April 7-8, 1908


Above, David Belasco’s play, which closed on Broadway in 1906 after 224 performances, is staged in Los Angeles. Sadly, leading lady Alice Treat Hunt will die of pneumonia June 8, 1908, in her apartment on 9th Street near Figueroa. Below, a couple of lynchings in Alabama and Mississippi. John Burr was lynched by 30 men for killing the 12-year-old son of a planter and Walter Clayton was lynched by 75 men for raping a woman while he was being held in a lumber company stockade on a manslaughter charge, The Times said. As late as 1938, The Times editorialized against a federal anti-lynching law, saying it wasn’t needed.

Quote of the Day: "He was quickly hanged from a tree and several shots were fired to hasten his death." –The Times, on the lynching of John Burr


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