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Nobles Cooniogly Plotted Against Her Hand's life EFFIElfiBAUfimERJESIIFIES She Asked Her Mother After the 'I&er'e Her Father Was THE CRIME CONCEALED FROM .BE But Another Daughter Debby Was in Her Mother's Confidence. DEBBY DENIES HAVING A HAND IN IT Ashley Coombs Describes His Visit to the Nobles Place to Inquire For the Old Man. Jeffersonvllle Ga. July 10. Special. A surging mass of humanity overrun this little town at an early hour this morning. All stores and public places were crowded until Just before 8 o'clock when the crowd focused at the courthouse. Here every available place for seeing and hearing was taken advantage of and railings and stairways and tables were crowded wagons and buggies were pushed up to the high windows of the courtroom and a sea of .faces looked In at the proceedings. Indictments-having been found promptly at 8 o'clock proceedings began with Elizabeth Nobles the wife Debby Nobles the DEBBIE NOBLES The Daughter Who Knew of the Conspiracy. eighteen-year-old daughter of William Nobles and Gus Fambles Mary Fambles and Dalton Joyner negroes in the prisoners' dpck. These five had joined their cases and were to be tried together. The prisoners were all cleanly dressed for the occasion. Mrs. Nobles wore a red and black plaid dress which was almost entirely hid .by a white muslin apron rather elaborately trimmed with lace edging. Her hat brim was wide In front and while she- kept her head bowed nearly all the time her eyes were raised nd peeped out-at her surroundings constantly. Debby was rather jauntily dressed a black woolen skirt and pretty white muslin waist profusely trimmed with hamburg. edging made a neat costume. Her hat was decorated with red arid a yellow silk belt encircled her waist Her head was held up all the time and she looked steadily at all without the least tremor. Indeed her ap pearance was saucy. The negroes wore their every-day clothing and none of the prisoners manifested any nervousness. The Jury was rather easily obtained. The state objected to two or three only while the defense rejected most of those placed upon them. About six went off for being opposed to capital punishment and a dozen for not being impartial. The story as told by the witnesses shows the murder to have been one of the most unprovoked and cruel In the annals of crime. Ashley B. Combs told how he went to see Mrs. Nobles when he learned of the disappearance of her husband whom he had known so many years. The witness said he liked Mrs. Nobles. He thought she was a good woman and expressed his sympathy for her In her trouble. She told him how Mr. Nobles had left to go to Danville or Allentown with some plows and to get a little dram. She asked him In the event he could not find some reliable person going to Macon by whom he could send to go to Ma- con himself. She expressed herself as being very uneasy and very much troubled-at her husband's continued absence. Mr. Combs asked "Did you not send Mary Fambles to Danville rhls morning T' She answered "No. "Well she went there did she' notr "She hasn't been there at all. She was there though for I saw her there said Coombs. "Oh yes. I sent her there for a dollar's worth of sugar. "You gave her a HO bill did yon notf "No 1 gave her J but she had a $10 bill. "Did she bring you your changer "No. "Let me go and get It for you. "No she Is a mighty good negro and Son- est. and will brtng- t Continutog Mr. Coombs saldr -"Jusr then the' negro .appeared at\ the wen. .rdesired to call her/but Mrs. Nobles would -not consent. These ithinisl aroused. suspicions and I told several of it and we decided to arrest Mary Fambles and her husband. The Fambles -woman confessed and implicated the others. 3hen all of them confessed except Dalton Joyner. who strongly denies any complicity. .These confessions however were not made until the body had been found. Sheriff S. E. Jones testified that he went to the Nobles place in response to a telegram. It was after dark when he got there. Theje was much excitement and several times exclamations of "hang them" were made. The prisoners were very cool considering the excitement- outside of the house. -The hatchet was produced in court. It was heavy with a broad handle about fourteen inches long. Jones found it under a log back of the crib. Debby told the sheriff Site wanted the old man killed be cause he was rough on her. In answer to the question as to whether she had given him cause to be rough to her she answered "Once. 'Asked what that was. she answered that she had a baby. Mary Fambles told Sheriff Jones that. THE HOME OF THE NOBLES. Mr. Nobles and Gus had some words In the field. She told Mrs. Nobles about-It and remarked that old man Nobles ought to b killed. "Then why In the .devil don't Gus kill him was 'Mrs. Nobles' comment. Sennette ArnoicTlestiflfd'as to finding the body. A handful of red dirt was on top of the- straw and leaves. He gave the signal to the other searchers and they assembled and removed the body. The grave was only five feet long and twenty Inches deep. Nobles was very tall and sparely built. The legs had to be doubled up to get him in the grave. The skull at the back of the head was crushed. Clotted blood and brains were in the wound. Haywood Wynn told how old Mrs. Nobles had decoyed her husband to the place of his death by dropping corn upon the ground as though thieves had dropped it there. She persuaded him not to go to the dwelling house when he came In from work at dusk but to go Immediately and take his stand for the corn thieves. She said she would get his gun for him. She did not carry the gun but hid It so that the Children not seeing it In Its usual place would suppose she ha& carried it to their father. Dr. E. 