The Chicago Chronicle

"A Praiseworthy Lynching." - "The negro was killed irregularly, but justifiably. He committed an offense far more heinous than simple murder.... The community at Urbana would be less than human, indeed it would be lily-livered and lacking in gall, were it to allow this ravisher to live....

"The State can do nothing to those persons who informally executed the negro at Urbana. It has not the power; it derives such power as it has from the people, and the people determined in other tribunal than that which the law creates that for his heinous offense the negro should suffer. Sympathy with the negro, condemnation of what may be called a mob will be lost. There can be no punishment of those people. The thing is impossible. Their sole offense consists in having done the right thing in the wrong way. Any brute, negro or other, who violates a woman ought to be shot down or hanged up, as may be most convenient. When there was like occurrence in Illinois the state authorities were powerless to bring a whole community to punishment. There will be like failure in Ohio; there ought to be like failure anywhere. The man who would be guilty of such an offense is not fit to live."

 
Scanned from The Literary Digest, June 19, 1897