Newspaper Abstracts 1880s
1880 Newspaper Extracts
The Bastrop Advertiser
A good man has passed from his sphere of usefulness.
On the 27th day of February 1881, John Purcell reveived mortal injuries by a fall from his
horse, from which he died in a few hours. Born in the State of Illinois in 1839, he removed
to Texas in 1854, settling in Bastrop county, making our county his residence till the hour of
his unfortunate death.
Soon after the close of the into war, whose hardships and reverence he shared with the citizens
of his adopted State, he was united in marriage with Miss Lavinia Glasscock, a most estimable
lady, who died leaving one son and a most affectionate husband to mourn her loss.
After the death of Mrs. Purcell, the bereaved father turned his whole thought to the future
welfare of his only son, now left alone to stom the tide in life's temperinces voyage.
Though everything was done in the power of medical skill to repair the injury received or to
relieve the intense pain, Mr. Purcell was informed that his injuries were necessarily fatal,
when he quitely replied that he preferred to know the actual situation, and he had always
desired to know when the hour of his dissolution might come.
Expressing an actual hope that he might survive until his aged mother, on whom this sad
aflection falls with crusing weight, might reach his dying bedside, he talked calmly with those
surrounding him, on the subject of his death, expressing his earnest prayers for their present
and sternal happiness.
His son, brought to the dyig father, was embraced with the tender affection, and was with the
fondest devotion of his affectionate and dying father, counseled to live for honor and usefulness
on earth for the glory of his Creator. This scene was truly affecting. The noble boy on
whom the blessings of the divine Father were invoked by the last fervent prayers of his dying
father, was commended for his rearing, to his devoted friend, Mr. Osborn, Bidding a final
adieu to all, the dying man soon passed from the shifting scenes of life's fitful dreams to
bask forever in the felicities of a glorious immortality. He died as he had lived, a christian
gentleman, an exemplary member of the Christian Church, conforming not only to the exterpel
forms, but to the ? spirit of christianity. D. J.
05 March 1881
The Alum Creek reporter chides the Hill's Prairie reporter for dining with "Black"berry
KILLOUGH. [Rasberry KILLOUGH was an African American from Hills Prairie, and the newspaper
was attempting to pun on his first name, "Black"berry.]
Mr. Louis EILERS is at Mardi Gras in Galveston, as are Mrs. Mattie KIRK and daughter, Miss
Georgia, and Mr. Jas. R. REDING.
Miss Susie ERHARD returned home from school in Austin last week and is quite sick with measles
and typhoid fever.
DIED - Mrs. Oscar NASH, at McDade Sunday night. Buried in the Bastrop City Cemetery on
Monday evening. Mrs. NASH was the [paper obliterated] of Mrs. PLOGER of Bastrop.
DIED - Deputy Sheriff John PERCELL [PURCELL?].
Mr. A. J. BATTS of Bastrop has three children down with the measles.
Two of Sheriff JENKINS' best deputies have been killed by their horses near Elgin in the past
two years. First, Bill SMITHSON, whose horse reared up and fell back on him, and now John
PURCELL who died Monday, March 1 at 3 p.m. from being thrown from his horse Saturday last
near J. D. [J. O.?] NEWTON's residence. He leaves one little boy and a few relatives.
[Three separate notices in this issue on PURCELL's death.]
MARRIED - At the residence of the bride's father, on the 27th ult., by Rev. W. WOOTTON,
Mr. Cornelius HEMPHILL and Miss Lelia L. COLLIER of Bastrop County.
Marriage Licenses issued by County Clerk GRIMES from 26 Feb - 01 Mar 1881:
Whites: C. A. HEMPHILL to L. L. COLLIER
Colored: Rufus RESTCHER [BEATCHER?] to Priscilla MATHEWS.
Chas HONEY [HANEY?] to Lemora? PINE [PANE/PONE?]
DIED - John Holmes HILL, oldest son of A. M. and S. E. HILL, born 10 Sep 1874 and died of
pneumonia 14 Feb 1881, aged 6 years and 5 months. [Long obituary.]
12 March 1881
Brother GRUNDE will erect a Baptist Church on Reid's Creek, 4 miles from Snake Prairie.
R. A. BROOKS of Alum Creek sent a letter to the Editor regarding farming in that area.
Mr. T. B. MADDOX is Post Master at Live Oaks.
DIED - Mr. Joseph SAUNDERS of Smithville on the 18th [of February?]
Col. CLAIBORNE pronounces the Twin Springs "a good egg" and says they make a fellow feel
like he was swinging in a treetop.
Jimmie GLOVER of Austin has been visiting friends in Bastrop.
Deputy Sheriff Wm. BELL arrested on Thursday the following: Primus MATTHEWS and Alsek?
ALDRIDGE, on charge of theft of cattle.
Mrs. Mattie KIRK of the CLAIBORNE House returned from Galveston on Monday bringing with
her Miss Emma JOHNSON who had been on an extended visit to the "Gulf City."
R. A. BROOKS will lecture on "The Progress of Man and His Improvements" at Hill's Prairie,
George FURGERSON [FERGUSON?], convicted of theft of a cow at the last term of the DCBC,
and sentenced to five years in the pen, appealed his case but is on his way to Huntsville,
the appellate court having affirmed the sentence of the lower court.
DIED - near Bastrop, 02 Feb 1881, of Typhoid Pneumonia, Nattie P. MORRIS, aged nine. His
mother died two years ago.
19 March 1881
Bastrop Knights of Honoe - C. B. GARWOOD, Dictator
Gamble Lodge No. 244 - R. GILL, W. M.; Jas. NICHOLSON, Sec'y.
Bastrop Chapter No. 95 - J. H. GOODMAN, M. E. H. P.; Jas. NICHOLSON, Sec'y.
Congressman 5th District - G. W. JONES, Bastrop.
State Senator, 26th District - A. W. MOORE, Bastrop.
Representative - R. A. KERR
District Judge, 15th District - L. W. MOORE
District Clerk - C. B. MAYNARD
County Judge - Dyer MOORE
County Attorney - J. P. FOWLER [later listed as W. E. MAYNARD]
County Clerk - Wm. H. GRIMES; George HANNAY, Deputy
Sheriff - Wm. E. JENKINS; Holland JENKINS, Deputy
Treasurer - John HEARN
Tax Collector - N. A. MORRIS; Geo. HANNAY, Deputy
Tax Assessor - W. C. LAWHON; John KOHLER, Deputy
County Surveyor - Wm. [W. G.] MILLER
Precinct No. 1 - John PREUSS
Precinct No. 2 - B. F. HUDGINS
Precinct No. 3 - F.W.R. THORNE
Precinct No. 4 - J. B. SCOTT
No. 1 - T. C. JOHNS
No. 2 - H. YOUNG
No. 3 - J. P. WILLIAMS
No. 4 - S. B. WHIPPLE
No. 5 - C. F. JONES
No. 6 - W. H. COULSON, Sr.
No. 7 - M. S. WARD
No. 8 - E. W. FARMER
Precinct No. 1 - W. J. BELL
Precinct No. 2 - Geo. GALLOWAY
Precinct No. 3 - John MURCHERSON
Precinct No. 4 - The. MILES
Precinct No. 5 - Bates OLIVER
Precinct No. 6 - Thos. BISHOP
Precinct No. 7 - R. S. LEE [later spelled LEA]
Precinct No. 8 - B. J. SOWELL [later listed as B. Z. SOWELL]
City Council Proceeding reported 09 Apr 1881; 16 Apr 1881; 11 Jun 1881; 25 June 1881;
09 July 1881 [two notices]; and 17 Sep 1881.
Mayor - Joseph GLOVER
Aldermen - J. C. BUCHANAN, C. L. MORGAN, Th. HASLER, A. J. BATTS, A. WISEMAN,
Chas. WERTZNER, Chester ERHARD, Thos. HODGE,
Assessor & Collector - C. F. PETTY
Treasurer - Otto ELZNER
Dr. R. M. SWEARINGEN appointed St. Health Officer.
Honorable A. W. MOORE has the mumps in Austin.
The reporter from Live Oaks supports the reporter from Hill's Prairie for dining with
L. S. CHAMBLISS and T. L. CLIFTON of Live Oaks are both sick.
Charles W. BYERS, residence unknown, is summoned to appear at the next session of the
DCBC to answer petition of the plaintiff, Therina[?] G. BYERS, for divorce. Plaintiff and
defendant were married 18 Nov 1873 in BC and lived together as husband and sife until on or
about 02 Jan 1874 when defendant abandoned plaintiff. File# of suit: 3098.
Malinda WALKER vs. Clayton WALKER for divorce. Clayton now resides in KS. Malinda SUMMERS
married Clayton WALKER in 1865 in BC and lived as husband and wife until Jan 1880 when
defendant abandoned plaintiff and eloped with one Aley [Alsy?] RAFOR[?]. File # of suit: 3077.
H. S. SMITH, Esq., formerly of Fayette Co., has located in Bastrop and connected himself with
Messrs. JONES, JOHNS, & SCOTT in the law business. SMITH is a graduate of Cumberland
University Law School of Columbia, TN.
Marriage Licenses issued by Co. Clerk GRIMES from 03 Mar - 17 Mar 1881:
George NOBLE to Maggie SNEED
Robert YOUNG to Courtney FLEMING
J. A. CHAMBERS to Sarah HOUSTON
Sansby [Sausby?] COBBINS [CABBINS?] to Bell JOHNSON
Jack THOMPSON to Easter[?] HOLLAND
Jeff DERRY to Annie MURPHY
Lon GARWOOD is now an M. D. having recently graduated at Rush Medical College, Chicago.
