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Description: Assault Committed Upon Miss CoonerDate: February 21 1884
Newspaper published in: Savannah, GA
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 1
Emanuel County is somewhat excited over an assault committed upon Miss Wealthy Ann Cooner, white, by Henry Roberson, colored. In the preliminary trial Miss Cooner was the only witness examined. The testimony was to the effect that on the night the outrage is said to have been committed someone knocked at the back door of her house. When she asked who it was, he went to the front door and knocked. She opened the latter immediately, and made inquiries to know who her visitor was. He stepped inside and replied: "I am a Ku-Klux;" whereupon she ran to the fireplace and lighted a splinter, by means of which she discovered her intruder, so called, to be Henry Roberson. He straightway knocked the light out of her hand, which extinguished it, grabbed her by the throat, cursed her, and threatened to end her existence spotly, if she made any noise. This was about the sum and substance of Miss Cooner's sworn testimony. Henry was remanded to jail to await the coming of the spring term of Emanuel Superior Court, at which time a strong fight will he made by his counsel to clear him.