Excerpt from The Criminal Law Journal of India, 1905, Vol. 2: A Monthly Legal Publication Containing Full Reports of All Reported Criminal Cases of the High Courts and Chief Courts, &C., In IndiaIn former times, in England and Ireland, a public execution was always considered a holiday by the lower classes, and they perfected their plans accordingly. The scaffold was generally erected in one of th...
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uares, and consequently every one had 'nu unobstructed view of all the proceedings. Beer and sandwiches were sold in large quantities from carts and other Vehicles, and the sales of intoxicants did not improve the temper or the conduct of the multitude. Obscene jokes and songs, ribald jests and drunken laughter were to be heard on every side. On such occasions the ordinary police protection was generally deemed inadequate, and special police were sworn in in large numbers. These last were plentifully supplied with beer and sandwiches, which had a powerful effect in drawing volunteers from the lower classes and dregs of society. Just as the American public enjoy an exciting base-ball game so the English public took a morbid delight in witnessing executions. Public executions in England were carried out according to law and every detail was carefully looked after. Legal executions in America have always been held in jails and prisons. Public executions in America are lynchings; via, taking a prisoner's life by mob force without a trial and contrary to law. In America we never had a public execution that duty was delegated to the sheriff in whose custody the prisoner was remanded. The hideous scaffold and drop have now given way to the electric chair, and the executioner has been supplanted by the mechanical electrician.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.