He has accepted a position in the Hospital and will not return home for another year.
The home of Mr. W. B. BRYANT, 8 miles north of Bastrop, was entirely destroyed by fire,
supposed to be the work of an incendiary. Mr. BRYANT and wife lost everything except the
clothes they were wearing. The house was the property of John H. WILLIAMS of Baltimore,
valued at $8,000. It was built in confederate times at a cost of $19,000. No insurance.
DIED - On 27 Feb 1881, John PURCELL, received mortal injuries by a fall from a horse. Born
in Illinois in 1839, he removed to Texas in 1854, settling in BC. He married after the close
of the war Miss Lavinia GLASSCOCK, who died leaving one son. Purcell commended the raising of
his son to his friend, Mr. OSBORN. Leaves also an aged mother.
Events in Bastrop
Occurring for the week ending Saturday, October 15th, 1882. Twenty Eight Years Ago.
The following marriage licenses were issued in the county clerk's office from Aug. 28 to Oct
4, 1882, all white:
Herman Miller and Olga Shwendsfeger
Tony Sanches and Mary Moinecke
August Brademann and Minie Westfall
Ruter Brahn and Susan Berry
Richard Probst and Celia Hanke
John Wilson and Jane Wilson
J. J. Sears and Miss Fannie M. Whisenant
Charley Preuss and S. R. Keepers
J. R. Rennie and Ella Horner
T. H. Gould and Ruthe Farris
J. M. Alexander and A. H. Alexander
E. W. Jenkins and C. Glover
S. R. Purcell and Kate Hanna
G. I. Gordon and Minerva Phillips
P. S. Parmer and Georgia R. Farmer
Louis Minke and Martha Smith
A. B. Blanton and Julia Meeks
W. C. Bellany and Julia Ann Bowers
G. H. Awalt and M. E. Scarborough
The following notice of the stock farm of Sayers and Walton was copied in the Advertiser
from the Texas Live Stock Journal of October 6, 1882.
The following account of the arrest of Tom Pearson appeared in the old Advertiser:
"Sherman, Oct. 2, 1882 - Deputy Constable John Moreys, of Van Alstyne, arrested a man named
Pearson yesterday, charged with murder in Bastrop county, in 1873. Pearson would probably
have remained undiscovered, as he has been a resident of this county for the past two
years, working as a farm laborer, and was not suspected of anything wrong until in a drunken
spree he informed a boon companion of his being indicted in Bastrop County. The authorities
there were communicated with and in answer they sent a capias for him for murder. Diligent
inquiry failed to discover the name of the party he is charged with killing.
"Tom Pearson, man referred to in the above telegram, was, in 1873, a tenant on the farm of
Judge Eastland, in the southeastern part of Bastrop county.
A negro named Wilkes Franklin, on the adjoining farm of Mrs. Ware's was waylaid and shot to
death. He was plowing in the field and was shot by someone concealed in timber, as he
approached the fence. This occurred in June 1873, and about 3 o'clock in the evening, Franklin
expiring about sundown. Before his death he made a statement in which he declared that Tom
Pearson did the shooting. Pearson was arrested and placed under a $1,000 bond, with Judge
Eastland and Mr. John Jenkins as sureties. Shortly after giving the bail he skipped the
county and has never been heard of since until the notice from the officer as above
The following grand jurors were summoned for the term of district court to convene in
Bastrop, Monday, Oct. 17, 1882.
Enoch Smith, Wade Dixon, J. I. McGinis, Thos. Paine, Cornelius Hemphill, T. C. Hallmark,
David French, Aaron Kennedy, Richard Hancke, Forry Pope, T. C. Osborne, Ed Bastian,
W. A. Oatman, Jas. Fitzwilliams, Ben Williams, T. C. Hendrix.
A. Wiseman bought seventy odd bales of cotton, of the crop of Mr. Mark Young, Monday
at 9 1-4 cents.
Mrs. M. A. Buell nee Mrs. Maggie Nicholson, who has been on a visit to Bastrop for several
weeks, left the early part of the week for Travis county, her future home.
Col. Jones, independent candidate for governor, returned home Wednesday evening. The
Colonel though fatigued from the ....
In another column will be found the card of Mr. N. A. Morris, withdrawing from the
canvass for tax collector of Bastrop county.
It was Louis C. Shilling, the eldest brother, who killed Scott at Loredo, last week.
On the examing trial he was held in the some of $10,000. The case is to be taken
up on a writ of habeas corpus, as it is generally considered the killing was justifiable.
On Friday evening lasat, the gin belonging to Mr. B. F. Jones, at Alumn Creek, was destroyed
by fire. The fire is supposed to have originated from a spark of fire falling from the
chimney into the lint room. Some ten bales of cotton inside of the gin, and thirteen
bales lying in the yard, were burned. The gin and buildings were insured for the sum of
The Bastrop and Alumn Creek clubs will play their third game, best two in three, on Piney
Creek, above town today. It is proposed to have a picnic dinner, and a party at Academy
Hall tonight. The game is to be played about one o'clock. Everybody and friends are invited
to the picnic and the party.
A Young man named Henry Scruggs, living near McDade, had his arm badly mutilated in a gin
last week, so much so as to require the amputation of the hand. The operation was performed
last Saturday by Dr. Holt, of McDade and Dr. Luckett, of Bastrop. The young man was doing
well at last accounts.
The McDade gin, the property of Mr. Neil F. Campbell, was burned on Monday last. The fire
was discovered about 2 o'clock in the morning, but too late to prevent the destruction of the
property. There is no doubt of its being set on fire. Some eight bales of cotton were
burned. The property was insured for $2,600, but the insurance will not cover the loss.
Mr. McDonald came down Friday of last week and began the work of laying the foundation for
the new court house. After looking at the different rock quaries near town, he has about
decided to take rock for the foundation from the Cemetery grounds, and has offered the
Ladies Cemetery Association $100 for the privilege guaranteeing to refill all places from
which the rock is taken and to make the roads in, to and from the Cemetery grounds smooth
and in good condition.
Home enterprises should always be patronized in preference to others, especially when they
offer equally as good work. Messrs. Underhill & Co of Austin deal in the best quality of
foreign and domestic, and their clever agent, Mr. J. C. Collins visits Bastrop once a month
to receive orders guaranteeing work and goods.
Orders left with Mr. Louis Eilers will have prompt attention.
Miss Delia Reynolds returned home from a visit to Belton Saturday, accompanied by her sister
Mrs. Mary Petty.
Mrs. J. D. Sayers returned home from Bardett's wells Monday, much improved in health.
Mrs. John Hearne returned home from the Winchester wells Monday, with her health greatly
Mrs. H. P. Luckett and family, leave Monday for a visit to Lampassas springs.
Rev. A. G. E. Jenner and wife, returned from Manor Wednesday.
Col. Charley Morgan is the happiest man in town. It's a boy and mother and baby doing well.
Miss Nettie Walker, niece of Mrs. C. B. Garwood, who has been attending the Academy school
the past session, left for her home at Lampassas, accompanied by little Miss Blanche Garwood,
Thursday. Major C. B. Garwood escorted the young ladies as far as Brenham.
Mr. A. Wiseman our clever cotton merchant, left Wednesday morning for New York, to be absent
several weeks. He will purchase a large stock of general merchandise while in New York.
Major. J. D. Sayers left Wednesday morning on a business visit to Austin.
Sam Koppel of Austin, was on a visit to Bastrop this week.
Major D. W. Jones, of Austin, who was accidently shot through the fleshy part of the leg
several weeks ago, has so far recovered as to be able to ride out, and we hope he will soon
be able to lay aside his crutches.
Miss Annie Thomson returned home from a visit to Temple, Monday.
D. M. Scott, Esq, we learn, has purchased from Major Sayers, the house and lot on Main Street,
now used by him as a law office, paying $900 for same.
Mr. Jacob Green of Waco, is visiting Bastrop a guest of his brother, Col. R. S. Green.
Hon. Robt Kerr, colored representative to the legislature from this county last term, has been
suffering with erysipe lasion sometime, and left last week for Hot Springs, Ark, to try the
medicinal qualities of the Hot Springs waters.
Mr. J. C. Collinms, the clever agent of Underhill's Marble Works, Austin, is canvassing
Bastrop for orders. He will visit Bastrop about the 15th of every month, ad persons wanting
tomb stones, family enternments, iron fencing, etc will find it to their interest to give
Mr. Collins their orders. He will repair and place i order all tombstones now on the grounds
Mrs. S. J. Orgain leaves next Monday on a visit to Canada to spend the summer.
Miss Susie Erhard will leave Monday on a visit to friends in Bryan.
Mrs. Laura McKean, after a pleasant visit of several weeks in Bastrop left yesterday for Austin.
Mr. Augie Eilers returned to Austin yesterday.
Mr. J. W. Reding and sister, Mis Belle, left for Brenham Monday, to attend the burial of the
little son of Dr. and Mrs. J. P. Early, who died in Temple Sunday night.
Col. Jung has sold the brick building kown as Craft's H&H, next to the Claiborne House, to the
colored Old Fellows for $1000.
Mrs. Belle Robinson of Brenhen, Freiden, Navarro county, Texas is visiting relatives and friends
in Bastrop, and stopping with her father Dr. J. C. Duval.
Miss Mattie Glover returned from a pleasant ten days visit to Austin, Wednesday.
Mr. Max Starcke, of Dallas, is visiting Bastrop, and stopping with his father, Dr. H. Starcke.
