Corpun file 23732
Miami Daily News, Florida, USA, 10 October 1932, p.4
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Reports from Sydney, New South Wales, that a spanking machine
has been invented is surprising only in that the contraption,
with its cog wheels, belts, levers and all, is actually something
For generations school children have talked of the spanking
machine in awed whispers. It was always kept in some mysterious
closet, janitor's room or recess of the principal's office and
usually there were one or two "bad boys" who swore
gravely that they had been paddled by it.
Not a few parents and teachers have wished for such a machine and
possibly some have gone so far as to construct something of the
kind, but the Australian inventor seems to be the first to have
designed one intended for quantity production.
His device comes rather late to be hailed with general delight.
It will be "viewed with alarm" by many followers of the
modern theories that corporal punishment of any kind is merely a
confession of failure on the part of the parent or teacher.
However scientific it may be in regulating the force to be
applied, it will be difficult likewise to persuade the devout
disciples of the old "spare the rod and spoil the
child" school that it fills their need. Too often, we
suspect, they resort to spanking to relieve their own feelings
more than to discipline the child and there would be little
satisfaction for them in so impersonal a paddling.
It might, however, be put to good use in curing chronic adult
offenders for whom fines have no terror and jail sentences are
too severe. What a wholesome effect it might have on motorists
who persist in mistaking "stop" for "go," if
employed in public! It might, indeed, produce the best-mannered
drivers the world has ever known.
The only danger would be the temptation to enact new blue
laws, that we might see paddled in the public square all those
whose only offense is disagreeing with our personal tastes.
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