Coroner's Inquistions
 1919 - 1931
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Transcribed and contributed by Edith Greisser

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at the Newberry in the County and State aforesaid, the 6th day of August A. D., one thousand nine hundred and twenty nine before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of ODELL PRICE of Columbia SC then and there being dead by the oaths of F. R. Hunter, R. L. Tarrant, M. B. Hipp, O. F. Feagle, M.O. Summer, B. P. Ringer being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said ODELL PRICE came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said ODELL PRICE came to his death by being struck by an automobile being driven by Coot Williams – a hit & run driver – and that Odell Suber and Raney Young ___. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid ODELL PRICE came to his death by means and manner aforesaid on August 4, 1929.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                   /s/ I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/ Frank R. Hunter, foreman (L.S.)

/s/ R. L. Tarrant (L.S.)                                                         /s/ O. F. Feagle (L.S.)

/s/ M. B. Hipp (L.S.)                    /s/ B. P. Ringer (L.S.)                  /s/ M. O. Summer (L.S.)


TESTIMONY

Inquisition held over the body of Odell Price August 6, 1929

Examination by Sheriff C. G. BLEASE:

Mr. W. S. JOHNSON sworn says:

Q. Mr. Johnson, where do you live?

A.  Orangeburg.

Q. In the city of Orangeburg?

A. Yes sir.

Q. How old are you?

A. Twenty five the 9th of August.

Q. Do you own an automobile?

A.  No sir.

Q. Were you driving an automobile last Sunday afternoon?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Where had you started in that automobile?

A. I had started to Clinton after my mother.

Q. From Orangeburg?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Did you stop in the city of Columbia?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Were you by yourself until you got to Columbia?

A. A boy by the name of Marsh was with me. He had started with me to Clinton and he was with me. He came to Columbia with me and we stopped at Mr. Price’s house. We had a connecting rod bearing to burn out. We stopped there to put the bearing on.

Q. In Columbia?

A. Yes sir. In front of the Price boys’ home and we put the bearing rod on and we started on to Clinton and the Price boy came with me.

Q. Did you ask him to ride with you?

A. No sir. He asked me if he could go.

Q. He asked you to let him ride?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Anyone in the car beside you?

A. The Marsh boy. He was in the car until we met his wife, mother-in-law and the Marsh boy’s mother. He got out of my car and he went back with them. We came on and my car broke down out of Newberry.

Q. Your car broke down?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. How did you proceed up the road?

A. Walking.

Q. Both walking?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Did you walk all the way from Newberry to where you were hit?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Had you walked all the way up the road?

A. Yes sir – up the detour.

Q. Were you walking?

A. Yes sir.

Q. You had not ride until you got struck?

A.  Yes sir, we rode about one half mile with some gentleman. He picked us up over the overhead bridge and that was all the riding we did until the time we were struck.

Q. How were you walking along the road?

A. About two feet off the pavement and the Price boy was walking behind me.

Q. Was he on the pavement?

A. No sir.

Q. You were off the pavement?

A. Yes sir, off the cement pavement.

Q. Who was struck first?

A. Price.

Q. How far was he behind you?

A. Five or six feet.

Q. Did you know he was struck?

A. He hollered, “Look out.” And when he hollered I tried to avoid being hit. I fell forward on my face.

Q. When you were struck were you unconscious?

A.  No sir.

Q. The man that hit you, did he stop?

A.  No sir, I asked him to stop and he didn’t stop.

Q. Did he make any statement?

A. No sir.

Q. You were going up the road?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Did an automobile pass you before you got struck?

A. Yes sir.

Q. How long before?

A.  Just a few minutes.

Q. How far had the car gone?

A. Probably one or two city blocks.

Q. Was any other car following that car down the road? The one that passed you – was there another car following it

A. I didn’t see it if there was one.

Questions from the JURY:

Q. The car that passed you was coming from Clinton to Newberry?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Towards Newberry?

A.  Yes sir.

SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. This happened in Newberry County?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. About eight miles from Newberry?