Mr. Isaac Lewis, and wife left for a visit to Calvert, Monday, to be absent several weeks.
Mr. Wilkins Duvall, after a ten days absence, returned home Wednesday.
Gus Jung recently a clerk in the store of R. A. Gill, has gone into business in Waco.
Col. Phil Claiborne returned home from a jaunt through Travis and Williamson counties, Thursday.
The Nash and Cartwright case, it is thought, will certainly be decided by the Appellate court
Mrs. Caton Erhard wentn up to Austin, Friday last, to visit her son, Mr. Albert Erhard, who has
been quite sick but is reported much better.
Dr. D. C. Lea, left Tuesday morning for San Marcus, on a summon to the sick bed of his brother
who is reported seriously ill.
A little colored child fell in a well, 17 feet deep, on Major W. C. Powell's farm, Thursday
killing itself almost instantly.
To the members of all Lodges of A. F. & A. M. Masons in Bastrop county: You are hereby
invited to participate...
At Del Valle, yesterday afternoo about four o'clock, a most foul murder was committed.
The facts, as briefly stated by Mr. Thomas Pearson, nephew of the young man shot, are as
About a year ago William Pearson and Marsailles M. Costley had a difficulty on account of a
girl, in which the latter was severly cut. Yesterday Wm. Pearson went to the residence of
Dr. Maxwell, near Given's store, as his mother was sick. He found the doctor lying down and
Costley was standing near the bed. As Pearson stepped in he leaned up against the door and
told the doctor his errand. At the same time Costley grabbed a revolver belonging to the
doctor, which was hanging on the bedstead, and fired at Pearson without a word. The ball
took effect in his left breast and as Pearson turned to get out of the way, Costley fired two
more shots both of which took effect in Pearson's back and he fell. Then Costley shot him
in the back of the head and jumped on his horse and fled. Mr. Pearson's father offers $500
reward for the body of Costley, dead or alive. Justice Rosenburg issued a warrant last night,
and officers are in search of the murderer. - Statesman
Marcellus Costley Surrendered.
Austin Daily dispath.
This morning Marcellus Costley who several weeks ago shot and killed young Pierson; a full
account of which was given to the Dispatch, came in and surrendered to Sheriff Hornsby and
is now in the county jail.
This reporter called at the jail to interview Mr. Costley in regard to the crime with which
he stands charged. Mike Hornsby, our polite and efficiet Sheriff, introduced us into the cell
in which Costley was confined. Here we found the subject of our search calmly reposing on a
couch. Upon being introduced we were invited to make ourself at home and accept such
hospitality as he i his present quarters, could extend. In appearance Marcellus resembles
very much his father, John M. Costley, who is one of the best known and most esteemed citizens
in this county. A perfect blonde, manly in appearance, yet with an expression and voice as
gentle as that of a woman. He said he had no public statement to make in justification of the
crime with which he stands charged, but at the proper time when placed on trial before the
courts of his county, he would produce such evidence as would acquit him. He had never been
guilty of any intentional wrong in his life, thought that all the circumstance surrounding
his trouble fully justifies him in the steps that he has taken. He was willing to go to
trial upon the merits of his case. In conversation with well known and reliable citizens,
all pronounced young Marcellus Costley to be a sober, reliable and industrious young man.
Bastrop Advertisor 1/1884:
Special Telegram to the Post:
AUSTIN, TX, January 22-A few days after the recent killing at McDade, which
created such a sensation throughout Texas, Marion Beatty, brother of Jack and
Az Beaty, killed at that time, left for parts unknown, alleging as his reason
that because of his relationship to the dead men, he feared for his personal
safety. It now transpires that he had more weighty reasons for his departure
in that a charge of robbery was resting against him. His whereabouts remained
a secret until a few days ago, when he was discovered at Taylor, in
Sheriff Jenkins, of Bastrop, telegraphed the Marshal of Taylor to arrest
Beatty on the charge of robbery, which was done, and Beatty was brought to
Austin this evening in charge of Marshal Olive.
LATER-The Marshal received a telegram asking him to bring Beatty to Bastrop.
This he declined to do and neither will he consent to turn him over to any
subordinate officer or committee. Sheriff Jenkins must either take him in
person or he will turn him loose.
Marshal Olive fears violence to Beatty if he should attempt to carry him to
Bastrop by way of McDade. Felix McLemore, brother to the men hanged at
McDade, is also in the city and was with Beatty when the latter was arrested
at Taylor. Milton and Bishop, concerned in the shooting at McDade, were also
at Taylor when Beatty was apprehended. The prisoner is held here subject to
Sheriff Jenkins demand in person.
The preliminary examination of Haywood Beatty, Chas. Goodman and Robert
Stevens, charged with assult with intent to murder and murder, at McDade,
Christmas day began in Justice T. C. Baird's court, at Bastrop, Monday,
January 14th, 1884, and was concluded Friday, January 18th, 1884, resulting
in placing Haywood Beatty under two bonds, aggregating $7500; Robert Stevens,
two bonds, aggregating $5000; Chas. Goodman, two bonds; aggregating $1000 in
default of which all three were remainded badk to jail. County Attorney W.
E. Maynard represented the state and Messrs. Jones, Johns & Scott the
defense. The attorneys for the defense have sued out a writ of habeus
corpus, before Hon. L. W. Moore, district judge. We give below the
statements of Haywood Beatty and Robert Stevens made in open court together
with all the important evidence for the state and the defense:
"I, in company with my two brothers, and Robert Stephens, Charley Goodman and
Byrd Hasley, went to the town of McDade on the morning of December 25, 1883.
I went to get some money I had at Mr. Milton's -thirty five dollars. I
carried my pistol with me , so as to get some cartridges to fit it. I did
not have but four cartridges in my pistol. I wanted to kill some hogs in a
few days; they were running in the woods. I went into Milton's store and was
talking to Wilson Hollman, and intended to speak to Milton in a few minutes
about the money. I heard a pistol fire out of the door on the street; and
thought it was a firecracker when I first heard it. I then stepped to the
door and Thomas Bishop and Az Beatty had hold of a pistol and Az Beatty was
shot. I says, what do you fellows mean and said stop that now. About that
time my brother, Jack Beatty, stepped up and commenced to talk to them. Mr.
Milton was coming to the door with a pistol in his hand and I thought from
the way he acted that he was going to shoot me. I said "hold up, Mr.
Milton''. and he turned around and went back into the house and I went out to
where the boys were. I said, "Tommie, what is the row about? and he said
"what are you coming out here for with your pistol out?' I then threw up my
hands and said, "I ain't got it out.' About that time Milton came to the door
with a double-barreled shot gun and said, "get away from there, everybody.' I
then started to run in the direction of Bassist's store and the shooting
comenced. Both of my brothers were shot down. I was off about thirty steps
when Milton shot me twice with a shot gun. I was running' when he shot me.
The last time I pulled out my pistol and shot at him twice. I do not
recollect seeing Griffin during the fight. If I shot Griffin I did it
accidentally. I and Griffin, and Bishop and Milton had always been good
friends and on good terms. I had always sold Milton my cotton and traded with
him. After I was shot I went below town, crossed the railroad and through
Milton's pasture home afoot.
On the 21st day of December 1883, I went down to my place on the Yegua seven
miles from where my mother-in-law (Mrs. Beatty) lives, to see Mr. Tannyhill
about renting my place to him. I left Mr. Tannyhill's about 3 o'clock in the
evening, and went to Mrs. Beatty's. Got to Mrs. Beatty's about sundown. My
family was at Mrs BEatty's. I ate my supper there and then went to the
Christmas tree, at the Knobs. I went from the Knobs to Baggetts store and
remained there about an hour. I went from there to my mother-in-law's and got
there about 10 o'clock in the night of the 24th of Dec. 1883. I remained
there until after breakfast next morning. My wife told me I had to go to
McDade to get some medicine for one of my children and to take a pair of
boots and exchange them at Mr. Billingsley's store. When I got there Mr.
Billingsley asked me if I had seen anybody hanging to a tree. I told him I
did not see anyone. I then asked him if anybody was hung. He said, yes,
either hung or killed. I asked him, who it was? He told me that it was Thad
McLemore, Wright McLemore and Henry Pfiefer. I then went to the bar where
there was a lot of men talking. I stayed there a few moments, then went and
untied the boots from my saddle and went up to Mr. Billingsley's store to get
them exchanged. While I was looking for the boots I heard a gun or pistol
fire. I stepped to the door and looked down the street and saw that somebody
was shot. I started down there and saw that it was Az Beatty shot. I then run
up to where he was, I asked if he was shot? Jack Beatty, I think, had hold of
him under the arms and was holding him up. Jack Beatty said that he (Az
Beatty) was shot in the hip. About that time he turned loose of Tom Bishop's
pistol. then Tom Bishop says to Az Beatty, "What do you mean by coming here
and jumping on me? Az Beatty never said anything. About that time Haywood
Beatty stepped up in front of Tom Bishop. Bishop said 'What did you come up
here for?' Then Tom Bishop commenced shooting. About that time Mr. Milton
came to the door with a double barrel shot gun. He said 'get away from
there?' Then I started off looking backward and then they began to shoot;
then I met Willie Griffin, close to the beef market; with a six shooter in
his hand. I then ran off below the blacksmith's shop and below Oscar Nash's
livery stable. There were two other men who ran off down there when I did. I
did not know who they were, I told them to go up there and see if the boys
were killed. I told them that I was afraid to go back up there for fear they
would kill me. They said they were afraid, too. I then went back to the north
side of Billingsleys store. I stood there a few moments and then I went up to
Mr. Westbrook's lumber yard. I saw Milt. Kennedy. I asked him if the boys
were killed. He said, 'yes and Willie Griffin, also'. Kennedy said for me to
go away from there. I then broke to run, and Bishop and Milton saw me as I
ran and shot me as I run. As well as I recollect there were three shots fired
at me. Two shots hit me, one in the left hip, and one in the right leg just
above the knee. I was unarmed and in my shirt-sleeves all the time I was in
McDade. I went from there home and left my horse in McDade; got home about 2
o'clock, in the evening; my wounds were getting very sore when I got to Mrs.
