The above reward is offered for the capture of
BEN CROSS, COLORED,
who shot and killed L. H. Hartsfield, near Ft. Pillow, Lauderdale County, Tenn., on March 12, 1919.
Cross is a light “ginger-cake” color, about 40 years old, weighs between 160 and 180 pounds; one eye squints; when last seen had small moustache; about 5 feet 9 or 10 inches in height; quick in motion; teamster by trade; wears No. 8 or 9 shoe.
The above reward is deposited in the First National Bank of Covington. If captured, notify John Coughlin, Sheriff of Lauderdale County, Tenn., or J. W. Pace, Covington, Tenn.
[Ben Cross; The Commercial Appeal; Memphis, Tenn; 19 Mar 1919; Pg 11]
NEGRO WHO KILLED LUCIEN HARTSFIELD IS CAPTURED
Ben Cross, colored, who shot and killed Lucien Hartsfield, white, near Ft. Pillow, Lauderdale county, on March 12, an account of which was given in this paper at the time, was captured at the home of George Easley, in this city, Sunday evening about 8 o’clock by Sheriff J. M. Beaver and Deputies Dan Archer and J. I. Coleman. The negro was delivered to Sheriff J. T. Coughlin of Lauderdale county, who took him to Memphis on the 10:30 train Sunday night and placed him in jail there for safe keeping. Mr. J. T. Hartsfield, father of the young man who was slain, had offered a reward of $250 for the capture of the slayer of his son.
[The Covington Leader, Covington, Tenn., 10 Apr 1919]