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KICK ON WHIPPING POST
FOR WIFE BEATERS
Mrs. Florence Collins Potter.
Sacramento, Cal., Feb. 18.
The women of California don't
want the men whipped, even if
those men are wife-beaters.
Sen. John Cassidy of San Fran
cisco introduced a bill recently
setting up the whipping post for
It provides for a whipping post
in the yard of every county jail.
The whip shall consist of six
pieces of rawhide, one-eight of an
inch thick, one-half inch wide and
not less than 30 inches in length,
with a handle attached 12 inches
long. The bare back will, receive
The sentence will be executed
in the presence of 12 citizens se
lected by the sheriff and the num
bers of lashes the court may pre
scribe for the offender is from five
At once the women were up in
arms against the measure.
Mrs. Florence Collins Porter or
Los Angeles, the progressive
delegate and presidential electo: .
said: ''I have never heard the
whipping post bill discussed se
riously among women.
"You can say -that the women
of California are. a unit in their
opposition to the measure."
Evidently all the other women
shared somewhat the old En
glish plea that "wife beating ain't
no great crime," as the late Jus
tice McFarland remarked.
Mrs. C. M. Waymann of San
Francisco, secretary of the Wom
en's Legislative council, tersely
"While there are men who are
brutes in their treatment of their
wives, I do not believe the admin
istration of brutal punishment
would be a corrective. I am
against the measure."
And so the women almost seem
to stand for the ancient cynicism,
''a dog, a woman and a butternut
tree, the more you beat the better
they be," for they'll have none of
whipping posts, thumbscrews,
racks, iron maidens or procrus
tean for wife-beaters, and have
rejected poor Cassidy and his bill
with equal fervor.
Magistrate Your husband
says you are a regular virago, an
that this morning you .struck himJ
Is this true? Wife ( contemptu
ously) Shure, your honor, it's al
he. If I had a-struck him this
mornin' he wouldn't have been
able to be here this afternoon to
make the complaint