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"Oh, dear, dear! These cases kill me! I wish I didn't have to hear about them. What should I do?
You make the laws, and then you come with heartbroken women and ask me to set them aside. You have decided that if a soldier raises his hand against his superior officer, as this man has done, he shall die!
Then if I leave the laws to be executed, one of these distressing scenes occurs, which almost kills me."
-Remark to Congressmen who had just witnessed a woman's appeal for commutation of her husband's death sentence.