A.H. Edmonds, African American janitor for the Brown Building in downtown Wilmette, received an anonymous, poorly written note threatening his life unless he left town. The note began, "I see that you are bringing negroes to this village to work. this has got to be stoped [sic]." As noted in the news article, this was a form of the black hand letter, a letter threatening bodily harm usually associated with Italian gangs at that time. Like this letter to Mr. Edmonds, such messages usually contained crude drawings of skull and cross bones, a bottle with a poison label, and the like in the margins. Edmonds, who lived in Evanston, reported the threat to local authorities.
Source: Lake Shore News, June 4, 1914
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