Weekly Stockton Democrat
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
Sunday, 6 June 1858
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HANGING of the MURDERER of FRANK LANE at LA GRANGE May 28th, 1858
Editor, Argus:

This morning at about 1 o'clock a body of men from over the  river, crossed at McFARLAND's Ferry and proceeded to the jail where they took the Deputy Sheriff, locked him up in a room, and then seized upon ANDERSON, the murderer of Frank LANE, and hung him to a tree about 30 yards from the jail. The time occupied by the party in forcing an entrance to the jail and hanging the murderer was less than an half hour. As soon as they became satisfied that the body was dead, they withdrew the guard placed over the Deputy, and left. The Deputy, as soon as released, obtained assistance and took the body down; but life was extinct, and to pursue the party would have proved of no avail.

An inquest was held by Justice ELKINS this morning and a verdict returned to the effect that the deceased (ANDERSON) came to his death by hanging,
and that the act was committed by persons unknown to the jury. The deceased was buried this morning at 10 o'clock. Very little excitement prevailed. I would say, in this connection, that officers MYERS and BROWN used every effort to prevent the lynching, but they were powerless in the hands of the
party. Yours Truly, Spencer

Transcribed by Dee Sardoch