A. I guess so.

Q. Sunday night?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. August 4th?

A.  Yes sir.

MR. J. P.PERRY sworn says:

Examination by SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. Mr. Perry, you live in Newberry?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Were you in the car with your son Sunday night?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Where were you coming from?

A. Out on the Jalapa Road.

Q. Coming towards Newberry?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Tell what you know.

A. I didn’t see very much to tell. We went out riding. We saw these two boys and they were going up the road. One held up his hand and said, “How about a ride?” We went up about a mile and came back. Then we passed the boys again. They were on the curbing on the outside of the cement. A car passed us a little piece from the boys and we had to drive on the side of the road to keep them from hitting us. We were going pretty pert.

Q. You had to drive out of the road to keep them from hitting you?

A. Yes sir.

Q. That is the car that struck these boys?

A. Yes sir.

Q. You had to drive out of the road?

A. Yes sir. I heard a noise. I said, “What is that?” I said, “Someone have hit together. That was a noise.” My son looked back. He said, “Somebody has been struck.” He stopped and looked back He seen these boys laying there three or four feet apart. Other cars were there when we got back.

Q. You turned around and went back?

A. Yes sir.

Q. What did your son do?

A. He got in the car with another man to see if he could locate the car.

Q. You had passed these young men coming up the road and you heard this wreck?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Coming back down, you passed them going up the road. How far was it before you heard the wreck?

A. Quite a little.

Q. How far after you passed these boys until you met the car that struck them?

A. Not very far.

Q. A short distance?

A. Yes sir.

Q. You had to get out of the road to keep them from hitting you?

A. Yes sir.

JAMES HAIR sworn says:

Examination by SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. What is your name?

A.  James Hair.

Q. Where do you live?

A. Jalapa

Q. Were you walking along from Jalapa to Kinards Sunday night?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Coming down towards Jalapa?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Did you see these people when they were hit?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Tell what you know.

A. I saw them coming up the road walking and the car behind. I was on the other side and just as they rode by them people the car hit them and they kept on, didn’t stop.

Q. You were coming down the road?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Was a car behind you – did you see any car behind you? Did you see a car pass before the young men were hit?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. How far were you when the car hit the young men?

A.  Not so very far.

Q. Did that car stop and come back?

A. I didn’t pay any attention.

Q. How fast was the car going that struck these boys?

A. He didn’t seem to be running so very fast.

Q. They did not stop?

A. No sir.

Q. Were they on the pavement or off the pavement?

A. Off the pavement.

MR. P. B. BANKS sworn says:

Examination by SHERIFF C. G. BLEASE:

Q. Mr. Banks, you live in Newberry County?

A. Yes sir.

Q. What position do you occupy?

A. Work with the chain gang.

Q. You are with the county?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Have you a Ford Roadster?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Is that it I pointed out to the jury?

A. Yes sir.

Q. What became of it Sunday night?

A. I don’t know. I didn’t know it had been anywhere until yesterday evening.

Q. Do you know who drove it off Sunday night?

A. Somebody told me.

Q. Did you loan it to these Negroes?

A. No sir. Coot Williams, Raney Young and Odell Suber were in the car. Coot said he drove it off. I found it tore up.

Q. What time did he say he went off with it?

A. He didn’t say.

Q. They were on the chain gang?

A. Yes sir – Cook’s.

Q. Trustees?

A. Yes.

Q. Did you give them permission to drive that car that night?

A. No sir.

Q. You don’t know what time they went off in it?

A. No sir. Mr. Bowles and Mr. Berry locked up and I was sleepy. I went to sleep and didn’t know anything. I heard the car came in before day. I didn’t know it was them.

Q. When did you first see your car yesterday?

A. I saw it when I first got up on the other side of the hedge and trees there was some others over there and I didn’t go around to look at it. I found yesterday evening the radiator ‘drove back’ and the fan wouldn’t turn at all.

