Shot His Wife’s Assailant. Charles Stallworth of Cuba Kills John Thomas

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Pickens County Herald and West Alabamian
Place of publication: Carrollton, Alabama
Date of publication: Aug 30, 1899 12:00 am
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Shot His Wife’s Assailant. Charles Stallworth of Cuba Kills John Thomas.

Tuscaloosa, August 23. Chas. Stallworth, of Cuba, a town on the Alabama Great Southern railroad, shot and killed John Thomas, a negro this morning. The shooting occurred in front of the Tuscaloosa courthouse. About four weeks ago Mr. Stalworth left home for Eutaw to sell some cotton, and was absent all night. John Thomas, the negro, was employed on the place as a machinist. During the night, in the absence of her husband, Mrs. Stallworth was awakened by the negro climbing In her window. He clutched her throat and attempted to assault her,. Mrs. Stallworth fought the matt and screamed for help. The oversee: who was in the house, hear her cry and came to her assistance. The brute escaped and disappeared, Mr, Stalworth has been looking for Thomas ever since, and yesterday he received intelligence of the negro being in Tuscaloosa. Thomas, before the trouble occurred had sent his bicycle to Tuscaloosa to be repaired, but retained the saddle and handlebars and , left them in the care of the agent at Cuba. Yesterday, the agent received a note from Tuscaloosa to ship the handle bars to this place, and suspecting that Thomas was here, sent word to Mr. Stallworth. The latter came up on the midnight train and this morning about six o’clock while sitting in front of the market house where his brother as a stall, he saw the negro he is after, crossing from the city to the court house. Mr. Stallworth ran across the street, and calling to the negro, said: “John, is that you?” The man turned seeing Stalworth. replied “No” and started to run. Mr. Stallworth had his shot gun and fired, hitting Thomas between the shoulders. Thomas continued to run and Stallworth fired again, this time puncturing his kidneys. Thomas still ran, turning the corner at Munroe street, when he was headed off and fell. He died in a few minutes, and his remains were taken to Gandin’s undertaking establishment. Mr. Stalworth has not been arrested and the general feeling is that of approval. The negro was wanted in Arkansas for the same offence.