“Lazy Wife Punished,” from the Rockingham Post-Dispatch, May 29, 1919
“Cap, I shot my wife this morning; thought I had better tell you.”
With this statement Elmore Powell, a negro, approached Constable Bob Conrad in East Raleigh and asked that he be arrested. Of course, the constable lost no time in taking the negro to jail. He had not heard of the shooting, however, and was in East Raleigh on another mission.
Powell shot his wife, Alice, through the left wrist because she refused to get out of bed and cook his breakfast, according to the wife’s story.