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They had been praying to get a
stay until November, when the ques
tion of abohtion of capital punish
ment in California is to come before
the people by initiative, following its
defeat at the last legislature.
"I've got the best chance of any,"
says Bundy, "my youth. I've got two
chances a new trial, andr commuta
tion to life sentence. I think I will
soon be out playing ball in the yard."
"I had 'a bullet in my head njy
own attempt to kill myself when I
slew my wife so I was too dazed to
make my full defense," adds Allen,
Louis Bundy, scheduled execution
for the 24th, stayed pending apeal.
peering at the red flowers in the
Thus they talk of their chances,
catching at straws. Even the satur
nine Korean, though he says nothing!
Coming so close together, these
scheduled executions have given a
powerful new impetus to the anti
capital movement in California, sup
ported by the majority of guards and
prison officials in the state's two peni
tentiaries, who carry out the Mosaic
law of the people.
And so out of a mouth dedicated
to horror has Arisen 'anew the hope,
within and without those patrolled
walls, that California mav elect to
discard the law of a tooth for a tooth.
HOW THE STATE-KILLS
In San Quentin Three guards si't
behind a wooden screen. Before them
over a plank lie three taut cords
one suspending the trap. In their
hands are sharp knives. They wait
for a signal. Then they slash quickly
altogether. A thump and the doc
tor drones off the flickering pulse
beat. In Folsom The executioner stands
in a closed cage, beside the scaffold.
At the signal he jerks a lever, precipi
tating the black-cowled figure into
Although drinking glasses no long
er tumble on the table when they
stand bottom side down, they .still re
tain the "name given them when they
did tumble. The tumbUng of the first
glass drinking vessels was not an ac
cident. The tip-over was intentional,
and it was intended to remind the
convivial knight who used the glass
that he must not set down the vessel
until he had drunk all the wine in it.
If he did it would spill on the table.
The "tumbling" glasses didn't remain
long in favor, but the name tumbler
is still applied to drinking glasses.
A SOFT SNAP
Father Dog Well, my son, are you
The Puppy Very .much. This is
the first human being I've bit in the
leg who hasn't kicked me galley-west
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