From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 19, 1911:
"She has gone home now, has Mrs. Payne, gone to that home which she left last Monday, for good, so she said. With her two children Mrs. C. C. Payne left for her home in Eudora last night. Arriving there she did not speak to any one, but passing her neighbors and friends by on the street she went to the home that had been the scene of so much domestic trouble and there she is staying. Her wounds are doing nicely and she will suffer no ill effects physically. The body of Dr. C. C. Payne still lies at the undertaking parlors here. The Masonic lodge [of Eudora] will take charge of the body and bury it there on Sunday. This morning Mrs. Mary Smith, Dr. Payne's mother-in-law, whom he shot accidentally, was taken to Simmons' hospital for treatment. Her condition is not at all serious but the attending physician decided that she needed treatment at the hospital.... All Eudora is still talking about the Payne case, of course. It is curious to hear the comments made by the people of that place. Half of them seem to side with Dr. Payne while the other half are staunch in their friendship for his wife. Some of these say that Dr. Payne was all at fault, that he drank heavily and that he talked about his wife all the time. Others insist that Dr. Payne was a good man always. That he tried to make a happy home and a comfortable living for his family, and that Mrs. Payne was all at fault. They tell stories about her, of how she hated Eudora because it was small and life was dull. They gossip about her, do these people, but for every one who is willing to lay the blame on Mrs. Payne there are just as many others who say that her husband is to blame."