Greeks, Dallas County, Texas

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(Updated December 12, 2002)






Judge Braswell "Done Up" by
Several Gifted Liars in His

     One of the most entertaining cases that has been disposed of in Justice Braswell's court recently was tried this morning.
C. Ballas, a Greek, yesterday made complaint against another Greek by the name of Isaac Athrach, whom he said had sworn to kill him.      The two had a fight last Saturday, in which Ballas was badly worsted.
     Ballas swore on the stand this morning that Athrach had sworn to kill him. Athrach swore that he had not taken any such oath.
     Another Greek was sworn and placed on the stand. He testified that Athrach had sworn to kill Ballas and killed (?) him in the fight last Saturday. On cross-examination, he confessed that he was the man who killed Ballas. These statements caused some loud smiles, owing to the fact that Ballas himself had been on the stand a few moments before and did not look a bit like a dead man.
     Another Greek was sworn and placed on the stand.
     "Will you swear anything I want you to?" asked the prosecuting attorney.
     "Yes, sir," said the Greek.
     His testimony revealed the startling fact that both Ballas and Athrach had been killed.
     Another Greek was placed on the stand and swore that Athrach had offered him several thousand dollars to help him make a corpse out of Ballas.
     This witness was followed by another who said that he was a liar.
     This closed the testimony and argument commenced.
     After the argument was completed, Justice Braswell said, that owing to the reckless swearing that had been done, that he could not tell anything about the case and told the prisoner he could go, after giving him some sound advice.

- February 17, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 4.
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     The editors of The Times Herald has received the following letter with the request that it be given a prominent place in the columns of this paper:
To The Times Herald:
     Dallas, Tex., Dec. 26, 1914.--Your good letter of the 21st instant, enclosing check for $26,00, the gift of the Greek colony to the orphans of the Juliette Fowler Home, has been referred to me for answer.
     The Greek colony! Strangers, across an ocean and two continents from their native land, possess hearts big enough and sympathies broad enough to take in the homeless, motherless children of the land of their adoption. What a beautiful manifestation of the spirit of Christmas, which is the spirit of the true religion. Please say to these friends that their gift has touched our hearts as no other gift has, because it is such a fine testimonial to the universal brotherhood of man. Thank them in behalf of the more than forty orphans who will benefit by their generosity. We trust that the saying of Jesus that "it is more blessed to give than to receive" may find ample fulfillment in this case.
     We trust, also, that you will give such publicity to this kindly act of the Greek colony that our big Texas colony whose duty and privilege it is to care for these orphans, may have their attention fixed upon and their zeal quickened in this good cause.
     The completion of the handsome new building described in these columns a few days ago, situated at the east end of East Side avenue, must be furnished before the children can be brought in from Grand Prairie.
     The dreadful European war has greatly reduced the voluntary offerings by which the home is supported. Some $3000 is needed to place the institution square with the world at the end of the year and to furnish one of the two dormitories so that fifty orphans may take possession at once.
     As soon as this is done, steps must be taken without delay to furnish the other dormitory to provide homes for fifty more--remembering that there are always more on the waiting list than we can take care of.
     Won't you kindly let your readers know of this splendid opportunity to do a generous act of the most blessed kind by helping to raise this sorely needed $3000. Cordially yours,
                                                              J. J. C
       A Friend of the Juliette Fowler Orphans' Home.

- December 27, 1914, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. I, p. 8, col. 2.
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     Following an attempt to hold up a Greek fruit dealer at his stand, 306 North Ervay street Sunday night, a young white man was arrested by the police Sunday night and is held for investigation. He was armed with a pistol when placed under arrest.
     According to the police, the man entered the fruit stand Sunday night, and drawing a pistol on the dealer, he demanded money.      Before the dealer could comply with the demand, however, a customer entered the stand and the would-be hold-up man left hurriedly after concealing the pistol.
     A description of the man was furnished officers and his arrest followed.

- January 12, 1920, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 4.
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