Q. When did you find it?

A. Yesterday evening.

Q. Did you say anything to them about it?

A. I asked them, “Why did you tear up my radiator?”

Q. Who did you ask?

A. Coot. He said, “I went off last night.”

Q. Who did he say went with him?

A. Raney Young.

Q. How did he explain?

A. I never noticed my motormeter. I saw the windshield was broken. I asked him how it got broke. He said he had a wrench in his hand and he throwed it and he said a truck backed into the car.

Q. What truck backed into it? He referred to a truck in camp?

A. Yes sir. He said he thought they backed into it.

Q. Did you have a motormeter on Sunday afternoon?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Is that it?

A. One just like it.

Q. When you saw it yesterday did it have a motormeter on it?

A. I never noticed it but when I got to town a man asked, “Where is your motormeter?” I saw an old one.

Q. What first called your attention to the fact that this was the car that hit those boys?

A. When the motormeter was lost.

Q. What did you do?

A. I came on down to you.

JURY:

Q. What was the name of the fellow who drove your car?

A.  Coot Williams.

Q. Only one went with him?

A. I don’t know. I made out an inquiry about my car being torn up. He said Raney Young went on off with him.

Q. Are they accustomed to using your car?

A. We send them after mail sometime and passing out dinner. We send them different places and different things. We never lock them up. They stay in the kitchen.

Q. They were accustomed to using it at night?

A. No. Sometime we would send them for something.

SHERIFF BLEASE sworn says:

On the night of this wreck someone – I can not testify who – picked up this motormeter and handed it to me. It has been in my possession ever since. There was also found a good deal of glass – looked like windshield glass. Last night Mr. Banks and Mr. Taylor came to my house with this automobile. Mr. Banks said it was his car. From information I received I sent Mr. Taylor, Mr. Leitzsey and Mr. Quattlebaum to bring Coot Williams and Raney Young to jail. I had a conversation with them. They said they left the camp, chain gang camp, driving this Ford car and that they came through the town of Newberry and went to Miss Carrie Senn’s to see Raney Young’s sister. They emphatically denied that they had been at Kinards and up the Jalapa road. I separated them and Coot Williams said that they went up to see Alice on Mr. Horton’s place. I then went and asked Raney Young, who was separated and he said they did not. I then went back and talked to Coot Williams again and he said Odell Suber was along with them. Then these gentlemen went out and brought Odell Suber to jail. Odell Suber’s first statement was that they picked him up a short distance from the camp, Coot and Raney. And when he got to Mr. Caldwell’s store he got out and these other two Negroes proceeded out the old Whitmire road towards the box factory. This morning he sent word that he wanted to see me and I had him brought there. He said he wanted to tell the truth about this. He said he got in the car just outside of the camp. He came down the old Whitmire road to the Box Factory and between Jalapa and Gary’s they hit something in the road. He did not know what they hit. Coot was driving the car and that he did not stop. He said he went to Gary’s Lane, turned to the left where this Negro Alice lives. I don’t know whether they saw her or not and went on down to Raney Young’s sister who lives at Miss Carrie Senn’s. I told him that he wanted to make any statement free. I asked him if I had made any threat or if I had offered him any favor or made him any promise. He said no. I asked him before he made any statement. I sent for Coot Williams. He came in there. I asked him if he was still sticking to his same tale or if he wanted to tell the truth. He said he would tell the truth. I said, “Go ahead and tell it.”  He said he was driving the car up the Jalapa road. Odell and Raney were with him.  That some lights blinded him. He struck an object. I asked him if he knew he had knocked two men down. He said no, he hit something but didn’t know what it was. He went to Gary’s Lane and turned off. Went to the Negro’s house. Back to Miss Carrie Senn’s house where this Negro Raney’s sister lived. I asked Raney Young if he still wanted to stand by his tale. He said yes. He had not hit anybody and would still stick to his tale.