Beatty's. Haywood Beatty was at Mrs. Eatty's when I got there. I knew
nothing of any trouble until I heard the shot fired, while I was at
Billingsley's store. I thought Bishop and Milton were good friends of mine.
I did not think I had an enemy in the world.
being duly sworn for the state, says;
I am acquainted with the three defendants, Haywood Beatty, Bob Stevens, and
Charley Goodman. On the morning of the 25th of December last as I came into
my store, I noticed four men ride into town from across the railroad and stop
at the saloon. The four men were Az Beatty, Haywood Beatty, Charles Goodman,
and Bert Hasley. As they stopped and began to dismount, Az Beatty turned his
horse and loped out of town. Directly he came back and in a short time
afterwards Jack Beatty and Robert Stevens came in riding from the same
direction. Tom Bishop, Dr. Vermillion and Hollman and myself were on my
store gallery and some one made the remark, 'wonder what they are coming in
so early for.' and I said I suppose it is Christmas times and this is the
reason. I went back to my desk and began writing letters and attending to my
business. In about fifteen or twenty minutes Jack Beatty came in the store
and came right back to the safe where I was standing, he on the outside of
safe and I back behind the safe. He began to talk to me about Haywood Beatty
being accused of being accessory to the murder of Bose Heffington. He seemed
to be considerabley excited, and said some G_d d_d s-s of b-s in McDade had
been accusing Haywood Beatty of being concerned in the killing of Bose
Heffington, and it was a God damned lie. That he believed old Kige Highsmith
was one of them, but there were others that were accusing Haywood Beatty of
this. I told him that I had not beard anyone accuse Haywood of being in the
killing but that I had heard it reported ar9ound that Haywood Beatty had
carried Jeff Fitzpatrick out of town behind him on his horse the night he
killed Heffington. Jack Beatty then said that report was a damned lie too;
that Haywood had nothing to do with it. Jack BEatty then asked me if
Heffington in his dying statement had accursed Haywood with having anything
to do with the killing. I told him no. He said, well there have been three
men taken out of this town last night, and as he made this remark the firing
I heard the struggling just abut the time the shot fired. I turned my face in
that direction and I saw Haywood at the left of the door advancing toward the
inside. Charles Goodman and Bert Hasley on the other side of the door. I
advanced towards the door from behind the counter. Jack Beatty also advanced
toward the door, he being in front of the counter. As I advanced I hollowed
to them several times not to do that. When I got to the end of the counter
about the middle of the store I turned out from behind the counter, to go
towards the door. Jack Beatty was then ahead of me, and he turned on me.
Fronting me and said several times that I should not or must not go out. I
drew my pistol and told him to back. He wheeled then and run out of the front
door. I then discovered Haywood Beatty to the left of the door, and right at
the door with his pistol drawn on me. Bert Hasley and Charley Goodman were on
the other side of the door with pistols drawn had them up in their hands
ready to shoot. I backed then, with my pistol drawn towards the door pointing
first to one side of the door and then the other. to keep them from shooting
in it. I backed behind the counter to where my gun was, dropped my pistol
into my pocket, took up my gun and cocked both barrels and then advanced to
front of the store as soon as possible. I kept the gun pointed to the side
of the door where Haywood was and would point it to the other side when I
would see them poke their heads in. I fired on them at the left of the door
before I got to the front of the store. Haywood left thsat side of the door
then and ran back out into the street. I then went to the door and Charley
Goodman and Bert Hasley were backing off from the store to the left with
their pistols drawn. I noticed at this time Bob Stevens about the market
house, about fifty feet distant and near my fence. I heard a report at this
time from the right and turned my head and saw Az. Beatty fall and I then
heard another report to my left and in the direction of Stevens; I then heard
a pistol shot to my right, and looking saw smoke coming from Haywood Beatty's
pistol. I then saw Griffin down and Haywood Beatty's pistol pointing in the
direction of Griffin. He was lowering his pistol and I saw the smoke coming
from it. Haywood Beatty was running backwards and firing as he ran back.
All this time there was a stuggle going on between Tom Bishop, Jack Beatty
and Az Beatty. Bishop and Az Beatty were down on their knees. About the
time that Willie Griffin fell a report of a pistol shot came from where
Bishop and Az. and Jack Beatty were struggling, and Jack Beatty fell. During
this time Haywood Beatty was firing as he retreated backwards. I threw my
shot gun down and shot at him. I turned then and fired at the others as they
backed off. At the time, Jack Beatty came back in o my store where I was
writing I noticed Haywood Beatty, Bert Hasley and Charles Goodman about the
front of the store. While talking to me Jack Beatty seemed to be excited and
mad. Jack, while talking to me, put his righthand into his left bosom several
times. I don't know what he meant by it. The parties at the door with
pistols drawn and Jack Beatty seemed to have for their ogject to keep me from
coming out of my store. I did not notice anyone else at the place where
Robert Stevens was standing at the time I heard a shot fire about where he
was. As soon as I heard this shot fire I saw Robert Stevens run in behind the
building. If Haywood Beatty shot at me he shot immediately after he shot
Will Griffin. At the time Haywood Beatty fired I had my face turned in
another direction and when I looked toward Haywood Beatty he was facing me
and lowering his pistol, the barrel being pointed towards me and I saw the
smoke coming from it. This was before I shot at Haywood Beatty. I saw
Haywood Beatty shoot at Tom Bishop. After Haywood Beatty downed Willie
Griffin and shot at me he then shot at Tom Bishop several times. Tom Bishop
was struggling with Az and Jack Beatty at the time Haywood Beatty shot at
him. There were forty or fifty shots fired. When I started to the front
door, Haywood Beatty was standing right at the door, with his body behind the
door facing, and he would look around and point his pistol in the door, and
he then told me that I should not go out there. AT this time there was
struggling going on outside. This occurred on the 25th day of December 1883,
in Bastrop county, Texas.
Bastrop Advertisor 1/1884:
being sworn for the state, say:
'I know Haywood Beatty, Robert Stevens, Charlie Goodman and Bert Hasley. I saw Haywood
Beatty, Charley Goodman, Az Beatty, and Bert Hasley come into McDade together on the
morning of the shooting. They came from across the railroad by the hotel. They rode up to
the saloon and al got down except Az Beatty, who waited a few minutes and then rode back
in the direction from whenee he came. In about 10 or 15 minutes Az Beatty came back and
Jack Beatty and Robert Stevens came along behind him but they were not together. Robert
Stevens and Jack Beatty came up in front of the saloon and got off their horses. When Az
Beatty went back he went in a lope. While there at the saloon Jack Beatty and several were
talking about the mob the night before and Jack Beatty said there are a G-d d-n lot of s-s
of b-s around here accusing boys of doing things they are innocent of. Then Jack Beatty got
up and pushed me and took me around the corner of the house, and when he got there he said
Capt. Highsmith, d-n s-n of b-h, was who he was hitting at. Then he asked me which way that
mob went. I told him that McKinley told me that they went around by John Kennedy's and around
by the church. He then said that they went on down to Milton's house. He said that Bishop
and Milton had accused Haywood Beatty of helping Fitzpatrick to kill Hefflington and robbing
Winn, and that I, or we, intended to kill both Milton and Bishop. Then Haywood Beatty and
Oscar and some of the boys stepped up to where we were talking and Jack left. Jack BEatty
said Milton and Bishop were g-d s-s of b-s at the time he said we, or I intended to kill
them. When I walked around in front of the saloon I told the boys that if they wanted to
find out anything the way was to keep quiet and not say anything. I asked then to go and
take a drink with me and Haywood and one of the other boys went in. In about five or ten
minutes after I left the store and by the time I had gotten up by the Grange store, I heard
a pistol shot, and then shooting commenced. When I told them that I would not say anything
more about it Haywood said "I won't say a d-n thing more about it".
O F NASH
being sworn for the state, says:
"I was at the saloon in McDade, on the morning of the 25th of December last. All three of the
defendants were there; Jack Beatty and Az Beatty were also there. I asked them if they had
heard of the hanging the night before and some one of the crowd said they had not heard it.
I told Haywood Beatty that some one had remarked that the mob had called for him. Haywood
BEatty said that they could get him. I heard Jack Beatty say that there was one s-m of a b-h
in town, not far off, who had been talking too much, and if he did not mind he would get
killed, and he said there were others in town who would suffer, too. When I told them that
I had heard about the mob calling for Haywood Beatty, it seemed to make Stevens and all of
them mad. Stevens talked in an angry and excited manner. In about ten minutes after this
conversastion I heard the shooting. I saw Stevens again just after the row commenced, going
down towards MIlton's store. He was running pretty fast when I saw him. I saw two shots fired.
Don't know who fired one of them, but the other was fired by Haywood Beatty at Tom Bishop.
