White Woman Outraged by Negro Fiend
Victim A Gentle, Refined And Highly Connected Lady—Assaulted in Her
Home Saturday Night While Alone For A Few Minutes—Life
Threatened If Outcry Made---Three Negroes Tracked
By Blood Hounds Arrested—Diligent Efforts
Made To Get The Guilty One.
TROUBLE FEARED AND TROOPS SENT BY GOVERNOR
Troops Shoot Jas. A. Ray and Wound Two Others Monday Night When
They Imagine Masked Men About to Storm the Jail—Citizens
Very Angry After Shooting and Demand Removal
of Troops—Negroes and Soldiers Sent
* Away On Special Train.
Good Citizens Testify No Masked Men—Shooting Started At Jail And Jail Not Fired
On—No Mob Attempted to Storm Jail.
This community has been pass
• - log through a season of tragedy
and intense feeling since last
Saturday night. Before the day
light was gone last Saturday even
ing a white woman was assaulted
and brutally outraged by a masked
negro. Three suspected negroes
were arrested and lodged in jail.
Fearing that the people would
rise in anger and anticipate the
processes of law, the county au
thorities called on the Governor
for troops to protect the prisoners.
The troops came Sunday evening,
remaining over Monday, and Mon
day night three citizens, without
provocation so far as the facts
upon investigation show, were
fired upon by the soldiers. One
was killed and two were wound
ed. Such is a brief, outline. Now
for the more important details.
Mrs. Riddle Assaulted.
Mr. A. A. Riddle, his wife and
child live in a cottage on the south
side of the street car line between
Graham and Barlington near the
power plant and on the side of the
.power plant next to Burlington.
Mr. Riddle had gone up town.
Mrs. Riddle had put her three
year-old child to bed and started
toward the front door. In the ball
she was met by a. masked negro
with a pistol and warned not to
make any outcry. He forced her
into her sitting room and accom
plished his brutal purpose. Mrs.
Riddle, a gentle and refined wo
man, with no one near to help her
was powerless in the hands of the
brute. The negro told her he
knew where her husband was
when she said he was coming, and
that he knew her neart st neigh
bor was not at home. To add to
the horror of the crime Mrs. Rid
dle was in a delicate condition.
No alarm was given by Mrs. Rid
dle as she expected her husband
to return i,n a few minutes, which
Officers were notified and blood
hounds were brought from Raleigh
and placed on the trail. The two
hounds Were used separately and
both followed the trail to the
Rainey Hospital, where Arthnr
Veasey and George Troxler were
arrested, and Will Lee, another
negro who worked at the hospital,
was not there with Veasey and
Troxler, but was arrested at the
home of his father. All were
lodged in jail. The negroes were
carried before Mrs. Riddle, but
■he could not identify either, as
THE ALAMANCE GLEANER.
4 CORONER'S INQUEST HELD
there was no light on at her home
at the time and the negro having
a handkerchief tied over his face
that concealed his features.
The news of the crime spread
like wild-fire and hundreds of
people thronged the streets in the
vicinity of the jail all day Sun
An investigation was started at
once by Sheriff Story and his
deputies and Mr. E. S. Parker, Jr.,
county attorney, and others to
ascertain, if possible, who was the
guilty party. The whereabouts
of Lee and Veasey were more
reasonably accounted for at the
time the crime was committed
than were those of Troxler. In
truth, Troxler made a number of
statements which were at variance
The people were angry, justly
so, and as a matter of precaution
the Governor was asked for troops
to protect the prisoners in event
a mob should form and attempt to
administer summary punishment.
A machine gun company was seut
from Durham, part of them com
ing by truck and automobile and
the others on the evening train.
Throughout the day the people
came and went and congregated
about the jail. There was no un
due excitement and no concerted
attempt to force the jail, so far as
can be learned. At one time two
men went to one of the doors of
the jail and kicked the door, but
this demonstration caused no un
easiness. At another time a crowd
of boys called for the deliverance
of the prisoners.
The crowd was talked to by
Mr.'E. S: Parker, Jr., and others,
who explained they were doing all
they could to locate the guilty
one, that only one of the prison
ers could be guilty of the crime,
and that to do a rash act would
Involve two innocent men. Sheriff
Story and his depnties were on
the scene all day and explained
There were many people on the
streets about the jail all day long.
Men came in autos with their
wives and daughters and children,
and young men and yonng women
drove by and tarried for a while.
Instead of mobs storming the jail,
according to reports sent out, the
crowd seemed rather bent on see
ing what was going on.
