Owing to the justice of the peace at Hempstead having resigned, the preliminary examination of Joe Blassingame, charged with the assassination of Capt. McDade, has not yet been held and will not take place until the county commissioners' court meets and elects a new justice.

"Preliminary Examination of Joe Blassingame Delayed.", Brenham Daily Banner, Friday, December 7, 1888, p. 3, col. 3.