Excerpt from Readiana: Comments on Current Events I find I have gone a little beyond the mark in calling the execution of Murdoch illegal. It is t illegal to hang a man who kills an officer in the discharge of his duty, but in this country law goes by precedent; Murdoch garroted the gaoler, t with the intention of killing him, but of escaping whilst the gaoler was disabled for a time. The desire for liberty is as natural and overpowering as hunger, and the prisoner acted upon it with murderous intention whatever. He never left the neighbourhood, sure proof he did t kw he had killed the gaoler, and he went into tears when he heard the old man was dead. The people who at that date misgoverned this nation had tempted Murdoch to the act by leaving Hastings Gaol inefficiently guarded. When they hung the youth they had tempted, - hung him to hide their own faul.t, - the spectators of the execution were fewer than ever assembled to see a hanging before or since, and the only cry that came from this handful of spectators was, Murder Murder l Just three months after this butchery. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.