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\ IN JAIL. i $ (g) W The Negro Ravisher Caught Near Sullivan. GIVES HIS NAME AS SAMUEL J. BUSH. Tlio IJetnlln of Hlit Capture-He Blade » I'urtlal Confoictloii-Armetl Men Ounrd tlie Jiill--Hundred* ot City People About lliu HdlldliiR--The Cap- turw (iut the Kevvnrd, solid stone He breathed altered him 1'Vbm StiUintuy'H Daily. The negro who criminally assaulted Mrs. Hiibtmrd Dill lust Monday and Mrs. Wm. Vust, of Mt. /ion, the following following day, is now in Ihe county jail. He KiveB his nnme ns Stimuel J. Bush, and Hiiya ttiut his homo in m Mncon, Miss, When he gave this last i n f o r m n t w n to an ollicer he quickly lidded that he was Hind he had not boon caught up there un u charge of rape. He evidently knew what the consequence would be and hiB uraven spirit told him that he was not entirely eafa up north, for when when he had to face the ordeal of ft big crowd he trembled like a leaf and for ouce in his life he welcomed tho sights ot o wuil and strong iron burs, a high of relief when they protection. Till; U A l ' l U K E . Bush WBB captured at the home of a man named Unmeant, living nine miles southeast of Sullivun and clo3b to the town of Windsor, Coles county. Thu ulue furnished Marshal Mason by ox-Sheritt Lamsden, ot Bethany, Bethany, proved to be the correct one, but before the men sent out by Marshal Mason reached the spot two Moultrie uounty men had the negro in charge. An ex-policeman named Harris, of Sullivan, Sullivan, got word ot the rapist nnd followed him to tho Sargent place where he had eaten supper Thursday night nnd had been allowed to sleep over night, The negro made no resistance, And betore the captors had a chance to remove him the posse directed by Maruhal Mason had reached the spot. The captive was brought to Sullivan at once and put aboard the Wabash train, arriving by way of iJement. He waa guarded by C. li, button, C. M. KU-tcher and Milt Morgan. Harris, who had assisted in tho capture missed tho traiu. Between ',) and 10 o'clock yeotorday morning Marshal Mason was notitied t h a t Bush had been captured, and that he would arrive here shortly before noon. T H U A l t K l V A t j I N DECATUR. The news that tho negro had been captured spread rapidly and there was a big crowd at tho depot when the Et- lingham auo.mmoi.iation pulled up to the platform. Marshal Moaon and a half do/.on policemen were there to receive receive the prisoner. The crowd made no ilBiuoiiHtration at all, They were simply simply there to see the negro, if possible. At the jail another big crowd were waiting, but the people gave away and allowed the cllicar to pass into tho prison prison with tho rapist. lie was hustled into into the ollice and searched and then placed bflhind the bars, being pub on the east side with two other negroes and a white tnan, The crowds plainly alHicted the negro and he was evidently glad to get insido tho jail, Ho W o u l d ' K t Tillk M u c h . Bush did not feel disposed to talk a great deal beyond giving his name and ago, which he said was 30 years. He claimed that on the way over from Sullivan Sullivan he had boon threatened and forced into ackowledging that he was the right man, by representations that he would get off eauy by a clean breast. He alsio said that he made the statement looking into muzzles ot revolvers. The negro seems to bo a rapid liar. He stated to a reporter reporter that he left here Monday on a Wabash train; that he was put oft ut Tolono, took the Central to Tuscola and was tired there and then got on a C., B. t. train and beat his way m for south as Bruce, near where he was captured. Messrs, liulton and Fletcher state that on the way over to Decatur they questioned questioned the negro closely and learned that he was at Mt. 2ion Tuesday and got a d r i n k from Mrs. Vest, but that he did not assault her. This is about all that could be gotten out of him, He confessed enough, however, however, to put at rest all doubts us to his being the right person. T,M,t,ir..S WITH TUB DEBOIUPTION. The man tallies with the description sent out by the police. His coat was a light oio instead of o dark one, but ins trousers wore patched m the seat and the patches were just aa Burnett Burnett described. As to general appearance appearance thu description was fairly accurate, lilflntllli'il lly liarnett. During the afternoon E. F, Barnett, who talked with the negro a few minutes minutes last Tuesday, called at the jail. Bush was mixed up with a half dox.en other negroes and without hesitation Bacnett picked him out as the negro who und colled lit bin home t o r n drink ot water. N e i t h e r Wdiniiii Admitted. Mrs, Hubbard Dill, who was assaulted by the negro Monday, wne in the city yesterday nfternoon nnd nn effort was made to let her endeavor to identify the captive. The omcers considered this unnecessary nt that time. They felt reasonably sure that they had the right man, and while the excitement was so high it was not deemed advisable to admit admit any one to see the negro. All afternoon afternoon there were rumors that Mrs. Vest would be here to identify the negro but she did not come. It was tirst said that ohe would be here at 3 o'clock, but when 3 o'clock passed and she did not come the story was changed, and it was said that she would be here this morning There is nothing poaitivo about this, however. With tho Crowd All day lone there was a crowd of idle people about the jail. They were idlers only and were attracted there by curiosity. curiosity. A good many of them, however, seemed to