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see all that transpired, and saw a large black-boy following a yellow boy, and striking him with a stick or club The yellow boy appeared to be striking with his hand in defense I immediately sent a soldier to arrest and bring the parties to me. The black boy was taken without trouble, but the yellow boy ran from the guard and was with difficulty made to halt. They were brought into the office when it appeared that the black boy had been slightly wounded in several places and that the yellow boy had used a pocket knife in self defense. I put the combatants under guard and in the meantime collected what facts I could bearing on the case. The next morning they were brought in and examined. At this examination it appeared from the testimony of Dr. Gibson and the confession of both the colored boys concerned, that the quarrel grew out of jealousy concerning a colored girl (not enmity because of a loss of place as stated by W Willis) and that the black boy (Cain) had for several days been seeking a quarrel with the yellow boy (George) on account of some difficulty concerning the girl, and that on the day before (Aug 24th) a little after noon George was standing by the gate opening into Dr Gibsons yard he had (from his own confession) been drinking some. Cain insulted him, and challenged him to fight he went into the yard and they fought some time When the yellow boy George getting worsted tried to run away from Cain Cain pursued him with a stick striking him; he (George) drew a pocket knife and in attempting to defend himself inflicted several cuts on Cain [[end page]] [[start page]] The offense being "Assault & Battery, and Disturbing the Peace (under city ordinance) so far as the criminality of the fight was concerned, it appeared that both parties were about equally culpable; but the fact of George's using a knife made him the more criminal; so I fined him ten dollars the highest fine allowed by City Ordinance for like offense I fined the other boy (Cain) five dollars for Fighting and disturbing the Peace. If theres anything wrong in such a decision it amounts to so much evidence of a lack of judgment on my part. The above is a correct account of the affair as I can prove if necessary by white citizen witnesses. And from its differing so widely from Mc Ws statement it would appear possible that he might be mistaken or misinformed regarding other matters So far as the question of my ability to perform the duties of this office is concerned, I have nothing to plead in my own defense but the reports which I have had the honor to submit, and the records in my office Major Free was here on his tour of inspection, and expressed himself well pleased with the condition of the Bureau at this Post; and it is only reasonable to suppose him much better qualified to judge of such matters than a prejudiced citizen who has never been in the office and with whom I have had no acquaintance for of this man Willis I had never heard untill I saw his name on his letter. Taking into consideration all the circumstance which have come to my knowledge I am satisfied that Mr Willis has, on account of his acquaintance with
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