News from The Cartersville Express

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
September 2, 1869, page 2
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Cartersville, Ga.
August 30, 1869.

Mr. Editor—Our Sabbath School class was requested, last February, by our teacher, Mr. T. M. Compton, to solicit funds for the purpose of cleaning off and fencing in the two grave yards used by the citizens of Cartersville and vicinity.  We received by subscription ($230.95) Two hundred and thirty dollars and ninety-five cents, of which, we collected at the time, forty-six dollars, which amount has been out at interest till needed.  As the people complained of being short of funds, it was thought best to defer work and collection till after harvest.  Harvest having passed, it is now though best, that the people, in town and country meet on Saturday before the Second Sabbath in September, with proper tools for cleaning off the grounds.  This being done, the money can then be used for fencing and otherwise improving them.

All persons owing subscriptions, or feeling willing to subscribe, will please pay over the same, to Mr. T. M. Compton, at the store of Mr. S. Liebman.

Trusting in the refinement and intelligence of the Citizens of Cartersville and vicinity, we feel that it is only necessary to call attention to this matter.

Miss Emma Davis, Chairman
Miss Mary Curry, Secretary.


Page 3.

State Correspondence
Another Horrible Negro Outrage.
Adairsville, August 25, 1869.

Mr. Editor:  Our unusually quiet community has been under great excitement for the last twenty-four hours, by the occurrence, within a few miles of Adairsville, of the most wanton outrage ever perpetuated by a fiend.  A most respectable and esteemed young lady, connected with one of the best families in our county, was walking out last Monday evening, not far from the residence of a relative, with whom she was staying at the time, when she was met by a savage negro fellow, who seized her, crammed her apron into her mouth to prevent her from giving the alarm, dragged her into a neighboring wood, where he violated her person, and then beat her to death with his gun.

When she failed to return at the hour she was looked for and night came on, the fears of the family were aroused, the alarm was spread through the neighborhood, and a diligent search kept up during the night by a large number of anxious friends, but it was not until after light the next morning that her dishonored and horribly mutilated body was found.  It was evident that she had made a desperate struggle to avoid her fate, and it was probably this terrible desperate resistance which her outraged but helpless innocence had made even to the very last, that struck terror into the heart of the fiend that had her in his possession, and made him feel, after his first hellish act had been accomplished, that the only possible escape for him from future punishment, lay in her entire destruction.  But a righteous Providence had so ordered it that this second frightful crime should not long conceal the first, even in the silence of death.  By the peculiarity of the shoes that he was wearing, he was almost immediately tracked to his house, where the blood of the unfortunate victim was still upon his person, and upon the broken gun with which he had struck the fatal blows.  Portions of her dress were also found upon him, and many other evidence of his guilt.  Not one of all the large and respectable crowd, white or black, old or young, male or female, that witnessed the evidences of his crime, doubted for one moment his damning infamy.  The negroes were loudest in his condemnation, many declaring that he ought to be burnt.—He is now under arrest, and will have to meet the demands of law and justice, unless the Governor should unfortunately feel it is his duty, to interpose his clemency.  This is the great fear of the community—that not withstanding the heinousness of the crime committed, and the certainty of the negroe’s guilt, our more merciful Governor will devise some plan to prevent his being hung.—Bartow.

P. S. --Since writing the above, we learn that the guard placed over the prisoner last night, were surprised by parties unknown to them, their guns seized, and the negro taken forcibly from them, and carried off—for what purpose, and whether done with a view to his release, or to prevent the interposition of Executive clemency, it is not yet known. –Atlanta Constitution, 26.


Our Graveyards Again.

We have said that we would let this subject rest forever in peace, so far as we are concerned, but as lady correspondents have ventured to make a proposition, in regard to it, we will presume to call the attention of our citizens to the communication and ask their co-operation in the laudable and humane work.  Shall our worthy correspondents have it?  Or will it go unheeded as all other propositions and suggestions have heretofore?


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