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Friday 11 February 1898

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STEALING FROM GRAVES—Some Complaint About the Taking of Vases, &c., From the Cemetery.

            Quite a number of complaints have been heard lately from citizens who have relatives buried in Oak Grove cemetery about thieves who go there and remove vases, &c., from the graves.  Some people also take up plants by the roots.  THE CALL is inclined to believe that some of the better class of people take the flowers while actual thieves steal the vases and other things from the graves.  If the bad practice does not stop somebody is likely to get into serious trouble.


Saturday 12 February 1898

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UNREQUITED LOVE CAUSED A MURDER—A Tragedy on St. Simon Island Yesterday—LOVE AFFAIR CAUSES THE DEATH—John Currie, Colored, Loses His Temper and Shoots Venus Jones, the Woman He Loves.

            St. Simon [sic] was yesterday the scene of a very cowardly and a very cold hearted murder.
            It seems that John Currie, a negro laborer formerly employed by the Hilton & Dodge Lumber co. has for several months been enamored of Venus Jones, a servant in the employ of Rev. D. Watson Winn.  Unfortunately for Currie the love was not reciprocated on the part of Venus and his oft repeated offer of matrimony was each time declined by her.
            Suffering the pangs of unrequited affection, Currie became desperate and vowed a month ago and later only a week since, that he would kill the woman he loved if she again scorned his proposal of marriage.
            Venus did not think Currie really meant what he said and consequently, did not close her doors against him.
            Yesterday afternoon Currie called on Venus, told her his love story and once again sought her hand in marriage, only to be refused again.
            Now completely desperate the man drew his revolver and fired upon the woman five times two of the balls struck the woman in the head, the other three taking effect in various portions of the body.
            The woman suffered intensely, and though physicians summoned said death was certain, up to the departure of the Egmont she still lived but death is sure to come.
            After the crime Currie jumped in a boat and started towards Brunswick.  Mr. Bruce McCaskill and other(s) followed but the fleeing murderer was not overtaken.
            Officers here received word to watch all landings but up to a late hour last night Currie was still at large.


Sunday 13 February 1898

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CURRIE BEHIND THE STEEL CAGE—The St. Simon Negro Captured Yesterday—HE WAS CAUGHT IN BROOKLYN—Brunswick Officers do a Good Piece of Detective Service—A Call Representative Present.

            John Currie, the negro who on Friday shot Venus Jones at St. Simon [sic] Island and made his escape to this city, was yesterday arrested and placed in jail by officers of the law.
            Currie, it seems, had an awful time reaching Brunswick and only succeeded by swimming several miles and that too under disadvantages of wrong tides.
            When Currie reached the city he went to a small negro hut on “Red Row,” Brooklyn, and sent down town for a pair of trousers to take the place of the muddy ones he had on.  His friend visited Kaiser’s to get the pants and here stated that they were for a friend of his who was too muddy to come down town.  This remark was heard by several and reached the ears of Chief Beach who, together with a CALL representative, did some find detective work, finally locating the man in “Red Row.”  Sheriff Berrie, Chief Beach, Constable Gaskins, Policeman Gordon and a CALL man left town at three o’clock, all armed with Winchesters, and went directly to the house in “Red Row,” where Currie was found.  He yielded without resistance and was placed in the county jail.
            To a CALL reporter who had helped to bring about his capture, Currie said the Jones woman had threatened his life and shot at him before he fired upon her.  This however is untrue.
            The injured woman is not dead and advices from St. Simon [sic] say she is on the road to recovery.


Thursday 20 October 1898

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WARM TIMES EXPECTED ON THE BRUNSWICK BAR—HOW PILOT WAR STANDS TO DATE—The Two Sides Stand Even Now—THE JORDAN BEAT THE KNIGHT—When the Damaged Boats Get on the Bar it Will Be Interesting.

            And the pilot war is now on in earnest.  From the night of Oct. 15 the combination broke up and the two factions of pilots began to hurtle for themselves.    On one side is:  Captains Brockington, Tortensen [sic], W.W. Tabbot, Walter Brockington, Eugene Tabbot; Alex Manoe, E.C. Pearson, Inglebretsen.
            On the other side is Captains Wright, Farmer, Lobach, Sullivan, Russell, Arnold.
            The first named have the following boats:  Jordan, Telegram, and Pride, while the other faction has the E.C. Knight and the Gracie.  So far the Jordan-Telegram-Pride side has one steamship and a schooner and the Knight-Gracie crowd has a bark and a schooner.  So both have done equally well.  The Gracie is on the marsh and the Pride is on the marine railway.  As soon as these boats get afloat the war will become quite interesting.

THE RIFLEMEN OF ’61—A List of the Men Who Followed Gordon.

