Words from Jim Seams

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Tuskaloosa Gazette
Place of publication: Tuscaloosa, AL
Date of publication: May 24, 1888 12:00 am
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Jim Seams, the slayer of Deputy Sheriff Autrey, has been returned to Birmingham for safe keeping. He was escorted by Messrs. C. S. Shirley, T. J. Simpson and Scott Harper. He was carried away through fear of mob violence. The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court, and it was feared that if the day set for the hanging of the doomed man was changed, he would fare roughly at the hands of a mob, and for this reason it was deemed best to remove him. A GAZETTE, reporter interviewed him at the depot, and Jim seemed to be in the best of spirits, although he stated that he did not yet have quite enough religion, on which he could sail home to glory. He says that he expects to be killed on the 1st of June, and expects nothing from the supreme court. When asked why he was being carried back to Birmingham, he replied that they were taking him back to hang him. Ye reporter then informed him that he could not be hanged out of this county. He seemed well pleased with this bit of information, and stated that he would rather die on his native soil.