Lawlessness in Marion

The Gazette
May 29, 1901

For the past several months it appears that a few people, to use the slang expression, “had it in” for certain business men of Marion.

Law and order has been quite an unknown quantity for as long as a week at a time in that town.

Disturbances of the peace, loud and boisterous talking, the use of obscene and profane language have been indulged in ad infinitum; but the climax was reached when early last week some hoodlums willfully and maliciously fired into the store house of Mr. J. H. Roark, damaging the building as well as some merchandise therein.

Mr. Roark anticipated a repetition of that infernal deed last Thursday night, and arming himself with a shotgun loaded with buckshot he concealed, himself underneath his store to await results. About midnight two men on horseback began shooting into the store, and Mr. Roark returned the “compliment,” but unfortunately he was not in position to take good aim. He did not hit his man, but merely struck his horse, breaking the poor animal’s leg. It was left to die to atone for the sin of its rider.

The horse turned out to be the property of G. W. Cox. He and Wilkins Miller were arrested, charged with the crime. They waived preliminary trial and gave bond in the sum of $150 each to await the action of the grand jury.

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