Fulfilled His Promise


A Hotel Proprietor Kills a Negro for Not Paying a Debt of $40

Louisville, Nov. 25 - Jerry Constantine, a hotel proprietor, shot and killed a negro named Roberts at Sparta, Ky., yesterday.  Roberts asked Constantine to pay a $40 debt for him several weeks ago, promising to pay Constantine on Thanksgiving.

Constantine agreed to pay the debt, and added that he would kill Roberts if he did not pay him on Thanksgiving.  Yesterday, Constantine met Roberts at the railroad station and asked him for $40.  Roberts said he did not have the money, whereupon Constantine drew a pistol and shot him dead.  Constantine is still at liberty.


from Maysville's Evening Bulletin, November 25, 1892