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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 24: White vendetta. (search)
ut. One party wins, and law becomes again a rude expression of the general will. On Saturday evening, December 12, 1874, Colonel Sisney, Sheriff of Williamson county, was sitting in his own house, near Carterville, with his brother-in-law, George Hindman, playing a game of dominoes in the fading light. A lamp was lit, a curtain drawn; the lamp so placed that shadows of the two men inside the room were thrown on the window blind. A shot was heard. Crash went the glass, and both the players in the darkness of night, and with his bleeding wounds, the sheriff was unable to give chase. When help arrived, Sisney was found to be seriously hurt. One arm was blown to pieces; a mass of squirrel shot was lodged in his side and breast. Hindman was hurt still more, and no one thought he could survive the night. No less than thirteen slugs and other small shot had passed into his chest. Next morning, Carterville was all astir. On close examination of the fields about the homestead,