|Publisher:||Franklin County Times|
|Place of publication:||Russellville, AL|
|Date of publication:||4/9/1908|
MOBILE, April 5. – Walter Clayton, a negro who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber company for manslaughter, late Saturday afternoon criminally assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged 20 years, and was lynched by a mob of 75 men outside the limits of Bay Minette. The assault occured at the woman’s home, six miles below Bilixi. Clayton entered the house, choked Mrs. White and accomplished his purpose. He threatened to repeat the crime and kill Mrs. White, but her brother-in-law came at an opportune time. The negro returned to the convict camp where he was arrested at 9:30 o’clock Saturday night and was carried to jail by Sheriff Booth and Deputy Fuller, to whom he was handcuffed.
The negro told the officers not to take him back to the scene of his crime as he committed it and it was not necessary to have him identified.
“A Negro Hung.” Franklin County Times (Russellville, AL), April 9, 1908.