Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, May l2, l904

There was a lively shooting scrape at Weldon last Saturday morning, and the only reason we do not have to report another murder case is because it was a woman who had hold of the revolver and instead of killing the girl at whom she shot, the bullet went through the dress of another woman, which is about as straight as the average woman can shoot. The trouble arose in the family of W.H. CARLIN. His daughter, MAMIE, by his first wife, a girl of fifteen years of age, had been having trouble with MRS. CARLIN, and Friday evening left home and went to the home of MR. CARLIN's half sister, MRS. LUCY LEGGETT, where she remained all night. MR. CARLIN had tried to persuade her to return home, but she refused, and according to one side of the trouble MRS. CARLIN went down to the LEGGETT house and called the girl out asking her to return home. The girl said she would die first, and MRS. CARLIN said if she didn't come home she would kill her, and ended by firing a shot at her with a 32 revolver. The bullet went wide of its mark and passed through the dress of MRS. LEGGETT who was standing in the door of the house. Then MRS. LEGGETT took a hand and tried to take the revolver from MRS. CARLIN and in the scuffle MRS. CARLIN was thrown into a wire fence and received a severe cut on her face. MRS. CARLIN returned home, and she and her husband at once made out deeds transferring all their property to their two children. MRS. CARLIN was not arrested at the time at the request of MR. CARLIN, but on Monday an information was filed before Justice Jamison and a hearing heard. MRS. CARLIN denied shooting at the girl, and said the revolver was accidently discharged during the scuffle between her and the girl and MRS. LEGGETT. There being no witnesses to the shooting and some trouble about securing evidence sufficient to bind her over to the Grand Jury on the charge of assault with intent to kill, so the case was compromised by MRS. CARLIN pleading guilty to the charge of assault and battery and she was fined $l00 by Justice Jamison.

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