"Lynched in the Public Park, West Virginia Negro Pays Penalty for
Shooting Chief of Police.
Special to the Record Herald. Elkins,W. Va., July 22.-William Brooks,
colored, was lynched in City Park here this afternoon by a maddened mob
of 500 half an hour after he had shot and fatally wounded Robert lilly,
chief of police. Brooks was creating a disturbance in the lower end of
town and when Chief lilly tried to arrest him the negro fled into a house.
The officer followed and clinched with him. While they were rolling on
the floor the officer's revolver dropped from his pocket and Brooks seized
it and shot lilly through the abdomen. Brooks then jumped from a window
and was instantly pursued by the crowd which had been attracted by the
fight. He was captured after a chase of half a mile and carried to the
park, where his body was soon swinging from a tree."
The branch fastened to William Brooks's left leg was a primitive restraining
device used to hobble a prisoner.