Redmaning Becomes Redwomaning in 1894

(03/31/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/7/1894.

Shame

Word again reaches us that a band of masked men gathered at the house of one "Sis" King, near Minnora, a few nights ago and took her from her bed in her night clothes and each proceeded to administer two well laid on lashes. It is told that the screams of the tortured woman made the night hideous for some distance. It is also told that there were forty men in the gang. With our personal knowledge of the citizens of Washington district we are astonished to think such an act could be perpetrated, but that it was, and that there were forty men accessories to the crime utterly astonishes us. For what was this woman whipped? One says for adultery. Admitting her to be an adulterous woman such offenses are punishable by fine or imprisonment in the county jail or both. While the offense of whipping a person as above indicated is a felony and is punishable by confinement in the penitentiary.

We were warned by a friend some time ago when we said something about a like matter if we didn't "quit it" we would lose some subscribers in that community. Be this as it may, we can't in justice to the fair name of the county, in justice to the good citizens of that neighborhood (and we repeat "there are many such"), in justice to the general welfare, peace and prosperity of all the people, in justice to humanity let this matter go without entering our solemn protest and disapproval of such conduct. As to losing subscribers for entertaining the opinion we do about such matters we can not now believe that any Chronicle subscriber would be guilty of such conduct.


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