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Suspect's Confession Fails to Black Man From Hanging

August 19, 2009 |  4:00 am


Aug. 19, 1899, Fig Syrup

Aug. 19, 1899: Syrup of Figs has many beneficial effects.

Aug. 19, 1899, Lynching

William E. Belt, who failed in attempts to save his former slave John Alfred Brown from hanging, tells Maryland Gov. Lloyd Lowndes and appellate Justice James McSherry: "I hold you and McSherry responsible for the death of an innocent man. This will be heralded throughout these United States. Note Taylor's confession on the gallows."

 "Belt declares that race prejudice was responsible for his failure to save Brown's life."



Aug. 19, 1899, Runaway House

A peculiar house-moving case in Gardena ... and Mrs. Druce Rose accuses her husband of beating her -- but legally, he's not her husband. As Facebook says, "It's complicated."
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