Zeno Hemphill Killed
Bastrop Advertiser January 1884
Here'es an article from the Bastrop advertiser 1/1884 about the death of Zeno
ZENO HEMPHILL KILLED.
A special telegram from Abilene, Texas, to the Houston Post, of Jan. 8th,
says: "A deadly encounter with pistols took place today in the Cattle
Exchange Bar room between Zeno Hemphill and the two Collins brothers, Walter
and Frank. Hemphill and Walter Collins are both dead and Frank is not
expected to live. The dispute grew out of the city ordinance prohibiting
gambling in the city. Walter Collins was one of the city aldermen.
Later telegrams state that Frank Collins, as a member of the City Council,
had taken an active part in trying to suppress gambling. For this, Hemphill
attacked Collins, and after passing several hard words at each other,
Hemphill struck Collins in the face with his fist, when Collins' drew a
pistol and presented it at Hemphill's head. At this critical time young
Walter Collins, a deputy marshal, rushed in between them, knocked his
brother's pistol up, pushed the two angry men apart, and commanded them both
to desist and to make no disturbance. During the confusion incident to this
interruption Hemphill instantly drew his pistol and shot Walter Collins
through the breast, just below the heart. Then the deadly combat began
between Hamphill and Frank Collins, both parties emptying their revolvers.
When the firing eased, all three men were found lying upon the floor,
weltering in their blood, Hemphill with five or six bullte holes in his body
one throught the heart, and two in his head, from which he instantly died.
Walter Collins received but one shot, in the heart, and died in half an hour
afterward. Frank Collins received four wounds, one in the breast, one in the
small of the back, one in the hip and thigh, and one through the hand.
Hemphill was shot in seven places, five of which were mortal wounds. He fired
six shots at the two Collins' five of which took effect--one in Walter and
four in Frank.
Walter Collins fired four shots after he fell, and Frank emptied his revolver
making ten shots fired at Hemphill. It will be remembered that Zeno Hemphill
killed Rose Breeding, at the Red Light, in Abilene, last year, was tried at
the last term of court at that place, the trial resulting in a hung jury.
Zeno Hemphill and deputy marshal Walter Collins, were buried Tuesday, a large
concourse of persons following each to the cemetery.
More from the page with Zeno Hemphill's death:
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 mischief.
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 change.
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.
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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
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 instruction.
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 enterprising citizens.
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 hammer.
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.
Bastrop CO, TX Coordinator