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THE WA IfNEoVILLE MOUNTAINEER
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1932
The Rose Case Told Briefly
A brief resume of the Rose trial in
story form (as gathered from the
witness stand Monday and Tuesday.)
The child was playing in the yard!
of the hotel and was approached by I
Rose, who told her an animal from,
the circus was loose and that she had!
better come with him and he would I
protect her. She went with him to I
his -'00111 'where the alleged attack j
is said to have been committed.
The child told no one of this until i
2:.'!0 oil .Sunday afternoon lief ore I
i .abor Day. t
After le:ivinir the hotel on the Sat-1
urday night on which the crime was
.-(uppnsod t'o have been committed.
Rose went to a cafe in Negro Town
and .'-.laved until about 11 o'clock,
t hi n went tn his home and .j bed.
The ne.v; morning he reported to
work at the hotel about ::() and was
t.dd th-t lie was no longer needed.
He went to his room, gathered up his
clothes, and returned to his home,
telling the hotel officials that he would
return latei that morning for his
money. At y;;u no went uuck mi uie
hotel' for his salary and found that
many guests had arrived and he was
offered work for the next few days.
At ':: that afternoon (Sunday)
the manager of the hotel called him
into conference together with the
child ami the hotel clerk. Ros,. de
nied the charge and ran from the
hotel after being beaten by hotel of
ficials. On leaving the hotel, he went to
the lower part of Main street and
hid under a bridge until dark. At
d: rk he went to a corn field, trying
to get away from a mob that he un
derstood was forming and looking
fr,r him. The field was surrounded
y men with guns and sticks and he
thought he had little chance to es
cape. At this point his faith in di
vin.. protection urged him to take
time to pray. After delivering his
oiaver he slipped from the corn
field within a few inches of a man with
a shot gun.
.''mm there he went home to get his
''ath !' pistol as he intended going
tl- rough the woods in an effort to
U uve the country. He was afraid he
would encounter bears and other
wild animals while traveling through
ll,e woods and this primptod him to
r;et a gun.
He slept in he woods Sunday night
.ml also Mondav night. Tuesday af-
! rncon hi slept in the woods and was
;:sleep when approached by members
of a nosse who were looking for
iiini. Taking the po-so to be a part
of mob. lie exchanged .-hot-; and then
left the scene to be apprehended
three miles down the .oi.l two hours
He was rushed ; Haywoo 1 co'inty
iail and placed there for s.:if(. keep
ing. The next afternoon he was
carried to Asheville in the rumble
seat of a car and kept there until a
week ago whe.i he was returned here
for a preliminary hearing.
1 FIGURED IN CAPTURE OF CHARLIE ROSE
CHARLIE ROSE IS GIVEN
10 TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON
(Continued from page one)
witness to t:ike the stand for the
state. Dr. Lancaster lesiihod that he
was called to see the child involved;
in the case about o'clock on Sunday
night beioie Labor Da v. He said he
examined the chiii. in the room of h"i
i. the hotel where Uuy were
Solicitor Queen represented
iti with this witae-.. and dec rge
.hild was ;.:c .'innaiiie I t the
by tier .uoUier. i cniui was
and taikeu in a lifm soft
Dr. Abel told of the condition he
found the girl when he examined
I In r on Mondav morning alter trie
alleged attack on Saturday.
A. '. Craft, former operator of
the hotel where the alleged crime was
siiid to nave taken place, followed
Dr, Abel to the stand and testified
f l .-ol
. c for
nul answered questions without
ix A I
()nl. once' or twU'
:p- in"' he- uio,r
wiring tlie questions
he qui .
1 he was
t i Vi
li'.e.l I lie
five and :
they go down in
said, -oniting to
fa : mmmmJ,
tion and Solicitor Queen examined the
witness from this point on. State
ments by Rose in answer to Solicitor
Queen's questions were in part:
"I did not sleep in a house Sunday.
I slept in the woods.'
"1 didn't go to any house for Sun-
I day 'ught supper or monuay wcii
.fxi Ididn't have any appetite. I
was upset. I had some of the sand
wiches when Mr. Ducket and Mr.
Lee got me."
"I did not fire any shots after
shooting at the first men. I did not
-hem alter going over the hill."
When thesp men lime up on me
1 thought they was a mob so I start
ed shooting, but did not know where."
