ESTONIA: Authorized Suicides

To Estonians, one of the most enlightened Baltic peoples, the electric chair seems crude. In principle they have no death penalty, but it is revived whenever Estonia is under martial law, as she has been since last March when a Fascist-Nazi Putsch was crushed. Last week pensive President Päts got to thinking that perhaps Estonia's mode of execution can be improved.

Each Estonian condemned to death at Tallinn has been led out into the nearby forest by eight soldiers and there shot, always in a different part of the forest. To give condemned...

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