Friday, July 31, 2015

October, 1884: A Swiss Man

Today we learn about a lynching in Nebraska through the pages of the Chicago times (Chicago, Illinois) dated October 29, 1884:


OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 28.—[Special.]—A Swiss farm laborer who had been employed by Sheriff Asbre of Cedar County, this State, last fall, and bore a grudge against him when discharged, was detected recently in an attempt to burn Asbre's hay-stacks. John Phillips, Deputy-Sheriff and Postmaster at St. Helena, started in pursuit of the incendiary, and Saturday night overtook him. The Swiss ran to a house and took shelter, both parties exchanging shots on the way. the fugitive, seeing that he could not escape, agreed to surrender if Phillips would come in, but when the officer entered the Swiss treacherously shot him. A crowd, which had been attracted by the firing, took the Swiss into custody and lynched him. It is said that he confessed to having murdered three men previously. St. Helena is on the northern frontier.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

March 25, 1910: "Judge" Jones

Today we learn about an Arkansas lynching found in an article in the March 26, 1910 edition of the Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania):


Loiters About White Girl's Home—Victim of Mob's Rage

By Associated Press.

Pine Bluff, Ark., March 26.—Resenting the attitude of "Judge" Jones, a 26-year-old negro, toward a young white woman of this city, a mob of forty men took the negro from the custody of the officers, who were conducting him to a convict farm last night, and lynched him.

Jones was arrested on the complaint of the mother of the young woman, who charged him with trespass, asserting that he persisted in loitering about her home and became insolent when ordered away. His trial was held last night and he was sentenced to a term on a convict farm. During the trial the negro replied sharply to his questioners, insisting that despite his color he "was as good as any white man."

After the trial Jones was being taken to a train when the mob overpowered the officers and hanged the negro from a water tank.

The mob then quietly dispersed and the body was cut down.

I read many articles on this lynching. Most of them were written like the one above. Another article is found in The Daily Journal-Gazette (Mattoon, Illinois) dated March 26, 1910:


National Telegraph Service.

Pine Bluff, Ark., March 26.—Judge Jones, a negro of questionable character, was taken away from officers by a mob last night and lynched. The negro was accused of intimacy with a white woman and today there is a strong feeling against the woman.

The last example and the only article I found mentioning assault can be found in The Daily times (New Philadelphia, Ohio) dated March 26, 1910:


Man Who Insulted Young White Girls Strung up on Water Tank

Pine Bluffs, Ark., Mar. 26:—An angry mob lynched "Judge" Jones, 26, an insolent negro here early today. His body was left hanging from a water tank in the main part of town.

Jones had been annoying young white women for a long time. He was not discovered until he made a criminal assault upon a prominent girl some days ago. The girl told the description of the man and people set out to find him. He was dragged to the water tank, with a rope around his neck and then "strung up." Several shots were fired at the body when it was hanging in the air.

Just like in today's media, the way an article is worded can sway how people feel about a certain event. I try to present these lynching as honestly as I can; therefore, I show multiple articles when I feel it is necessary. Many times the majority articles present the same story. In that case, I try to pr4esent the article with the most thorough information. It is always hard to know the true story. Without going to each location and searching through the court records, i have only these article to present. I suspect there is a little truth in all of them. I lean toward the middle article being the most honest. Mainly because the first article does not imply the girl complained about the man's attentions, only her mother. The last article, in my opinion, tried to justify the lynching by using terms that many people accepted as a reason to lynch. I find it hard to believe he committed a criminal assault and only one paper chose to report it. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

September 2, 1905: Arthur and Talcum Woodward

Today we learn about a double lynching in Mississippi through the pages of The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N. C.) dated September 3, 1905:


Mob Strings Up Two Negroes for Beating a Well-Known Farmer.

Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 2.—A special from Silver City, Miss., says that Arthur Woodward and Talcum Woodward, negroes, were lynched there today by a mob of fifty persons. The negroes were in the custody of Marshal W. B. Jackson, who was boarding a train when the mob appeared and took possession of the prisoners. They were taken to the outskirts of the town and hanged to a tree. The negroes had assaulted Andrew White, a well-known farmer, and seriously beaten him.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

January 4, 1898: David Hunter

Lynching was a commonly used tactic to keep people of color and people in poverty in line. There were many reasons people were lynched, but a large amount was for no other reason to make sure the populace behaved in the manner chosen by the elite. After Reconstruction, white supremacy ruled the South. The forms of lynching were varied; including but not limited to hanging, shooting, drowning, whipping. Another way to keep the populace in line, was to arrest and then send them to work on farms or in mines. If you look at court dockets in the south, you can see this many times over. It was called peonage and was eventually outlawed; just like lynching, peonage affected an overwhelming amount of people of color and/or poverty. Lynching was rarely about protection, even though the language commonly used claimed it was, it was far more about control. On many occasions people were forced into contracts to work on farms with little or no way out of the situation. Sometimes they were outright lied to about the situation they were getting into, other times they were prevented from getting any other work and had no choice but to accept the contract. Today we learn about a lynching for violating one such contract. It comes to us from the January 6, 1898 edition of The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania):

The following dispatch dated Columbia, South Carolina, January 4th, reveals another brutal crime perpetrated on a negro by heartless Southern white men:

"David Hunter, colored, died in Clinton, Laurens county, tonight, from effects of merciless whipping inflicted on him in open daylight, today, by several white men.

"Hunter was accused of violating a contract in leaving the farm, on which he had moved before the expiration of the specified time.

"The cause for his leaving or the names of the men who flogged him to death cannot be ascertained. tonight."

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Friday, July 24, 2015

June, 1889: Hungarians

Today we learn about a lynching of opportunists in the aftermath of the Johnstown tragedy. Our source for the following article is The Kearney Daily Hub (Kearney, Nebraska) dated June 3, 1889:


Human Jackals Caught at Their Nefarious Work and Lynched.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa, June 3.—A party of searchers saw two men robbing the body of a woman. The thieves were caught. In one of their pockets was found a woman's ear, entire, sliced from the head with a sharp knife. In the ear lobe was a sparkling diamond ring. The captors placed ropes around the necks of the villains and then strung them up to the nearest tree until they were dead. They then cut them down and buried them. Reports of 

Looting and Wholesale Robbery

have been greatly exaggerated. There is a disposition on the part of the Hungarians, laboring Irish and negroes to raid houses, but not the dead. The measures adopted by the police have a tendency to frighten them off in nearly every case. One Hungarian was caught in the act of robbing the body of an old lady, but protesting that he got nothing, was released. It was afterwards discovered that he had taken $100 from the pocket of the corpse. Threats to lynch these thieves on sight had a good effect in keeping them at a distance. C. L. Dick, ex-mayor of Johnstown, and several other gentlemen while patrolling that part of the city known as The Point, discovered a party of Hungarians looting the houses and robbing the bodies of the dead. The parties had no guns with them, but Mr. Dick leveled his revolver at one of the plunderers and

Shot Him Dead.

Further investigation of the contents of pockets of the fiends brought forth large quantities of jewelry and the mutilated finger of a little girl, on which was a gold ring.

He fell into the river and no further attention was paid to his remains. the city is guarded by over 300 special officers. A special train of twelve cars loaded with provisions for the sufferers has just arrived.

At 5 o'clock a posse of farmers surrounded a gang of fourteen Hungarians who were robbing the dead and succeeded, after a lively battle with clubs and rocks in driving three of them into the middle of the stream where they sank beneath the waves to rise no more.

The above article is a fine example of the bigotry that was common at that time.  If you are unfamiliar with the Johnstown tragedy, a good place to learn about it can be found  here and here. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

May 9, 1888: Unknown Negro (Thomas Reney)

Today we learn about a lynching in Kentucky through the pages of the Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) dated May 11, 1888:

Lynched on a Supposition.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky., May 11.—Wednesday night a mob composed of about 100 men went to the farm of Joe Smith, in Rich Pond neighborhood, in this county, and took a negro farm hand and hung him. Marion Sloss, a farmer, has had about twenty horses poisoned during the past year, and the negro is supposed to be the guilty party, as he was once in the employ of Sloss and discharged. He made threats against Sloss several times. Only meager details have been received.

