A New Horror
September 17, 1870
An eighty year-old African-American man has been sentenced to 10 lashings for stealing 30 cents worth of rope. This comes after the man already spent over a years worth of time in jail for the crime, making it clear that the man could not have stolen the rope.
A New Horror - We find in yesterday's State Journal and in the Washington Chronicle a letter from Eastville, North- ampton, stating that the Judge of the country court in that county had sentenced a negro, nearly eighty years old, to receive ten lashes on the bare-back for stealing thirty cents' worth of rope, although he had been confined in jail since May last! Of course nobody believes this story: but nevertheless, it is a good thing the Porter, Humphreys, Maddox Co. Let them go on to Washington at once and get Virginia set back!
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