The Caucasian, Clinton, N.C., April 20, 1905
“The Sound of the Pistol is More
Frequent than Song of the Mocking-bird.”
Asheville, N.C., April 17—Asheville witnessed a touch of lawlessness late
Saturday night and early Sunday morning that resulted in the killing of a negro
named Butler Maxwell on Mountain Street, the serious and perhaps fatal wounding
of W.A. Atkins, a white man, on Southside Avenue, the attack and serious injury
of another negro of Valley Street, and the shooting of two women and a negro
boys on “Greasy Corner.”
Three of the crimes, including the unprovoked killing of Maxwell, are
believed to have been committed by two white men, non-residents of Asheville,
who, followed by a dog, went looking for trouble and who after finding it
succeeded in evading the police and making their escape.
The killing of Maxwell was the last of the desperate acts of the men and
occurred shortly before one o’clock Sunday morning. Upon being notified of this
last occurrence and feeling sure that the same men were responsible for
Maxwell’s death who stabbed Atkins and assaulted the negro on Valley street,
the police force went to work on meagre clues while Sheriff Reed and his
deputies went hunting for the murders.
After working on the cases for several hours, clues were obtained that led
the officers to suspicion Mac Brooks and Walter Barber, two white men of the
Avery’s Creek section of the county, who were in town Saturday.
Brooks was arrested yesterday afternoon and Barber to-day.