Civil War Veteran in Court in 1911


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/25/1911.

One of the most comic features of the term, though with enough seriousness to change the smile of amusement to a gaze of pity, was the plea of guilty by Thomas Westfall of the Left Hand fork of Steer creek, who was indicted at this term for carrying a revolver.  Westfall is a Civil war veteran, illiterate and seemingly irresponsible.  When brought before His Honor to enter his plea guilty, he offered profuse apologies and explanations, recited his past history, addressed the Judge as "pardner" and explained that he would not feel hard if he was "co't martialed and shot, sent to the gallows, or pen or put in jail, this old Injun don't care a straw whether he lives or dies no how."  A fine of $50 and costs and six months in jail was imposed by the court.