oxpeot that a band ot infuriated Mt. .Zion farmers would dash up at any minute and take Bush from the authorities and hang him to the nearest telegraph pole and nil manner of stories were started in the crowd and they were improved on by · - · i. Last night it was common the negro hod been carried out of the building in a large trunk and taken away. At one time during the afternoon Wood street was almost blockaded with vehicles and there were two hundred people standing about the jail. After supper the crowd had in- erased to dOO or 1300, and ou the outskirts outskirts were many women. At 8 o clopis the crowd was scattered by the rain, and South Water street looked an its big audience had just been turned out of the opera house. As soon aa the rain ceased the crowd reassembled, and their were patient watchers at the jail early this morning. Hit Capture. James Harris, for a number of years a police officer in Sullivan is the one who engineered Jthe Moultrie county end of the work of capturing the negro. Harris, of course, had hoard of the assaults assaults upon Mrs. Dill and Mrs. Vest, and had seen a description car d sent out by Marshal Mason. Thursday evening Harris met a young man who in the course of his conversation conversation mentioned the fact that a negro was tramping across the country south of Sullivan. An occurrence of that nature is said to be a rarity in Moultrie county, especially away from the railroads, railroads, hence the yourg man mentioned it. He related too, that the negro had been given his dinner at the home of a man named Anderson. Harris at once thought of the negro wanted at Macon county, and from the scnnt description he received concerning the tramp, concluded concluded he was the man wanted. Harris enlisted the services of Milt Morgan ond started at once for Anderson's house. There he received a good description description of the tramp and was more conlident he was on the right trail. After leaving the house following the direction taken by thd negro, Harris and Morgan were called back by Anderson. Anderson. His sister teaches school at Bruce This young lady related that on Thursday Thursday afternoon, George Sorgeunt, who lives two miles northeast ot Windsor, had met a negro on the road and had Hired 111m Ax a Farm Hand. The matter was almost unprecedented in that neighborhood and had occasioned general talk. Tbe Sullivan men at once drove to Sargent's house, reaching that place about midnight. Harris guarded the rear of the house while Morgan knocked at the front door. Sargent answered the call and admitted Morgan and the two proceeded ot once to the negro's room. From this room was a door leading to the yard and Harris forced it open, entering the room from the yard just as Sargent and Morgan entered from the house. The negro was up but had not yet donned his clothes. Was Kendy to Run, lie said that the furious barking ot the farm dog had awakened him and he had heard ftlorgan at the door. He put his head from the window to see if the coast on that side wcs clear, intending to beat a hasty retreat, but he saw the six-foot form of Harris looming up in the darkness and hastily bolted the outside outside door. Before he could collect his wits and form any plan of escape, Harris burst in the outside door and Morgan and Sargent came in from the other side. Tbe negro was badly scared when lirst captured and perhaps has not yet recovered from his fright. He was not armed and had not even a pocket k n i f e w i t h which to make H resistance. resistance. Ills Knee Was Kan, The negro's race was run, and even if Harris nnd Morgan had not started out after him he would have been taken in n f«w moments by a posse from Macon county. Thursday night Marshal Moeon furnished to Charles Fletcher a clue which he believed would lead to the negro's arrest. Mr. Fletcher at onces',arted for Moultrie county and at Mt. Zion was joined by C. B, Britton and E. S. Ulery. On tbe train they met Talbert Baker and the quartette on reaching Sullivan at once took up the chase. They drove to Anderson's residence residence and heard the same story repeated repeated to Harris and Morgan some time before. before. They drove at once to the Sargent Sargent residence and found that the negro was already in custody. The entire party waited until daylight and then drove to Sullivan where they took the Wabash tram to Decatur, iV I'urtlul Confession. The neg'-o made a partial confession to the men who arrested him, He denied denied having assaulted Mrs. Dill or Mrs. Vest, but admitted having been at both housei. He said that he visited the Vest residence and asked for a drink of water and that Mrs. Vest gave him a dipper from which to drink. He then asked for something to eat, and Mrs, Vest became frightened and screamed. The negro said he sought to reassure her, and insisted that he would do no harm. In his effort to quiet her fears, he says, he put his hands upon her and she at once broke from him and Hed, Fearing that he would be accused of an assault, he (led. He said, too, that he would have given himself up but he feared that he would not be given credence credence if he related his story. Jit may be remarked here, that this story ot the negro is accepted, just as he explained, as being very fishy. In Close O mil-torn The negro said that when he tied from the Vest residence, he took at once to the brush and hid, waiting for a chance to give his pursuers the slip. At one time LWO members oE the pursuing party passed within fifteen feet of where he lay concealed. The negro said that he was afraid almost to breathe, because he saw the men were armed and could hear their conveisation. They discussed the manner in which he would be put to death in case he was captured. With such a delightful situation confronting confronting him, it is small wonder thr.