|Publisher:||Burlington Weekly Free Press|
|Place of publication:||Burlington, VT|
|Date of publication:||4/9/1908|
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 25 men outside the limits of Bay Minette last night.
The assault occured at the woman’s home six miles below Loxley. The negro returned to the convict camp, where he was arrested late Saturday night. He begged the officers not to take him back to the scene of his crime, saying that he was guilty and it was not necessary to have him identified. The officers hurried him to Bay Minette and as they approached th ejail 25 men took charge of the negro dragging him and the deputy 75 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.
“Mob of 25 Men Lynch A Negro; Broke Out of a Stockade Where He Was Serving Time and Assaulted a Woman; Admitted His Guilt; Mob Tore Him Away from the Officer and His Body Has Not Been Found – A Young Negro Lynched in Mississippi for Shooting a White Boy.” Burlington Weekly Free Press (Burlington, VT), April 9, 1908.