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Fenwick Moore

Having first been duly sworn, on oath testified as follows, upon examination,


Q    What is your full name?

A    Fenrrk [Fenwick] Moore.

Q    Where do you reside?

A    Red Oak.

Q    Red Oak. How long have you resided there?

A    Well, about three years and a half.

Q    Three years and a day?

A    About three years and a half.

Q    What is your occupation?

A    Tinner.

Q    Tinner. You are a brother of Joe Moore?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    And when did you hear of this murder?

A    Five minutes to nine.

Q    Five minutes to nine, Monday morning. What time did you come over here?

A    Well, just as soon as I could get my clothes on and take an auto, it was about ten, around ten o'clock when I got here?

Q    About ten o'clock when you got here?

A    Yes, a little later, about half past ten.

Q    When did you see Joe or his family last?

A    Well, it was about three weeks ago Sunday, If I remember right, we were all down home together. He was down Sunday, I got home shortly after he left.

Q    Why was you here before last Monday or last Sunday?

A    I am down here every Sunday.

Q    Down here every Sunday.

A    O come home very Sunday, I am single, nothing to keep me, so I just come home.

Q    What train did you come in on Sunday?

A    No. two/

Q    That gets in here at 6:50, and you left then?

A    No. 9

Q    No. 9. Know of anything that regard, -- in regard to Joe's business, that might lead up to some clue?

A    No, I don't know a thing.

Q    Nothing, -- a thing about his business?

A    I have not been here in town, you might say in the last six years, last three years and a half, I get home every Sunday that I can, try to get home every two or three Sundays, but I don't know a thing about his business, never get to talk much to him.

Q    Did you tell any body yesterday that you hadn't been over here Sunday?

A    No, sir.

Q    Didn't someday question you in regard to what time you had visisted [visited]?

A    Yes, sir. Told them when I come home and when I went back again.

Q    You know very little about Joe's business affairs?

A    Very little about his business affairs, what little he did tell.

Q    You did not see Joe Sunday at all?

A    No. He left just a few minutes before I got home.


Q    You have any knowledge of Moyer and the other brother in law that has not already been brought out?

A    No, I know Moyer, but I have not seen him for a long while, don't know anything about him.


Q    Do you know of this threat that Moyer had made?

A    Never heard of it, I heard somebody speak of it today, first I knew of it.


Q    Ask Fenrrk [Fenwick] his pinion of Moyer's disposition, what sort of a disposition, and everything?

A    Well, I don't know much about him, he was kind of a quiet sort of a fellow.

Q    Was he a man that would be inclined to brood over things?

A    Well, I hardly know, never says much, if he did, a man that never says very much.

Q    You don't feel very kindly towards him, after the way he has treated his family?

A    Well, don't think he did right is about all. Nothing in particular.

Q    You think a man that would do that might, --

A    Did look like he would do most anything.

Q    Would do almost anything. Did you ever have any trouble with Sam Moyer?

A    No, No, never had a word with him.

Q    Until this matter came up when he deserted his family of any trouble particularly between Moore and Moyer?

A    Particularly, not that I heard of, only thing was that when he went away, the way I understand that he had been gone a short time and sent money back and told them not to answer it, he was going to move from there, and not answer until he would write again, or hear from him, and they never heard from him for so long, and they finally went out and brought them home, had no money or anything.

Q    Did Joe Moore ever say anything about his trying to induce Moyer to try and support his children?

A    I don't remember whether Joe ever said anything to me, personally, or not, whether he ever wrote to him or not.

Q    Did Joe ever tell you about having any serious trouble with any one at all?

A    No, I never knew of him having any trouble at all, serious trouble. I supposed he never had any enemies, never heard of it, any one.

Q    You care [are] completely at a loss to account for this happening in any matter or form?

A    No, I have not the least idea.


Q    That will be all, Mr Moore.


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