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the lives of the prison officials and guards at the prison. Mr. Maggi concurred with Doctor Butler, while Mr. Yeiser being opposed to capital punishment favored life sentence. The governor did not overrule the findings of the two courts and the pardon board, and refused to interfere.

Much has been said for and against capital punishment, and several bills were drafted to abolish it in the last legislature. From time immemorial, criminals have been executed, and for various offenses. This fact, however, is in my opinion no argument in its favor. For instance, in the year of 1279 two hundred and eighty Jews were hanged in England for clipping coin; and a few years later the mayor of Exeter, England, and the town marshal were hanged for leaving the town gates unfastened one night. During the reign of Henry the VIII thirty-seven thousand criminals, both men and women, were executed for various offenses. Among these, one woman was put to death


on the gallows for stealing a shillings worth of lace. But as the world progresses the laws change, and today only murderers forfeit their lives upon the gallows, and even these are given every chance possible to prove their innocence. Take for instance, this murderer Prince. It was a clear case of premeditated, willful and uncalled for murder, yet it took fourteen months to take his case through two courts before the pardon board and the governor, before he paid the penalty for his crime.

In my opinion capital punishment should not be abolished in Nebraska, for neither in this nor any other western state does a life sentence mean life. A life termer goes, and is a good prisoner, and in from ten to thirteen years and often much less, some kind-hearted governor commutes his sentence. Even if a life sentence meant a life sentence a prisoner serving life would have nothing to lose by committing a murder in the prison, for the courts could not add any


more years to his sentence. With capital punishment abolished, what could they do to him? That is why several states that have abolished capital punishment regret it, and why some return to it. Should it be abolished in Nebraska, I would suggest that the California law be passed here. Out there they have a clause in the law abolishing capital punishment - that any prisoner who is serving a sentence in the pen and who kills a prison officer, attache or guard, shall forfeit his life. To this clause I would suggest adding: "or another convict," for the inmates are just as much subject to the wrath of these murderers, as are the officials.



Sitting in his little cell, Prince saw his doomsday last approaching. He still hoped that at the last minute either the legislature or the governor would change his sentence to life imprisonment. One of the soulsavers dropped into my office one day to ask my opinion of what she called a splendid plan that ought to give satisfaction to all concerned, and which she intended to take up with the governor. Her plan was to ask the governor to commute the sentence to life imprisonment that he might turn over his earnings in the prison to the widow of his victim. I told her that she was only wasting her time, for well did I know that the widow would not touch anything that came from the murderer; and furthermore, all the money in the state would not make up her loss, for to her it was not a matter of dollars and cents. The suggestion was indeed a most ridiculous one,