|Publisher:||Los Angeles Herald|
|Place of publication:||Los Angeles, CA|
|Date of publication:||4/6/1908|
MOBILE, Ala., April 5. – Walter Clayton, a negro who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber company for manslaughter, late Saturday afternoon criminally assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged 20, and was lynched by a mob of seventy-five men outside the limits of Bay Minette last night.
The assault occured at the woman’s home, six miles below Loxley. Clayton entered the house, it is said, and choked Mrs. White into submission. The negro returned to the convict camp, where he was arrested last Saturday night. The negro told the officers not to take him back to the scene of his crime, as he committed it and it was not necessary to have him identified.
Two officers hurried him to Bay Minette, county seat of Baldwin county. As they approached the jail seventy-five men came from behind a fence and took charge of the negro, dragging him and the deputy seventy-five yards before it was discovered the men were handcuffed together. Th deputy was thn released and the ngro carried away.
The negro has not yet been found.
“Two Negroes Lynched For Foul Crimes; Ones Murders 12-Year-Old White Boy; Five Hundred Men Take Slayer from Officers and Hang Him to Tree. Assailant of Woman Pays Penalty.” Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, CA), April 6, 1908.