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THE SUN, TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1912.
A. Morse. Ills counsel, when lie Iff t the
tell iiml lcitnirked, "I'm ready" He
WflH smllllU lll'll III- readied till' clcc-
tile c hull .
An Klt'lii'Min rnnii' Into I In- death
clinmlti'i- Cluipliiln sii'IiIiIiim tend aloud
frmu l he Fl ft v-first I'snlm
"I line inirc.v tipoti iih1, it ' Snil, no
cording In Tli Imlng kindness, nc-
iinllni; iiiiln 1 In- t it 1 1 ) 1 1 1 u 1 1 1 of 111 - ten
der mercies litnl mil my transgressions.
Wish mi- thoroughl) from mini' lnliiilt
unit cleanse mi' from mv hi n hir l m
Iuium, ledge my tiiitiHciciHlniiM iiml my
sin In ever before mi'."
Then Ilii' iliitilnlii H'inl fiom It Tlm
titliy. tl t t chapter twelfth verse
"I lUl'HV Wllnlll I hllc believed nllil ,
mil I" I.-tmili'il tluil II" In hIiIp tn Ui't'ti
tbnl which I luixe Liiiiiiiilttril imtn lllni
npnfnst Hint day "
"Would .Mm llli' to confess Oil hi I-
rote tni'Hi' witnesses us nu MiMoiir,
Uskcd till' l!i. Mr .Inliiixm
"t tlft confess i 'lit lul lis m.v Sasloiir."
come tin- iiiiumt t)4 tti i
"Minn Jim tin' lime of iiml In your
hiiiri In llili liinir'.'"
"I liiivr tin' pence iif Hod In my
"Ijiiiii t'lirl-t uhi' .miii tin' strength
you need In lliN li mi-."
"Christ kIm-k iii" Hi" strength I need."
"HlIM' Mill III" Strength III tlll'l't
"I IniM' find Hill till." rnii'
Boul iiml I pr.i fur nil
Tin nil hcie hepeiit nf niir sin'.
"l)n vim fnrle in cr lioih '."
"I foiclM' e-,er.vlinib."
"Are .mi- v.lllluc tn die for Je.ms s
"I am u Millie In .lie."
.111st 1111 th" v mil illi
ilsed Ills cull"
Hp.". Warden I'rMscH raised Ills cam
fillulltly llllil lit Hull seinllll thi'fe u.is
11 snap us 111" elect 1 If switch shut Into
place anil si lit a il".itli ile.illm: stmUe nf
electricity cniiislim thioiiKh Ulclieinn's
l'ily, and the man was m ail
f IMcliesmt stirccd fiirward
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in the cliali . Hi" . -Iran-that held It tluii
were s.tralii"d in Hie Pri aUin pnlnt and
n faint lil!"liv; u.ilsc w.1.1 heanl as the
t'lectrodes liecallli' v. hlte lint 'll their
contact with the tlisli lull tin nimid
call!" finm the tliln.it nf III" law's vic
tim I'nr one minut" and 1 IkIiI "cniuls th"
f'UITellt Was kept nil at fllll stlelll;th
of l,:H'i Milts elBlH .impel"". Tll"ll tile
swilch was thrnwti nf," the wiles ll.
(uiiii'cti d and the three physicians,
Mimrath. Mi l,iui"hlln ami Itittlet. eaih
'In turn appllid his stethn-scope tn the
body nf Iticlnsiin Ills mal and vest
were thrown open. Hi" studs Iimisi'IhmI
from hi' s,lrt front, his ti- and inllar
romoMMl anil his ch. st bared.
The phvslclans aim In applied their
lnMtrumeii'ts and listened and as each
one stepped had. from the dialr. his
words w-re "Then. Is no r.-pnnse"
At 12 17 the :i lvslrlans anil the leant
witnesses formally priinniinct d the niaii .
diad. Tin- body was then removed '
finm the death chair and placed upon
11 table behind a si recti.
ItosTl'V. Mnv '.'11. Clarence T Hiche
011 passed In-il.iy m much Hie same wav
that li" ss'iit the two previou-' ilavs,
Tie slept very liit!".s"arcelv tasttl food,
rend the Hible and other leligious books,
talked and prayed with the ev. Herbert
S, Johnson and the prison chaplain, the
Itev. II. W Sicilians, and expressed his
final wii-hes to William A Morse, of hii
Hecaiise he had abstained from food
so Ions Hiefleson was much weakened
to-night but he retained, so word oume
from the death house at ! o'clock, com
pl.;te control of himself and there were
no indication" at that hour of his breaking
down at the last moment.
Dr. Johnson lemaiued wiih th" con
demni'd man from 10 :t'i last night unti
H:I5 o'clock this morning, at which hour
his watch was relieved by Chaplain Steb-
During the night th" condemned man
talked with his visitor and dismissed
religion- topics as he had doii" on Sunday.
Tie iecliii"d iiimiii his cot without closing
hi eyej. until about r:.Ti this morning,
when' he dropped off to sleep and did not
awaken until 11
Tlu.'n soni" breikfnst w,i sent to the
cell, but v.h"ii Warden Hrnlgiv visited
him at !.3' Iticheson had not touched the
lie greeted Ch'U llndr.es cheerfully,
mid again declared that he Would make
no troubl" wIimi th" time cam" for him to
go to Hi" npiir
An horn later D.putv Warden Allen.
Dr.! 1 Mrl.aiiglili'1. th" priio'i physician,
and Hi" lie" J. J. Murphy, the prison
pn"st, went to in., ceil Ur .McLaughlin
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I'A.inilli'Ml m"iies,jii t-iii-fi , i.ui 11111 nut
Iel,.el .invllnn,. inn s lal in his 1 onditinn
or state of mind
The I'liv-i 'Inn l.'H about t"n minut."
lAter. ne""Mipnniei by Dr Johnson who
had come in the cell'.it !i A M To trie
reporters Di .Mcl.nighliu -aid Hint while
the rmnteintied man was weal; from lack
of noiiristmieni he whs 111 gmsl slia'
ntid in no dnnger of collapsing
I'! John-oii before retiirni'lg to the
1 ell nl II o'clock said to the newspaper
"Mr. llici'.'-on is 111 gi od condition
He know- ih. 11 ho is to die and ha- told
i:f that he i- ir.u'y 10 meet the punish
ment fur hi.- crime.
