The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 25 September 1880

Local Matters

The young folks had a pleasant party at Col. WALCOTTís residence Wednesday night.

Mrs. Stephen HOLLAND died at her residence, fourteen miles north of town, on the Palo Pinto road, Tuesday night. She was a most estimable lady, and leaves many friends to mourn her loss.

J.E. CORRIGAN, the school teacher at Hazel Dell, was brought to town by Constable John RHODES and lodged in jail Thursday evening. He is charged with assaulting his wife while he was in a state of intoxication. It is indeed a great pity that so intelligent a man should allow strong drink to get control of him.

Last week at the camp-meeting on Indian creek, Alfred COKERís horse, bridle and saddle were stolen by some one, supposed to be James ROBINSON, whom our readers will remember as "Whistling Jim," the fellow who tried to get up a whistling school herre and got so gloriously ducked. ROBINSON has left the country and parties are on his trail.

Personals

Rev. Mr. EWELL made the Chief a very pleasant visit this week.

Mr. J.S. VEDDER returned from Galveston yesterday.

We were pleased to form the acquaintance of Mr. Frank HILL, brother of T.C. HILL, who has come to our city to reside.

SERIOUS DIFFICULTY. R.C. COKER struck in the Head by His Son-in-law, T.Q. BULLOCK. Full Particulars of the Lamentable Affair.

Last Monday morning our citizens were startled by the report that Mr. R.C. (or Col., as he is familiarly known) COKER had been struck in the head and his skull fractured by a stone thrown by his son-in-laww, Tom Q. BULLOCK. After dilligent inquiry, a Chief reporter found the following to be substantially the facts in the case.

BULLOCK was stopping temporarily at his father-in-laws house. Sunday night, Mr. COKER had one of BULLOCKís little boys on his lap asleep when BULLOCK took the child to put it to bed and the little fellow began to cry and COKER told him to take him out doors, as he thought that was what the child wanted. BULLOCK took the child out and it continued to cry which seemed to irritate the father and he chastized it. COKER remarked: "Tom, donít whip that child that way. Donít you see heís asleep?" or words to that effect. BULLOCKís reply was, "You go to the devil." Mr. COKER replied: "Donít you talk to me that way, Tom," and started to walk out into the yard, when he observed BULLOCK standing in a defensive attitude with a stone in his hand, and remarked: "Tom, you ainít going to hit me with that rock are you?" but had no sooner spoken the words than the stone flew, striking him over the left eye and glancing cut his left ear. COKER staggered back into the house and laid down on a bed. BULLOCK, realizing the effects of his rash act, started for a neighborís house nearby and me Dock HARDIN on the road when HARDIN told him to go over to his house and stay that night; that he would be home presently. HARDIN went on to COKERís and he and a son of Mr. COKERís came to town after a doctor and to procure a writ for BULLOCKís arrest, and returned with Deputies YATES and CHILTON who made the arrest at HARDINís house. When arrested, BULLOCK cried piteously and requested the privilege of visiting his father-in-law which was granted, the officers accompanying him. He shook hands with his victim and humbly beseeched his pardon. The officers then brought the prisoner to town and lodged him in jail, where he now awaits the result of his rash act prior to a preliminary trial.

Dr. PAINEE attended the wounded man and on examination found his skull fractured and indented, but cannot tell as yet whether the wound will prove fatal, and although the patient is apparently doing remarkably well, there is danger of inflamation setting in at any time which would be very likely to cause death.

Mr. COKER is one of our countyís best citizens and has the sympathies of a large circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances.

What a warning this should be to every one. Learn to control your temper, for one rash act, committed in the heat of passion, may blight your own happiness and cause untold suffering and misery forever. Poor BULLOCK should be pitied, for his actions have clearly shown that he committed the rash act under the impulse of the moment and without malice or premeditation.

©2004 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.