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mageeThe [Boston] Liberator, August 13, 1858. Here’s the Magee case that inspired this previous item. magee2

Beautiful distinctiveness and energy–beautiful! Medical men, are they a breed apart or what?
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Bread? The poor bastard’s final meal was bread? I hope it was at least a decent sourdough, or a crusty, caraway-free loaf of rye. Though with Mr. Magee’s Irish luck, it was probably unleavened buckwheat. With caraway.
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Hey dudes: “at least do no harm.” Right? Right?

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The Liberator was the soapbox of radical abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, so it’s a cinch that it was opposed to the death penalty on principle. The radical abs are not generally seen as a humorous bunch, but they definitely had a way with sarcasm.

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4 Comments

  1. After hanging the guy, they noticed that he still had a pulse. So they cut open his chest and spent almost four hours watching his heart beat and poking at it to see if they could keep it twitching?

    At least they knew how to keep themselves entertained, I guess.

  2. I’m curious when brain death was recognized by the medical community. It sounds like this guy was probably brain dead as a result of being without oxygen for a prolonged period even though he still had a pulse. It sounds like the doctors had never seen this phenomenon before.

  3. I am just pleased to see I am not the only person who would prefer rye bread without caraway.

    • This is another key difference between the U.S. and Canada. Canadians know the defining ingredient of rye bread to be rye flour, whereas Americans mistakenly believe it to be caraway.

      Worst of all is when the caraway is ground up and thus invisible to the naked eye. You think you’ve got an uninfected loaf until you take that first foul, depressing bite. Yechhh.


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