Norfolk Landmark, December 23, 1873


African-Americans -- Race relationsAfrican-Americans -- Racial violenceTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : BirdTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Personal injury


Purity and fidelity are so intrinsically beautiful that it is with great reluctance that we are induced to notice frailty in human nature, especially where the proverbial chaste character of woman is involved. But we are now satisfied that when infidelity to the husband was rewarded with death, there must, in the nature of things, have been numbers whose fear of consequences alone stood between them and the abhorrent sin. Consequently all were open to the suspicion that their purity, assumed or real was contained lust merely, and not the virtue we so much admire. In these days, when we depend entirely on the truth and honesty of woman, a loss of faith in one's wife is especially to be deplored. We have to record this week a case particularly shocking. For some time past the citizens of a town in the upper part of the county have suspected too great intimacy between a negro and the wife of a white man, during a several months absence of the latter. Determined to break up the nuisance, the incensed citizens laid in wait near the woman's residence for the appearance of the negro. He was not long in arriving on the scene and cordially admitted to the house. The watchers at once sprang from cover, forced the door and dragging the darky out administered a terrible castigation to him and only released him on his promising to quit the town and not again return for five years. This is strictly true.

Mr. Augustus Parker, while partridge shooting yesterday, narrowly escaped a perhaps fatal accident. He was charging his gun when one barrel was discharged. Fortunately no shot was in the barrel. As it was he was severely burned, especially about the hands.

Norfolk Landmark
Norfolk, Virginia
December 23, 1873