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Strapped onto a massive chair in a room gradually filling with gas fumes, a husky, 20-year-old Negro in white trunks coughed, clenched his fists, expanded his chest and fiercely cried: "Joe Louis!" Such was the death two years ago of Allen Foster, first criminal to be executed in the lethal gas chamber of the North Carolina State Prison at Raleigh. The Foster execution lasted eleven minutes, provoked a storm of newspaper criticism. Today lethal gas executions are legal in six States besides North Carolina—Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Missouri, Wyoming, and Cali-fornia—and are increasingly...

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