At nightfall, while there was
still lots of people on the streets.
Troops Asked For.
GRAHAM, N. C., THURSDAY. JULY 22 1920
things were orderly and the peo
ple were not unreasonable. The
soldiers were on guard and a feel
ing of security prevailed. It was
the same way all day Monday, bat
here the opportunity,to take the
prisoners away and remove the
trfmpation was lost, the prisoners
being held here, it is stated, to
enable the attorneys and officers
to pursue their investigations.
The Shooting Monday Night.
Monday was a quiet day in Gra
ham and few more than those who
came on business were in town. The
feeling about the henious crime was
still running high, as it naturally
would. It was a showery day. In
the early part of the night there was
a heavy shower, during which for an
instant the lights went out, caused
by electric disturbance.
Tbis was abont 9:30 o'clock, and
it was then the first shot was heard.
-In a few minutes people had come
out from their, homes and gathered
on the court house square. Howard
Moser, small son of the jailer, ran np
to the American Cafe and told that
lights were out at the jail. VV. W.
Phillips and Jas. A. Kay came out
from the cafe and walked down to
ward the jail. The cafe fronts on
court' house square and is on same
side of W. Elm St. as the jail. It
h about 160 yards from the court
house square to the jail lot and the
jail stands off from Elui street about
75 feet.. Phillips lives on this same
street and on same side as jail and
cafe. W. H. Bos well lives next door
to Ph illips and his is last house go
ing from court house to jail. Ray
and Phillips were joined by Clem
Bradshaw who lives on same side ol
same street some 300 feet west of
jail. When these three got about
even with the end of Boswell's bouse
toward the jail they saw a soldier on
the northeast corner of jail lot. IJe
did not bail them nor say anything.
They saw the flash of his automatic
It waa then and there that al'
three were hit. Mr. R»y wait shot
through both of hi* upper thigh*
and both femoral arteries wjre sev
ered. He got back about :H) yard*
from where he waa when abut, and
fell. A bullet went through the
calf of Phillips* leg and a bullet
bart-ly brushed Bradabaw'a leg. Ray
waa picked up, but aaia he wax
dying. He Waa raalind t» Rainey
Hospital bat waa dead when the
Hospital wqs reached. While the
Bhooting was going on two volleys
ware fired by machine gunß.
Mr. lioswell's house was pierced
by three bullets, two of which have
been found aud are 45 calibre pistol
Phillips says the ball that went
; through his leg was a pistol ball,
i The ball that ended Ray's life was
cut out and is also a pistol ball.
From where these three men were
shot to where the soldier was firing
his Cok's automatic is not over 115
feet, and from all the evidence the
soldier was firing point blank.
The people gathered rapidly about
the oourt house square after the
shooting. Many of, them were very
augry and used strong language.
At no time had Berioui trouble been
more imminent. Good citizens,
cool and • deliberate under ordi
nary circumstances, demanded
that the .troops be moved as
quickly as possible. Mr. Parker
called for the Governor and got
Adj't. Gen. Melts who got a special
train in Raleigh and came to Gra
ham. The soldiers and the three
negroes were out of town before six
o'clock Tuesday morning.
Dr. R. M. Troxler, the coroner,
held an inquest Tuesday morning.
Solicitor S. M. Qattis of Hillsboro
was present and assisted the coro
The evidence taken and witnesses
examined were as follows:
G. Allen Mebaue; At Lynn B.
Williamson's and heard one or
more shots about the jail followed
by firing of a machine gnn.
W. W. Phillips, proprietor of
American Cafe: - Was in cite,
Howard Moser ran in and said
lights were out. Phillips, Jas. A.
Ray and Clem Bradshaw walked
dorn toward jail to W. H. Bos
well's house to see what the trouble
was. A soldier on the corner at
a telephone post shot three tiuien;
then a machine gun started. They
ran back. A second volley was
fired from a machine gun. Was
hit by a pistol shot. Saw no one
but (he soldier and a man across
the'street. Heard one shot before
leaving cafe. It was dark at the
jail. Was in speaking distance of
soldier, who said nothing. Man
on Ed. Shoe's porch shot at three
times. Heard no order to fire.
Thos. Hadley: Was at court
house; walked by postoffice and
drug store, up rouud tbe block
and down Maple street down to
ward jail to W. Elm St. Jail was
dark except a light at north door.
Heard order to shoot. First shot
came from second story of jail.
Then machine guu commenced
while pistol was shooting. lie
ran between Ed Shoe's house and
the Fire House. Thought he saw
man run out of east door of jail.
