Religion: Atheist's Oath

When Mrs. Emma Marshall was sent to the penitentiary in Alabama, there to await execution, notions began slowly to revolve inside her head. She had been convicted of murdering her husband, because he, lying on his deathbed, had signed a document asserting that she (his Christian wife) had slain him. What possibility was there then that she could escape the law's severest penalty? Her husband was an atheist, remembered Mrs. Marshall; false-swearing by an atheist, even on a deathbed, promises no future punishment. An atheist is therefore considered more likely to be a...

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