Unlike most lynch mobs, the men who beat and killed Negro Willie Earle (TIME, Feb. 24) were not hard to unmask. Most of them wore cab drivers' caps; several of their automobiles were taxis. They were almost surely from Greenville, where Willie Earle had been arrested after the murder of a cab driver ten days ago.

Starting from there, police and the FBI moved fast. Two clues turned up: I) the burnt stock of a shotgun, jammed in the flue of a Yellow Cab office in Greenville; 2) blood-stained seat cushions from a taxi. Drivers were rounded...

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