Samuel Harrison, amateur detective?

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Samuel Harrison, amateur detective? - BY C. W. WHITE, years ago the tMieniTof the...
BY C. W. WHITE, years ago the tMieniTof the county was a Republican. A number of the csmblera of Yazoo were indict ed, among thcin Dixon. All of the indicted parties but P. son went into another county. A Deputy Sheriff named Mitchell went after the gamblers and arrested some of them. The Sher.fT of the county and Deputy Mitchell became very obnoxious to Dixon and others. ana they determined to drive Hie rfti cers out of the county or put them out of the way. At a political meeting held at that time Mitchell was present. The meeting was a hot one, and Dixon was the most prominent actor in it. During the excitement Deputy Sheriff Mitchell was shot dead. Tne circum stance under which he was killed led to D via being credited with tho murder. D xon never denied it, and no one in Tazin helieved that any one else killed Aiitcnell. At tho Iwcinnino; of the campaign it was J.imts RnksJn'.eV intention to trv for the Democratic nomination for Sheriff of the county. Dixon went to him. 'Jimmy, ' he raid, 'yon don't want to be a candidate againBt me; go for aomethins else, und let me get SberilT if I can.' Ri; I ml ale consented to withdraw his name as a candidate for Sheriff and accepted the nomination for Chancery clerk. This office is almost aa good as Sheriff. The canvass opened, and everything went peaceably for a time. Finl'.y it transpired that the presence of Birksdale on the Democratic ticket was" strengthening that ticket throughout. Then D x-ou began his tactics ti weakea U.irkf-dalc. He set afloat niany damagitg stories, and capped them bjr charging Jlirksdale with maintaining illicit relations with his own sister. This ao enraged Barksdale that he sent word to p. xon that hemuat look out for hiirse'.f when they met. Oj the day of tie sbootine ili'Ksdale was sending in lha p.riiclpal street of Yazoo. There is only one buniDCsi street, and it runs clear through the place. Barksdale had a shot-gun, for ho wss likely to meet Dixon at any time. He was ta kin to rme friends when Dixon cam j down the street. When B irks dale saw him he cried ou 'Henry, de fend youiself.' Henry immediately drew h!s revolver from his rocket. Bukadale fired. Dixon ran to a hal -way on the opposite side of the street. Iarksdale fired his other barrel, li.xon return the fire five times with his revolver. Barksdale's first shot had been the fatal one. D x- u fell in the h ill-way. From this same hallway about threo years ago Henry M. Dixon shot and killed Samuel HarriynD, an amateur detective. The county treasurers ffiee had been robbed, and Dixon was generally believed to have been the ringleader In the, crime. Harrison took npon himself the dangerous task; of shadowing Dixon for tbe purpose of procuring evidence againat him. D.xon saw him coming one day, stepped inti the hallway, and as he passed shot him down." There

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  1. The Austin Weekly Statesman,
  2. 18 Sep 1879, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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