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They hung them for example, and of course they wished everybody to see it. They hung men upon the Neck, and crowds went out to see it. If example is the object, the sight of punishment would seem to be essential to its full effect.
Why, Homer tells us, two thousand years ago, that a thing seen has double the weight of a thing heard.
Everybody knows that a child will recollect what he sees ten times as well as what he hears.
You know that in old times (not to make a laugh of it), in Connecticut, they used to take the children to the line of the town, and there give them a whipping, in order that they might remember the bounds of their township by that spot.
Now, there are fourteen States in the Union that have made executions private, and in England they are private.
Only a few men — some twenty or thirty or fifty--are allowed to witness them.
Mark you, the whole claim of the value of executions now lies in their example; yet it is found that out of one hundred and sixty-seve