LITTLE ROCK, November 1 -- An escaped convict named Charles Jones, a
negro, attempted to rape a white lady named Mrs. Lewis, near Spadra, on
the Fort Smith railroad, last week. Her screams attracted the attention
of the neighbors, when the negro fled. He was captured yesterday
morning in Fort Smith and brought to Spadra. This afternoon a mob of
100 men, with shot-guns, were at the depot waiting the arrival of the
train. They took the prisoner from the officer and after a short,
informal examination by a jury of Judge Lynch's court, Jones was
condemned to death, and 20 minutes after the arrival at Spadra he was
hanged to a tree.
2 November 1881, The Atlanta Constitution (Georgia) via Ancestry.
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