Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 9, 1893: John Davis

Today we visit The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) on October 10, 1893:

ALABAMA.

SHORTERVILLE.

A Would-be Ravisher Riddled With Bullets.

Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 9.—(Special.)—At Shorterville, Henry county, last night, Miss Farmer, daughter of J. T. Farmer, a prominent citizen, was rudely awakened by a negro in her room. She screamed and he sprang out of a window and fled. A posse was soon organized and in pursuit early this morning. The house of John Davis, colored, who proved to be the man, was surrounded, and he was captured. A member of the posse says that while en route to the jail he attempted to escape, when his body was riddled with bullets.


Here is an article of interest from The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) dated October 14, 1904:

VETERANS' CAMP CONDEMN MOB

Confederate Veterans of Huntsville Deprecate Lynching Spirit.

Huntsville, Ala., October 13.—(Special.)—Egbert Jones Camp, U. C. V., has elected delegates to attend the Alabama Division reunion in Mobile and at the meeting the camp unanimously adopted the following resolutions:

"Resolved. That as Confederate veterans we stand for and advocate obedience to the civil law and we denounce and condemn mob violence and it is our law and settled conviction that every man is entitled to a fair and impartial trial by jury.

Resolved. second.That we condemn, deprecate and abhor the recent mob violence that took place in Huntsville as barbarous, inhuman and contrary to both human and divine law and we will adopt all means to prevent a repetition of such a crime."


If you are interested in the lynching they mention, you can read about it here. Thank you for reading and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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