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Mr. John H. Allen

 
Paulding New Era
October 15, 1886
 
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The Knife's Work.  A fatal cutting affray, in which one man lost his life took place last Tuesday night in Dallas.  Mr. John H. Allen went to Atlanta to the Barnum Circus and came home in the evening a little under the influence of Atlanta poisonous spirits.  It seems that about ten o'clock Mr. Allen and a young friend of his had a little quarrel on the public square, but the young man, seeing he was a little in his cops, passed the matter off as easily as possible and made friends.  A little later Mr. Allen met a Mr. Whitlock to whom he administered a blow with a stick.  Mr. Whitlock was taken by surprise, but seeing Allen was drinking and not feeling disposed to resent was easily induced to go home.  Mr. Whitlock, it is said, sent for the Misses Archer who live near by to come and stay with them that night - or as they say sit up with Mr. Whitlock who claimed to be considerably hurt by the blow he received on the head.
        Living with the Archers' were Mr. J.N. Dill, his son about sixteen or seventeen years old and a daughter some ten or eleven.  All the Archers - two women and a girl - and the three Dills started at once to sit up with Mr. Whitlock.  On reaching Mr. Whitlock's Mr. Dill and son, as they claim, started to the depot for Dr. Foster to come to see Whitlock.  On their way, and just in front of the Foote house, the parties met.  Witnesses heard swearing and threats pass between Mr. Allen and other parties.  Pretty soon blows were heard and one of the men said to the other "that is enough; you have beat him enough."  Then Mr. Allen was heart to say "yes that is enough; I say it is enough."  The Dills then started in a fast walk which was merged into a run.  They threw a stick down near the Spinks Hotel and went on in the direction of the depot.  Several of the neighbors heard the fighting and saw from windows and porches as much as could be seen by bright moonlight.  Mr. Henry Washington was the first man to Mr. Allen, Messrs.  Breckenridge, Bagwell, Lee Allen and Dr. Connally reached him in quick succession.  
        When Mr. Washington reached him, he asked him if he was hurt.  Receiving no reply he took hold of him to turn him over or straighten him out and found that he was seriously gashed.  He then asked who cut him but got no reply.  The wounded and speechless man was carried to his house, a hundred yards off, where his wounds were dressed and where he had the best of attention from Dr. Foster, Roberson and Connally.  The examination showed thirteen severe cuts.  There were five or six gashes, either one of which would, or might have proved fatal.
        Mr. Allen was unconscious for most of the time, but talked a while before his death, which occurred at 10 o'clock on Wednesday.  He had no recollection of the fight and did not know how it happened.  He admonished his sons never to drink whiskey or keep late hours.  The burial took place at the Dallas cemetery at 11 o'clock on Thursday.  The religious services were conducted by Rev. A.J. Morgan of the Baptist Church, of which Mr. Allen was once a member.  Mr. Allen leaves a wife and four children besides many other relatives to mourn his untimely death.  Our citizens regret this sad occurrence and extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
        Mr. Dill and son were captured about sundown on Wednesday in Bartow county by Mr.Jas. E. Carter, Mr. J.W. Spinks and a Mr. Field, who had tracked him from this place.  They brought both the father and son and lodged them in jail in Dallas.  In writing this we have given it as a matter of news picked up from the witnesses and have avoided giving any opinion.  The matter will be investigated by the courts and we do not wish to say anything that will reflect on either the dead or living, or blame the public.

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