Negro Clayton Off For Florida Trusty Who Got Away From Mob Well on Way Toward Pensacola Now

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Raleigh Times
Place of publication: Raleigh, NC
Date of publication: 4/8/1908

(By Leased Wire to The Times)

Mobile, Ala., April 8. – That Walter Clayton, the negro convict “trusty” who assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, a white woman, Saturday and was taken from the shriff by an enraged mob after being captured, is now conceded. Several white people reported seeing the negro yesterday and judging from their statements, it would appear he is heading for Pensacola.

The general story told of the negro’s escape is that two men were in a boggy, the negro in the bottom of the vehicle in front of them on his knees. The guards got sleepy and the negro jumped out and made good his escape. The impression is that the mob, a majority of them being intoxicated, had dwindled by the time the negro escaped near Stapleton, Ala., ten or fifteen miles distant from Bay Minette.

Gov. Comer has offered $100 and the citizens of Bay Minette $50 reward for the capture of Clayton.


“Negro Clayton Off For Florida; Trusty Who Got Away From Mob Well on Way Toward Pensacola Now.” The Raleigh Times (Raleigh, NC), April 8, 1908.