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The South Carolina Democratic problem

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Leslie Beaumont and David Garrett
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Seppuku, or hara-kiri, was a form of ritual suicide practiced by the samurai in feudal Japan.  Part of the bushido honor code, seppuku was used by warriors who were accused of disloyalty.  The ceremonial disembowelment was part of an elaborate ritual and performed in front of spectators as recently as 1873, when it was officially abolished.