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Description: Trial of Tillman at Lexington, S. C.Date: October 7 1903
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 6, Column 1
TRIAL OF TILLMAN AT LEXINGTON, S. C.
Testimony Proceeds In the Celebrated Case.
LEGISLATOR KING ON STAND
In Answer to Question of Solicitor Thurmond
Said He Saw Pistol in Tillman’s Pocket on Day
Of The Tragedy—Files Are Read.
Lexington, S. C., Oct. 1—J. W. King, a member of the legislature from Florence county, was the first witness called by the state today when the trial of J. H. Tillman was resumed. In answer to questions by Solicitor Thurmond, witness said:
“On the day before the shooting I saw a pistol in Mr. Tillman’s pocket.”
Mr. Tillman, he said, was in the lobby of a hotel at the same time talking to some friends.
On cross-examination, witness said he had been aware of the unfriendly relations between the defendant and Editor Gonzales.
The reading of editorials of The State relating to the defendant was then began.
W. A. Elliott, Jr., one of the attorneys assisting the solicitor, has before him the files of The State, from which he is reading editorials severely attacking Tillman, covering the period of from March 1, 1902, to Dec. 31, 1902. At the end of the first hour the papers for the first month had not been read. During the reading counsel for the defendant suggested that the editorials other than those relating to the defendant be read. The court held that inasmuch as the files had been introduced by the state, the state could have read as much as it desired.
Among the editorials which have been read to the jury a number are criticisms of the defendant’s action in telegraphing the president in connection with the Micah Jenkins’ sword __ incident, while others were written in opposition to Mr. Tillman’s prospective candidacy for governor.
A short recess was taken at 11:10 a.m.
When recess was taken at 1:30 p.m. the reading of The State’s editorials had not been concluded. Only as far as Aug. 12 had been reached.