|Publisher:||The Birmingham News|
|Place of publication:||Birmingham, AL|
|Date of publication:||4/20/1904|
Mobile, Ala., April 20. – A special to the Item from Bay Minette, Baldwin county, Alabama, says that Dock Cole, a prominent merchant and assistant postmaster at Liver River, in the northern part of Baldwin county, was foully murdered last night by negroes. Robbery was the motive. A posse organized and two negroes, Robert Tate and Rube Sims, were arrested.
Tate confessed and a lynching is feared. Sheriff Armstrong left for the scene of the crime this morning.
“Negroes Murder An Alabama Man; Dock Cole, Prominent Merchant and Assistant Postmaster, Slain; Robbery Was The Motive; Posse Arrests Two Colored Men. One Confesses the Crime. A Lynching Is Feared. Sheriff Starts for the Scene Today.; Little River Much Excited.” The Birmingham News (Birmingham, AL), April 20, 1904.