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Arsenic in their Coffee

Trenton Evening Times (New Jersey)
29 Jul 1889

Dastardly Attempt to Poison the South’s Richest Colored Woman.  Nashville, Tenn., July 29 —- Lucy Bedford, aged 85, and Emily Parsons, her niece, both colored,  have been poisoned by arsenic which was placed in their coffee.  Miss Parsons died last night and Miss Bedford is in a critical condition.  Lucy Bedford is probably the riches colored woman in the south, having been given an estate worth $100,000 by the will of her former owner.  Four negro servants of Miss Bedford are under arrest on suspeicion of the crime, the object of which is unkonw.   It is said that on Miss Bedford’s death her property is to revert to relatives of her former master. 

Catherine Small a negro woman who had formally been employed as a cook, confessed that she put arsenic in the coffee in order to kill Gracey Hunter, a negress who now cooks for the old women, and whom Catherine accused of taking her place in their employ.  She is in jail. 

Dangerous Car Conductor

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

A week or so ago the attention of the public was called to an impatient conductor on the West Nashville line by a Globe reporter who witnessed the proceedings. That this car line is becoming notorious was plainly apparent last Sunday afternoon when a conductor by the name of Mann shot Mr. George Marshall through the arm on on Church street near Fifteenth avenue. Fortunately his injuries were slight. The ball entered his left arm, passing through the shoulder and lodging in his back. Dr. Coles, whose office is near the scene of the affray, attended to the wounded man, who, with his brother, was subsequently arrested, the charge being disorderly conduct. Both made bond. Mann was arrested at the transfer station on a charge of carrying a pistol with intent to commit murder.

Mr. Marshall states that he and his brother had some words with the conductor, who drew his pistol and ordered them from the car. After they got off the conductor shot at them. Mann says the brothers threatened him and he shot in self-defense. The trial was set for last Monday, but owing to Mr. Marshall’s condition it was continued until Wednesday, whom Mann was bound over to the criminal court.

Alleged Violation of Eighth Amendment

Alleged Violation of Eighth Amendment
Nashville Globe – January 25, 1907
Pg. 5

Robert Campbell was arrested the first part of the week on a charge of larceny. Lemuel Jones, the prosecutor in the case, says that Campbell stole an overcoat from him not long since.

Bound Over

Nashville Globe: July 5, 1907

Judge Baker of the City Court bound Anthony Malone over to the Criminal Court Monday morning, the charges against the man being highway robbery and obtaining goods under false pretenses. One Nathan Baston claims that while on their way home Saturday night a man, whom he thinks is Malone, after following him quite a distance, asked what the hour was and snatched his watch and ran. The other charge was made by a man named Seifreid, who says that Malone ordered a case of beer for Lillian Lee on false pretenses.

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