"He had a brief sleep tins moining, and
it gave llilll sllengtll to gn through the
rest nl the day lie dropped riff to sleep
anil awoke without Knowing thai he had
I'losi'd hi- "Ves
"He dis's not vet know ju-r when he
is to iii", nor no 1. aiiliiiiigh I 11111 prat
iw.i.llv ,.r!l,i I lnv 1,.; I..,.,r,l Yriim 1
Iticheson's briiHier Hicheson hiin-elf
iwts- ..pics-ed a ilesii.. 10 h"e his brotiier. !
hut he tears thai if li" sho'i d come Ihc,
mcoliii'j would prove m b a iiU'httnare
that his brother would never Is. able to
efface the scene from his in.-morv."
When Hie clergyman had reached th"
cell again Iticheson arose and paitly
itrecsetl hini-elf fler ciime cruiveisl-
tiou Dr. Johnson informed the prisoner
Hint to-day was to lie his last on eartli
nnd thai he would have to pav th" penalty
for his crime hhui after midnight
Hivl.esiiii received tins fatal information
with composure, in fact he was much les.s
dl"iuil.i'd than was his spiritual adviser.
substantial dinner was taken lo
HlciiO'.oii dining tin- noon hour but lei did
not eit anything exii.pt some fruit,
although urged to do 1.0 by Dr. Johnson,
wh'i partook heartily, thinking that hi
cxii'.inlc might inspire Iticheson
WT He Hicheson was l'ing informed that
In- end would come to-night Warden
H'ldge- was Isjing visited by Hie man who
will n ill the levertliat sonds'tlieelectrjcjty
tlll-oili;!. the prisoner's isy Ho is
ImIwui H '. urrier. chief engineer of th"
Mass-'clnn-eHs fieiier.il Hospital It had
i)""n known Hi it Davis, tegular tnan for
the work, who was to have come fiotn
New nrk fni the purpotc. would not l
able i' do so.
i iirnci said Hi.H lie had received n
despatch from Davi; asking him lo per
1'HTi the task
i hi iii" wis taken to the death hou-n
and -,-ut .wo houra oxnmiiung the dec
trie rhnr and ("sting the eleclrin appi-int.i-
'Iii-' "leclnclan was within fnrtvr
feet i.l Iticl'.e-'tii at th" lime. Hie cli li'r
jii'ini! in a loom leading off the corridor
where the death cells are, bill so nolse
k -slv did Cuirier is-rform his work lli.it
no sn'inil w.im heard by eithnr Him con
d"mii"'l man. Ids guards or by Dr John-
V. hen l urrier ratno out of Hie warden's
i.rh'o h said licit "vervtlnnc was all
right aii'l Hi it there was no chance of the
iieniti (I'miihk apparaius failing in work
Mtnrney (mi.-.. arrived al the prison
tiboul I "n o'clock, before going in lo sen
hi' client lie told Hie i "pollers that wh"ii
he reached Ins oflli e thin morning an aged
l"!i:vni!iii with patriarchal U'ard was
waiting In Inlenngale him in icgnrd lo
the lih liesnii cjis'i ll wan evidently Hie
mm Inn of Hie si ranger, as gathered
Itiuii la- lalk. to take legal steps lo light
Hie c.in lui'lhei and stave off Die execu
lion hv apnlleiiiiiii lo the eouits for a
win el ermrandn leipiest to the (iovernor
to atnv en'i uiinii imlil such time as tho
ense inigln Is- h"iid on Ha mmits.
Mi Morse th.inlu'd Inn visitor lor his
inn rest in Hi. heon crd his case and
Ir.llik'v told him ihnt he llioiighl it would
I e a ".isle r.f nit'e lo see Hie (Iovernor
and ili-it Hi'licson himself would not want
s jch a step taken
Hila wub tlie jiret word from Morse In
8 Paaaancar Taurine SDOO.
l(nklhnMlnn. All Mntlnr rrlKnrlnird
ItiW llllini)WAV. Cor. Mlh SI., X. Y.
lir.OOItt.VN. N, V.: IJil I.UInt.Inn HI
m:vahk. n.j.! ji itiw) m.
i:t (irniiKP. MonliUlr. Hoion
refulnllon of (he storv that bus t,een 1
tiiT-inently circnlntPfl iluit Hicheon wiih
ilissatMlcil witli wluit had lieen dotio for i
him bv his attorneys, iir.il is a direct
answer to thedi mauds purporting Income
from sympathizers of Kichcson for the
"ltioheoii is fully proparnl to die and
I doiilit verv mucli'if n ftnv In the execu
tion of the sentence would appeal to him
lat this time. No Inter than yesterday
1 ),e told me in the presence of Dr. Johnson
liinw tnucn e nail none lor mm, tne iigm
W( hid liwrte to suve his life mid his
(gratitude for all we luul done.
"Vou never s.iw such a ehatiRe as lias
lieen wroimht In this man in the lust
hew days, for when he was told thnt the
I end wr.'s near lie htiffciieii up and is mm
ready tn meet death with Christian fortl-
jiude' Me appears IiIkki'I- ill exery way J
. mil doe not refer to earth V thinrts ex-
cept when discussing personal mniters.
