The Press: Case History

Joseph E. Hicswa, chubby-cheeked and 20, from Wallington, N.J., was a private in the Army. Last week he stood before a military court in Osaka. Its eight judges had found him guilty of stabbing two Japanese to death with his bayonet. The crime, they said, was "premeditated, vicious and unprovoked," and Private Hicswa was sentenced to die for it.

These were all the facts that the press of Manhattan had to go on. Its reporters hustled across the Hudson to the Hicswa home. They found it plunged in grief: there was a welcome sign for Joey on the front door, presents for...

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