Clipped From Alton Evening Telegraph
FOR ATTACK ON BLIND PERSONS Albert Drury Held for Action of Grand Jury Following Charges made in Police Court. THREATENED TO SHOOT, CHARGE After Being Ejected from Blind Sister's Home, H e Returned Later, Warrant Charges. | It's a mean man that would "pick on" a blind man. Albert Drury of 551 East Broadway is charged in a warrant In Police Magistrate Connors' court with doing more than this; he "picked on" a blind man and his wlfe ( tho wife being his nged sinter, nnd threatened to shoot them with his revolver. Drury is now under bond of $1,000 In the police police court chafed with assault with intent to kill and in default of the bond will be taken to the county jail to await the action of the grand jury. According to tho story told this morning by J. A. Brewer and his wife. 07-year-old sister of Drury, when the couple were Interviewed at tho Brewer Brewer home, Drury camo home in an Intoxicated Intoxicated condition Saturday night about 11 o'clock after refusing to pay his board because the blind husband had picked up n small box and broken' It up for kindling. Drury alleged that this box belonged to him. He did not take in account that It would have been a natural mistake had either one of the bind couple Vicltcd up the wrong box by mistake, but began taking them to tas,k for It on the outside before he got Into the house. Fearing that he meant to carry out his threats to do bodily vengeance, Brewer got up out of bed nnd locked the door. Then, he said, Drury tried raising the window, cursing nnd swearing as ho pried open tho window window and flourishing a revolver. "You won't live five minutes after I get in," were tho words Drury uttered in his rage, according to Brewer. Brewer Brewer waited, his ears being the only guide as to where his opponent was. Finally when he heard Drury leap down into the room in the dark, he shied around him as Drury made for the bed, climbed up Into the same window and ran to tho home of James A'aughn upstairs In the same building. A r aughn came down In a few minutes minutes and rescued the wife and the blind couple spent the night in the A'aughn homo while police were searching for Drury. Earlier in the evening, It was said by Brewer, the same trouble had arisen at which lime Drury attacked Brewer, struck him on the forehead with his fist, inflicting a flesh wound, choked him and kicked him at which time Brewer screamed for help and was given assistance by others near by who succeeded in ejecting Drury from the house. He went away and returned at 11 o'clock, resuming the quarrel of a few hours before. v Brewer says his wife" is totally blind. He Is partially blind also, but manages to see enough to get around and make his living by peddling from house to house, selling notions and fancy articles. Today Poormaster Joo Hermann and the Red Cross wero interested In tho case of the elderly blind couple. couple. It was found they recently came hero from Marion, III., aparcntly at Drury's invitation. In their home county, they receive a pension because because of blindness. Pool-master Hermann Hermann urged them to go back to their home town. He gave them n ticket us far as St. Louis, and the lied Cross Chapter extended additional aid to get the couple started on the journey.