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 - THE BHOOKER MURDER. Solomon Zeigler Told the...
THE BHOOKER MURDER. Solomon Zeigler Told the Story of the Killing;. (Br Associated Press.) Sylvanla, Ga., Nov. 19. As was expected, expected, the defendant's attorney decided not to Introduce any testimony In the Zelgier trial when the proceedings began this morning. Solomon Zelgier was put on the stand to make his statement. He made it with little hesitation. His father had told him on his deathbed, he said, that while coming home upon the Sylvanla Sylvanla train he heard George Bellinger make a statement that he considered an insult. He spoke to the negro about it and Sheriff Brooker took the matter up. Brooker cursed Zelgier, but friends separated separated them. His father left the train to avoid a difficulty. When the train reached Zelgler's station, Brooker called out to him from the car: "Come on and go to Sylvanla and I'll fix you, you ." My father started into the car, and was shot by Brooker. I ran Into the car, and Brooker shot at me, the bullet grazing grazing my neck. I rushed Into the car and almost before I knew It had taken Brook-er's Brook-er's Brook-er's pistol from him and shot him. I went back to my father. His throat was cut. I asked him who cut his throat. He toJd me Connor Williamson. Two or three hoars later my father died. Before the death of his father, the prisoner said, he went into the train as It was passing Sylvanla to see a lady. He looked around and saw a man holding a gun at his head. It was Connor Williamson. He took the gun away from him and beat Williamson severely with my fist. After my father's death, said Sol, I went before Justice Jennings and secured secured a warrant for Brooker for murder. He was allcwed to give bond. I went before the grand Jury to Indict him, but Instead of indicting him they indicted me for assaulting Brooker. ' Brooker. he said, had sworn to have revenge; he told Mr. Hurst in the grand jury-room jury-room jury-room that Sol Zeigler had nearly done him up and that he would kill me if It took him ten years to do it. He told Preacher Thompson he would kill Corril and I the first chance he got. He told Mr. Arnett the same thing. I told Mr. Arnett I wished Brooker would go on and let me alone, as I did not want to kill any one. At Goliad, at the Baptist Association, I carried my gun with me, as I always did after Brooker's threats. At Goliad I and some friends were in a carriage -when -when Brooker and some friends came up behind us. I made some excuse and got out of the carriage and went to look at Mr. Faster' horse. We afterwards afterwards went back to the carriage, but as Brooker was still there we went np to the church. The sheriff followed ns there. We separated. This -went -went on for some time. Everywhere we went he would come. He looked at us with unfriendly unfriendly glances. Mr. John Hnghes reported reported to me that Brooker had said that he would kill my brother and myself before before the day was ended; that he was going going to be the last man to leave the grounds that day. ' Some one asked Brooker what he would do If the Zeigler boys had their rifles. "I have got rifles myself," he replied. A friend of the Zeiglers reported to them, according to the statement, that Brooker had rifles In his buggy. Just before the killing, Solomon Solomon said he was helping his friend gear np his team. Brooker and & man came np talking low. The defendant heard Brookes say: "Boys, this Is onr last chance ; to get them. . It was those threats, be said, that forced the killing In self-defense. self-defense. self-defense. -

Clipped from The Times-Picayune20 Nov 1896, FriPage 6

The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana)20 Nov 1896, FriPage 6
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