Burning Innocent People

March 5, 1898


A mob burns two Native Americans at the stake, shocking the country.


The burning of two Indians at Maude, Indian Territory, by a mob not long since the murder of Mrs. Laird shocked the civilized world.

It was condemned as barbarity as brutal and cowardly as it was fiendish and murderous.

Agents of the government have secured evidence which prove both of them innocent. Lincoln McGiverly, the younger of the two was in no wise implicated and it is shown that Sampson, the other victim, was forty-eight miles from the scene of the murder at the time the crime was committed.

This is another evidence of the outlandish nature of the punishment resorted to.

It calls for heroic action—the handling of the lynchers. The country must awaken to the effect of this lawless condition. Lynch-law must go!
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“Burning Innocent People,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed June 20, 2019, http://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1351.