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    Sparing the state ...


    Can anybody help me to understand the bold text?

    "Something has happened that makes us impossible to stay. It is this letter. Wilfred wrote it before he hanged himself, sparing the state. It was mailed to Richard Pride to Quebec. I found it on his desk, open."

    The Dark Chamber by Leonard Cline, 1927


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    Re: Sparing the state ...

    It means the country's authorities were saved the trouble and expense of hanging him.

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