AUSTRIA: Gallows and Assistants

The gallows in my garden, people say, Is new and neat and adequately tall. —G. K. Chesterton.

Adequate though small is Engelbert Dollfuss. Last week the mite of a Chancellor (4 ft. 11 in.) who holds the balance between Austria's raging Nazis and scarcely less irate Socialists, decided that what he needed was a whopping gallows. Not since 1920, when the death penalty was abolished, has there been such a thing in Austria. Engelbert Dollfuss called carpenters. With a mighty thwacking they built in the gloomy courtyard of Vienna's district jail...

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