Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)
Thursday, 28 July 1887 - pg. 1
SHE WANTED HIM HANGED.
LYNCHING UP THE GEORGIA ROAD YESTERDAY.
REUBEN HUDSON FALLS INTO THE HANDS OF INFURIATED CITIZENS OF REDAN -- IDENTIFIED BY HIS VICTIM AND SWUNG UP IN A NEIGHBORING GROVE -- HIS VILLAINOUS CRIME -- SURE DEATH PROMISED ALL SUCH DEVILS.
COVINGTON, GA., July 27. -- [Special.] -- Another one of those brutal outrages, which, despite the summary punishment meted out to the perpetrators, are growing more frequent, has occurred at Redan, a small station on the Georgia railroad. The victim of the outrage is Mrs. James Bush, and a burly negro, Reuben Hudson, was her assailant. He was caught last night on the Georgia train, secreted in a closet, in an attempt to make his way to Covington, where he has a wife and children. He was carried back to Redan this morning, identified by Mrs. Bush, and lynched by a band of indignant citizens.
Mrs. Bush is described as a rather good looking little lady, who does not weigh more than eighty-five pounds, and looks more like a girl than the mother of a child eight years old. She was entirely alone when the black villain assaulted her and the frail woman was powerless to resist him. The negro threatened to kill her if she told, and would not leave her till she promised she wouldn't tell. He came back a second time after leaving the house and swore he would come back and kill her if he heard that he was being pursued. Despite this as soon as he was out of sight Mrs. Bush ran to a neighbor's house and told her piteous story.
Parties were organized and began scouring the country in all directions. When Hudson was brought back this morning Mrs. Bush identified him instantly, and though the officers tried to hold him it was but the work of a few moments for the determined men to seize him and hurry him off to a grove where he was hanged to a tree. The body was left hanging until the coroner arrived and was viewed by many people. It was proposed to shoot the negro to death, but it is said that Mrs. Bush requested that he should be hanged, declaring that he had cruelly choked her and she wanted him choked to death in return.
Among those who saw the body were several gentlemen of Covington who knew Hudson. They said he had a wife and children there, but was a worthless vagabond and gambler, and his death would be a loss to nobody. Hudson prayed and dictated a letter to his wife, asking her to send for his body.
People in the section say where identification is complete, lynch law is justifiable in such cases as these, and that brutal men must understand that certain death awaits the perpetrators of such outrages.