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THREE CONVICTS TO PAY FOR CRIMES UNDER LASH Opinions Differ Over Value of Cat - o' - Nine - Tails Laid on Backs of Criminals By Associated Press Wilmington, Del., Jan. 8. Three convicted robbers, with bared backs, squirmed at the public whipping post today while a prison warden applied the first lashes of the new year under a - year - old Delaware law; - Two were tied to the solid "pillar of the law" in the yard the New Castle county workhouse workhouse and flogged for stealing an automobile while the third . re - ceivexl similar punishment for the theft of seven watches and a small steel safe.; " '. - yX :v Warden'' Elwood H. Wilson administered administered , twenty lashes ' to Raymond Raymond ' Shrewbrooks, 21;; ten . to David, Otavani, 20, and five to Arthur Spain, 21. ':: The whippings were carried out in the midst of a controversy that has divided penal officials on the value of such punishment. Warden Wilson, given the task of carrying out today's sentences, declared that whippings serve as a crime deterrent and keep "big city" crooks out of Delaware. A strong opponent is Elmer J. Leach, who formerly held Wilson's Wilson's job. "A penal institution, as society has come to recognize," Leach said, "Must be curative, fitting the inmate to take his place in society. "But.'.when a man is taken out into the yard, shackled to a post and lashed on his bare back in view of the public, that man certainly certainly does not leave the post with as good a feeling towards society as when he went there." now Likes S work industry 000 its It on the effect duty The pany "put work" ture and diate the It within

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 08 Jan 1938, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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