* the negro laid low. In traveling the negro avoided the railroad railroad tracks and kept a general direction south, some times on the wagon roads but hugging timber lands when possible. possible. He said that on Wednesday morning morning he took breakfast with ex-Sheriff Lonsden near Bethany. It has since developed that the negro fairly blazed his way through Moultrie county, stopping stopping at many farm houses to beg for food. Tlie Talk of Lynching. The crowds which hung about the jail were attracted there by the talk of lynching which has been so freely indulged indulged in during the past few days. There is no doubt that many people are disoppjinted because the negro was lodged in jail, They complained because because the oflicers had brought Bush in a roundabout way to Deoatur instead of coming through Mt. Zion and giving Mrs. Vest a chance to identify him. Nearly every one who has felt the pulse of the majority of Mt. Zion people knows that to take the negro there was to invite a lynching. The men who STORMING THE BOLL ftT 1:45, Sledgehammers, Crowbars, Picks, and Cold Chisels Make Scrap Iron of the Big Door and Heavy Cages. Determined Men Tear Away All Obstacles --The lllack Klivlsher Extirpated. n awful thud. Bis hands and feet had jeen tied with handkerchiefs, but his lands came untied. Strung CP Again. The rope was thrown over the arm of he telegraph pole this time. It was ot long enough. A hack was called nd the negro thrown on top. He was ommanded to eland up. "I can't gen- lemen," was his answer. Then hree or four helped him. ?he rope was pulled down and fastened o an iron step. The hack drove away and 3ush swung into the air. He did not make much of a struggle.. His face urned to the pole. "Turn him tie other way," yelled the crowd nd as this was done ,"Good morning," lack side," etc. In fifteen minutes it IOB all over and Bush had satisfied the engeance of the mob. was arms axes, court iit's side ITORY OF THt LYNCHING. brought the negro to Deoatur did their duty in keeping away from Mt. Zion. THE N E W S AT MT. HlOJf. When taa news of the negro's capture was received at Mt. Zion, a large crowd of men and boys collected with the expectation expectation that the prisoner would be brought through the town on the way to Decatur. When a telegram was received received from Eli Ulery that the negro had been taken around by way of Bement Bement there . was evident disappointment. disappointment. Some of them started started cross country towards Sangamon in the hope of getting the prisener there but they were too late. The idea that the excited Mt Zion people would swoop down on Decatur in broad day light was imagination purely. There were very tew Mt. Zion people here yesterday yesterday and they talked very conservatively. conservatively. From Satnrdny's Daily. At 1:45 o'clock this morning a body of armed men, numbering between seventy-five seventy-five and one hundred, suddenly drew up in front ot the jail from the rendezvous rendezvous on East Wood street. The 400 or 500 more who had waited all night for just this occurrence, set up B yell that froze the blood of the doomed ne- gro behind the bars. The crowd respectfully gave way for the armed men and then immediately closed in behind behind them. Not one man in the mob masked, and in addition to their not a few carried sledges, pick crow bars, etc. Between the house and the sher- residence, straight to the entrance of the sheriff's office worked the file and one blow on the door sent it flying inwards, and the mob passed into the little office J,ike a swarm of bees while another of those deafening deafening yells was sent up by the mob in the street, whose members had come to encourage encourage with their presence, but to take no part in the proceedings. Iu the Jttll Ollice. Deputy Sheriff Midkiff and ex-Sheriff Poster were sitting and before they could make a move they were surrounded surrounded and a demand made for Bush This was refused and a demand for the keys and this was also refused. Then the mob proceeded to work on the first door leading to the jnil proper. No Speeelud Allowed. The lynohers and the mob from the street forcing their way in BO completely completely tilled the office that Foster and Mid kid were forced out of the office and in to the residence part of the building While the heavy blows uf the sledges were sounding through the jail, Marshal Mason forced his way into the office and mounting tb desk attempted to address the lynch ers. Just what he would have saic unless it was to try nnd reason with the crowd only the marshal knows. Seeing it was a useless task he attempted tc make his way to the oute door ot the office. A dozen pair of hands siezed him and pushed ou of the door and down the steps. As b was descending the steys some oowarc gave the marshal a frightful kick in th side. No one could tell who did bu it but certain it is that the marshal wi! feel its effect for some time. Seen From House Tops. The crowd which waited without to the lynchers mode a rush for all poin of vantage at the first sound of the hammer. The roof of the residence just east of the jail was crowded with men and boys who from this point could look into the jail windows and see the work on the inside. They reported the progress on the inside to the crowd b elow and