The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 18 March 1880
Mr. Frank WHEELER, whom many of our readers will remember as a citizen of Comanche a few years ago, died at Bell Plain on the 21st of last month.
The junior Chief has not yet returned and the entire force of the office at present consists of the senior and an intelligent apprentice, Jno. SWITZER.
Read the proceedings of the citizens meeting held at Shiloh church in regard to the recent cowardly outrage perpetrated on Dr. NELMS. We are personally acquainted with most of the signers to the instrument and know them to be worthy, law abiding citizens.
Mr. Jno. S. JOHNSSON, of that enterprising firm of Martin, Byrne & Johnston, builders and contractors, was in town this week. He reports that their work on the Buffalo Gap jail had come to a standstill on account of being unable to find freighters to haul the cage from Fort Worth.
Mesrs. HOLLAND & CARTER, proprietors of Comanche City Mills give notice to their customers that they will shut down in April for the purpose of putting in new machinery. Mr. HOLLAND informs us that they have recently purchased entire new machinery for making flour after the improved plan. Mr. VERNONís mill will also be ready for the coming harvest and will be furnished with late improved machinery. Two good mills will make milling lively in Comanche, if we donít have a railroad.
We, citizens of Comanche county, have convened ourselves at Shiloh Church, on Holmes creek, for the purpose of discountenacing the unlawful crime perpetrated upon the person of Dr. NELMS on the night of the 6th of March, 1880.
A mob of ten or twelve men, in disguise, concealed themselves near the doctorís residence, one going to the house and pretending that he was moving to Buffalo Gap, was camped near PARKERís well and wanted the doctor to go see his wife, as she was very sick, insisting that the doctor should hurry as she was in labor. The doctor got out of bed and started as quick as possible. On arriving at the place of the concealed party, they were halted and the doctor, being led off some distance, was forced to pull off his coat, lay down and, by two of the party, with whips, unmercifully whipped.
On motion, Thomas HARRIS, J.E. SMITH and H.S. RISHER was called to the chair, and W.D. MARKHAM, secretary.
Moved and seconded that Dr. NELMS state who he believes committed the crime. Carried.
Resolved, That we, as citizens of Comanche county, do believe in a prompt execution of the laws of the land; believing it to be the duty of each and every citizen to report all lawless crimes to the proper authorities. We are willing to give our aid and assistance in a prompt execution of the law, believing it sufficient protection to both person and property if properly executed. Dr. NELMS is a law abiding man and a good physician, and deserves the protection of his country, and we as citizens are willing to lend our aid and assistance in his, or any other law abiding citizenís protection.
Moved and seconded that all present who endorse the sentiments of these resolutions sign the same. Carried.
Moved and seconded that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Comanche Chief. Carried.
On motion, the meeting adjourned. W.D. MARKHAM, Sec.
Signed: H.S. RISHER, J.E. SMITH, Thoís HARRIS, B. LASSITER, J.W. HOLMES, Dan LONG, C.S. PARKER, W.H. BURKS, B.M. FRANKS, T.B. CARROLL, Asa FRANKS, P.B. LASSITER, O.L. BOLTON, J.H. REEVES, G.W. LASSITER, H.R. McDONALD, W.B. McKAY, J.M. CAMERON, S.H. EUBANKS, J.J. JOHNSON, J.W. CLARKE, J.R. BURKS, J.C. HOLCOMB, W.J. TAYLOR, B.D. HOLIFIELD, G.C. CREAMER, DRAPER, J.P. PETTIT, W.T. T.C. WILLIAMS, E.H. WILLIAMS, Wm YORK, W.W. WIMBURLY, W.T. TANNER, R.A. WHITE, J.K. GAFFORD, Wm. COX, C.C. SPEED, E.W. BURDEN, W.J. BRYSON, C. COX, J.D. LASSITER, T.J. BURKS, John PALMER, J.G. BRAZIER, J.W. CUNNINGHAM, W.J. MOORE, J.C. BRUCE, E.G. BURDEN, Adam SLYGER, R. McCULLOM, J.F. TRAYLOR, S.N. WOODY, T.G. CUNNINGHAM.
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