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Madisonville Democrat, (Monroe Co. TN) September 14, 1911, Page 8:
“Dies From Wound---Albert Lacewell, who was wounded by Horace Townsend in a fight at Tellico Plains on Thursday, Aug. 24th, died September 1st. Upon the death of Lacewell, Townsend was brought to jail here, charged with manslaughter.
From the reports, it appears that Will Townsend and Lacewell were both contractors and builders and both had put in bids for erecting the calaboose at Tellico Plains. In the manipulation of the bids, Lacewell charged that there was unfairness, after Townsend had been awarded the contract, and later some words passed between them. While the building was in course of erection, Lacewell, with a number of others, was watching the work progress when he and Townsend became engaged in a fight. It is said that Lacewell was about to cut Townsend when the latter called to his brother, Horace Townsend, to come to his relief. The latter picked up a hoe and with that implement hit Lacewell behind the ear, making an ugly scalp wound. The physician who dressed the wound did not consider it serious, and did not notice the depression in the skull, caused by the impact of the shank of the hoe. Lacewell survived the wound over a week before the fatal results above mentioned.”