Search For Clayton Negro Believed To Be Hidden Away in Mobile

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Times-Democrat
Place of publication: New Orleans, LA
Date of publication: 4/10/1908

Special to The Times-Democrat.

Mobile, Ala., April 9. – Upon information obtained, the county authorities of Bay Minette visited the negro quarters of that town this afternoon, and a family of seven negroes who are alleged to have assisted Walter Clayton in evading the officers who were searching for him were thrown into jail. One of the negroes is said to have filed the handcuffs from Clayton’s wrists and furnished him with another suit of clothes and shoes. A search in the yard where the negroes lived resulted in the finding of the handcuffs and the prison garments worn by Clayton.

The negro women, who are suspected of knowing something of the whereabouts of the much wanted negro, were severely questioned, but without results.

From one of the negroes in jail it was learned that Clayton, after escaping from the mob Sunday morning, made his way into Bay Minette after dark Sunday night and remained at the house until just before day, when with their assistance he was enabled to gat away, and that he was making for Pensacola.

A message from Bay Minette to-night is to the effect that the searchers there have reason to believe that Clayton is hiding in Mobile, and that a delegation is expected here to assist local officers in a search for the desperado. There was a report in circulation to-night that Clayton had been captured here and had been quietly thrown into jail, but at the county jail this was denied.


“Search For Clayton; Negro Believed To Be Hidden Away in Mobile.” The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, LA), April 10, 1908.