Thursday, November 29, 2018

Bonds Increased on Dangerous Negroes Who Got Together to Pray During Curfew, Also 'Shine' Is Back in Wilson Court, 1918

From the Wilson Daily Times, Nov. 29, 1918

The Mayor’s Court

Mayor Killette this morning increased the bonds of Baxter Reed, Joe Johnson and Charlie Wright, the three negroes who claimed they are members of the sect that was held up by the Mayor and ordered to stop holding religious meetings during the influenza epidemic, and upon their refusal he ordered them to court. The case will doubtless be taken up at the next term of the court.

The notorious negro named “Shine” has again come to light. This is the negro whose real name is George Baker and has served on the roads of Wilson county a number of times for various and sundry crimes, but mainly for flimflam games, finding colored farmers with fat pocketbooks easy victims.
He was tried this morning for snatching a roll of money containing $150 from a negro farmer by the name of Dock Evans who lives on Mr. Seth Tyson’s farm near Saratoga. The negro said that Shine met him at the hardware store of Dildy and Agnew November 6th and had a paper reading it and was telling him about the war. Being interested both walked along together rand Dock went into Branch’s Bank after some money and came out with a roll containing $150, which Shine promptly snatched and made away with. Attempts were made to catch and arrest him but without avail, and he got away.
The first time that Shine has been seen since then in Wilson was last Monday and then Dock recognized him and officers Warren and Winstead arrested him.

Shine endeavors to prove an alibi. He said that he had not been in Wilson before this week for a long time. He was positive he was not here on the 6th, but the fact that he sent $50 to a party in Kinston and bought a $70 overcoat in Richmond were all against him. He was sent to jail in default of $250 bond and will have to explain to the court how in the world he got together all that money.

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