            The Brunswick Riflemen have the distinction of being the only military company in Georgia which has kept its organization intact since the civil war.
            Following is the roster of the company that left Brunswick in 1861:

Captain—B.F. Harris.
First Lieut.—J.S. Blain.
Second Lieut.—T.N. Gardner.
Third Lieut.—Geo. R. Frazer.
First Sergt.—N. Dixon.
Second Sergt.—G.W. Pettigrew.
Third Sergt.—Jos. Hernandez.
Fourth Sergt.—Urbanus Dart.
Fifth Sergt.—A.S. Quarterman.
First corp.—Burr Winton.
Second Corp.—J.B. Moore.
Third Corp.—C.L. Schlatter.
Fourth Corp.—P.F. McDermot.
Musician—Cicero Arnold.

PRIVATES—G.W. Aymer, J.S. Armstrong, Jas. B. Arnold, Robt. J. Aikin, S.A. Brockington, A.L. Blount, W.D. Beckhorn, Wm. E. Clarke, John Curry, Thomas Cumming, Robt. S. Clubb, C.W. Dixon, J.E. Dart, F.M. Dart, E.D. Dupree, Patrick Dunn, Wol’e [??] Ellis, Jas. Flynn, Henry Ferrell, T.J. Goodbread, T.B. Goodbread, James Goulden, Henry Holmes, John L. Harris, F. Higginbotham, Austin Holcombe, Henry Highsmith, ---- Johnson, A.J. Lynch, Thomas Lumby, W. Lundy, Jos. Lasserre, Charles Miller, Edward B. Morian, Leonidas C. Marlin, W.W. Mangham, Jas. McLemore, John Martin, John O’Brien, Dennis O’Brien, Alex Peters, James D. Piles, James Speer, John G. Smith, Daniel Smith, Jacob Sykes, Wm. J. Sallins, D.J. Sallins, John Spears, Elhannan Summerall, Geo. H. Thomas, Hamilton Thomas, Benjamin Williams, Henry B. Wilson, James Wright, Frederick Wourse, Clayton Williams, George Wicks, M.C. Wilkinson, John Robinson.

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WARM TIMES EXPECTED ON THE BRUNSWICK BAR—A STEAMBOAT WAR IS NOW PROBABLY—Rumored That Two Tow Steamers Coming—GENERALLY THOUGHT TO BE TRUE—A Brunswickian Interested and is Ready to Put up Bit Money.

            Opposition on the Brunswick bar seems to be contagious.  No sooner had the pilots split than rumors were flying of a probably opposition to the towing combination.  A CALL reporter started out his morning to ascertain whether or not there was any truth in the rumors and from what was learned it seems to be so.  A prominent and wealthy Brunswick businessman is at the head of the movement and he told the CALL man that opposition was almost a sure thing.  He further said he was ready to put up a large amount and that other than local men were interested.
            The pilots are making it hot on the bar now, but if the steamboats are opposed there will be a warm time sure enough.


Saturday 4 March 1899

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GOLD ON HIS FARM—Ex-Collector Lamb’s Very Novel Discovery—He Finds Several Gold Pieces Buried On His Place.  Believes There Is More.

            Hon. T.W. Lamb was in the city yesterday from his country home near Brunswick and reports a very novel discovery on his farm a few days ago.  Mr. Lamb says one of his men was at work digging when he unearthed several gold pieces dated more than a hundred years ago.  During the day several more pieces were found and Mr. Lamb is under the impression that a bed of this coin is hidden somewhere in the neighborhood and he intends to make a careful search for it.

GOOD FOR MABRY—He Is to Get a Good Job When Term Expires.

            P.H. Mabry, who was sent up from here for a term of ten years, will get a $1200 position when his term in the penitentiary expires.  The Gless lumber company, who hired Mabry from the state authorities, have offered him a permanent position after his term expires and name $1200 as the salary.
            It is said that Mabry proved a useful man in their business.


Sunday 5 March 1899

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ST. SIMON [sic] SCHOOL—An Interesting Letter From the Schools There.

            St Simon’s Island, March 3, ’99.  THE CALL, Brunswick, Ga.—Thinking that some of your many readers might be interested in the progress that we children are making under the management of our new teacher (Miss Mada McDonald) whom we all love very much and think she is the best we have had.  I enclose the honor roll for the past month.  All of us are much interested in our studies and regret that the school has to be closed for lack of funds to pay the teachers.  Our parents are going to try and keep Miss Mada for two month-more, and there is a canvass being made now to find what amount of money can be raised to that end.
            We have organized a junior auxiliary of Christ Church at Frederica and are making fine progress.  Miss Anabell Taylor has returned from Savannah where she has been visiting friends.
            If you think this is worth publishing I will send you another letter nest week.
            Your friend, Julia W. Gould.

