The Memphis Daily Avalanche
Rankin County, Mississippi
March 8, 1888

The Shooting on the Bridge

"I shot him, the fool; he opened fire on me in my buggy."
The cry of "Oh, God!" or "Oh, Murder!"
The Trial's Progress

Brandon, Mississippi, March 7.  The ninth day of the Hamilton trial
began promptly this morning.  Charles Fitzgerald, chief of this
division of the railroad mail service, was the first witness.  He was at
home, about 150 yards from the bridge, the night of the killing and
heard the shooting.  There was one shot and the cry of "Oh, God,"
or "Oh, murder."  then there was rapid firing, sounding like a volley.  
He went to the bridge, saw Gambrell and asked him three times who
shot him and received no reply, but Hamilton, who was there,
stepped up and answered:  "I shot him, the d----d fool; he opened
fire on me in my buggy, and I got out and shot him."  The cry of "Oh,
God," or "Oh, murder" was one of anguish and pain.  Saw a pistol
near Gambrell, but is not clear as to what went with it.  Could not tell
how many shots, but it sounded like a volley firing.  There were
dents in the floor of the bridge and a pool of blood where Gambrell
lay.  The examination of witness continued at great length during
which he drew a crude diagram of the bridge and surroundings, and
explained it to the jury.  Hamilton's coat was on fire when he came.  
The street was the usual one traveled by Hamilton and his most
direct route home.

A. J. Davis saw Hamilton the night of the killing up town.  He had a
stick and told a witness he was going to West Jackson to meet a
gentleman and was going to kill a dog.  It made no impression on the
witness.  He only asked about the stick, as he did not usually see
Hamilton with one.  The depot, Edwards House and Lawrence House,
were at 10 o'clock at night the most public places, except the beer
saloons.  Capitol street was the route that a person would travel
going to Hamilton's house, but the bridge is the most isolated part of

J. H. Lewis, a drug drummer, was in Jackson the night of the killing
and was going west, walking on the north side of Capitol street.  
When near the east approach of the bridge, heard a shot and "Oh,
don't do that."  Don't know which came first, the shot or the "don't
do that."  Heard more shooting and then the cry of murder.  There
were some fifteen shots fired.  Witness retreated, and after the
firing, went across the bridge to West Jackson.  Just as the firing
ceased, saw two men on the bridge, who talked together and moved
around for some time, seeming to hesitate what to do.  One of the
men passed by him and went and got into the hack.  the other got off
on the south side and was lost sight of in the crowd.  the man who
got in the hack spoke to the driver in a low tone.  Couldn't tell what
he said.  Hamilton was pointed out to him and he was not one of the
men who ran off the bridge.  He came off afterward.  Heard a beating
like the butt end of a gun was being used, accompanied by the rattle
of a ramrod immediately after the shooting, but did not see it.  Saw
two or three shots from the north side and ten or twelve from the
south side.  Saw three flashes at same time coming from south side
of the bridge, all converging to one center.  Can't swear to the
flashes, but gives them to the best of his recollection and belief.  
Saw the hack the man got in standing there during the firing.  It was
a little west of the post office door.  Knows there was a driver in the
hack, because he saw him.  Witness was cross-examined at great
length and said that he could be more positive as to distances, etc.,
now than when he testified before, as he had since examined the
ground.  Was in 100 feet of the bridge when the shooting began.  He
went back up the street in a fast walk.  There were three distinct
pauses.  Two or three shots were fired, rapidly at first; then he
spoke to the driver and asked what that shooting at the bridge was.  
The driver did not reply.  After more shooting he repeated his
question to the driver, but got no answer.  The witness not being
willing to swear that there was more than one person firing from the
south side, the court ruled his impressions out.

The court worked faster today, and it now looks like the trial might
be closed next week.

The Daily Picayune
New Orleans, Louisiana
Dateline:  Starkville, Mississippi
January 7, 1912

News from Old Double Springs, Mississippi:
Walter Betts Dies from Gunshot Wound Inflicted at Supper

Starkville, Miss., January 6.   Walter Betts, who was shot Thursday
night by Coy Howard at Old Double Springs, sixteen miles from here,
died this morning.  The tragedy was enacted during the festivities of a
pound supper.  All the guests were seated at the table preparatory to
enjoying their repast when, it is alleged, Howard demanded of Betts
that he pay his part of the expenses incurred in getting up the
entertainment.  Howard claimed that Betts was due 25 cents.  He
denied it, and the belligerents withdrew to the yard, where the
quarrel was renewed, ending in the fatal shooting.  Howard was
placed in jail this morning.  He hails from Attala County, and was
married a few days ago to a lady in the community where the killing


The Memphis Daily Avalanche
MEmphis, Tennessee
November 26, 1868

W. A. French, of Senatobia, Mississippi, had a bay horse, twelve years
old, fresh cut over the left eye, and shod all around, stolen from him
on Monday night.  The thief, as usual, came toward Memphis.  A liberal
reward is offered.