Six black circus workers, alleged to have assaulted a young white girl
on the circus grounds, were dragged from their cells in a Duluth, Minnesota,
jail by a mob of five thousand people. Twelve policemen were injured during
the attack. In an impromptu trial, orchestrated by the mob leaders, three
of the suspects were "found not guilty." The three "found guilty" were
hanged. A subsequent investigation by the civic authorities proved that
none of the murdered men could have participated in the assault.