Will Sproull

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
August 26, 1909, Page 1
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Fatally Cut.
Mack Tumlin in a Difficulty With Negro Fatally Cuts Antagonist.

Mack Tumlin, a white man, stabbed and fatally injured Will Sproull, a negro, with a knife Tuesday morning at the W. & A. railroad switch at the Etowah river.  The negro was cut so badly that he died Tuesday night about eleven o’clock.

Tumlin drives a team for Blue Ridge ochre Company and the negro, Sproull, was driving a team for the Georgia Peruvian Ochre Company.  They were both hauling ochre for their companies to the switch to load into a car, both companies having an agreement with the railroad to load at the switch.  Monday the negro and Tumlin had some words and it is claimed by Tumlin that the negro cursed and abused him all day.

Tuesday morning Tumlin states that the negro cursed him again and when he did so, Tumlin began to use his knife on him.  The negro was cut several times by Tumlin and his body was severely lacerated by Tumlin’s keen knife.

Drs. Calhoun and Griffin were summoned and went to the scene immediately and did all possible to save the negro’s life.  He was brought to the city Tuesday afternoon and carried to his home on Summer’s Hill where he died Tuesday night.

Tumlin came into town immediately after the cutting and gave himself up to the officers and is now being held in jail on the charge of murder.  He will probably have a preliminary trial before Judge Watkins in Justice Court this week.


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