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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 18, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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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
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
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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.
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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
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?
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Blobbs Bjones is forever talking
about being level-headed. Slobbs
Yes, it's a wonder he' can get a hat
to fit him.

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