Bishop was standing at the time. Bishop's back was to me; can't say whether he was in the act
of shooting or not, I can't say whether he had a pistol.
being sworn, for the state says:
I am acquainted with the three defendants. I was sitting on the gallery of MIlton's store the
morning of the shooting and reading a medical journal. Mr. Milton was back in the store at
the desk writing. While there four men rode into town. They hitched their horses near the
saloon by putting the reigns over the horns of each other's saddle. One of them looked down
the street and around and then got on his horse and rode out of town. These parties were
Haywood BEatty,. Az Beatty, Charles Goodman and Bert Hasley. The one who rode out of town
was Az Beatty. He came back in a few minutes with Jack Beatty and Bob Stevens. Some came
down to the post where I was sitting and some remained at the saloon. I think Charles Goodman
came by and shook hands with me. He came back and went in by the beef market. Haywood and
Jack Beatty came into the store. In a few minutes Az Beatty came down the street in a hurry,
and when he got to the gallery he put his foot on the step and said "Tom Bishop, you G-d d-d
so-n of a b-h, if you don't leave town I will kill you in twenty minutes." He then threw his
hand behind him under his coat as if he was going to draw a pistol, and I asked him what right
he had to make me leave town. He rushed towards me and said he would show me, and I got up
and commenced to point my pistol. He shoved me off the gallery on the ground and I fired. He
had hold of my pistol; when I fired he let loose. Several ran up, and commenced shooting at
me, Haywood Beatty was one of them and Charley Goodman was one. I was standing up when Haywood
BEatty and Charles Goodman shot at me. I had not shot or attempted to shoot at Haywood Beatty
or Charley Goodman when they shot at me, Jack Beatty came-running up with a knife drawn on
me, and he cut at me. Just as the shooting was about to stop I saw Stevens about the corner
of the beef market and he started to run across the street. He ran in the direction of the
lumber yard. Haywood shot at me five or six times. Goodman shot at me two or three times. I
took it to be Haywood Beatty who shot in the direction of Willie Griffin. While Az Beatty was
talking to me Jack Beatty was in the store and Haywood Beatty was in the store or near the
front door. When Az Beatty came down to the store he came in a very fast walk or run. He
seemed to be angry when he first came to me. Saturday evening before the difficulty at
Milton's store, Az Beatty said that the wouldn't leave town until he got away with Tom
Bishop. I told him that was as good a time as any. Az Beatty weighed about 165 or 170
pounds. Haywood Beatty asked Az to het on his horse and go home. This was the Saturday
before and Az said he would not go until he got away with Tom Bishop.
Cross Examined: Willie Griffin ran down from the Nash Saloon while the fight was going on.
He was armed with a Colt's 45 pistol. He came up with the pistol in his hand. Can't say
whether he fired it or not. Willie Griffin fell six or seven steps south-west and to my
left, while Haywood Beatty was a little to the right and back of Willie Griffin. While the
fight was going on I saw Stevens with Charley Goodman and Bert Hasley between the store and
beef market, and Goodman shot at me.
Re-examined: Young Griffin is my wife's uncle. At the time Griffin was killed he was not
standing directly between me and Haywood Beatty. He was to the left. If Haywood Beatty had
shot at me he would have necessarily missed Griffin four feet or more. Stevens is a brother-
in-law to the Beattys.
being recalled for the state, says:
I saw part of the shooting in McDade on the morning of the 25th of December 1883. The first
shot fired and I looked around and saw Az Beatty and Bishop scuffling then another shot fired
and then they stepped off of the gallery and got out a piece from the gallery and Az BEatty
fell; both of them had hold of a pistol. Jack Beatty ran up close to where Bishop and Az were.
Jack reached out one hand as if to catch Tom Bishop and then stepped back; then Bishop got
his pistol from Az and shot Jack Beatty and he fell. The Will Griffin ran up close to where
Bishop was, and had his pistol up in his hand, then Haywood shot and Will Griffin fell.
Haywood Beatty pointed his pistol at Griffin and shot, and Griffin fell. Haywood Beatty was
about 12 or 15 feet from griffin when he shot. There were 25 or 30 shots fired.
CAPT M B HIGHSMITH
for the state: Was in the saloon when the men rode up on the morning of December 25th; heard
Jack Beatty say that "there were some G-d d-d s-s of b-s in the town who had accused Haywood
Beatty of being concerned in the killing of Heffington and G-d D-n them some of then had to
die and they were not far off'. He saw Haywood Beatty shoot Willie Griffin, don't think
Griffin shot anyone but that his pistol went off as he fell;did not see Goodman during the
for the state; Was present when the men rode up to the saloon; they were talking about the
hanging; one of them said the man who would take old man McLemore out and hang him was a G-d
d-n rascal, and about that time Jack Beatty said, "Let Bishop and Az Beatty come off the
gallery at Milton's store and if they were struggling; saw Haywood Beatty with his pistol
on the left side of the door; saw Tom Bishop jerk the pistol from Az Beatty, and then thought
he heard the report of a pistol; then saw Goodman shoot from the butcher shop; Milton then
stepped off the gallery and said, "that won't do boys; that won't do;' hen heard two shots
from a shot gun. Haywood Beatty then gegan to back and then he shot towards Tom Bishop and
then towards Milton; the third shot that Haywood Beatty made he had his pistol pointed at
Will Griffin, and Griffin fell. Haywood Beatty and Goodman both shot at Milton and Bishop
before either of them shot at Haywood Beatty and Goodman.
MRS. JACK BEATTY
for the defendants testified as follows;
'I am the wife of Jack Beatty, deceased. I last saw him at his father's on the night of the
24th of December, 1883. We went over there to stay all night. Robert Stevens and his family
were also at old man Beatty's. Jack Haywood and Az Beatty together with Robert Stevens, Chas.
Goodman and Bird Hasley left old man Beatty's about 7 o'clock to go to McDade; they would
be back by 11 o'clock. Jack Beatty had no pistol and left all the pocket knife he had at
home (The knife was here produced in court). Jack Beatty had Horace Nash's pistol borrowed
for the purpose of killing hogs. The pistol was at home in the bureau drawer. Jack Beatty
had no pistol of his own.
J. W. WESTBROOK
being sworn for the state, says:
I was standing about 80 yards from the store where the difficulty occured; saw Az shove Bishop
backwards off of Milton's gallery; shoved him about 25 feet from the gallery. Bishop falling
ratherin a squatting position; theywere scuffling over something in the hands of one or the
other; while in this position Jack Beatty ran up a few feet of them; about this time there
was another pistol shot; Az fell back in a seated position; all this time the firing became
general. Directly after Jack Beatty fell I saw Haywood pass around from the direction of the
house to opposite side of the parties mentioned at about this time I saw Griffin fall; when
Haywood Beatty moved further from the parties and a little to the left and fired in the
direction of Bishop. Bishop returned the fire immediately. About this time I saw Milton
appear and fire in the direction of Haywood, then Haywood ran in the direction of the stock
pen; the second shot seemed to be between Bishop and Az.
being sworn for the state says:
Goodman came in to Bassist's store, in which I am clerking, on the morning of the shooting in
McDade and about 15 or 20 minutes before and bought fifty 44 Winchester cartridges. I have
sold these same kind of cartridges for pistol use.
W. S. PORTER
being sworn for the state, says:
I saw some of the shooting at McDade on the 25th of December 1883. I was in the back part of
Bassist's store when the shooting occured. I ran out on the front gallery and was there about
100 feet from the shooting. I saw Az down on his knees and he and Bishop seemed to be
scuffling over a pistol. Directly Haywood ran aroudn out of Milton's house, about that time
Griffin came up and about that time Jack Beatty ran out and at this time MIlton stepped out
on his gallery and he had a shot gun. During the fight, Haywood ran up on our gallery and as
he came up he was either taking the blank cartridges out of his pistol or reloading it, I
can't say which. I told him to get off the gallery and he did so; did not notice him any
W H KENNEDY
being sworn for the state, says:
I saw some of the shooting at McDade, Dec 25, 1883. I saw Haywood shoot at Griffin and saw
Griffin fall. I don't remember seing Goodman shoot as I was watching Haywood Beatty.
G. D. FLETCHER
being sworn for the state says:
I was in the depot when the shooting occurred, in McDade. I saw Haywood Beatty shoot Willie
Griffin. I saw Haywood shoot at Thomas Bishop. I did not notice Goodman Shoot. I was about
50 yards out. Griffin was standing still, with pistol in his hand, when Haywood shot him.
J S BROWN
being sworn for the state says:
I saw the shooting at McDade. I was at Milton's store. Az came up on the gallery to where
Bishop was sitting, put his hand behind him and under his coat as if to draw a pistol, and
said "Tom Bishop, leave this place. G-d d-n you." Tom said "I won't leave here; what right
you have to order me to leave here, you d-n s-n of a b-h. Az then started towards Bishop
and I heard a shot fire. I stepped to the door as quick as I could and saw them both hold
of a pistol. Beatty backed Bishop off the gallery backwards and continued to back about 20
feet from the gallery. In the scuffle Bishop got down on his hip, in the scuffle the pistol
went off; Az fell on his right side. About this time Haywood was standing at one side of
Milton's store door with his pistol pointing in. At this time Jack Beatty came running out
to where Bishop and Az were, and drew his hand up. I did not see anything in it and Bishop
then shot him. When Jack ran out of the store then Milton came out on the gallery. Haywood
ran back towards the stock pen and raised his pistol and fired and Griffin fell. Haywood
then ran towards' Basist's store. Milton fired towards him and he turned as if he was struck.
