Current Opinion Volume 37

Current Opinion Volume 37

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... beings for any other crime will not be forgiven nor condoned by the eople of the South. The putting to death 0 the negroes by lynching in any form was unnecessary, because in a few days they would have been legall executed, and to take them from the hands 0 the law and burn them was not only an affront to the court and a re roach to the State, but unspeakable and horriying barbarism. The deed committed by the negroes was most atrocious and brutal, but the law by formal, speedy and regular methods would, as far as was possible to do, have soon executed the legal penalt, and the act of the mob was murder and not ing less, and murder made more horrible by the barbarous method of its commission. In the same vein, the VVashingt0n Star says: The moment the mob assumes the role of executioner--usua1ly indeed of judge and jury as well--it commits a crime worse in its broadest aspect than the offense of its victims. The man who pulls at a rope tied about the neck of a trembling wretch, however guilty, is himself a criminal, a murderer. The man who applies the torch to burn men alive, however fiendish their crime, is himself a savage at heart as well as a murderer in fact. This particular form of mob murder, by burning, stands for the full horror of the mob menace. Blood lust is no longer sated with the mere "conventional" lynching. Once the mob was content to hang its man at night and depart, keeping all faces hidden and all identities concealed. But to-day the mob works in broad daylight, without masks, without a pretense of concealment. It does not hesitate to adopt the most atrocious methods of execution. It glories in its bestiality. Beside its offense the original crime sinks into insignificance, so far as the effect upon the...
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  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 685g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800923
  • 9781236800923