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MOB LAW RULES
NINE PRISONERS TAKEN OUT
OF JAIL AND SHOT.
Eight are Killed, but the Ninth, Al
though Left for Dead, Survives
-One of Killed was White.
Watkinsville, Ga., June 29.-A mob
entered the jail at Watkinsville at 2
o'clock t!his morning and took there
from nine prisoners, eight of whom
were shot to death and the ninth es
caped only by being thought dead by
the mob. The prisoners taken out
and lynched were Lon J. Aycock,
white, charged with tihe murder of
F. M. Holbrook and wife, of Oconee
county, and seven negroes, Rich Rob
inson, Lewis Robinson, Claud Elder,
charged with the murder of the Hol
brook couple; Sandy Price, a young
negro, charged with attempted rape
upon the person of Mrs. Weldon Doo
ley; Rich Allen, a negro convicted and
under sentence of death for the mur
der of Will Robertson, anot+her negro;
Gene Yerbe, another negro, charged
with the burglary of a rifle from Mr.
Marshall, and Bob Harris, a negro,
charged with shooting another negro.
The mob came quietly into Wat
kinsville a little before 2 A. M. There
were about fifty in the crowd. All
were heavily masked and no one
knows whence they came or to what
point they returned. They went at
once to the house of Town Marshal
L. H. Aiken and quietly called him to
the door. As he put his head out of
the door he was seized and told that
he must deliver the jail key. He re
fused, and the men put pistols in his
face and overpowered him, he being a
rather small man. Aiken refused to
dress, but some of the party dressed
him and carried him along. The mob
next seized Cout .ey Lder, a black
smith, and made him bring his tools
along with 'him. On their way to the
jail they were met by A. W. Ashford,
a prominent citizen of Watkinsville,
who had heard the noise at the mar
shal's house and came down-town as
soon as he could dress. Mr. Ashford
begged the men to desist and let the
law take its course, especially plead
ing for Aycock, on the ground that
the evidence had not been secured to
warrant his conviction, He also beg
ged them not to lynch those not
charged with capital crimes. They
told him that they were cool, sober
and determined, and that he migsht as
well go back home and go to bed.
The jail was then opened by the town
marshal under the cover of several
pisto!s, and inside the jail the mob
held up Jailer Crow and demanded
the keys to the cells. He refused at
first, but surrendered them after being
menaced with guns. Jailer Crow
begged ;hard for Aycock on the same
ground that Mr. Ashford did, and
also for the two negroes who were
not charged with capital crimes.
Members of the attacking party told
him to shut his mouth. They knew
what to do, they said, and they were
going to clear out the whole jail.
The mob got every prisoner in the
jail except Ed Thrasher, a negro
charged with gambling, who was on
the misdemeanor side of the prison
and was not noticed. The prisoners
were carried to a point some one hun
dred yards from the jail and tied to
three fence posts by their necks. Ay
cock protested his imrocence to the
last. He said they were killing an in
nocent man. While the general be
lief in Oconee county is that Aycock
w-as not guilty, still there were many
who dijd not b)elieve so. Rich Robin
son said it was' all righ:. so far as l'e
wvas concerned. but that three more
negroes were in the H-olbrook murder.
He namned Sidney Norris. Jim Taylor
and Wilev Durham. as the three imn
plicated. These negroes had been inl
jail before on this charge and had
been released after a jull investigation
by the committee. The other prison
ers did not open their mouths during
their march to their doom.
After the prisK'ners had been tied to
the fence posts the mob lined up and
fired five volleys into their bodies.
All died without a struggle except
Joe Patterson. a negro, who was
charged with pointing a gun at Al
bert Ward. Patterson was shot sev
eral times in the body but was alive
after the mob left and wvill recover.
I with shot, a great hole was torn
through iis heart and anotherthrough
his right breast.
The m')b left quietly after doing its
work and none of its members went
towards Athens. It is believed that
the men were from neighboring coun
ties, as the report was brought to
Watkinsvi!le yesterday afternoon by
A. N. Bostwick. of Morgan county.
that a mob would likely attack the
jail last night. This rumor, 'however.
was not given much attention, since
so many of its kind had come before.
Sheriff Overby was ,on his farm yes
terday afternoon, and he was not noti
fied by Mr. Bostwick. In fact, the
purpose of the mob was accomplished
so quietly that the sheriff, who lives
a mile from the jail, knew nothing
of the occurrence until this morning,
and the residents of Watkinsville
were taken completely by surprise.
