Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 18, 1900: Charles Humphries

To we learn about another lynching in Alabama through the pages of The News (Frederick, Maryland) dated March 19, 1900:

Lynched For Attempted Assault.

Columbus, Ga., March 19.—Charles Humphries, who late Saturday night entered the room of Miss McCoy, daughter of a white farmer living just outside of Phoenix City, Ala., was lynched yesterday by a party of white men. The mob came upon the negro about ten miles from Phoenix City. He confessed the attempt and was shot to death.

Today's article of interest comes to us from The Saint Paul Globe (Saint Paul, Minnesota) dated March 19, 1887:


But Who the Person Was Will Probably Never be Known.

Special to the Globe.

SIBLEY, Ia., March 18. A few days ago while two men of Elk Point were chopping timber near that place they came to a tree measuring about four feet in diameter, and upon looking up one of them saw what  he supposed to be a grape vine dangling from a limb. When the tree was felled, however, the supposed grape vine proved to be a rope. Upon examination it was discovered that the rope was about  ten feet long and tied to the limb with a double half-hitch knot and the opposite end made into a hangman's noose. It was apparent that some unfortunate had paid the penalty of death, as the end of the rope containing the noose was saturated with blood. It was also discovered that an imprint five feet seven inches in length and shaped like a human body lay immediately under where the rope had but a short time before been suspended. A still further examination proved conclusively that a murder had been committed, but as to the crime and its perpetrators probably nothing more will ever be known, as all efforts since the discovery to unravel the mystery have proved unavailing.

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

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