Mr John Bovd was over be-
1 yon 1 the gap and was there when the
! iio n wanted to lynch me. Mr. John
j got them to bring me to jail ami
save me-'' ,
Ros,. left the stand exactly at 12:10,
1 f:.r being on the stand for 55 min-
Tin defer.se told the court that their
I i ihi i witness was not in court and
asked that cou"t take a noon recess
at that time. Recess was ordered
t'ier Judge Sink had commended the
nectators for the manner in which
tbev had acted duiing the trial- The
ndup.-e was praised for being quiet
and dignified. Only twice up until
this time of the trial had Judge Sink
cal'ed for order-
Recess was taken until 1:15.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON j
n behalf of the
state. Mr. (raft
that Charlie Rose was work
th,. hotel at the time as hall-
hose duty it was to clean halls
;itli rooms at the hotel.
Craft testified that he learned
alleged assault on Sunday af-
ii. He immediately sent for
and asked him if the charges
we e true- Fose answered that he
was not guilty. Whereupon Mr.
Ci aft thought of calling officers and
iiitvmit-d holding the hall-boy until
.he olhcers arrived. Rose was hit
over th,.. head three times with a mop
h iidle. according to Mr. Craft. The
handle, was broken (luring the affray.
Rose is then said to h.ive - run
through the hotel to the kitchen and
then he encountered the hotel clerk
littjt, j who is said to have hit Rose several
times with his fist. As Rose left the
hotel Mr. Craft said he gr'iobed two
milk bottles trom off a shelf and had
tell me where good
requested the attorney
go to heaven." was
She continued her testimony by
-fating that Ch-i'die (the defendant
in the case.) told her an animal 1 rom
the circus was loose and that she had
better ci;me with him. She then
pointed him out in the court room and I
said that he was the one who took
her to his room which was down
stairs in the hotel. She further test
ified that he put her on his bed and
then is when the attack was said to
have been made.
''Charlie held his hand over my
mouth so I could not scream, even I sworn
when someone knocked on the door.i ! red Caldwell
The above picture fas made a few hours afte,- Charlie Rose had been lodged in' jail here on
Tuesday, September (1, after Kill Ray, deputy sheriff had been killed during a gun-battle between
a posse and Rose. The four men on the right testified in court Tuesday just how they found Rose
anil how he was apprehended :i milesdown Highway No. 284. Reading left to right: A. B. Smart,
state highway patrolman, who Rose said saved his lite bv grabbing him by the seat of the pants and
pushing him in jail before the crowd could get him. Rill Cole who found Rose in the bushes and
was fired at bv the negro. S. H. Stevenson, was with Cole and was fired at also. W. T. Lee, Jr., is
holding the pistol that he found on Rose when he and Horace Ducket caught him. Fred Caldwell,
chief of police, was a member of the posse after Rose and he i.'rred several shots at Rose's feet while
the negro was tiring at Cole and Stevenson...
testimony thc. child
case and her mother
court room. This y.
The child's niotlvr
: land and Felix All?
for the state and C
t be defense.
The witness .seem.
ally recovered -fro
t h- afternoon befor
weak ; look the .stair
clear easy (lelibeiai.
-!-!;e ilescnoed no
v a 1
is ;it 10:1 r,.
was called to the
V questioned lit r
eorge Ward for
I to have t yc
ii her dliiess of
-, although sti'i
I and spoke in a
too of voice.
looked lor her
he was accused of
in his hands defying anyone to
"bother him. '
11HM MORNING I
.o',,.'-l'ter oil the afierr.i
' 'ged attack. She cal'v
-ver. sh said. A visit
i.vv revealed that her
m5 the -e. She res' iiin!
without a nurse on S
one She was on ih
V, T. Lee. Jr
in - to take the
oi . apprehending
:n!':i farm on
al mi: .()::)() in th
in of the til
.'d. hut no an
to the neit;h
! that th
in dav or
v. ,1-, i he next
m I Mi I
lint at Dave
Hi,;lu'. ,i' No
.ifternoi .1 of '
He would not let me call mother."
"Why didn't vou tell your mother
"Charlie said he would kill me if
"When did vou ted your mothcri"
"The next dav."
Upon 'further questioning, the c-hildl KhevifV, was killed on the
(ouit convened Tuesday morning
with th court room filled with mtev
ct.ted spectators and the gallery
packid to overflowing. and little
t:inding room in the halls left.
