Testimony of Julia Wofford

[Examination of Julia Wofford by Assistant Attorney General Sanford (2/14/1906).]

SANFORD: What is your name?
WOFFORD: Julia Wofford.
Q: What is your age?
A: 26.
Q: What is your occupation?
A: Cooking.
Q: Did you ever cook for the defendant, Captain Shipp?
A: Yes, Sir.
Q: When?
A: Well, I cooked for him twice, once year before last and then last year, along about February and March, along in there.  I quit in March.
Q: Are you now in his employment?
A: No, Sir.
Q: Did you ever hear Captain Shipp say anything in reference to any delay in the proceedings in the Ed Johnson case?  If you did, just state what you heard.
A: I heard him say one day at the dinner table that if the execution would be stayed, Ed Johnson would be mobbed.
Q: When was that?
A: That was the week after they had gone to Knoxville, and had had their trial, and was waiting for a hearing.
Q: Waiting for what hearing?
A: From the Supreme Court.
Q: Did you hear Captain Shipp, on the day Ed Johnson was lynched, say anything in reference to whether the Supreme court had taken any action or not?  If so, state what he said, and the time.
A: I heard him tell his wife that afternoon that he was going to get a hearing--he would get a trial, or something like that.  I don't know exactly the words.
Q: That who was going to get a hearing?
A: Ed Johnson.
Q: Did he state in what court?
A: No, Sir.  I was just passing through the room and I just heard him say, "Well, Ed Johnson got a hearing."
Q: That was in the afternoon?
A: That was Monday.
Q: You stated the time.
A: That was Monday evening, and Ed Johnson was mobbed that night.
Q: When you say "evening," what do you mean--afternoon or what?
A: I mean from 2 o'clock on, between then and 5.  That is what I call evening.
Q: Sometime between 2 and 5 in the afternoon.
A: Yes, Sir....
Q: About what time did you leave after supper?
A: Between 7 and 8 o'clock.
Q: He was still there?
A: Yes, Sir.

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