|Place of publication:||Natchez, MS|
|Date of publication:||4/7/1908|
Mobile, Ala., April 6. – A special to the Mobile Register from Bay Minette, says Sheriff Booth and his party of twenty-five searchers for the body of Walter Clayton, the negro lynched near here Saturday night for criminal assault on Mrs. Joseph White, today returned from their search and announced failure in their quest.
He said the party found one shoe of the negro’s and an empty whiskey bottle near a charred stump and had been set on fire by the lynchers. The ashes around the stump were searched for bones, but none were found. The searching party traced the lynchers to the stump, twelve miles south ‘ere, but lost the trail there and was unable to pick it up again. It developed today that the lynching party had towels and handkerchiefs tied around their mouths to disguise their voices.
“Body Not Found; Conclusive Evidence That Walter Clayton Was Burned by Alabama Mob.” Natchez Democrat (Natchez, MS), April 7, 1908.