A Book of Remarkable Criminals (Google eBook)

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George H. Doran Company, 1918 - Criminals - 315 pages
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This is an excellent book, and very well researched. I like it because it covers the life and crimes of criminals who were all, in a way, small criminals, but each remarkable in his or her own way ... Read full review

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Page 14 - Immoral, because the course of natural phenomena being replete with everything which when committed by human beings is most worthy of abhorrence, any one who endeavoured in his actions to imitate the natural course of things would be universally seen and acknowledged to be the wickedest of men.
Page ii - ... so that if we could correctly estimate, and were able to eliminate, the various disturbing influences which tend to divert men from the path of truth and rectitude, our reasonings and conclusions would possess all the force of demonstration. The silent workings, and still more the fearful explosions, of human passion, which bring to light the darker elements of man's nature, must ever present to the philosophical observer considerations of deep intrinsic interest ; while to the jurist, the moral...
Page 65 - ... mercy on me. I feel that I have disgraced myself. I am not fit either to live or die. I am not prepared to meet my God, but still I feel that my career has been made to appear much worse than it really is. Oh, my lord, do have mercy on me do give me one chance of repenting, and of preparing myself to meet my God. Do, my lord, have mercy on me, and I assure you that you shall never repent it. As you hope for mercy yourself at the hands of the great God, do have mercy on me, and give me a chance...
Page 14 - In sober truth, nearly all the things which men are hanged or imprisoned for doing to one another are Nature's everyday performances.
Page 201 - Parkman, until the moment the blow was struck. Dr. Parkman was extremely severe and sharp-tongued, the most provoking of men ; and I am irritable and passionate. A quickness and brief violence of temper has been the besetting sin of my life. I was an only child, much indulged, and I have never acquired the control over my passions that I ought to have acquired early ; and the consequence is all this.
Page 198 - ... hungry. It was a long time, before my first breakfast from Parker's came ; and it relished, I can assure you. At one o'clock, I was notified that I must appear at the Court-room. All was arranged with great regard to my comfort, and avoidance of publicity, and this first ceremony went off better than I anticipated. On my return, I had a bit of turkey and rice from Parker's. They send much more than I can eat, and I have directed the steward to distribute the surplus to any poor ones here. If...
Page 198 - Miss Marianne Webster, Cambridge."] " BOSTON, Monday ev'g. My Dearest Marianne. I wrote mamma, yesterday, and Mr. C., who was here, this morning, told me, he had sent it out. I had a good sleep, last night, and dreamt of you all. I got my clothes off, for the first time, and awoke in the morning, quite hungry. It was a long time, before my first breakfast from Parker's came ; and it relished, I can assure you. At one o'clock, I was notified that I must appear at the Court-room. All was arranged...
Page 12 - Greed, love of pleasure, lust, idleness, anger, hatred, revenge; these are the chief causes of crime. These passions and desires are shared by rich and poor alike, by the educated and uneducated. They are inherent in human nature, the germ is in every man.
Page 12 - They are just like other people; in fact, I often think that, but for different opportunities and other accidents, the prisoner and I might very well be in each other's places.
Page 202 - ... discussed ; the Professor, as usual, maintaining a remarkable composure, plainly wholly natural and unaffected. This subject disposed of, Professor Webster then went on to say: " Mr. Andrews, I consider this whole thing perfect justice ! The officers of the law are right ! Every body is...

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