THE FEUD ON AGAIN.
(St. Francois Herald Newspaper, Wednesday, July 16, 1902)
WILL HARRIS MEETS INSTANT DEATH AT HANDS OF WILL DOOLEY
The Harris-Dooley feud of long standing resulted in the killing of Will Harris by Will Dooley on the north bound M. R. & B. T. passenger train between Doe Run and Rock Springs last Wednesday afternoon.
Several different reports of the killing are in circulation, but the following seems to be the true statement of the facts: When the train left Doe Run, Harris was a passenger, and was seated in the rear coach talking to a young man in the seat in front of him. Dooley jumped onto the rear steps of the coach, first having asked if Harris was on the train. As far as could be seen from the Doe Run depot, Dooley was still standing on the rear platform. As the train approached Rock Springs, Dooley walked up the aisle to Harris' side, placed his revolver near Harris' head and said "You killed my father and now I've got you." With that he fired three shots, all taking effect just above the left ear and the bullets coming out back of the right ear. Dooley ran to the rear platform, and as the train slowed for the station, jumped off and disappeared in the woods.
Conductor Belknap and Brakeman McGeorge removed Harris' dead body from the train and put it on a bench in the depot, where it was viewed by many persons. Harris was evidently about to make a cigarette, as a sack of tobacco was lying on his lap. He had a 38 calibre, hammerless Smith & Wessen revolver in his hip pocket. The weapon was first examined by the HERALD representative. Four of the chambers were loaded; the other was empty, not even containing a cartridge shell and the hammer was resting on this empty chamber.
Coroner English held an inquest Thursday morning, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased Will Harris came to death from pistol shot wounds at the hands of Will Dooley.
The killing is an outgrowth of the fight at a Doe Run picnic August 4, 1900, where old man Dooley and Wes Harris were killed and John Dooley so injured that he finally died.
There are three brothers yet remaining on each side - Dallas, Jim and Frank Harris; and Leslie, Will and Joe Dooley. The Dooleys are each under $3000 bond for appearance at the October term of Circuit Court on the first charge.
Will Dooley is reported to have been in Doe Run Wednesday night and in Elvins Thursday, but so far has not been captured. Some think he will surrender himself, but the belief seems unreasonable.
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