favored bits of information were answered by yells of delight that seemed to come from the throats of demons, demons, while individuals yelled out "kill the ," bring him out and hang him." The crowd on the streets seemed crazy but the lynch- ers themselves were quiet and worked with a spirit that could be sated only with the life of the wretch they had come to send to his long account. The First Door Falls After more than half an hour's continuous continuous work the outer door fell, and when the announcement was made to the crowd in the street the frenzied yell which had ceased only for a ( moment were renewed with greater vigor than before. Then the crowd made' a second demand for the keyts, as their heavy task had somewhat marred their patience as well as worn their muscles. Being refused again they fell to work on the heavy steel grating which barred the progress into the corridor corridor and another half hour had elapsed before they had broken down that door. The Beat Was Etujr- It only took a few minutes to get through the grating and get back to the cell and the locks there could not stand the heavy blows of the hammer, They've Got Him. In a moment came the yell "they've got him" and the crowd fell back. Once into the street the crowd took up the yell "to the park." Instead they took him to Keck Weigand's corner. The rope was ready and the noose was adjusted. Given Time to Prny. There the poor brute was given time to pray. As he stammered out an incoherent incoherent prayer his voice quivered with e'motion, "Oh, Lord grant," he said, "that I may meet them in heaven; that I may shake hands with them." "Make him shut up," yelled some one, and another another yelled, "They did not, [meaning the women, get a chance to pray." Test Talks to Him. Vest talked to the negro and he stoutly protested his innocence. Vest was inclined to argue. The crowd got impatient. Bush was stood on his (eet and one man who had climbed a telegraph pole threw the rope over a guy wire. The crowd pulled. Bush -went up ten feet and the wire broke. He tell back on the brick paving with HOW SAM BUSH WAS HANGED. 'he Details cl the Etcitine Event "Viewed By an Ej*e "Witness--\Ykat tlie Ollinerfl Say--All the Particulars. wretch, Bush, came out halt _ and half walking. He was puehe*?, pulled and dragged into the open air. By this time the frenzied crowd was cheering like mad. They surged back and forth in a black un- controlable mass. When the From Sondaj's Daily. The account of the lynching oJ the negro. Bush, as published yesterday morning contained all the principal acts, but in the rush and excitement ihera was much that had to be omitted. The mob from Mt. Zion came in over ;he road croesing the Cowford bridge. They stopped at the powder magazine on East Wood street and left a man or ;wo there with a rope, the intention be- og to take Bush there and hang aim to a tree which stands in the middle middle of the road. Then a scout was sent out. He carefully reoonnpitered the locality of the jail and quietly disappeared, disappeared, but not wiihout attracting attention. attention. His size and the knowledge that he was from Mt. Zion was the first certain knowledge the crowd of curious people had that a mob was coming. The guards icsidothe jail knew nothing of what was transpiring. The skillful way the Mt. Zion men surrounded the jail showed a carefully planned raid. The lynohers suddenly swept into East Wood street from Franklin and before the crowd was aware of it the mob was at the jail door demanding admission. The men carried cold chisels, crowbars, picks and sledge hammers. Incidentally they had Winchester Winchester rifles. When the leaders knocked at the door, the guards inside looked up and saw Winchesters and shotguns frowning on them from each window. As soon as admittance was denied, a big hammer swung against the wooden door leading into the jail office and it gave way. The next instant instant the mob swarmed into the office. Demanded the Keys. The readers demanded the keys to the jail but Deputy Midkiff refused to deliver deliver them. There was no parleying on this question. Midkiff told them they were violating the law and everyone would be liable for murder, but this had no effect. While he was talking the blows of the sledge hammer were resounding resounding on the first door which separated separated the frenzied men from -Rush. This door fits closely into the wall like a vault door. A cold chisel was inserted against the lock, and a heavy blow from the sledge hammer was swung time and again. As soon as one man tired another another took his place. While some were working at the lock the others with crow bars punched a big hole in the door near the lower hinge. The Door Gave Way. Finally the lock was broken. It required required forty minutes' hard work but when the look broke a cheer went up and was echoed with fiendish delight by those on the outside. Then came another barrier in the shape ot big wrought iron grate door which leads negro's vengeful captors reached Wood street they started east towards a spot where a dozen horse men were waiting, to oarry him to the spot selected on East Wood street. The crowd surged first that way, then up State street and back to Water street. The air resounded with yells "take him to the park." Changed Their Plans. The lynchers had U) change their plans speedily. Bush was dragged to the corner of Wood and Water streets. Some one had tied a dozen or more rope halters together and these were used to hang the negro. The crowd stopped a few feet north of the croesing