ODELL SUBER sworn says:

Examination by SHERIFF C. G. BLEASE:

Q. What do you do?

A.  I work on the County Chain Gang.

Q. Were you in the chain gang camp Sunday night?

A. Yes sir.

Q. What time did you leave there? Before dark?

A. Just about dark.

Q. How did you go?

A. Walking.

Q. Who picked you up?

A. Raney Young and Coot Williams.

Q. Who was driving?

A. Coot Williams.

Q. Did they ask you anything about going off?

A. They asked if I wanted to go. I got in the car and went on.

Q. Where did you go?

A. Alice Glenn’s house.

Q. Where did you go? Up by Caldwell’s store?

A. Yes sir.

Q. On the right hand side?

A. Yes sir.

Q. How far?

A. Down to the box factory – turned off to the right and went up the pavement.

Q. How far up the paved road before you had any trouble?

A. I don’t exactly know.

Q. Beyond Jalapa?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Between Jalapa and Gary’s

A. Yes sir, there was another car meeting us and the other car showed such a bright light it blinded Coot Williams and it blinded me too. I did not see anybody in front of us at all. By the time we got just this other car – the car that we were in – hit something and wobbled out of the road. It didn’t hit nothing but once. Coot kind of slowed down a little bit.

Q. Did he stop?

A. No sir, when he got up the road a little piece, he said, “I hit something.” He said, “I don’t know what it was.”

Q. Did you say anything about stopping?

A. I told him he ought to stop.

Q. What did he do?

A. He drove right on.

Q. Did Raney say anything?

A. Nothing that I know of.

Q. Did either one of you tell him to drive on?

A. No sir.

Q. You told him he ought to stop?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Then where did you go?

A. We turned off at the left at Gary’s and went to Alice Glenn’s and went to Raney’s sister’s.

Q. How did you go?

A. Came by through Helena, went by the old mill and went to camp.

Q. You hit something between Jalapa and Gary’s?

A. Yes sir.

Q. You didn’t stop?

A.  No sir.

COOT WILLIAMS sworn says:

Examination by SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. What do you do?

A.  Cook at the county chain gang.

Q. Did you go in this car of Mr. Banks Sunday night?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. You went with Raney and Odell Suber?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Which way did you go?

A. Left camp – came up there at Mr. Caldwell’s store and went to the box factory and up the highway.

Q. What time did you leave the camp?

A. About 8 o’clock.

Q. You turned and went over the overhead on the Jalapa Road?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Did you hit anything up the road?

A. I hit something. I don’t know what it was.

Q. You didn’t know whether it was a piece of wood, a dog or what?

A. No sir, I said to Odell and them, “I struck something back there”, and Odell said, “Don’t stop, go ahead.”

Q. What did Raney say?

A. I don’t remember. He said nothing. Odell said, “I didn’t see nothing.” I said, “Well, I struck something.”

Q. Either one tell you to stop?

A. No sir.

Q. Neither one told you to stop?

A.  No sir, Raney said he didn’t see anything and I drove ahead.

Q. Then where did you go?

A. Over to Alice Glenn’s. Left there and went to Raney’s sister’s.

Q. Was your car on the pavement or off the pavement?

A. I couldn’t testify if I was on the pavement or not.

Q. What time did you get back to camp?

A. About 12:30.

Q. Where did you get that other piece in that motormeter?

A. After I missed that I said we hit something and I looked back and got that other.

Q. Is that the motormeter?

A. Yes sir. Maybe. I don’t know.

Q. What did you do when you missed it?

A. I said, that water meter is off and I stopped and got the other out of the car and put it on and we went back to camp.

Q. Did your water hose connection come loose on you?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Where did you fix it?

A. At Raney’s sister’s.

Q. How fast were you driving when you hit this object?

A.  I wasn’t driving fast because I don’t drive fast. I never drive fast.

RANEY YOUNG sworn says:

Examination by SHERIFF C.G. BLEASE:

Q. Tell what you know.

A. I don’t know much I can say. Just what they said. We left camp a while before dark. Odell went in as we went by. We went by the box factory, up the Jalapa road there and on up above Jalapa we struck something. I didn’t know what it was. He went on just like he said and that is as near as I can come to it.

Questions from the JURY:

Q. Were you drinking liquor?

A.  No sir, I don’t drink liquor.

Q. Who was driving?

A. Coot Williams.

SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. How were you sitting?

