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Tupelo Journal (MS)
Tupelo Journal (MS)
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Description: Prisoner Hold Kangaroo Court to Hang Cell Mate

Date: May 5 1882

Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS

Source: Lee County Library, Tupelo, MS

Page/Column: Page 1, Column 4

The prisoners in the County Jail at Fort Worth, Tex. (according to a local paper), held a kangaroo court, the other day, and convicted the negro Dave Jackson. After an exhaustive trial the foreman brought in a verdict of guilty, and the negro was immediately strung up to a rafter. This was terribly realistic acting, and the negro was ashy with terror. Dangling from the beam, with his tongue protruding and his eyes rolled up, the awful silence of the prisoners at their grim pastime, all presented a picture that lacked only the black cap and the coffin to make a hideous forecast of a coming event. The negro was nearly dead when cut down, and little pains were taken to relieve him.


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