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Moonshiners Shoot Out, 1922
March 7, 1922
DRY LAW AGENT DESCRIBES
DUEL IN NORTH GEORGIA
A. J. Spence Says That Alleged
Moonshiners Fired First Shot.
Complete details of the interception of a train of automobiles bearing whisky through north Georgia on the road to Chattanooga, near Chatsworth, Ga., Saturday night, which resulted in the fatal shooting of John Howard, 24 years of age, and a resident of Chattanooga,. were given to a reporter of The Constitution Monday afternoon by A. J. Spence, prohibition agent who headed the party of government agents. Air. Mr. Spence was in the office of Fred B. Dismukes, prohibition director, Monday when he narrated the events leading up to the capture of 250 gallons of liquor in Murray county, Georgia.
"From information we had received, we knew that John Howard and his men were planning to run over and kill anybody who opposed them and that they were heavily armed. Howard had made his boast that he wanted all to know that he was going and that no man could stop him.
"It was then that Howard was killed and his companion wounded.
The dead man, John Howard, according to Mr. Dismukes, was released from the state prison in Georgia just five months ago, after his arrest for carrying 60 gallons of liquor in a car.
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