I then saw Milton shoot up towards the lumber yard. I don't know who he shot at. When Az
started towards Bishop on the gallery he told Bishop that he would make him leave. Az came
on the gallery about 16 feet distance from Bishop who was seated on the other side.
being swore for the state, says:
I saw Haywood shoot Willie Griffin. Griffin was not doing anything when Beatty shot him.
W. B. BILLINGSLEY
witness for the defendants being sworn on oath says:
On the morning of December 25, 1883, I came up town where I saw Milton go into his store at
the side door with a gun. I took the gun he had to be a Winchester. I then went on up to my
store, passing the rock saloon. While I was at my store I saw Jack Beatty, Az and Bob Stevens
ride up. I met Bob and told him that three men had been taken off the night before. Stevens
seemed to be bery much surprised at the news. We went back to the crowd before the rock
saloon. I think that Oscar Nash remarked that the mob called for Haywood Beatty. Jack Beatty
at this time became very much excited at some one saying that Milton said that Haywood aided
Leff Fitzpatrick who killed Heffington, to escape. Jack Beatty was very angry and denounced
the charges as false, cursed and went on in the direction of Milton's. I, with Stevens, went
on to my store to exchange a pair of boots for Stevens. While there a gun fired. Stevens
was then looking at a pair of boots. He was then in his shirt sleeves, He had no arms about
him that I saw. He might have had a pistol in his pants pockets for all I know. We both
stepped to the door and Stevens said 'somebody is shot.' I then saw Bishop and Az shuffling
over something I taken to be a pistol; Beatty was in a sitting position. Tom Bishop succeeded
in securing the pistol and fired. Stevens ran down to where the fight was, or in that
direction, I lost sight of him during the fight. I followed and walked very slow. Milton
was on his gallery and said 'G-d d-n you, don't you touch him.' Jack Beatty was under the
cover of Milton's gun when he made the remark above. I was then past the rock saloon and
where the shooting was. As soon as Bishop got loos from Az, Bishop shot at Az and Az fell.
Bishop then whirled toward Jack Beatty and he and Milton fired simultaneously and Jack
Beatty fell. I saw Will Griffin run out of the saloon and to where the fight was with a
pistol in his hand. He did not seem to be shooting but had his pistol up in his hand.
Griffin then fell and his pistol fired in the air. Bishop, Milton and Haywood were all
firing when Griffin fell. AFter Griffin fell I met Hasley running and Bishop pursuing him.
I went then to where the parties were lying. I found two of the dead. I saw Jack Beatty's
coat burning. I went on to the body and put the fire out. I thought strange about Jack not
firing. I pulled his coat back and turned him over on his back. He was lying on his side and
I turned him over. I ded not see any arms about him. I ddid not examine AZ. His brains were
lying out on the ground. Jack Beatty was shot in the side and in the head. I was not a bit
excited. I think there were 12 or 15 shots fired. As I went down I passed the market about
the tiem the shooting ceased. I left the market about 10 feet to the right and saw no firing
from the market. I saw nothing except from Bishop, Haywood and Milton. All the reports I
heard came from about Milton's store. A? kill Milton went over ? Bishop went to the lumber
yeard. Milton and Bishop seemed like they were looking for some one. Stevens jumped from a
? and Milton shot at him. When I first went to the rock saloon in the morning, Milton was
there. The defendants lad not yet come. He was not ? minutes after the defendants came to
town before the shooting commenced.
Crossexamined: When I went down near the shooting I saw a man I looked for be Goodman going
from the shooting towards the ?. I can't say that Jack BEatty was not armed. he may have had
a pistol or knife in his pocket. I think Griffin fell about the time Haywood shot. I did not
see the commencement of the difficulty. I don't know that Goodman did not shoot before I got
there. Goodman might have shot while I was there and me not have seen ?. During all of the
shooting I was perfectly calm and quite; did not excite me in the least. Just as soon as the
gun fired Stevens and I went to the door and Stevens at once said 'somebody is shot' and he
at once ran down to the scene of the shootings. I walked very slowly.
Re examined: As we, Stevens and I, looket out Stevens remarked 'sombody is shot'
witness for defendant says:
About 11 or 12 o'clock on Christmas day Chas. Goodman came to my house and he had in his hand
a pistol. He was wounded to the left side of his back. I found a bullet ball hanging in his
shirt. I kept the bullet. Shortly afterwards I noticed him working with a pistol. I took the
pistol and found two small pieces of lead between the lower end of the clinder and the bud
of the pistol. The pistol was very bloody. I am satisfied in my own mind that Charles
Goodman's pistol was struck by a ball, judging from the appearances of the pistol. One
ball came out on the left side some two or three inches from where it entered. This was
in range with the place where I found the ball in the clothing, which I am satisfied in
my own mind struck the pistol.
W H HOLLINGSHEAD
being sworn for the state says:
I have had a conversation with Stevens in regard to George Milton. I heard him say that he
would like to catch Milton with about one thousand dollars. That he would kill him and take
it if there was noe one to see it and he thought he never would be found out on him. There
was no one present when he told me this.
being sworn as a witness for the state says that he saw Bob Stevens on Milton's gallery about one minute after the first shot was fired.
DR J W VERMILLION
being sworn for the state says:
I was at Milton's store when he shooting took place, at McDade, I was standing on Milton's
gallery, talking to Bishop, Az Beatty came down and stepped on the gallery and told Bishop
to "leave there, G-d D-n him' he would make him do it, very quick.' Bishop said 'you s-s of
a b-h what right have you to tell me to leave? I saw Az put his hand under his coat, as if
he was taking hold of something. I then thought there was going to be shooting, and I walked
back into the store. I passed between Az and Bishop and Bishop fired. When I got 10 or 15
feet into the store, Milton was coming forward and asked what was up, I said they are
shooting and I crossed in behind the opposite counter. Jack BEatty came in to the store
before Az came down and called Milton back to the desk. I then heard Jack say, Geore, g-d
d-n you , don't go out there'. Tis was after the first shot was fired. Milton was moving
slowly towards the door with a pistol in his hand. This man who I afterwards found out was
Haywood, said to Milton, "stop (or stand back) or I will kill you. I then expected shooting
in the store and I went further back into the store. While going back Jack got out of the
store. When I turned around there was a shot fired right close to the door. Then the man
who was in the door turned his head. Then Milton came out from behind the counter; he then
had a shot gun. The man at the door backed behind the door facing but kept his hand and
pistol out. I then went out clear behing the store, thinking there was going to be shooting,
and did not see any more. The man at the door had his pistol pointed at mIlton at the time
he told him not to go out there and to stand back or he would kill him.
Cross examined: when beatty first spoke. though his language was very rough, I thought it
was in a jest until Bishop's reply. As Jack passed into the storek, he shook hands with me
and did not seem to be excited. He seemed to be in his usual humor so far as I know Witness
heard nothing that passed between Jack and Milton while at the desk before the first shot.
As soon as Bishop replied to Eatty I then saw both were mad. When Bishop fired he threw his
arm out so as to fire and not hit me.
J W HOLLMAN
being sworn for the state says:
At the day of shooting in McDade, I was in Milton's store. The first I saw was when Az came
on Milton's gallery to where Bishop was. Bishop was setting down looking at the medical
journal and talking to Dr. Vermillion. Az approached Bishop and said "Tom Bishop, you leave
heare or I'll make you do it d-n quick. Bishop got up and said something I could not
understand what. I then heard a pistol shot. Before this about 10 or 15 minutes, Haywood
came in Goodman came in and asked for Winchester cartridges. Jack came in the store not
before Az came down and Jack walked in the store and was talking to Milton at Milton's safe.
This was about 10 feet from the front door. I heard nothing that passed between Jack and
Milton. When the first shot fired Milton not Jack started to the front. Milton being behind
the counter and Jack in frount. Milton asked me as he came by what was the mattrer and I said
I don't know. Jack then said, "George, G-d d-n your, don't go out there. Milton walked on
towards the door saying "don't do it, it won't ? won't do". As Milton approached the door,
Haywood was standing in the door and drew a pistol and said "Mr Milton stand back, if you
come, I will kill you'. Then Jack ran out this door by Haywood and went to where Az and
Bishop were standing. I then saw Goodman and Bert Hasley standing near the door with pistol
in hand. Milton then walked backwards to his desk and picked up his shotgun. He then went
to the door and cocked his gun on those three boys. Haywood then ? told Milton "you to leave
or he would kill him" Milton went on towards the door and Heywood left the door and went
toward Tom Bishop and Az. Milton ehtn went out ot the door and the shooting then began
general. I saw Az push Bishop backwards off the gallery, out to the street, He pushed
Bishop about 12 feet from the gallery and then mashed Bishop down to the ground. Stevens
is a brother-in-law to the Beatty's. Felix McLemore married a sister of Jack Beatty.
Crossexamined: Witness is clerk for Milton and the Beatty's were frequently in the house
and trades a good deal with Milton. It is conceded that there was some of Haywood's money
deposited at Milton's store. When Haywood was buying the cartridges, I did not notice that
he was excited. Up to this time Jack, Az and Haywood were as far as I know, friendly with
Milton. About three or four weeks before this a deputy sheriff of 1 county was killed in
McDade. I don't know whether Heffington had any relaties in McDade.
Reexamined: The Beattys did trading at other houses in McDade. They traved with Billingsley
End of article. Just for reference, the cuss words in the article are as were written. I
didn't shorten them. I've been told there is another article where the J. S. Brown mentioned
above as a witness was taken out and hung. I'll see if I can get that article.
The charges were dropped against Jack Beatty.
