|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/6/1901.
Speakeasies at Brooksville
Proprietors Spent a Night in Jail
Last Tuesday a warrant was sworn out before Squire R.M. Marshall, Justice,
for the arrest of John McNerney and James Philips, charged with unlawful
retailing the ardent at Brooksville. The same was placed in the hands
of Constable S.M. Scott, who with the assistance of Battell Ferrell, Robert
Ferrell and James Wright placed the gentlemen in question under arrest,
and sought for some means of conveyance to bring them before the Justice.
While waiting for a team, a second warrant was sworn out before S.G. Rogers,
J.P., and placed in the hands of James Wright, one of Constable Scott's
assistants, re-arrested the parties and took them out of the custody of
the said Scott. Under this latter warrant, McNerney was given a preliminary
examination before Squire Rogers who held him under a $100. bond for his
appearance at Court, and a $500. bond to sell no more red-eye; but Philips,
who is a brother-in-law to the Squire was given no hearing, and allowed
to run at large.
This ends the first chapter, and the second begins when Squire Marshall
issued another warrant for the arrest of the same parties and placed it
in the hands of constable Harman Martin for execution; and on last Friday
with the assistance of Leman Bennett and Ben Clayton, he arrested the aforesaid
McNerny and Philips, brought them to town and placed them in the county
bastile for safe keeping over the night. The prisoners did not relish
the idea of looking through iron bars, and tried every possible way of
keeping out of jail. But the officers were determined, and they spent
the night in jailor Waldo's cooler.
Saturday morning they were arraigned before 'Squire Marshall for their
Philips waived examination, and entered into a bond of $100 for his
appearance at the next term of Court, and a $500 bond conditioned to sell
no more liquor between this time and the next term of the Circuit Court.
And McNerney entered a plea of not guilty, also of a previous trial, before
'Squire Rogers. Three witnesses were examined for the State and none
for the defense, and the Justice held him under like bonds as those given
by Philips, Dr. I.C. White and H.L. Ferrell going on the bonds of both