FRANCE: Life for Violette

At Hull, England, fortnight ago, a crowd of about 300 gathered in the early morning before the prison yard to watch the flagstaff. Many were praying. Two unarmed policemen with their thumbs stuck purposefully in their belts kept the crowd in order. At 9 o'clock a black flag broke out on the staff. By that signal spectators knew that, despite a blizzard of petitions to the Lord Mayor of Hull, to the Home Secretary, to King George himself, Mrs. Ethel Lille Major had died on the gallows for poisoning her truckdriver husband, first...

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