POLAND: Dissolute Hangman

The Ministry of Justice discharged and publicly denounced National Hangman Maciejewski, last week, and replaced him by one of his former assistants, a comparative novice at knotting nooses.

Poles under sentence to hang were worried. They know that a noose smartly drawn up (with knot close under one ear of the condemned) will bring instant, pain less death, by snapping the neck. Such have been the nooses of experienced Hangman Maciejewski, a onetime medical student. On the other hand, a loose and slovenly noose brings slow strangulation, lingering agony.

Therefore Polish connoisseurs of execution regretted the abrupt dismissal of Hangman Maciejewski...

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