In a late number of the "Forum" Bishop Haygood, author.
or the "Brother in Black," says that "The most alarming fact
is, that execution by lynching has ceased to surprise us. The
burning of a human being for any crime, it is thought, is a.
horror that does not occur outside of the Southern States or.
the American Union, yet unless assaults by negroes come to
an end, there will most probably be still further display of.
vengeance that will shock the world, and men who are just
will consider the provocation."
In an open letter addressed to me by ex-Governor Cham¬
berlain, of South Carolina, and published in the "Charleston
News and Courier," a letter which I have but lately seen, in
reply to an article of mine on the subject published in the"North
American Review," the ex-Governor says: "Your denuncia
tion of the South on this point is directed exclusively, or nearly
so, against the application of lynch law for the punishment of
one crime, or one sort of crime, the existence, I suppose, 1
might say the prevalence of this crime at the South is undeni¬
able. But I read your (my") article in vain for any special de¬
nunciation of the crime itself. As you say your people are
lynched, tortured and burned for assault on white women.
As you value your own good fame and safety as a race, stamp
out the infamous crime." He further says, the way to stop
lynching is to stamp out the crime.
And now comes the sweet voice of a Northern woman, of
Southern principle?, in the same tone and the same accusation,
the good Miss Frances Willard, of the W C. T U. She says ir.
a letter now before me, "I pity the Southerner. The problem
on their hands is immeasurable. The colored race," she says,
"multiplies like the locusts of Egypt. The safety of woman,.
of childhood, of the home, is menaced in a thousand localities
at this moment, so that men dare not go beyond the sight of
their own roof tree." Such then is the crushing indictment
drawn up against the Southern negroes, drawn up, too, by
persons who are perhaps the fairest and most humane of the
negro's accusers. But even they paint him as a moral monster
ferociously invading the sacred rights of women and endanger¬
ing the homes of the whites.
The crime they allege against the negro, is the most re¬
volting which men can commit. It is a crime that awaken*