Date: Mon, 12 Jun 1995 18:50:34 -0500 From: Daniel S Goodman Subject: Re: ? hangman = Mr. Ellis (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Fri 9 Jun 95 09:42:20-CST From:DARNOLD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CHARLY.PUBLIB.SASKATOON.SK.CA To: stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU Subject: Re: ? hangman = Mr. Ellis Thanks to Jack and Fran for their attempts, and to Janet for suggesting Arthur Ellis. The book _Hanging in Canada: concise history of a controversial topic_ (Frontier Books, 1982), by Frank W. Anderson, briefly reappeared on our shelves (it's out again). We checked a chapter about Arthur Ellis and discovered that it was the trade name used by Arthur Bartholomew English, who became Canada's best known hangman. The name was also used by one of Arthur's successors, and newspaper reporters of the time (between 1910 and 1935, I believe) had a tendancy to refer to all hangmen as "Mr. Ellis". So there you go. Thanks again for your help. Dawn Arnold Saskatoon Public Library darnold[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]