By agreement of counsel the Anderson case in Justice Collins' court was continued until next Monday at 2 o'clock.
The case is being prosecuted by County Attorney Griffin and E. Sample is defending.
In the meantime "Uncle Jimmie" has the freedom of the court house. He has the choice of accepting bond or boarding with the county. So far he has chosen the latter.
In our judgment there is little or nothing in this case. The complainant is not sound mentally and is hardly responsible for her actions.
The dismissal of the criminal case against Jas. Anderson last week did not settle the difficulty, as presumed by many. After relatives of Mrs. Teagle learned of the dismissal they prepared to prosecute him on the charge of bastardy but it was finally settled by Mr. Anderson's deeding and quit claiming all his interest right and title in and to all of the property in the Anderson estate to Mrs. Clara Teagle against whom the offense is alleged to have been committed.
The rape case was dismissed without the knowledge and consent of the prosecuting witness or her near relatives and it proved very unsatisfactory.
Mr. Anderson was arrested in December while Samuel Griffin was county attorney. Mr. Griffin made a great mistake in making the charge of rape instead of bastardy.
The final settlement of the trouble places Mr. Anderson in a very bad light. Many who heretofore had believed him to be entirely innocent have had cause to change that opinion. Considering the mental condition of the woman, the affair is especially lamentable and worthy of severe criticism.
Judge Gillet and his stenographer arrived in the city Monday afternoon and convened court promptly at 8 p.m. The criminal docket was first called and assigned.
The rape case against Jas. Anderson was dismissed on motion of County Attorney Tincher. Mr. Anderson was arrested in December charged with committing rape on his step daughter, Mrs. Clara Teagle and held for trial in the district court. When County Attorney Tincher came into his office and investigated into the evidence he concluded there was nothing in it and dismissed. Uncle Jimmie is receiving the congratulations of his friends.
J. E. Coryell entered a plea of guilty on the charge of statutory rape and was sentenced to a term of six years and six months at hard labor in the penitentiary.
The preliminary skirmishes in the Crawford murder case were disposed of Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Applications for plea in abatement change of venue, motion to quash and motion for continuance were overruled. The application for change of venue was vigorously pressed and 46 affidavits were submitted, from people who thought that Crawford could not get a fair trail in Barber county, but the state submitted as many from people who thought he could and Judge Gillett denied the application. The argument of the application was very interesting and the newspapers of the county as well as the attorneys' in the case were the recipients of bouquets of exceeding aroma. The newspapers were also apprised of the number of deadhead readers which they have from week to week. We took notice that many men where prejudiced by the Index articles at the time of the murder, who we heretofore supposed had never seen the Index.
The case will go to trial tomorrow.
Pierce vs. Pierce decree of divorce granted and plaintiff given custody of child.
State Vs. Moses Wright is set for the 18th.
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