An instrument for decapitation, used in France for the infliction of thedeath penalty on convicted criminals, consisting, essentially, of a heavy and weightedknife-blade moving perpendicularly between grooved posts, which is made to fall from aconsiderable height upon the neck of the sufferer, immovably fixed in position toreceive the Impact.

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