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THE STARKVILLE NEWS.
VOL. X. On Washington’s Birthday We Will Treat the People of Sturgis and Surrounding Country =========^=====i To Our ======^====^^^^=== GRAND OPENING SALE!! Our entire stock of First Class Merchandise consisting of Dry Goods, Clothing, Shoes, Ladies and Gents furnishings will he offered to the people at a remarkable low price. WATCH FOR THE BIG PRICE CIRCULAR. WAIT FOR THESE TFAT ■ B SI B. WINN. Sturgis.Miss. US A QUIET LYNCHING y- '**e ' ' ' M - I . ftann Hamilton, a Black Brute, Pays the Death Penalty for a Fiendish Crime I That crimes of brutality and | ssaults on inoffensive women |fill not be tolerated in thiscoun fyy was demonstrated in the com munity of Bell’s School House pfednesday, when a band of de Ibrmined citizens mostly of Clay bounty lynched Mann Hamilton, b negro, who lived all his life in |bhe neighborhood. The facts as Belated to a News reporter by a felose relative of the unfortunate ady are as follows: I Mrs. June Bell, wife of one of ■he most prominent citizens of fcktibbeha county, was at home tlone Tuesday evening, when [Hamilton approached the house land hailed. Mrs. Bell came out bn the porch, and was confronted |by the negro, who informed her Tiiat a relative of her’s in the Icommunity, had entrusted a note fto be delivered to her. As she [extended her hand to receive same, the negro took her by sur prise, and seized her roughly He pushed her through the house to the kitchen, where a desperate struggle occurred, Mrs. Bell en deavoring to free herself from the clutches of the brute. She fought him biavely until he caught up a fire poker and rain ed hlow after blow upon her head with such force that the handle of the poke!* snapped asunder. He then got hold of a pair of tongs and with this instrument belabored her across the arms, hands and back until they were black and blue,'and her body was a mass of bruises. Not satisfied with this piece of fiendishness, the human beast deliberately hacked and slashed her throat STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1012. with a dull knife until he had in flicted several ugly incisions. From the effects of this treat ment she fell unconscious. Im pressed with the idea that she was dead, and for the purpose of concealing his hellish crime he lifted the bruised and bloody body, carried it to the back yard, where he dropped it in a deep 'well. Then he covered the mouth of the well with a wide board. It is probable when Mrs. Bell struck the water, she was revived to some extent, for she braced herself against the wall, and remained in that position un til her nine year old boy return ing from school located her. The heroic little fellow with much precision for a lad of his age let the bucket down, tied the other end of the rope to a piece of tim ber, and told his mother to catch hold of the rope until he ran for help. In a short time aid arrived on the scene and she was drawn out, Drs. Hunter Scales, of Starkville and Ellis of Cedar Bluff responded and administered medical aid. The gashes across her throat indicated that the'ne gro intended catting it from ear to ear, but the dullness of the weapon thwarted his purpose. Wednesday morning several cool-headed citizens cautioned the crowd to move cautiously in the premises and see that the right party suffered the penalty. The negro was questioned and told several-. conflicting stories. Splotches of blood were discov ered on his pants, and as she knew him for years it was prov ed beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was the right man. The brute was quietly taken a quar ter of a mile from the scene of tb# crime, and without ifie dis charge of a single weapon, a rope was thrown over a strong limb of a tree, and in more Hamilton was dangling from the rope’s end, suspended in mid air; and as the crowd si lently dispersed, sighing wind swayed the body too and fro —he had paid the penalty of the wages of sin—DEATH. The lady is in#a precarious condition, but it is hoped she-will recover. Sheriff Nickels was on the scene as eai ly as possible after being apprised, and exerted every effort to get the cnlprit in his custody to prevent a lynching, but his efforts proved futile, for he was put on the wrong track by those who had spirited the brute away. While the sheriff was in another direction, the lynching parts stole a march on him. No blame can be attached to Sherifi Nickles. C. A Mistaken Idea. Most people seem to think that the Vardaman press of the state would hail the resignation of Dr. Hardy with howls of delight, but such is not the case. Take for instance the Starkville News, whose editor. Col. T. J. Wood, was always to be found in the front ranks of the ex-governor. (We omit what we had written teferred to by the Star Ledger.) The Aberdeen Weekly which has always been a strong Varda man paper has the following to say: “The resignation of J. C. Har dy as president of the A. & M. College is a signal loss to that institution. Mr. Hardy had de-i voted the best years in his life to the welfare of the college, and has been sacrificing in his devo tion to it. Under his manage ment, the institution has grown to become among the first and thousand of people in the State will regret to learn he will sever his connection with it.” The Scott County News anoth er strong Vardaman partisan, contained the following: “The college under manage ment of Prof. Hardy has beeji wonderfully successful. It has grown from a very insignificant affair to one of the best Agricul tural and Mechanical Colleges in the South. Prof. Hardy is an educator of recognized ability, and by throwing himself heartily into the work and keeping close ly in touch with the education system of the entire state he has not only pushed the college to the front but has taken a lead in the educational work and the de velopment of the rich resources of the state which will be hard to fill by another. “Mr. Hardy possesses with his educational ability, also business ability, a combination seldom embodied in one man. The teach er who devotes his life to edu cational work usually becomes too narrow to be trusted with ex tensive business affair. Of course there are exceptions to all rules and in this case Prof. Hardy is is the exception. He has busi ness ability, and is one of the best educators in the state, a combination specially suited for the presidency of a big college.” We are glad to see papers and so many others take the stand that they have. This is not a question ot Vardaman or anti- Vardaman, but is a queston of whether or not it would be det rimental to the A. & M. College to force its able president to re tire. This would not have been writ ten were notit for the fact that Mr, Hardy’s enemies are trying to use Gov. Vardaman’s popular ity as a club with which*to knock [Hardy] out of his place. They are trying to create the impres sion that the Vardaman press and Vardaman’s friends want Hardy ousted, when such is not the case by a large majority.— Star Ledger. We might add that there was nor is now no stronger suppor ter of Senator Vardaman than the Star-Ledger. None went fur ther or did more toward his nom ination and election. Prohibition Rally. A large crowd congregated at the Methodist Church last Sun day night. all the churches co operating in a grand prohibition rally. Dr. G. W. Eichelburger, President of the Anji-Saloon League of Mississippi, gave an interesting address on the evils of the whiskey traffic. He recited case after case of the wretchedness and poverty caused by the whiskey appetite and his portrayals of how the li quor evil made criminals of men, and Drought them tojdegradation and some to fill a pauper’s grave were indeed convincing. His ad dress was interspersed with darts of witticism which amused] the audience when pathos abounded. Dr. Eichelburger is a speaker of much prominence and is accom plishing much good throughout the state. NOTICE. At the Baptist Church Sunday there will be preaching by the pastor both morning and night. Baptizing at night also. Morning sermon on “The Credit System,” Evening ser mon on “Love the Greatest Thing.” All are cordially invi ted to be present. * W, A. Jordan. We are expecting our delin quent subscribers to pay their subscriptions. NO. 47