Bastrop Advertisor 1/26/1884
The Late Tragedies at McDade From the News
MCDADE. January 14, 1881-Now while the horrible tragedy that was enacted at this place on
Christmas eve and day is going the rounds of the press, just as correspondents see fit to
clothe, and as reporters get it, I, a widow of one of the victims, claim a hearing. Three
weeks have passed since the McLemore and Batey families received their double blow. Life
with its duties and cares are before us, while behind us lies the shadow of our murdered
dead and heart wounds that time can never heal.
The Bastrop Advertisor, containing an account of the tripple lynching in Texas, as taken
from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, s before me; also the reported interview with F. H.
McLemore. It seems that it was proved at the inquest that Thad McLemore was under arrest,
charged with burglary; that Wright McLemore and Henry Pfeiffer were under a nominal bond
for cattle-stealing when taken from the saloon. That Jack, Azberry and Haywood Batey,
Charley Goodman, Burt Hasley and Robert Stevens came in town next day defient, trying to
learn the fate of their friends; that all were old residents, and all were under bad repute
except Jack Batey. Thad McLemore was under arrest through charges by S. E. Walker, as was
ascertained afterward. I hope that Thad died in ignorance of the latter fact, for he thought
Walker a friend. As to Wright McLemore, my husband, being under a nominal bond for cattle-
stealing, there is no truth in it. His accusers have not, nor can not, come forth! That all
were old residents, and under bad repute, is another untruth. Wright McLemore had only been
in the county six months, was almost an entire stranger. We had been living in McDade only
about two and a half months. My husband was old and badly crippled with rheumatism, an object
of pity to anyone who had a spark of that element. He felt that his life was nearly over,
and came here to spend his remaining days near his brothers. The southern and north-western
couties know W. K. McLemore; Bastrop did not. Thad McLemore and his brother Felix were
volunteers from here in the Confederate army; served their time, came back, married and
settled down in this county, where they have lived ever since in good repute; and yet one
of those brothers, while in custody, was taken by a mob from a town he had helped to build,
at an early hour, and on an evening when such a thing would be more difficult to perform
than at any other time, carried out and hanged, and McDade knew nothing of it until the next
day. And that next day! Oh, it is a deed worthy of being handed down to posterity with the
As to the Batey crowd going in armed and defianmt, that is also false. It is true they went
in together. It is a custom of old Mrs. Batey to get all of her family together on Christmas
day. They boys said they would ride into town to see what was going on; and come back for
an early dinner. They were not drinking; none were armed except Haywood Batey and Charley
Goodman; the latter never used his pistol, it being on his person all the time, and turned
the ball that wounded him. Haywood Batey had only four charges in his, so that might account
for the miraculous escape of Milton and Bishop, as there were from sixty to one hundred
shots! I saw them as they rode into town, and a few minutes later Azberry Batey rode up to
my door to see if the news he had heard was true. I think the very last rational words he
ever spoke were to me. I saw him fifteen minutes later lying in the streets dead. I see from
the Bastrop Advertisor that it is generally supposed that the lynching was the outgrowth
of a vigilant commitee organized in McDade after the shooting of Heffington, of Lee County,
and that the McLemore brothers were suspected as being implicated. My husband did not know
Heffington. Thad McLemore left town before the train came down that Fitzpatrick, the accused,
was on. We knew nothing of a man being shot until the following MOnday. The shooting was
done on Saturday night. In a special from McDade to The Galveston News, dated December 25,
it was stated that Wright McLemore happened to be present when the others were taken out.
Since them The News has come out with an editorial which should elect him for our next
governor, if such a man could be spared from the press. Texas, the empire State of the
Union, has a constitution that demands the right to say who shall and who shall not be
put to death.
The Globe-Democrat reporter, in copying from notes made during his interview with Felix
McLemore, was sadly out of time; but then he had been at the scene of carnage, and I
suppose had caught the infection so it will have to be excused. Felix is well known in
this county and wants it distinctly understood that he emphatically denies having once
said, "I can prove this and so." He told the reported from the beginning that he knew
nothing about it only what his family and friends had told him; he was not home at the
time, and only stayed a short time when he did go. He made no allusions as to his dead
brother's families being dependent on him for a support. Everyone in that mob knew Thad
McLemore was the father of six children, all under twelve years of age, and left without
a maintenance. The part referred to where Thad had a conversation with Goodman and
Fitzpatrick is all wrong. Felix has the letter now which my husband wrote him after the
death of Heffington, containing the substance of what he related to the reporter. He is
not staying from home through any fears of killing or being killed. He is a living flesh
and blood man, with perfect organization. and, it is presumble, he has the power of feeling.
I can establish all and more than is contained in this article and earnestly request that
you give it publication.
Mrs W. K. McLemore
Miss Susie Johnson, we learn, is rapidly convalescing, and much praise is due Drs. Cunningham
and J. D. Oliver for their skillful and successful treatment of the dangerous wound. The ball
has been extracted and the physicians discontinued their visits last Monday.
S. W. Givens of Cedar Creek, was in town Tuesday, called at the Avertiser office and arranged
for another year's subscription to the Advertiser. He reports a horse shot on the creek by
some unknown parties and that while every effort will and should be made to find out and
bring to punishment the perpetrators of this mischief, he requests the Advertiser to state
that while the good people of the neighborhood will be sure they are right before acting,
others should be very careful in getting solid proof before accusing innocent parties of the
MARRIED: At McDade, January 2, 1884. Mr J. W. Westbrook and Mrs. Maggie Cook, Rev. W. A.
Buchanan, officiating. The best wishes of the Advertiser attend the couple through life.
Now is your time for a box heating stove, only a few left, and they must be sold to make
room for other goods, EARHARD & CLOPTON.
Esquire J. R. Joyner, of beat No. 8, has changed his residence from near Caldwell's Mill, to
Cedar Creek, near Givens' store. Persons living in that beat should make a note of the above
LAST CHANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
As I will remain here only two weeks longer, I would advise all who want good photographs to
call at once. Photographs taken in all kinds of weather, so do not wait until the last minute. Respectfully, J. Rice, Photo Artist
OBITUARY JAMES F WALTON
James F Walton was born near Aberdeen, MS, February 6th, 1844, and died at Austin, Texas,
January 6, 1884. He came with his mother's family from Mississippi to Bastrop, and was a
short time a resident of this place, where he made many friends by his kind disposition and
genial manners. He was married 11/15/1872 and has since this time made his hoem in Bell county.
We tender our sympathy to the family of the seceased, Devoted wife, fond mother, sister,
brothers be conforted. Jesus say to his weeping disciples "Let not your hearts be troubled"
and "In my Father's house are many mansions." A place of one of those mansions has been
prepared for your loved one, and free from pain, sorrow and sickness, he awaits your coming.
Another link has been severed on earth, Another tie binds you to heaven.
Bottom part of article:
We had a small fire on the night of the 6th last, destroying every thing in the house and
furnishing line of Mr. Wm Jones. Mr. Jones was absent from home at the time of the accident,
and his wife, Mrs. Lul? S. Jones, Miss Lillia Jones and Mr. Tolbert, visiting from McDade,
bearly escaped with their lives.
The citizens of Elgin have contributed liberally of their means to the unfortunate ones and
they are again placed in comfortable condition.
Elgin is building up very rapidly and bids fair, ere long, to be a prosperous little city.
Our school failed to open Monday owing to the severe cold weather but the prospect is good
for a fine school. Prof.A. H. Carter taught the last session of our public school, giving
satisfaction to all its patrons. He will soon begin another five months session.
Right here it will do well to say that persons having children to educate would do well to
visit the point, where they will find a healthy location, cheap board and efficient
With proper enterprise on the part of the people of Elgin we can have a school, second to
no high school in the state.
Elgin though formerly infested with outlaws, has been purged and the place filled with
Our village is well supplied with physicians, there being six residents of this place.
Dr. J. D. Oliver, recently of Red Rock, this county, building a fine residence, which
means that he has come to stay among us.
Elgin, in fact, is keeping apace with the most prosperous small town of the state, which
may be seen at a glance by those visiting us and hearing the busy clamor of the saw and
Nor is this progress confined alone, to the town, for we see many beautiful residences
going up in many points of the surrounding country. More Anon.
W. L. Pearson was killed near the residence of Mack Darnell, near Pettytown, last
Saturday night. We learn that a dancing Party was going on at Darnell's and that
Pearson was killed within two hundred yards of the house, and nothing was known
of it till next morning, when the dead body was found.
Dr. Jas. C. Stovall, a prominent physician of Travis county, while returning home Monday
night, from a professional visit, was shot from his horse. He was hit by two bullets, one
producing a slight flesh wound in the right arm and the other passing through the upper
part of the hip, penetrated the abdomen and possibly the bladder. Tom and Bob Pearson,
two brothers, have been arrested, charged with the shooting.
Dr. Jas. C. Stovall reported shot by two assassins, near Austin, an account of which we
publish elsewhere died about 7 o'clock Wednesday morning. He died at the house of Mr.
Gagnan, the man who found him. At the inquest, says the Statesman, three witnesses were
examined, the principal one being Gagman. He swore, in substance, that he heard several
shots in quick succession. His house was some 200 yards distant from the road. The firing
ceased, and not long after he heard cries as of some one i distress. Going in that
direction till within about fifty yards of the road, he came upon Dr. Stovall, who told him
what had occurred. He stated that he was riding homeward and met two men going the opposite
way. When close up to him they separated a little, leaving him between them. He recognized
the men as Tom and Bob Pearson. The first named without speaking, fired and after falling
from his horse several more shots were discharged at him. He said he did not know why they
shot him. He fell on the right of the road as one goes to Lockhart, and lay still for a few
minutes till satisfied his slayers had left; then he crawled over a ditch and through a hole
in the fence to the spot where Gognan found him.