According to the lynching list found in the December 30, 1888 edition of the Chicago Daily Times, Thomas Reney was lynched on May 10, he was listed as colored and lynched for the crime of poisoning horses in Richford, Kentucky. I had a hard time finding an article on this lynching until I started looking through papers starting with May 10th editions that mentioned lynchings. After a while, I happened to find several identical articles to the one above. I am pretty positive this is the lynching listed for Thomas Reney. It is always difficult to know the date when it is only printed to have happened at night. Before midnight is one date and after is another. Sometimes there are discrepancies between articles as to date. In that case I usually go with the earliest dated article; knowing that as more papers print the articles little details get changed due to misunderstandings and sometimes a careless person laying the type. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.    

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 27,1904: John Larremore

Today we learn about another lynching by white-cappers, this time in Texas. The following article comes from the July 29, 1904 edition of The Saint Paul Globe (Saint Paul, Minnesota):

Negro Woman Uses Gun on Mob

LOCKPORT, Texas, July 28.—A mob of masked whitecappers have killed one negro and severely beaten another, both victims being residents of this vicinity.

The mob first visited Tom Coperton, who was taken from his home and mercilessly beaten. From Coperton's cabin the mob went to the home of john Larremore and endeavored to enter the house. Larramore's wife opened fire on the mob which the whitecappers returned. After the fusilade  [sic]  Larremore was found dead in the hallway of his house.

I found 17 articles in all about this lynching. All but 2 of the articles were identical with different or no headers. I chose the article above because I liked the header. Another article found in the 28th of July edition of The Houston Post was one sentence under the header TEXAS. It reads, "John Larremore, a respectable negro, was shot and killed by unknown parties near Lockhart."  The last article actually covers after the lynching. It comes to us through the July 30th edition of The Houston Post:

Lockhart, Texas., July 29.—There were no further developments here today in the killing of the negro, john Larremore. Sheriff Sanders and his deputies are at work on the case seeking a clew to the members of the mob who dragged Larremore out of his home, but so far no answers have been made.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

June 21, 1908: Ernest Williams

Today we learn about an unusual lynching in Arkansas through the pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) dated June 23, 1908:


Took One of Their Own Race and Hanged Him To a Pole.


Hamburg, Ark., June 22.—A mob of enraged negro women last night dragged Ernest Williams, a negro, to a telegraph pole on the outskirts of Parkdale, a town in this county, and lynched him.

Negro women of that town are reported to have organized a league to enforce better moral conduct of their race. Williams's [sic] conduct was offensive to some of the women.

The place is remote from telegraphic communication and no further details of the affair have been received.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

April 8, 1912: Thomas Miles

Today we learn about a lynching in Louisiana through the pages of The Raleigh times (Raleigh, N. C.) dated April 9, 1912:

Negro Lynched After Being Acquitted

Shreveport, La., April 9.—Dismissed because positive proof was lacking when arraigned yesterday on the charge of having written letters to a young white woman, Thomas Miles, a negro, 29 years of age, was lynched near the city limits during the night. When the body was found today it was swinging from a tree and had been riddled with bullets.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

February, 1896: Henry Blake

Today we learn about an incident in Georgia starting with an article found in The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) dated February 10, 1896:


Henry Blake Probably Fatally Whipped Near Dahlonega, Ga.

Dahlonega, Ga., Feb. 9.—(Special.)—The whitecaps have broken out again in this section. News of another outrage has just reached here from Dawson county, and the information comes that there is a decidedly bad state of affairs over there. Henry Blake, who lived in Lumpkin county, was suspected of having reported an illicit distillery to the revenue officers and was warned to leave. he packed up his belongings, took his delicate wife and children in a caravan wagon and went toward Dawson. He rented a small farm and camped out on it preparatory to building a cabin. A few hours later the owner told him to leave,a s it was reported he was an informer. He denied it, but at dusk a band of masked men came upon his camp, took him out and beat him, and also his wife and children. Blake will die.

