He Used It with Great Effect Upon A Brother Lawyer
BRAZIL, Ind., Oct. 22 – At 6 o’clock last evening Albert Payne, a prominent attorney of this city, was seriously cut about the head and face by Attorney W. B. Schwartz, also an influential lawyer of this city.
Schwartz yesterday afternoon, at about 4 o’clock, got into a dispute with W. W. Moore, which resulted in their coming to blows. Moore then employed Mr. Payne to look after his side of the case.
Schwartz, understanding this to be true, tackled Payne later in the evening. Both parties became greatly excited and engaged in a scuffle, Payne knocking Schwartz down. The latter drew a large knife and cut Payne horribly about the head and face, also stabbing him in the neck.
A warrant was sworn out and Schwartz was arrested.
“Lawyer Drew A Knife,” The Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 22 October 1892, p. 8, col. 5; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 14 February 2014).
“The latter drew a large knife and cut Payne horribly about the head and face, also stabbing him in the neck.” I’m surprised he lived.
It’s quite something that this news item was picked up by Boston Globe.
Either it was a slow news week, or this was very big news.
W. B. was the younger brother of Elizabeth (Schwartz) Yegerlehner. Elizabeth was the wife of Christian Yegerlehner. Both Christian and Elizabeth emigrated from Switzerland as children. Roscoe was their grandson, so W. B. was Roscoe’s great uncle. I am not sure if they ever met although W.B. did not die until Roscoe was 10-11.
I did a quick scan of your page ‘The Cast’ to try to find W.B. Schwartz. I didn’t see him. How does he fit in? I’m super curious now that he looks to be in great, big trouble.