On this day …….. 19th of January 1894
The new executioner and flagellator, Thomas Roberts, who gave the authorities every satisfaction at the execution of the woman Knorr, has not yet acquired the “knack” of wielding the lash. On this day in 1894, a couple of floggings had to be postponed after the fifth stroke, as they were not severe enough. A fancy “stroke” is evidently what is required, and Roberts will practice on a dummy. If he displays unfitness at the next trial, the Penal Department will have to look for another flagellator.