Army & Navy - Lynching Bee

One night last August a mob of Negro stevedore soldiers at Fort Lawton, Wash., stormed into a barracks occupied by paroled Italian prisoners of war. The Negroes, brooding over special privileges shown the POWs, were armed with "knives, clubs, trench shovels, axes, stones." After MPs had quelled the brawl, Italian Guglielmo Olivotto was found in a gully near by, hanged by the neck and dead.

Last week, after more than two months' investigation, Army authorities started a proceeding which had few if any precedents in U.S. judicial history. They accused 43 Negroes...

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