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HANGING OF YOUNG BOY TOOK
- SEVENTEEN MINUTES Calgary, Alta, Feb. 18. Strangled to death in a horrible manner through the bungling of the gallows mechanism, the inert body of Wil liam J. Collins, 22-year-old Missouri youth who confessed he murdered John T. Benson, a farmer, hung at the end of a rope in the mounted police barracks for 17 minutes be fore the doctors pronounced him dead. Collins had been in a state of coma for four days, but he was given an injection ofdrugs" and braced up suf ficiently to walk f o the gallows. Wit nesses declared that the' hoy's mind had been affected to. Such an extent that he was Unaware of his sur roundings and seemed, to be in a semi-conscious condition when half led, half dragged into the- barracks yard. . . , Collins walked to the scaffold and paid no attention to the rough coffin as he passed, it. He was placed in a chair and Hangman Holmes was noticeably nervous as he adjusted the rope about the boy's neck. When the trap was sprung the rope slipped up; caught the boy around the chin and: "when he was cut down fifteen mittutes later he was groan ing. Faint groans still carrie from the body as it was placed beside the rough coffin, hut as life was ebbing fast Collins was permitted to pass out of the world without being again hanged. .- o o AGNES NESTOR ON COMMISSION ON VOCATIONAL EDUCATION Washington, Feb. 18. President Wilson late Tuesday announced the membership of the commission on vocational education which is to in vestigate that problem and recom mend the best plans for such educa tion in the United States. The com mittee comprises Senator Hoke .Smith of Georgia, chairman; Senator C. S. Page of Vermont, Rep. J. H. Hughes of Georgia, Rep. Ress of Ohio, C. A. Prosser of New York, John A. Lepp of Indianapolis, C. H. Winslow of Washington, Miss Flor ence M. Marshall of New York, and Miss Agnes Nestor of Chicago. This commission does not have to be con finned by the senate. o o I'M TIPPING YQU OFF TO THE LATEST DANCE, FOLKS By Jim Manee. Now personally I should think 'the latest dance would make quite a' hit with "Quacks." Without any rea son, outside of the movement of said dance, the originators have named it "The Lame Duck." This new affair is bully for the old' folks who can't do anything at a' party because, of rheumatism or gout. It fits perfectly with the stiff leg, sore leg or limber leg. . I have guessed that it is called the "Lame Duck" because it is danced in the manner, that a lame duck would dance if it were possible for a lame duck to dance. The lameness consists of a dipping of the knee and the dragging of the foot. Must be that the ducking consists of getting out of the way of some body else's knee that is doing the lameness portion of the dance. And, -worst of all, to the folks who usually sit around the edges of the dance hall, they are robbed" of their "I've got a bum leg" excuse. The slit skirt is not needed for this new one. However, you may have a slit knee before your first attempt is over. Anyway, folks, the latest thing that goes well with music is the "Lame Duck." If you are not lame enough to do it the first time, you are mighty liable to be after a few try-outs. Why wouldn't that be a fine dance for all the ex-senators? q o Blobbs Bjones is forever talking about being level-headed. Slobbs Yes, it's a wonder he' can get a hat to fit him.