January 23, 2015

Man Kills His Brother After Argument Over Trousers, Laurel, 1888

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[February 12, 1888] -

KENTUCKY TRAGEDY

Two Brothers Quarrel About New Suits of Clothes, Ending in a Killing.

LELY, Ky., Feb. 11.-- Levi Hodge killed his brother John last night by shooting him through the heart. The brothers lived with their aged mother, and have been engaged in frequent rows with each other and have on several occasions drawn weapons and attempted to take each other's life. Levi and one other brother, J. R. Hodge, returned from London, Ky., on the afternoon train, where they had purchased two suits of clothing similar in every respect, one for Levi and the other for John, and when they tried on the suits at their mother's house, John thought Levi's pants would fit him better than the pair given him, and tried to take them from Levi. During the quarrel mother the[n] interfered and tried to pacify them. John cursed and abused her. Levi then threatened to kill him. They got into a scuffle, but were prevented from doing each other bodily harm by the interference of the other brothers and mother. Levi was disarmed but John, being drunk, in spite of the frantic efforts of the mother, fired the fatal shot. [1]





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[February 15, 1888] -


At Lilly, this state, Levi Hodge, eighteen years old, killed his brother John, aged twenty, in a quarrel growing out of the fit of a pair of trousers. The murder was committed in the presence of the boys' mother. [2]




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[February 29, 1888] -

At Lily, Ky., Levi Hodge, eighteen years old, killed his brother John, aged twenty, in a quarrel growing out of the fit of a pair of trousers. The murder was committed in the presence of the boy's mother. [3]




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[1] "Kentucky Tragedy." Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX. February 12, 1888. Page 12. Genealogybank.com.

[2] Excerpt from "News Gleanings." The Hartford Herald, Hartford, KY. February 15, 1888. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84037890/1888-02-15/ed-1/seq-2/

[3] Excerpt from "News Paragraphs." The Climax, Richmond, KY. February 29, 1888. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069161/1888-02-29/ed-1/seq-2/

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