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Pleasant Valley Killings - 1897
heard that the parties were likely to have
trouble, but can not now tell who told me.
Walter Williford - I was at the church
this morning when the shooting took place. I
was sitting near Frank Jones when Gus Garrison
came up and said to Frank. "You lying s-of a -
--." And commenced shooting. Frank arose and
said, "oh!" I saw Frank falling. I did not see
Tom Jones and Gus shoot at each other. I was
getting out of the way."
J. M. Goodman - I was helping to dress
Gus Garrison after he was killed. I took a pistol
out of his left hand hip pocket. It had some
loads in it. I did not see the shooting.
C. C. Beard - I was in the churchhouse
near the northwest door when the shooting
began. I heard the shooting and ran to the door.
I saw Frank Jones lying on the ground, gasping
his last breath. Tom Jones was on the ground
resting on his left hand with his pistol in his
right hand. He shot back over his shoulder, the
shot taking effect on Gus Garrison. Garrison
was in the act of shooting at the time. Tom
Jones shot last. I helped undress Frank Jones.
He had on his person a pistol. I took it to be a
This was all the testimony taken, and
Justice Swim found a verdict as follows:
"That Frank Jones came to his death by
pistol shots fired by A. A. Garrison , and
Garrison came to his death from the effects of
pistol shots fired by Tom Jones."
Tom Jones is in a very bad condition,
and the warm weather is against him, it is
doubtful if he recovers. Deputy sheriffs are at
the scene of the killing to-day, but will hardly
arrest young Jones until he improves.
There are several brothers to the
deceased young men on both sides, and it is
feared that the end of the trouble is not yet.
Two Funerals at Pleasant Valley
There were not new developments in the
Garrison Jones Tragedy at Pleasant Valley
yesterday. The victims of Sunday's battle were
buried yesterday afternoon. Deputy Sheriff
Frank Crush of Garland said to a News reporter
"The physicians who attended young
Tom Jones say that he will die: I believe that he
will get well. Gus Garrison fired five shots,
three at Frank Jones and two at Tom Jones. He
killed Frank Jones and crippled Tom Jones
before he was hit himself. Tom Jones fired six
shots at Gus Garrison, and five flew wide of the
mark. When the last shot was fired Garrison
was standing over young Jones, with cocked
pistol, in the act of putting another bullet into
him. Young Jones raised his pistol and fired,
shooting Garrison through the heart. It was a
chance shot, but it killed Garrison and saved the
life of young Jones, perhaps. Frank Jones did
not fire a shot. His pistol was found by his side,
every chamber loaded. James Garrison, a
brother of the dead man, was an eye witness to
the killing. He was unarmed, and was not a
participant in any sense in the bloody tragedy,
Gus Garrison has two pistols.
"Frank Jones, some months ago, was
warned that there was trouble in store for him.
He left home and remained away until last
Saturday. Sunday he attended church. He
encountered Gus Garrison just in front of the
main entrance, and then the cannonading began,
with the fatalities already reported.
"Excitement has subsided in the Pleasant
Valley neighborhood, although it will be many a
day before the people will get over the
deplorable affair. When the shooting began the
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