Harrison Cunyus

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
March 18, 1880, Page 3
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James Hammond Stabs and Kills a Negro—Justifiable Homicide.

On Sunday afternoon, last, James Hammond, a young lad of about seventeen years of age, stabbed a negro named HARRISON CUNYUS, who died from his wounds at about three o’clock, Monday afternoon.

As near as we can get at them the particulars are these.  The negro had some sort of a claim for money on Mr. Peter Hammond, father of the young man, and came to his house on Sunday afternoon for a settlement.  James met him and told him that his (James’) father was away from home.  The negro then became very insulting and threatened and menaced the young boy.  He then went through the house and on into the kitchen and took possession of things generally, cursing and abusing the boy continuously.  While in the kitchen he kicked a dog which happened to be lying near.  Young Hammond remonstrated when the negro seized him from behind and was about to dash him to the floor.  Hammond managed to get his knife out and made several back-handed thrusts, one of them penetrating just below the ribs in the left side.

A coroner’s jury held an inquest over the body of the negro yesterday, which returned a verdict of justifiable homicide, the evidence conclusively exculpating Mr. Hammond.

As we have before stated, the young man is a son of Mr. Peter Hammond, as worthy a man as there is in the state of Georgia, and has always borne the reputation of being a quiet and peaceable young man.  The reputation of the negro was very bad.


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