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This newspaper article was submitted by Bonnie McDonald.

Mountain View, Washita County, Oklahoma, Thursday,
October 9, 1902, Vol. IV, No. 24, Page 1

SMITH BROWN MEETS DEATH
Killed by Sam Robinson in Saloon at Anadarko.

On last Friday evening, at about 7 o'clock, Smith
Brown, formerly of Mountain View, but late of
Anadarko, was shot and killed in a saloon at the
latter place, by Samuel Robinson. The nature of the
trouble between the two men does not seem to be very
generally known. Brown was unarmed at the time of the
shooting and those who stood near say that but few
words passed between them.
The fatal bullet struck just below the left eye and
penetrated the brain, passing out at the back of the
head. Brown fell unconscious and medical aid was
immediately summoned, but it was seen that he was
already beyond human help, and after about two hours
and a half of faint and quiet breathing, he was gone.
His wife did not reach his side until after life
had left him, though she made a brave effort to do so.
Word was carried to her at her home near Lathram, and
she accompanied the messenger on his return, riding on
horseback a distance of about twenty-five miles, and
reaching her destination at a little after one o'clock
in the night, but only to find the lifeless clay of
her husband awaiting her.
The body was brought to Mountain View Saturday in
charge of Samuel Stark, who was the deceased's partner
in business. Funeral services were held at the
Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock,
conducted by Rev. J.E. Lovett, after which interment
was made in Oakdale cemetery (Washita County).
Mr. Brown came here some years ago from Texas and
had been identified with the interests of Mountain
View since its earlier history. He was about forty
years of age and had been married to his now bereaved
wife for about five years. The funeral services were
very largely attended both at the church and at the
cemetery.

Page 5
Mrs. Cleveland and daughter of Anadarko, attended
the funeral of Smith Brown Sunday. Mrs. Cleveland is
Mrs. Brown's sister.

October 16, 1902, Vol IV, No. 25, Page 1
Robinson Admitted to Bail.
At the preliminary examination held in Anadarko, in
which S.A. Robinson was charged with the murder of
Smith Brown, considerable evidence was given in to the
effect that Brown had at different times threatened
the life of Robinson, and that such threats had
usually been repeated to Robinson, who is making a
plea of self-defense.
A heavy revolver was shown and an eye witness
testified to having picked it up from the side of Mr.
Brown immediately after he fell. This would seem to
disprove the report first given out to the effect that
Brown was unarmed at the time of the killing.
Robinson was admitted to bail in the sum of $8000,
and is held to await the action of the grand jury.
This case is attracting a great deal of attention, and
will be watched with deep interest.



 

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