Jim Seams Attempted Lynching

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Weekly Advertiser
Place of publication: Montgomery, AL
Date of publication: Feb 2, 1888 12:00 am
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TUSKALOOSA, TUSKALOOSA, Jan. 27.-[Special.] –The negro, Jim Seams, who shot and killed deputy sheriff Autrey, on Tuesday last, was captured about 4 o’clock this morning in the Big Sandy neighborhood, about twenty-five miles South of this place, after a desperate battle with the sheriff’s posse. He was surrounded in the house of another negro and as the posse approached he opened fire which was returned with telling effect. As the negro fired through a partly opened window, he exposed his head and the upper part of his body and G. W. Sigman, who headed the posse shot him, nine buckshot taking effect in his neck and face. The wounds were such as to disable him, but are not considered fatal. He was brought here and lodged in jail. There was some talk of lynching the prisoner, and sheriff Prude has telegraphed Gov. Seay to order out the military to protect him, but so far as your correspondent can learn there is very little danger of an attempt being made in that direction. TUSKALOOSA, Jan. 28–[Special.]-Sheriff Prude to-day removed the negro Jim Seams, who killed Deputy Sheriff Autrey to the Birmingham jail for safe keeping. The Warrior Guards, commanded by Capt. H. B. Foster, acting under orders from Gov. Seay guarded the jail here last night, and there was no attempt to lynch the negro. It is possible that the presence of a determined body of troops at the jail prevented an effort in that direction. Great credit is due to the officers both civil and military for their judicious conduct in upholding the majesty of the law.