Note: evidently, the name GEIST in this first article should read GUEST instead, apparently the groundskeeper and watchman for the Clapp’s Factory property at the time.
“BRUTALLY BEATEN:THE AGED AND CRIPPLED KEEPER OF CLAPP’S FACTORY COWARDLY TREATED.
“Clapp’s Factory came very near being the scene of a murder yesterday afternoon about dark.Keeper GEIST, who is both aged and crippled, received some very brutal treatment at the hands of Mose UPSHAW, a notoriously bad negro. The negro attacked the old man with a gun, which he used very freely as a club.The old man in attempting to stay his blows, had his left arm broken.Some very severe licks were dealt the old man on the head.A big gash was made on the left cheek and on the back of the head.After beating Mr. GEIST until he was unconscious and almost dead, UPSHAW fled and has not been arrested yet.Mr GEIST is sixty-five years of age.Dr. GRIGGS and Dr. Jack SIMMS were summoned and attended the old man’s injuries.It is thought that he will recover.”
[Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer newspaper, Thursday, 23 NOV 1893.]
“THE ASSAULT ON MR. GUEST.
“MR. CLAPP GIVES AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT VERSION OF THE AFFAIR.
“Editor ENQUIRER-SUN:You have been wrongly informed as to the ‘GUEST matter.’He returned from the city between 3 and 4 o’clock the day he was hurt, very much under the influence of whiskey, and on meeting the boy, Mose UPSHAW, cursed him for some time and then got out of his cart and slapped the negro’s face and kicked him and the negro struck Mr.GUEST on the breast with his bat.Mr. GUEST then tried to make his horse ride down the boy, add [sic] after cursing him again he told the negro to wait until he got his gun and returned and he would kill him, with a good many d[amn]s.Mr. GUEST then drove on home, one-eighth of a mile, and got his gun and came back to the negro’s house and passed it to catch up with the negro, who had in the interval gotten his own gun, but was coming away from his own house and away from Mr. GUEST.On Mr GUEST again catching up with the negro, he attempted to shoot him, but only touched him slightly on the back of his neck, then the negro clubbed his own gun and knocked Mr. GUEST down, and the same blow broke his arm.The boy then left for parts unknown.John UPSHAW was not within one hundred yards of Mr. GUEST at any time until after he received the blow and was unconscious.He then went to him with other parties.It was not highway robbery, and did not occur at dark.I had Mr. GUEST carried to his house fully one hour before sundown.It all happened within one hundred yards of more than half a dozen people, black and white.We have a good neighborhood, and no highwaymen, tramps, etc.Respectfully, George M[ilton] CLAPP.”
[Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer newspaper, Sunday, 10 DEC 1893.]
“Mr. W. P. GUEST DEAD.
“Expired Suddenly Near Hines Crossing, Harris County.
“News has reached the city of the death of Mr. W. P. GUEST, which occurred at 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon.Mr. GUEST was crossing a field near Hine’s Crossing in Harris county, when he suddenly dropped dead, of heart failure.The deceased was about 65 years of age, and had many friends and acquaintances in this city who will be pained to learn of his sudden demise.Mr GUEST was an ex-Confederate veteran, and an honest and upright citizen.He was highly respected by all who knew him.His remains will be enterred [sic] at Clapp’s factory burying ground at 11 o’clock this morning.”