"It was o nly kM niaht that lie was
noing over the 'details ol the funeral ser
vice which lie thinks will be held at his
home in Virginia. and after sneakiiic of
several psalms and Iiviiuw he askist ine
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11 1 iiiiu uearu ineiii 1 lino 111111 iiuti 1
' had heard all but one, mid without a mo
ment s hesitancy or show ine th" least
feeiiiif; he hummed the tune of the hymn
I tell you it was a touching scene and
'one that went direcl tn the heart, for the
I surroundings were in themselves suf
ficiently gruesome, with the dentil clialr
, I"- than ten feet nwav
"A stay nf sentence would not itnpiove
his case, and now that he is prepared to
, (lie lie would not welcome liaviug Hie
execution deferred I expect that hv this
time to-morrow he will be dead, but vou
, will see that he will meet death Willi t'lig
mai caiui vmicn u snm ii"an
' iiiiar;itii. -
1, -Mr, Mors remained In the death hoii-e
fr hniirs iliiriiig which he iis-ured the
I'nndemtieil man that his body would not
' '"' mutilated, Kichesuii has feared all
1 1"1!'"!;. since h" learneil thai he wh to die.
V". n,n ii nau iu-seu uuin
bodv the phvsic.aiis ueie going to
it. I mm Icavuii'. the nrion.Mr
"Iticheson is going to die without hold
ing a grudge against .my one He has)
scarcely utteieil a harsh wmd, and to me
IHTsonally and to those who coin- 111 con
tact wit li" ) ii in he um again ami agam "'
pressed his gratitude.
"He 1 a Iked to me calmly mIioii his,
funeral He said he wished to be buri"d
ill Virginia and it appear- that tin- will U
done He told me when ami huw he wished
to be Inn led. He gave a list nf the hyiiuis
that he w:hed sung al his funeral.' He
lo'il me about the disHisition of his little
trinkets. I made a note of it and his
directions will be fully carried out "
Mr. Morso was willing to lie present in
the death chamber at the execution, but
as the law does not permit it he came to 1
the prison lap." to-night to remain by
Hicheson's (,.e until he is led torth to the
That the body will lie taken to Virginia
became a certainty to-duy. In a state,
ment made by Medical Kxamincr Mctirath 1
after consultation with Attorney Morse,
"I called to see what arrangements Mr I
Morse as counsel for Iticheson hud made I
for the dipoal of the body. Hicheson's
iiooy win lie taKen soutn immediately
alter an autop-v has been crformed
"As soon as life loaves the body 1 am
made temporary custodian of it and am
responsible for it by law until it isclaimed
or disxised of. Ih"re will he no delay
whatever The moment the autopsy is
performed the body will be tnKen South
Dr. Johnson left the death house shortlv
after 2 o'clock to answer a telephone call
in the warden's oftice. He then said
"1 lelt Hicheson in good shai-. We
had luncheon together He at a lit 1 1.
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1 1" reclined llK)n his cot . lie taUeil ino.t
!' laiiieu nine ami e.iriiesuv a 1 oav as
I rani; iy oniinany asiiects 01 hi- cn", moie
sj, sihnps, than any nth-i' t'nm would
under similar ciii.imutatu 's whirh rhw
hi- 1 einar liable resiguntloii to in- fate
-!!. liii nut tnr.fli, 11 vi-,1! t .t.., ,i-.v, I-
' edge, but is making an lufi'imal'disirimi-
1 tn 11 of his library to el.i.-e friends
I "He h.is received many inters, si.ni" of
which 1 have lead tn him, and he has
written several larewell replies
"Iticheson will undoiibti dlv leave a
statement to lie made public after his
execution nnd I myself, with a Issuer
understanding ot the case than any cue
save Mr. Sieiiluns and Mr. Morse, v.-ill
make ,1 slut' tiunt that will ( bar up rniuh
com ei mug tin; case that has been so
During th" late afternoon and this eve
ning, both elurgyinen weie with Itniies'in
constantly. I'jiriy this evening Deputv
nnideii Allen went to the cell and passed
HI H P-HI' "I DlllCK trollMTS Iiml .1 Ill.lC t
white strip -d cotton shirl Hiche-on
m-'lttiowl-dged the rec ipt ct them ith a
I,ist night the prisoner asked that his
nails be manicurist He has been en
deavoring to clean ihcm with a piece of
folded paper, not lielng Hrmitted to have
anv pointed metal instrument. The irimrd
I peffcrmeil Hie task which seemisl to
please iticlieson immensely.
Three hours lfore midnight Henrv
T Merrill, who does the Uiriiering in tlie
prison, went to tho cell and cut off a con
iderabln quantity of Hicheson's co.il
black hair and shaved n spot on his head
about twice the size of a silver dollar
On this spot will rest the ejectrodo which
is in the metal cap to ( placid upon the
condemned man's head the second he takes
his seat in the chair.
Shortly afterward Hicheson was told
32 H. P
he iniist put onthii clotliing which hadntyiiinc,. coui,j have bought poison
been sent to him This sw.'med to annoy '"- . " .' ' "
Hicheson somewhat lie looked the from a mull he knew and told stone-that
trousers over and commented upon their foull so ensily be disproved,
cut, and as for theshirt he could not bear The trial won set for Januarv 1.1 The
to pull it oyer his shoulders. lawyers, looking for witnesses who Hjehe.
i ne leu legoi me irousers wassui nrar-
Iv to the kne". and this interested thepris-
oner also, put he nsked no question
Knowing full well that it was there to
permit tne qiileK applicalloli ot nn eec
trode to his leg 'Hie clergymen prayed
mill nun I'liliswinii) as mini Hour I
drew near, and Hicheson repeated many
chapters from the Scriptures.
outslfln the prison tliero was only a,n
small r.ninering oi people, no iron
gules ol the yard were closed and no one
whs permitted to enter who did not have
business there F.iirly in Hie evening
thcro were many children playing about,
benjamin ALFRED BENJAMIN Co'sTailor-mde Clothes 1
are in strong demand; wo
assortment in washable or
Style i.s a feature here
I ii ml all seamed eager to dli.ctiss Iticheson
jnl Ills name mim constantly on their
IIih, but they hooii (llsupp'iilcd,
Just bcfoii miilniglit Ih" legal wit
tievses reached the prison mill were
introduced to each otlior. 'I'licy were
, Or, George H. Mngrath, Medical Kxattiliii'r
of .Suffolk county: Dr. Joseph I. Mi-
I Ijitiirhlln. Ill" prison physician, and
Surgeon Major J. I. Hut lor nf tin- Nlntli
I Regiment, who mini' In t In- place of
Stlreeon-Gonoriil Charles ('. Foster
i Tlii-y went into tli warden's oflleo and
tni't some of tlm other tlfti'i'n men who
hud come to witness tin execution.
