Sunday, June 23, 2013

Today -100: June 23, 1913: Of radicals out of uniform and non-lynchings


The Radical Party takes office in Denmark. And this is how radical the new Cabinet it: its members will refuse to wear uniforms, wear decorations, or be called “Excellency.”

A mob of 1,000 people attack the Dublin, Georgia jail in order to lynch three negroes accused of killing and robbing a white couple, but the sheriff had already slipped them out the back. The frustrated mob threatened to lynch all the other negroes still in the jail on minor charges, but were persuaded “by leading citizens” not to. It is not explained whether the leading citizens were there as participants in the lynch mob, but I think by now we all know the answer to that one.

Well, that’s odd. Just two days ago we had the death of the last surviving member of the 1861 Congress. Now, it’s Henry Jones, the last surviving member of the Confederate Congress (actually the Confederate provisional congress), dead at 92. Interestingly, he had voted against secession in the Alabama Legislature.


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