A.  Sitting next to Coot and Odell was next to the door on my leg.

Q. When he struck this object did he say stop?

A. No sir, I didn’t say a word

Q. Did he say he struck something?

A. I didn’t pay any attention. I am always half asleep when I ride. I didn’t say nothing.

Q. Nothing at all?

A. No sir. Odell was on my leg and I didn’t see it.

Q. You knocked a man down, killed one and you didn’t say anything?

A. No sir.

Q. Were you on or off the pavement?

A. I couldn’t say it was on or off.

Q. The car that was meeting you – was it on or off the pavement?

A. It looked like it was on the pavement.

Q. That all you want to say?

A. That is all I can say.

MR. W. E. DUNCAN sworn says:

Examination by SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. Where is your home?

A.  Batesburg.

Q. Where do you work?

A.  Goldville.

Q. At the Joanna Cotton Mills?

A. Yes sir.

Q. You were going up the road Sunday night?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Tell what you know.

A. I came through Newberry. It was dark as it is around nine o’clock when the accident happened. I came through the town of Newberry very slowly as I am not accustomed to the road. I crossed the first overhead pass. The road was straight ahead of me and I stepped up pretty fast. I saw a car ahead of me on the second bridge – a poor light – making about 30 or 35 miles an hour. I speeded up getting pretty close on them and decided I was going to pass them but decided I wouldn’t drive reckless if they would keep their gait up. I stayed about 100 or 150 yards behind them. I suppose I was about 150 yards away when the accident happened. I saw two cars coming down the road on the right side and I saw them pull over as they saw this car.

Q. What car?

A. The car that was ahead of me. And I imagined that they were making room for the car to come by. The car ahead of me didn’t have any tail light at all. They pulled over there to the right. It looked like they speeded up all at once. You know how a car does when it meets a car.  I was getting up pretty close and I had pulled to my right as far as I could. I have good bright lights. I saw some object in the road and as I drove up I saw that it was somebody. I saw two fellows laying down there and there was a fellow in a Chevrolet and I think the other fellow was in a whippet roadster. They had just got out of the cars and got to the fellows lying on the ground. I knew this car was ahead of me. One of them said, “What’s the matter?” They said, “These fellows got run over.” I said, “Well, where is the other car?” They said, “It did not stop.” They were going about 30 or 35 when they hit these boys. They said, “Let’s stop and get these boys to a doctor.” I said, “You get a doctor and I will go and stop them. A fellow named Perry got in the car with me. They were in a small car and I was in a Studebaker. I knew I could catch them if they kept on the straight road. We sure did try to catch them. They turned off. If they had stayed on the road I would have caught them. I don’t suppose I was more than three or five minutes behind them.

Q. These cars were coming down the road and this car was coming up the road. They passed this car before the car hit the boys?

A. Where the car was stopped at and where the boys were laying they had not passed.

Q. How far were you behind?

A. Maybe 150 yards – maybe not that far. I stayed pretty close to them.

Q. This car going up the road – with reference to the one coming down – could you tell whether their lights blinded them?

A. I don’t know – if the car had stayed on the right side and the other car on its right side it would not unless a fellow flares the light in your face.

Copy of Doctor’s Certificate:

This is to state after examining the body of Odell Price – I find evidence of injuries sufficient to cause death.

August 5, 1929                            Newberry SC                                        Thomas H. Pope  MD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at the Newberry County Court House in the County and State aforesaid, the 23rd day of September A. D., one thousand nine hundred and twenty nine before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of WILLIAM GLASGOW of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths of F. R. Hunter, W. J. Swittenberg, J. B. Harmon, J. F. Thompson, D. A. Livingston, J. B. Moore being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said WILLIAM GLASGOW came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said WILLIAM GLASGOW came to his death from a gun shot wound accidentally discharged by his own hands. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid WILLIAM GLASGOW came to his death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                   /s/ I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/ Frank R. Hunter, foreman (L.S.)

/s/ J. F. Thompson (L.S.)                                                     /s/ D. A. Livingston (L.S.)

