Negro Missing after Two are Lynched in Dixie

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Jefferson City Post- Tribune
Place of publication: Jefferson City, Missouri
Date of publication: 8/14/1933 0:00
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NEGRO MISSING AFTER TWO ARE LYNCHED IN DIXIE Sheriff Blames Activities of Radical Lawyers In Alabama Outrage; Attack Alleged. Tuscaloosa, Ala., Aug. 14- (AP)-One of three negroes spirit- ed away by a lynching party was still missing today after the bodies of his two companions were found riddled by bullets. The three, Dan Pippen, Jr., 18, Elmore Clark, 28, and A. T. Harden, 16, had been indicted for kill- ing Miss Vaudine Maddox, 21-year- old white girl, who’s battered body was found in e ravine. Police said that as a result of rumors of a threatened attack on the jail here, they decided to re- move the prisoners to Birmingham for safekeeping. Sheriff R. L. Shamblin said that on the way, the party was halted yesterday near the Jefferson county line by two auto- mobile loads of armed men, who seized the negroes. Later the bodies of Pippen and Harden were found near Brocton. Acting on instructions from Governor B. M. Miller, Judge Henry B. Foster ordered a grand jury investigation. Bitter criticism came from the International Labor Defense. radical organization. Lawyers for the I. L. D. had sought to represent Pippen but were ruled out. Sheriff Shamblin charged that feeling aroused “in the interference of the International Labor Defense lawyers in the case is directly responsible for this violence.”