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-up i I of 1 'of to" of the the W. the for he the her be In the b 1 a call- was Gober. his that The iwd jlany Citizens THaaiold HJia of D066E0.1HE 'BROTHERS AROUND Statement Pull of Interest and contradicted Hakes a Case of Self .jyjTanla Ga. November Court met this morning at 8 o'clock and Defendant. Solomon Zelgler was put on the stand to make a statement. Be did "this In. a cool collected manner until the close when he was visibly affected and tears came to his eyes. The defendant said In substance "I was not present at the first difficulty between Brooker and my father. My father told men his deathbed that he and Brook er had a difficulty oh the train. He said he heard a negro make a remark that offended him. He went to the negro and told him that he had offended him and had It to take back. Brooker. got up and said If he had anything to say to the oegrO to say It to him. -Hy father said to him to go on. that he dint want any trouble. Brooker cursed him and he bit Brooker. Mr. West and Mr. Heard caught Brooker and my father went out with Mr. Heard. My father had intended coming on to Syl- vs-ole but Mr. Heard asked him to get off at Zelgler's station and he did. I spoke to my rather and asked him if he wasn't going to eylvania. Booker stuck his head out of the window and said "Come go"to Sylvanla you third party d "My father said 'Brooker that's too much to take. "He started to get on the car and I saw Brooker ehoot-hlm out of the car window. I ran Into the car and Brooker shot at me and the bullet burned my neck. I went on to him took his pistol and shot him with it Mr. West came up and asked me to g out .of the car. When I got oft my father was at the steps. He was staggering and said he was bad hurt His throat was..cut and he said Coroner Williamson cut it. Two or -three days after that my father died. "The same day when .the train came back I. got on the car to see Mr. West about some freight. When I went into the car Isaw a man with a gun leveled on me .It was Williamson. I caught the gun to prevent his -shooting and Basked him to take Iris hand off the trigger he- fired and raft Mr. West and Mr. Hughes took me off and Williamson got back on the train. After my father's" death I went before Justice D. T. Jenkins and had a warrant sworn out -against Brooker and he was arrested and allowed to give ball. At the next term of the superior court I went before the grand Jury and tried to get a true bill. I failed to get the bill but the Jury found a true bill against me and broth . for assault and battery on Williamson. After court I heard several threats that Brooker had made. Mr. Hurst told me Brooker said ha aha : ldt alter. wef Jiad tfcwrd pf Bfooker's Urea A rjw werelthf I saw Brooker come.ujTehJod i.BlHlej M Jeers carriage were iw brother'andTTOyi self and one ortwo frlenaSx'w6re-rsIttlnfc Weilmade" ntf exctisS toSe trod andj went away. When w cateibackij.B wjrgqttti' the carriage my brother aMii i "Weiturned away -andyjen to thV- front of thechurch. Dlrectlyjaf ter e -gptniere Brooker' came up Into th61crow .TOwd we woujd get to he Tirbuld -c It and whenever -he' from a crowd h unfriendly look Lila mind Mr. thaf'flay and told hfhti on the grounds that 'h.6ii and. my brother bcfor B -told me Brooker said ho as going to be the" last man" to leave" thers- If jhe had vita every other man" off.