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Description: Justice in Georgia

Date: June 9 1899

Newspaper published in: Frederick, Md.

Page/Column: 1/4

Justice in Georgia

Cedartown, Ga., June 9. The jury in the case of GRANT BELL, charged with attempting to assault Mrs. J. H. LUMPKIN, last night returned a verdict of not guilty. BELL left town immediately for Alabama. As illustrating the nervousness and apprehension of the white women in this part of the country over the recent outrage by Negroes, it develops that the Negro who was reported to have approached Mrs. BENJAMIN WILLIAMS near Cavez Spring (Cave Spring?), and who was quickly arrested and jailed here on the charge of attempted assault only tried to trade a snuff box for something to eat.

Baxley, Ga., June 9. Within one hour after being placed on trial here yesterday for assault upon Mrs. VICEY EDGERTON, the Negro, WILL ABLES, was convicted and sentenced to be hanged. The hanging will be in Appling County on June 30, the earliest date allowed after sentence is passed. Many people believe the charge delivered by Judge BENNET to the grand jury saved the county the stain of a lynching. Armed men sat in the court house waiting for the train to arrive from Brunswick, when they intended to take ABLES and hang him, yet when Judge BENNET's charge was delivered, they wept under its influences and stood silently by as the prisoner was marched past to trial.

Submitted: 04/07/07 (Edited 04/07/07)

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