A lynching in Bloomington


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A lynching in Bloomington - . THE BLO0MINGT01J" LYNCHING. AN IXFU&IATED...
. THE BLO0MINGT01J" LYNCHING. AN IXFU&IATED POPULACg. Bloomwgton, HL, Oct. L The most bloody and exciting tragedy in the history of this (Mo - Lean) county occurred here this evening. About 6:30 o'clock Ted Franks, the Jailer, was shot and killed by a prisoner, Charles Pierce, alias Howlett, Incarcerated for horse - stealing. The Jailer went Into the Jail to change the prisoner from one cell to another. The Jailer had a re volver. 82 - caUbre, In his hip - pocket, and no coat on. He went to unlock the cell - door, when the prisoner seized the revolver, and shot the Jailer In the back. The Jailer then turned around andwas shot in the shoulder. The piisoner nrea a third shot, and the ball pierced Frank's heart, going clear through the body, killing him instantly. The other prisoners seized the murderer . and prevented him from escaping, and wrested the revolver from him. . Kews of the murder spread like wild - fire, and cries of vengeance were soon heard from the knots of men about the streets. By 8 the Jail was entirely surrounded by at least 5,000 men, women, and boys, every one demanding the blood of the murderer. The Sheriff and police summoned a strone force to guard the Jail, and i all in their power; bnt at 9 o'clock a mob of . men gained entrance, after nearly tearing down - the Jail. For over an hour the mob .wevked enthusiastically and madly, amid the . yells, screams, and cheers of the lookers - on. When they had . forced the inner iron doors in they pnt a rope around the murderer's neck, and dragged him out through the wild crowd to a locust tree near by, at the corner of Market and Center streets. - a few minutes he was dangling in the air, a lifeless corpse. The shrieks and groans of the victim of mob violence could be heard while he was dragged remorselessly to the tree; but hi. cries were drowned In lond cheers and yells of "ami hiaC "Lynch him' The wildest ex

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 03 Oct 1881, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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