The Mobile (Alabama) Register

Strength of Race Prejudice - "There is a feeling in the white man's mind that whoever of the race not his own who attempts to defy this race instinct, and violently upset the physical line which nature has established, does by that act take his life in hand. Death must be his portion, whether legally or illegally matters not; and from that decree there is no appeal. Laws may be passed, officers may be sworn to execute the same, and officers may attempt to do their duty, but the instances are now indeed the condemned has on this account escaped his fate. So strong is the feeling that the sense of civic obligation falls before it. Men who proclaim their thorough fidelity to the country and its laws, and who know that the safety of the body politic depends upon the observance of law, draw the line at that point, and while they will applaud a public officer who does his whole duty in upholding the law in any other emergency, they condemn him unsparingly if the object of his services is the negro who has overstepped the racial bound, more especially if, in defense of his prisoner, the lives of men of their own race are sacrificed."

Scanned from The Literary Digest, June 19, 1897