Grills, Charles T.: Petition, Pulaski County
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4 She passed him and had proceeded some fifty yards, when the boy came up and laid his hands on her, and said if she would not he would take it by force, she told him not to put his hands on her for it would cost him his life, if he intercepted her, but the boy said he did not care & seized her, when a long scuffle ensued the boy draging her some six or eight feet from the road side, into the brush & threw her down and pulled up her clothes, that during the struggle the boy had unfastened his clothes and was in a condition to have effected his purpose, that she screamed during the whole struggle & the negro told her if she did not hush he would kill her and said where is my axe, but not being able to reach it he struck her across the forehead with a stick, threatened to fill her mouth with leaves & did put his hand upon her mouth. It was testified by John McMullin that he was travelling on foot and had stopped at Ingles Ferry for some time to rest that soon after he had left the Ferry and was ascending the hill in the direction of Newbern, he heard cries which he took to be the hallowing of some person in the woods, and did not regard them, that as he progressed the cries became more distinct and he heard a female voice in distress, crying murder, he hurried on in the direction of the sound and when he came to the top of the hill on the western side, he came within three or four yards of the negro, who had the witness Elizabeth Whitt down with clothes up and his pantaloons down and was on the woman, that their heads were turned