The state opened with W. T. Lee.
Jr.. 1-red ( aid well. Horace Duckett,
Bill t ole. and t. H. Stevenson being
chief of police of
this city, was the first to take the
stand, with Solicitor Queen for the
state and George Ward for th(. de
tense making the examination.
Chief Caldwell described the sceno
ol the shooting in the near colored
nmunitv where Will Ray, deputy
-tated that her mother undressed her
that night (Saturday) and put her
to bed. and that her mother also
diessnd he - the next morning This
f:'ct wa- brought
amination by Geo
Mr. Ward also dwelt
that two Color
ployed at times by th
He iskc 1 th ih 1
not told her , to
Charlie." The ehi
out in cross
go A aril for
oil: tile fact I
nurses were cm-
"if the nurse had
tell that tale on
.question leading tip
this question wdten
fainted and . had to; be carried
but of the court room. . This was at
3:15.:, At .'!:':'.0 Judge Sink again took
the bench and resumed court. . The
mother of the child revived some few
minutes later in the room of the
court sicnographe" and was earned
from the court house, being too weak
to walk; ...jc and I don't know where tae other
Just prior to the . fainting of the went. 1 returned the fire with 1 shots "
mother, the child testified . that she . Cole testified that after Rose had
had told her nurse about the attack r.hot at him and Stevenson that he
before she told her mother. (Rose) ran into a house and then
Attending physicians said the over the. hill in the direction of where
child's '.mother could not attend court iibev had left Ray
Sentember .while looking for Charlie'
R ise. ( hiet Caldwell brought out
t'- t he heard Hill Cole call halt, and'
their heard some shooting. It was
then, h,. said- that Rose ran into Pat-i
i"i s house and out immediately. He
said Mayol- Howell : swore out the
warrant which he was trying to serve.
He. .-aid he shot twice at Rose, but did
not see Rose div any of the shooting.
.Ten' ."or twelve shots were fired during
affray, he testified, : .
hill ( ole was the next wiuiess to
be called. . lie stated,, upon question-
that. (,'hief Caldwell and Steven
son had asked, hi'm lo go with them to
'.. ik for Rose. When near Patton's
house he saw the 'negro in tlie bushes,
at this point Cole was about 25, feet
ewav. be said. He said Rose threw
r.n his pistol and fired three shots at
him l Cole). .Cole said, "one went by
hiv left ear. the other by mv right
mi until th
e 1 1 in
d !. lib rately in
I v. o
i ; oom
iiia. I will tar
month. 1 was
le and .spent
t'e here. I was
nil afternoon with Sam I
white man. We cleaned up
and boiler room a; the
e linished about 7 o'clock,
to iiiy i'oonl for a fev nun-
then we both left togeuier
went . to
After I left Mr.
i cale in colored
' vn and stayed there until about
ll:(io o'clock and then went home
and went to bed. 1 went to work at
th hotel about 6:oO the next morning,
and the housekeeper told me that the
.-OM. f ii..rr liMnrnliK unfl iViJit their did
v, M'ptemDor t.. v.neii i.ee aad ..... ,,,,,i ,,, iinv lonyer. I went
his companion, Horace Duckett, came ,,,,. ... mv yitnm n,i .,i. mv cl0thes
upon Rose, he. (Rose) held up one .,,, t(l).j tu hnnsekeener I would be
l and, he said. A pistol was m.tu-ed hru.k lslter in thp morning for my pay.
in the other, it was said. There were -. ,cm,nC() ai,out 9:."0 and they said
three white men n the ci'r in which .,.. .,.,., .,... had arrived
Ros,. was placed, nnf! that they wanted me to work for
Horace Duckett :1km took the stand a few days longer. I remained on the
mil testined tnat lie aim i.ee louna Moo until dinner tnon l toon my reg'
Rose, where Mi. Lie nad said. He ular Sunday hour oil, I got back
ml lurther. "We called to Rose to t,, the hotel about ;::10 o'clock and
top. as we noticed he only had one Mr. Craft called me and said he
hand up and the other stuck in the wanted to see me. I went and met
bushes. Then Roue got down on his h mi in the linen room with his clerk,
knees and put the pistol between his Mr. Craft then told the clerk that if
knees and put both hands up, Rose I tried to get away to knock me down
enied that; he had killed anybody.' with a chair and kill me. I inquired
S. H. Stevenson, superintendent of d tl-e clerk, what they wanted with
, . , , . ., . -. I.. i u U.,. r TV,nv
leni-i and tire cniei oi mis cuv was ne aim nc .-.no ui i .
