Clipped From The Checotah Times

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SERIOUS TRAGEDY AT BRUSH HILL. Well Known Brush Hill Merchant Shot Down in His Store Saturday Evening. K. H. (Kelso) Shepherd, one of the most prominent citizens of Mcintosh county, who for some time has conducteti a general mercantile store at Brnsh Hill, ten miles south west of Checotah, was the victim of a murderous assault last Saturday evening at the hands of two negrpa named Mayes and Sims. The correct story of the attack as near as possible to ascertain is as follows: The two negros on seeing Mr. Shepherd leave the store for - his supper gained an entrance with the intent of robbery. Following his meal Mr. Shepherd returned to the store and was in the act of lighting a lamp when without a moments warning a shot was fired breaking the lamp. A second shot followed which passed through his body. As he sank to the floor a third shot was fired which entered his body just below the shoulder blade ranging downward. The negroes then hastily made their escape having to step over the body to leave the building. Mr. Shepherd was removed to his home and medical assistance iitimediately summoned. Monday afternoon he wa^aken to a Muskogee hospital where an operation was performed with the hopes of saving his life. At last accounts he was resting easy with hopes of recovery. A poase was formed at Brush Hill Saturday night and blood hounds from Muskogee were brought to the scene, but owing to the fact that a large crowd hod been tramping around the store the dogs could not pictjlll). .the, trail. Early Sunday morning officers acting upon information gained in the neighborhood arrested Mayes and Sims upon suspicion. After an examination Jfayes confessed, giving details of the crime to the minutest detail, and asking the officers to protect him. The two negroes were brought to this city Sunday afternoon and placed in the city jail, awaiting the arrival of officers from Eufaula. Threatening crowds gathered in the streets during the afternoon and through the cool headedness of the officers a lynching was narrowly averted. About 4:30 the neg­ roes were placed in a waiting automobile 'and rushed to the county jail. About half-way between the towns logs were found pDed across the roatl and when the automobiles in which the party was making, the trip stopiped to clear the road an effort was made to take the negroes It took considerable persuasion on the part of the officers to convince the men who lined the roadside that it was-best to let the law take its course. of to ^ a

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  1. The Checotah Times,
  2. 29 Nov 1918, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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