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Robinson, Dr.

 
The Daily Constitution
Atlanta, GA
June 4, 1878
 
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Robinson, Dr.

4 Jun 1878 (The Daily Constitution - Atlanta} Slashing His Knife, A Terrible Tragedy in Paulding County, An infuriated Negro attacks a sick man, and seriously cuts three women on his way to Atlanta; Yesterday information reached us of the outrageous conduct of a negro by the name of Jonah Gresham on Sunday last at Dallas, in Paulding county. The Negro, it seems, had been employed for some months past on the farm of Dr. Robinson, a few miles from the town of Dallas. Wishing some money for his labor, he on Sunday last applied to Dr. Robinson to be paid for his work. Robinson being confined to his bed for reason of illness, told the negro that he could not pay him on that day, as he was too ill to get up to procure the money, and did not have it in the house. The Negro remonstrated, and used very insulting language to Mr. Robinson. The latter endeavored to get up and resent the insult, and the Negro seeing this, struck him with his fist. At this juncture the wife came in and joined in the melee. Upon her arrival the Negro pulled out a knife and cut the lady seriously on the breast and neck. Other members of the family rushed in to the rescue of the bed stricken man, and a general conflict ensued. Two other ladies were cut severely, and we are informed dangerously, by the Negro desperado, who used his knife upon all persons within his reach. Cries for help were raised, and several persons came running toward the house. The Negro, seeing the heavy reinforcements so near at hand jumped out of a rear window of the building, and made his escape to the woods. He was followed by a number of the friends of the outraged family as far as the Chattahoochee River, when it was ascertained that he had crossed and made his way in the direction of our city. Two of the ladies upon which the fiend had used his knife so fiercely, it is said, may probably never recover from their wounds. The third one will carry a number of scars to the grave. A leading physician of Dallas has been procured to look after the wounded trio and will do all in his power to relieve them. Ever effort will be strained to affect the arrest of the Negro desperado. The affair has created considerable excitement in the heretofore quiet little village of Dallas. Gresham bears a very bad character and is known as a desperate fellow. Dr. Robinson and his family are well known in this city, and we believe have relatives residing here. The people of Dallas will in all probability offer a reward for the arrest of the criminal.



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