1914-01-14 WHITAKER W P -BULLETS RIDDLE KENNESAW HOME, CAUSING ARREST

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1914-01-14 WHITAKER W P -BULLETS RIDDLE KENNESAW HOME, CAUSING ARREST - CAUSING ARRESTi B. A. Pite Taken in Custody -...
CAUSING ARRESTi B. A. Pite Taken in Custody - After Bloodhounds Follow j Trail From W. P. White ker's Residence. UTTLE TOWN STIRRED BY FAILURE OF BANK] Whitaker Formerly Cashier I of Institution, and Fite, Who Was a Stockholder, Was Made Receiver. With the, shooting up of the resi dence of W. P. Whitaker, former ««• tmr at the Kennesaw hank and a prom' inent cltlsen, and with the arreet of : B. A. Flte. receiver for the hank ana station agent of the Naahvllle, Chatta - „Mn and st. Louis railroad, Tuesday. the vlllatre of Kennesaw t» stirred up gs it has not been In many a a ay. The ahootinc follows a feud between the stockholders of the defunct bank and lta former officers, and nearly everybody in the town has taken side* it is believed that there will be further trouble before the feud Is settled. It was shortly after S o'clock on Monday night that someone' fired five ghots Into the house of Mr. Whitaker. The first two ■hots were fired through a window. Then three shots were Bred through a glaao panel In the front door down the halt Some of them lodged in the wall a* the further end of the hall. A* Effort to Kill. It Is believed that whoever did the ^hooting did so with the Intention of billing Mr. Whitaker. The first shot* in the window »ore fired to alarm him The marksman imagined that he would naturally rush out into me n»» what me wouoie was. shots/ would t he had, the i i VTw^X k?l^ have, M au pro - aouiur. As It happened Mr. Whitaker wa* not the time the shooting OC - curred. but was In Atlanta on busi - ness. Only his wife and two smau of children, together with Miss Jewer HU - S?_i 'SntSSX'"* gpffiS night With Mrs. Whitaker in her hus - band's absence, were In the houee when the shooting occurred. - The noise of the shooting aroused the neighbor*, who were soon on the scene, but not before *he /ouW - be , PoSSTlSf ^lifS:.^ her husband In Atlanta, and he imme - 1 dlately secured an automobile, coming j through the c ountry to Kennesaw, > where he arrived about 1 ocioo* ( jay morning - | or Before that, nowever. lno ""J* "T ofiica in Marietta had been nouneu, wiu , Deputy Sheriff George M. Hicks got, busy. He sent to the county convict camp, about 12 miles south of the town, and got a pack of bloodhounds, belong - I ing to Dr. Sidney Pac* of Smyi rna, an J : on the sheriffs office of Cobb county, said to be the finest in the state. These ne; put on the trail as soon as he could reach Mr. Whitaker's house in Kennesaw Kennesaw with them, which was shortly after 12 o 'clock. Trailed fcy Bloodhon»a». by The hounds took up the trail and j followed It to tbe nouse oi oi_uuu Agent Flte, about two blocks away. As , the trail was a cold one, Mr. hicm took the hounds back and made them . go over It several times, but each time with the same - result. Then he awak - ened Fite and notified him that he was under arrest I According to the deputy sheriff, th» j of shotgun which was found In Flte's | nouse showed that it had recently oeia i iired. In his possession were found j shells which were of exactly As »«n«|llev„ thrown out of the gun near Whitaker's j house, and they were loaded with the same kind of shot as had been fired into the wall of the House. A Smith ft Wesson revolver was found in Flte's house, jltt » iWlJjM in his office. Flte was taken to Marl - etta and locked up in the Jail there about 4 o'clock Tuesday morning. ■ | i two charges, firing into a dwelling house and shooting on a public highway. highway. Case Preoeated to Coart. As court was In session, the case] was presented to the grand jury In tne afternoon. A dozen or more witnesses were summoned from Kennesaw, the most Important whom was Flynn aiiljer, a negro, who testified that Fite had told him on the day of the shooting shooting that he intended to fix Whitaker teat night una tried to get him (Miller) (Miller) to help him do it The negro re - The trouble which has Kennesaw divided into warring factions arose out of the failure of the Kennesaw hank about two years ago. Whitaker was accused of being responsible for the mijure or tne uanK and was indicted for embe**lement, but was acquitted. Since that time he has been engaged we insurance ousiness in Kenne file file was one of the largest stockhold ers .n the bank and is said to have lost several thousand dollars by the failure. failure. He was appointed receiver of the bank by Judge Newt Morris, then Judge of the Blue Ridge circuit rMfome - of the "ockholders. Including arc sa'd to iiave grown very bit - 1 of Continued on Page Nine. |

Clipped from The Atlanta Constitution14 Jan 1914, WedPage 1

The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia)14 Jan 1914, WedPage 1
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