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February 2, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(5):329. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470050033007

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While a bill referring to the manner of execution of criminals was recently under consideration by the Indiana legislature, an amendment was offered to inflict the punishment of death by giving 15 grains of morphin in a glass of whisky. This motion failed, though it is reported to have received a full party vote. The Indiana murderers, "like maudlin Clarence in his Malmsey butt," would undoubtedly favor this mode of execution, but why this special zeal for euthanasia for criminals is such a prominent feature in modern legislation is not clear.

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