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THE DAY BOOK
50Q SO. PEORIA ST.
TEL. MONROE 35$
yVol. 1, No. 203 Chicago, Tuesday, May 21, 1912 ' One. Cent
RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AT EXECUTION OF
RICHESON DENOUNCED AS MOCKERY
Dr. Madison Peters Bitterly Scores Death Scene, When
- - Richeson Was As.ked If He Were "Ready to (
v Die for Jesus' Sake."
New York, May 21. When the Rev. Madison C. Peters pas
tor df the Pilgrim Congregational church, was told of the. teligious
ceremony surrounding the execution of the Rev. Clarence V. T.
'Richeson, he denounced it as mockery.
"The solemnity and mock religious, atmosphere that surrounded
the.electnocution of Richeson is horrifying," said Dr.I Peters.
"If the Rev. Herbert S.' Johnson "really asked Richeson: 'Are
you ready .to, die for Jesus' sake?' it was the -worst travesty of th
church and df religion I ever heard of.
"Things so maudlin, so sacreligious, disgust all sensible peopld
,with, the church. It makes us cease to wonder that religion is
despised today. - -
"Richeson did not die for Jesus' sake. That is mockery. He
did not even die for the sake of Avis 'LinnelL . .
"Richeson died to satisfy the dejnand of justice. He died be
cause the State of Massachusetts said he had to.
"Such things only tend to .glorify murder and attract sentiment
td murderers. They"-make heroes out of murderers. (), t
- K "And if-we persist-in -making heroesfeOt of murderers like
Richeson, we cannot expect to check? critn&rgm t
"I believe condemned men should have spiritual advisers. I
believe thfey should have a chance pr repentande. I.shall not even
say that a man like Richeson-is unable to tepent.of his sins.
"But to ask such" a man-if he" be ready' to Ke for Jesusj-s&ke
THE SCENE THAT IS BEING CALLED A-TRAVESTY Olf
THE CHURCH, AND ON RELIGION-
This is the scene that the Rev. Dr Peters of New York d&
jiouriced as religious mockery .
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