Mrs. Catherine Cooper, a negress, whom Will James, the negro lynched, and Arthur Alexander visited the night of the murder; her twelve-year-old son and Love Green, another negress, who is said to have washed the blood stains from James's [sic] clothing, were arrested, but because of the lack of evidence against them they were released when word came that James had been captured by the mob. Friends immediately helped them to leave town.
There is little fear among the Cairo negroes generally of a widespread race riot such as obtained in the State capital in August, 1908.
In his confession James implicated Arthur Alexander. Alexander was captured and was smugged through the streets in a policeman's uniform to escape the mob. He was taken on board a train to-night bound for Kankakee. Word from Centralia that a mob had formed at that place caused the railroad officials to change engines outside of the city, and the train bearing Alexander was run through the town without stopping. Two companies of militia are on board the rain guarding the negro.
The coroner's juries appointed to inquire into the deaths of William James and Henry Salzner gave a verdict in each case as follows: "We do find that he came to his death by injuries received from hands of parties unknown to us." With such a verdict no prosecution will follow.
CHICAGO, Nov. 12.—Gov. Deneen has cancelled to-day his engagement to speak in Bloomington and prepared to return to Springfield that he might be easily reached in the event of further mob violence in Cairo.
Sheriff Davis told the Governor that the troops should remain in Cairo over night as further outbreaks might occur.
"The anger of this mob was directed against law breakers and not against the negro race," said the Governor. "I do not think there wi ll be a repetition of the Springfield riots."
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