Saturday, 12 December 2009

It sounds barbaric when you put it like that...

From an issue of "The Citizen" from 1910
There were forty-seven homicides in Louisville during the year just closed, and not a single hanging. Life in the Falls City is much cheaper than property.
Also, elsewhere, there's a mention of Taft's visit to the Canal. I wonder what we think is important, that 100 years from now will be laughable. I wonder what we do now that will seem totally inhumane 100 years from now. The idea of chasing down a person and stringing them up is, I think most of feel, repellent. Contrary to the course of justice.

3 comments:

fireweedroots said...

How true.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Gee, sounds like it could be current Louisville. Except for the Taft part --I thought he never left his bathtub?

TwoYaks said...

@Dave: Well, maybe the homicide bit. But even in the worst parts of Louisville, they don't chase down suspects and hang them without a trial anymore. :p