North Carolina Newspapers

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Three Negroes Lynched
For the Lyerly Murders
A Mob of Several Hundred
Stormed the Salisbury Jail
Last Night and Secured
Three Prisoners, Nease and
John Gillespie and Jack
Dillingham. They were
Hanged to a Tree.
Mob Formed Outside the
City at 8 O'clock. The
Members Refused to Lis
ten to the Advice of Prom
inent Men. All Three
Prisoners Swung From
Same Limb.
Salisbury, Aug. 7. —There is little
to remind one at this hour of the ter
rible and ghastly doings of a mob of
infuriated cltiseps last night near
this olty. All is quiet today, though
a fseat .j#any visitors frgpi nearby
points still remain in the oity.
The fapt that the three remaining
prisoners who were indicted by the
grand jury yesterday afternoon were
returned to the Charlotte jail this
morning lessens the interest con
At the reconvening of court this
morning Judge Long in addressing
the grand jury, stated he would not
ischarge them because he was sure
fiat there was work ahead of them,
and that they wild be called ipon
to pass upon some verr important
cases. He said, however, that in
y view of the excited condition that I
court would take a recess until to-1
morrow when he hoped that matters I
would so adjust themselves and that
indictments would be Issued
who composed the mob last night.
It is known that all the power in
vested in the executive department
at Raleigh will be used to single out I
those who were in the mob of last
night. Governor G.enn has informed
Judge Long that it is his desire to
ascertain every member of the mob
and that if necessary he will come
to Salisbury and assist in th« prose
The Governor has issued a denial
from Raleigh stating that he did not
command the military not to shoot
and that the whole matter was left
entirely in the charge of Sheriff
Judge Long was interviewed this
momfng by a News representative.
He greatly deplores the turn of affairs
last night. He says that after
speeches were made by prominent
citizens at the jail last night that
the crowd was quiet. He had been
assured by prominent citizens of
Salisbury that no lynching would
take place and that all the people
cemanded was that the guilty par
ties should hang. He does not be
lieve that the mob of last night was
composed ot men from the neigh
borhood in which the murderers were
committed. He firmly believes that
the mob was made up at one ol the
manufacturing plants outside the
city limits last night about 8 o'clock.
He has been told that some of the
mob were from Whitney.
Senator Overman was interviewed
today. He denies that he was
stricken with a misslc while he was
pleading for peace last night. He
says that the appearance of the Row
sn Rifles on the scene did good, and
did not incite the mob to wreak ven
geance on the prisoners. He further
states as soon as the militia appear
ed on the scene the crowd quieted
down and there was an air of rest
i'nd quiet for some little while. C§n
tinuing, the Senator, said:
"The truth may as well be told
now as hereafter. The real reason
why the militia did not shoot last
night was because the men in uniform
did not care to shoot down white
people who were demanding the
lives of negroe# they were satisfied
were guilty of a henious crime."
It is said here that another reason
is that no shots were fired by the
militia was because they had no
orders to do so. No one was left
in charge of the company, Sheriff
Julian having left them temporarily.
I: was at this moment that the jail
was stormed and" the prisoners were
taken therefrom.
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What Judge Long Says.
Salisbury, N. C., Aug. 7. —Court did
not assemble until 11 o'clock today.
Solicitor Hammer asked (or a con
tinuance of the cases against the
three prisoners, Henry Gillespie, Delia
Dillingham and George Erwin from
day to day as the prisoners were iff
the Charlotte jail, where they were
sent at 9 o'clock this morning.
Judge Long then called for the
giand jury and said:
i'l will waiht you gentlemen to stay
with me a while longer this term,
't here is still a God in Heaven and
this court will not adjourn until this
thing is thoroughly investigated."
The special venire of 200 men were
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I dismissed and the court took a re
cess at 11:30.
Judge Long told the grand jury
he would have more to say to them
| today.
The injured as far as can be iearn
[ ed are Engineer Frank Mooney, Will
Troutman, Engineer McLendon and
[ another rnair who is sai,d to have
disappeared after being shot.
i McLendon is still alive, but the full
extent of his injuries are not known.
