"It is not that this unspeakable wretch was hanged.
No more thought need be given to his death than to that of a dog-and a
most vicious dog at that. It is the harm wrought to the people of Urbana;
it is the harm greater than this wrought to the general attitude toward
law, which makes the action of the mob so deplorable. In the orderly execution
of the law by the courts and the officers chosen by the community for
that purpose lies the best safety of all; lies the hope of progress in