Books: Necktie Party

By THE NECK—August Mencken—Hastings House ($2.50).

Few things delight the Brothers Mencken more than a broken neck. Henry L. has been breaking them, as a critic for years. Now his younger bachelor brother, August, a Baltimore civil engineer, has taken time out to collect this anthology of descriptions (from contemporary sources) of 100 more or less sensational hangings.

Engineer Mencken begins with Arthur Gooch, hanged in 1936 for violation of the Lindbergh kidnapping law, and works back along the rope to the Haymarket anarchists; to Charles Julius Guiteau, who shot President Garfield; to...

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