1908 Cattle Poisoning Occurs at Brooksville


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/10/1908.

One of the lowest, meanest, and most brutal criminal acts that ever occurred in this or any other county, was perpetrated at Brooksville last week.  Some cowardly scoundrel, who has no right to live, and who is too mean to go to Hell, poisoned all of young Bob Ferrell's stock with concentrated lye, and as a result three cows and one yearling heifer have already died in the most horrible manner, and his horses are in very serious condition.  Particles of the lye were found in the feed boxes where the murderous deed was done.  Mr. Ferrell thinks he has good clues to the guilty party, and will put a first class detective on the case, and if sufficient evidence is found the culprit will no doubt be given a dose that would make red-seal lye taste like sugar.