|Place of publication:||New Orleans, LA|
|Date of publication:||Jul 14, 1898 12:00 am|
|Source URL:||View Source|
COALING, ALA. Negro Pays the Penalty of a Heinous Crime. Special to The Times-Democrat. Birmingham, July 13.-Yesterday afternoon late Sidney Johnson, a negro tramp, assaulted Mrs. Lily Hodges, residing near Coaling, in Tuskaloosa county. He knocked her down and criminally assault- ed her. Mrs. Hodges is a widow and lives in a remote part of a small settlement with her little children. A posse was immediately formed and seoured the country for the negro. This morning early Miss Lizzie Cobb, a young lady living three mies from Coaling, was assaulted by the same negro, and only escaped by her struggles and those of her two sisters, who came to her rescue. About 10 o’clock one of the citizens’ posse met the negro in the roadside. They. took him, had him Identified by Miss Cobb, carried him to the woods and strung him to a tree. They filled his body with lead and quietly left the scene.