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Canton Daily Register
Canton Daily Register
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Description: One man dead, Brother in hospital, Mystery regarding shooting

Date: April 22 1921

Newspaper published in: Canton


Bulletin, (by Staff Correspondent)-
Farmington, April 22- Late this afternoon DENNIS DUNNIGAN and JAMES DUNNIGAN, brothers, were in jail here, charged with complicity in the shooting at Diamond Point last night. DENNIS is believed to have been thee, but JAMES was not, it is said. A warrant also is out for HARRY LANGSTAFF. It is reported. Others said to have been in the party are DICK or DAVE SETTLES, a young man named CHANCE and JIM CAMPBELL of Canton. They are reported to have driven to the BOLLING home after a row at the ball park. SETTLES stayed out to change a tire, according to the story, and the rest went into the house. A fight followed and those of the party who will talk here say that "DOC" BOLLING had a gun and begal firing, his brother got in the way and was shot. SETTLES fled when he heard the shooting. It is said, and returned to Farmington. The others tried to help JIM BOLLING after he fell and somebody varied the program by kicking out a few of "DOC's" teeth. Then they let, and "DOC" caught a car for Canton.
Meager Details of Affray in Which Man Was Killed.
JIM BOLLING is dead from gunshot wounds at his home at "Diamond Point," near Farmington, and his brother, HOMER ("DOC") BOLLING, is in the Graham hospital, in Canton with several teeth knocked out and his tongue badly swollen as a result of a wild fight at the BOLLING home yesdaterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, according to the meager information regarding the affair which so far have been obtainable.
"White Mule" or other intoxicant is believed to have figured largely in the affair, and one report says there is a "woman in the case." Another story is that there had been "bad blood" trouble among the participants over a wrestling match in Canton several weeks ago in which "DOC" BOLLING is said to have had a little the best of it.
JIM BOLLING died at his home at 5 o'clock this morning. He talked to his wife before his death, but she has been warned by the authorities not to talk and refused to say anything about the fight until the inquest which is scheduled for 3 o'clock this afternoon at Farmington.
Found on Car Platform HOMER BOLLING was found unconscious on the rear platform of Interurban car No. 14 just after it passed Diamond Point shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday. A passenger saw a man lying on the rear platform and called the attention of CARLOS BARKLEY, who found that the man was uncoscious and bleeding considerably from the mouth.
CONDUCTOR BARKLEY and MOTORMAN JONES took charge of the man and tlephoned Canton for an ambulance to meet the car and W.L. SEBREE responded and hauled the man from the Interurban station to the hospital. There it was learned that the man's name was HOMER BOLING. DR. W.E. SHALIENBERGER attended him and said this morning that owing to the badly swollen condition of the tongue it was difficult to tell whether the man was shot in the mouth or how the injury was caused several teeth was missing and the mouth badly bruised. There was a strong order of "White Mule" or some other intoxicant about him.
BOLLING this morning told the Physican that he had no gun, but that "another fellow" shot at him twice in the melee. He said he remembered striking at another man with his fist and the next thing he knew he was in the hospital. CONSTABLE E.E. REDFERN was stationed at the hospital to keep the man under servelliance and is still on guard there.
A different story comes from Farmington. Reports there are that a gang of young men got into a row at the ball park about 3 o'clock among them the BOLLINGS, and that the others went back uptown, gathered up five or six companions and went to the BOLLING home at Diamond Point where the fight is said to have followed.
According to the meager reports heard about town. In Farmington, some of those implicated had reported that JIM BOLLING was shot by his brother when he got in the way of a bullet aimed at one of the attacking party. This story is that the entire party were fighting, that one of the visitors aimed a blow at "DOC" BOLLING; the latter started to shoot, and JIM BOLLING who was fighting with another of the gang, swayed between "DOC" and the man at whom "DOC" was firing and JIM fell. It is reported that he was shot twice in the abdomen and once in the neck.

Immediately after the shooting the Farmington party fled, it is reported, but some time during the scrap "DOC" BOLLING was knocked down and kicked in the mouth and some teeth knocked out, according to this version of the affair, which denies that he was shot. According to neighbors he lay on the floor until he saw the Interurban car coming and then jumped up and boarded its rear platform. He must have fallen there unconscious in the condition he was found by the conductor, if the story is correct. Another report was that possibly he was loaded on the car, but this is regarded as improbable, as it was daylight and somebody would have noted such a proceeding.

STATE'S ATTORNEY PUTMAN was in Lewistown this forenoon and he and CORONER F.A. SMITH arranged to go to Farmington this afternoon to hold the Inquest and Investigate the death of JIM BOLLING.
JAMES BOLLING is survived by his wife and five children, the oldest about nine years of age. His mother is living, a sister, MRS. BELT and another brother, JOHN. The BOLLLINGS, it is reported, recently moved to Diamond Point from nearer Farmington. They came here from Missouri. The father, C.W. BOLLING, lives in East St. Louis. JAMES BOLLING was about 35 years old.

Submitted: 10/03/05

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