Saturday, May 14, 2016

August 15, 1890: Charles Pratt

Today we learn about a lynching in Nebraska through the pages of The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) dated August 17, 1890:

A Nebraska Murderer Lynched by a Mob.

A Sheriff Overpowered and Murderer Lynched.

BLAIR, Neb., Aug. 16.—Chas. Pratt was lynched by a mob shortly before midnight last night for the murder of Farmer N. R. Town yesterday morning. About 11 o'clock, seventy-five men came from the country to the town. They were soon joined by 200 others from the city and marched directly to the jail. The sheriff was there, together with fifteen deputies, all of whom were armed. They made no display of their weapons. All lynchers were armed with guns and revolvers.

The sheriff refused to deliver the keys to the jail, but was soon overpowered, the deputies offering no resistance to the invaders. Then crowd then quickly made its way to the cell in which Pratt was confined and, seizing him, carried him about a mile from town, where his hands and feet were bound.

Pratt was then asked if he had anything to say and he replied that the Towns had wronged him and he was sorry he did not kill them all. While he was speaking some one gave the rope a pull and he died with a speech unfinished.

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

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