December 10, 1902
Last Saturday evening C. D. Covington, Henry Futch, Tom Ferguson and others “donned their war paint,” and for a time made matters very lively on Main street in Farmerville. It looked as if a regular “knock down and drag out” affair would be the result. Failing to quiet the belligerents, Marshal Dawson called upon Sheriff Murphy and a few citizens to assist him in arresting them. Covington resisted the officers, and as Sheriff Murphy grabbed him, Covington cut at him in a violent manner with his knife. Luckily Mr. Murphy received only a slight wound in his side just above the hip, but his coat and vest were ripped for several inches by Covington’s knife. Covington was then overpowered and carried to jail, but was released Monday on a $350 bond. A charge of cutting with attempt to kill was preferred against him. As the matter will be given judicial investigation, we withhold comment further than to state bare facts.