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- One hears much about the 'hideous Blue Laws of Connecticut,' and is accustomed
- to shudder piously when they are mentioned. There are people in America—and
- even in England!—who imagine that they were a very monument of malignity,
- pitilessness, and inhumanity; whereas in reality they were about the first
- SWEEPING DEPARTURE FROM JUDICIAL ATROCITY which the 'civilised' world had
- seen. This humane and kindly Blue Law Code, of two hundred and forty years
- ago, stands all by itself, with ages of bloody law on the further side of it,
- and a century and three-quarters of bloody English law on THIS side of it.
- There has never been a time—under the Blue Laws or any other—when above
- FOURTEEN crimes were punishable by death in Connecticut. But in England,
- within the memory of men who are still hale in body and mind, TWO HUNDRED AND
- TWENTY-THREE crimes were punishable by death! These facts are worth
- knowing—and worth thinking about, too.