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weird, dim light.
And suddenly, from the rells
came a burst of song, dominated
by the clear, southern accent of
"Safe in the arms of esus ;
"Safe in His Gentle care."
-The words were slightly muf
fled, but plain and distinct. The
little company of men in the
death room moved" uncomfort
Warden Bridges gave a signal.
The great doors were thrown
open. Two guards stepped for
ward; then hesitated, as the
voice of Richeson and the minis
ters who were with him rose high
and clear in the last verse of the
hymn that always had been a fa
vorite with the condemned man.
Richeson could be seen from
the death chamber. He was cling
ing to the bars of his cell. And
he was singing at the top of his
The Rev. Stebbins, prison
chaplain, and the Rev. Herbert
S.xohnsont Richeson's spiritual
adviser, were standing near the
door of the cell. They also were
singing. But their voices broke
Attorney Morse was .sitting
huddled up just beside the door of
the cell, puffing, furiously at a
cigar trying, to appear uncon
cerned. The guards moved forward.v
"Good-by, Mr. Morse," said
Richeson. "Good-by, Mr. John
son ; good-by, Mr. Stebbins."
The condemned man' shook
fcands- with all of them. Then he
stepped firmly forward, slightly
in advance of the guards. The
ministers followed behind. Dr.
Steb"bins was reading a chapter
from the Bible. ',
Richeson took his seat unaided.
Then, as he sat there, came the
questions of the Rev. Dr. John- - -son,
and the confession of belief
in the Saviour by Richeson.
on At 12:04 the current was
turned on. Twice it was lower
ed, and twice it was shocked
through the body of the minister
of the gospel who used his sacred
orffice to betray a girl of his con
At 12 :17 Richeson was official
ly pronounced dead. "
The physicians agreed tha
death iad been instaneous with'
the first shock.
The body was unstrapped im
mediately and taken to the prison
morgue. At 2 arfh. it was taken
t othe North Grove street morgue
by Undertaker McArdle.
At 3 o'clock this afternoon, the
body was still lying there, un
claimed. "I have not decided yet what
will be done wifh the body of my
brother," said Douglas Richeson, " (
late this afternpon. "I am wait- '
ing to hear more definitely from'
my father, who is in Virginia, be
fore I claim it."
It is known that Richesons
mortgaged their home to provide
Richeson with the delicacies he
could not otherwise have had. It
is ju9t possible that they have not
the money to take charge of the
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