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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:03:42 EDT

During the War of 1812 in Upper Canada

"For the smallest of infractions, a man was flogged with a whip called the
cat. Its nine tails were dipped in brine to heighten the pain. First he was
stripped to the waist, then tied facing a triangle made of spontoons. These were
short pikes, three vertical pikes tied to form a triangle, with a fourth tied
horizontally at waist height. A drummer, supervised by the drum major, did
the flogging, anywhere from 300 to 700 lashes with the cat. If the man fainted,
or if the regimental surgeon thought his life was in danger, the man was cut
down. Some weeks later, he received the rest of his punishment, after the
maggots were picked from his unhealed flesh.
Isaac Brock was not fond of the cat and so, if a man was sentenced to 200
lashes for losing his razor and stealing one from another man, Isaac would
commute the sentence to 100 lashes. On the other hand, if a man was sentenced to
200 lashes for being drunk before morning parade, Isaac reduced the sentence by
only fifty lashes. He could not abide drunkenness."

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