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above thq -wjrit, twisted ,and writhed. Tjie head jutted forward,,
suddenly,, jerkjfjr. Frpm under the edge of the little leather cap
a wisp of white, smoke puffed atjt.
Nineteen liundi:edvalts had been shocked through .the body
of the slayer of Avis Linnell. " " ""t""
For, half anhour these rnen sat
in the dim death chamber, fidget
ing In. theirseats, not looking a
earn other, never speaking a
v Then, just , before 12 o'clock,
Warden Bridges left the ropm.
He ..returned with; William A.
Morse, Ricftesbh's attorney.
Bridges, in"iiisshort, soldierly
manner, told of his receipt yester
day of envelopes containing cyanr
ide of-potassium, the same poison
as ihat which sent Avis Linnell to
Someone in the corner said:
''That's what the convicts call
'Canadian potash.' " And laugh
ed But it was a' broken, unnatural
Attorney Morse left to say
goodbye to Richeson. Warden
Bridges raised Kis hand.
"Gentleinen," he said, "we are
The death chamber was bright,
as day. Lying across the arms of
the chair, screwed to a bar, was
a xlouble row of test lights. The
executioner turned the switch.
The indicator pulsated to and
fro, then steadied down. 3
"Nineteen hundred volts," said
the executioner. o
"Good," said, Warden Bridges.
The swifch was turned back.
The 'lights w,ent out, save one
high up that, left the room in a
Bosjton, Mass., My,21. The
.Rev. Clarence Virgij Thompson
Richeson -Rid the penalty qf his
murder of.Avis Linnell, the. little
choir girl of , his chiirctrtn Hyan-Jiiscby-the-Sea,
at mi'dnight lat
Gbittrary, to all expectations,
Rjchespn braced up' at the last
moment and we.nt to. his death
like a man.
- Indeed, the scene in the-death
chanihen at midnight was sucfia
one as n(eevr before -had occurred
at Massachusetts' prison. .
"For the first time a. condemned
man spoke as he was being
strapped, "in the chain; for'the first
time a than paid the penaltyfor
murder with his lips moving."
Richeson'died confessing Christ.
At 11 :30 o'clock the prison offi
cials and the witnesses-began.to
gather'in the death chamber. -
They were : The jury of twelve
meni; Surgeon Major J. P. Butlfer,
Ninth Regiment, M. V. M., who
took the place of General Charles
Foster ; Prison Physician Joseph
I. McLaughlin; Medical .Examin
er George B, McGrath; First Dep
uty Sheriff Edmund 'P. Kelley
Warden Benjamin F. Bridges;
Deputy Warden Nathan D.Allen;
Rev. Father Murphy, Catholic
chaplain of the prison; William
C Hill; J. Gootz and J. P. Yder,
staff correspondent of the United