H. Horton

The Standard
Cassville, Georgia
December 2, 1858, Page 2
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Homicide at Cave Spring

On Saturday last, a difficulty occurred at Cave Spring, between L. W. Dean and H. Horton, the marshal, which resulted in the death of the latter, under the following circumstances:

It appears that ill blood had existed between the parties for some time, Horton having once whipped Dean, we are informed, in the latter’s own house.  Subsequently, Dean sued about eighty dollars out of Horton, who afterwards threatened to whip or kill Dean, at one time ordering him off his lot, and threatening to shoot him if he caught him on it again.  Under these circumstances, and while under the influence of liquor, Horton, on Saturday, stepped into Dean’s store, having been told by his friends not to do so.  Dean mildly requested him to go out, when Horton replied that he came to see the clerk, Mr. Trout.  Dean answered that it made no difference to him—he preferred to have him leave his house.  Immediately Horton began to curse Dean, and advancing to the counter, seized him by the whiskers, and began to thrash him with a walking stick. Dean in an instant struck Horton a blow on the head with a hatchet, edge foremost, split the skull open, and sunk the hatchet, as it is supposed, into the substance of the brain.  Horton sank down on the floor, bled very freely, never spoke, and died in half or three quarters of an hour.

These are substantially the facts, as far as we have been able to learn them, and we think them correctly given.  The citizens of Cave Spring generally justify the conduct of Dean, under the circumstances. Horton leaves a wife and five or six children, we are informed.

Rome Southerner, Nov. 25


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