Source: Arizona Republican
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Attacked M’Kinley’s Memory”
City of publication: Phoenix, Arizona Territory
Date of publication: 25 November 1901
Volume number: 12
Issue number: 191
|“Attacked M’Kinley’s Memory.” Arizona Republican 25 Nov. 1901 v12n191: p. 1.|
|McKinley assassination (related tragedies); Estellus J. Smith; John La Violette (death); John La Violette.|
|John La Violette; William McKinley; Estellus J. Smith.|
Attacked M’Kinley’s Memory
Grand Jury Refuses to Indict the Man Who Resented It with Death Blow.
Utica, Nov. 24.—The grand jury, which has been
session [sic] at the term of the supreme court in Onedia [sic],
Madison county, this week, failed to indict Estellus J. Smith of Onedia [sic],
a hop merchant, who was charged with manslaughter in the second degree in having
struck John La Violette, a cigarmaker, in such a manner as to cause his death
from the fall which followed the blow. The affray occurred in Onedia [sic]
on the evening of the death of the late President McKinley. La Violette had
been heard to make remarks of a character bordering on anarchy.
Mr. Smith heard of La Violette’s talk and his light treatment of McKinley’s death and upbraided him for his unpatriotic utterances. In a dispute which followed Smith struck La Violette, as a result of which the latter died shortly afterward. The case against Mr. Smith was pushed by the Onedia [sic] Cigarmakers’ union, but popular sympathy was with the accused man, who, it was generally believed, had done his duty in resenting the attack on the martyred president’s memory. The testimony of twenty-five witnesses was presented to the grand jury but that body refused to indict.