French held a variety of jobsoutside the gas field. He came outin 1928 to work wheat harvestbefore returning to southeastKansas to graduate from highschool. In 1929, he returned to thearea for good.French was in downtownHugoton the night City MarshalCharlie Newman was fatally shotby Fred McBee: McBee had a fewalcoholic drinks before the incidentin the Jewell Cafe owned by BonnieParker and Clyde Barrow knownlocally as Blackie and JewellUnderwood or Blackie and JewellSutherland.I was us close to the city marshalas 1 am to you (within arm's reach)when he got shot out here. He wasCharlie Newman. Fred McBee shothim. They are both dead now.I think that somebody had givenFred a shot in this cafe. He just waa little over inebriated up on MainStreet and was causing a problemand .the city marshal was going totake him to jail. It was '31 or '32,right in there.They (Bonnie and Clyde) left thatnight.I run down there to see this fightthis old boy had with a colored boy.Of course, that's why I was downthere. After it was all over abouttwo hours later, here come (Langdon) Morgan. He was countyattorney and come up to thisservice station where I was at. Itook to the back room.He said, "Who of you fellows wasthat saw that fight down there."And they (others at the station)said, "Old Frenchie. He's in theback room."The old judge said "Come on.You've got to go with me."I said, "I don't know nothingabout it."And he said, "I know you do. Andthey say you do. So you got to godown."The fellow that did the shootinghad the fight with a colored man.That's of course disturbing thepeace. They never did anything tothe colored man at all because hewasn't to blame in any way, shapeor form.Newman started taking McBeeto jail and he wasn't going to go.That old boy, of course, it was Mr.Newman's gun he shot him with;This other fellow took the gunaway from him.While the nation later wouldread daily updates on Bonnie and"Clyde in the same fashionsoap-opera loyalists watch theirshows today, the deadly duo wererelative unknowns when they livedin Stevens County in the late 1920sand early 1930s. Most folks knewthem simply as the hard-workingcouple of "Blackie and Jewell."Others knew them to serve up goodmoonshine during the dry '30s.I drank Cokes in that place. Ofcourse 1 heard of them before Ieven got out here. I couldn't tellyou to this day what either one ofthem looked like.I was a real good friend of the iceman and they (Bonnie and Clyde)wouldn't even let him put the ice inthe icebox. They'd set it on thefloor on paper and they'd put it in.They lived up northeast of hereand worked for farmers. She was agood housekeeper and a good cook.Clyde, he worked for a farmer outthere. It was about seven miles outthere where they lived.They come out here; I supposedthey were hiding somewhere andwent into that cafe.