The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) dated February 10, 1896:


Whitecappers Whip an Informer in Lumpkin County.


While He Was with His Family Camping in the Wood Having Been Refused Shelter.

Dahlonega, Ga., February 9.—(Special.)—A few nights ago Mr. Blake, who had given information against illicit distillers in Lumpkin county was forced to leave that county and seek other climes. He went to Dawson county and rented a place from a Mr. Brown. When he went, with his wife and three children to take possession, he was informed by Mr. Brown that he (Blake) was an informer and that he could not occupy his house.

Blake with his family then proceeded on their way, they knew not whither, in search of a home. They camped that night a few miles from Brown's house on the side of the road. About midnight the Blakes were awakened and found themselves surrounded by a crowd of men, who had their guns leveled at them.

Brown was tied with ropes and dragged a short distance from where his frightened wife and children were and beaten nearly to death.

It is not known who Blake's assailants were, but they were undoubtedly illicit distillers and their friends.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

December, 1882: George W. and Jim Fraley

Today we learn about a Texas lynching through the pages of The Saint Paul globe (Saint Paul, Minnesota) dated December 19, 1882:

Two Brothers Lynched by a Mob in Texas.


[Special telegram to the Globe.]

DALLAS, Tex., Dec. 18.—News is just received of the lynching of two brothers, George W. and Jim Fraley, the latter a mere boy. Both were arrested in the Comanche country, charged with stealing cotton. They were placed under guard at Hazel Dell. At midnight a mob, armed with shot guns, overpowered the guards, took the prisoners to the woods, and hanged them on the same limb.

The Chicago Tribune's lynching list for 1882 lists the brothers as colored. The article doesn't mention race which would usually lead one to believe they were white. Thank you for joining me and as always, i hope I leave you with something to ponder.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

May 25, 1885: "Powhattan Pete"

Today the May 27, 1885 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) is our source of information for a Tennessee lynching:


MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 26.—[Special.]—Yesterday morning a gang of forty armed men visited the jail at Brownsville, this county, took a negro prisoner called "Powhattan Pete" from the building and quietly hanged him to a convenient tree. "Powhattan Pete" was an old penitentiary bird, and returned to Brownsville only a few weeks ago, shortly afterwards being arrested for complicity in the burglary of the house of S. C. Sayers and the subsequent theft of a mule.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

June 15, 1890: George Swazie

Tosay we learn about a Louisiana lynching through the pages of the Fort Worth Daily Gazette (Fort Worth, Texas) dated June 17, 1890:


Feeling Runs so High that a Negro Politician Who Urges His Race Not to Vote is Lynched.

Special to the Gazette.

NEW ORLEANS, LA., June 16.—George Swazie, colored, formerly a leading Republican politician of this state, was lynched yesterday at Black creek on the parish line of East and West Feliciana, representing that district in the legislature and afterwards being supervisor of registration. During the political troubles of 1876 charges were brought against him for murdering W. D. Winters, a prominent white lawyer. Swazie left the parish to escape the mob and was warned that if he ever returned there he would be killed. He came to New Orleans and latterly has been employed in the custom house. A few days ago he returned to Feliciana and was engaged there in distributing circulars advising the negroes no to vote in the senatorial election which takes to-morrow, and where the contest is wholly on the lottery issue. Following is the circular which which Swazie drew up and distributed among the negroes:

"An address to the colored people of East Feliciana parish:  The contest in the senatorial election to be held on Tuesday, 17th of June, is of no interest to you. On the contrary the friends of the lottery and anti-lottery bodies seem to be agreed only on one point and that is to eliminate you for the present issue. Now as this is strictly a factional fight amongst the Democrats we advise all colored people to abstain from voting, thereby leaving the settlement to the Democrats, which affords them a chance to arrange their own differences. By order of the committee in West Feliciana."

