Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 1, Number 10, September, 1991 Page: 308
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County on March 24 to collect his wife. He had planned to
return to Buckholts on March 27, and on that morning, the
same morning that the bodies were discovered, had gone to
the railroad depot to buy a ticket to Flatonia. When the
sheriff arrived, Fields' shoes were still wet from being
washed. Further, Mayes found $30 in cash, an exorbitant
amount of money for a black man to be carrying around, and
a jacket that was said to contain fresh blood stains. Fields
and his wife were immediately arrested. His shoes were
taken to the scene of the crime, compared to the footprints
left in the yard, and said to correspond exactly.
A few days later, Justice of the Peace Aubrey
Gregory concluded his inquest. Ida Fields had dictated an
extraordinary statement to a former landlord, C. M. Bailey:
Jim came home and we were married on March 6, 1912.
He then left and a few days later returned. On the night of
March 26 we were at Charlie Fields' house waiting for the
train to go to Flatonia. About 12 o'clock we started to the
train in a wagon with Charley Fields and his wife for
Glidden. They were taking us to the early morning train No.
9. When we reached Glidden we found out the night train
would not stop, so we left our trunk in the depot and
started back home with Charlie and his wife. When we
came to a house I asked Jim who lived there and he told
me that is the house where Lyle Finucane and Ellen Monroe
live. Then Jim said that we would get out, he and I, and
the others would go on. We took our grips with us. After
we were out of the wagon I asked Jim what we were going
to do and he asked, "Will you stand by me in anything?"
I told that I would so long as it was right. Jim said, "Come
on, then." We went in the front gate. I stood by a post and
Jim went around the back of the house. From where I was
I could not see Jim go in the back door. He was gone about
twenty minutes and during that time I heard something
that sounded like licks. When Jim came out of the house
I asked him what he had been doing and he said that I
wanted to know everything. We then went over to a house
near by to leave our grips. After we left the house Jim
asked me again if I would stand by him in everything, and
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