Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19, 1884: Henry Burke

The Daily Commonwealth (Topeka, Kansas) dated July 20, 1884:


Chicago, Ill., July 19.—A special to the Daily News from Tuscaloosa, Ala., says:  Henry Burke, colored, who attempted to outrage a little white girl, was captured last night in the garret of an old house.  A mob at midnight took him from the jail and hanged him to a tree in the street.  They first put two bullets in him.

The Waterloo Press (Waterloo, Indiana) in the article titled The News Condensed, July 19, 1883, had this to say for the news from the south:


Two men named Brown and Mayer were arrested for an attempted outrage on the daughter of a wealthy citizen of Sunbright, Tenn.  They confessed, and were summarily lynched...Henderson Lee, colored, was lynched at Monroe, La., for stealing...Portions of Garland, Yell, and Montgomery counties, Ark., have for some time been under the control of outlaws, who defy the local authorities.  The other day Gov. Berry wrote a letter to the Sheriff of each county saying he had been urged to call out the militia, but saw no necessity for doing so, and urging the Sheriffs to call out large posses to hunt the outlaws down.

The Mississippi Board of Health have ordered that all boats from points below the State must stop for inspection at the Fort Adams station, and will not be allowed to land at ports in the State unless possessed of the necessary papers.

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