James Young

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
November 20, 1890 page 1
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Thrice Shot.
The Body of James Young Filled With Lead.
An Exciting Street Scene.
Charles T. Jones the One Who Did the Shooting.
Arrested and Carried to Jail.
Young Dies Four Hours After the Shooting.
Jones Will Not Talk.
But It IS Known That the Tragedy Was
The Result of an Old Feud.
The Testimony Before the Coroner’s Jury and the Verdict Rendered.

The city was startled Saturday afternoon be three distinctive reports from a pistol.
As fast as a trigger could be pulled were the first and second shots fired and, perhaps, a moment intervened before the third.
They rang out loud and clear, and were heard all over the business portion of town. On the streets, in the stores and the offices, the people turned from their business pursuits and rushed in the direction the sounds came from with the instinctive fear that something dreadful had happened.
And something dreadful it was.

In front of the old Moon store house, on East Main street, an immense crowd son gathered, and this was the sight that met their gaze:

A white man, standing like a statue, with a still smoking revolver in his right hand, a negro man, a few feet from him, lying on the ground, with his head supported by his arm, his face presenting a dazed horrified appearance.

The white man was easily recognized as Mr. Charlie Jones.

The negro was James Young, well known by all our people.

Deputy Sheriff Maxwell made his way through the crowd and touching Jones on the shoulder, said: “Charlie, give me that pistol!”
Without a word the weapon was handed to the officer.
“You must go with me Charlie,” were the next words of the deputy sheriff.
“All right, Bob.”

Taking Mr. Jones by the arm the two walked away from the scene of the horrible tragedy. Mr. Jones was placed behind the locks and bars of the Bartow county jail.

The awful happening almost stupefied the people. It came like a flash and without warning. The cause of it was not known, and all kinds of rumors were soon afloat.

Around the dying man the scene was indescribable; strong men were almost wild with excitement; mutterings, curses and threats came from the negroes, while some women, presumably kinspeople of the prostrated one, set up wails and moans that were frightful to listen to.

Dr. Johnson soon arrived made examination of the wounds. He pronounced them fatal, and said Young had at least only a few hours to live.

The man was picked up and carried into Hicks & Brevard’s coffin store, near by. He was, a short while later, taken to his house, where he died at 9:15 o’clock, four hours and twenty minutes after the occurrence.

[The article continues, covering almost the entire front page. Mr. Jones was married and had five children. Testimony of witnesses in the Coroner’s Inquest is reported. One witness was Sam Saxon “the father-in-law of the deceased.”]


The Courant American
February 5, 1891, page 1

For His Life.
Chas T. Jones on Trial for the Killing of James Young.
A Determined Legal Fight.
The State Presents a Case of Prima Facie Murder.
The Line of the Defense.
The Claims of a Conspiracy on the Part of Odell and Young Against the Life of Jones, and the Defense Show a Most Aggravated Case.
The Testimony in Full.
Intense Excitement and Large Crowds Present At the Trial.

[This is a very long article covering the entire first page and continuing on page 8.]


The Courant American
February 12, 1891
Page 1

A Free Man.
Charles T. Jones Declared Not Guilty of Murder
A Remarkable Court Scene When the Verdict of the Jury Was Announced.
Statement of the Prisoner,
He Rehearses At Length the Troubles That Led Up To the Tragedy.

[Another very lengthy article, covering most of page 1]


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