Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Governor Roosevelt, Advocate for the Whipping Post for Wife-Beaters - 1899

FULL TEXT: Albany, May 5.—Governor Roosevelt yesterday gave a bearing on the application for a pardon for Henry Hendricks, who is serving a life sentence in Auburn prison for the killing of his wife, whom he shot to death because of his mad infatuation for another woman. Hendricks, who is 60 years old, has served 22 years of his sentence. The governor denied the application. He said that to impose a life sentence upon a man of Hendricks’ caliber, was a miscarriage of justice by pardoning the wife murderer.[Other reports clarify this statement by adding that allowing the man to live was in actuality a de facto ”pardon.”]  On the trial the jury stood 11 to 1 for conviction for murder in the first degree, but, the odd man remaining firm in his position, a compromise was affected whereby Hendricks received a life sentence.

From the remarks made by the governor wife murderers, wife beaters and those who cruelly treat children and dumb animals will receive no mercy at his hands upon applications for pardons or commutation of sentences.

The governor is a strong advocate of the establishment of a whipping post for such as these, and says if such a bill is introduced in the next legislature he will sign it.

[“Favors The Whipping Post. - New York's Governor Would Thus Punish Wife Beaters and Cruelty.” Syndicated, Lebanon Daily News (Pa.), May 5, 1899, p. 2]


FULL TEXT: The gallant Governor Roosevelt, of New York, having expressed his intention to show no mercy to wife-beaters, may be interested in the invention of Newton Harrison, editor of the Electric Age.  In Delaware, where the whipping post is used as a means of punishment for this and other like offenses the weight of the blow, it is said, is determined by the amount of money paid the whipper by the whippee or his friends. The new device will be thoroughly impartial and cannot be bribed. The wheel to which is attached the whip is revolved by a small motor at the base of the upright, connected with an axle by a bevel gear. The current is controlled by the usual electric button. When the whipper touches the button the wheel is released and the whip is swung at a high rate of speed, every revolution delivering a sounding whack on the back of the bound culprit, who is made fast within the circle described by the speed of the wheel. This seems a retrogression to the dark ages, but then the wife-beater belongs to those ages.

[“Electric Whipping Post,” The Mascot (Statesville, N. C.), Mar. 30, 1899, p. 1]


FULL TEXT: If the representation which the Montreal Society for the Protection of Women and Children are about to make to the Quebec government favoring a return to the whipping post as the most effective means of punishment for men guilty of wife beating and assault are acted upon, whipping may be introduced on quite a large scale in croiminal cases.

An electric whipping post, the invention of Mr. Newton Harrison, E. E., editor of The Electrical Age, is receiving interesting attention in this connection owing to the disinclination of sheriffs to administer corporal punishment. It cannot be bribed and is not subject to political influence. The new devise insures that each blow will be administered with exactly the same force. In other words, it may be depended upon to administer mathematically correct justice.

The principle of the machine is simple. The victim is first lashed securely to the post with his arms above his head. The whipper is a large wheel which turns freely on an upright. The whip or thong is attached to the rim of the wheel, and as the wheel revolves it is swung violently around.

The wheel is lowered or raised to bring it on a level with the victim’s back. The wheel is revolved by a small motor at the base of the upright connected with the axle by a rear wheel.

The motor is controlled by an electric button. When the whipper touches the button, the wheel is released and the whip swung at a high speed. In moving around this circle it travels about 20 feet, which serves to give it momentum.

[“Whipping By Electricity. How It Is Proposed To Punish Canadian Wife Beaters,” Fort Smith Times (Ak.), Mar. 9, 1899, P. 3; Widely Syndicated]


In 1908 the electric vacuum cleaner was invented by J. Spangler and the electric washing machine was invented by A. Fisher.



• You have been told that before the rise of feminism in the 1960s that domestic violence against women was tolerated by society as acceptable behavior and was not taken seriously by police and the courts.

You have been lied to. The people who told you these lies were paid to tell them you. In most cases you paid your own money (taxes and tuition fees) to be lied to.

Here is one of countless pieces of evidence that demonstrate the truth.

• To see more eloquent, vivid evidence proving the lie and giving you the truth, see:

19th Century Intolerance Towards Domestic Violence

Treatment of Domestic Violence Against Women Before 1960this post collects cases classified by the form of punishment or sentencing (whether judicial or through community action)

No, the claim that laws created by males were for the benefit of males is false. Yes, the "Rule of Thumb" myth has been proven to be a marxist-feminist hoax, taking an ancient English common historical notation published in the 18th century and extrapolating it into unsupported claims that 18th and 20th century United States communities, courts and legislatures (laws on the books) were in agreement with the18th century historical notation (Blackstone).


“[O]nly since the 1970s has the criminal justice system begun to treat domestic violence as a serious crime, not as a private family matter.”

From the entry: “Domestic Violence” on encyclopedia.com

This claim has been proven to be false.


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