|Place of publication:||Altoona, PA|
|Date of publication:||4/6/1908|
MOBILE, Ala., 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 seventy-five men outside the limits of Bay Minette last night.
The assault occured at the woman’s home, six miles below Loxley. Clayton entered the house, it is said, and choked Mrs. White into submission. The negro returned to the convict camp, where he was arrested late Saturday night. The negro told the officers not to take him back to the scene of the crime, as he committed it, and it was not necessary to have him identified. The officers hurried him to Bay Minette, county seat of Baldwin county.
As they approached the jail, seventy-five men came from behind a fence and took charge of the negro, dragging him and the deputy seventy-five yards before it was discovered the men were handcuffed together. The deputy was then released and the negro carried away. The negro’s body has not yet been found.
“Black Ravisher And A Murderer Mob Law Victims; Enraged Alabama And Mississippi Citizens Officiate At Execution; The Crimes Are Atrocious; Young Matron Brutally Choked by Fiend and Assaulted-Twelve-Year-Old Shot Down in Cold Blood by Brute.” Altoona Times (Altoona, PA), April 6, 1908.