The Age Herald Birmingham, Alabama
Saturday, September 11, 1897
Killed By A Friend
Robert Preston Cut to Death by Perry Simpson – Both Were Farmers
Special to The Age Herald.
Huntsville, September 10. Robert Preston was killed at Plevna, Alabama last night by Perry Simpson.
Both are farmers and have families. Preston and Simpson were lifelong friends and were out on a spree together. At Plevna they bought a can of cove oysters and this caused the trouble. One wanted to put vinegar in the oysters and the other did not. Preston got some rocks and began to disfigure Simpson, who now had his knife and began to cut him. Preston was disemboweled.
Simpson came to Huntsville today and surrendered to the authorities. He is now in jail.