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The Toronto World, 7 March 1912, p.12
Die Rather Than Face "Paddle" Strap
Instrument of Torture That Had Been Abolished From an American Prison Was Used at the Mimico Industrial School to Punish Unruly Ones.
Stating before the commission of enquiry that the straps in
use at the Mimico Industrial School were regulation straps such
as are used in the Toronto public schools, J.M. Godfrey, K.C.,
counsel for Supt. Ferrier, asked The World to verify this
statement. It was found that the regulation strap of the public
schools is a strap a little over a foot long and about 1½ inches
in width. It is of rubber belting.
Intensifies Agony Hundredfold.
In speaking of this "paddle," the current issue of The American Magazine says:
"It has too many refinements to be an accident. One of these
is peculiarly diabolical in its intent. The piece of sole leather
is perforated by many holes, perhaps an inch or two apart. These
serve a double purpose: they suck up the air which would
otherwise cushion the force of the blow somewhat, they suck up
the victim's flesh as the leather comes in contact with it. Then,
when the paddle is pulled off very slowly and carefully, each
perforation, as it releases the flesh which has adhered to it,
sends its own measure of pain to the man on the rack, thus
intensifying the agony a hundredfold!"
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