indictment, Mpls 12 apr 23, part 4
again. riawd Foot on Tabert's Neck. "I didn't count the second time, but It must have been about the same "Then he told him to get up. Higgin-grlnbotham Higgin-grlnbotham Higgin-grlnbotham held his foot ' on Martin' neck while he beat him. "The nhe told him to get up. Higginbotham Higginbotham hit him over the head with the butt end of the whip and drove him back into the line beating him all the time he was staggering towards the line. "A couple of us fellowg had Ho help him get Into the sleeping shack. When he got his clothes off I saw his skin was all off his back in one chunk from his back to his knees with the blood running down. He tried to say something, something, but his voice was too weak. He just fell over on his cot." Tabert I'nable to Talk. Gardner said Tabert tried to talk," but the onjy thing we could understand was 'water.' , He was trying to say something about 'home,' but we couldn't make out what he said," .Gardner de clared. The witness, said the doctor did not come to seo Tabert during the day and "we dared not ask for one," although they knew the boy was dying. After Tabert died. Gardner said two Negroes took the bodyiRway after wrapping it in blanket. He didn't know where they took it. "Higginbotham came around a few days later and told us he was leaving end said he was sorry to leave us boys," Gardner concluded. "lie said he hoped we would get a better man than he was." Legislative Committee Summons Witnesses. Tallahasse. Fla., April 11. Witnesses Witnesses who appeared before the grand Jury at Madison in connection with the death of Martin Tabert at a private convict farm, have been summoned to Tallahassee to appear before the Joint legislative committee to Investigate the affair, it was announced today. The commute, the creation of which was one of the first acts of the Legislature Legislature upon convening April 3, held Its first meeting this afternoon and selected selected Senator John F. Stokes of Pensacola as chairman, and Representative C. II. Kennerly of Palatka, as secretary. as a start, Mr. Kennerly was Instructed Instructed to telegraph officials at Madison Madison and have the witnesses gathered there from various states and from many places in Florida to come here. Tbe committee plans to have another meeting tomorrow at which a more definite definite procedure of action will be mapped out. The grand jury investigation at Madison Madison waa concluded today and It is expected expected that North Dakota state officials officials who took part in the Inquiry there will come to Tallahassee tonight. The course of the joint legislative committee, committee, it Is believed, will follow a conference conference between the committeemen and these officials tomorrow.