- e58aW.to Brdokerj 'Suppose the boyrjiTat rfiesfi And Brooker answered S 'Well I've got rifles ti "Mr. Hughes 'saw i Brooker and- another man take a drink out buggy. H look ed In the buggy andfsaw two rifles and a large pistol. That was I Just.Tiefore' the. killing of Brooker. We 'werg fcrtpartngAo eave the grounds and gOrdc Mr jJlnf Wal ker's. There were tw fprVthree load. near' is- -Brooker. and an feiPman' came up to them and talked in. tf o Aone. I. underf stood Brooker to 'sajtf 'Boys now is ourlftst\Bbance at' them,1 "Brooker Mills ; and iRerrlng on started Off In a brisk walk. supjKjsed Brodker' was. going to gethls'rSfl l. to do what he had threatened. Tniett5 it was 'that my brother end I got owr iifl I told toy brother that Brooker Wai fixing to kill us. Brooker. Mills and Herrinffton were walking along. Brooker ben &tieTniddle. We followed them and't islledvto- Brooker to hold up. Herru oaM4"- Mills began to run and Brook thrfirfthli band. behind him as if to get a pl LK -Then w fired and he fell. Knoyrtngfh'e'Miaa killed my father and. remembering- 'the threats he had made I Knew it .not do to let him get' up or he would us We went up and shot him agaln nd'then went off. "We didn't kill Mnfepoler- through re venge but believing iffj -dldnft kill hire he would klllus js- At the conclusion pfi ft statement- the defendant was visibly affected and Ms voice 'trembled. Ipl- "You all know me gentlemen to be a hard-working honest B yf. I have never been a rowdy or cardaaiyfcr or anything of that kind. I have trle ttojlve a peaceable "Jfe until this occurred. /dfeln w nt It to come on but it was jbr @ pn me In rebuttal of the -defendant' a statement the i state introduced sefenU witnesses. W. H. Benson" eai n that /be went to Golold with Brooket.infi41aUer's buggy on the day of the kllllng.5Jisre .war no rides or guns in the buggy.H aidot know- If Brooker had a pistol Brooker was hot HehryfiBragg Goloid day oHniknilng. He saw Brooker golng te'-tha 'direction where ha. the witness had seen theiZeiglera go. He stopped Brooker and told htm' not to go' down there Brooker stopped- and did not go. but said be didn't think there would be any trouble as Mr. Walker had told him it was all stopped now and there would be no .further trouble. Henry Williamson swore he was at Go- lord on the fatal day. He was with Brooker nearly all the time and did not see him approach th Zeiglers. He saw the a Continued on Second Page. It. It i4 g. alr best' q D r s1- Z 'BJe. I.\ r" li" i \t. d W" 1 I' GllHR" EllL'S''I1J 'ji i. S JJ. .t If j'i' k' v -k' .l..J' fi 4"T f' ff l t w 011 irt f \ll1 1rr l ri-1f 1" IC IfT ISA'W IS1o.WN'PiE cit1z. mC T l 'i lBr ts. 4 I. i SHERIFF ent' FuUof' b.terest 1113.-1 COI1tra.di ted Kakeat. O .se of' Solf Defemo. lyJT .na. U. ecla1.b- t &t8 Z ler aa on..th 41 O. Btlotement.tio lfui' jQli'collec erunti1 h.eclos bewu rect'edand te&ra .mo. t "I me'bn dun u1ty saldh rd it' -h d t n.that W t Brooker y ather M t1I an 4- "MytatheJ" .tat ed r 'nec It. out.of the.teps. 'Hi s ge g aldhe h or 'dIed. e I eome fre ght. a.r. was . p hlsi'h0,9t111i' asked lrl tf. 8 ih .1J .r. U .d i1S4 tKr.we.tand Hughestoo 4 'Wl11 a. i1son myf&ther' DT Je 1Qns aJI wed a d t an thr ats i t i i t 71 .l ufi i Jo -'I .p f1U" d' J-- i r.- 1 i 41f ft"f' m .4. .L e ir.J ti 't. .L".1i. lSrooker m1Iime r f .ff.i..t.fl.t.i..U. .want to kUtce.nYb04r' My. .t'other. and\I. .W rta \b. jB. a. 