|Publisher:||The Birmingham News|
|Place of publication:||Birmingham, AL|
|Date of publication:||3/23/1907|
DOG SAVES WOMAN FROM ASSAILANT BIG NEWFOUNDLAND ATTACKS NEGRO AND FOILS HIS PURPOSE. POSSE ON TRAIL AND LYNCHING MAY FOLLOW. – Special to The Birmingham News. – FLORENCE, Ala., March 23. Cleveland Hardin, a hunchbacked negro, 22 years old, employed as a field hand on the place of B. F. Rice, seven miles west of Florence attempted to criminally assault Mrs. Rice yesterday at 2 O’clock. Finding her alone In the house, which is half a mile from the nearest neighbor, be attacked her and a desperate struggle ensued, lasting ten or fifteen minutes. A large Newfoundland dog finally came to her assistance and the the negro was driven off. Bloodhounds were sent to the scene, but took the wrong trail. Mrs. Rice is a sister-in-law of Sheriff Young, of Lauderdale county, and is highly respected. Two hundred men are searching the country surrounding for the negro, who is thought to have escaped in a boat down the Tennessee river. A Reward has been offered for his capture and a lvnching will probably follow. This is the first time in thirty years that a negro has attempted a criminal assault on a white woman in this county.
“Dog Saves Woman From Assailant.” The Birmingham News (Birmingham, AL), March 23, 1907.