Sheriff Julian Wires Governor for 100
! Men at Once. \
I Raleigh, N. C., Aug. 7. —A telegram
from Sheriff Julian at Salisbury just
, received at 2 p. m. by Governor Glenn
. "Send 100 men here at once to assist
me in maintaining order. 5 '
In compliance with this appeal the
Governor has sent hurry orders to
l the military camp at Charlotte and
Statesville to go on special trains to
. Hsnry Gillespie Makes Confession to
News Representative.
Charlotte News, Aug. 7. v
1 Henry Gillespie, George Ervine,
Delia Dillingham and Fannie Gillespie,
the four prisoners who are said to be
implicated in the Lyerly murders and
, who escaped the vengeance of the mob
last night at Salisbury, are now safe
behind Mecklenburg prison bars.
They were brought to Charlotte on
one of the morning trains in charge
of deputies and were placed in the care
and keeping of Sheriff Wallace. It is
safe to say that no mob will try to
take the prisoners from Mecklenburg's
This afternoon a News' reporter
visited the jail and ;haa an Interview
with Henry —Gillespie and George
Ervine. Henry: Gellespie says that he
beard Jack Dillingham tell the negro
prisoner Massevv that he knew who
| had committed the crime. He said that
he (Dillingham) and John and Nease
! Gillespie were responsible for the
! murder of the Lyerly family.
Henry Gillespie further stated that
Pas soon as' Nease Gillespie learned that /
Dillingham had told Massey who had'
killed the Lyerlys Nease gave
Massey a dollar to keep his mouth
i closed.
Gillespie says that he sa4v the dollar
pass and George Ervine corroborates
him. Henry says that John Gillespie
told him that Jack had said, previous
to the murder, that he would fix Mrs.
Lyerly if they kept on fooling with him.
Henry said that he heard this told
while in jail. Henry also says that
John Gillespie told him who had com
mitted the crime saying that Jack had
made the statement that he would fix
one of the Lyerlys before he left. Jack
Dillingham it seems knew the prisoner
Massey before he met him in jail.
All of the prisoners are frightened
into an inch of their lives because
they feel that if they will have to
go back to Salisbury to stand their
Henry Gillespie as well as the rest of
the prisoners seems to fear that if they
return to the Salisbury jail they will
meet the fate of the other three pris
Supply at Navy Yar'd Not in Good
Washington,, Aug. 7.— Secretary
Bonaparte has received the prelimi
nary report concerning the supply
of fresh meat and. bread at the Nor
folk navy yard and similar conditions
i to that existing ir. tho New York
yard has been found. The contract
ors failed to furnish these articles in
. as good condition as the department
demands. Probable the contracts
. will be cancelled.
> President Stensland of Milwaukee
1 Avenue State Bank Probably be
[ Arrested when Found. Deposi
tors Losing Hope of Recovering
1 T heir Money,
l Chicago, Aug. 7 President Stens
i land, of the Milwaukee Avenue State
Bank, will probably be arrested as
soon as he enters Chicago or can be
i Bank Examiner Jones said Stens
. land surely had knowledge of the
- looting of the bank. The depositors
s are gradually losing all hope of re
i recovering the $4,200,000 they en
i trusted to Stensland's care. Detec-
I tives are seeking Cashier Hering, the
} alleged embezzler.
-The call for additional police was
i made through fear that the deposi
tors *and their friends would storm
r the bank and precipitate a riot when
i. the rumors spread that the contents
i of some of the safety deposit vaults
b had been tampered with. Persons
" with money in the vaults were said
; to have found their savings gone.
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Henry Gillespie this morning
■ 4* stated that Jack Dillingham 4*
l 4* ha d made a confession while «{•
l in the Charlotte jail that he 4*
) 4* and Nease and John 4*
* pie murdered the Lyerly fam
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Others to be Arrested —Charlotte
Military Company to go to Salis
bury to Guard Lynchers.
