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Charles Moore

Called and sworn testified as follows, upon examination in chief,

BY THE CORONER:

Q    What is your full name?

A    Charles A Moore.

Q    What is your age?

A    39.

Q    39?

A    6th day of May.

Q    You live in the Country?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    How far from town?

A    Well, it is about two miles and a half, I expect it is close to three miles.

Q    You often come into town?

A    Well, yes.

Q    Often visit your Brother, or Joe Moore's home?

A    Well, I have not so awful much lately, but then quite a bit too. I generally went to the store moore [more].

Q    You have formerly worked for him, didn't you?

A    Worked for him two years.

Q    You did chores around the house?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    Diu ever use their ax that they had there, for chopping wood or poles, did you do any chores with it?

A    Well, I don't know as I ever did.

Q    You knew they had an ax there?

A    I knew they had an ax in the coal shed.

Q    You saw it?

A    I saw it, but I don't know what kind of an ax it was.

Q    You have not seen it for a year but if you saw it, do you think you could identify it?

A    The ax which he had in there was a kind of old dull ax, was just used to mash coal with, I used to haul some coal, and I generally used that to bust up some big chunks when I worked for him. I don't know whether it was the same as he has now that he had then.

(WITNESS HANDED THE AX)

I could not say that this part looks very much like that. Looks like an ax, I think that he had in the store, which he probably got back because the part chipped off down here. This corner being off, I know they used to, when I worked at the store, some one would bring an ax back with the corner off, some thing like that break off.

BY MR RATCLIFF:

Q    That handle has been regularly set there?

A    No, that don't look like the handle looks longer than the one he had, this part down here kind of a rusty ax.

BY A JUROR:

Q    There is any evidence of ax handle having been filled recently?

A    (No answer)

BY THE CORONER:

Q    You would not be sure of that ax?

A    No, I would not, been a year or more since I looked at it. He used to keep the ax in the coal house and he kept the whip and robes [ropes] in there, and I would go in there and see that he had an ax in there, never paid any attention to it. I am pretty sure he kept any [an] axe there, but I could not say what, or what kind. I know he kept on all the time, I worked for him.

BY A JUROR:

Q    Is there any part of that, that looks something like the ax you used in the coal shed?

A    Well, I could not say as to that. I could not tell. The only thing that would not make me thing [think] it was, was on account of that corner being broken of. You see axes both break or part will chip, people will come back and get new ones.

BY A JUROR:

Q    Was Joe in the habit of keeping his house locked up?

A    Kept it locked.

Q    Kept it locked?

A    I went there several mornings after the team to go in the country, and of course I always went to the dining room in the front and they would not have that door open, and I would have to wait until some one came and opened the door. Would lock the rest of the house on the inside, and lock that door and keep the key in the inside.

Q    You don't know that Joe was worrying over anything at all?

A    No, sir. He was at my place just about a week before for dinner, him and the baby.

BY THE CORONER: -- That will be all.

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