Two Alleged Aids Are Also Captured

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Montgomery Advertiser
Place of publication: Montgomery, Alabama
Date of publication: 1916-01-26

(Special to the Advertiser)


Meridian, Miss., Jan 25

Two negroes alleged to have confessed that they were with Dick Burton, who was lynched eleven miles from Portersville, Monday night on the Alabama side have been captured by citizens, turned over to Sheriff Godfrey and taken to Livingston. No violence was offered to the two negroes.

The body of Burton which was found hanging to a tree riddled with bullets this morning was cut down by the sheriff and the negroes relatives notified after it.

Willis Peale was badly stabbed in the head by Burton during a desperate struggle between the two, when Peale caught Burton in his store attempting to rob it. Peale beat Burton with his fists and held him until he mother and sister came to his assistance.

Burton was put in charge of Clarence Dial to be taken to Livingston, but was met by a crowd of masked men and the negro lynched.