Centenary College of Louisiana - Yoncopin Yearbook (Shreveport, LA)

 - Class of 1947

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Murder or East Texas Man Shocks Natic Even Dickens Wrote of Crime, 105 Years Ago By ROY GIBBONS One of Charles Dickens ' most vivid impressions of Amer- ica, gained in his first visit in 1842, was the account of an East Texas killing as reported in the Caddo Gazette, second newspaper founded in Shreveport. The slaying occurred March 2, 1842. Dickens did not visit Shreveport, but saw a reprint of the Shreveport paper ' s story in another newspaper. The slaying, that of Col. Robert Potter, and others of a similar type were told in Dickens ' . " American Notes, " essays writ- ten on his visit to the United States. The story tells of the death of — Colonel Potter, shot In Caddo lake| and heF two smaU cn ii dren for vvhile trying to escape from his chief political enemy, William Rose, and sthers of the " Regulators, " a political Jroup active during the last years )f the Republic of Texas. months at a time. Colonel Potter met. Mrs. Page when he rescued her and her children from a false attack from the Mexicans. Mrs. Page had lived most of her The story, as contained In Dickens ' Ufe , n New Orleans. She is. described jook, is: in contemporary accounts as a very •Prom the ' Caddo Gazette. ' of the beautiful woman, and the writers of 12th last. (March 12, 1842) we learn the day never fail to mention her :he frightful death of Colonel Robert beautiful clothes, " In the latest New Potter. ... He was beset in his I Orleans fashion. " Colonel Potter took aouse by an enemy, named Rose. Mrs. Page back, to New Orleans, but He sprang from his couch, seized lis gun, and. in his night clothes ■ushed from the house. For about !00 yards his speed seemed to defy lis pursuers; but, getting entangled n a thicket, he was captured. Rose ;old him that he Intended to act a ;enerous part, and give him :hance for his life. He then told ' otter he might run, and he should lot be interrupted till he reached a :ertain distance. Potter started he word of command and before run was fired he had reached the ake. His first impulse was to jump a the water and dive for it, which ie did. Rose was close behind him, nd formed his men on the bank eady to shoot him as he rose. In a ew seconds he came up to breathe; nd scarce had his head reached the urface of the water when It was ompletely riddled with the shot of heir guns, and he sank, to rise no nore! " Sensation of Its Day It it seems strange that visiting ;nglishman should quote a story rom a small town newspaper, the tory of a murder that took place ust about 35 miles from Shreveport, emember that this was one of the aost sensational shootings of the lay. On March 2, 1842, just 105 ears ago, this section was shocked y the murder of one of the most olorful characters in the history of his region. Col. Robert Potter, ex- ongressman from North Carolina, x-secretary of the navy of the Re- ublic of Texas, and leader of the loderator group in the Moderator she had been there only a short, time wten a yellow fever epidemic made it necessary for her to leave that city. Again Colonel Potter came to the rescue and offered to get her transportation to Kentucky, where she would be safe. So He Proposed He started out on the journey with her, and before they reached Alexandria he proposed to her. The overland trip from Alexandria to Kentucky was dangerous, and Col- onel Potter persuaded Mrs. Page that if she would come to Shreveport he could gej a safer passage for her. No passage was waiting in Shreve- port, so the colonel had other plans. He persuaded Mrs. Page that her first marriage had not been legal in Texas, and that she was free to marry him. The legality of the Potter marriage was questioned several times. In Mrs. Potter ' s personal manuscript, written at the age of 83, she said, " one day he {Potter) came to the house and said that he had some important questions to ask me if I would answer them, and when I assented he inquired whether my marriage with Page had been solem- nized by a priest. I explained how the ceremony had been performed. We were not married by a priest. ' Very well, " he answered, ' your mar- riage with Page was not legal, be- cause- in Texas a marriage not solemnized by a priest is not valid. Therefore, you are just as free, ac- cording to the laws of Texas, as if you had never married. ' " ' Yes, ' I told him, ' I have heard iegulator warfare then taking place my father say that people had to be a the Texas Eadlands. , married over again by the priest Colonel Potter came to Nacogdoches [ before they could get land. ' Don ' t a 1835 after a scandal in Washing- V ou see ' ' be said, ' that you are just on. While congressman from North I 33 free to marrv a ain as »? one Where Ex-Secretary of Texas Navy Was Killed ILONS BRANCH _ J S J f ragley Potter ' s Point, scene of one of the most sensational Mayings In East Texas history. Is shown In the m made by John Karam Tfeomas. Potter ' s Point was about 35 miles northwest of shreveport at the tli of Colonel Potter ' s shooting by William Rose in 1842. The map also shows Wyalucing, one-time home of l»u Holcomb Pickens, whose picture appeared on some bills Issued by the Confederate states. It is now t music building of Bishop college for negroes at Marshall, Texas. ajolina be became invol ■ an flair with s. young heiress in Wash- ngton; • .according: to his story he ■ecame engaged to her, though he still married to a wife in North iarollna. He tried to get rid of his fife by accusing her of an affair ?lth a young minister, but his plan I ... Sd Lo all- h.- stu ' i wwS promised to think the matter over. He loved me very devotedly, and the more I thought about it the better way it seemed out qt my difficulties. " So, one evening, according to the custom of the country, the little - - embly gathered to see us weddf " 1- get more men, to arm them all and to be ready for an attack, but Potter laughed at her fears. This was to be a peaceable arrest; after the arrest President Houston would take effec- tive steps. All they ' had • to do was to present the warrant and ta ' tCe QSe prisoners without bloodshed. When Potter and his men ap- proached Rose ' s home they found Rose busily engaged in supervising a group of men who were- clearing off a new p ' -» ' " »und, and piling - r - " one surrounded, and that we will have to fight or die. ' ' Where are all the ' men? ' he Inquired. I suppose the men are all killed! ' Then he wanted to escape from the house, but I j v jrn not. to »! " . . , Dives into Lake " He looked through a small crack in the wall at the back of the house and seeing the number of the at- tacking party he said that the only thing, " n to do was Ur « to the ]» • ' ' « w-qjp » - ' - «- - told the magistrate that he hac authority to issue the warrant that unless they were immedu released they would sue him false-imprisonment. " And the magistrate peraw them to go home. " A Warrant Fails Her Mrs. Potter was determined, she went to Boston, Texas, and the judge to send out a war for tb- ' - arrest, and fror there :-i GIBBONS



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