Raleigh, Aug. 7—At 1 o'clbck this
afternoon Governor Glenn received a
telegram from Judge B. F. Long, at
Salisbury, to the effect that one per
son had been identified as a mem
ber of the mob which lynched the
' murderers of the Lyerly family last
night and was placed in jail.
Also thatr evidence was in hand
against others and that the investi
gation is being pushed a*s rapidly
and thoroughly as possible.
The Governor, at the request of
Sheriff Julian and and Judge Long,
telegraphed an order to the military
company at Charlotte to go to Salls
i bury at once and guard the jail to
prevent the liberation of any lynchers
Some Entertain Feeling Against
Messrs. Newell and Williams.
Salisbury, Aug. 7. —It was said this
.'•fternoon that Mr. Jake F. Newell,
of Charlotte, and H. S, Williams, of
Concord, the two lawyers who had
been retained by tho alleged negro
murderers that it would be best for
them not to remain in Salisbury as
feeling ran high against them. The
mob spirit does not seem to be ap
peased at all. Even the sacrifice of
three victims (Joes not in the least
seem to satisfy the craving of those
who formed the mob last night.
Messrs. Newell and Williams
laughed when told that there was any
feeling against them. They say they
' only did what any good lawyer might
have -OOBC —l«r similar circum
stances. They accepted fees from
the negroes because they were in
need of counsel and, had they not
taken the-case the court would have
had to appoint some one to defend
A Detailed Statement Issued Last
Night—A Total of $5000,000.
Chicago, Aug. 7. —The first detailed
statement of the indebtedness of Zion
City was given to the directors of
Zion City last night, showing a total
of nearly $5,000,000 which it is propos
ed by Overseer Voliva to pay by
funding the entire Indebtedness for
eighteen years and to issue bonds bear
ing six per cent.
The proposition has been accepted,
there being but two dissenting votes.
It ig proposed to relieve -the present
financial difficulty by a mortgage on
40,000 acres of undivided land of the ,
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Workmen's Council Decides to Call .
Off Strike.
St. Petersburg, Aug. 7. —The Work
men's Council has decided to call off
the strike in St. Petersburg. The an
nouncement will be issued tonight or
tomorrow. This act does not apply to
the provinces but there is little doubt
i the workmen there will follow St.
Petersburg's example.
Workmen-Return. -
More than half of the factories here
resumed werk this morning and while
the employees of some of the establish
ments at Moscow are out. none of the
predictions of the parties who organiz
ed the strike movement were fulfilled.
Big fight Over Nomination for Govern
or—-All Delegates Favor Bryan.
Waterloo, lowa, Aug. 7. — entire
interest of the Democratic State Con
vention is in the nomination for Gov
, ernor. State Senator Clyde Porter con
sented to be a candidate. Friends of
i Geo. Ball and John Denison were active
and confident and prepared to carry the
contest Into the convention. All the
delegates agreed that Bryan be endors
■ ed for the Presidency.

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Man Crazed, by heat Kills Wife and
Then' Shoots Himself.
1 New York, Aug. 7. —Crazed, it is be-
J lleved, by heat, James Lupo, aged 33
a tailor living in East Twelfth street,
" soot and killed his wife, Agurora, aged
» 20 and sent a bullet through his own
1 brain Inflicting . . probably a mortal
• wound. -
Nine Deaths From Heat.
Philadelphia, Aug. 7.—Two deaths
' occurred from heat before 8 o'clock,
making a total of. nine fatalities since
' the beginning of the present hot and
- humid wave. Forty-three cases .of
i prostrations are in the various bos
i pitals. 1
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i William Imrie Dead.
* Liverpool, Aug. 7. —William Imrie,
i one of the founders of the White Star
Line, Is dead. -
> Governor Glenn Wires Judge B.
F. Long and Sheriff Julian of
Salisbury to Make Every Effort
to Bring to Justicf Members
. of the Mob.
Governor Denies Statement that
he was Cause of Military Com
pany's not Shooting. Says he
will >Go to Salisbury it Needed
> to Aid iti Investigation.
