"Public, daytime hangings were the rule for capital offenders in the territorial and early statehood days of Minnesota. However, community leaders came to realize that crowds attended executions primarily for their entertainment value, with the consumption of alcohol and ensuing violent acts a common occurrence. In 1889 the Minnesota legislature passed the John Day Smith law, frequently called the “midnight assassination law,” that required the private, nighttime execution of prisoners facing a death sentence. Although Minnesota today no longer has capital punishment, the John Day Smith law opened a new frontier in the public policy debate over capital punishment. It also led to the passage of similar laws in other states that are still in effect today".From THIS PAGE.
Anyway, this morning, Larry showed me an online site with a new assortment of digitized newspapers, and one that came up from Minnesota was an article concerning the The John Day Smith law and how newspapers perceived their rights regarding hangings, especially the Bulow case.
I got that much, and that one paper was being snarky about what another paper published, but it STILL didn't compute, so I tried diagramming it.
I don't think it helps, but I did get to use Mason's cute little face. ("A little cheeky" !) lol
one page of what they meant: its the Library of Congress site / St Paul Daily Globe front page from July 19, 1889. Whew!
Papers from around the nation were quick to report their Minnesota colleagues' transgressions, but they might have seen it as a trend--how do you sell papers without describing horrors?
(Ft. Worth, Pittsburg and Sacramento).