1. penson testified. that there were three wounds and' that"eltber of 'them would 'have produced jdeatSi The .position of the woands showed that the persons who gave them were standing- and that Nobles was In a stooping posture. Effie Nobles testified that her father call ed to her .mother to bring his gun. He was at the gate and her mother went out In itsponse to the call She was gone about fifteen minutes. Her mother after returning went out on the porch and talked to Mary Fambles. The' witness Eflie went to bed. Her father -did not eat supper with the family that night which was a very unusuaLoccurrence. The witness asked her motter where her father was and the mother replied. "Out behind the crib watch lug for thieves. The next morning her father was ab sent and her mother told her he had gone to Danville or Allentown saying that he left about 3 o'clock. The witness examined her parents' bed and saw no impression of where her father had slept Effie Nobles made a statement saying that she knew of the murder but took no part In it Dalton Joyner stated that he went to Gus Fambles's house on the night of the murder after a chicken. He got the chicken and left. He said lie was not gone more than fifteen minute He denied any com- DALTON JOYNER. Who Denies that He Had a Hand in the Murder pllclty in the crime. Mary Fambles simply denied knowing anything about the murder. All of these pris oners except Dalton have confessed the crime repeatedly heretofore. The defense introduced ho testimony and the arguments of course will begin at o'clock In the morning. The .evidence of other witnesses is about the same as the above. Gus Fambles told the wjtreiu Coombs and others that Mrs. Nobles struck the first blow which felled the old man to a. stooping position. .He Fambles struck the see- ond. and Daiton Joyher the third blow. All agree that Mrs. Nobles paid $10 to have 'him killed and one witness has testified that she promised him 30 more and Effie prrmlsed 0 This was in Mary Fambles's confession In the courtroom. A/small hot- tie of cologne was handed Debby. by a brother-in-law It might have contained something else and' was promptly taken possession of by the sheriff. Solicitor Tom Eason. in outlining the state's case created somewhat of a sensation by Baying they did not even give him a Christian burial but took him off Into the bushes and shored "him'lnt ol as It JJcTwere ft Iw r WlfL Mrs. Hus anoJs lfe. HflfJ HfR UGHTf TfSTflfS Ak d .Iurdl Where Was CRIE DBUghtex i Confdence. De cribe Vili N obln r aeo Jeffersonvie A hJmanly overrn l- moring. publc laces crowde untl befoe o'cock courthouse. ever vala- ble wa advantlge raings .aces Indlctmente haying 'rompty Eite wle NObl s 1\ I I UI NOBLE Kew 14 Wlnm GUl negroe prisoner' dpck Thes le ha jined thei tred prisoner al ceanly Mrs dresl was' entre whie musli elabrately trmmed wih lae In' and. whie she had bwed alt tme 4nd peped 'ut. at Dbby drse prety mwlln wih costume wa wih a d yelow sik encirced wait ler wa l tme loked steadiy al lelt Ideed ap wa lucy. Te ne&oe th@ ay proner' man1et@d wa rathe eiy obtaine stte t 'tlree whie mOlt ot psed cpital pun shment bing Imparial. stor t ld witneses crel I annal Comb .ee Nablewhen ditpeararice husba d 1hom had kown wltnesl lied. wa gDo woma "nd hi touble. tld 'to Davle Alentown wth ad ge ltte drm. aked I Ind relable peSn gDfg cou d himel expresed herelf ver ueas muc hubnd's contnue abence ue yo andMa- t Danvle tis moringT' anS1.red "Wel. ent dd a i'e han't ben 'he wa tough forI laW sad Comb. ye sn tere' for.a dolrs wor 'ou gv a $0 bi notT "No gave I butah.e hd n bi. "Dd brng chnle1" i arest Ma Fambles' nd hubnd. Te Fam11s .v'mat DtheM. 'en Dlon y. Tese until the. bdy ben foud. Sber. testiled glm. ater Teewamuch' I wer prtsones 'wre ver cool cnsdering excemnt te ws court I wa heav 'wih inche the. Dbby sherit Ihe wated kaed b- ro gh queeon to gven use ans er- oed 3 Mar Fombles Sherit NOBLS. Noble fel about .I' told 'man be kied. "Ten devi do 't GUl kl wa cmment. S nnete as fnding te b ws the ui na aher teY .a- Te gve fve twent wa tl spu ly bui. b double .the skul back hea wa Cloted a d .HaywaodWynn old'Mrs. t e plac hi death b gound lS tieves ther. persUded dwelng hous cami i dusk Immedately tnd t sid v.oul gn I tat clUdren .otalng i Is uIIUa plac IUp'l ha c&re'1 o testfed tee w re thr e'wo hdsIId' thatitherot.t uld 'aTe pOucedea. posto wo1nds prons were Itandn' tt Nob es W8. a stoping Efe testfe ler fater caI- hi gn went at Isponse te wa abut fteen minutes afer retur- went taled Mar winess Efe. w nt b- father .Id eat suppr famiy tat night ver unusuL ocurrence witess aske motler "here hr repled 'behld crb thieves. mori wa sent ard tld ha Danvle f Alentown. .t1 t o'cock Te wtness exmine he prents' IpressJon slept Ete made sttement .sylg kew te par it Dalon Joyer Gu haue mur- afer let. He sid go e ffteen minute' denie n DATON Wo te pUctr crme. Mar FalI s dene kDwing abut murer. A pr- oner Dlon. crfes crme rptedy Te introuced testiony. arlents. curse wi bg o'cok I te orl.The w1nes s i aut se. a te ove. Gu Fables vtr.e oter. stck the' fst "hic'h teled.theold ma t a stop igpliton Famble' str k se- Dlon Joye. thir agee tt otI h tl ad n 1tres. ha tstfed pmied pore me Jrnnled$0. Thi Mar Fambless cnff lo I te ml b. .te of cloge.wu hnde Dbbyby I Itmlgh h ve c lne 8methlnge1 a' wa' propUiten peelon oCbY th.lhe lI r om En1' utg. temr's ci .cr.t e' Imewb f &anaton.by &fter 'cd n t'even.iv h 'ac rt 'b' b ftol inot ito' 'bue c ShY' Je f i' f ah g A 'GRUEL'WIFE' er 11lE DAVflIITERITESTIfIES teiard3I ere 10. 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  1. The Atlanta Constitution,
  2. 11 Jul 1895, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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