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The Delaware Whipping-Post.

Governor Biggs, of Delaware, writing of a custom peculiar to his State, says;—“ Wo are old-fashioned people down iu Delaware, and I presume we are away behind the times iu a good many things, and rather set in our ways; and that method of dealing with certain classes of criminals is one of our ways. Now lam not an apologist for the whipping-post, because I don’t think that Delaware needs any apologies to be made for her people or her acts, and if they did they wouldn’t come with very good grace from her Executive, But I can toll you some facts. There is not in the State of Delaware to-day a single penitentiary. If a man beats his wife, or sets fire to a neighbor’s barn, or breaks into a house, ho isn’t shut up with a lot of other criminals, with full time and opportunity to learn all their tricks of deviltry that he did not know before. 4 s a preventive of crime the whipping-post has a much greater terror than a term in tho penitentiary, and I have never known of a man that came back for a second dose. He simply leaves tho State, You may rest assured that if he stays in he lives a very quiet life. To be sure, it is a rolic of barbarism, but it is our way. The Hartford ‘ Courant ’ says of this peculiar institution :— ‘ At three o’clock tho other morning Albert Gogler, of New Haven, entered the bedroom where his eighteen-year-old daughter Annie was sleeping, and beat her into insensibility with a cart whip, because she refused to give him the wages she earned. Dr Converse, of New Haven, who made an examination of the girl’s body, says of her: “ I never saw a human being in a more pitiable state from a whipping.” ’ On Tuesday, April 16,1889, Senator Philip Corbin, of Now Britain, during the course of the debate on the celebrated Swift case in the Connecticut Senate said, as reported in tho ‘ Courant ’ of the next day: —‘ 1 believe that when a man kills a woman decently he should be hanged decently and in order, but if a man beats a woman to death ho should be whipped until he is dead. That is what I believe to he right.’ We in Connecticut have no whipping-post. Sentimentalists call it a relic of barbarism for which tho present generation has no need. Albert Gogler will probably be fined more or less. He may possibly go to gaol for a few days move or less. It is safe to say that he will not be visited with a penalty severe enough to deter other Albert Goglers from torturing women whenever, and to whatever extent, they may see fit. For men of the Gogler stamp the fit thing is a meal of their own sauce, and if the laws of Connecticut allowed tho Delaware remedy to the very fullest extent for this particular case, no tears would bo shed—except those of Albert Gogler.”

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The Delaware Whipping-Post., Evening Star, Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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The Delaware Whipping-Post. Evening Star, Issue 8056, 5 November 1889