October 16, 1901
A very strange thing occurred at Haynesville last Thursday night. At about one o’clock that night, someone entered the sleeping room of a young lady, Miss Lee, who was boarding at Mr. Arthur Brown’s and severely choked her. Miss Lee says that it was a woman. We understand that two tracks were found, one of a woman and the other of a man. Dogs were brought from Magnolia, but they did not trail the tracks, and the strange attack upon the young lady remains a profound mystery.
Miss Lee was preparing to open a millinery business at Haynesville. A few nights before the choking episode, the building in which she expected to open business was destroyed by fire under rather peculiar circumstances. It looks as if there was a purpose on the part of some person or persons to prevent Miss Lee from remaining in Haynesville.
These occurrences have, of course, created something of a sensation in the thriving village of Haynesville. We learn that the citizens of that place propose to investigate the matter thoroughly and prove it to the bottom if possible — Homer Guardian Journal.