Reprints From The Paris Advocate

Reprints From Paris Advocate (Paris, TX) - December 12, 1902

Deputy Sheriff Pink Anderson went over into the east end of the county in the neighborhood of Blossom yesterday and arrested a couple of young farmers, Charley Broady and Dan Brackett on the charge of stealing property under the value of $50. The young men gave bond for their appearance in the county court to answer the charge.

Arrests were made under grand jury indictments and under peculiar circumstances. It is understood that the grand jury was trying to get testimony against Jack Moore of Blossom who recently opened a saloon near Reno with the view to finding a bill against him for selling liquor on Sunday. It came to the knowledge of the grand jury in some way that the defendants had gotten whiskey from Moore's saloon.

When they were summoned before the grand jury to testify it is said that they got the whiskey, but said that they didn't buy it from him, and that they got it without his knowledge and consent, and that he didn't know anything about it. In response to questions they said that they just went in and helped themselves to the liquor.

Under these circumstances the grand jury couldn't find a true bill against the saloon man, but as the defendants admitted that they took the whiskey without his consent and knowledge, the grand jury returned indictments against them for theft.

The action of the grand jury puts the young men in an awkward position. If they prove that they didn't steal the whiskey they will render themselves liable to be prosecuted for perjury. If the cases can be made to stick it will go a long way towards breaking up the selling of liquor on Sunday.

The officers have found it difficult to enforce the Sunday law on account of not being able to get witnesses to testify that they bought the liquor. It is no offense to give it away, and this is the loophole through which alleged violators of the Sunday law have been most successful in escaping.

Reprints from the Paris Advocate (Paris, TX) - June 14, 1907

G. W. Matthews, the old man who murdered his wife by cutting her throat at the corner of Bonham and Division streets six years ago, was pardoned yesterday and started back to Lamar County from Huntsville this morning. He had been convicted and went to the penitentiary for life from the district court. The effort to secure his release from prison, according to a local attorney, had been on foot for several weeks. Amongst the efforts put forth in his behalf was the sending of a picture of Matthew's eighteen children and fifty grandchildren to Gov. Tom Campbell at Austin. The news that the pardon had been extended was received in Paris by G. W. Matthews, Jr., yesterday and he immediately sent the money to his father on which to come home. The son lives at Howland and his father lived with him at the time of the tragedy.



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