HONOR ROLL, ST. SIMON’S SCHOOL—Julia Gould, Ella Callaghan, Normeda Bryan, Herbert Cantivell, Elliott Stevens, Harry Crider, Richard Gould, Martin Boyles, Potter Gould, Earl Wallace, Rufus Jones, Reginald Taylor, Claude Crider.

DANGEROUSLY HURT—Fireman Sam Ward the Victim of Painful Accident Yesterday.

            Fireman Sam Ward met with a very painful accident at an early hour yesterday morning.  He was responding to an alarm of fire and was on the hook and ladder truck which being driven at a rapid rate turned over throwing the fireman heavily to the ground, reflecting several painful wounds.  Mr. Ward was taken to his home and medical aid summoned.  He was reported as resting easy last night.

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ATTEMPTED MURDER—Dangerous Negro’s Rash Act Yesterday—Attempted to Kill Capt. Tom Foley and Was Jailed by Two Active Officers.

            Adam Denegall, a well known and dangerous negro, was yesterday placed in jail by Officers Lamb [and] Scarlett on the very serious charge of assault with intent to murder.
            Denegall was in the saloon of Capt. Tom Foley on Bay street, on Friday night and insisted on playing cards in the place.  Mr. Foley refused to allow him to do so and finally ordered him out of the bar.
            When Denegall reached the sidewalk he picked up a whole brick and hurled it at Mr. Foley, only missing him an inch.
            The police deparment was notified and yesterday morning Officers Lamb and Scarlett located the negro on a vessel, nabbed him and placed him in jail.
            He will probable [sic] be severely dealt with and should be.

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APPROACHING WEDDING—Mr. A.C. Jeffers and Miss Lillie Mitchell to be Married.

            On Wednesday evening, March 22, at the First Methodist church, Mr. Albyn C. Jeffers and Miss Lillie Mitchell will be united in the holy bonds of wedlock.
            The following invitations was yesterday mailed to friends of the contracting parties:

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Mitchell
invite you to be present
at the marriage of their daughter
Lillie Josephine
Mr. Albyn Chastaine Jeffers,
            Wednesday evening, March twenty-second,
at half past six o’clock,
First Methodist church,
Brunswick, Georgia.

            Mr. Jeffers is a well known young merchant and Miss Mitchell is one of Brunswick’s sweetest young ladies.
            THE CALL tenders congratulations.


Tuesday 18 January 1900

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NEW OFFICERS TO BE CHOSEN--By Brunswick’s Military--Under The New Law--Capt. Dart Not A Candidate to Succeed Himself.

        Just as this time, the local military spirit in Brunswick is quite enthused over the new law, passed by the last legislature annulling all commissions in the voluntary forces of the state, and requiring all successors to be elected on February 1st.
        So far as the law relates to Brunswick, the officers of both the Riflemen and the two companies of Naval Reserves, will have to stand for reelection.
        In the Riflemen, Capt. R.E. Dart is not a candidate for reselection, as he is an applicant for the vacant majorship for the First Georgia regiment.
        Mr. J.C. Styles, Capt. F.A, Dunn and others are mentioned in connection with the Captaincy.
        Lieut. J.M. Wiggins has no opposing for First Lieutenant and J.T. Parnell and Sergeant H. Hirsch are both candidates for the Second Lieutenancy.
        The company will meet tomorrow night and make the nominations.
        In the Naval Reserves no opposition has been talked of and it is very probable that the present complement of officers will be unanimously re-elected.

Saturday 18 August 1900

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Mary McNish Burroughs, Editor

Mrs. William Berrien Burroughs is slightly improved from her illness at her home on C Street.

Mrs. A.T Putnam has returned from a pleasant visit with friends in Florida.

An average crowd of Brunswickians were present at the fairgrounds yesterday afternoon, to enjoy many of the amusements offered to them by Capt. Newman of the Fair Association, Brunswick social and Brunswick otherwise was present, and all spent a pleasant afternoon.

The sisters who will come to Brunswick shortly to conduct the Catholic Convent here, will be welcomed by many and their presence promises to be a charming addition to the church.

Misses Mary and Bessie Atkinson of Camden County spent several days this week in Brunswick, the guest of friends, and left for Marietta, where they will spend the rest of summer, going to Lucy Cobb in the fall, where they will spend several terms.

The ladies of St. Judes Church will give a charming ice cream festival in the yard adjoining the church on the afternoon and evening of the twenty-first, to which everyone is given a cordial invitation to be present.