This man shot at him. Machine
gun seemed to be on north porch
of jail. Only light here. First
shot was from window. Saw only
three invn (W. W. Philips, Jas. A.
Eay and Clem Bradshaw); saw no
one else. Side-walk around jail
was dead line. Heard 6 or 7 pistol
Howard Moser (about 14, son of
jailer): Soldier sent him and
Wui. Moore up town for officer.
Heard someone say turn off liglfts;
heard pistol; ran up town. Kan
behind house when machine gun
fired. Followed behind Phillips,
Kay and Uradshaw. Saw Bor 10
men going down street toward Mr.
L. Banks Holt's; they cam«? back
and went toward corn patch. No
men in jail but soldiers. Didn't
know soldier that shot,
Clem Uradshaw: At oafe; start
ed home; caught up with Moser
boy, then with Kay and Phillips.
Soldier at telephone poet was
shooting at man at Fire House.
Shot 3 or 1 times. First shot
beard was at telephone pole.
Heard no one say anything. Close
euouirh behind Ray and Phillips
to touch them. Was few feet past
Boswell's house. Soldier says to
soldier "git them."
Jim Clapp: At home In lied 75
feel away; beard 3 or 4 shots.
.Souuded from jail. Weuton back
porch. Then machine guu com
menced; liule later machine gun
agaiu. Saw and heard uo one.
J. M. Phillips: At froutof cnfe;
beard pistol shot; Mover boy ran
iu HHd said lights out at ja.il.
Walked oat, heard one shot,
sounded like rifle; heard 2 or 3
other shots; saw no one.
P. A. Ilolt: Heard shooting,
got up, went out, looked up street
saw no one, went back to bed,heard
bullet* pass over house. Next
morning went to corn patch, saw
one track; not enough rain to
wash out tracks.
Mcßride Holt: In bed, heard
pistol and machine gun. Visited
corn patch; no evidence of any
one being there. Cora shot up.
Ross Henderson: Heard 50
masked men were in coru patch;
went to coru patch and saw only
lioyd Trolinger (uight police):
At Fire House before shooting;
saw no one. Dolph Moser asked
what was the trouble. Soldier
said there was a crowd of masked
men. Saw no one; light euough
to see. Asked about corn patch—
said he saw one track.
J. P. Smith: Live across street
from jail, wag in bed. Someone
said "halt." Heard pistol, sonnd
ed from Fire House. Looked out
of window, soldier walked toward
corner, shot 3 or 4 times. Tnen
machine gun and other shots.
Saw no one on streets.
Cbas. A. Scott: At Lynn B.
Williamson's, heard one shot, mo
ment or two two shots; then ma
chiuoguri. Went out. Machine
gun agaiu. No crowd.
Kobt. L. Holmes (Mayor): Saw
no foot prints in com patch.
Dutch Clapp: WHS at sister's
(just south of jail), started up
street, "halted," went back, saw
no one. Had been no mhchine
gun yet. Saw (ire of pistol shot
from porch; then pistol and ma
chine gun shooting.
Verdict of Coroner'* Jury,
Be it remembered that oh the
20th day of July, 1920, I, R. M.
Troxler, M. D , Coroner of said
county, attended by a jury of
good and lawful men, viz: A. W.
Norwood, J. D. Lee, A. B. Nichol
son, H. W. Scott, W. J. Nicks and
R. U. Foster, by me summoned
for the purpose, according to law,
and after being by me duly sworn
and impaneled, at Graham, in
Graham township, Alamance coun
ty, did hold an inquest over the
dead hody of James A. Ray, and
after Inquiring into the faots and
circumstances of the death of the
deceased, from a view of the
corpse and consideration of all
testimony to be procured, the jury
find as follows, to-wit:
That we And from the evidence
presented to us that James A.
Ray met his death by a gun shot
wound, gun fired by some member
of the Durham Machine Qnn Com
pany in charge of Captain Fowler,
which Company was stationed at
the county jail, on the night of
July 19th, 1920, at about 9 o'clock.
We And no evidence whatever
that any attack was being made
on the jail.
The above list of witnesses exam
ihed are among the best citizens of
this community and what they say
is worthy of credit.
