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The transcription below was contributed by Jim Allen . Thanks, Jim!

Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf Chronicle
Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tenn.
Friday August 19, 1892

A Brutal Murder

A Stage Driver Fatally Stabbed at Ashland City.
Attacked by a Negro in a Dark Hall and Deliberately Stabbed to the Heart

     The following item is taken from this morning's American:
     "A telephone message from Ashland City at 1 o'clock this morning, gives the details of a mysterious and horrible assassination there at midnight.
     "James ALLEN, well known in Nashville as the driver of the stage coach between Nashville and Ashland City, entered the hallway of the hotel there at 12 o'clock and seeing a negro hiding behind the door, caught hold of him.
     "Instantly there was the flash of a steel blade in the dim light of the hall, and the negro drove the blade into the heart of the man who had hold of him.
     "It was all over in an instant, and as the negro rushed past him and out at the door, the wounded man walked with an effort up the hall steps and gave the alarm.
     "Dr. R. D. Walton was summoned, and at once pronounced the wound fatal.  The heart's pulsations were visible.
     "A telephone message was sent to Nashville and an effort made to reach Dr. G. S. ALLEN, the wounded man's father, but he is in Lebanon and cannot possibly hear of the terrible deed until this morning.  Dr. ALLEN lives at No. 8 University street.
     "Mr. ALLEN could give no account of the occurrence orther than what is here stated.  He had not been in any kind of difficulty with any one, and the theory is advanced that the man was perhaps a burglar, and fearing he had been detected took desperate means to escape.  The wounded man is 23 years old and has been driving the Ashland City Stage nearly two years."


(Note from Jim ALLEN: This gentleman did not die...he was my grandfather and was nursed back to health by Lillian BRINKLEY whom he later married.)

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