First reporting of Benjamin's crime 22 Sept 1897. Front page news!
fAWATSANOY" Result of a Quarrel Over a Water Right, MARTIN MOCK THE VICTIM, ',He Engaged--in an Altercation Yes- day Afternoon, with a Neighbor, Benjamin Egginton, and the Latter Latter Drew a Gun and Shot Mock, the" Bail Lodging in Hi« Bpine— Sgginton Gives Himself tTp—Says He Acted in Self-Defense—Mock is Likely to Die. ,' in a,-<iuarrel over a• water-ditch near "Sandy . yesterday afternoon,- ;Martin Mock a Scandinavian farmer living about a mile, west of the Mingo smelter was seriously and probably fa- 4Sly shot, the bullet which entered his body coming from a 38-caliber revolver In 'the hands of Benjamin Egginton, Mock's neighbor on the west, The jhootlng occasioned much excitement in the town, both the chief actors. In the M-atredv being well-known residents of iMnlW- A. It to. Mock U« .at hi. home with a bullet imbedded in his amined him he found that the bullet had entered the body between the seventh seventh and eighth ribs and had lodged in the spinal column. Jue at first thought that the man's lease of life was short, and it was therefore deemed wise to take his statement. The second visit;, however, showed & marked improvement improvement in Mock's condition. He was suffering suffering severe pain in his lower limos. neither of which he was able to move. In the presence .of the officers, tossing feverishly on a bed in a lean-to room and groaning at 'every move, he tola the story of the-fight to The Tribune man in broken English. . -WOUNDED MAN'S ACCOUNT. "My name is Martin Mock," he said "and I am 53 years' old. 1 was &hot For a long time I by Mr. Egginton. have my tO, »U.,yiIIB I1U nn.-± n- . -cj--- rill Vim water. This afternoon ho carae dox n V il A 1 . J-J£|--» 1*1 t- VI* • •»• v '* — 4"^-xt- avo been telling him he must pay lot ,y water he was using. He ^ U J™ >, saying he had a right to-use thu . and started to work- in the cl tch ne.u his house.- I went over and to d h m to atop. He said that T better maku m stop, and J said that perhaps »t * be better if I should do so. He t walked over to his house am L had just stepped inside the door j hen m. reached for his pun. I f aw l lin ?. ]t an £ started to run, but had f J« ^^jf 1 .short, distance when he shot and 1 lui. He then walked ' over to where I ia> ; and when ho pointed the gun at me h- said, T guess I'd better kill >ou u*nt REFUSED TO 'ASSIST. Mrs Snyder. Monk's sister-tnlaw. stale's that' when she heard the shot .she ran out of Mock's, house ovci neai the place where the' wounded nan lay. Egginton, she says. was % A ™™£ near his house. "I asked him to P case help me carry Mr. Mock to the ho us she said, "and he said he wasn t able. I then spokn to him three times again. without receiving an answer, and then Mock raised up on his elbow and sac, •Don't you hear that lady calling >ou . By this time Mr, Mock's buggy Jjaci come, and we moved him to his house.