Letters: Jun. 3, 1929

Sirs:

In your last number appeared an article on decapitation in China. When I was in China, the technique of beheading was explained to me as follows: Under the Empire, the headsman was a professional man, who used his great beheading sword in one hand, holding the handle as one would a dagger with the back of the blade extending back parallel to his forearm. Beheading was done by a single slice with the long blade instead of a chop. For a consideration from the condemned or his...

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