A LINK WITH THE PAST.
In an age when everybody is anxious to be famous for something,. it is but proper (says the London 'Daily Telegraph' of August 12) to record the demise in Essex of a man named Cowell, whose claim to the notice of posterity is that he wa3 the last person to be publicly whippe 1 at the tail of a cart. He was,, therefore, in his lifetime an interesting link between barbarism and civilisation. Cowell was ninety-two years of age. As public whippings iu the manner mentioned were totally abolished about 1820, and, except in outlandish places, were in abeyance much earlier than that date, Cowell must have received his castigatio'n at a comparatively early period of his life. In those days very slight delinquencies sufficed to incur this barbarous and brutal punishment, and it may be that the victim of the rod did nothing that to-day would call for condemnation. William Cowper, the poet, describes in one of his letters to John Newton a whipping at the cart tail which he witnessed somewhere in the neighborhood of Olney. The crowd sympathised with the victim, whose back they saw redden under the strokes of the beadle's whip. But they soon discovered that it was all a shain. The marks were simply the result of, red octirVthe beadle hdd in his left hahdf through which he drew the implement after every pretended stroke. When the fraud was discovered a lady attacked ..the. whipper with a stick for depriving the inhabitants of their, legitimate pleasure, and a fight- enßued, in "which the only person who escaped without severe blows was the one who had been sentenced to the-rod. - -- . :■■.-...,..,
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A LINK WITH THE PAST., Evening Star, Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement