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REIGN OF TERROR.

: DRINK-CRAZED NEGROES RUN I AMOK. i t ELEVEN PERSONS SHOT. LONDON, Sept. 28. On Sunday the town of Harriston, Mississippi, was the scene of wild shoot- > ing by two cocaine and whisky-crazed ! negro brothers, resulting in the killing j of nine persons and wounding of 20 * others, of whom two subsequently died. The negroes were cornered after a j fierce fight, and lynched. I The snooting started when the two negro brothers, Walter and Willie Jones, ' left the log cabin where they had lost , heavily at cards, and, drawing revolvers, opened fire on the players within. Tlie first shot killed a man named Warren as he sat at the table acting as teller, and another bullet entered the head of a negress, Johanna Aiken, as she opened the door adjoining the cabin to remonstrate. The third bullet, aimed at her as she fell, lodged in the body of her baby as it slept in bed. Apparently satisfied with their deadly work among their own race, the Jones brothers linked arms and started towards the railway station, shouting defiance, and blazing away at every head which showed itself. Constable Frank Keinstly, who was asleep in his home, was awakened by the firing, and throwing up the window, tried to parley with the shooters, but with unerring aim, one of them cut short his speech, and he expired with a bullet through the heart. His son William reached for a gun, but he was shot in the arm before he could fir,e. The* two negroes arrived at the station just as the train pulled in, and without warning they opened fire. A conductor and flagman fell under the deadly fusillade, and Claude Freeman, a citizen waiting for another train, was instantly killed. Tlie engineer of the train hurriedly started the locomotive, and proceeded at full speed to Matchez, where he gave the alarm. The negroes now directed their fire at the stationary sleeping car, which is left at Harriston every evening. The terrified occupants hugged their pillows, and although all the windows were broken, no one was injured. Meantime the citizens of the town had been quietly gathering, and advanced in a body, headed by Sheriff Hammett. They drove the Jones brothers to a deserted mill, and after carefully surveying the situation, Hammett decided to rush the murderers with a picked body of men. At the head of his little band, he started towards the mill, but before he had taken a dozen steps he was shot and killed by Walter Jones, who was hiding in the tall grass, and a second shot, seriously wounded one of the posse. The attackers retired, and opened fire from a safe distance. The negroes replied, and a negro who was helping the white men was killed. Walter Jones attempted to leave the grass and join his brother in the mill, but he was shot and captured. The bullet was not allowed to do its work, and he was strung up by a rope to the station roof and the body made a target for those who were not shooting at his retreating brother. Just as the militia arrived, a determined rush was made on^the mill. TheTe was no responsive fire, and on entering, tho crowd found Willie Jones cowering on tlie floor, his nerve gone, and too scared to use his remaining ammunition. Before the soldiers could interfere he shared the same fate as his brother. Serious race rioting may be the outcome of the shooting. The whole countryside in the vicinity of Harriston is now armed, and there is a growing conviction the Sunday affair was the premature explosion of a plot by the entire negro community of Harriston to wipe out the white population. As a solemn warning to all negroes, every colored man and woman for miles around was brought into Harriston, and compelled to march .past the coffins containing the lynched bodies of the Jones brothers. As the negroes silently and fearfully filed past, theugruosome objects lying in the middle of the main street, white men stood in single file on each side of the thoroughfare with grim faces and drawn revolvers. , , The tragedy in Harriston has again aroused the old problem of race antagonism in the United States. It is general knowledge here that the use of drugs among the negroes of the South is constantly increasing/ especially in those States where the sale of liquor is forbidden. Ninety-nine pr cent, of the race conflicts, it is said, are the direct result of the abuse of cocaine, and until some method can be found to restrain the sale of such drugs by unscrupulous whites to blacks, one of America's biggest problems will Teraain unsolved.

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REIGN OF TERROR., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XL, Issue 13233, 15 November 1913

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REIGN OF TERROR. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XL, Issue 13233, 15 November 1913

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