TIh'mc were liepuiy ShcrifT F.dmutiil t'.
Kt'llcv of Suffolk county, who ciime in
tlm place of Sheriff ('uinn: Warden bridges
and three newspaper men, the Hew Dr.
Johnson anil Chaplain Stobhitis. Deputy
Warden Allen and four .prison guards
eotnplete the losler of I hone in the death
iJeetriefan Currier took His station in
Hip room behind a screen. When the
warden dropied his silver headed rune it
was the signal to throw the switch to send
"' condemned man into eternity,
CRIME F0R WH1CH HE PAID-
itt At Is I.I 11 11 rl I Wan t'lilm-
ll H'orUeil Out.
Seven montlis nnd six dnys was tlie
periisl Iietween I lie death of Avis l.irmell
and Hint of the ir.nn who poisoned lier.
It win on the Afternoon of October It,
I SHI, that tli" choir singer of Myannis nnd
the pastor ol the ImmanUci baptist
Church in CatnhridKc walked Is'side Hi"
Hack li.iv fens and at the end of Hie
walk he iiivi her a rupitiilt! of eyiinide of i
iHiinssiiiin. tellinif tier it was medicine
iHilassiutn, telling her it was medicine
which taken nfler she hud retired would
end her lime of double lor which he whs
tesponsible, That night she was found
dead in the Voimg Women's Christian
Association rooms, her home in llo-ton
while she studied at the Ntw Kiigl.iml
Conservatory of Music She bad taken
the "medicine" while Hicheson wit visiting
another one of his llancisv.. Mi.- iolel
l.dmauds, in Hiookhne.
"Mi-s I.iiiiK'lIdead'.'" said Hii.'hesati when
at litiglh a fiifiid of Avis l.innell renchiil
him by leleplione al his limne in Cam
biidge "Hut why do you call ine'" And
Ihen when it was explaiiu'd that h" wa.
the only fliend near at hand, h" lidded
calmly, "Oh, now I remember that I
liapiinl Mihs liiiiticll in llynnni.- three
years ago I know her family at Hyamiis
1 Used tn Pleach there, but I do tint know
why I should U' Hilled ill this matter.
Vou know' Hie names of her parent-,
In his seimi'ti the next day Hicheson
tcferreil tn the sad death nf Avis Lime'll.
but almost imm. di.iti lv he was siisicted.
.Medical Kxnminer l.e.ny cniiviunil
thai inuider had l-'ii dime. Avis l,in
nell's friend. Ml Ine llansi oiiils'. told
the silice what she knew of Mi-s liinueH's
Sntuiday atteinnoii walk with a man.
She thought the innii was Hicheson.
known n Is' engaged In Mi-s liillllell.
Ihoiigh she had giiiiid"illy icfetred tn
him only as "my ini ud."
In addition to the cyanide capsule.
Miches ..it had given to Miss lannell in the
i nurse of that walk a fifteen cent glass jar
of stick candy. Tlie conteeuoner who
slid Hi" jar was found, and he said the
buyer had lieen Hicheson. The evidence
was built up rapidly Kich"snu had
Isiught the eyanid" on OctolsT in flom
William llahii. n druggist of Newton
Centre, telling Hahn he wauled lo kill a
dog nnd saying "Cm you ke'p a secret?
1 haven't iMiught this."
Two days later the cleigyman borrowed
a bowl fmm his lamll.niv, Mrs. I rank
Carter, tried to evolve pilla from paste,
abandoned this method for the safer on"
of Using a capsule, returned the Isiwl to
Mrs. Carter and told her lo Is- sure to
wa-h il as it had continued ioison On
October 1'.' he telephoned to Miss l.mncll
from the home of u neighbor. Mis
Datiskin, asking the girl to meet him thai
evening She couldn't, sh" leplled She
wa- to attend a partv She would meet
him on Saturday, and so the engagemi nt
was made. Mis. Dan-'kin overheard
Hicheson's part of the telephone talk.
When the newspapers began to u-e the
veiled police hints that Hicheson was
under suspicion all who had known of
Hicheson's curious actions and conversa
tions began to remember and to worry
and then to tell. The druggist's story of
the dog that needed killing came to light,
Hicheson had no dog. Mrs Carter. Mrs
Datiskin. Miss Han-combe added their
nits. Stories of Hicheson's conduct as a
country pastor si reamed in from llyaiini-
On October III Hicheson was arrested
He was in bed at the home of Moses (irant
t'.dmands, trustee of Hi" Newton Theo.
logical Seminary, where iticheson had
-tudiisl for tin- ministry, ami father of
Ml-s Violet Hdmaiids, Hicheson got out
of bed when the warrant was served
He nsked Miss Jalmands not lo worry, ns
his Innocence woutd be proved quickly.
Ill iail he was visited by Mr. laltnands,
who believed the charge was absurd and
gave money for lawyer- and for the
settlement of Hicheson's small debt-.
Mr. Kdinands clo-ed his home. His
daughter departed nnd eventually came
to New Vork lo do mi-sion work.
