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Description: Circus Riot - Man KilledDate: December 1 1858
Newspaper published in: Richmond, VA
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 3
CIRCUS--MAN KILLED.--The telegraph has noticed the capture of a large part of Orton & Alder's circus company at Notasulga, Ala., on Friday last, charged with murder. The Montgomery Mail says:
The company performed at Notasulga on Wednesday evening, after which many of the employees, who, it is said, had been drinking very hard during the day, went to the grocery of Mr. LeCroix, and demanded liquor, which was refused them. The front door of the grocery was fastened at the time, and admittance dented the circus men; whereupon they divided into two parties, one of which forced the front and the other the back door of the grocery. Inside was Mr. LeCroix, his son, and a man named Keyes, a laborer employed on the plantation of Dr. Delbridge. When the riotous party entered the front door, K. was the nearest man to them, and received from some one of them (many, if not all of whom were armed,) a fatal stab from a knife, which felled him to the floor, when be expired almost instantly. Mr. LeCroix and son, upon whom an assault was then commenced, defended themselves for a time, but were finally compelled to seek safety in flight. About thirty of the circus party were arrested shortly afterwards and placed in the jail in Tuskegee. It is said, however, that the man who inflicted the fatal stab is not among those arrested, but has fled in company with many others who
participated in the affair. An armed party of citizens of Tuskegee and Notasulga, sixty in number, left Tuskegee on Thursday morning in pursuit of the fugitives. Great excitement exists in the neighborhood.