Clipped From The Courier-Journal
Five WMte Caps On Trial Ia the Washington Circuit Court. Bad CraeUj Beaten the Wife One ef (he Members ef , the Gang. ef Ex-Postmaster Amick, of Lexington, Arrested For, AJleged Vio latum of tho Postal Laws. Floyd County Fair Stockholders Agree To An Aaseaament To Cover ths Relating Deficit. OTHER INDIANA NEWS. The fate of George Holsapple, John. Peyton, Otto Barnett, James Dal ton and lijah Dalton, who have for tlie past two day been on trial before 1iuge S. BY Voyles, in the Washington (Ind.) Circuit Court, at Salem, for white-capping, will, in all probability, be known today. Bather than submit the evidence to a jury the accused preferred to have the court judge between their guilt and innocence. Tlie trial is one of the moat sensational ever conducted in Washington county, for tbe offense was ao brutal and attended by (diunn4ancea of such an extraordinary nature that attention has been directed to it front all over Indiana. The story of tha outrage briefly related is aa follows: There lived on a farm, four miles tram Borden, just over the Una in Washington County, Elijah Dalton and his wife. It was no secret thai; the couple led an unhappy existence. The charge was openly made that her conduct waa lewd, and her husband in-duatrioutly circulated this report Mrs. Dalton had few, if any, friends to sym pathize with her. One Sunday morning about two months ago she was found by JCdward Perlee, a neighbor, lying bleeding and in a semi-conscious condition on the floor of her house, having been whipped during the previous night by White Caps. Dalton was not aa home aha roormngv but later in the day he appear. ed. . lie expressed no indignation over the condition in which he found his wife. A few days elapsed and Mrs. Dalton made a sratemeuTs x was to reveat ne name of her assailants. Ine indictment of tna men and their arreet followed. Jotm Peyton's story on the witness stand is one of the most thrilling kind. He turned State's evidence. Three hours', time was devoted to his testimony, which in substance is aa follows : Ha had been importuned to accompany the other men to Dalton's. The obiect ha understood. was to restore peace between Dalton and wile. Nearly every one ot the party was drunk. It was then determined to fhip M b. Dalton. The suggestion met with, no opposition from the woman's husband. Hickory switches were procured and Mrs. Dalton waa dragged from her bed, stripped of her night robe, and while James talton, her jbrother-2n-irw, toekf her around a tree, George Holsapple applied the switches. In order to see the extent of their work ihe men struck matches. In this way Mm. Dalton waa enabled to recognize her assailants.