leading to the Brunswick and a noose was quickly quickly made and slipped over the negro's head the knot being placed at the back of the neck/^In- the meantime one ambitious Mt. Zion man had climbed half way up a telegraph pole and was waiting to pass the rope over a wire or the arm ot the pole. Discussed tlio situation. Then there was s pause. One man wanted the rope pns=ed over the arm of the pole and another wanted it thrown over the trolley wire of the street car. The Mt. Zionites coolly discussed the situation, considering the possibilities of the negro clmging to the pole. This brought out the suggestion that the ne- gro's arms and legs would have to be bound. This was done with pocket handkerchiefs and then the arrangements arrangements were nearly completed. About this time some one suggested the propriety propriety of letting Bush spreak or pray. The trembling negro did not want to speak but he wanted to pray. How He Prayed. Crouching on the ground he prayed with such emotion and sush earnestness as the hardened men about him hod seldom heard. "Oh God, grant," he said, "that I may meet them in heaven and shake hands with them." The prayer was delivered in a sing-song tone, his voice rising and falling, his form throbbing with emotion and his voice choking with sobs. It was a pitiful sight, but there was no mercy. While his voice was lifted in supplication, the :rowd yelled "shut up," give us a rest," 'string him up," "he did not let them pray," etc. Vest Talked to Him. Vest talked to the negro. He would not confess, but protested that he was nnocent. He said he was guilty of one ;rime, but some one else would have to answer for another. Just what he meant by this is not clear. Vest was in- lined to discuss the case and the crowd got impatient. Wfcile the two were still talking the negro was jerked to his [eet. During all this talk the man on the pole was patiently awaiting the rope. SWUUE on a Guy Wire. The rope was now passed up to the man on the pole and there were again various suggestions as to whether it should be passed over the cross bar or a wire. The man on the pole finally put it over a small guy wire. To do this it was necessary for a half dozen men to hold tbe negro up in the air. The end of the rope was passed down to the crowd and a cheer,went up as they gave it a yank. Bush Had been calmly awaiting the end. About the second pull on the rope and the rope broke. Xt Was Awiul. Bush fell back to the brick pavement with a sickening thud that could be heard throughout the crowd. It seemed that his head must have been cracked. He laid on the ground writhing in agony, and if at any time a spark of human sympathy touched the hearts of his tormentors it was then, It was only momentary, however. The negro's arms had 001119 untied but were quickly bound together again. At that time it seemed almost an act of mercy to hasten the end. Bush was dazed and apparently apparently did not fnlly realize the awful situation. Called a Hack. Just around the corner was a hack. Governor Altgeld Issues a Proclamation. TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS A MM, That Is the Price the State Will Pay lor Each "Member of tlia tyuclilng Party-The Party-The Prosecution Promises to Be Vigorous. Public sentiment is like the wind. It changes every day. During the excitement excitement attending the chase and capture of the negro rapist Busb, the ^mmon expression was that "he ought to be lynched." After the Mt. Zion people had performed the act in approved wild west style, there was a change in sentiment. Saturday people were deprecating the fact that mob law had reigned in Macon county and condemned the act in unmeasured unmeasured terms. There were not a few of these who had previously said "Busb out to be hanged." The lynching attracted attracted wide attention throughout the state. Governor Altgeld took otlioial notice of the affair. The state's chief executive telegraphed as follows to Attorney Attorney I. R. Hills: BPBISOFIKLD, Jane 3. To Isaac B. Mills, State's Attorney: Write mo at ouce the facts in regard to a mob breaking the door ot the jail at Decatur last niuht and taking a negro from tlie custody of the otticers ot the law and killing him: also what effort did the jailor make to protect the victim? Jpus P. ALTOELD, Governor. Attorney Mills telegraphed a brief outline of the facts to the governor and later informed him that a visit would be made to Springfield Springfield by Macon county officials. Attorney Attorney Mills invited Marshal W. W. Mason to accompany him and the two went to o««: n n 4^Al^ nn flio aftarnnon train. Vhftv nothing to do but ri^idlv inveeti atethsj lynching and if he can learn tna name* ot the participanta to prosecute them to the full extent of the law. Ha Bays that he nay have to prosecute some personal personal friends, because he has many warm friends in Mt. Zion township, but that he feels that his official duty is paramount paramount to all ties of friendship. He has only one course to pursue and that is bring the offenders into a court ot justice. justice. THE LYNCHING. IT STILL ENGAGES ATTENTION. Rumors That Floated TMterday-- Comment Comment of Different Papers---Public Sentiment Divided--The Colored Indignation Meeting, The excitement attending the lynching lynching of the negro, Bush, bos not yet subsided. subsided. It was still the talk of the town Monday and there was quite division in public sentiment. There were Some who thought that summary justice should be dealt out to those who participated participated in the lynching, and