History Carved on a Cellar Wall

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title History Carved on a Cellar Wall
Description shooting, Burns was placed In the Castle Gate Hospital. His intestines were so riddled with gunshot that not much could be done. On June 16, 1925, at 10100 p.m., J. M. Burns passed away. The community immediately responded to the shooting death of Deputy Burns. Rewards were posted for Marshall's arrest, and on the morning of June 18, a black man named Gray reported that Marshall was sleeping in his shack north of Castle Gate. The Sheriff gathered a posse and promptly had Marshall in custody. Upon arrival at the county Jail in. Price, the arrested man was taken by a group of irate citizenry, their voices screaming, "Kill the Nigger!" The mob formed a long line of oars and drove towards Wellington. About 2& miles outside of Price, the mob stopped and assembled near a group of large Cottonwood trees. Between 800 to 1,000 people gathered for the proposed "lynching party." Some even brought picnic baskets. fiobert Marshall was hanged twice. He recovered from the first attempt, but was prounced dead after the second. This was the fifth lynching in the state of Utah and supposedly the last in the West. later, a thorough investigation was made to bring those responsible for the lynching to justice. District Attorney Fred V. Keller, a Mantian who had made his home in Monticello, was appointed by Governor Dem as the Prosecuting Attorney for the State of Utah. He was assisted by 0. K. Clay. Although eleven prominent men of Carbon County were indicted in the case, they each plead "not guilty." After thirteen days of trial, a decision was reached - lack of evidence. All charges were dropped. Former Judge P. W. Keller was outraged by the hypocrisy displayed during the trial: "The past thirteen days this court has called 125 witnesses. Bow can these people who testified demand others to uphold the laws of the United States of America, to give equal justice to all races, live next to and around the men involved in the lynching? They can't help but think about these men moving about free as a bird after having committed an act which is even unlawful in the eyes of God... I am ashamed at the disgraceful mockery of the law and order which has resulted in the affair right from the beginning, and the manner in which the State has been held up to ridicule. Hay God have pity on you." -4-
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Date Created 2005-02-19
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