TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

3/4/2007

tina@grnco.net

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

FROM THE DAILY SOLIPHONE

APRIL 4, 1902

BROKE HIS SKULL

JOHN EDGAR STRIKES ISAAC DORCH OVER THE HEAD WITH A SCANTLING

THE INJURED MAN IN A PRECARIOUS CONDITION AND DEATH MAY RESULT FROM THE BLOW

AN UNFORTUNATE DIFFICULTY OCCURED AT A LATE HOUR YESTERDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN JOHN EDGAR AND ISAAC DORCH , WHICH MAY CAUSED THE LATTER'S DEATH.

THE TWO HAD BEEN "GUYING" EACH OTHER CONSIDERABLY AND DRIFTED INTO PRETTY BAD LANGUAGE , WHEN YOUNG EDGAR SEIZED A PIECE OF SCANTLING AND STRUCK DORCH OVER THE HEAD WITH IT.

DORCH WAS RENDERED HELPLESS BY THE BLOW AND DR. DICKSON WAS SUMMONED TO ATTEND HIM . THE DOCTOR TOOK THE INJURED MAN HOME , HIS PLACE OF RESIDENCE BEING ON NORTH CENTER STREET. THE DIFFICULTY OCCURED ON THE GROUNDS OF THE PEKIN STAVE & MANUFACTURING CO. , WHERE DORCH WAS AT WORK.

TODAY DRS. SIMS AND DICKSON MADE A THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF DORCH'S INJURIES AND FOUND THAT HIS SKULL WAS CRUSHED ON THE TOP OF HIS HEAD. THE BONES OF THE SKULL WERE DRIVEN INTO THE BRAIN AND THE WOUNDED MAN IS IN A VERY PRECARIOUS CONDITION. THE PHYSICIANS TREPHINED THE SKULL AND REMOVED SEVERAL PIECES OF BONE , SOME NEARLY AS LARGE AS A SILVER DOLLAR.

DORCH IS A YOUNG MARRIED MAN WITH A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN .

EDGAR IS A SON OF T.L. EDGAR AND IS ONLY A BOY OF 16 . IT IS REPORTED THAT THE BOY HAS SKIPPED OUT, BUT WE DO NOT VOUCH FOR THE CORRECTNESS OF THE REPORT. NO WARRANTS HAVE BEEN ISSUED THAT WE COULD LEARN OF.

THE AFFAIR IS A VERY UNFORTUNATE ONE, AS IT WAS THE RESULT OF A QUARREL OVER A TRIVIAL MATTER.