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the mob brought on a successful search for the keys. The pole was again used to force the door of Burns’ cell. Burns was dragged to the street in front of the jail. A circle of men formed about Burns. Reverend William Cleveland Hicks, Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, who resided near the jail, upon hearing the noise, appeared on the scene and mounting the steps of the jail asked the mob to respect the laws of God and Man. He continued his plea for ten minutes. While it drew no outspoken protest from the mob, the determination to end the life of Burns was accentuated rather than diminished. While Reverend Hicks was imploring the mob to show mercy, suddenly a shot was fired, then another, until five bullets entered the body of Burns. The mob wanted to burn the body. Reverend Hicks and the arrival of Judge A. Hunter Boyd implored the crowd not to burn the body. At this time a half dozen police arrived and were directed by Judge Boyd to guard the body. In a very few minutes the mob had dwindled to just a few men. Undertaker Stein arrived and took charge of the body. In order to prevent the deputy in the jail from calling the police, the telephone lines had been cut. The October Grand Jury was drawn and took up the case of the death of Officer Baker and also the death of William Burns. The Jury found that Officer Baker came to his death at the hands of Burns. The Jury found that Burns came to his death at the hands of persons unknown. Despite a reward of $500.00 offered by the County Commissioners, no one was ever found to have been part of the mob. A sister of Burns arrived from Pittsburgh and took charge of the body. The funeral of Officer Baker took place at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 7, 1907 from his late residence at 56 Davidson Street. Members of the Cumberland Police force acted as pallbearers. The mayor and city council and a group of city firemen were present. Burial was in Greenmont Cemetery.


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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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