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A Fatal Restriction

"A Fatal Restriction"
Puck, May 1, 1889, p. 166.

One of nine one-page stories that appeared in Puck between 1887 and 1891, "A Fatal Restriction" tells of a German immigrant's desire to learn American history and his despair upon discovering that only the native born can become President. The tale ends with a stark image: the German youth has hanged himself with a rope made from an American flag torn into strips. A copy of the Constitution lies open on a nearby table.

The text was scanned from the original magazine copy in the Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro or from a copy secured through interlibrary loan from other libraries across the country. The scanning was done in the Jackson Library computer laboratory by John M. Freiermuth as a part of his Senior Thesis Project. The OCR scanning was done through the Caere Omnipage Professional 9.0. The project was completed on November 1999.

Initial proof reading was performed by John M. Freiermuth. Additional proofreading was performed by Stephanie P. Browner in 2006. The digital text makes some attempt to reproduce features of magazine publication such as headline formatting for titles of works. The digital text presents the original without change. Obvious typographical errors are indicated with [sic], but expressive and irregular spelling, punctuation and capitalization are neither altered nor noted with an editorial comment.

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