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Bis advertisement by this time
and is sporting a red necktie. No
wonder he is the despair of Cou1
sin Mittie and cousin Mattie. We
held a council of war and decided
that the crisis was crucial. Any
minute some hussy might marry
him just because -he has money.
"We must execute a coup" such
was my words.
"Sure, that's it!" says Mittie
and Mattie, "Coop him up.'' But
I made it a bargain that they
were to go away and lpave him to
me. He would take more off me
because I wasn't a member of his
So I bundled the twins off to
the village where they wouldn't
complicate matters with their
presence at the farmhouse, and I
wai left to employ the mailed fist
on Uncle Amos alone.
CHEATING THE GALLOWS
The state of Massachusetts is
greatly worried. Sheriffs are anx
ious. Jail officials are anxious.
Newspapers are all stirred up by
expectations of a calamity.
What's it all about? Why, a
man condemned to expiate the
crime of murder is in failing con
dition. Rev. Clarence Richeson
is becoming weaker daily and
may not survive to be executed
on May 19th. The law and so
ciety seem to fairly thirst for his
blbod and every effort will be
made to preserve his life until
they get his blood according to
This Rev. Richeson is the vilest
criminal the prisons have held fof
a long time.- Why should society
be eager to dirty its hands with
him? Why give him the finest
food and the best of medical care?
Not long ago, this vile murder
er attempted to kill himself, after
confessing-his guilt. Will some
one-present some good reason
who he wasn't permitted to suc
ceed? Will some one now present
a good reason for not fishing
that this "man does a natural
death before May 19th? Is the
attitude toward him simply indi
cative of lustlfor vengeance?
To put the matter boldly, what
justifiable scruples could there be
toward making it easy for this
hopeless wretch to execute him
self, an alternative often given
the guilty Japanese or Chinese
We do not say that an adequate
dose of morphine or chloroform
should be put within Rev. Riche
son's reach, so that he could pain
lessly escape the personal and
public horrors of an execution.
But between that and the specta
cle of a whole community thirst
ing for human blood is there
much room for a choice?
"Forgive them, for they know
not what they do." Forgive us,
for we know exactly what we do.
English language contains
about 600,000 words, but half of
these are scientific, or obsolete
and we don't have to get ac
quainted with them. For ordin
ary polite conversation vott will
find that a vocabulary of" 300,000
words is about sufficient.
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