there were other good citizens who didn't care to be quoted, but thought nothing would come of a vigorous prosecution. prosecution. In other words they thought the sooner the whole affair was forgotten forgotten the better it would be for the people. people. THE COLORED INDIGNATION MEETING. The meeting of indigcant colored citizens citizens was held Monday night at a hall South Park sheet Wilson Woodford called the meeting. He said that the guilt or innocence of Busb was immaterial; that the majority of the people believed him guilty. He also desired that no one would aay or do anything rash. That would only h u r t the cause. The mutter should considered coolly. The idea was to help condemn the act. The colored race had been disgraced by the lynching into the corridor. Between these two doors is the apparatus with which the bars on the inside are raised and low ered. The lock oE this door was nol broken, but was forced opea with cold chisels. In the Corridor; I This let the mob into the jail corridor which runs the entire width ot the jail and is about ten feet wide. Across this corridor was a big iron grating and at each side was B wrought iron gate securely securely locked. Bush was on the east Bide. The lock of this door was quickly battered down. Fastened to the grating grating are two levers with which the cells are opened. They are fastened with a pad-lock, but it did not take long to mash it and the rest was easy. Nothing now stood in the way of the mob, and they swarmed into the jail with vengeance vengeance in their hearts. The guards did nothing. They stood and looked on, und Deputy Midkiff when he saw the mob had accomplished their work asked the leaders to let him prevent the escape escape of any prisoners. The crowd separated separated and he was allowed to step inside inside and take the necessary precautions. How Bush Stood It. Bush was in the fourth cell on the upper tier. He started like a hunted deer at the first blow of the sledge hammer and in a frightened voice called to Lee Mays in the next cell, "What's that." Mays answered, "They have come for you I guess." Then Bush asked: "Do you think they can get in?" May tried to reassure him by saying he thought not, but he added "You had better pray." Then Bush fell to his knees and during the balance of the aa sault he prayed with oil the fsrvence at his command. When the last door gave way the frightened man, hemmed in by four bare walls and knowing that death was but a question of a few minutes called, "Is "there any place ] can hide?" The hunted creature mus' have known there was not, but in that i awful emergency he still cherished hope. Mays told him to get under the mattress, but Bush got inside of it. He was stark naked, having divested himself himself of his clothes to mystify the representatives representatives of Judge Lynch. Got the Wrong Mail. When the mob was once inside the bars it did not take Icng to find that the prisoners were all on the upper tier. In ohe first cell was John Cald well, a colored man. The leaders rushed in and grabbed him, but John called one by name and they said, "we don'-t want you, John." Then they went to Bush's cell and got him. He was not given time to dress. A resolute man grasped him by each arm and got another behind him and he was hustled down stairs to the corridor. As he passed out he said, "you can hang me gentlemen, but I am innocent." They've Got Sim, "They have got him" was the frenzied yell that went np from-the crowd in the jail office and immediately came the cry "fall back." The door leading into the the residence part ot the jail was closed and all were ordered to leave by the side door at the west. The miserable The man on the pole was ordered to place the rope over the cross arm and did so. This was higher that the wire, and consequently the other end of the rope could not be reached. The hack was called. The driver did not want to go but the excited crowd made aim. The vehicle was drawn up under the pole. Bush was hoisted to the top and commanded to stand up. His answer was, "I can't, gentlemen,' Three or four men helped aim. While this was going on another man had climbed the pole and the end of the rope was fastened to a peg on the pole. The hnckman was commanded to drive away and did so. Bush was only about two feet above the ground. There was a little convulsive twitching and chat was all. Don't Shoot. The Mt. Zion people had evidently intended intended to fill Bush with bullets. As the body swung into the air some one on the ground yelled, "Don't shoot," and the two mon on the pole did not lose any time repeating the order or in getting down. At the end of fifteen minutes Dr. Spalding Spalding and Dr. Heil pronounced Bush dead. Some one wrapped a piece of cloth about the negro's loins. Cut Down. It was 3:43 a. m. when Coroner Ben- Springfield on the afternoon train. They were accompanied by W. H. Starr. Before Before the Decatur party reached Springfield Springfield Gov. Altgeld had already issued the proclamation which will be found below. Gov. Altgeld was closeted for an hour with Messrs. Mason and Mills. The governor denounced the lynching as an outrage and said a vigorous and determined effort should be made to apprehend apprehend and punish the men who had disregarded the majesty of the law. He was given all the details of the affair. He said now that the affair had happened happened it was perhaps best not to criticise the defenders of the jail for not firing upon the mob. But, now that there had been an armed mob openly violating the 1 aw he held that it was the plain duty of the Macon county authorities to prosecute the members of the mob. He had no specific directions to offer, but spoke of the case in a general way and recommended recommended prosocution. Gover nor'a Proclamation. EXECUTIVE OFFICE,SPRINGFIELD, June 3,1893.