|Creator:||The Tuscaloosa News|
|Publisher:||The Tuscaloosa News|
|Place of publication:||Tuscaloosa, AL|
|Date of publication:||3/16/1919|
Popular Girl of Parks’ Mill Neighborhood Escapes from Villain and He Is Put to Death
For the past few days there has been a good deal of suppressed excitement in the Parks’ Mill neighborhood, three miles beyond Ralph. The story has been kept quiet, as the people of the neighborhood were trying to get their hands on a negro youth by the name of Cicero Cage, son of Sam Cage, who attempted an assault on one of the most prominent and popular young ladies of that neighborhood.
She was riding along a road, some distance from any residence, when Cicero ran out from a clump of bushes and placed his hands on her before she could whip up her horse and get away. He made a dash and headed the horse off and made another attempt to pull her from the animal, when she succeeded in whipping up the animal and made good her escape.
She knew the negro and reported the matter and a watch has been kept for Cicero, the outraged men of the neighborhood swearing vengeance if they could lay their hands on him.
A pretty well authenticated rumor reach the city Saturday that one account of the matter being kept so quiet Cicero thought there was no danger and came back to his old haunts, with the result that his dead body was found Friday morning, with his throat cut and many stabs in different parts of his body.
The matter has been kept so still that very few people in Ralph, only three miles from the scene, knew anything about the attempted assault or the death of the negro boy at the hands of parties unknown.
Late Saturday afternoon Sam Cage, the father of Cicero, was in the city and confirmed the above rumor that his son had been killed. He says he was literally cut to pieces. He related the killing to Hon. Walter D. Seed, who knew Sam and so the story of the death of the negro is fact, instead of being a rumor.
(1919, March 16). Negro Attempts To Pull Young Woman From Horse. The Tuscaloosa News.