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Johnson was arrested, tried, found guilty, and sentenced to hang.

On Thursday, October 31, 1907, Cumberland Police Officer August Baker, while on duty and attempting to arrest one William Burns, was shot by Burns. The incident took place in front of the J. M. Fields Saloon on Wineow Street in “Shanty Town.” Burns had been fighting with another man in Kate Preston's Saloon, also on Wineow Street. The fight had continued outside on the pavement. When Officer Baker came upon the scene, Burns was asked to come along peacefully, at which time Burns shot Officer Baker. Even after being shot, Officer Baker felled Burns with his club. Officer Baker was transported to the Western Maryland Hospital by automobile. A Black man, Humphrey Green, held Burns until Officer John Treiber arrived and placed Burns under arrest. The coroner's jury called on Saturday, October 6, decided, after hearing the testimony of a number of people, that Officer Baker came to his death by a bullet wound at the hands of William Burns. Burns was placed in Allegany County Jail to await trial. A mob began to form about 10:30 PM, Saturday, October 6, by two's and three's. The men gathered at the corner of Johnson and Green Streets directly in the rear of the County Jail. Some were masked, some were not. Men were posted on the hillside (Johnson Street) and Prospect Square to notify the men if any police could be seen. When the mob was ready, they gathered in front of the jail. The deputy sheriff was summoned by a knock on the front door to the jail. The deputy refused to open the door. A telephone pole, which had previously been secured, was then used to knock down the door. The mob now numbered more than two hundred. Deputy Sheriff Hendly was roughly handled by the mob. A refusal by the Deputy to give the keys to the cellblock to


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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