Mary was hung from a train car crane, all six tons of her and the town had come out with their childrenwith box lunches. It was one of the best states in the country for lynchingthough Georgia beat it out by as many again for a total of 500 or so. Of Tennessees 250, 50 were white; they were only four-fifths racist, I guess, so what was so odd about hanging an elephantshoot, shed stomped a mans head, yes, squashed it like a squash; no one cared how she came to be in this countrys south all the way from south Asia. Hell, there was nearly a riot when the local sheriff suggested she be poisoned. Hanging. Thats the way to do it, and a six-ton elephant, why thats better than how many men? But thats too simple, isnt it, a nasty slash at a fine state. New Jersey, the one Im from had one lynching or two depending on what books you read, and some say the fella was black, and some say white, but it wasnt a Jim Crow state like Tennessee. Still, Jersey didnt have an elephant, but we had Edison, who killed an elephant to show how AC could be used for capital punishment. New Jersey had a Capital Punishment Museum in Trenton until just a few years ago when the curator died. No one seems to want the job, but Im not worried, when theres something awful to be done, someones always willing to step forward. When theres an elephant to be hanged, someones always got a crane.