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Marysville Daily Democrat - Wed 5/18/1892, p1 - Fatal Shooting Scrape - Love Leads to a Fearful Tragedy at Moonlight Dance - Henry Flowers, an Innocent Colored Man, Shot and Killed While Interfering - The picnic at Shelton's grove yesterday terminated in a tragedy between 11 and 12 o'clock last night, in which an innocent man was killed and two of the participants are seriously, if not fatally wounded. - The affair was a shooting scrape in which Jesse Foulk, William Lane and Lucien Danley were active participants. - The difficulty arose over May Lane, a young girl 16 years of age, who is well known in this city, and whose romantic career during the past year, has been a subject for more than one newspaper article. - Jesse Foulk, a boy not yet nineteen years of age, a delivery clerk for W. T. Ellis & Son, has, for some time, been desperately infatuated with the girl, and has been persistent in keeping her company, notwithstanding the repeated warnings of William Lane, the girl's father. - Possibly his last meeting with the girl occurred during the closing hours of the picnic last night. They had been together but a short time when they repaired to the ice cream and refreshment stand and were seated at the table eating some bananas which the young man had purchased. While they were thus engaged, the irate father, in company with a young man named Lucien Danley, a waiter in the Golden Eagle hotel, appeared from behind, each with a pistol in hand. The father grasped his daughter by the shoulder with one hand and pointing a pistol at her head with the other, commanded her to go with him, and violently dragged her over the bench. The moment the girl was grappled by her father, Danley presented a pistol at young Foulk's head, and told him not to move. The young man did not obey the command and attempted to rise to his feet, and in an instant a general firing began. - When the girl saw her father bending over her with a pistol in his hand, she screamed for help, which met with a ready response from a young colored man named Henry Flowers, who was standing near. In the midst of the fusilade Flowers rushed in and placed himself between the girl and her father, and a few seconds later he was lying on the ground with a mortal wound in his stomach. - After the firing had ceased it was found that young Foulk had received a pistol ball in the abdomen. Lane had received two wounds, one in the right side and the other just beneath the left collar bone, which passed through to the shoulder. - Flowers was shot in the stomach, two inches above and four inches to the right of the navel. He lived about one hour and a half after the shooting. - Excitement over the affair had not subsided to-day by any means and the unfortunate affair was the subject of conversation by groups of people who congregated on the street corners, throughout the day and all seemed to have ascertained the facts in a different light. - From J. W. Bradley, who lives near the picnic grounds, a Democrat reporter obtained this morning, the following statement: For some time Miss Lane had been stopping with the family of Mr. Bradley and last evening Danley called at his home for the girl to accompany him to the picnic grounds. Mrs. Bradley refused to let her go. Presently Foulk called and the girl went with him. About 11 o'clock Mr. Bradley saw her dancing with Danley; she asked him (Mr. Bradley) to finish the dance with her as her partner was sick. He consented and Danley stepped from the platform and disappeared. After the dance Mr. Bradley left the girl in charge of Foulk and the couple went immediately to the ice-cream table, where the shooting took place a few moments later. He also saw Lane and Danley approach the couple from behind with pistols drawn. - Immediately after the shooting Danley disappeared, but was found in his bed with a companion after 1 o'clock this morning by Under-Sheriff Bevan. He was arrested and taken to the county jail. He admitted having participated in the shooting. - The three pistols used are in the possession of Sheriff Saul. Three chambers of Lane's weapon are empty; two in Foulk's are discharged and one in Danley's. - It is the general opinion that Foulk's two shots took effect in Lane's body. One ball from Lane's pistol killed Flowers, and Foulk was shot by Danley. - Lane was brought to the New Western Hotel, where Drs. Powell and E. E. Stone attended his wounds. He is in a very critical condition, and the doctors believe he cannot live. - Foulk was taken to the United States hotel, where the same physicians attended him. His wound is very dangerous, and his chances for recovery are not so promising as they were this morning. The young man is a grandson of the late Dr. McDaniels, of this city. - Henry Flowers, the dead man, was born in Chico, and was 31 years of age. He is a brother-in-law of J. D. Churchill of this city, with whom he has made his home during the past two years. He has a stepmother living in Oroville. The body has been laying in Coroner Bevan's undertaking rooms to-day, where it was viewed by a large crowd of people. - A few moments before his death he said he had been shot while trying to save the life of a girl, and it is possible that the shot which sealed his fate was really intended for the young lady. - Lane was at one time a well-known farmer in Linda township and is a half brother of H[blurred] and Frank Lane, proprietors of the Central stables, of this city. - Notes of the Affray - Public sentiment is rather bitter against Danley, whom it is said is also in love with the girl, and urged Lane to take the rash step which resulted so fatally. - An autopsy was held on the body of Flowers this forenoon by Drs. Stratton and Powell. The ball passed through the intestines and was extracted from the spinal column in two fragments. An inquest will be held Friday. - Drs. Powell and E. E. Stone extracted the ball from Lane's shoulder this morning, but the one which penetrated the liver has not been found. - The ball in young Foulk's body has not been removed, as the physicians thought it unsafe to probe very deep for it. The young man is attended by his mother and sister. - A Democrat reporter, in company with Dr. Powell, visited the wounded men late this afternoon. Lane is gradually sinking and it is thought he cannot recover. Foulk is also failing and his condition is less favorable than it was at 8 o'clock this morning. His recovery is doubtful.
