Man—The Product of Two Forces [excerpt]
In dealing with criminals and outlaws
we must appreciate the fact that their own disregard of law and
the principles of government will not be cured by mob violence.
The dogma of our homeopathic neighbors of similia similibus curantur
is inapplicable and inefficient as a remedy for crime, if not disease.
Anarchy is not a cure for anarchism. The nation is to be congratulated
on its conduct in the trying ordeal through which our country has
recently passed, when President McKinley, a noble and pure man and
ruler, was struck down by a vile and misguided fiend, in not visiting
upon the wretch summary vengeance; but on the contrary, exemplifying
in a marked degree our high state of civilization and respect for
law by an impartial trial and a speedy execution of the murderer.
We must be allowed in this connection to state that the delay in
the prosecution and execution of criminals by the useless quibble
of lawyers and the slow and uncertain process observed in courts
of justice, is largely responsible for the spirit of mob violence.
Our people are naturally and by education law-abiding, but having
witnessed so many instances of crime that should have been promptly
dealt with, and many cases where 
through questionable means criminals have evaded the processes of
law and been turned loose, ready again to perpetrate further crimes,
the people becoming disgusted at such proceedings have been prompted
to take the matter in their own hands, especially if the crime involve
the safety of womanhood, in whose defense every Southern man is
willing to sacrifice his own life. What we need is speedy arrest,
conviction and punishment of criminals. Were this invariably done,
mob violence, with a few rare exceptions, would come to an end.