Friday, May 15, 2015

May 15, 1886: Dan and Lou Mann

Today we learn about a Florida lynching through the pages of The News (Frederick, Maryland) dated May 17, 1886:

Two Men Lynched in Florida.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 17.—A special says Dan and Lou Mann, white, who murdered Marshal Campbell and wounded officer McCormick at Bartow Saturday, were lynched late that night. A crowd of two hundred men broke into the jail and took the prisoners to a tree near by. While stringing up Dan Mann, Lou got lose and ran. He was promptly winged and strung up to the same limb. The coroner cut them down, and a verdict was rendered of death by violence at the hands of unknown parties. Very little secrecy was observed by the mob. McCormick will recover.


Our article of interest comes from the Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) dated May 16, 1885:

A CHINAMAN LYNCHED.

INDIGNANT CITIZENS OF FRIAR'S POINT, ARK., TRY TO DROWN A CELESTIAL AND THEN SHOOT HIM TO DEATH.

HELENA, Ark., May 15.—[Special.]—A story is told by some citizens of Friar's Point which shows a terrible state of affairs in that village. The report is that about ten days ago an old Chinaman was beaten severely by two or three citizens and ordered to leave town, which he started to do, going on the wharf-boat to wait for a boat. The self-authorized vigilants [sic] were not satisfied at this, however, and went to the wharf, caught the Chinaman, threw him into the river, and on his failing to drown as quickly as they desired shot him to death. The perpetrators of the murder claim that the Chinaman assaulted a young white girl, the daughter of one of the lynchers; but other citizens say he meant no harm to the girl and did nothing to alarm her, only putting his hand on her face to attract her attention. The names of the parties connected with the affair cannot be ascertained, but they are prominent citizens, and the body of the Chinaman has been found and some of his slayers arrested. The town is said to be divided into two factions:  one desiring to shield the criminals and the other endeavoring to have the law enforced.


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


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