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Huntsville Independent (AL)
Huntsville Independent (AL)
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Description: Trial of Johnson for Murder of Henry;
Editorial on Acquittal of Johnson for Killing Henry

Date: July 2 1885

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 2, Columns 1 & 2

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In the trial of Johnson, at Greenville, East Tennessee, for the murder of Henry, who had deflowered Johnson’s wife, the jury promptly returned a verdict acquitting Johnson. Thus it is established that a man may, and should shoot down, like a dog, the seducer of his wife.

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Touching the acquittal of Johnson for the killing of Major Henry at Greenville, East Tennessee, Buel D. McClung writes this to the Chattanooga Times:
But let a man seduce (?) a married woman, and all of our protectors are up in arms,—not that a woman was injured, because no notice was taken of the innocent young girls without number that were cast to the dogs—but because some man’s honor is touched.
This idea that a man’s honor depends on the morals of his wife instead of his own, is a relic of the ages when a man had the power to shut his wife up to keep her out of temptation, and is ill adapted to this age and country.
Imagine for a moment all the women whose husbands have been seduced wandering aimlessly from place to place with their eyes cast down, their forms bent and crazed with mortification—and yet when the woman was taken in adultery Christ said: “Let he who is guiltless cast the first stone.”

Submitted: 02/13/19

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