he next to follow Duckett to the M ( raft and the little girl came m
tand. Mr. Stevenson testified. "I pi.vl .Mr. ( raft tried to get the little
.... ... , .. . ,, . ept .--.1
was witn lui- and i met i aiiiweiii c ii i io uii'iiuij ine. i n( om
hen we went to find Rose. 1 heard seem to know what Mr. tratt was
ill cell halt and heard thre,. shots. Malking about. When the girl left,
iw Rose in the bushes and 1 tired at .Mr. Cr;tt and his clerk started nit-
, , il.: ,1... ...:-u ., w...
i'S legs. Kose returned s. snots anu vtjig me., over me .nrair vnui i mun
n i.-m .iivtho direction where we handle and a broom handle, 1 hev
left Rav.. 1 went in the l'atton house eoth couldn't fight me in the small
w-Mi Chief Caldwell looking for Rose, room so the clerk- dropped his broom
Ail the shots that were fired was in i'-o to the officers, out was afraid af.
' or 1 minutes time, I also heard 2 through.- th,. door and the clerk
quick shots in stu'cessidn a little knocked me down with his fist.
':it r." I "'l was to'.d that :'4 mob was coming
Air. Stevenson was . the last Wit- to get mo and kill me. I wanted to
.Ufnto . Tin. slat., rested go to tile oiucers, out was airaid li
th,. ease at 1 1 :;).
At this time th
ten inmute recess.
. The interest in the
crowing, and few- if
'heir. seat, awaiting
nt.i ei the defense.
jury." was given
ter they told me that. I ran
from them to keep from getting kill
ed. 1 went through the back of the
court room was hotel and down Main street to the
mv moved froml ondge at the foot of the hill. I hid
the develop-1 uniier t, , bridge until 1 saw a color-
i toici nun to
again during tnis session (Monday i
at ternnon) . so the next state witness,
Dr. J. V Abel, was called to the stand. I
"About 15 or IS shots were fired,
Just as Mr. Cole v.-as comideting his
Rose and his mother showed little
iens ot earine-s afier a dav and
'vlf (f "'trial '.for the 17-year-old boys'
The defense placed the defendant. on
ho stand at 11:15..
After answering a few .minor qucs-
ions asked by George W ard. Rose told
! his own words just what trars
rured between Sunday afternoon,
I i d f riend passing anil
tell the -officers to come and g'.'t nu. j
was afraid the mob would got me
when I had not done -anything. I
stayed under the bridge until dr.rk
then 1 went into the corn field near
the bridge, thinking I could get home,
hile I was, in the corn field the fire
engine with the siren blowing and a
whole' lot ot cars surrounded the
held where I was. I ami 1 see that
the assault. ,h( men had sticks and guns and were
captured on, trying to find .no.
miles from I "I km w 1 was sum tnded and nad
litt.e ihance to .. escape, so i just
prayed to my 'Lord to protect and
help me out. I walked around in that
lie! and passed from thi: field by a
nun with a shot gun. 1 was so close
t him I could have .touched him- I
didn't recognize him.. After getting
at of the field I made for home.
i i. ..... . . . -vi.. t;. ir... . i.e.-
. , ..i : ii g oaei uit o.v tiiu. .'".-eu
September M home. .
' -Wh ii 1 saw that the spirit of the
.n:u was t kill mo I thought it best
:o get away, and 1 knew the high
ways were no place for me, so I went
niie and got my father's pistol and
-. nu cartridges, 'cause I knew if I
went through the woods T might
Hi.ee sme beais or other animals and
i -oil!. I need a gun for protection.
"1 did not eat supper Sunday
night, or breakfast -Monday morning.
1 slept in the woods Sunday night,
with a heavy coat for cover. I went
to my home Monday and made me
eight ham sandwiches and gor ready
to leave this country through the
"Monday night I slept in the woods
ml was asleep in som, brush late
Tuesday, 'cause I was tired. I heard
someone walking and looked up and
saw a private citizen about .10 feet
from me. Bullets were sizzing by, my
head and I was afraid the mob was
after me. I did not see any officers.
