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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 08, 1912, Image 3

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RICHESON SENTENCE TO
DEATH POSTPONED
Boston, Mass., Jan. 8. The
sentencing of the Rev. Clarence
Virgil Thompson Richeson to the
electric chair for the murder of
Avis Linnell was postponed this
afternoon until 1 o'clock tomor
row. The postppnement was caused
by the sudden nervous break
down of Attorney Morse, chief
counsel for Richeson. The con
fession of his client has proved
too much for Morse.
Judge Sanderson has no option
but to sentence Richeson tc the
electric chair tomorrow. The law
of Massachusetts provides no oth
er penalty for the man who pleads
guilty to murder in the first de
gree. There is only one way in which
Richeson's life may be saved.
That is through Governor Foss,
who has the power of commuta
tion. Governor Foss is known to be
' opposed, to capital punishment.
So is the majority of his council.
, But it is doubtful if Governor
Foss wilhact in view of the sen
timent of the people in Massa
chusetts, a sentiment that is
growing as the circumstances
surrounding Richeson's crime are
being revealed.
Death Penalty For Richeson
Demand of Thomas W. Lawson
To District Attorney Pelletier:
For God's sake and for hu
manity's sak'e, for the sake of
those dependent upon you the
helpless mothers, wives and
daughters adhere to your stand.
Better a million times that we
of the chill blooded North take
example by our virtue worship
ping, unbridled license hating
brother of the South, an4 lynch,
hack, and burn, than that we
stand idly by and let the ulcer
brained sentimentalists police our
highways and schools and
churches.
Is it possible that the sentimen
talists' vision of the sorrows and
miseries of the vilely criminal is
going to drive the fathers, hus
bands and brothers of our land to
make the rope, the gun and the
torch the companions of their
plows and Bibles?
It's up to you, Mr. District At
torney, and to your brothers of
the law, to answer. t
Thomas W. Lawsen
Poor Creature'.
"Little Boy," asked the well
meaning reformer, "jsthat your
mamma over yonder with those
beautiful feathers in her hat?"
"Yes, sir," answered the bright
lad. '
"Well, do you know what poor
creature it is that has had to suf
fer in order that your mamma
might has the feathers with
which .she adorns herself so
proudly?"
"Yes, sir; my papa."
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Incidentally, it is interesting to
note that Mr. Cartmell is not at
home just now, and that the mis
sus has given away all Robert's
clothes as well as her'own.
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