Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 3, 1901: Davis

The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Oklahoma) dated August 4, 1901:


On the Assailant of his Daughter—Lynched After Struggle.

Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 3—At Smithville, DeKalb county today a mob took charge of Davis, a young white man charged with criminally assaulting Miss Kate Hughes, a well known young white lady, from the custody of officers and lynched him.

The crime was committed Sunday night near Wharton Springs, while Davis was driving Miss Hughes home from church.

Davis was put in jail at Smithville Monday morning.  The preliminary trial was held this morning and the prisoner was bound over for the criminal court.

At the conclusion of the examination the father of Miss Hughes mounted a bench and appealed to the crowd to help him take vengeance on the assailant of his daughter.  A terrific struggle took place for the possession of the prisoner, during which Davis escaped.  The mob finally captured him and hanged him to a tree.

Sheriff J. T. Odum, Deputy Bob Odum, Constable Pass and the father of Davis were severely injured in the clash with the mob.

The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania) dated August 5, 1902 had the following gem:

A mob of negro hunters down in Virginia caught the wrong man and lynched him.  They will not seriously regret the mistake, however.  It merely furnishes them with an excuse for killing another "nigger" in the attempt to get the right one. 

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