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effigy 1 16 1900Washington Post, January 1, 1900. The line between a giddy student prank and an outrage against decency can be such a fine one. Sometimes the distinction comes down to a placard bearing an opprobrious reference to the superintendent. But you can understand how these high-spirited kids got a little carried away on a fun place like Blackwell’s Island, with its small pox hospital, charity hospital, penitentiary, almshouse, workhouse and lunatic asylum.

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  1. It’s not clear whether these young men are eligible to step right in as handsome doctors or to be hanged in effigy.Either way , imagine your surprise when…

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