--On Sunday last Martha McLellan
, an intelligent, interesting girl, between 12 and 13 years of age, a daughter of Mr. James McLellan
, of this county, while returning from a neighbor's, was waylaid by a negro man named Green
, belonging to Col. J. V. Rogers
, who, horribly to relate, dragged her from her horse, violated her person, and then brutally murdered her. The young lady not reaching home late in the evening, word was sent to the family where she had gone, when it was found that she had left there several hours previous.
Search was immediately instituted, and she was found that night in the woods, near the roadside, with her throat cut, and a corpend!--Language is inadequate to describe the horror of the family and the neighborhood at this discovery.
The negro Green
had been hired by Mr. McLellan
, and participated, apparently unconcerned, in the search.
But a righteous heaven never intended that such a crime should remain undiscovered or unpunished.
Circumstances led to the belief that he had committed the deed, and upon being arraigned and charged with it, confessed his guilt.
The neighborn determined, upon consultation, that he the most severe punishment that could be inflicted, and on Monday evening they burned him at the stake.
Who will or can question the justice of the punishment?
Marshall, (Texas) Republican, 7th.