LAWYER MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD

1909

 

DOCUMENT WRITTEN AND RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY

I HAVE CREATED THIS DOCUMENT WHILE RESEARCHING THE OLD NEWSPAPERS .

 

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VOL. XI - TUESDAY , OCTOBER 12, 1909 - THE DAILY SOLIPHONE

J.T. PATTERSON OF WYNNE SHOT AND INSTANTLY KILLED BY HENRY HARDING OF CHERRY VALLEY

HAD BEEN IN DISPUTE

WYNNE, AR. - OCT. 13 - WHEELING IN THE DOORWAY AFTER HE HAD BEEN ORDERED OUT OF THE OFFICE HENRY HARDING OF CHERRY VALLEY , DREW A GUN FROM HIS COAT POCKET, FIRED ,AND KILLED J.T. PATTERSON , ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN LAWYERS IN ARKANSAS . A MAN OF FAMILY AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THIS COUNTY IN THE LEGISLATURE OF 1906-1907 , HERE ABOUT 6 O'CLOCK YESTERDAY.

PATTERSON HAD DEFENDED HARDING IN A SUIT IN CHANCERY LAST WEEK BROUGHT BY KILLOUGH & GARDNER , REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND HAD WON THE SUIT. THERE WAS MUCH DISCUSSION WHEN THE SETTLEMENT WF A FEE CAME UP . PATTERSON FINALLY ORDERED HARDING OUT OF HIS OFFICE. HARDING TURNED TO GO HE GOT AS FAR AS THE DOOR AND DRAWING A PISTOL FROM HIS OUTSIDE POCKET , THAT WAS CONCEALED IN A NEWSPAPER , FIRED ONE SHOT .

WHICH STRUCK PATTERSON TO THE RIGHT OF THE HEART , KILLING HIM INSTANTLY . AFTER BEING SHOT HE NEVER REGAINED CONSCSIOUSNESS.

S. DALTROFF IN THE NEXT OFFICE RUSHED IN AND DEMANDED THAT HARDING STOP. HE MAND NO ANSWER BUT KEPT ON TURNING FROM THE BUILDING INTO THE STREET , WHERE HE WAS ARRESTED BY CITY MARSHAL ED PEARSON AND DEPUTY SHERIFF REGINALD MARTIN . HE WAS TAKEN TO THE CITY PRISON BUT FEELING BECAME SO STRONG AGAINST HIM THAT A LITTLE LATER HE WAS SECRETLY REMOVED FROM TOWN.

ATTORNEY PATTERSON WAS 60 YEARS OLD AND HAD BEEN A RESIDENT OF WYNNE FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS . HE WAS QUIET , RESERVED AND DIGNIFIED , AND HAD THE FULLEST RESPECT OF ALL WHO KNEW HIM. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIDOW , WHO WAS MISS LILLIE OWENS OF THIS CITY BEFORE HER MARRIAGE AND ONE DAUGHTER ALMA , AGE 18 AND A SON THOMAS 8 YEARS.

HARDING LIVES AT CHERRY VALLEY , ARK ON A SMALL FARM. HE HAS TOLD MANY PEOPLE THAT HE IS AN ENGLISHMAN AND HAS RIGHTS OF CITIZENSHIP IN ENGLAND . HE CAME TO CHERRY VALLEY ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO , BUT FURTHER THAN THIS NOTHING IS KNOWN OF HIM. HE IS SAID TO HAVE LIVED IN MEMPHIS SOME TIME AGO . HE LIVED BY HIMSELF HAVING NO FAMILY. HE IS ABOUT 60 YEARS OF AGE.

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HARDING BROUGHT TO PARAGOULD

THE STORY OF THE KILLING CREATED MORE THAN ORDINARY INTEREST IN PARAGOULD FOR THE REASON THAT MR. PATTERSON WAS KNOWN TO MANY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY.