This action was denounced as a disreputable trick by the anti-lottery people as likely to decrease the colored vote in East Feliciana and thus to hurt them, and threats were made that any lottery emissary visiting the parish would be roughly dealt with. Swazie, however, crossed over into the parish with these circulars, but had no sooner stepped over the line than he was arrested as a suspicious character. As the deputy sheriff was taking him to the parish jail he was stopped by a mob of men and the prisoner was taken from him. This morning Swazie was found hanging to a tree on Black creek with a broken neck. The lynching created great excitement in both the Felicianas and Baton Rouge and indicates how bitter the fight is between the lottery and anti-lottery factions.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

March 18, 1888: Jeff Curry

Today we learn about an Alabama lynching from an article found in The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) dated March 20, 1888:


Jeff Curry Murdered While En Route to Prison at Birmingham.

BIRMINGHAM, March 19.—[Special. sic—Yesterday morning down near Bessemer two white men—Powell, father and son—fell out with Jeff Curry, a negro cobbler, about a job he had done for one of them and pistols were drawn on both sides, but not fired. Shortly afterwards they had Curry arrested and taken before a Magistrate, who ordered him brought to this city to jail. Two white men were appointed to escort him. About five miles away, during the afternoon, the negro's dead body was found with a handful of buckshot in it, his clothes being fairly riddled. An inquest was held before the same Magistrate, but nothing was brought out to show who did the shooting. Several names are connected with it in the neighborhood, though no warrants have been sworn out for the parties. The guards' story is, a mob of disguised men took the negro from them and killed him, but inasmuch as one of them was seen in consultation with one of the Powells just before setting out with the prisoner, it is suspected that they know more about the personnel of the mob than they care to tell.

If you are like me you probable wondered on what charge was Curry arrested. Curry was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

December 20, 1903: Eli Hilson

I have noticed a trend in newspapers when reporting lynching by white caps to refer to them as murders or assassinations. The names are still found on lynching lists and of course, every lynching is a murder. The closer the lynching is to 1900 or after, the more likely it will not be referred to as a lynching.

Today's lynching comes to us through the pages of the Belvidere Daily Republican (Belvidere, Illinois) dated December 23, 1903:


Refuses to Heed Warning of Whitecaps and Is Killed—Alarm Over Situation.

Brookhaven, Miss., Dec. 23.—Eli Hilson, a negro, living eight miles from Brookhaven, was assassinated Sunday while on the way from town alone in his buggy. Last winter Hilson was warned by whitecaps to leave, which warning he disregarded. About three or four weeks ago his home was visited in the night by whitecaps and several volleys fired into it. He still disregarded the warning, and remained on his place.

Hilson is the second negro murdered by white caps in that portion of Lincoln county within the last month, and the other negroes are greatly alarmed over the situation.

A year later we learn the fate of the white cappers through the pages of The Waterloo Press (Waterloo, Indiana) dated December 29, 1904:


Ten Slayers of Negroes Sentenced by Mississippi Judge.

Ten men who were proved guilty of outrages against negroes were sentenced in Brookhaven, miss., to long terms in prison by Judge Wilkinson, who recently declared that the full penalty of the law would be imposed against whitecappers, even if it made every woman in Mississippi a widow. Oscar Franklin was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Eli hilson, a negro; Will Franklin, D. W. Smith, Elias Smith, R. L. Smith and Elbert Gill were given fifty years each in the penitentiary for manslaughter in the killing of Henry List, a negro, and Sam Possey, another whitecapper, must serve twenty years. john Smith and john McNulty, negroes, who were convicted of murder, received life sentences.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

May 10, 1897: Charles Jackson

Today we learn about a lynching in the May 12, 1897 edition of the Salina Daily Republican-Journal (Salina, Kansas):


JACKSON, La., May 12.—Ward Constable F. M. Norworthy left here for Clinton, La., about 8 p. m. Monday, having in custody a negro, Charles Jackson, who was charged with attempting to wreck a train on the Jackson railroad. When about 5 1/2 miles from Jackson, near Redwood bridge, he was halted and surrounded by an armed body of men, who relieved him of his prisoner and allowed the constable to return to Jackson. The body of the negro, Charles Jackson, was found at an early hour yesterday hanging from a tree some distance from where he was taken from the officer. Judge r. S. Austin, of the Third ward justice's court, was notified, who summoned a jury and held an inquest. The verdict was, "hanged by parties unknown."

