Sweetwater Telephone, (Monroe Co. TN) Thursday, May 22, 1902:
"Moses Koller, A Peddler, Killed In Monroe County---Moses Koller, aged 35, and traveling through lower East Tennessee as peddler and drummer for Shapira & Dryser, of Knoxville, was shot down at dusk on the 14th instant near Jalapa, this county.
Horace Small and George Tipton, two young men who live near Jalapa are suspected and Small is under arrest. It is said that George Tipton did the shooting. He is still in the neighborhood and will be caught. The peddler, who was a Hebrew, stopped at the Tipton house and ate dinner with the family. He sold them some goods on a credit and when asked when he would be back to collect the bill, said it would be before July if he did not get killed. This was prophetic; in two hours he was shot in the most brutal manner.
The Tipton boy who is suspected, ate dinner at the same table with Koller. The shooting was done with a small rifle and pistols. One shot was from the gun. It was the fatal one. It went through his body near the region of the heart. The ball was cut out and is from the gun that Small had when he gave himself up. The proof is all circumstantial but is very strong. Two women who knew the boys, saw them sitting on the fence near the place where Koller was killed. They had the gun then. As the women went down the mountain they met the peddler going up to death. Sheriff Barr, of Madisonville, was with Police Officer Coleman on the chase. One of the boys is 22 and the other 23 years old. The neighbors say they are very bad, and Tiptonís step-father said he could do nothing with the boy."
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