Thursday, February 12, 2015

February 12, 1898: Whit Dillard

Fort Wayne Daily News (Fort Wayne, Indiana) dated February 14, 1898:


Posse Overtakes the Guilty Man and Shoots Him to Death.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga., Feb. 14.—An Urbanite named Rawlins, attended church here Sunday. He was unmercifully guyed by the rustics. A native named Frey imagined some remonstrance from Rawlins was addressed to him, and he cursed the stranger vigorously. Angered because Rawlins failed to resent the treatment, Whit Dillard, a kinsman of Frey, shot and killed him. The congregation speedily scattered and amid the confusion Dillard escaped. A posse was organized under 'Squire Calloway. After a chase of about two miles Dillard was cornered in a ravine and commanded to surrender. This he refused to do. The members of the posse fired simultaneously, terribly tearing his body and killing him on the spot.

Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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