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

May 8, 1906: Sam Sims

Today we learn about a Mississippi lynching through the pages of the Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia) dated May 9, 1906:


Mississippians Hang the Man Because He Shot the Animal While Resisting Arrest.

(By Associated Press.)

JACKSON, MISS., May 8.—Sam Sims, a negro was lynched by a mob six miles from Jackson last night. Resisting arrest he killed a horse under Constable Hendricks and friends of Hendricks captured the negro and lynched him, first tying the constable to a tree to prevent his interference.

The Eugene Guard (Eugene, Oregon) dated May 10, 1906:

Sam Sims, the negro lynched near Clinton, Mississippi, Tuesday for attempting to assassinate a constable, must have felt deeply obligated in that the affair, according to the dispatch, was conducted in a quiet and orderly manner. The gentlemanly conduct and appearance of his executioners must have allayed any suspicion on his part that after his demise they would shoot his body as full of holes as a sieve and finish by burning so the gaudy funeral so dear to the negro heart would be utterly incapable of realization. They might have given him a funeral to start with, then lynched him.

I would like to point out that Sam Sims was not burned. He was discovered hanging from a tree in the morning by a man walking along the road. I read many articles, but none mentioned why Sims was being arrested in the first place.  Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

Monday, July 6, 2015

January, 1883: O. F. Ferral and Evan Griffith

The New York Tribune (New York, N. Y.) January 25, 1883 edition brings us the following lynching:


RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 24.—Information was received here to-day to the effect that a few nights ago a body of disguised men forcibly took from the jail of Russell County, this State, O. F. Ferral and Evan Griffith, who were locked up on a charge of having obtained under false pretences cattle worth $18,000. It is generally believed that they were lynched by persons who had been swindled.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

October 9, 1903: Samuel Williams

Today we learn about a Florida lynching through the pages of The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, N. C.) dated October 14, 1903:

Lynched Him by Mistake.

Starke, Fla., Oct. 11.—A young white man, Samuel Williams, was lynched at Lawtey, a small place near here, Friday night by an angry mob that was searching for Alta Williams, an older brother, who is accused of maltreating a girl of 14 and another of 6.

Alta was arrested some weeks ago and charged with breaking into a store, and was released on bail. Later the other accusations were made, and scores of armed men were out hunting for him with the openly avowed intention of lynching him. A posse of 25 men, headed by the Sheriff, searching long, but could not find him.

His younger brother Samuel was found, it is said, and the mob sought to learn from him his brother's whereabouts. This Samuel refused to tell.

He was then strung up time and again, being let down at short intervals to be asked if he would give the desired information. But the posse members were too eager, and the last time they lowered him he was dead.

The mob dispersed, but it is reported is again after Alta. The lynching of the wrong man has created a great sensation, and many persons are denouncing the mob's violence in unmeasured terms, and threatening legal punishment. It is hard to get the exact details, as all interested are keeping quiet as to the actual facts. More trouble is feared.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

September 20, 1913: Henry Crosby

Today we learn about a Mississippi lynching found in the Salisbury Evening Post (Salisbury, N. C.) dated September 22, 1913:


Mississippi Mob Strings Up Man Simply Because He Frightened a White Woman

Louisville, Miss., Sept. 21.—Because he frightened a white woman in her home by his strange actions, Henry Crosby a negro, was lynched some time during last night. Officers searching for him found his body hanging to the limb of a tree today. The negro went to a farm house near here and questioned the woman as to whether her husband was present. The woman says that when he learned the husband was away he acted peculiarly and she grabbed up her infant and ran to a nearly house, where she reported the affair.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

November, 1882: David Lee

Today we learn about a lynching in Louisiana through the pages of The Somerset Herald (Somerset, Pennsylvania) dated December 6, 1882:

Lynched for Stealing Hogs.

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 30.—A letter from Start's Landing, Catahoula parish, says David Lee, a white man, was lynched there some days ago in front of his house, for hog stealing. About twenty white persons have been arrested on account of the lynching affair, and two brothers, Charles and James Smith, arrested on suspicion of having had a hand in it, are threatened, and may be lynched by the citizens.

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