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The New York Times, 5 December 1898
Chicago Bad Boys Spanked.
Innovation in a Public Institution Which Works Well.
CHICAGO, Dec. 4. -- Unruly boys at the John Worthy School, in the Bridewell, are now spanked with a leather paddle by the Superintendent of the Bridewell. Formerly they were punished by incarcerating them in the dark cell, but this was not found to be effective. Now they are held by an assistant while the Superintendent paddles them into a state of obedience. Their conduct has improved greatly, and the new process is considered a success. It has been approved by the Bridewell physician and President Shortall of the Humane Society.
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