The people of Oconee county are
horrified at the occurrence. They had
borne with patience the delay nec
essary to obtain the evidence against
the Holbrook murderers, and 'had
agreed to let the law take its course.
The 'impelling cause of the lynching
without doubt was the attempted
rape by Sandy Price, which excited
the people all over this section.
What Governor Terrell Says.
Atlanta, Ga., June 29.-In an inter
view to-night with a correspondent of
the Associated Press, Governor Jo
sep!h M. Terrell said that he deplor
ed "the horrible affair at Watkins
Governor Terrell stated further that
he was making a rigid investigation
of the affair and that he intended to
do everything in his power to bring
the guilty persons to justice.
"These men killed by the mob
should have had a fair trial," stated
The Governor will immediately of
fer a suitable reward for the appre
hension of the men composing the
Judge Calvin Johnson, of Watkins
ville, Ga., gives the following state
ment to the Attanta Journal regard
ing the Holbrook murder and the
causes which led up to lynching:
"The people of my county were at a
high tension following the ihorrible
murder of Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook
and this latest crime, following it go
closely, was probably more than they
could bear. This is terrible. We
thought we had averted the chance
for such a scene there, but the tension
reachned the straining point, I suppose,
when the Dooley crime was commit
The Holbrook Tragedy.s
"On the 9th of May Mr. and Mrs.
F. M. Holbrook, a most respectable
aged couple, living the cointr y three
miles from Watkinsville, were foully
murdered. Mr. Holbrook and his
Iwife had lived in our county but two
or three years. but were among the
most highly respected people of the
community. Mr. Holbrook ran a
cross-roads store and farmed.
"On the nigsht of May 9th the mur
der occurred. It was not discovered
until the next day by neighbors, who,
missing the aged couple, entered the
house. The sight that met their eyes
was horrible. The old couple had
been shot and their heads beaten into
a jelly by the murderers. In my safe
at home I have the 'scrape iron' with
wvhich the foul crime was committed.
"Lynching 'had given my section of
the state a black eye, and we knew
that unless something were instantly
done there would be more lynchings
if the miscreants were caught.
Safety Committee Named.
"W\e met in WVatkinsville and eigh
teen of the most p)rominent citizens
of tihe county were named as a public
''mmi ttee ''n safetv~.' I was elected
chai'rman of that committee. WVe
ciOs tie ' u~rselves in to. a semi
'uini niid (very man~ on thei commit
tee gave up) his entire time to the fer
re:ing~ out of the murder. Every wit
ness was examinedl by uts as in any
other court. We did our best to hold
pub1llic sentiment in check and wit'h
the inflnence of all the good people
pro misedl thiem that the instant the
pro per eveidence could be secured we
woud arrest the culprits and1 assured
>them they- wou!d be given a speedy
"On the to:hi of May'. Leon J. Ay
cock, a white man, and Claude Elder,
ILewis Robertson and Rich Robertson,
trifling negroes, were- arrested and
lodged in jail. c'harged with tile crime.
Confession of Negroes.
"Under pressure the negroes all
-:ontessed to th. crime, which they
--nanimously laid on Aycock. the
viiite man. Tiev said he had inspir
ed them t~ acc.ntpanty him, but that
he had killed t-he ic couple and that
thLey. had . :ten ni'ne of the $300
which he had st-len. r- bbery having
inspired the crime.
"J tdge Richard 1. Russell. of the
western circuit superil r court, prom
ised us that he would hold a special
term of the court as soon as we had
secured sufficient evidence to warrant
it. We spent our time and tried to
persuade the people to remain calm
and prevent anothe lynching. We
thought we had succeeded. But the
tension was too great, I suppose.
"I left home before the Dooley
crime, but suppose that the tension
under which the public was resting
was too great for them to bear. I am
sincerely sorry to hear of the lynch
ing, but the men who were lynched
were all lawless and criminal citizens
of our country.
"I knew Mr. and Mrs. Dooley well.
Weldon I. Dooly and his wife have
been living in Oconee county for
years, but a year ag, they moved to
the srburbs of Watkinsville. They
are well known and muchly liked peo
ple. Mrs. Dooley was a Miss Suth
erland, a daughter of Mr. J. G. Suth
erland, a well known man of Oconee.
She was about 28 years of age. I
know nothing of the details of the
assault on her, as I was in Atlanta
at the tim it occurred."
How the Girls of France are Made
Ready for Marriage.
New York Evening Post.