The above embraces the main points in the testimony of this witness.
Tom Pearson was indicted in this county a number of years ago, on a charge of killing a
negro, and was tried and acquitted at the fall term, 1883, of our district court.
Dr. Stovall Seriously Wounded Near Austin
Austin, March 17, Dr. J. C. Stovall was dangerously shot last night. In a declaration made
to Justice Von Rosenburg he states that at about 9 o'clock last night, as he was returning to
his home at St. Elmo, a small place about five miles from the city, he met two men, who,
without saying a word, opened fire on him. Five shots were fired, two of which took effect.
One the most serious, entered his side and will probably cause death. He fell from his
horse, and the men rode off.
After lying there a few minutes he succeeded in crawling to a house a short distance from the
scene of the shooting, where he received medical attention and was then conveyed to his
home. He further states that by the flash of the pistols he was enabled to see his assailants
and identified Tom and Bob Pearson as the guilty parties. Both of these men live at St. Elmo.
The shooting is supposed to have been caused by a previous difficulty. Both men have been
arrested and are now in jail.
Found Guilty of Murder in the Second Degree, and Sent Up for Thirty Years.
Austin Statesman as posted in the Bastrop Advertiser
The jury retired to make up their verdict in the Robert Pearson case, about 10 o'clock pm.,
Thursday. From the length of their stay, it was the general impression that they would be
unable to come to any agreement. Contrary to this opinion, a verdict was rendered about 10
o'clock yesterday morning. It found Bob Pearson guilty of murder in the second degree, and
fixed his punishment at thirty years in the penitentiary.
An analysis of the verdict, combined with certain facts as to the way the jury stood; made
known after wards, will justify the assertion that the verdict was the result of a compromise.
It is said on the authority of one of the jurors, that the first ballot taken showed eight of
the twelve were in favor of inflicting the death penalty; the remaining four voted for
a straight out acquittal. While the majority could not by any means be brought over to this
conclusion, they were unable to get their colleagues to agree to an infliction of
the severest punishment that can be imposed by any human tribunal. Hence the thirty years
Viewed abstractly, the verdict would seem to be singularly illogical. Here is a man accused
of perpetrating a murder of the foulest kind - a cold-blooded, heartless assassination. If
guilty of this crime, the death of the perpetrator could be the only expiation. Public
sentiment and the law of the land alike demand this justice to the family of the murdered man,
and to the community at large demand it. If he did not commit it, then he should have gone
Scot free. Really there was no middle stand.
But it seems that a doubt of the perpetration of this murder by Robert Pearson found a
lodging in the minds of one-third the number of men who sat as the arbiters of his destiny.
Did not several witnesses swear that he was at home at the time Dr. Stovall met his death?
True, these witnesses were members his own family. Still it might be asked, how else could
a man's presence at home, especially in the country be established save by his wife and
children. But what will not these latter do to save the life of a husband and father where
it is in such imminent peril? Human experience will readily suggest an answer.
Besides all this, however, it will be remembered that Dr. Stovall, when making his dying
statement, charged the killing on on the defendant, but on his brother Tom. This
doubtless had its weight.
There was not much talk about the action of the jury. Some expressed surprise that
Pearson was not cleared, a few denounced the verdict on account of its being too mild.
A motion for a new trial will be made right away by the attorneys for the defense, and
if that is refused, the case will be carried to the Court of Appeals. If the sentence
is ever executed, it amounts practically to a life sentence, as Pearson is now at least
fourty years old, unless some future Governor should see fit to grant a pardon.
(Family stories say that Dr. Stovall let one of the Pearson's relatives die in childbirth
and that is why they killed him)
6/1/1886 Bastrop Advertiser
MCDADE, Tex. June 1, 1886
List of letters remaining in the post office at McDade, Texas, unclaimed for the month ending
May 31st, 1886.
Bundrant, Miss Lilly; Moudine, Mrs. Nellie.
In calling for the above letters, please say advertised. W. C. Strwart, P. M.
Eagle Branch Letter List.
EAGLE BRANCH, TEX, June 1, 1886 - List of letters remaining in the postoffice at
Eagle Branch, Texas, unclaimed for the month ending May 31st, 1886.
Bell, Mrs. E (2)
Bellamy, A. J.
Bowen, Mrs. M. C.
Cain, J. M.
Elder, J. W.
Ebner, Jno. S
Halschmid, L. L. D.
Holloway, J. L.
Hopkins, W. H.
Johnson, Mrs. S. A.
Phillips, Mrs. Walter
Phillips, Mrs. Ida
Purviance, D. P.
Robson, Sarah Miss
Ramzy, Harrison (Ramsy?)
Ramzy, Easter (2)
Robinson, Miss Emma
Watts, John R.
Wellborne, C. H.
Yaws, Mrs. E. E.
Hayslip, J. W.
In calling for the above named letters, please say advertised. J. F. Ward, P. M.
WM. M. CUNNINGHAM, M. D.
Physician & Surgeon, Bastrop, Texas.
Office - At Erhard's Drug Store. Residence opposite the Residence of the Elzner-Bros.
...I could give you some ideas about bustles, but the proper digestion of them would fill volumes.
Charlie L Summers returned from the Add Ran College during the holidays, with a rather bad opinion of those institutions. Charlie prefers the bright sunshine, the warbling birds, the growing grass, and the sweet scented flowers, to the monotonous avocations up there.
Joe Wolf left to attend the Catholic school at Autin a few days ago. Joe met with a serious accident last summer. While riding near home after dark, his horse stumbled and fell on him, dislocating his hip, which, not being properly placed at the time, promises to give him some trouble and perhaps cause him to be lame for life.
Miss Emma Templeton expects to leave in a few days to attend the Science Hall Academy at Dupree, Texas. Miss Emma's wide circle of friends will miss her greatly during her absence.
Mrs. C. H. Buck is very ill of pheumonia.
THE ALAMO - WHO DIED THERE
A list of those who fell with Travis in the Alamo, at San Antonio de Bexar, March 6, 1836:
W. Barrett Travis, Lieutenant Colonel commanding; James Bowie, Lieutenant Colonel; J. Washington, Colonel, Tennessee; Captain Forsyth, New York; Captain Harrison, Tennessee; Capt. Wm. Blazely, Louisiana; Capt. Wm. C. M. Baker, Mississippi; Capt. S. B. Evans; Capt. W. R. Carey, Texas; Capt. S. C. Blair, Texas; Captain Gilmore, Tennessee; Capt. Robert White; Lieut. John Jones, Louisiana; Lieut. Almaron Dickinson George C. Kimball; Adjt. I. G. Baugh; Mast. Ord. Robert Evans, Ireland; Sergt. Major Williamson' aid to Travis, Charles Despalier; Lieut. Quartermaster, Elial Melton; Assistant Quartermaster Anderson; Assustant Quartermaster Burnell, Surgeon D. Michison, Surgeon Amos Pollard, Surgeon Thompson, Ensign Green B. Jemison, Col. Jas. B. Bonnam.
David Crockett, Tennessee; E. Nelson, South Caroling; -- Nelson, Texas; W. H. Smith, Texas; Lewis Johnson, Texas; E. T. Mitchell, Geo., F. Desangue, Pennsylvania; -- Thurston, Kentucky; -- Moore; Christopher Parker, Mississippi; C. Huskell; -- Rose, Texas; John Blair, Texas; -- Kiddeson; Wm. Wells, Tennessee; Wm. Cummings, Pennsylvania; -- Valentine; -- Cochran; R. W. Ballantine; S. Halloway; Isaac White,; -- Day; Robert Musselman, New Orleans; Robert Grossman; Richard Starr, England; I. G. Garrett, New Orleans; Robert B. Moore, New Orleans; Richard Dimkin, England; Wm. Linn, Massachusetts; - Hutchinson; Wm. Johnson, Pennsylvania; E. Nelson; George Tumlingon; Wm. Deardorf; Daniel Bourne, England; -- Ingram, England; W. T. Lewis, Wales; Charles Zanco, Denmark; James L. Ewing; Robert Cunningham; S. Burnes, Irelane; George Neggin, South Carolina; -- Robinson, Scotland; -- Harris, Kentuchy; John Flanders; Isaac Byron, Opelousas; David Wilson, Texas; John M. Hays, Tennessee; W. K. Simpson; W. D. Sutherland, Texas; D. W. Howell, New Orleans; - Butler; Charles Smith; -- Stuart; -- McGregor, Scotland; -- Ruck; -- Hawkins, Ireland; Samuel Holloway, -- Brown; T. Brown; T. Jackson, Ireland; James George, Gonzales, Dolphin Ward, Gonzales; Thomas Jackson, Gonzales; George W. Cottle, Gonzales; Andrew Kent, Gonzales; Thos. B. Miller, Gonzales; Isaac Baker, Gonzales; Wm. King, Gonzales; Jesse McCoy, Gonzales; Claiborne Wright, Gonzales; Wm. Fishback, Gonzales; Isaac Millsaps, Gonzales; Galba Fuqua, Gonzales; John Davis, Gonzales; Albert Martin, Gonzales; -- John, Clerk to Desangue; B. A. M. Thomas; Wm. Duhbaigh; John G. King; Jacob Durst; M. L. Sewell; Robert White; A. Devault; John Harris; Andrew Kent; Wm. E. Summers.