--Being authoritatively advised that at 2 o'clock this morning a mob broke down the doors of the jail at Decatur, Decatur, overpowered the officers of the law, tdok from his cell a negro confined there, dragged him out and killed him by hanging him to a post near by, I hereby denounce this cowardly and diabolical diabolical act as not only a murder under our laws, but as a disgrace to our civilization civilization and a blot upon the fair fame of our state. The prisoner was accused of the crime of rape, but stoutly protested his innocence. He was already in the custody of the law and no matter with what crime he was charged, and no matter matter whether he was guilty or innocent, he was entitled to a trial--a fair trial according to law. It mupt never be said that the laws of our great and proud state do not afford protection to all without regard to color or condition. I therefore call upon all officers of the law, and especially of Macon county, as well as on all good citizens, m ho respect law and cherish the honor of this state, to do all in their power to bring the leaders of this great crime to justice. I hereby offer a reward of two hundred hundred dollars (S200) each for the appro- pension and conviction of every man who helped to break the doors of the jail, overpower the officers und drag out the prisoner, or who assisted in killing him. JOHN P. ALTGELD, Governor. The Official Inquiry, When Coroner Bendure took charge of the body it was removed to the un- dnre and Officer Leech cut down the body. It was laid on the cold wet pavement. pavement. The rain had fallen and the body was wet, glistening in the early morning light like a piece of ebony. Notes, Decafcur people present cheered Mt. Zion and Mt. Zion cheered Decatur. When the body went up the last time and the face turned toward the pole the crowd yelled "Turn him the other way!" This waa done and the crowd yelled "Good morning, sir! Black side!" The guards in the jail were Deputy Midkiff, ex-Sheriff Foster and Sheriff Woolington, of Piatt, in the office. In the corridor wereChas.Twaddell, Frank Taylor, Sam Holmes, Frank Harbert, Alex McGorray, John Perl, John Me- Kmley, W. C. Pluck, Joe Mauzy, Pat Moran, Dan Ryan and A. Burkey. During the work of getting into the jail some excited Mt. Zion man wanted the "paper reporters" thrown out but the crowd was in favor of the reporters. John Cald well said yesterday that he was still white from the effects of the scare he had. Friday afternoon Bush wrote a letter to his relatives in the south asking for money to hire a lawyer. Mt. Zion people were not nearly so plentiful yesterday afternoon BB earlier in the day. The clock in the court house tower struck 3 as the body was swung up the first time. The Decatnr contingent did the yelling yelling and the Mt. Zion fellows did the work. Yesterday afternoon Bush's remains were taken to the poor farm and buried. There were several women in the crowd. dertaking establishment of D. Brint- Unger. He empanelled a jury composed of Dr. H. D. Heil, foreman, 1 Ed Baker, J. M. Bower, H. C. Wallace, Ed Leech and E. W. Anderson. The jury met at Brintlinger's establishment and began the work of inquiring into the cause of Bush's death. State's Attorney Mills appeared before the jury and made a short talk. He dweh upon the violation of the law by the mob and told the jury that it was their duty to make a searching searching investigation and if possible ascertain ascertain who composed the mob and names of those who participated if such a thing was possible. The jury called Officer Ed Leech as a witness and he testified as follows: "I reside in Decatur and am a member of the police force. I have seen the deceased--saw deceased--saw him when he was brought to Decatur yesterday on the Effingham train, and with other officers helped convey convey him to jail and saw him locked up. I was awakened this morning by yelling and hollowing and the noise of pounding pounding on the jail doors. I got up and dressed and came to police headquarters headquarters in the court bouse. From there I went to the west entrance of the jail. Found no officers there, and thought I had better get away. Eeturned to headquarters headquarters and went up stairs, where I watched the proceedings through east window of court house. The jfc'.l office was full of men with sledgehammers, chisels, and other tools, hammering and beating down the doors of the jail entrance. entrance. Saw several officers in the jail corridor. Saw the mob break the door and go in. Heard the hollowing "We've got him!" and saw the crowd come out, but did not see the deceased until they were hanging him by the neck at the northeast corner of Water and Wood streets. Saw man climbing up telephone telephone pole and put rope over guy wire, but did not know him. The rope broke or came untied and the negro dropped to the ground. The rope was tied or adjusted adjusted again and the deceased was put on top of a hacB. The rope was then put over the telephone arm or crosspiece, crosspiece, and the deceased pulled up and hung until he was dead. Did not know a man I saw in the crowd. One man's face I know, but do not know his name. Coroner Bendnre came on the scene about half-past three o'clock this morning, morning, and a few minutes after his arrival