THWARTED MOB LYNCHES BROTHER OF INTENDED VICTIM

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER
August 5,1911

            Demopolis, Ala., Aug. 4 —A lynch mob unable to locate Richard Verge, negro, wanted in connection with the slaying of Vernon Tutt, a prominent planter of these parts, today lynched Verge's brother, Sam, instead.

 

DESPERADO BURNED TO CRISP

           
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER
August 15, 1911

            Coatesville, Pa., Aug. 14 —Zachariah Walker, a negro desperado, was carried on a cot from the hospital here last night and burned to a crisp by a frenzied mob of men and boys on a fire which they ignited about a half mile from town.
            Walker had been cornered in a cherry tree yesterday by a sheriff's posse which suspected him of the murder of Edgar Rice, a special policeman at the Worth Iron Mills.
            When he was cornered, Walker shot himself in the mouth, falling from the tree. The posse then brought him to the hospital.
            News of the murder of Rice, who was very popular among the people here, spread rapidly. There had been no other crimes committed in this neighborhood that had been blamed on negroes and talk of lynching fell on willing ears.
            The main street of Coatesville is usually filled with people from the surrounding towns Sunday nights and a crowd soon gathered at the hospital. As the crowd increased the talk of lynching spread and finally a masked man mounted the steps of the hospital and shouted:
            "Men of Coatesville, will you let a drunken negro do up such a white mans as Rice?"
            The orderly crowd was instantly transformed into a riotous mob. The attack on the hospital was then made. There wee only the superintendent, four nurses and a policeman in the institution at the time and a defense of the negro was impossible.
            The crowd swarmed into the place through smashed doors and windows and before most of the mob knew it, the wounded and frightened negro was being taken out of the building screaming piteously. Still lying on the cot, he was carried through the streets and out of the city to the Newland farm.
            He had been tied to the bed with ropes and as the crowd tore fence rails and gathered wood and other inflammables, Walker writhed on his cot and tugged at his bonds, but could not free himself.
            All the leaders in the crowd wore masks made of handkerchiefs tied around their faces up to the eyes. The carried on their work quickly and after piling up the rubbish place the cot, with its shuddering victim on it, over the pile.
            A dozen matches, it seemed, were simultaneously applied to the pyre and in an instant the negro was enveloped in the flames. The fire burned the ropes that held him and he made a dash for liberty. Walker reached a fence and was about to climb it when stalwart hands seized him and dragged him back to this funeral pyre.
            As he was thrust back into the flames, he shrieked, "Don't give me a crooked deal because I ain't white."
            Only vile oaths greet his plea.

 

GOVERNOR COMMENDS LYNCHERS

           
BIRMINGHAM NEWS
November 13, 1911

 

            Augusta, Ga., Nov. 11 —A special from Anderson, S.C., says:
            What was unquestionably the most sensational gubernatorial address ever delivered by a man holding that office in South Carolina, came from Gov. Cole L. Blease, who spoke here today to a thousand people in compliance with an invitation.
            Gov. Blease devoted considerable time to the recent lynching of a negro at Honea Path, when the mob was led by Representative Josh Ashley, and was rather commendatory in his expressions. He said he had been informed by a telegram from the sheriff of the situation and had in turn wired the sheriff instructions, sending two telegrams.
            "The telegram to Sheriff King," said the Governor, "said: 'Keep in touch with the Honea Path affair and send me a report tomorrow morning telling me what is going on.'
            "Sheriff King received the telegram, and he understood its meaning. Next morning I received his report, and it was exactly what I expected. As a matter of fact, if it had been any different I would have been greatly disappointed."
            The Governor went on to say that rather than use the power of his office in deterring white men from "punishing that nigger brute" he would have "resigned the office and come to Hona Path and led the mob myself."

 

4 NEGROES LYNCHED AT ONCE

           
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER
January 23, 1912

            Hamilton, Ga., Jan. 23—A mob of 100 men tonight broke into the Harris County jail, overpowered Jailor E. M. Robinson and took four negroes, three men and one woman out and hung them to trees one mile from town.
            They then riddled the bodies with bullets. It is estimated that 300 shots were fired.
            Last Sunday, while Norman Hadley, a well-to-do young married farmer, was sitting in his home, a shot was fired through the window and he fell dead.
            That afternoon four negro tenants, Belle Hathaway, John Moore, Eugene Hamming and "Dusty" Cruthfield, were arrested, charged with the crime.
            Sheriff Hadley, who is an uncle of the dead man, feared no lynching and tonight he is in Columbus. Public sentiment, however, had been crystallizing here all day to day and by nightfall there were a great many country people in Hamilton.
            Their number was constantly augmented and by 9 o'clock fully 100 men had congregated in front of the court house in which the jail is located. Despite the pleas of Jailer Robinson they advanced on the calaboose and, throwing him to one side, broke the doors down. The terrified negroes were hustled out at the point of guns and marched outside the town. There they were quickly strung up.
            Immediately their writhing bodies became silhouetted against the sky, revolvers and rifles blazed forth and fully 300 shots were fired before the mob dispersed.
            The negroes protested their innocence to the last, but the mob would have none of it.
           