Raleigh, Ang. 7. —Urgent telegrams
\yere sent this morning by Qoyenor
Glenn to Judge B. F. Long and Sheriff
Julian, of Salisbury, insisting that
every effort be made to identify and
bring to justice the members of the
mob which participated last night in
the lynching of the three negroes on
trial at the time for the murder of the
Lyerly family at Barbers Junction.
Govenor Glenn denies the statement
sent out from Salisbury that the mili
tary company could not fire into the
mob and prevent the lynching because
they had no authority from the Gov
ernor to shoot. He says that on August
2nd., he wrote Sheriff Julian placing
the military company under his orders
m the event of any trouble and that he
has a letter from Sheriff: Julian to the
effect that, there would be no necessity
to call out the military as all the peo
ple seemed anxious for the law to take
its course and that to call out the
military would serve only to incense
the people.
The next that the Governor heard
was when he was called out last
night by a long distance telephone mes
sage from Judge Long stating that a
great mob had gathered at the jail. He
ordered the Greensboro and Charlotte
military companies to Salisbury but
before they could even start another
message came "that the negroes had
been lynched.
The lynching, the Governor declares
to be a great blot m the State and he
has called on all good citizens to
aid in bringing to punishment the
He has telegraphed the authorities
at Salisbury that he will come at once
if needed' to assist in the prosecution
of the members of the mob.
Hold Third Annual Conference at Co
Copenhagen, Aug. 7. —The third an
nual conference of the International
League of Women Suffragists opened
under the chairmanship of Mrs. Car
rie Chapman Catt, of New York, pres
ident of the League and will hold daily
sessions until August 11, inclusive.
Twelve countries were represented,
American delegates including, besides
Mrs. Catt, Miss Hay, Rev. Anna Shaw,
Mrs. Rachael Forster Avery, Miss Lu
cy J. Anthony and Mrs. Ida Husted
tlevator with Nine Miners Going 1
Down into Mine Dropped 900
Yards, Killing Occupants Ir
stantly and Smashing Car into
Charleroi, Belgium, Aug. 7—An
elevator with nine miners who were
going down the Marchinnes coal mine
dropped 900 yards, smashing the car
to atoms and instantly killfng all the
Company at High Point and One at
Winston Chartered.
Raleigh, August 7. : —A charter was is
sued for the Durham Hosiery Mill No.
3, of High Point, with a $200,000 cap
ital authorized, $37,500 subscribed hy
J. S. Carr, Jr., W. F.and C. M. Carr.
Another charter is to the Winston
Industrial Association Company which
has no capital stock a?»d will do a mu
i tual insurance business among ne
i Bride of Two Months Confided Her
Secret to Mayer.
1 Norfolk, Va., Aug. 7.—Having deter
mined to get out of the world, Mrs.
Rosa White Diggs, wife of Policeman
i Diggs, of Portsmouth, has made two
, efforts to leave it. Todayi in
. Reed's office, she swallowed a quanti-
I tv of laudanum, hut stomach pumps
■ kept her alive. Last night she* threw
■ herself in front of a rapidly approach
l ing train, but her husband dragged her
out of danger.
Mrs. Diggs revealed her secret to
, Mayor Reed, and .no one else. The
• mayor reluses to talk and every one
else connectedj With the case is silent.
A Gruesome Picture the
Result Mob's Vengeance
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-f .J. WHY MILITIA •{.
4* Salisbury, Aug. J. —Senator »{•
i 4* s - Overman said today: 4'
"The truth may as well be
•J* told now as hereafter. The
reason the militia did not 4*
A shoot on the mob was because
4* the men did not wish to kill
t 4* white men while protecting 4*
•J> negro prisoners, charged
" 4" wlt h such a henious offence."
Revenue Officers Get Two in Durham
County Raleigh's Comunication
With Fayetteville.
