Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Tuskaloosa Gazette
Place of publication: Tuscaloosa, AL
Date of publication: Jan 31, 1884 12:00 am
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The negro, Scip Holly, who killed Mr. Luther Sealey, an account of which appeared in last week’s Gazette, has been captured and lodged in our jail. He was chased by hounds and finding that he was going to be captured he ran into a lake, overgrown with cane, on T. B. Allen’s place near Carthage, where he remained in water up to his chin for 15 or 20 minutes. When frozen nearly to death, he came out and gave himself up. He would, in all probability, have been lynched by young Sealey’s friends, but for old Mr. Sealey requesting them not to do any thing rash, but to let the law take its course. This was certainly noble in him, for a father’s heart was wrung by the death of a noble boy, and every instinct of his nature was pleading for revenge; yet he suppressed his own feelings and restrained the impetuosity of those who captured the negro and calmly remarked, “let the law take its course.” This act, on Mr. Sealey’s part is what we call true moral courage. If the negro is innocent let him go free, if guilty mete ont to him the full measure of the law.