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MANY
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Murdered Or Assassinated In
the South Who Are Not Guilty
Of Raping White Women.
WHITE CHRISTIAN GENTLEMEN PAINT THEIR FACES
BLACK FOR THE PURPOSE OF RAVISHING THEIR
OWN FEMALE RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.
THE VIEWS OF FORMER GOVERNOR ATKINSON OF
GEORGIA ON THE DANGER OF MOB AND LYNCH
LAW AND OF PERMITTING ANY WOMAN TO
SWEAR THE LIFE OF A MAN AWAY AT HER SWEET
WILL.
Senator Benjamin R. Tillman,
intimated in his mad running off
at the mouth, in the United
States Senate, last week, that
"Judge Lynch" with the aid of
the fair and unfair ladies in the
South never makes a mistake in
selecting victims for his court
among the Negroes, who have
been proven beyond a reasonable
doubt to be guilty of raping
white jvomen, but as we proceed
it will be no trouble to prove that
this bold statement on the part
of thfe old'Negro hating Ben Till
man is as far from the truth as
the sun is from the earth.
It is almost useless to state
that Tillman, "VTardaman, Jeff
Davis, John Temple Graves,
Hoke Smith1, Rev. Thomas Dix
on Jr. and the other advocates
of mob and lynch law for the
Xegro, always fail to explain in
their tirades against the Colored
man, that more than ninety-five
out of every hundred Negroes
mobbed and lynched in the South
are not guilty of committing the
nameless crime on white women
and that white Christian gen
tlemen in that benighted land
of race prejudice and ignor
ance paint their faces black for
the sole purpose of ravishing
their own -female relatives and
friends.
It will be recalled that on the
night of November 29, 1901, at
Columbia; South Carolina, which
is only a short distance from
where Ben Tillman resides that
Miss Langstone the leading belle
of .that Southern town, was at
tacked in her bed room by two
men with their faces painted
black, which caused them to re
semble big black Negroes, and
when she screamed at the top of
her voice for help, the two men
started to flee from, her home. n.
neighbor by the name of Clar
ence Babb, heard her cries for
help and as he ran into the house
he noticed the two men fleeing
from it, so he fired away at the
supposed Negroes, and brought
one of them down, ;vho proved
to be Henry S. Sullivan, who
was an intimate friend of) the
Langstone family, the other
white gentleman escaped. Mr.
Sullivan was locked up for the
remainder of the night, but he
was finally set at liberty by the
court and he was dubbed a good
fellow by the fast set, for being
almost slick enough to rob Miss
Langstone of that priceless,
jewel, which is always harped
about so much by Ben Tillman.
March i, 1904, Mrs. Mary Tay
lor, the wife of a prominent
"white fanner living several miles
from -Gainesville, Texas, was un
mercifully raped by a white gen
tleman who had painted his face
black in order to pass for a Ne
gro, Mfcs Taylor declared at the
time that the reason she could teir
the pentlpman OTac-white wai that
while he was struggling with her
she pushed tip his sleeves and be
ER
held his white arms, and that
his ears were white as he had
failed to paint them black.
Only last year another white
lady was assaulted in her home,
in one of the thriving towns in
Texas, and on giving the alarm
the husband of the lady began to
blaze away at the Negro rav
isher and when the white gentle
man rushed upon the would be
dying Colored man, or baboon as
the Negro is painted in the
South, to his great horror he dis
covered that he had shot his own
brother dead in his tracks, who
had painted his own face blaoc
to enable him to pass as a Negro,
so that he could satisfy his beast
ly desires on his sister-in-law,
without being detected.
More than a dozen cases simi
lar to these have come to the
lighlt of day in all parts of the
South within the last two or
three years; but this is nothing
new for whenever any race of
people sink so low in the scales
of civilization, that they exper
ience not the slightest compunnc
tion, in buying and selling their
own flesh and blood, for th'e sake
of pilling up wealth, so that they
can live on easy street, they are
amply prepared for the commis
sion of any and all crimes 1
The latter part of October,
1897, Gov. Atkinson of. Georgia,
convened the legislature of that
state in extra session for the spe
cial purpose of enacting some
kind of a measure to suppress
mob and lynch- law, and in dis
cussing the subject of lynching.
Gov. Atkinson, who was a brave
and manly man, whom we had the
pleasure of meeting in Salt Lak.
City in 1898, declared that:
"I feel the more deeply upon
this question because from the
best information I can secure I
believe that during my admini
stration there have been in this
state several men lynched who
were not guilty of the crimes
with which they were charged.
"To adopt lynch law is to put
the life of every man in the pow
er of any woman who, for any
reason, might desire his death."