Raleigh, Aug. 7. —Mr. R. M. Phillips
announces that he will accept the sec
retaryship of the Greensboro Chamber
of Commerce. To this end he today
tendered his resignation to the Raleigh
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a
position lie has filled since last Novem
For the first time the state capital is
in direct communication with the his
toric city of Fayetteville. thanks to the
enterprise of President and General
Manager J. A. Mills of the Raleigh and
Southport Railroad Company. The
double daily service was inaugurated
yesterday morning and the train from
Fayetteville and the one from Raleigh
carried good crowds. A special rate
of one fare for the round trip is al
lowed for Sunday. Under the new
schedule a citizen of Raleigh may
leave home at 7:50 a. m., reach Fay
etteville 10:45 and returning leave
Fayetteville at 3:41) p. m„ arriving at
Raleigh at 6:30 p. ra. While the citi
zen of Fayetteville can leave home at
G:lt> a. m., arrive at Raleigh at 9:05 a.
m., spend the day at the capital, leave
Raleigh at 4:05 p. m. and be home in
Fayetteville at 6:55 p. m.
State Superintendent of Public In
struction J. Y. Joyher has returned
from Elisabeth City where he attended
a conference of county su
pertiftendents of public schools. He
will attend a similar conference for
the southeastern district &t Wrights
ville beach Wednesday and Timrsday
of this week.
Revenue officers returned today from
Durham county where they destroyed
two blockade distilleries and captured
two prisoners. The prisoners are Rob
ert Roberts and James Roberts. They
were captured in connection with %
still that was destroyed near South
Level where an eighty-five gollan still,
twelve fermeuters and two barrels of
whiskey were destroyed. The other still
was forty-fiva gallons In the Braham
district, fourteen miles from Durham.
Six fermenters were also destroyed
at the latter place. The officers in the
raid were Deputy Collectors D. C.
Downing, W. G. Pool and J. B. Jordan.
Drank Elderberry Wine From Vat and
Nearly Caused Death of Mrs. Stbley.
Patten, Me., Aug 7.—Rats which got
Mrs. Jeremiah Sibley two weeks ago
and so badly lacerated her that for
seyeral days her life was despaired
of Blood poison was feared, but as
prompt measures were taken it is be
lieved that all danger of the woman
will eventually regain her full health.
The wine was in a vat in the Sib
-1 ley cellar and one day when the house
wife went to draw a bottle for sick
ness she saw half a dozen rats scur
rying away. Closer inspection showed
that they had gnawed through the
cover and helped themselves. Setting
the light on a barrel, she retired for
a broom. When she returned she says
that one rat was holding another by
i the tail head down in the vat and he
was sucking himself full.
This so angered Mrs. Sibley that
she started in with the broom and
whacked at every rat she saw, One
! began to squeal and instantly the cel
! ler seemed full of drunken rodents.
' They ran for the woman, fastened
s their teeth in her legs, tore her dress
to shreds and ripped her shoes from
her feet. When attacked she started
to run, but fell over a shovel and a
score of the anjmals bit her in the
neck and shoulders before she could
make her way up the stairs to the
kitchen. There she fainted and was
later found by the husband of the sick
neighbor when he came for the elder
berry yfine.
Investigation showed that the rats
had got into the vat only the night
before and that the whole colony was
drunk whpn Mrs'. Sibley went into the
Supt of Roadc of Robeson Resigns,
p Confederate Monument at Lumber
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Lumberton, Aug. 7 —W. G. Allen, for
• the past 16 months Superintendent of
1 the county roads has tendered his
> resignation to the board of compiis
■* sioners to take effect today week. Mr.
- Allen has been an efficient officer and
5 his decision is regretted. He Will re-
J tiurn to-bis home in Wake County.-*
The contract has been let to The
r McNeill Marble Co. of Spartanburg*
S. C., (or furnishing and erecting a
3 Confederate monument in the court
2 house yard here at a cost of $3,850j.
3 The monument vjill be unveiled May
• 10, 1907.
Was Re-elected State Chairman at
Meeting of- Democratic Executive
Committee Last Night.
