They Quarreled and They Fought

The Gazette
August 30, 1899

They quarreled and they fought. One is dead and the other is in jail. This briefly tells the result of an altercation between two young negroes named Jess Gilbert and Gus Johnson, which occurred Sunday about noon near Cherry Ridge. Mr. C. H. Cherry gives us the following particulars of the tragedy: Johnson, the one who was killed, followed Gilmore to his yard from a bathing pond. Here they quarreled and Johnson grabbed Gilmore by the collar. The latter jerked loose and picking up a billet of wood, warned his adversary not to come to him. Johnson heeded not the warning, and as he advance on Gilmore he received a blow across the head that produced death in 6 to 8 hours. Gilmore was arrested and lodged in jail Monday.

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