On November 2 Kicheaon made a state
ment beginning "Strong in the conscious
ness ul my innocence and firmly convinced
that Clod in His own good time will lift
this burden from me," and (tiding with
his resignation from the pastorate or the
Immanucl Haptist Church. Ho assured
his counsel and friends that ho would
be cleared. They believed him It
seemed incredible that a man of hi
sun said could free him, found none
T here was uo evidence that Hicheson was
insane, although certain relatives in
Viririnin hnd Ih'CII. The lawvers were nt
,.ir wits, end when HicheBoii mutilated
,:,,f i l.U ,..,11 ,,n l)ei.,.lnl.r "11 ,n
ll,"nbl'lf 1,1 1 on D.iember .0. Into
Umt t't overybody read the workings of
lortureu conscience, in ine course ol
' i u r,,.f,i'erv lie inline nn slpn lint ,tt
Janiiarvr 3 he conlessod in this sialement
to his counsel, John ii. bee, William A
Morse and Philip Dunbar
I.I.NTI.l Ml.N Deeply penilent for my
have prepared an exceptional
woolen fabrics, $13.50 to $38.
without rvqnrd to price.
sin nnd earnestly desiring as far a In
my power lo make atonement, I hereby
confess thill I Htn guilty of the offence of
which I tnnd indicted, I niu moved to
this i nurse by tio Itiiliiceiiii'tit of self
benefit or leniency.
Helium n is my crime, (tod tin not
wholly abandoned me, ntid my riuwlcnce
ntid manhood, however depraved mid
blighted, will nut udiull of my still further
wronging by a public trial her whose pure
young lite I have destroyed,
I nder the hlshlugs of remorse I have
suffered mid ntn suffering the torture
of the damned. In lid I find a measure
of comfort In my menial iimtuih I
tecoglil'e that there I Mill, by the mercy
of the Ma-ler, some renuiiiii! of the divine
spark of goodness si ill lingering with inc.
I could wish to live only heiaii-e within
some prison's walls I might in some small
measure redeem my sinful pn-t, help some
other despnriiig soul and at lat Iiml fnvor
with my (ind,
Vou are Instriiileil tn deliver thl lo
Hie Dlstlict Attorney or to the Judges of
the court Sincerely yours,
Cl.vuKM r V T. KlcllKsnv.
On January n, the day the confession
was made public, Hicheson received his
last letter from Mls Kdinands. On the
same day Alo-es Kdinands sndly with
drew his support, Thomas V Hicheson
of Lynchburg stuck by his son. Hiche
son was sentenced to death by Jiidgo
(leorge A. Sanderson on January n and
returning ro his cell he collapsed,
A family petition for commutation of
the sentence to life imprisonment was
denied by !ov Toss, nlthough the Gov
ernor nhhors capita I punishment A com
mission of insanity experts searched tlie
man s whole hWlory and said he was re
sponsible for his acts. Hicheson tried
to bribe a guard to buy cyanide of po
tassium. In the few day- preceding his
end lie wa- cotnp.iralhely calm and ex
pre ed a wi-h thai he might diequickly
Hicheson was born at Hose Hill, Va ,
tliirtv year-'ago Hi- father ha- a to
bacco farm near Lynchburg I'rom Hie
high scluiol ut Amherst, Va . Hiche-on
went to Missouri lo the farm of an uncle
in Carrollton In St Louis he earned
money for a college islucatiou He
worked in a hardware store, ran an ele
vator, was a clerk and then n -treet rail
way conductor He was a leader in Hie
street car strike of ltiiri and made good
as an exhorter He taught in n Sunday
school and preached in a mission He
attended l.'cturcs nl William Jewell Col
lege at Liberie. ,lo. in l'joj. and when
he bis-aine ,1 regular student at the col
lege he became engaged to marry Miss
I'ntsy Kelts, a daugiiter of a member ot
the huiilly sh" wore his engagement
ring for a long time She lent him J"mi.
whirh he did licit reiav she i now' an
invalid in Salt like City
In llms Hicheson entered Hie Newton
Theological Summary for n posfgrailuate
course in the Old. Testament s a -lull.
'in he preaclnsl iMCa-iouallv al the Hap
iii church in the little coas"t town, H ya
rn. 'Illere he met vi l.illliell, Hlell'lT
II. r father was Kdgar I. Inn. II. a con
tractor, and, for lly.inui-, well to do
Avis wa- perhap- Hie bet likisi girl in
the village Sh,. was comely and had a
good voice She took to tlie fill young
student and when in two h" went A,
llvamns as a pastor she was wearing a
solitaire diamond iiug. and the common
place young man ot llyanni- who had
been conning her -lopped aside
Th"ii ope ill v I'ai-e Celts leippeared
in the lile of Hicheson. f liable to get back
the money he had borrowed -he needed
it now U-eitise she had had to stop teach
mg school and enter a sanatariiilii she
made an attidivit giving the !et.iils of
her long, haiiling ciuresponileiu e with
Kiuhesiiti. llyaunis was startled, but
Hiche-on let it I' Is'lievisl tliat Miss Kelts
was an elderly woman who had helped
him with his schooling and whom lie laid
meant to i epay from his savings as a min
ister. Presently Hirheou's home in
Hyamiis was "robbed." It was learned
afterward I hat lust before the "robbery"
he had -ent money in a woman in S.i1!
Kor some reason Hicheson got back for
a time the enegagem"iit ring tint he had
given Avis Linneh. Hvanni heard that
the engagement h id been broken off, but
H could learn nothing from Miss Linnell
P developed later that she still escltsl
lo marrv Hicln on ami her mother believe
that late in l!v.i Hicheson had a mock
inarr i;;ge performed
.Meanwhile Hicheson wii calling on
Miss Kdinands, whom he had met while
he was nt the theological sclion, Her
familv was bv far better off in a worldlv
wav that that of Avf. l.innell
Hicheson left Hyamiis lale in uipi Ii
was slid that the congregation had heard
so much about him that it had forced hi
resignation, but he had no trouble in im
pressing himself upon Hie big Immanucl
Church in Cambridge and becoming it
pastor alter delivering one sermon
So here was Hicheson m Cambridge, en
gaged to Avis Linnell and Violet Kiliiiand
and writing affectionate leiiets to 1'atsv
Kelts and being bothered bv jetters frorii
other young women who had believed
him Avis was now in Hnston. and in
trouble Hi-relattons with Mi-s Kdmaiid
eould not long be concealed from the
Hynnnis girl. Ills way out is narrated
WOULD CHANGE DEATH METHOD.