Raleigh, Aug. 7. —The State Demo
cratic Executive Committee met here
last night at the call of State Chair
man F. M. Simmons and organized for
the impending campaign by re-electing
Hon. F. M. Simmons, United States
Senator, as State chairman, and Alex
J. Field as secretary.
Senator Simmons in accepting anoth
er term of office as state chairman re
viewed the former campaigns that he
has conducted covering a period of,
twelve years, congratulating the party
especially on the fact that the race
problem had been eliminated and J;he
action of the party had the real ap
proval of the best people of the coun
try over so there is no probability of
the working being undone. He said that
there were those who predicted that
when the race problem was eliminated
there would be a division in the Demo
cratic party so that there would be
two strong parties in the state. "I i
say," said Senator Simmons, "that
time can never come in North Caro
lina until the men who invite white
men to leave the Democratic party are
themselve respectable and fit for self
respecting white men to associate
He expressed deep appreciation for
the honor conferred on him in the re
election to the chairmanship and pledg
ed his most zealous efforts. ,
The election of the central commit
tee resulted as follows:
First —E. F. Lamb, Elizabeth City;
W. U. Hampton, Plymouth; R. B. Win
born, Murfreesboro; H. T. Greenleaf,
Elizabeth City.
Second—T. W. Mason, Northamp
ton; J. W. Granger, Kinston; H. A. Gil
liam, Tarboro; I. E. Green, Weldon.
Third—C. E. Foy, New Bern; N.
O'perry, Goldsboro; E. M. Koonze, ,
Jacksonville; T. C. Whitaker, Trenton.
Fourth —H. A. London, Pittsboro; F.
S. Spruill, Louisburg; B. H. Bunn,
N^sh: E. C. Beddingiield, Raleigh.
fifth—J. S. Carr, Durham; J. N. Wil- (
son, Greensboro; R. L. Holt, Burling
ton; C. O. McMichael, Madison.
Sixth —J. D. Bellamy, Wilmington;
W. A. Stewart, Dunn; J. D. Croom,
Maxton; E. J. Hale, of Fayetteville.
Seveqth—S. W. Finch, Lexington; D.
E. Mclver, Sanford; W. F. Gibsoa, ;
son Station; N. G. Williams, of Wil-?
Eighth—Col. P. B. Means, Concord;
Esmond Jones, Lenoir; R. A. Dough
ton, Sparta; Z. V. Long, Statesville.
Ninth —Dr. R. J. Brevard, J. H. Wed- ;
dington, Mecklenburg; Major H. F. {
Schneck, Cleveland; T. L. Jones, Mad
ison county. '
Tenth —Lock Craig, Asheville; T. W. ]
Whitmire. Brevard; G. L. Jones, Frank
lin S. Gallert, Rutherfordton. j
In making up the central committee ,
from the Sixth district Ma
jor W. HJ Bernard of Wilmington was
the only committeeman present and
he named tne committee which was '
adopted as given above for the Sixth
district. . There was another proxy
present committed to E- S. Hall., of
Cumberland as against E. J. Hale, nam-
ed by by Major Bernard. It was on -
motion of P. M. Pearsall that the com
mittee nominated by Bernard with
Hale as a member was adopted.
Chairman Simmons announced the •
following advisory committee of eight
members: Lee S. C. B. Ay
cock, L. Banks Holt, P. M. Pearsall, W. .
I. Everitt, R. N. Hackett, W. N. Webb,
and Plato Collins.
There were thirty-four out of forty
members at the executive committee .
represented in the meeting last night
in person and by proxy.
Charles S. Cary Dead. ..
Olean, N. Y., Aug. 7. —Charles S.
Cary, a leading lawyer and a solici
tor of the treasury under Cleveland is ;
dead. i
When the Captain Sprang from
Sinking into Li*e Boa
Fierce Struggle Began Among
Crew for Lite Boat und
! Madrid, Aug. 7.—According to th?
statements of some of the survivors
of the lost Italian steamer Syrio the
captain of the vessel came from his
immediately following the first
. sjiock, hesitated whether to go to the
■ bow or astern or mount the bridge,
apd then turned and jumped into a
. lsfe boat crying "Every one for him
. self." There upon began a terrible
scene of confusion among the passen
| ger who engaged in a fierce struggle
fpr possession of the boats and life
j belts. The crew with knives between
their teeth and officers with revolvers
in their hands saved themselves.
