Huntsville Independent (AL)
Huntsville Independent (AL)
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Description: An Editor's Sad Death - Cheves in Jail for Murder

Date: November 26 1885

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 1, column 4

AN EDITOR’S SAD DEATH
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George W. Cheves, in Jail for Murder.
Dies from Mental Depression.
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ATLANTA, GA., Nov. 5—George W. Cheves, confined in the Fulton county jail, died this afternoon from depression brought on by mental aberration. Capt. Cheves was editor of the Dawson Journal, and was a college professor as well. On the 25th of October, 1884, he shot and killed Capt. J. H. Pickett. Cheves had promised to support Pickett for the Legislature and then failed to do so. Pickett thereupon cut Cheves’ acquaintance. This so worked upon the editor’s mind that he procured a shotgun, sought out Pickett and shot him dead. He was then brought here for safe-keeping. Two months ago it became evident his depression had developed into disease, and would kill him unless he was released. Then it was discovered that under the law, there was no officer who could interfere, and thus the man has drifted to judicial death. The death scene was pitiable. The dying man’s wife, who has nursed him tenderly, was there, and kissed him in passionate grief as the prisoner stood around in respectful silence. [Geo. W. was a brother of Mr. Cheves who will be remembered as the founder of the Huntsville Daily Courier. Editor INDEPENDENT.]

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