Wednesday, December 21, 2005

December 22, 1838

From an article in Illinois' Alton Telegraph:

The last Dubuque News brings us the first Message of Gov Lucas to the Iowa Legislature... It...expresses the opinion, that the legitimate ends of justice may be more fully attained by subjecting the atrocious criminal to perpetual confinement at hard labor, than by putting him to death; but that if the latter penalty must be inflicted in any case, it should be done privately rather than in public...

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