Marysville Daily Democrat - Thu 5/19/1892, p1 - Foulk Succumbs - To The Wound He Received Tuesday Night - Jesse Foulk, the 19-year-old boy who was one of the participants in the shooting at Shelton's Grove Tuesday night, succumbed to the wound he received and died at 5 o'clock this morning in room 11 at the United States Hotel, surrounded by a number of friends and relatives, including his mother and sister. - After the Democrat went to press last evening the young man began to sink rapidly and never rallied. - The body was removed to the morgue, where an autopsy was held at 11 o'clock by Drs. Powell, E. E. Stone and Stratton. It was found that, the bullet entered between the ninth and tenth ribs on the right side, passing through the liver and ranged downward and backward, lodging in the muscles of the back to the right of the spine. It was a 44-caliber ball, corresponding with Lane's pistol. - Facts About the Tragedy - Since the report of the terrible tragedy was published in the Democrat last evening some additional and interesting facts have been revealed regarding the affair. - It has been positively ascertained that it was prearranged on the part of Lane and Lucien Danley to kidnap the girl and have her placed in a convent or private school. - On Tuesday morning Danley wrote a note to Lane, in which it was arranged for Danley to call at the Bradley residence and get the girl to accompany him to the picnic grounds. Lane was to be at the entrance to the grounds and present a pistol and compel Danley to get out of the buggy. He (Lane) was then to get in and drive the girl away. Just before arriving at the gate Danley was to light a cigar as a signal to Lane. Mrs. Bradley's refusal to let the girl go frustrated the scheme and it is probable that Lane and Danley proceeded to the grounds together, where a subsequent plan was consummated and the cowardly attack made. - It is also known that Lane had made arrangements to borrow $150 with which to carry out his project in taking the girl away. - Danley borrowed a pistol from an employe at the hotel before he started out Tuesday evening. He claims that during the skirmish he fired one shot in the air, but the numerous witnesses who saw the pistol flashes declare they were all of a level and downward course. - As Lane was being brought to town Tuesday night after the shooting he was seen to take a note from his pocket on the Hodge's grade, tear it into several pieces and throw it away. This is supposed to be a note from Danley. - Under-Sheriff Bevan and a Democrat reporter went out to the grade this morning and made a diligent search for the fragments of the note, but they could not be found.
Marysville Daily Democrat - Fri 5/20/1892, p1 - Danley's Note Found - The fragments of the note written to Lane by Lucien Danley, and which was torn up on the grade by Lane, was found last evening by Under-Sheriff Bevan and although the writing was somewhat obliterated, it reads as follows, as near as can be ascertained: - Lane: Meet me at the picnic gate at half past nine. I will stop before I get to the gate and light a cigar, so you will know me. You can speak as mean as you like and "pull your gun," it will "all go." They are "on to me." I will get the girl off the ground if I have to fight. Lucien D.
Marysville Daily Democrat - Sat 5/21/1892, p1 - Funeral of Jesse Foulk - The remains of Jesse Foulk will be taken to his mother's residence, in the Bruce row, on First street, to-morrow morning where they will lie in state from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., during which time they may be viewed by friends. The funeral cortege will leave the residence at 9 o'clock and proceed to the Episcopal Church where the services will be held at 9:30.
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