A lynching in Bloomington, continued


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A lynching in Bloomington, continued - citement prevailed. Some of the best citizens...
citement prevailed. Some of the best citizens were in the front. Business men cheered and enooaraged the lynchers, and women cheered and waved handkerchiefs when the hope was strongest that Patsey Devtne, charged with the murder of Aaron, Goodfellow. in 1 879, now a prisoner in jail, would be lynched too: bnt the mob dispersed without touohing him, though the feeling was very strong. Jailer Franks was a noble man and a good oUt - aen, liked by alL He had lived here over twenty years, and his death is universally lamented throughout the city. Pierce stole a horse and bnggy here a few weeks ago, and was captured at Jacksonville, where he is known as a bad man. He was only 20 years old, of medium slzs, smooth face, ana brown hair, with a bad countenance. countenance. After hanging oa the tree thirty minutes, minutes, and having been seen by thousands of people, people, the body of the murderer was cot down and taken possession of by the Coroner. This has been a gloomy, drears, and dark day: the clouds were leaden and heavy, dropping now and then a spat of raiu. Though the mud was terribly deep and adhesive the streets from earliest morning were thronged witn an excited populace. I' or one day the churches had light oongregatioue. Men, women, and children in multitudes visited the elm tree, to whicn the dead body of young Pierce, cr i lowlett, was hanging, at 0 o'clock last night. Those who visited it this afternoon saw nailed to it the following grotesque card: "McLean, Illinois Ax - man, ax - man, spare this tree, and uever touch a single bough; and may Gou spare this elm tree forever to grow to mark where tho first Justice to a murder ever was done in McLiean Conuty, and may the good people people stand by the boys that did it," This was tacked uu about noon to - dav. and remains remains undisturbed. Who wrote it, or who nailed ic up. is not known. The rope was cut into fragments last night, and eagerly seized by tho curious cratnl. The jail was another center ol Interest. Its wrecked doors and windows stood as the fury of the populace left them last night. Inside the jail office, where Frank was murdered, were splashes of blood on the floor and bedstead on which the stricken man had died. On a Hue behind Ujo jail proper hung a white countcrpauc crimsoud iu blot e ties by the jailer's hearts blood. It was a ghastly reminder. The iron doors of the ccll - houti were battered and dented bv sludges aud bars. There was general weeping aud wailiug in the prisoners, wno swear that had the mob not taken Pierce s life they would have strangled him for killing their best irieud. Among tncin the dead prisoner is denounced u vigorous words. The body of Pierco. the neck encircled by a three - quarter inch wau - ila rope, cutting deep into the flesh, lay all day lu the lee casket in tho under taker s omee. .thousands viewed it with various expressions of word and ieature. Ue was not a bad - looking lad black - hr.ired, smooth - faced, pule, irregular features, aud an intelligent cast of countenance. It wax learned to - aay his ribt name is Uowlett, and that his lutner is cashier of a bapk, at Mount Pleasant, Iowa. ills life had been one of crime from infaucy. lie was plucky and brave. Tuouch surrounded by a howilug mob, heaping curses aud maledictions on his fated head, he spoke quietly and calmly to some who stood about him, bidding good - by to Fire Marshal Chase, and bllAKXSO HANDS with him. Popular sentlmeut is undoubtedly dead to any feellug of regret that Howlett is dead. People are actually tr.ad of Uiat, but the best citizens are truly sorry that mol law ever prevailed iu IdooiiiingLou. But the causes that led to it are apparent. The popular mind is ntlll brooding over the 0'ieit murder yet unpunished, and over the murder of Aarou Goodfellow, a nobte citizen, for whose murder Paiwy Devine was couvicted and sentenced sentenced to haug. Tiie decislou of tne Supreme Court reversing the judguieut on a Uinisy tecuuicallty not coinprcucuMble by orUinaav citizens, was the i;tat straw. This came on Friday, ' and was generally published Saturday. ileforo people Coul 1 understand wh.it that decision meant, aud while they only knew that the murderer of Goodfellow was as good as turned loose scot free, came the terriuie tragedy, the killing of Jailer r'rank. This fairiy craved certain classes of people, aud the mob followed.

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

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