Temecula Blacksmith Escapes Mob Lynching

As reported in the San Francisco Call – Thursday, 15 November 1900

RIVERSIDE, Nov. 14. – Thomas P. Jones, a blacksmith of Temecula, a town forty miles south of this city, is under arrest, after having narrowly escaped lynching, charged by his own daughter with the paternity of her new-born babe.

Three months ago, Jones’ daughter, who is 22 years old, was married to D.J. Tripp, a Temecula butcher.  At the time of the marriage, it is said, the girl confessed all to him.  When the child was born the husband made known its real paternity and Mrs. Tripp swore to a complaint against her father.

Jones, hearing of this action, attempted to escape into Mexico and had a good start when he was apprehended at Murrieta, fourteen miles away, by Deputy Sheriff Zimmerman.  He returned to Temecula pending a preliminary hearing but when the citizens of the town heard of it, a mob soon formed and threats of lynching were openly made.  Fearing that vengeance might be wreaked upon the prisoner, the officers quietly secured a buggy and spirited him away.

As reported in the San Francisco Call – Tuesday, 20 November 1900

TEN YEARS IN PRISON

Light Punishment for Thomas P. Jones’ Crime

RIVERSIDE, Nov. 19.—Ten years in San Quentin was the sentence imposed upon Thomas P. Jones, the Temecula blacksmith, by Superior Judge Noyes this morning, after Jones had entered a plea of guilty to the charge of intimacy with his own daughter, who was recently married.

Jones had confessed since his arrest that this relation had existed for over four years and as a result two children had been born- Jones has been on the verge of nervous prostration ever since his arrest, fearing the infuriated citizens of Temecula would yet carry out their threats to take the law into their own hands. The prisoner will be taken north to-morrow in charge of Deputy Sheriff Hugh McConnville.

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