January 2, 1901
Not over three miles from Ruston, on last Thursday evening, the wife of Frank Williams, colored, was beat to death. Rumor has it that three white men went there in the daytime during Frank’s absence and committed this crime. We were told by a member of the coroners jury that she was whipped with thorn bushes, into almost a jelly. This is terrible, and we think the officers of the law and citizens should leave no stone unturned to ferret out and bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime. We know nothing of the trouble that led up to this, but we know there is nothing that could justify such taking of human life. — Ruston Age.