PARAGOULD DAILY PRESS

MONDAY , SEPTEMBER 23, 1911

FATAL SHOOTING AT OSCEOLA

RESEARCHED BY

Tina Easley

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

DR. E,F. TRAVIS LEADING DENTIST RECIEVES A WOUND FROM REVOLVER IN HANDS OF CLARENCE BUTLER

OSCEOLA , ARK. SEPT 22 , JUST BEFORE SEVEN O'CLOCK YESTERDAY EVENING CLARENCE BUTLER SHOT DR. F.P TRAVIS THROUGH THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS SPLEEN. THE TWO WERE IN THE DRUG STORE OF J.B. MITCHELL AND A QUARREL BEGAN BY CLARENCE BUTLER ACCUSING OF TRAVIS OF MAKING TROUBLE BY TELLING CERTAIN STORIES REFLECTING HIM . BUTLER USED LANGUAGE MOST VITAPERATIVE AND SLAPPED TRAVIS IN THE FACE AT THE SAME TIME PULLING A GUN AND INVITING TRAVIS TO GET A GUN AND SHOOT IT OUT WITH HIM AS HE WAS NOT ABLE PHYSICALLY TO FIGHT . TRAVIS INSISTED THAT HE WAS GOING TO DO NOTHING AND WENT TO AN ICE CREAM TABLE AND SAT DOWN , BUTLER FOLLOWING HIM UP AND ABUSING HIM MEANWHILE . BY THIS TIME BERRY MITCHELL CAUGHT BUTLER BY THE ARM AND STARTED TO LEAD HIM AWAY . TRAVIS GRABBED A GLASS DISH CONTAINING STRAWS FROM THE TOP OF THE TABLE AND HURLED IT STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW AT THE HEAD OF BUTLER WHO TURNED JUST IN TIME TO RECEIVE IT ON HIS TEMPLE , CUTTING A DEEP HOLE AND SHATTERING THE DISH INTO POWDER.

TRAVIS FOLLOWED QUICKLY AND JUST AS HE REACHED BUTLER THE LATTER DREW HIS AUTOMATIC AND FIRED THREE TIMES IN RAPID SUCCESSION , HITTING TRAVIS ONE TIME . IMMEDIATELY PHYSICIANS WERE CALLED AND EXAMINED TRAVIS WOUND AND DR. DUNAVANT GAVE IT AS HIS OPION THAT IT WOULD PROVE FATAL.

BUTLER WAS TAKEN IN CHARGE BY HIS NEPHEW , NIGHT MARSHAL WILEY BRAGG AND HIS HEAD WAS DRESSED . WHEN ASKED WHY HE DID IT HE TOLD OF THE TROUBLE . HE SAID HE HIT ME WITH THAT GLASS BOWL AND I SHOT HIM . AS SOON AS POSSIBLE A STRETCHER WAS BROUGHT AND THE WOUNDED MAN TAKEN TO THE DEPOT , WHERE DR. BAGWELL , HIS PERSONAL FRIEND AND MRS. TRAVIS PLACED HIM ON THE BAGGAGE CAR AND STARTED HIM FOR THE ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL AT MEMPHIS .