'ptla u.JI. o It GO.)01. d Can1Bd'Oul' n 'e 1 1 'at 'w f. d"bea f D ke Uft8.tsMter "er. th'rA-.J orWhU lS& 1tl el o11 \1 ridf.al1ite t' r' 'lierenT. ef d r" n. We /.m d ic1 to"ikW' dent When' ri iiu 'Wi t t6' ciu' ae. bOthtr'1I91 H" r& aBroo rV .i' "W .tu e4 &WIY"JJ\c t1toJhl1' trint the hurch.'DlreCtl1 at \'i8gotrt.be iBiook r'cam'e uP' w err 'w..wou.1d pt'Jn.1 o.'WOu1d omen o \I and..hen verb out i' &WIt'1 I.f m 8.'qowd M'011lC11 Jt.A .1t\ U1 .kIok.as.1f e e n on fl 1oMlFi GWI that'dayand 1 h er f th. .e .gro. .J.h'.t. .h. "rr. dc In. e. brotherbct b .J t.ht I i. Brook6l'saldll tobe ma.n'to le ve'.th r&c 1 'h 4 t I other'man JJ i. J thebo1.-J.l\ t9t t Brookera.nswe l J .i. I rv rotr1A HugheS'S1LW'iBloo"k r d. an ther take" too. k arid saw wO- ea ThiLt. w .sj b tor ln Brooker.We'we1'9 r P flrigt leave 4.i'OAcrFA .r. J -WaI 'I'h \Veretw 9 tht meD:1near' nd. 1ti 2 pt th a.niltalk d t 1 I 1 1iq4 stOOd.Brooker S4Y1.t ow ISOU. It 11 1J'a.\'th n1 'B e Mll1s'aridtll n1nl\oq s a.brlsk"'a.lk. sed ker gethIs tlei.to l wu a1ft t. brothertha.t :1o. .Ml1lsa.nd1I Wer .ttur dde. W and t fd.'to-.Brooker cHerrlngt. M. .M. Ul rhli and..Je nc1 4.\ L\'Then"w&.ftft4 h KDoWtn 1i at\ k 1ed' ta.therand.remembe h 1 i4..notdotQ t'up hew.o 44'k11 s.-'Weweni and him'aga.ln. "J' t. th en. n. t Off .w Jd11'11r' fiiQOter- thr ugh butbeU 4Jdn. \t 'b1Dt. kill us. W..i' A ooncluSlonof.i &rf d .1' 1- .f' know tlemen.1obe hon r "ft haver cAid" er.orannhlng a. \ce.\blc 'u 4t oC iT 4.t" n' 'W1nt come'tm 1t'1faJ& tI. m ez1da.nt'8 ement th tntrod 1ltn es. H Ben80n'1est1 tb&t-ho'went Brooke I latter's th. e 4a Of theJd. fi' .1\0 bum. m"Bm ker A' rln Hel rt l'8 teattrl .ui.t\l1i.\"JVU' G lold"- r"tbe---daT o mrknUng. He' w rooXergoing 4 ction 'had.seen the Zelgler wouJd'be n w there'would D .turtbertrou'ble. ta.talday. sea the saw-the j a as. 'jlt au- 1sh bq ASZEIGLRTELLS T iI& -HisOi1j.WfjnIs1R HIS Tr1&1forLf. KILLED TOTSAVE HISOWN LiFE Mialeter Bad Told Lm flr1 aeatL DO66EflHEBRQTHERS I 7v5iii5 19. In-a I ant on ught ha fathersaldi .4 tied 'necl cutSt. 'rhe agun un t with my' LIst. -o.--- wotild kII1.e'tbe'dfsttIrnebemet In He said -Ic .C 'Sol Zeig1eiI.un near. kIBInme&Dt I'll kfllhlzn'if t ta1ceIthefeli years Threatened -ma Life Mrwatts ndMr.p84tOe Mr. Arnett andPreahe ToinpaOnalS&.told' m of brother and myseIf I 'tOIdMr Macit I 'rlshed Brooker'would.jp on didn't want to. kill anybod' bother went to tb Baptist asaorl4tio'n at Golold' carrtei our vinswLth us as we nsuallp eld we of After'we were there a short while. cools tip 'behind Billie -W'al- my brother 'and my- frisndz-wcre sitting. 'e made on excus to 'etotit and we came.bsck.'ii w gotto 'There's Brooker yet. c. antWenttdthe church. DLrectlYafter'Wegotihere Brook r Intothe Crotrd Every be'wouldcome into woud sea na away 'he would look at isa with-an ai if hebait Zomethlng Jou 1Ipghb'canteto toe that day me be br9hl rooker say b 1Iete& to kill ro boftbeNeft. there. was t man thke-if'he roan Teiald to Brooker .4 boysb'YG Ot tides e rifies.ttoo. saw Jltooker of He waslj'.it befoet th were go downtqMr. JinWaI' flea another loan a'3ow-tona- I under- say I get hi rifles Thete1t' g t rides. lntbe middle. y tailed 'to Herrlngton -'aM thr w. hIs pIiteL wg Knowtnghe had notdo et agalnand then Mr. re. i3yte-didnt us t' otflie aittct .e tieInen iupy to live lfe occurred.1 'tnnt rotigbton introducedaeerat witnesses. tesUPe4 inth kiiIlng. hera drlnklngthat day- Henry Bragg he 'was at. golng3ln ihe he go ths.Zetglers. I S . , . ? ! , " " , . ¬ ¬ , ; . - : ¬ - ' ; ; - - , : , . . ' - . , . , ' . . . " . , . , , . : . % ¬ . ¬ . . . . - . ' . . . . . . - , . ' , . ' . ; " " , / " : . : ' , ' . " " - . , . ; , . . . . , . - . 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  2. 20 Nov 1896, Fri,
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