The Lynching Belt

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Up to the end of October there had been forty-five cases of mob murder, mostly in the Southern States, and in several instances were wanton, the acts of frenzied citizens who neither sought nor cared for an excuse. They were impelled by impulse and lynched without cause. Near Germantown, Ky., two negro farms hands, described as harmless and inoffensive, were strung up without any semblance of motive for the act. This law lawless deed excited bitter comment by the newspapers in what is known as the "lynching belt," and while the perpetrators were condemned, no attempt was made to detect and punish them. This indifference is censurable.

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The Louisville Couier Journal, November 28, 1913, reprinting an item from the Pittsburgh Post