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The executioner knotted the cord firmly round the unfortunate man's neck and was just about to swing him into the air, when the Sultan's purveyor dashed through the crowd, and cried, panting, to the hangman,
The hangman did as he was bid, and was tying the cord firmly, when he was stopped by the voice of the Jewish doctor beseeching him to pause, for he had something very important to say.
Loosen the Jewish doctor," said he to the hangman, "and string up the tailor instead, since he has made confession of his crime.
The usher hastened on his errand, but was only just in time, for the tailor was positively swinging in the air, when his voice fell upon the silence of the crowd, commanding the hangman to cut down the body.
And in times to come,' pursued the hangman, 'if our grandsons should think of their grandfathers' times, and find these things altered, they'll say, "Those were days indeed, and we've been going down hill ever since.
Gashford had leant back in his chair, regarding him with eyes so sunken, and so shadowed by his heavy brows, that for aught the hangman saw of them, he might have been stone blind.
I'd lead them, Muster Gashford,'--the hangman was beginning in a reckless way, when Gashford started forward, laid his finger on his lips, and feigned to write, just as the door was opened by John Grueby.
I was ne'er a hangman in all my life, nor do I now intend to begin that trade.
The meeting marked the point at which Albert Pierrepoint's two worlds - jovial Oldham publican by night, clinical state hangman in his spare time - collided.
Capital punishment is on the statute book in Zimbabwe, but no one has been executed since 2005, when the country's last hangman retired.
Sick Ian Brady played games of hangman with Myra Hindley in court, it has emerged.
SICK Ian Brady played the kids' game hangman with Myra Hindley in court, it has emerged.