ADOLPHUS D. PAXTON
A. D. PAXTON BADLY
His Assailant Was
Alva Johnston of Metz
Cause of the Trouble.
Special Correspondence of the Mail.
July 3.--A very bad affair occurred this morning near here on Dr. G. W.
Petty's farm, one mile east of here where a party were haying.
A. D. Paxton, an
old man of some 68 years, was making hay when Alva Johnston, a young man
was passing along the road some hundred yards away on a hay rake.
Seeing Mr. Paxton he stopped his team in the road, crawled through the
fence with a club in his hand and approached Mr. Paxton, unobserved by
him until right at him, when Mr. Paxton alighted from his take and
started to run. But Johnston sprang at him and dealt him two severe
blows on the head knocking him unconscious and then stomped him in the
face. He then walked back to his waiting team and went leisurely east
toward his home three miles east of here. The assault was made in plain
view of parties who were about 200 yards distant in the field, but was
so sudden and unexpected that Johnston made good his escape.
Mr. Paxton was
taken home and Drs. Petty and Hornback summoned while the constable was
started after Johnston with a warrant. Mr. Paxton late this evening was
unconscious with paralysis of one side. The doctors expect to trephine
his skull tomorrow if his condition justifies it.
Johnston has so far
eluded arrest. Such a vicious assault by a strong young man upon so old
an enfeebled a man is generally condemned, although it is believed by
many that Mr. Paxton deserved milder chastising, as it is claimed that
he has been putting out poison and killing old lady Johnston's chickens,
who lives near him where old Metz village once stood. The affair is
Nevada Daily Mail,
Nevada, Missouri. July 4, 1901.