Former Gov. Jelks, of Alabama,
in speaking of lynching Negroes
recently, declared that:
"When I had been in the gov
ernor's office three years, I care
flly inqired into the facts of every
one of the five lynchings that had
taken place. It would astonish
you to know that out of the five
who had met violent death at the
hands of a criminal mob, three
of them were without offense be
fore the law." '
Those five men who were
mobbed and lynched were all Ne
groes, and the remaining two of
the five no doubt were also in
nocent of committing the crime
of rape, but as death had sealed
their lips, they were prevented
from making a defense in their
own behalf.
Gov. Jelks coodnded his re- j
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CHICAGO, FEBRUARY S, 1907.
MAJOR EDGAR BRONSON TOLMA N.
The new President of the Iroquois Club, who could make a winning race,
for Judge of the Superior Court, to succeed the Iafe Judge Gary.
marks in this respect as follows
Are any of the persons lynched
white? Oh, no. They have the
blood of Africa in their veins.
The lynchers seem to "draw the'
line at white men. AH parties
agree that we ought not to lynch
white people."
With these undisputable facts
before us Ben. Tillman, who
should be put on a feather bed
and sent on into the next world
with all of his imperfections rest
ing on his Anarchistic rattle
brained head, and be compelled
to associate with the devil and his
angels, for as many million years
as there are grains of sand on
the sea shore, has the brass anu
the murderous nerve to stand up
in the United States Senate and
proclaim that "Judge Lynch nev
er makes a mistake in his court
and that all Negroes punished by
him are guilty of ravishing white
women."
Scat with such a vile and loath
some thing as Ben Tillman 1
In conclusion we honestly be
lieve that unless white Christian
gentlemen refrain from painting
their faces black for the purpose
of raping their own female rela
tives and friends and then charg
ing their hellish crimes up to the
Negro, and if they do not cease
from shooting Colored women
through their hearts, for refusing
to consort with them, it is only
a question of time until the ten
million Afro-Americans in this
country will send a mighty shout
up to the high heavens.
"Turn loose the bloody dogs of
war, I will be repaid, for ven
geance is mine sayeth the gods 1"
THE BROAD AX IN THE
UNITED STATES SENATE.
Within the past ten days every
United Slates Senator has re
ceived from seven to three copies
of The Broad Ax, containing all
the articles on Senator Benjamin
R. Tillman, from November 24,
down to and including the issue
of the paper January 25.
Each and every senator will a-
so receive a copy of the present
issue. Every Southern senator,
received a marked copy of tn.
nth, anniversary edition contain
ing our reply, to the editor of
The Banner, Nashville, Tenn.
Which appeared in connection
with his editorial on "Senator
Benjamin R. Tillman in Chicago,
Senators Spooner, Patterson, For
aker, Nelson and the others who
led the fight on the South Caro
lina Anarchist, also received
markrd copies of the nth anni-
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Iversary edition of The Broad Ax
and some of the thunder which
they so successfully hurled at
him, was gleaned from the col
umns o"f this" pap'er.""
Notwithstanding this fact,
there are many big Afro-Americans
in this city, who claim that
a little "Nigger" newspaper is
no good, unless it devotes all its
space 'for five cents or for nothing
in setting forth their gossip or
torn foolery.
"NAMELESS CRIME BY
WHITE ASSAILANT.
On Little Georgie Wheeler, Age
Eleven Years.
SAM SWANSON (WHITE)
Sam Swanson, Who Raped a Lit
tle Eleven-year-old Colored
Girl, Out on $1,000 Bond.
Another white man has been
arrested, charged with the das
tardly crime of criminally as
saulting an innocent eleven-year
old Negro girl. Angry and de
termined Negroes have been
seen on the streets all day
Thursday and Friday, and atone
time during Thursday evening
crowds were very determined to
find the assailant. This is the
third case that has been reported
to the authorities within the past
five or six months, which does
not mean that more have not
been committed. It appears now
to be very dangerous for a Negro
girl to be alone, when white
brutes are in the vicinity, ana
none ever punished for their
crime.
Sam Swanson, a ruffian, in the
image of a man, who had a wife,
is thfe villain charged with the
crime. It appears that the chi. -victim,
little Georgia Wheeler,
eleven years old, was employed
at the boarding house, No. 147
Fourth avenue, North, to do the
light chores, and at the same
place, her assailant and his wife
boarded.
"Little Georgia," as she is gen
erally called, reported to her fa
ther the act of her "moral
murderer' and her father at
once reported the "nameless
crime of the brute" to the offi
cers. Swanson was at once arrestea
and taken before Justice Dbdd,
wttere it appears he is allowed to
go almost scot-free, as his bond
was fixed at only one thousand
dollars. Such an outrage upon
the children of any people is
(Coatiased on Pace 2.)
SIDE LIGHTS
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J ONE COLORED WOMAN SHOT THROUGH THE HEART
FOR REFUSING TO CONSORT WITH A WHITE GENTLEMAN.
