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The Southern Democrat, December 19, 1929

Moses Acquitted

The jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” in the case of Charley Moses charged with the murder of his wife.

The case grew out of a scuffle over a gun when a difficulty was about to take place in which R.A. Statham, Jr., Moses, and Dan Pettit were involved. Mrs. Moses is alleged to have tried to prevent her husband from going out with his gun and in the scuffle Mrs. Moses was shot and instantly killed. The defense claimed that the shooting was accidental.

The tragedy occurred in October, 1928, at Liberty where the parties resided at the time.

Byron Ellis makes good as athletic coach

Byron Ellis, son of Superintendent of Education of Blount County, has made quite a reputation as an athletic coach in Memphis.

He is coach of the Messick High School, one of the leading prep schools of Memphis, and has put out the leading football team in that city this year.

The popularity of Mr. Ellis is shown by the fact that in a contest conducted by the Memphis Appeal, Ellis received 2450 votes out of a possible 3189. The nearest competition received only 490 votes.

The Blount County friends of Mr. Ellis are proud of that record.

Bains ships cotton seed to Russia

A.S. Bains, the well-known grower of Cooks 10-10 Cotton, is shipping two car loads of his seed to Russia this week.

These seeds were selected after a native Russia representative of the cotton growers of that nation had made a personal inspection of both the cotton and the seed.

Mr. Bains has made quite a reputation in breeding up Cooks 10-10 and for several years has been shipping his seed to all parts of the South, but this is the first shipment to a foreign country.