Every one who has lived in an Eng
lish village knows how important in
the rural laborer's life are the clubs
to which he pays a few pence weekly
or monthly. The improvident one
who falls behind with his "club mon
ey" is a marked man, while to pay it
in "regutar" covers a multitude of
sirs. There are, in fact, few men in
tihe village community who will not
make the necessary sacrifice of beer
in order to belong to the "Goose
club," which provides each member
with a goose for his Christmas dinner
and to the "Burying club," so that his
wife (who is always assumed to sur
vive him) may give him a decent fun
eral. If the question of tlhese clubs
has ever been looked into by the eccc'
omists, it has no doubt been recog
nized how much they contribute to
the comfort of the village home and
to the solidarity of village society.
But we have never heard of a "Trous
seau club" in England. So far as we
know, the young women get married
as best they can, and tihe trousseau, if
prepared at all, is prepared in haste.
They manage this better in France,
as we learn from a recent number of
the 'Reforme Sociale. The truth is
that t'he French reformer of today
has to face a condition which at pres
ent causes little real anxiety in any
other equally prosp erous country.
This, we need not say, is tihe depopu
lation of his native land. He has
learned to look on the child as a rare
and precious thing. The scarceity of
children among the rich he deplores,
but he knows well that the ricdh are
never reformed. The intelligent re
former remembers that in every civ
ilized society of which we knowv any
thing, the rich have regar.ded child
ren as one of those good things of
which one may easily have too much,
while the moderately rich, if they
must dleny thiemselves a luxury, have
preferred to forego the luxury of
children. So it is that if you take up
!any' of the current literature of social
reform in France. you wil find that
the ref rmer wastes no time in
p)reaching againist race suicide to the
real offenders. but (devotes this efforts
to preserving the lives and health of
t he numerous children of the poor.
A healthy child, however, implies a
we,ll-ordered home. Now it has been
discovered that one of the greatest
'hindrances to the happiness of mar
ried life in the working class in the
tow ns is the lack of a trousseau for
the bride; in fact, without it the home
is often not founded at all-the nest
is not built, simply because there are
no feathers. Without the proper out
fit of household and personal linen
ithe fiancee of the Frenchb artisan re
fuses to face the task of bringing up a
family. To meet this need there was
founded some years ago the "Oeuvre
di Trousseau." This is a society
which induces young girls of the age
of o t(o begin to make and store up
the tr',isseau which is to he handed
,ver t, them at the age of I8. At 14.
if th:e girl has paid regularly the dues
(,f ;o centimes per month and attend
ed the sewing meetings of the society.
she becomes a director of the concern
by right of her stake in the business,
and at the age of I8 can withdraw her
profits in the shape of a trousseau
made by her own -hands, or. in any
case. wholly hand-made and of excel
lent material. The trousseau con
sists of 73 pieces of personal and
household linen-not a bad- feathering'
for the nest. Who is so likely to keep
her linen closet in good order and re
plenished as she to whom it repre
sents nine years of small economies
and countless hours of effort? This
is the "Oeuvre du Trousseau" carried
on now in more than 6o towns of
France, not as a charity dependent
on the caprice of the philanthropist,
but as a regular business concern.
The English "Goose club" and "Blan
ket club" and all the other village so
cieties aim at adding to the comfort
of the 'home. But the "Trousseau
club" is enriched by a sentimental
interest which they lack, and is due
to the desire for daintinss. even in
the poorest surroundings, which is
usually alien to the instincts of the t
British working class.
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Ward's Slow Train Story.
I t is told in Harper's Weekly that
.\rtemtts Ward once took a journey
un a !it'Ie "one-horse" railroad line
in the Middle West. After the train
had crept from station to station at a
snail's pace for half a day. Ward
beckoned t., the conductor as he
passed through the car.
"Say, conductor.' he drawled, "do
you mind if I give you a little ad
"Well, what is it?" said the conduc
"Seems to me," continued Ward,
'it would be safer to take the cow
:atcher off the engine and hitch it to
he end of the rear car."
"What for?" demanded the conduc
'\VeIl, I've been thinking it over,"
aid Ward, "and I don't see What's
:o prevent one of them cows out there
rom coming into the car and biting
A woman aske questions so as to
.rgue with you if you answer them
nd to be mad with you if you don't.
If people had to work as hard per
orming their duty as they do getting
heir fun, the whole wo.-ld would go
The money a man spends in drink
ing and smoking would buy some
hing else just as foolish and much
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