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Lynching Should Stop
The Progress is opposed to lynching as it is opposed to all other forms of lawlessness. It does not believe in punishing
crime by committing crime or of avenging law breaking by mob violence. Fewer guilty men escape merited punishment for heinous
offenses, at the hands of the jury, than the number of innocent men that are hung every year by masked murderers.
Each lynching lessens the respect for law in the community in which it occurs and encourages a repetition. The whole thing
is wrong in principle. The recent displays of cowardice by mobs, in this State, may well cause those who look upon lynch
law with indifference to consider the dangerous tendency of such a policy.
The Norfolk, Va. Landmark is equally as emphatic. Here is what it says:
"We trust sincerely that, as the years go by the world may see less of barbarism - less of inhumanity, less of brutishness,
which has always disgraced and degraded a portion of the races of men - and a few of all races, but be this as it may, it
is the duty of all who feel an interest in social order, who appreciate the necessity for a fixed and stable government, a
system of intelligence and virtue, to frown upon and prevent deeds of violence and illegality whether committed under the
impulse of an apparently excusable vengeance, or not. Frightful mistakes are often made, and no combination of circumstances
can ever justify taking life, without the crucial test of judicial investigation.
"Even with all the safeguards of a court and jury, under the scrutinizing processes of cross-examination, fatal verdicts are
often found which afterwards turn out to be wrong. How much more uncertain must be the finding of a mob-an excited bloodthirsty
mob, wild with the spirit of revenge, crazy under the sense of outrage, unwilling to wait for the slow processes of law.
It is wrong. It must not be encouraged, it should not be tolerated. Let the courts have charge of all this. The very slowness
of justice is itself a punishment-a torture to those who are rightly held to await their trial and sentence."
The country is awakening. The South is finding out the true cause of its present demoralization and the indication of its
future ruin. Lynch law must go.
Summary of Article
This article provides a synopsis of two articles from external newspapers that discuss the barbarity of lynch law. Each of
the external articles points out the injustice and inhumanity of lynching, as well as other attributes of the practice that
make it unacceptable in a civilized society. The Planet author uses these articles to indicate that the general sentiment
towards the practice of lynching is changing, and that the South is slowly coming to the realization that lynch law should