Medical Kininlnrr Una I'liiu In Let
lnpr I'.leclroenle Himself,
U iston May in, - Medical lAiiminer
Magratii, one of the witnes-e at Hich
eson's electrocution, wants important
changes made in th" manner of pulling
murderers to deat li.
He lieliovos death should be brought on
mom quickly and without sonn of the
niipleusnni features connected with the
present method. He says this could be
accomplished by placing, the electrodes
over the heart and on tlie back of Hie
neck, instead of on the top of Hn head
and on the left leg.
Ho expect that eventually a chair will
bo devised in which tlm prisoner will
bring about his own nxccullon, the func
tions of his body Automatically throwing
on the current and bringing death.
"The current of electneiiy ciiisoh death
by parulyzing Hie heart," lie said "Hy
placing one elcctnsle over the heart and
tlie other at the back of the neck, death
would be instantaneous "
COULDN'T PICK ARBITRATORS.
biKliirrra l)lnile Walls fur
ii I'll 1 1 flnni-il nf Seven,
Dniitel Wlllaul and I' H Mnrrlsaev, 1
the arbltratnis chn.-iii nu hehair of the
ralbnail and lorniiiollv e eiigiuects ir-
Hpel til cl IIS l,llt Ol III" l .l I ilol M'VI'll
which will arhltiate tin. ihiuanil of the
engineers, have not jet agreed on till)
other tho nrhltrntniH lo couuileln the
boa i d
I'mler the imri'dtKiit h which the
drniunilii wrre lo be m hltrateil the two
weie given fifteen ilas fiom ihclr tbsl
mci'tlng in sell cl the other live mill
Haters, falling which Hi" Chief .lustlic
of the I 'lilted Stales Supcicni" ("unit,
Judge .Mnlllll A. Ktiapn nf the I'oiunii'l'i'e
Coillt anil Chillies I1, .N' til. I'ultiil States
CoiiuntsHliiU'l nl L.ilsii, we. le amnum
the live men. The fifteen dav llmtt e.
plus lo-(la. no II I thought Unit Hie
lllieu t'lllted Stales eltlclals uanied will
Iimvii to make Hi" iippiiltitiiient.i lo cum.
plcle the lioanl.
Ilelltrry iilo Kill n llo.
( nrl Sellonle. in year old, of .jnn Willow
nvenue, lloboken. ran backnnrd otT the
slihnvalk two doors from his home to catch
n baseball c-lerilay nlleriiniin mid wa
run over bv a baker's delivery suloinohllo
iliivcn by August llnhi'r, ;ii years old, of
in I edar streel. Ilrnokhn Pollceinnn
Joseph I'liJIaiii picked in Ihi up ami put
Ii i tit in mini her aiiloniohlli. Iii'liviipni; tn (in.
I same ( 0111 1 li li i driven h) i lo si henke
01 viiu ini nveiuie. ine tu oil Willi lu--triiitloiis
to hurt. i lilm toM Alan's ilos
pilnl, two blocks away 'l lie Imy dlcil
on the way Milium arrested Hubvr un n
clurve of maiisluiiuutar.
I'rom I In Tombs He Assails Two
Firms of Attor
neys. NOIITIIFKN HANK FKKS
'I'licy Arc (lie Point nt Issue in
the Action Which
Joseph 0. Hobln, who is in (hi) Tomb
awaiting sentence on a plea of guilty
to a charge of grand larceny, has pre
sented a petition to the AppclIateDlvlsion
of tho Supremu Court asking for an in
vestigation of the conduct of Certain
lawyers who, individually or through
their firms, had to do with tho affairs of
the Northern Hank of which Hobinwai
The action is in the nature of a dis
barment proceeding, but is brought by
an individual instead of lieing brought
through the Bur Association. Tho matter
complained of already has been passed
upon by n referee, who decided that the
claim on which Hobili bases his charges
was rightfully due and the referee's re
port was approved by a Justice of the
I'obin might have appealed from the
approval of th'.' report but did not do so.
A note of isue was llled with the Appellate
Division yesterday and the matter has
been set down for May SI, The same
evidence has been presented to Attorny
tletier.il Carmody by William Duncan
Cameron, attorney for the depositors'
committee of the Northern Bank.
Tho attorneys named in the petition
are Orion II. Cheney, the Statu Superin
tendent of Hanks; James M. Clifford, John
D l'eailiiiki- and Alison Heard, members
of the lir in of (iift'ord, Hohhs and Heard,
and Charles A. Voetsch, connected with
th" linn, and l'hilip Ashton Itollins, Alfred
dain- Wheat mid Koswelt S. Nichols,
members ol the I'u m or Itollins A Itollins,
il III 1 I till oil J. Hedmiili, W'iio iscomiectcd
with Hint (It m
Hi" action depends on an alleged dif
ference in the testimony given in the pro-
slings before the referee by James M.
iiffotd and by other witnesses, and hus
to do with a bill for S I..(mmi rendered by
the firm of (iifloid, Hohhs A Heard, at
torneys for the Northern Hank, before it
was taken over by the State Department
of Ik, nk- An attorney may hold a I'en
upon papers In Ins po-scs-a.n to enforce
the payment of a bill for services. Mr,
lliflord in his testimony before the ref-
r"" is siid to have testified Iniit n.s firm
bad surrendered Hi" papers '.f the North
crn Hank, w hi!otiii .-.lining Lie lawvers
named testified thn, the (liflord linn s,ir,
held .he iapi;rs. Anson Beau , a purtner
or Mr (iifloid, explaimsl yetcnay tout
Mr (iiflord was in I'm ope at the t ime of
the trail-action related; that he bad given
order lo a clerk before his dep irlure for
the surrender of the apcrs, hut that Inese
orders had not lieen followed and the firm
still held the jmpers. Mr Clifford, return
ing, went on the witness stnnd nnd told
or the surrender of the pipers, presuming
that hi- orders had been complied with
Superintendent of Hanks Cheney took
over the nff.iirs of the Northern Hank on
December '.'". into When (iifford, Hohhs
A Heard presented tlie bill for services
Mr Nichols of Itollins ,v Holtin. counsel
for the Hanking Department, ascertained
mat (he Clifford firm had sufficient funds
of t'ne liank in their possession to cover
the amount of the bill 'Die claim was
submilttd to the hoard ot directors of the
bank, which approved it. and it then was
approved by Deputy Altorney-Oeneral
Sickctt Supt Cheney then presented nn
ex parte petition to Justice New-burger in
Part II of tlie Supreme Court praying that
he might be permitted to pay as a pre
ferred claim the amount named.
