News from The Cartersville Express

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
October 7, 1869, page 2
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Superior Court Bartow County.

Most of last week was consumed in disposing of the criminal Docket.  Mr. Jourdan, for assaulting the young Griffins, with intent to murder, was sentenced to the penitentiary for four years.  Miss Evans for killing James M. Denman, was found guilty of murder, and recommended to the mercy of the Court, was sentenced to the penitentiary for life time.  Wm. Spencer, father of Green Spencer, who killed Richard Smith, a few days since was tried as accessory to the murder and acquitted.  The Court adjourned over on Saturday evening last, until the Fourth Monday in November next. The general presentments of the Grand Jury will be found in another column of this paper, to which we invite the attention of our readers, as there is much of interest to the citizens of our county, embraced in them.


General Presentments of the Grand Jury, Second Week.  Bartow Superior Court, Fall term, 1869

[This article is almost three columns long—I have transcribed the following excerpt:]

In reviewing the present condition of our county, we are amazed at the great number of illegitimate children in our midst, and as we regard this one of the worst evils, we earnestly recommend the Magistrates, throughout the county, to be vigilant in the discharge of their duty, in suppressing this crime, and when they find an illegitimate child, issue a warrant, and have the mother arrested, and brought before him, and made to swear it, after which, the father can be made to give bond for the maintenance of the child, and thereby save the county the expense of maintaining many paupers, and also be a means of suppressing this crime….


Town Chat.

There are rumors afloat to the effect that a numerously signed petition will be sent to Gov. Bullock praying for the pardon of Miss Evans, now in jail under sentence for lifetime imprisonment in the penitentiary, for killing Capt. Denman.  It is to be signed by both males and females.


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