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x shot. Evidently the fusillades fired
by his lynchers as they fled from the
prison farm were merely to scare off
The lynching's scene was more
than 100 miles from thetate prison
The Marietta chief of police said
today that he had no clue to the
lynchers. He was doing his best,' he
declared, to find and arrest them.
The police have been unable to
learn the identity of the lynching
party from Superintendent Burke.
They have tried several times to get
him over the telephone, but cannot
Frank evidently had been dead sev
eral hours when his body was found
by Marietta officials who were
searching for him.
Little doubt was entertained here
that the mob was from this place.
Significance was seen by the author
ities in the fact that several well load
ed automobiles left town last night
with about enough of a time allow
ance to enable them to reach the
prison farm a little before midnight
by fast driving.
"I was called to the door of my
house just as I was preparing toy re
tire," said Superintendent J. M.
Burke of the prison farm, "and step
"The moment I had crossed the
threshold two strong men grabbed
me and in an instant snapped hand
cuffs on my wrist. Four others stood
guard over tae with two shotguns
and two with heavy pistols.
"When I remonstrated they said it
was no use for me to "squirm, as they
had come for Leo Frank and were
going to get him.
"I told them Frank was not at my
house and they said they knew that,
but they were going to take me to
where they knew he was quartered.
"I was marched up to the peniten
tiary building by a guard which was
doubled as we proceeded.
"Half way up the stairs I was halt
ed while half a dozen men rushed by
F me and made a dash for Frank's
"One of the prisoners who wit
nessed what followed said four men
seized Frank by his arms and legs,
while a fifth grabbed him by the hair
and he was dragged out and bumped
down the stairs."
"While I looked on Frank never
uttered a word, but he evidently suf
fered intensely and groaned from the
pain the lynchers inflicted on him by
the roughness with which they han
dled him in his -wounded condition.
"The members of the mob told me
they did not mean to harm anyone
"The whole tiling took hardly five
minutes. Before we realized the
enormity of the occurrence it was a
"Only two of the men were masked
but I did not recognize any of them.
"Just as they were starting away,
the leader said 'Now, boys, for the
The body was not finally cut down
unti lafter speeches had been made
by a number of persons in the crowd.
One address was by a Marietta man
said to have slapped Detective Wm.
J. Burns' face when Burns was in
vestigating the Frank case here. He
urged that the body be mutilated.
Judge Morris spoke in opposition to
this, urging that order be maintained.
After the entire crowd had voted
against mutilation, the body was low
ered from the tree and lifted, in a
basket, into a wagon which started
for Marietta, where it was announced
an inquest would begin at noon.
During the progress mutterings in
favor of mutilation began to be
heard again, so Judge Morris ran his
automobile alongside .the wagon,
lifted the corpse into the car and
sped, not toward Marietta, but in the
direction 'of Atlanta.
Some 200 automobiles gave chase.
At Smyrna, Rogers Winter, a news
paper man who accompanied Judge
Morris, leaped from the latter's car
and rushed for a telephone to notify.