The petition related that th superin
tendent was informed by the department
attorneys that Giffoid, Hobbs A Hoard
had a hen upon all pajHTs. record aud
documents tn their poesion relating
to the bank's affairs and to tho affairs of
us predecessors, tho Muclay Avenue
Henlty Company and the Kingston Se
curities Company, ns well an a lien upon
hank moneys in their possession a at
torneys for th" bank. The petition con
tinues Hint the superintendent i informed
that (iirTord. Hobbs A Heard were hand
ling upward of :n0 actions for the recov
er, of money for the bank.
The rupcrlntentient asked that he be
allowed to pay the amount stated on con
dition that all the papers of tlie bank in
possession of the law firm be turned over
to the department and that the (Iifford
firm convnt to the substitution of an
attorney designated by Ihu superintend
ent. 'Ih" petition was accompanied
by llio consents of nnunliers of th" execu
tive committee and directors of the North
Justice XowliurRer declined to sign
the order on the ground, according to
Hobin, thnt it appeared that some of the
services for which payment wus demanded
wore performed for predecessors of the
Northern Hank. He also said: "What
rights the direct ms nt this time have in
tho distribution of the funds of tho bnnk
I am at n loss to understand. The eflecl
of the gtanting of such nu order would
bo to give a preference to the attorneys
over the depositors and other creditors
of the bank. " I have searched
in vain through the banking law of thin
Slate for any nullioiity for the granting
of this older."
Action was then brought agninst the.
State Superintendent of Hanks to collect
the nmoiiut. 'Die proceedings wero con
ducted before ex-Judgo Lrnest Hull as
referee, and resulted in n judgment of
the full amount of the i laini with costs,
lint not as u preferred claim. Hobin says
in his petition that :i,onn has lieen col
lected on tlin claim.
In commenting upon tlie matter yester
day Mr Heard charaeleri.isl ii n"s "Ion
liilicuolil to discuss " Ho laid that it
seemisl strange that Ihii "confeeii
crook" should have a large room and a
stenographer assigned to him in tits
District Attorney's officii nnd that he
should be elt practically at liberty "to
blackguard honest men. He added Hmt
he intended no criticism of the District
Attornev or his metlusll.
Mr. Nichols, of the Hollins firm,
explained the case in somedetnil nnd gave
It as his opinion thnt the discrepancy In
the statements made by the lawyers 'was
due to a iiii-take on the part of 'Mr (lif
bird owing to hi absence in Kurope and
consequent imfatuili.irity with that part
of the case He said that the matter of
the bill had been gone over thoroughly
In the proceedings before Heferen Hall
and that il had been decidisl bv the referee
mid the conn. Mi Hobin 'miglu imvo
Hppealisl at Hie time. Mr Nichols said,
"ii in inn nu so, .in-, jmciiois nas pre
pared a lengthy statement of the caso for
presentation to the court as his. uiihwer
to llobltl H p t'titioU, u
I FOUNDED 1856
MENS & BOYS' CLOTHING.HATS & FURNISHINGS
Clothes for Sports
not for men of sporty tastes, but ol sporting
Proper Norfolk Jackets back gathered in
with stiched belt inverted plaits at front
and back plenty of arm freedom for rfolfcrs. Im
ported homespuns, Tweeds, and hand-loomed Doncgals.
Knickers and trousers to match.
Suits $22 to $30
Blazers in all the College colors. English
printed flannels. $10
Riding Breeches in all materials from Khaki
to Fine London Gaberdines.
Golf Caps, Golf Hats, Stockings, Neckwear,
Shirts and Accessories for outdoor wear.
r Astor Place &l Fourth Avenue
SUB WAV AT THE DOOR "ONE BLOCK FROM BROADWAY
WERE NOT PROSELYTED
Kpiscopal Students Say That X
Catholic Spoke to Them
A limit (.'hniiffe of Faith.
NO MORE WILL 00 OVKlt
They Tlicinselvc Say So. and
(hr (li'iipriil Seminary Folk
AgriM' to It.
That I lie it is any spiritual unrest in the
stiiilent body of the General Seminary of
tlie Protestant Kpiscopal Church, and that
other students are planninK to follow the
example of the three who have just with
drawn in order to apply for admission to a
Itouian Catholic Seminary, was emphati
cally denied yesterday not only at the
seminary in Chelsea nnd by several hiith
hilrch Kpiscopal clergymen in touch with
its affairs, hut also by the three young
men themselves whose action was ex
plained last niuht to u representative ol
Tim Sl'.v by one of their number.
Tho three neceders ure Charles Pan
forth and Raymond Lawrence, lioth
graduates of Columbia in the class of 1010,
and Graham Reynolds, who was gradu
ated from Vale in the same year. Dan
forth alone is a resident of this city, and
unlike most theological students is the
possessor of a large fortune inherited
Horn his grandmother, the late Mrs. Kyle
of Paterson, X. J. He lives at 1 75 West
Seventy-second street with his sister.
"ho is also wealthy and is said to be
preparing herself for work as a trained
nurse at SI. Luke's Hospital
Mr. Uanforth expressed last night his
-trong regret that inferences had been
drawn from his action which were not
true. "There is not the slightest ground,"
lie said, "for saying that a schism exists
in the student body of the seminary
Nor is it true that we endeavor in any way
lo persuade men or to pledge them to fol
low our course. Our withdrawal is en
tirely without significance as far as tlie
rest of the seminary is concerned We
three have acted merely as individual'.