ALL AFRO-AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE SOUTH ARE
CONSIDERED LEGITIMATE PREY BY THE TWO
LEGGED BEASTS WHO BOAST OF THEIR SUPER
IORITY OVER THE BLACKS.
NEGROES HELD IN A STATE OF SLAVERY, ROBBED,
PLUNDERED AND WHIPPED IF THE ATTEMPT TO
LEAVE THEIR MASTERS.
AN APPALLING CONDITION IN THE SOUTH LAND AS
DEPICTED BY MRS. KATE KINSEY BROOK.
'As stated in the last issue of
The Broad Ax, the wealthy Afro
Americans, those who pretend to
pose as the real leaders of .he
race and claim to love liberty and
justice, and want to see the truth
prevail at all times, should lead
off in a movement to engage Mrs.
Kate Kinsey Brook, to make an
extensive tour through the North,
East and West and lecture on
the true state of affairs in the
"South, whf?re" all 'the o-called'
best friends of the Negro are sup
posed to reside, and To-morrow
Magazine should find its way in
to the homes of thousands of
Colored people, for having the
courage to publish her more than
wonderful article in full, which
she concludes as follows:
"The next case was that of
a young Colored girl about eigh
teen years of age She really
was a beautiful girl, finely form
ed, a typical specimen of the race.
I knew she had a Negro sweet
heart whom she expected to
marry, and for this reason I was
surprised to notice after she had
been away for a time, that she
was undoubtedly encicnte I said
nothing to the girl herself but
later asked the facts of her grand
mother The talc she told was
heart-breaking. A young white
man in the neighborhood had
driven off the Xegro lover at the
point of a gun. and threatened
to shbot him dead if he ever
showed his face around there
again. The reprobate then forced
the girl, still with the gun. to
leave the house, go into the
woods with him and submit to
his desires. He told her grand
parents if they attempted to stop
him or tell anyone what he had
done, he would shoot them down
like dogs, and that he would
shoot the girl on the spot un
less she obeyed him, in fact they
were all terrified into non-resistance.
I asked her grandmother
what she intended to do about
the matter. She said there was
nothing to do, unless they want
ed to die, but let her go on sub
mitting to the white man.
I suggested that she speak to
the district attorney and she re
plied: "What's the good of the
law, Miss Katie, (when you is
likely to get shot m the back on
the way home from town. It's
an awful thing to think that you
may be shot in the back any
minute. We would try to slip
away in the night and hide from
him, but he says he will follow
us and kill us. There is just
nothing to do but let him do as
he pleases."
Another case; a Negro woman
who tried to break a relationship
that had been forced upon her
by a wifite man. She ran away
from him but later she met him
in the woods and he shot her
down like a wild beast He
pointed his gun straight against I
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her heart, and said: "Say your
prayers now, for I am going to
kill you." The woman thought
he was joking and told him to
take his gun away. He answered:
"I told you I would kill you if
you run away, and I am going
to do it." Then he sent the con
tents of his gun through her
heart, killing her instantly.
From these cases which might
be repeated ad infinitum it read
ily will be seen' tHat the question
of rape is two-sided. The in
consistency lies in the fact that
the white man, who ruins as
many Colored women as he
chooses, on the slightest move on
the part of a Negro which seems
to look like the same thing, hangs
him to the nearest tree, or fills
him so full of lead that there is
nothing left to lynch. The Ne
gro has no court of justice and
he must bear the burden silently,
without any right to appeal to
the laws of thfe country, of which
he is a citizen. The law is there
for his protection, but the old
Negro grandmother struck the
keynote when she said : "What's
the good of the law when you's
going to get shot in the back on
your way from town?"
The law -whiqh protects the
Xegro in his family relations is
effective in the same degree that
the property rights are effective,
and that is, almost not at all. It
seldom occurs to a Xegro in the
South that he has any property
rights or that he is exempt from
a debt if his property is less than
the homestead allows him The
Xegro is being held in a condi
tion of actual servitude, quite
equal to the slavery of former
days. The black man has been
given to understand that he must
remain with his landlord until
his debts are paid. Through the
workings of the credit system,
he is kept everlastingly in debt,
and feels that he dare not leave
the place where he is, until out
of debt. There is an unwritten
law in the South that if a Negro
leaves one plantation for another,
the new landlord must pay the
debt to the old one before the
change can be made merely the
survival of paying for a slave.
The Negro in debt is as much a
slave as before In some cases
the Negro slips away in the
night. If the landlord can dis
cover him in a certain number of
days after his flight, he can seize
anything of which he is possess
ed to apply to the debt. If the
Negro is able to hide until the
time is past, then th!e landlord
cannot legally "seize him out,"
although he frequently does so
without considering the legality
of his action. Whatever tne
white may do, the Negro will be
afraid to question the justice of
the act. When thfe fact is taken
into consideration that, in many
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