/s/ W. B. Swittenberg (L.S.)         /s/ J. B. Harmon (L.S.)                /s/ J. B. Moore (L.S.)

TESTIMONY

Inquisition held over the dead body of William Glasgow, September 23, 1929

MARY AUSTIN being duly sworn says:

Examination by SHERIFF C. G. BLEASE:

Q. Where do you live?

A. In front of Mr. Reese’s store.

Q. Where is that?

A. About 12 miles.

Q. Who do you live with? Your father?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Who is your father?

A.  Will Austin.

Q. Were you at home yesterday evening when this boy got shot?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Tell how it happened. What is the other boy’s name?

A. Nathan Goree

Q. Let this be the fireplace. You were sitting here. Here’s where the boy was sitting that got shot. Where was Goree
     sitting?

A. Goree was sitting over there and the boy that got killed was over here and I was in the chair there.

Q. Who was sitting there?

A. Bill Glasgow. He got up and grabbed the pistol out of Nathan’s pocket and shot himself.

Q. How did he grab him?

A. He commenced to get up and he grabbed the pistol.

Q. Where was the pistol at? Which pocket?

A. I don’t know which pocket.

Q. Where was he at?

A. He was standing up. He grabbed the pistol and it went off.

Q. Had they had any fuss, any words or anything?

A.  No sir.

Q. Did they appear to be good friends?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Goree did not live at that house, did he?

A. No sir.

Q. How far did he live from there?

A. About two miles.

Q. They did not have any words beforehand?

A. No sir.

Q. What did he do after he shot him?

A. Talking about Bill? He didn’t do nothing. He asked who did he shoot?

Q. Bill asked who did he shoot? He didn’t know that he had shot himself?

A. No sir. He went to the door and fell out in the yard.

Q. Did you see him go out in the yard?

A. Yes sir. I was holding his hand and he fell out in the yard. I saw him fall.

Q. Who brought this boy to town?

A. Oliver Singley and Nathan Goree and Alf Suber.

Q. These boys had not any fuss at all?

A. No sir.

Q. How long had they been there before the shooting?

A. About half an hour.

Questions from the JURY:

Q. William Glasgow, the one that got killed, jerked the pistol out of Goree’s pocket and shot himself?

A. Yes sir.

Q. What time was the shooting?

A. About five o’clock.

SHERIFF BLEASE:

Mr. Quattlebaum, where is the pistol?  Pistol given to Sheriff Blease.

SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. This happened in Newberry County?

A.  Yes sir.

OLIVER WESLEY SINGLEY being sworn says:

Questions by SHERIFF C. G. BLEASE:

Q. Did you see this when this boy was shot?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Were you looking?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Tell how it happened.

A.  Nathan was sitting there aside of Bill.

Q. Where did he have this pistol at? (To Goree) You put it in your pocket like you had it. Now Singley – tell how it happened.

A. Bill Glasgow was sitting down and he went to getting up and he reached over and grabbed it like this and it shot him right here.

Q. Had they had any words?

A. No sir.

Q. Had they been saying anything about him going to shoot him?

A. No sir. They had been joking him about a saw mill. He was deviling him about raising his cap at his girl’s house.

Q. Did this boy have his capon?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Did he tell him that he ought to raise his cap?

A. Yes sir.

Q. He didn’t seem to be mad, did he.

A. No sir.

Q. How soon after that did this boy try to get the pistol?

A.  That was along time after.

Q. Did you hear Goree say anything about him going to shoot Glasgow?

A.  No sir.

Q. Goree pulled the pistol out of his pocket and it went off?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Did Goree live in that house?

A. No sir. He lived about two miles below there.

Q. That was not his home?

A. No sir.

Q. And the pistol was down in his pocket, did you see it?

A. Yes sir.

Q. It was a concealed pistol?

A. No sir, I couldn’t see it.

Questions from the JURY:

Q. What did he say?

A. He said was anybody shot and he went off to the door.

SHERIFF C. G. BLEASE:

Q. Were you in the drug store when I was talking to Goree?

A. Yes sir.

Q. You heard him tell me that he had shot himself with his own pistol?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. You heard him say that?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Then after – this little boy told me he shot himself with Goree’s pistol. Goree said he did?

