History of the guillotine. Revised from the 'Quarterly review'.

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1853
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Pagina 36 - It is in form of a painter's easel and about ten feet high ; at four feet from the bottom is a cross bar, on which the felon lays his head, which is kept down by another placed above. In the inner edges of the frame are grooves ; in these is placed a sharp axe, with a vast weight of lead, supported at the very summit by a peg ; to that peg is fastened a cord, which the executioner cutting, the axe falls, and does the affair effectually...
Pagina 12 - C'est en vain que l'on publie Que c'est pure jalousie D'un suppôt Du tripot D'Hippocrate , Qui d'occire impunément Même exclusivement Se flatte. Le Romain Guillotin , Qui s'apprête , Consulte gens du métier, Barnave et Chapelier, Même le coupe-tête , Et sa main Fait soudain La machine Qui simplement nous tuera , Et que l'on nommera Guillotine.
Pagina 54 - Rev. de Par., No. 146. And now, just as the machine had attained its mechanical perfection, occurred that event which was to call it into full activity as a political engine, and to develop in it...
Pagina 82 - Revolution — where on the 28th of July it avenged humanity on Robespierre and twenty-one of his followers ; on the next day sixty-nine, and on the day after thirteen more of his associates fell, amongst whom were most of the judges, juries, and officers of the Revolutionary Tribunal, and a majority of the Commune of Paris — greater monsters, if possible, than the members of the Tribunal. Here indeed the trite quotation — ' Neque enim lex eequior ulla Qnam necis artifices arte perire sua,' —...
Pagina 79 - June, 1794, when the inhabitants of the streets through which these batches (fournees), as they were called, of sufferers used to pass, became at last tired of that agreeable sight, and solicited its removal. This would probably have been not much regarded; but there was a more potent motive. Robespierre seems at this time to have adopted a new policy, and to have formed some design of founding a dictatorial authority in his own person on the basis of religion and morals. On the seventh of June he...
Pagina 81 - Thermidor there was, about half-past three in the afternoon, just as this last batch of victims was about to leave the Conciergerie, a considerable commotion in the town, caused by the revolt against Robespierre. At that moment Fouquier, on his way to dine with a neighbour, passed through the court where the prisoners were ascending the fatal carts. Sanson, whose duty it was to conduct the prisoners to execution, ventured to stop the...
Pagina 84 - Guillotine must have been an object of the most painful contemplation, sentences of death were also very rare, and certainly never executed where there was any possible room for mercy. The executions, too, when forced upon him, took place at early hours and in remote and uncertain places ; and every humane art was used to cover the operations of the fatal instrument with a modest veil, not only from motives of general decency and humanity, but also, no doubt, from national pride and personal sensibility....
Pagina 36 - Edinburgh, where it was introduced by the regent Morton, who took a model of it as he passed through Halifax, and at length suffered by it himself. It is in form of a painter's easel, and about ten feet high: at four feet from the bottom is a cross bar, on which the felon lays his head, which is kept down by another placed above.
Pagina 7 - ... and ought to be to theorists an instructive lesson, that this bloody implement was at first proposed on a combined principle of justice and mercy. It seems almost too ludicrous for belief) but it is strictly true, that, amongst the privileges of the old Noblesse of France which the...
Pagina 79 - Bastile; but that a day might not be lost, it was removed on a Decadi, the republican Sabbath. It stood, however, but five days in the Place St. Antoine, for the shopkeepers even of that patriotic quarter did not like their new...

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