he and I cut the man down. He was dead. The crowd howlea "hurrah for Mt. Zion"--indicating that they were from that neighborhood." After hearing this testimony the jury adjourned to 7 o'clock at night when B U I W U A . U V M TV I T* w«--"--- -- - pr_ they met again and immediately adjourned adjourned until Monday morning. The State'* Attorney. State's Attorney Mills say* he h*» of the negro as well as the white people, and the colored race should help the whites in the prosecution. There were a number of others who spoke the same strain. One speaker speaker thought there ought to be war but the chairman quickly stated that he did cot think such, talk waa in order. Resolutions were adopted in support of the officers of.ths law bringing the lynchers to justice. It was stated that money would be needed and that an appeal would be made later. It was also decided to notify the state's attorney and Governor Altgeld of th* action of the meeting. The chairman of the meeting cautioned all his hearers to be cool and not to anything unreasonable. He said the tuik of coing to Mt Zion after the lyr ! « s und of carrying arms was - --e. All that was necessary for ! . k . . 'lored people to do was tu buyport the officers of the law when the proper time came. The meeting waa very orderly and the 150 colored men present behaved behaved in good style. P KES3 COMMETS ON THE LYNCHING. Governor Altgeld acted promptly and with zeal in the discharge of his duty regarding the lynching tragedy in M«- con county. Ae soon as he heard that the negro Bush had been hanged by mob he issued a proclamation denouncing denouncing the offense and its authors, and declaring declaring the laws must be enforced. Ha offered a reward of $200 for the apprehension apprehension and conviction of each man acting with the mob, and requested the presence of the sheriff and state'* attorney of the county at Springfield give him information and receive instructions. instructions. The grand jury of Macon county will investigate the case. There will be no difficulty in arresting the ringleaders of the mob, as they are well known farmers residing in the ne'ghbor- hood where Bush's crimes were committed. committed. But it is not probable that there will be any conviction. Public sentiment ii. just aa strong at the north as it is at the south on the subject such crimes, and is as strong in the of white tramps as of negro tramps.-Chicago tramps.-Chicago Herald. · Gov. Altgeld's spirited action for the purpose of bringing the Decatur lynch- ers to justice is to be commended. But it is to be questioned if the reward offered offered tor the apprehension of the men who have thus taken the law into their own hands is a proper thing and a graceful thing under the circumstances. Prom the correspondence between the governor and the attorney-general it manifest that the executive is anxious to all in his power to vindicate the name of the state. At the best the reward system for the apprehension of criminals of any class is to be questioned in its results. It appeals to the worst side human nature, and, however justice may have clamored, it is nevertheless blood money. In this case at Decatur if the sentiment of a law-abiding community community is not enough to set the seal disapproval on the act of Friday night withcut the stimulus of reward Gov. Altgeld will have failed in his purpose. Evidently the governor is inclined to criticise the omcers who failed to offer resistance to the inob. There was » posse of well-armed men inside the jail, and they should have defended the prisoner. prisoner. The attacking mob was a lawless body, entitled to treatment as such, the strict duty of the sheriff was to protect the prisoner at any cost. And yet, knowing that the prisoner was in all probability guilty of the crime charged, w juld the sheriff have been justified killing a dozen presumably good rati- z-ens to save one life ot doubtful value to society? The answer is that such action would have been less a matter protection fora prisoner, who,under the law, is presumed to be innocent until proved guilty, than it would have been a protection of the law iteelf from outrage.--Chicago Record. Dispatches from Decatur say that considerable feeling is beinz aroused there against the mob violence. That just like Decatur, several thousand or whose citizens stood by wiihout lifting a hand while a mob of twenty-five farmers lynched a prisoner from the jaiL This is the same Decatur which wanted the state fair, and entered into a compact compact to abide by the result of tb* contest in the house, but which is now doing all in its power to defeat Peoria. * * * * It is reported that the people ot Decatnr are becoming quite indignant at u» disgrace brought upon their town by- Friday night's disgraceful lynching. Their indignation comes too late. Ten men with any nerve out of the thousands thousands who gawked at th* spectacle have saved the good name of Decatur and Illinois.--Penria Transcript. The Decatur officers appear to have been a set of arrant cowards. Tbe sheriff was conveniently absent at tb* time of the lynching, and although jail was fill«d with armed deputies not B hand was raised to protect the pn«on- er, whose life had been entrusted to them and who under their oaths they should bare protected. Tbe town marshal marshal appears to hare been the only who ew attempted to do anjrtbiot, and that was when it was too Springfield Monitor.

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  2. 10 Jun 1893, Sat,
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