I starting shooting, but did not hit
"After the shooting there I Went
down the road and found some citizens
down the-e with guns, and one man
hot at me with a shor.gun, but none
"!' the shot hit me. I went on and
s w Mr. Lqe and Mr. Duckett. and I
av(. up to them. There was some
on men in the car '.vlien they go'-,
".ip there. One of them said that I
.-.d killed Hi". Ray. That was the
first time I knew thi't Rill Ray had
eern killed- T wis told that I de-
etved to die, and they, slapped me
everal times. One cf. them int mej
ever the head. Tivy started to ar
um among themselves where they
would takp me o lyn.di me. They
i-e-e ni'gtiii-.r,- abaut this "hen ifiicer
Smart rode tip and said they would
' rve to tak, me :; j:-ii. I ti M M :.
Duckett thai I was innocent and ; sit
ed him to help me. He said he' would
e i what he could. It was Mr. Smart
and Duckett that go- litem to bring
me to Tail. When we were coming
down Main street they ..would holler
Hit i'tid tell the folks that they had
the negro.: When wo r.ot to the court
house door Mr. Smart, the speed-cop-grabbed
me by the seat of the pants
rind .pushed 'me. through the door be.
":! the crowd could reach me." . ,
At this point in the testimony Mr.
Ward questioned Rose if he had even
nut his hands on the girl he is al
leged to have assaulted. RosP re
plied, "I never put my hands on her "
The defense resr.od its examine-
Long before court convened the
seats were being filled and when
Judge Sink went to the bench few
cnts remained vacant. These were
filled within a few minutes.
Sam Melton, a defense witness, took
the stand, with M. G. Stamey making
the examination. Mr. Melton said ke
was caretaker of the hotel and that
he had worked with Rose from 2
o'clock to 4 o'clock on Saturday of
September ,'S, He saw Rose off and
on during the remainder of the af
ternoon, but was not with him con--tmtly
f"om 4 o'clock on, he con
cluded. The little child was again called
to the stand. This timP the defense
called her. She denied talking to Mr.
Craft, but said she saw Charlie on
Sunday, but had forgotten what was
said to Charlie by Mr. Craft.
After being on the stand for HI
minutes she was dismissed. Judge
Sink ;lso questioned her for a few
The defense rested its case at 1:50
The state then called further wit
nesses, these being John Boyd and
M ijor J. H. Howell.
Mr. Boyd, took the stand first and
testified that he was not at the scene
where Rose was captured at any time
that day. He said he did not see
Rose until after Rose had been
placed in jail that night.
Major Howell stated that he was
mayor of this city and that Fred
Caldwell was- chief of police of Way
m syille at the time and sonifi weeks
prior to September 3.
At 2:10 argument for the state was
begun ty ' W.. Roy . Francis. He ad
dressed the jury for exactly 19 min
utes. After Mr. Francis had completed
his argument, George Ward called for
Major Howell to take the stand for
futher. questioning. .
Upon Major Howell's retirement
from the stand, Alvin Ward made the
first argument for the defense.
A ten minute recess was given the
Felix Alley followed Mr. Ward with
the second argument for the state,
and M. G. Stamey made the second
argument for the defense.
The court adjourned at the conclu
sion of Mr- Stanley's argument.
WEDNESDAY MORNING J
Wednesday morning began thc
third day of the sensational Rose
case with thP interest still growing
and people from all parts of the coun
ty attending despite the threatening
clouds that looked as if a down pour
might begin at any tin; .
The first attorney to si ak Wednes
day morning was Geor;
Asheville, for the defense.
Mr. Ward s argument
Qui'lii closed the arguiv
Judge H, Hoyle Sin': began his
chaige to the jury a feV minutes be
fore noon and completed it at 12:47.
The judge warned the jury that it
should take all the evidence and
weigh it carefully and t v let no out
side force enter into theie minds when
making their decision.
Judge Sink read the law to them
pertaining to the charge and explain
ed that, there was four verdicts t ha!
could be returned in the 'ase.
Court adjourned until 2:30. Al
though several people remained li
tre court room.
While Judge Sink v is charging
th jury. Rose, who wa. sitting with
his mother, looked on calmly awl
showed no emotion. His mother look
ed en with, her head re sting in her .
hands., She showed sig.-.s oi the we
and a half days of the -rial Wednes
day noon for the first C me. " Charl :';.-.
looked n?ither to the rie'it not to the
left, hut straight: ahead at tha judge'.;
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