"Furt hennore, I should like to add that
we have never been approached or in
fluenced by any member of the Roman
Catholic Church, nor has there ever been
any communication between ouicelve
and Cardinal Farley "
Graham Reynolds, the young Yale mnn,
felt the same regret . "So far as I know ,"
ho added, "there ha never lieen anv
heated discussion or agitation between
students whose Ideas differed on mallei's
of ritualistic doctrine. Of course, there
is a wide difference which is reflected in
tlie faculty. The high, the low and the
broad churchman are all represented,
and each group is subdivided into the
conservative and tho advanced. We weie
of Hie most nil vii in vd high church views,
and were practically alone in this liolief.
"For my own part I was influenced in
coming to this decision by the conviction
that it was my duty to subject myself
to the spiritual rules and regulation) of
an authority whose tichings I alreadv
accepted in common with other advanced
high churchmen who are nevertheless
unwilling to offer their allegiance to
Koine. Having implicit belier in papal
infallibility and in tho principles laid
down at thn Council of Trent I fell that il
was my duty to conform to the regulations
Eacli account, is a separate unit.
Each account, entire, is always
found in one place ready for in
Each new account may be
promptly added and dead ac
counts easily removed.
. Booklet and samples furnished
Manufacturing distributor of
Card tad lilini ijitemi Office, library tad btak rt)oi-mil
Unit ctrd aid filial ubiacli ia wood aad ateel
31B Broadway Vhonr Worlh MOO
of the Churcn which laid down tho
principles. 1 suppose my knowledgs 0f
the Oxford movement influenced me.
"No particular circu instance or thing
taught at the seminary is responsible fer
our step, and we are not acting from
any feeling of hostility toward any one In
the Kpiscopal Church.
"As yet we have taken no move toward
studying for tho priesthood in the Roman
Catholic Church. What we shall do d
fiends upon the reception which is given
us by tlie spiritual authorities of thnt
church. Until they have acted e have
no idea where we will lie allowed to studv.
Not olio of us has seen Cardinal Farlev.
land us for the story of our lieing wen
over uy .Mgr. nenson neittier u.mforth
nor Ijiwrence has ever heard him, and
1 but twice."
As they themselves admit, the courne
which these young theological student
will have tu pursiio is diflicult if their
application to study for orders in tli
Church of Rome is allowed. In the llr-t
place they will lie called uton to make ,i
complete renunciation of their jist re
ligious eviirrienee, including bapti-m nnd
confirmation and nirticiuitiou in tlis
sacraments, in which rites th Anglienn
and the Roman churches are nol for njiari
They will Iw conditionally bapliml new
and reconfirmed, all of vhi"h is nrie-i-tated
by the AKistolic.e Curi.e i-Mi"d I ,'
I'ope Io XIII. ill 189''. in which all recw .
n it ion of Anglican orders was n.li iiil v
withdrawn notwithstanding the fie.-t tli.it
the latter church does offer t hi- recoi u
tion in the case of converts fiom "is
Roman to tho Anglican faith
RESCUES IN TENEMENT FIRE.
llov Sntra Tim I, Idle s.(r
Tnrnl)- Families In Peril.
Fire in a crowded tenement, al iVi
West Fortv-sixth street lato lat uicii.
I caused a panic among twenty families
I and gave Frederick Wehrle, yj yearr obi,
an opiKirtunity to save two of hi-, stnallvr
l sisters. Two other rescues were nuidi'
oy ueorgo luugnoi, wno lives in ine itouv
The fire started ut tl o'clock. Hi
house has four families on each fl. n'
Janitor Michael lrfnnon saw flume- ruin
out of the apartment of Georg" Wil
! loughby, on the first floor, and tin e,
, two buckets of water on the blaze .iffr
'sending a boy out to give the alarm
1 l.eiinon was driven to the street bvn her i
, of tlaui". which set the wooden stmrwav
to crackling and turned the hall for
several flights up into a bonfire.
In one of the rear apartment" on th"
top floor lived Mrs. Marv Coffee, a widow
.She aroused her neighbors. Frederick
Wehrle was out at the time of the ii.
but his wife awakened her seven ehi
dren and tried to get out of the rear t -
..nn.... ck ,i: i t. i... .
(,-. on,- ,0 VI! 11 I'll I'tll'K ! ,1 ,
of flame upward
Mrs. Wehrle then, with her ch:'dreii
strung out in a row behind her. told them
to stay as close to her as thev could and
made a rush into tho hall I 'linking nnd
gasping, nearly blinded bv the smoke,
and with liereieven-month-old bahy in her
ami. ul... m.minul , i... .1...
.tit,,,,,..,-,. ,,, n.fii;;,-! lif uir
'stairs to the roof. When she got tin re
j she fainted.
I Of her seven children, one she earned
and two more, F.mma and Fred Jr II
and III years old, had folloved her Fred,
when the others in the familv did tint
come out after him. went back iif )u nn
accord. Ho found Helen, H years nH.
and Gertrude, .1 years old, groping nbniit
in tlie smoke. He led them safely tn th
Tlvit left only John, 7 years, nnd Mir
guerite. 5 yearn old, in tho Iioum. Rv
this time Rlnghof had swung out of lin
house to tho roor of the burning IhiiMiiis
and was there lo help He wenl ip
the smoke and tlamo and came nut uh
John, whom he had found iineoti-eiem
in the hull He made another trip Ihi'-'k
and found Marguerite in tlm npaitmeiit
unconscious from tlm smoke Sim hid
tried to get out by the fire esc.is' ami lwd
been burned by ihe burst of flame which
had driven her mother I rick Ihen
smoke overcame her. She was lwui"J
on I ho hands and bodv and was talen to
Roosevelt Hospital in ii critical rondilim.
I he fire did about $IO,onudamng