Ed Shoe lives diagonally across
'about 120 feet northeast of the jail
lot corner from where the soldier
used the automatic. It was at his
porch where Thos. I lad ley was fired
at 3or 4 times. Hadley ran between
Shoe's house and the Fire House 15
feet away. One bul'et hit the porch
and two the Fire House. The only
persons he saw were the soldier and
the three inen--Kay, Phillips and
Bradshaw —on tbe opposite side of
JaH. P. Smith lives 011 name side of
street as Shoe and about the same
Jim Clapp liven west of jail about
100 feet and lot adjoins jail lot.
None of these saw any masked
men or the semblance of a mob.
As to the jail being fired upon, if
the statements to that effect are cor
rect, there should be found some
bullet marks, but none has been
found. Ho misleading have been
the reparts that the citizens of this
com-nunity have heen severely and
unjustly criticised by the leading
daily papers of the State.
Aa investigation is being demand
ed— it is doe this community. There
should be no whitewashing.
Mr. Win. H. Albright Dead.
Mr. Wm. H. Albright died about
3:30 o'clock this morning at his
home here in the 44th year of his
age. He wa« born here and lived
here all his life.
Two we»ks ago Mr. Albright
went to Asheville on account of his
health. He was suffering from
heart and dropsical troubles. The
doctors advised him that they could
do no more for him than his home
doctors could, and he returned
For a number oF years deceased
conducted a market business here,
which he sold a few weeks ago. He
had lotsof friends and acquaintances
who will regret to hear of his death.
lid is survived by his widow, who
was a daughter of the late Elbridge
Foust of the southern part of the
county, and two small children—a
boy and girl, two half brothers—
Thos. A. and Jas. D Albright, and
two half sisters —Mrs P. A. Mitch
ell and Mrs. J. T Sbaw, also one
full sister, Mrs. Flora Savage of
Louisville, Ky. The burial will l>e
in Linwood Cemetery.
James A. Ray Boiled.
The remains of Jamqq A. Ray,
who met an untimely death Mondav
night by being shqf by a member of
the Durham Machine Gun Company,
were buried at New Providence Wed
nesday morning at 11 o'clock. The
Modern Woodmen of America, of
whi'ih he was a member, conducted
the burial service. A large con
course of people attended the funeral.
Mr. Ray was in his 48th year, lie
was big-hearted and kind and his
taking off is sincerely deplored by
all who knew him.
Deceased was twice married. He
is survived by a widow and eight
children, six of them by his last wife,
his aged mother and two brothers.
His oldest son, Rex, wa* in the
U. 8. Army and stationed at Norfolk,
iie was telegraphed to. and attended
—Mr. Jim W. McPherson has
opened an ice buinesa. His stand is
next to Graham Grocery Co.'s store.
—Regular drives of automobiles
have been passing through for sev
eral days past. Someone counted
26 in one of these droves a day or
two ago. They were south-bound.
The dealers got them shipped as far
as Baltimore and some other points
and had to drive them the rest of
■EFORT OF CONDITION OF
The Citizens Bank
At Graham In the State of North Carolina, at >
the clow of business, June 30, I#tO.
Loan* and discounts SM,tMB.BS '
Demand loan* 10;i:».2» ;
Overdraft* secured, f ; untie'l,
■U. H. Honda and Utterly Hond* 0,410.001
All other Btocka. Ilond* and Mort *
gages.. - 315 00
Furniture aud Fixture*.. 1.281.44
Liberty Loan Bond* 347.00!
Caah In vault and net ain't due from
Hanks, I tanker*, andTruat Co.'* j
Cash item* held over U hour* 'JT6.2O
Check* for clearing 1,301.1* .
Total.. $ wijznjn \
Capital stock 10,0U0AO j
Hurplus fund 1,000.00
Undivided pro III*, lew currentex
pensr* and tales paid 3,7)18.48 |
O.vldeod* unpaid Si .oo
Bill* payable - 5500.40
Deposit* subject to check .
Time Certificate* of Depoalt. 2.&08 24
Having* IX'pOnlta. .. 11,061.20
(.ashler's Check*outstanding £X) 87 j
Certified Check* SOJ.UO
Due to National Hanks tMljjn
Accrued interest Due depositur*-,... 510.00
Domestic aud Foreign Acceptances,
"pewlal dap. ;«5.a» I
Total * «7jr»K;
State ol North Carolina. County of Ala
mance, July 17, IWO.
I, J. H. Cook, Secretary of the aboye
named bank, do solemnly swear that tbe
above statement I* true to the best of my
knowledge and belief.
J. P. COOK, Secretary.
Subscribed and sworn to before at, this
rth day of July, HMO.
W. E. HABON. Notary Public. ,j
My commission expire* Sept. 17, 192 i
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