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The Southern Democrat, September 9, 1926

Alleged ‘shiner’ is denied bond

If moonshiners in Alabama arm themselves to resist arrest when officers raid their still and one of their members kills an officer, all of the party are guilty of murder.

This ruling had been made Wednesday by the Alabama Court of Appeals, following an attempt of Harold Lawrence, of Blount County, who is charged with the murder of R.W. Buckner, prohibition officer, to get bond by habeas corpus proceedings.

Lawrence was recently tried in Blount County for killing Buckner, but the jury failed to agree as there was doubt as to who fired the shot that killed Buckner when he raided their still with other officers.

Judge W.H. Samford, who wrote the opinion of the court, stated, “that the men at the still were armed for the purpose of resisting arrest, and that if an officer was killed all of the moonshiners were guilty of murder.” Bond was denied Lawrence.

First “musical saw”

The idea of extracting music from such an unlikely medium as an ordinary steel saw is said to have originated more than 30 years ago in Argentina. A drunken violinist in a lumber camp is credited with the discovery. In recent years the “musical saw” has become a popular fancy of jazz orchestras in both America and Europe.

Kemp writes again

We move so fast and see so much that I have to write almost daily to cover it. Strasbourg, in Alsace Loraine, the section taken by the Germans in 1818 and given back to France at the close of the World War, was very interesting. It is on the border between Germany and France, and formally was a fortified stronghold. The French now occupy both sides of the Rhine — so most of the soldiers were on the German side of the river.

Our first view of Switzerland was very interesting. Saturday was market day and the public squares were lined with carts and stands. The Swiss speak the German language, or a species of it. Both here and in Germany the people are different in customs, dress, and general appearance from the English or Americans. We have fully realized that we were strangers in a strange land, but we have always been courteously treated and when necessary, kindly assisted by our “foreign” hosts.

-Verbon Kemp