At Thompson, Texas, last week, Jas. W. Slavin shot and killed M.W. Janes, a merchant and deputy sheriff. Mr. Slavin is a son of Mr. B.F. Slavin, of Garrand county, and learned the telegraph business at Crab Orchard and this place some seven years ago, afterwards going to Texas, securing the agency at Thompson, which he held until a short time since, when he entered the mercantile business. From a letter from Mr. C.H. Campbell, a Kentucky boy, who is now railroad agent in Slavin's place, we gather the following particulars of the killing. A brother of Janes and James Slavin married sisters some years since. Three years ago the brother died, leaving his widow and three children $5,000. M.W. Janes appropriated and spent this money. In looking after the interests of the widow and children, Slavin incurred the deadly enmity of Janes, who has been carrying a Winchester for Slavin for a number of months, while Slavin provided himself Kentucky's favorite weapon, the double-barrel shotgun. When Slavin took the three orphan children to raise Janes enmity increased, and a short time since he hired a Mexican to waylay and murder at night, as he passed from the depot to the house. Some friends of Slavin discovered the plot in time to warn Slavin, who went home by another route. It was ascertained that the Mexican has concealed himself in a boxcar and watched for his intended victim for hours. On the day of the killing Janes rode past the front of Slavin's store. Slavin was sitting in the door with his gun across his lap. After getting by the store a short distance some bitter words were passed between the two, when Slavin exclaimed "We may as well settle it now. I can stand this strain no longer." Janes dismounted and reached for his pistol and made toward Slavin; the latter quickly leveled his gun and fired two shots. Janes died immediately. Slavin went at once to Richmond, the county's seat, waived examination and gave bond in the sum of $3,000. Mr. Slavin it would not have made any difference had the bond been placed at $100,000, that it would have been quickly given. This shows in what estimation our old friend and schoolmate is held by the businessmen, capitalists, and the citizens in general. Mr. Slavin has the largest business establishment in the place and is well fixed financially, all of which he has made by his own efforts since going to the Lone Star State, and his friends there as here are almost innumerable.
Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (Stanford, Kentucky), February 12, 1892.