6 got to McGruder Street they killed a Negro. They patrolled Randolph Street and went on down Irwin. They seemed bent on showing their wrath against the Negro. That wuz a pitiful time. Negroes wuz shot down without any cause and they wuz scared to be seen on the street. We had no one, it seemed, on our side , for there wuz the soldiers shouting and singing: ‘We are rough, we are tough, we kill niggers and never get enough.’ There they wuz really adding to the riot, more hatred, deaths, and not doing what they wuz supposed to do. At the time of the riot they claimed that only one white man wuz killed and thirteen Negroes. But it was rumored here - I don't know it to be true and don't know whether I ought to repeat it - but it was said the white undertaker shops wuz filled with victims of the riot and they wuz burying them at night so the Negroes wouldn't know how many wuz killed. We had no way of knowing whether this wuz true or not. There wu z a man in South Atlanta, who, it is said, killed two or three white men before he wus captured. Really he wuzn't caught, for he barred hisself in a house and shot everyone who came near the house and the only way they got him wuz to burn the house and he wuz burned up in it.
“The same year that McKinley came through here as president, they burned a Negro, Hogue Smith. The Georgian newspaper wasn't called the Georgian then but the editor of what is now the Georgian ran a excursion down to Fairburn to see the burning of that Negro. That wuz something awful.
“Well, I'm glad I've lived to see a better understanding between the two races and I do believe in not many years to come there will be no more lynching of the Negroes and people just like us going to witness them like as though they were places of