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 - BACKWARD By A, W. Neville GLANCES Edifor The...
BACKWARD By A, W. Neville GLANCES Edifor The Paris News Condemned Man Sassed the Judge When Tom Moore and Eugene Fulks were hanged la the Lamar County jail yard after conviction of murder by Federal Court juries about sixty years ago Moore had to be helped up the steps of the gallows and almost collapsed before the drop. But Fulks was another' sort. THE MAN WAS In his early twenties. He had been reared in Kansas and had gone with an older man into Indian Territory. The man owned a team with which/he made his living, and 'they had started to Southwest Texas where he understood hauling was to be had. They found work hauling logs for the sawmills between Hamden and Antlers and stopped there. They made camp und worked some time. One day the old man failed to show up for work. Fulks said he did not know where he had gone ,but some time later the old man's.body was found in the brush of a, fallen tree. Fulks had tried to sell the team, and did not offer to work. He stayed around the neighborhood and was spending money. People who hdd employed the two knew that the old man had a hundred dollars or more, and presently Fulks was arrested and brought to Paris for trial. HIS DEMEANOR IN the court room and- the jail was anusual. Some people said It was a sort of bravado in the face of certain conviction. He seemed to fcok on the proceedings as a joke, and had a sort of twisted smile. When he was brought before Judge David Brayant for sentencing the judge asked the usual question, if he had anything to say why the sentence should not be pro; nounced, Fulks replied he had one request — that the execution be set for noon so he could find a good warm dinner awaiting him at the place where he-was going. Judge Bryant drily said he was likely going to a place where all dinners were warm and Fulks retorted he would be there to fan the flies off the judge when the latter arrived, . When the black cap was being adjusted Fulks called to Moore, "Goodbye, Tom. If we. don't see each other when we leave here you will know my tracks." And so he died, hardened to the last. 13 Years Ago Saturday, October 7, 1339 Radio Station KPLT began using 250-watt power full time,. instead of reducing to iOO watts at night, the change having been authorized by the FCC. Lamar County jail received 167 persons during September, and 115 were arrested because of drunkenness. Officers said that offense usually increased with cooler weather. County Commissioners canvas- ed returns of the Blossom beer election and set November 6 as the last day on which beer could be lawfully sold there. Enforcement agents said continued drought had hampered moon- shiners, the creeks that supplied water for the stills having gone dry. Bible Thought It has been said that if we knew all we would forgive all. We should be very sure we have all the facts.before we become angry at any one. He that it slow to wrath it of great understanding.—Prov. 14:29.

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 07 Oct 1952, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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