Others Guilty.

July 14, 1900


The lynching of a while man demonstrates that lynching is "no longer confined to colored men."


It is being demonstrated day by day that the “unmentionable crime” is no longer confined to colored men even upon the basis of newspaper reports.
Mrs. Joseph Coats, mother of Mrs. Sallie Otts of New Orleans, Louisiana was criminally assaulted and brutally murdered June 22, 1900 at her residence in the country on the Tickfau river near Springfield in Lexington Parish by Frank Gilmore (white). His victim was 68 years of age.
Gilmore was captured by a mon and strung up to a beech-wood limb which broke on account of his weight. His body was then riddled with bullets. His body was placed in a hole at the foot of the tree and the crowd dispersed.
We believe that the law should have been allowed to take its course. It emphasized the fact that the lynching of colored men is leading to the lynching of white ones. Justice will be visited upon all alike bye and bye and the outrageous conduct of mobs will carry with it accompanying evils.
The colored man even in his most lawless conditions is but the looking glass in which the white man may see himself reflected. Lynch-law must go!
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