A. Yes sir.

ALF SUBER being duly sworn says:

Questions by SHERIFF C. G. BLEASE:

Q. Did you see this boy when he got shot?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Show us how it happened.

A. He was sitting down there. Nase had a piece of paper in his hand looking at it. Bill got up and pulled it out of
     Nase’s pocket and shot himself.

Q. They did not have any fuss?

A. No sir.

Q. You came up town with them?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Who brought this boy to town? This boy here and this boy and you?

A.  Yes sir.

Questions from the JURY:

Q. What did he say coming to town?

A. He didn’t say anything.

Q. Didn’t say anything?

A. No sir.

Q. Did this boy try to keep him from getting the gun?

A. He wasn’t looking at him. He was looking on a piece of paper, not noticing him.

SHERIFF BLEASE:

Nathan, you can make a statement if you want to and tell these men how it happened. You don’t have to unless you want to.

NATHAN GOREE being duly sworn says:

Questions by SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. Where do you live?

A. On Mr. Kohn’s place.

Q. Where abouts?

A.  Near Enoree River.

Q. Were you over at Will Austin’s yesterday evening?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Did you have a pistol?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Is that it?

A. Yes sir.

Q. What were you doing with it over there?

A. Just happened to have it in my pocket.

Q. Tell how it happened?

A. I hadn’t had my hand on it. He reached over and jerked it out of my pocket and it went off and shot him.

Q. Did you have it on safety?

A. Yes sir.

Q. How did it work?

A. I think it worked with safety. I had the safety up.

Q. This the way you had it?

A. No sir. When I put it there, I had it this way. I had it up.

Q. How did it cock itself and shoot him?

A. Fooling with it he pushed the safety back.

Questions from the JURY:

Q. Had he fooled with this gun before?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Did you think he was trying to shoot you?

A. No sir. He didn’t go to shoot himself.

Q. Did you have it in your pocket with the barrel down?

A. No sir, the barrel was up.

Q. The handle was down in your pocket?

A. Yes sir.

Questions by SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. You didn’t intend to kill him?

A.  No sir. He shot himself.

Q. You didn’t have any fuss – no right to want to shoot him?

A. No sir.

Questions from the JURY:

Q. Were you going to see this girl here?

A. No sir.

Q. Was he going to see her?

A. No sir.

SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. This girl is your niece?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Your wife is dead?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. She is Will Austin’s sister?

A. Yes sir.

Q. Will Austin is your brother in law?

A.  Yes sir.

ALF SUBER recalled:

Questions from SHERIFF BLEASE:

Q. Alf, had you two boys heard any fuss?

A. No sir.

Q. This saw-mill stuff – did they refer to any fuss they had?

A. No sir. We don’t work at the same saw mill and I didn’t hear nothing about a fuss.

Q. Were they in a good humor?

A.  Yes sir, in a good humor.

JURY:

Q. You any kin to this fellow that got shot?

A. No sir.


SHERIFF BLEASE to GOREE:

Q. Goree, how long have you had this pistol?

A. A pretty good while.

Statement of MR. FRED S. POPE:

They both had been cutting timber for me. If they had had any words I didn’t know anything about it. In fact, I think it is wrong about them having words. They hadn’t had any words that I heard anything about and I have been there with them all the time and think I would have heard about it. There would be times when some of them would have it in for one another. If they had – I do not know anything about it.

JURY:

Q. How long had they been working for you?

A.  Nathan, since he got out his crop. Bill – all the year.

Q. You never heard of this Negro fussing with them?

A. He is the most peaceful fellow you could find in that country. He did not have any trouble with them. In fact, I did not know he had a pistol. He was not that type. When he is working you can put him with any of them. He never picks a row. Excellent report as far as character is concerned.

SHERIFF BLEASE to NATHAN GOREE:

Q. You brought the boy to town to the doctor?

A.       Yes sir
 

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