RE RT ORM NO. I
REPORT MADE BY: PLACE WHERE MADE: DATE WHE MA : PE D FO HICH MADE:
Howard P. Wright Jacksonville, la. 9/921 99/7&821
TITLE OF CASE AND OFFENSE CHARGED OR NATURE OF MATTER UNDER INVESTIGATION:
OAPT. W. A. BROWN ( formerly reported A. W. BROWN) Peonage Matter
MORSE3 BROWN Oross City, Fla.
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS. EVIDENCE COLLECTED. NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS INTERVIEWED. PLACES VISITED. ETC.:
At Jacksonville. 'la.
The above man has been the subject of a report
of Special Agent Bonyne of this office, dated June 10, 1921.
GEORGIA JONES, a degrees, was interviewed, and
stated that she lives at Panama Part, Jacksonville, Fla., that
she has a son, JAMES JONES, sixteen years old, who was solicited
by an agent of W. A. BROWN, and who is also agent for the Putnam
Lumber Mills, Panama Park, Fla., to go to W. A. Brown's turpentine
camp at Gross City, Fla., and work; that about foar weeks ago
her son JAMES JONES left Jaoksomrille with several other negroes
who were recruited for BROWN'S TURPENTINE CAMP, Cross City,Fla.,
and that these negroes were taken to Orows City, ]Fla., on a
log train. 2hat she received a letter from her son dated August
9, 1921, asking for same money, and that she sent him e4.00; that
on Saturday,August 13, 1921, she, GEORGIA JONES, went to BROWN'S
place at Gross City, with a view aP locating her son, who, she had
been told was prevented from leavir4n this place, as W. A. BROWN
bears the reputation that whenever he takes a negro on his place
the negro is kept in debt and never allowed to leave; that upon
her arrival at BROWN'S place, she talked to several negro women,
but did not disclose her identity, nor did she permit her identity
to be known to Cj.PT. BROWN or any of his orerseers. That she
talked to Lucile Thomas ( Or Thompson) a negress, and that this
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mngress told her that her boy, JAMES ,OSES, tried to leave BROWN'S
place and go hoe, and that he got as far as Newberry, Fla., but
that BRBIW over took him, brought him baok and whipped him.
GEORGIA JONES farther stated that ets has gotten a job
bere, that her husband has gotten a job also and that she needs her
son here to help make a living.
Below is letter uhioh Georgia Jonti received from her son:
Croas City, ?la.
Aug. 9, 1921
My dear Mother;
I will write you a few lines to let you year from
me. Mother I would have written you before now but
I oou.d not ever get paper to do it with* Been down
here working in water for four days and now my fees
have done got water poison and I aint been able hardly
to walk an Willie is gone I don't know where he is.
I am siok from wading in this water. I want to leave
here and I want you and Ma to try and send me two
dollars if you can get it so I can leave from this
place, that is the only way that.I can et away frcm
here ie walk* They will put me in jail so try to get
$ZO, for me. I will leave here I am in Taylor county
where people 8I bad. I am aiek and my fout is awful
sore an no one to help me but you'll. So send it this
week if 'you ohn and let 6a help you get it so Good By -
Send it to Cross City, Yla.. put my name on it and put
it in oare of Capt. brown. I am on his place siok
and yo must not register the letter you must put the
money in the letter if you don't they wont give it to
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GEORGIA JOSES advised that she wrote Capt. W. A. Bram
asking for the whereaboute of her son, and received the following
letter from himt
"OlOS5 CITY TURBPTINC QCERTIONS of PUTrIM LUfMBER CO
Cross City, Fla. 8/82/81
Georgia Jones, Panama Park, Fla.
I reoeived your letter on ny return home last
night and will let you know all I know about JAMES BROMW
your son. He oase here and vworkcd a few days and left owing
a board bill at a negro eomans boarding house, for which be was
arrested, and put up for and the next night he broke out before
being tried and left. The last time I heard of him he wae
near Clara, but had left there, so I suppose he is at some cf
the log oamps up about Perry or Carbur if he has not gotten
home by the time you get this letter,
W. A. Brown
Copy of Speoial Agent Bonyne's report of JPue loth, was
submitted to the U. S.Attorney at Eensaoola, June m 3, 1921 with
the request that 6his Qtice be advised whether or not any proseottion
was deemed advisable, but no reply has been received up to the present
Refe-'enae is .le0o made to letter from Chief of Burea"
dated June 14th, OCZ:LOJ, file 80-6 81.