HARDING WAS BROUGHT HERE ON THE MIDNIGHT IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIN BY THE SHERIFF OF CROSS COUNTY AND TWO DEPUTIES . THEY REPORTED THAT A MOB OF 200 OR 300 PEOPLE HAD FORMED AND THAT FEELING AGAINST HARDING WAS SO HIGH FEELING AGAINST HARDING WAS SO HIGH THAT A LYNCHING WAS IMMINENT . CONSEQUENTLY THEY SPIRITED THE PRISONER OUT OF TOWN ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS ARREST AND CAUGHT THE TRAIN FOR PARAGOULD AT A SMALL STATION BELOW WYNNE.

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SOLIPHONE CALLED AT THE JAIL THIS MORNING TO SECURE A STATEMENT FROM HARDING , BUT HE REFUSED TO GIVE HIS SIDE . HE SAID HE HAD NOT YET EMPLOYED COUNSEL AND WOULD NOT GIVE A STATEMENT UNTIL HE HAD. BY THE OERSISTING EFFORTS OF THE SOLIPHONE REPORTER HARDING DID QUOTE THAT HIS TROUBLE WITH PATTERSON WAS THE RESULT OF ALLEGED MISTREATMENT . HE CLAIMED THAT HE COULDN'T GET PATTERSON TO PROPERLY HANDLE HIS CASE , THAT HE TRIED FOR SIX YEARS TO GET IT INTO COURT AND THAT A SET OF DIRTY LAWYERS HAD IT IN FOR HIM , TO USE HIS DETAILS OF THE TRAGEDY , HE SUDDENLY STOPPED . WHEN HE BEGAIN AGAIN HE SAID IF THE DETAILS OF THE TRAGEDY , HE SAID IF WE NEWSPAPERS REALLY WANTED TO DO THE PEOPLE A LASTING SERVICE WE SHOULD BRING ABOUT A REFORMATION IN OUR COURTS SO THE POOR MAN WOULD HAVE AN EQUAL SHOW AGAINST THE MAN WHO HAS MONEY.

HARDING IS 62 YEARS OF AGE AND FROM HIS TALK IT CAN EASILY BE SEEN THAT HE IS ABOVE THE AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE . HE IS A LARGE WELL PROPORTIONED MAN , WITH FACE AD HAIR INCLINED TO BE RED. WHEN SEEN THIS MORNING HE WAS SMOKING A CIGAR AND SHOWED SIGNS OF NERVOUSNESS.

WHEN ASKED IF HE HAD ANY RELATIVES AND WHERE THEY LIVED HE REFUSED TO ANSWER. IT WAS LEARNED FROM OTHER SOURCES THAT HE CLAIMS PATTERSON ABUSED HIM , CALLING HIM VILE NAMES , ORDERED HIM OUT OF HIS OFFICE AND WHEN HE DIDN'T LEAVE IMMEDIATELY THAT HE STARTED TOWARD HARDING. HARDING CLAIMS , IT IS ALLEGED , THAT PATTERSON WAS THE AGGRESSOR THOUGH HE DOESN'T ASSERT THAT HE ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE OR THAT HIS LIFE WAS IN DANGER. HE MADE A STATEMENT AT JAIL THIS MORNING THAT HE FIRED ONLY ONE SHOT AT PATTERSON BECAUSE HE HAD ONLY A FEW SHELLS AND THAT THERE WAS ONE OTHER MAN HE WANTED TO GET. JUST WHO THE OTHER PARTY WAS HE GAVE NO INTIMATION BUT EVIDENTLY IT WAS SOME ONE WHO HAS BEEN CONNECTED WITH THE LAW SUIT OF WHICH HE SO BITTERLY COMPLAINS.

HARDING WILL BE KEPT IN JAIL HERE UNTIL EXCITEMENT AT WYNNE SUBSIDES AND THE SHERIFF THINKS IT WILL BE SAFE TO TAKE HIM BACK FOR TRIAL.

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