CRIME: Not Mawkish

Three hundred years ago in crowded London slums, hungry bellies ached, loaves of black bread were stolen. Next morning the gallows tree bore fresh fruit of petty thieves; punishment was quick, certain, cruel. Crime did not abate.

Now in legislatures throughout the U. S. in prosperous states of a prosperous nation, men have sought for months new ways to defeat crime, have argued the old question: Will crime decrease as punishment becomes more sure, more certain?

Last fortnight in the New York State Legislature, the Baumes Crime Commission sought to sharpen the teeth...

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