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'' - ~.X/'" ^,. ~L '„. M rf - •"/ BACKWARD GLANCES BY 1- W. SEVILLE :Ne«r forty-flv* yean **o p*ople ! ih«> plrnc* from robbery and to of Lamar county were shocked by ! wait on customers who might ar- discowry of a. double murder at j rive after closing hours- XXeputy Arthur City, the \ictim* being • Casion had been in the neighbor- Billy Caston. A deputy sheriff^ and 1 hood on official business and night a bartender named Morris * vvjao j finding him in Arthur City he de- wa» employed by Charles Ghio. th* i cided to stay there, as the ride owner of a saloon the-re. The mur- | to Faris % over the roads we then der was committee in the nisht j had. was too hard a job, so he and discovery was not made until j went to bed with the bartender. Ghio xvenr to the saloon next] The negro's story was that he morning: and found the bodies. j said his companions, one named. Arthur City was still a rather ' Tom Baty. another Jeff Shoals. lawless place some years after the 1 the other names forgotten, went to railroad came through there, as it the saloon for whiskey. They did was a resort for Indian Territory I not know Caston was there when residents who could get whiskey j they arrived and waked the bar- and other things there not obtain- j tender, but when they got inside able in their own place of resi- { they could see him asleep in th« dence. The men had been killed j back room the door being left with pistols or rifles and for a s open. From the negro's story, they time there was no clue of the inur- I had no money and expected to find derer. Presently, however, the dep- j th<? bartender alone and either kill uty United States marshals who j him or overpower him and set the worked in the section of the Ter- I whiskey without paying. The pres- ritory north of Arthur City heard 1 =nce of Caston disarranged their something that gave them a lead \ plans and it. was decided that both and four negro men were arrested \ «ven would have to be killed. and charged with the crime. One I The ne^ro said they stood at the of them agreed to turn stale's evi- ! bar and had some drinks and xhen dence and he disclosed the d-etail* bought a few quarts to take away bar- they was stiU TO the district attorney, but Rone j with them, and when the of the four ^rere ever brought to tender called for payment trial -for the murder. The reason j first shot was that one died here in jail, two ; asleep and who never knew what others were under charges in the killed him. The bartender docjjtd Federal court here and were SK-n- I behind ihe bar and one of the ne- lenced for life to the Federal ; gro*s> went to ihe end o the bar penitentiary, and the fourth, who > and shot him as h* crouched he- agreed to tell the story, could not i hind it. Then they le.it without be tried on his unsupported tesii- I having b«-en seen as far as they mony and had J>esides been prom- ; could discov-r Shots were common ] ised "immunity when it was th-.-ught ' »n Arthur Ciiy -n those days and if 1 his story would convict the oth-r;-. : unj one heurU th^ni they did not There was a bedroom in the ; invei-tigAte. and the bodies lay I rear oi the Ghio saloon where the : where they \vere killed until Ghio > bartender slept in order to protect found them n-xt morning.

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 26 Jun 1934, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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