Claud Allen

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
September 20, 1900, page 1
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Negro Boy Shot and Killed.
Victim Was After Muscadines and Gets in a Row.
Which Terminates Seriously
Sally Huggins, Too Handy With Weapon, Now In Jail –Says It Was Accident.

Claud Allen, a negro lad about fourteen years old, met death from a pistol shot last Sunday afternoon.  The boy, with three others, went to a large muscadine vine and climbing the tree it was on were seen by the Huggins’, a family living 150 yards away.  A Huggins boy hailed them and told them to leave.  They jawed with the boy.  The boy’s mother came on the scene and abusing the negro boys, caused them finally to leave the vine, but the quarrel was continued on the ground.  The woman and boy went in the house and in a little while the boy appeared at the door and yelled “Look out.”  The next moment a shot rang out and Claude Allen fell, a bullet piercing his bowels.  He died soon after.

On the Etowah property, near where the old railroad trestle crosses the Corbin road, in a rude hut jutting almost right against the road, lives in squalor, with her two children, a boy and girl, a woman named Sally Huggins.  They eke out a miserable existence by begging.  All kinds of propositions have been made to the woman, among them that of taking one or both children to work and live as far as possible like folks, and that of moving the whole wretched ‘push’ to the poor house, but with bitter scorn she spurns them all and prefers to exist as she does, saying she would die before she would go to the house of alms. They are imbeciles almost and the family group presented a wretched picture as they sat in Judge Cobb’s court arraigned on the charge of murder.  The woman was bound over and sent to jail, the children turned loose.

The woman claims she flourished the pistol to scare the boys and it went off accidentally.


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