Tuesday 15 January 1901

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WEDDING OF THE MILLIONAIRES—Alfred Vanderbilt and Miss Elsie French—IT OCCURRED IN NEWPORT—At the Bride’s Request the Ceremoney was Simplified

            Newport, R.I., Jan. 14—Mr. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and Miss Elsie French were married here today at noon and although it took place at one of the highest Episcopal churches in the city, the program of the ceremony, at the request of Miss French, was simplified as much as possible.  The church was gorgeously decorated.
            Among those who were present at the reception were William K. Vanderbilt, Chauncey Depew, Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, Mrs. Herman Aldrichs, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Payen Vanderbilt and many other millionaires.
            Mr. Vanderbilt and his bride left at 3 o’clock this afternoon for Rivertown six miles up the island; where Mr. Vanderbilt has an extensive country residence.


Friday 29 March 1901—Times-Call

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            Two cases occupied nearly the entire day in the city court yesterday. Harry Walters, charged with keeping open a tippling house on the Sabbath was acquitted. Joe Bazzell, the negro who did the stealing from the Douglas Hardware company was found guilty and sentenced to eleven months on the chaingang. These cases ended the criminal docket and the civil side was taken up. The first case tried was that of Samuel Dent vs. John Currie for defamation of character. This case is now on trial.



Saturday 30 March 1901—Times-Call

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A LONG CASE—The Case of Samuel Dent vs. Mr. John Currie Has Ended.

            The case of Samuel Dent vs. Mr. John Currie, which started in the City court Thursday ended yesterday.
            The defendant sued Mr. Currie for $2,000 for defamation of character. It seems that the latter endeavored to have Dent indicted for cow stealing and after the grand jury failed to find a true bill suit was entered against Mr. Currie. After being out only a few minutes the jury brought in a verdict for the defendant.


Thursday 2 May 1901—Times-Call

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WHITE MAN KILLED BY BLOW FROM A NEGRO—Fatal Difficulty Near Bladen Tuesday Night—NEGRO IS STILL AT LARGE—The Dead Man Was a Brother to Mrs. Joseph Lasserre of This City

            At Owens’ store, four miles from Bladen on the F.C. and P. railroad Tuesday night, Mr. Brown, brother of Mrs. Joseph Lasserre, of this city, was brained by a negro and the murderer is still at large.
            Mr. Brown clerks in the store and when he refused the negro credit it was the sign for a fuss.  After abusing Mr. Brown considerably he showed fight and reaching for a scantling he struck him in the head scattering his brains for many yards around.
            As soon as he committed the terrible crime the negro made good his escape and up to the present has not been captured.
            The murdered man was formerly from Camden county.  He has visited Brunswick on several occasions and had many friends here who will be grieved to hear of the terrible affair.


Friday 3 May 1901—Times-Call

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MURDERER OF BROWN GIVES UP TO SHERIFF—An Old Negro Surrenders to Authorities—TELLS A PECULIAR STORY—Says He Never Struck Mr. Brown With Scantling, But Only a Blow With His Fist

            There is in the murderer’s cell of the Glynn county jail at present an old-time-Georgia darkey, who says he is 63 years old, but from all appearances, he is not a day less than 80.
            And this old negro is on a very serious charge, one that may cost him his life, but he does not seem to realize what he has done.
            This old negro, Charley Harvey by name, is the man who murdered Mr. Brown at Owens’ store, near Bladen, on last Tuesday night, a full account of which appeared in yesterday’s TIMES-CALL.  Harvey was not seen after the murder was committed until yesterday morning, when he came to Brunswick and surrendered to Sheriff Berrie.
            A representative of the TIMES-CALL went to the jail to see the old negro, and he was found asleep in his cell, and it took several good knocks on the iron door to awake him from his slumbers.  The reporter told the old-timer that he wanted an honest account of how the killing occurred, and he started off:
            “Well, boss, I never did think dat I would be behind dese bars for killin’ a white man, but I is, I spose,” said Harvey, and then he went on to tell his story, which, in substance, was as follows:
            Mr. Brown was employed as a clerk in Mr. Owens’ store, and the negro was also employed by Mr. Owens at his residence.  He wanted some whiskey, and says that Mr. Owens told him to go to the store and get it, but Mr. Brown refused to let the darkey have it without the money, and a quarrel was the result.  According to the negro’s statement, he was followed out of the store by Mr. Brown, and was struck across the head twice by him with a piece of wood, although he showed no signs of any blows.  The negro says that he then picked up a piece of scantling, but that Brown took it away from him, and he hit him (Brown) with his fist just above the right ear, and that he fell to the ground, his head hitting heavily on the hard ground, “and if he am dead, boss, dat is jes what kilt him,” said the negro.  Harvey said that he then left the scene of the difficulty and as soon as he was informed that Mr. Brown was dead, he started to Brunswick to surrender to the sheriff, and rented a boat to com over from Fancy Bluff.  He reached the city about 10:30 o’clock yesterday morning, went directly to the jail, and told the above story.
            So far, we have heard of no eye witnesses to the killing, and it is, therefore, impossible to give Brown’s side of the case.  The negro said that there were two people who saw it all, but if it is true, they have not let it be known.






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