd Is a farmer and Woods is a horse dealer, and for the past year has been actively engaged in that business at Fulton stock-yards sales. [Date: 1911-Aug-07; Times-Picayune. Submitted by Barb Z]
Mentor Smith, a 10 year old boy, living near Fulton, has been arrested for shooting his father, Herson Smith. He says that he was persuaded to do it by his sister and a colored boy, and that his father did not treat him well. [Cole County Democrat, Jefferson City, Fri., 12 August, 1887, p1. Typed by Joanne Scobee Morgan]
A tragedy came very near being enacted at the depot Friday under the following circumstances: Col. S. R. Schrader, of Callaway Co., was conversing with some friends on the edge of the platform, when Jule Smith, of St. Louis, suddenly accosted him, and striking him in the face, knocked the Colonel on the railroad track just in front of the East-bound express. Luckily, the engineer witnessed the performance and succeeded in stopping the train when the engine was not five feet from Schrader. As no officer was at the depot, Smith escaped without arrest. It appears that Smith imagined that Col. Schrader had kept him out of a job, and took the above cowardly method of righting his wrongs, whether imaginary or real. [The State Journal, Cole County, Jefferson City, Fri., 3 April 1885, p6, c2. Typed by Joanne Scobee Morgan]
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