Foreign News: Tears for Acid Drop

For a quarter of a century Sir Horace Edmund Avory has been "The Hanging Judge" to terrified British criminals who also called him "Acid Drop." Scrawny-necked, thin-lipped, slit-eyed and fearsome on his high bench in Old Bailey, Sir Horace sent to the gallows a yearly grist of sordid British murderers and that misguided Irish patriot Sir Roger Casement. The Acid Drop also corroded Clarence Hatry, greatest of British swindlers, whose gigantic frauds unsettled confidence in The City and hastened Depression (TIME, Oct. 21, 1929). Last week Super-Swindler Hatry sat in a cell from...

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