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The copper era. (Clifton, Graham County, Ariz.) 1899-1911, December 14, 1899, Image 1

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THE
COFFER
V . -S
Issued Thursdays.
CLIFTON, ARIZONA, DECEMBER 14, 1899.
Vol. 1; No. 35
HORRIBLE CRIME.
A Brnte Burned at the Stake in Ken
tucky for Rape and Murder.
Marysville, Ky., Dec. 8 Dick
Coleman, the negro murderer of
Mrs. Lash brook, was taken from
the officers by a mub of 1,000 men
and burned at the stake, in the
presencebf fully 5,000 persons. The
tnob, led by the husband of the ne
gro's victim, dragged the shrieking
criminal through the streets, bound
him to a small tree, set fire to brush
about him and stood guard until
he was dead.
As the flanges arose around Cole
man his horrors increased. He
made vain effort to withdraw his
limbs from the encroaching fire, his
eyes rolled in a frenzy of suffering.
The ropes securing him to the
tree were burned, and his body fell
forward on the burning pile. Even
then, while it was not altogether
certain whether he was alive or
dead, the vengeful purpose of the
crowd led them to use rails and
long poles to push his body back
into the flames. It is not certain
how long life lasted. During the
process, while his voic6 could be
heard, he -begged for a drink of
water. His tongue protruded and
his eyeballs fairly started from his
head. At the end of three hours
the body was practically cremated.
During all that time members of
the family of Mrs. Laehbrook had
remained to keep up the fire, and
kept the body in position where it
would burn. At that time a neph
ew of Mrs. Lashbrook was pushing
the body onto tbe embers, while a
curious crowd of several thousand
persons lingered on the fcene.
The crime for which Coleman
was burned was the murder of Mrs.
James Lashbrook, who had given
him a home and food. She was
enticed by him to enter a fhed to
see about some work, when he
knocked hfr down and assaulted
her. The blow was struck with an
oak stave. It was not effective and
Coleman dragged her to a bed and,
amid her cries for mercy, went to
the house, procured a razor and
cut her throat. He was immedi
ately removed to escape mob vio
lence. '.
He had been employed on the
farm in a confideutial .manner, do
ing farm work, and also acting as
house servant. He had the com
plete confidence of Mr. and Mrs.
Lashbrook. On the day of the
murder Mr. Lashbrook was not at
home, Mrs. Lashbrook had gone
to Marysville for the mail and had
just returned when Coleman entic
ed her into the house and commit
ted his awful crime.
He then went to a neighbor's and
told a story of a mysterious mur
der, but was that nigtit arrested
and was kept from a mob by being
hurried to Covington. At the Cov
ington jail Coleman made a full
confession which left no shadow of
his guilt.
C. L. Jones, of Kansas, better
known as "Buffalo" Jones, for his
efforts to preserve the American bi
son from extinction, seems to be
succeeding in his experiment in
crossing buffalo and short-horn cat- '
tie. He has named the hybrid ani
mal "cátalo" of which he has about
300 on his ranch in Texas. He
says they aro the coming cattle of
the world. He has sold a good
many and herds are being raised
in Montana and elsewhere in this
country as well a& in Kussia. The
instinct of the buffalo enables the
cátalo to wpather any storm with
out loss.. The hidejDf the cátalo is
said to be more valuable than that
of the buffalo, the fur being finer.
Application of Assessment Work.
Although the owner of a mining
location, originally valid, has failed
in his assessment work, co that the
ground is open for relocation, yet,
if before any valid relocation is
made by others or after the aban
donment of the valid relocation the
original locator or his grantee re
sumes possession, and does the nec
essary work, his rights are revived
under the original location.
Assessment work for a claim
may be done on an adjoining claim
where it is shown that it was in
tended for such claim, and that the
work done would inure to its bene
fit. In an action involving the title
and right of possession of a certain
mining ground, a deed given by
the original locator to plaintiff pri
or to the commencement of the ac
tion, for the purpose of correcting
description, Í6 properly admitted in
evidedce, as bearing on the rights
of the parties. Judgment by Su
preme Court of Utah.

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