A White Woman Murdered by a Negro

January 6, 1866


A group of "bad looking negroes"accused of murdering a white woman horrifies white southerners.


On Wednesday, a lady, named Mrs.Marry Ramares, called at the office of the provost-Marshal and stated that one of her neighbors, a lady, had come come to her death under circumstances which led her to believe that one Daniel Pierce, an old negro engaged in chopping wood for her, committed the deed. A few days ago the lady and the old Negro started from the opposite side of the bay, to this city, on a flat boat containing thirteen cords of wood and a quantity of cedar posts. He was directed by her, on their arrival, how to sell the wood and posts, which he did, returning to her at the insignificance sum of twenty-seven dollars, and keeping the rest for services rendered. When they landed on their return, delayed he was lying insensible in the boat and her person bruised in a shocking matter. She was carried to a fisherman's hut on the shore, where she shortly afterwards died. On these representations, Mrs.Ramares was instructed to point out the negro, Daniel Pierce, to the guard. During the day she found him, and caused his arrest. He was turned over to the city authorities and the case will be fully investigated. Pierce is a bad looking at negro, and if he is guilty of this bloody deed, no punishment could be too severe for him.
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