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St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Post Dispatch
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Description: Strange Case of Lynch Law. DICKSON.

Date: August 5 1851

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, Mo.

A letter from Aroca, Livingston County, Ill, narrates an extraordinary case of Lynch law. James DICKSON was arrested on the 17th for maltreatment of a child about nine years of age, residing at his house. While under arrest, and from home, about twenty of the girls living in the neighborhood, enticed the daughter of DICKSON, a young amiable lady of about nineteen years of age, away from the house, and commenced whipping her in a dreadful manner, tearing her clothes off, and dragging her from one place to another until she was almost dead. Not satisfied with this, they tarred and feathered her, notwithstanding her entreaties.

The young ladies (7) who were the perpetrators of this outrage, belonged to some of the most respectable families in this county, and a portion of them belonged to the church. Did anybody ever hear of such an outrageous proceeding?

Submitted: 12/29/11

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