Fatal Affray at Green Hill
Copied from film of original newspaper.
Thomas Vivrett was wounded Saturday, Oct 9, 1869,
died Monday, October 11, and was buried Tuesday, Oct 12, l869.
Transcribed by Norma Thacker of Dallas, Texas. Copy on file.
The Tragic Story of a Missing Overcoat
An unfortunate affair occurred early yesterday morning between Ben Snowden, of this city, and J.D. Vivrett, of Wilson County, in which the latter was shot by the former, and it is feared, mortally wounded. The difficulty originated with regard to an overcoat which Vivrett had entrusted to Snowden's care. The garment could not be found, it appears, and Snowden, to satisfy the owner, asked him what it was worth, and upon the other replying twenty dollars, gave him a twenty dollar bill and at the same time remarking that he would probably be able to find the coat and would expect the twenty dollars to be returned when the garment was produced. Vivrett got into a hack and rode up to Linck's Hotel, just south of the Louisville depot. Here he registered his name, entered a room and ordered an oyster stew. Meanwhile, Snowden had found the lost overcoat, and when the hackman returned, finding that Vivrett had gone to the hotel, he got into the hack and rode thither himself. This was about six o'clock. When he entered the dining room the other was still waiting for his oysters. Snowden accosted Vivrett, telling him that he had brought back the overcoat and expected the twenty dollars to be returned. The owner of the coat replied that that was not the way he did business; when he sold anything he was not in the habit of trading back, or words to that effect. Snowden demanded his twenty dollars a second time, whereupon Vivrett replied: "O, yes, I'll give it to you," and drew a revolver from under his coat. Both men were standing near the counter at the time, and a waiter, who was near, knocked down the pistol. Meanwhile Snowden had drawn his own weapon and fired at the other who, opened the hall door near which he was standing, and ran toward the rear of the house. He was followed by Snowden, who fired two more shots in the hall, overtook Vivrett, and it would seem, disarmed him, as he entered the dinning room by the back door with both pistols in his hand.
Vivrett staggered in immediately after, faint and bleeding, and was taken up-stairs to a room. Snowden was arrested by officer Cassidy, of the Metropolitan Police force, and taken to police headquarters. He told his story, stating that he did the shooting in self-defense. The Commissioner bound him over in the sum of one thousand dollars till next Wednesday.
Dr. Buchanan, who happened to be in the house, examined Vivrett's wounds. It was found that two balls had taken effect, one in the left breast a few inches below the nipple, which ranged through the body, perforating the lungs and breaking a rib at the back; the other in the right shoulder producing a compound fracture of the arm. The balls were extracted and the wounds, which are considered mortal, dressed by Drs. Buchanan and Briggs.
Two State's warrants were issued out against Snowden by friends of the injured man, one before "Squire Baskette and the other before "Squire Cassetty." Late in the afternoon he was arrested by Constable Earthman and brought before the latter Magistrate. Violence being feared by Snowden on the part of friends of Vivrett, two policemen were sent over to the Magistrate's office. "Squire Cassetty held the accused in the sum of $15,000 to appear for trail this morning. The requisite bail not being forthcoming Snowden was sent to jail.
Vivrett was attended yesterday by his brother and numerous friends. But little hopes were entertained of his recovery.
We have given above the particulars of the affair as related to us by eyewitnesses and others.
Vivrett is from Wilson County, is about twenty-four years of age and unmarried. Some time since he was employed by Kircher & Atiener as a clerk in their clothing house, on South Market Street. He served gallantly in the late war as a Confederate soldier. A strange fatality appears to have followed this family, as his father, Thomas Vivrett, was killed by two desperadoes near Green Hill, Wilson County, a few weeks ago, an account of which was published in the Banner at the time.
Transcribed by N K THACKER