Two Deaths in Patterson.
i Patterson, N. J., Aug; 7. —Owing to
t the hot weather a number of factories
I were forced to shut down. Other mills
f 1 ,are running half time. There were sev
eral deaths and many prostrations.
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It is Claimed by Some that
Dillingham and Nease Gil
lespie Made a Confession (
to Members of the Mob
Last Night Before they
were Hanged.
The Ears of the Victims were
Cut Off and their Bodies
were Riddled with Bulle
John Gillespie Declared his
Innocence to the Very
Salisbury, Aug. 7.—After the wild
fury of the mob had spent itself in
three short hours Salisbury grew sud
denly calm as a country village and
only an occasional officer, patrolled
the streets from midnight to dawn,
| while the bodies of Nease Gillespie,
his son John Gillespie and Jack Dil
lingham ..hung unguarded at a lone
ly spot on the roadside, suspended
in a bunch from the limb of a large
The scene where the lynching "oc
curred is located about three-quarters
of a mile from the center of the city,
at Henderson's Cross Roads, east of
Salisbury. The three corpses are
teip-ibly mutilated and are puncture!
from head to foot with bullets.
The method of the lynchers was
rather unusual. Each of the dead
men has a rope tied about his neck,
then running over a huge limb only
14 feet from the ground, while the
other end of the rope is tied to
the right ankle of each of the three
negroes. This caused each body to
come to a steady position with the
right foot and leg pulled up to a
level with the men's heads while
their left feet hang leas than two
feet from the ground.
Both of the Gillespies' ears are
cut off. John Gillespie's left ear is
trimmed clcse off and the index and
little finger of the left hand and the
little finger of the right, hand are
gone. Dillingham has three fingers
cut from his left hand and one from
his left hand and one from the right.
The only mutilation done to the
body of old man Nease Gillespie is
the trimming off of the rear of his
kft ear, evidently cut off as a ghastly
souvenir of a fearful night's work.
The bullet holes in the bodies are
too numerous to be counted. Th»
arms, legs, bodies and breasts of the
dead men are literally spotted with,
little holes from some of which the
blocd trickles.
The bodies axe hung as follows:
Dillingham's next the huge oak trunk,
Nease Gillespie's in the middle and
john Gillespie's in front.
Six strands of rope of various
sizes and rouglAr pieced together,
hold the bodies »by the necks and
heels over the limb of the tree.
The bodies werp stripped of cloth-/
ing to the waist and are so closely
huddled together that it is impossible
to see Dillingham's face as Qne stands
in front cf the awful spectacle, look
ing in an easterly direction towards
John Gillespie's face.
The three men were strung up one
at a time. Jack Dillingham's first
and with the back to the tree. As
each body was hung by the odds
and ends o'f ropes used by the mob,
a volley of shots was fired into it
and the next negro would be strung
up with his back to the face of the
victim behind him still warm and
bleeding from uncounted bullet
The rope about old man Nease's
neck is very loose, not touching the
front of the neck or windpipe at all
and if this is the position in which
he was first strung up he could not
have died from strangulation. He
bears enough bullet wounds to have
killed a score of men, as blood oozed
from many wounds from one over
the eye, with the arms, chest and
abdomen shot every few inches down
lo the feet.
The faces of the dead negroes bear
little trace of agony, old man Gilles
pie apparently having his features
the worst contorted. The right eye
is half closed but the left is wide
open, with a wound over it disfigur
ing all that part of the side of the
The frightened negroes, were taken
from their cells after the mob had
broken in and knocked off the locks
to the cell doors with sledge ham
mers, the cells being on the second
Judge Long, Senator Overman and
Sheriff Julian remained in the jail
unt'l it became apparent that further
delay would be almost certain death
as stones, bricks, pieces of coal and
bullets flew in at the rear of the
building which faces Main street just
north of the county courthouse.
For some strange reason the m(sb
did not take the other prisoners. It
seemed to be a .reasoning mob, if
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