LYNCHED AFTER ACQUITTAL

           
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER
April 10, 1912

            Shreveport, La., April 9 —Tom Miles, a Negro, aged 29, was hanged to a tree here and his body filled with bullets early today. He had been tried in police court yesterday on a charge of writing insulting notes to a white girl, employed in a department store, but was acquitted for lack of proof.

 

 

WRONG MAN BELIEVED LYNCHED

           
HARRISBURG (PENNSYLVANIA) ADVOCATE VERDICT
September 13, 1912

            Princeton, W.Va., Sept. 7 —The authorities now believe that a mistake was made in lynching Walter Johnston, a colored man, last night.
            A statement was issued today by Mayor Bennington, Sheriff Ellison, Judge Maynard and Prosecuting Attorney J. O. Pendleton stating that there is plenty of evidence that Walter Johnston did not commit the crime for which he was lynched.
            A mob lynched Johnston last, allegedly for attacking Nite White, 14-year-old daughter of a railroad man. Today's statement said that Johnston fell far in dress and physical appearance of the man described by the girl.

 

BUGGY COLLISION INCITES MOB TO LYNCH ALABAMA NEGRO

           
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER
November 11, 1912

 

            Wetumpka, Ala., Nov. 10—One negro is killed and a posse of infuriated citizens in the neighborhood of Floyd, Elmore County, are hunting a second negro with the aid of the State penitentiary dogs tonight. The two negroes earlier in the day killed John Christizberg, an Elmore County farmer, and later one of them, Berney, killed Claude Kidd, one of his pursuers.
            It is learned here that Mr. Christizberg's two daughters were on their way to church when they met the two negroes, driving in an opposite direction. The young women drove as far to the side of the road as possible, it was reported. But the wheels of the vehicle driven by the negroes locked those of the Misses Christzberg's buggy, causing the horse to run away, that was reported too.
            A party of young men passing by, said that they repaired the harness, and took the two young women to church, and returned to punish the two negroes. The party of young men passing by also said that they informed Mr. Christzberg, the father of the two daughters whose buggy had been wrecked. They said after they told Mr. Christizberg what happened he joined them in the pursuit of the negroes.
            Continuing they contented, overtaking two Negroes in advance of his party, Mr. Christizberg attempted to horse whip both, when one of them shot Mr. Christizberg through the body, inflicting serious, if not fatal, wounds. After the shooting the negroes took to the woods, and it was necessary to get the penitentiary dogs to follow.
            A large number of the citizens joined the man hunt. The occupants of a negro cabin stated that the parties sought were not there. Not believing what the negroes said about who was in the cabin, some them went inside and noticed a loft overhead.
            Claude Kidd, one of the pursuers, mounted a rickety table, while some of his companions held it, and with a pole pushed up one of the planks of the loft. As he did so, a pistol shot from the loft rang out and Mr. Kidd fell to the table dead, the ball striking him in the top of the head, coming out under the lower jaw.
            The others who had intruded into the house came out and made the negro owner of the house (cabin) bring Mr. Kidd's body out. They told the negro to go back and tell the negro that did the shooting to come out or they would burn the house down. They were apparently afraid of being shot themselves and knew they had no right to be in the cabin.
            At that point after hearing what had taken place the intruders said that the negro who did the shooting told the owner of the cabin that he refused to come out and he threatened to kill him (the owner) if he came back.
            So as usual, a crowd had gathered. The crowd proceeded to set fire to the cabin, the negro seeing that he would be burned, made a dash for liberty, shooting at the crowd as he ran, they said, fortunately no one was struck. But, the negro was killed, his body being completely riddled with bullets. The second negro made his escape.
            Note: Again two Negroes were accused of a crime that could not be proven. It was a group of young white boys who said that two young black men caused all the problems to include murder. Since, Mr. Christizberg was dead he could not report what happened. It was the word of young white males against two black males, during this time who would the people of all white court believe say to be right? Of course, we all agree it would not have been the Negroes.

 

 

 

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