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STORY OF THE LIFE OF THOSE IN THE DEATH HOUSE
AT SING SING PENITENTIARY
New York, Nov. 30. After
two years of horror in the death
house at Sing Sing penitentiary,
Maurice M. Lustig was freed to
day. Lustig was convicted of the
murder of his wife in New York
in the fall of 1910.
He was a big and healthy man
then, with a rudy face and coal
black hair, who defied the judge
and jury, who laughed at the
sentence of death.
The man who walked out of
the death house today was stoop
ed and bent and thin. His face
was ashen-gray, and lined with
seams and wrinkles. His hair
was dull gray. His eyes were
"filled with horror.
As Lustig walked out into the
-free air, he stumbled and looked
'around him with fearful eyes.
Then suddenly he collapsed on
the prison steps and began to sob
- "Oh God," he cried, "help me
ito stand the joy of freedom; help
Ime to forget !"
This afternoon Lustig sat in a
'room in a cheap hotel here, and
told the story of his two years
in the death house.
"ihave asked God to help me
to forget," he said, "butI never
"The memory of the death
house will stay with me to my
dying day. . '
"The cells are in a long row
up there, and from each cell you
can see the little gieen door at
! the end of the corridor, where the
guards march up and down.
"That is the door of the execu
tion room,' the door where the
electric chair is; the door, through
which living, breathing men walk
and horrid, twisted corpses are
carried out. ,
"When I first went there, I was
put in the last cell. There we're
sixteen other men who had to go
away before me.
"The date for me to walk
through that little green door was
set five times. But each time my
lawyers got a delay, and some
other was sent instead.
"I saw each one of those six
teen men who were before me go
through the door, and one other
whovcame after me.
"And I never can forget ! It is
not possible to forget such things !
"We always knew the day a
man was to go away. And we
never slept the night before.
"All night long we would sing
hymns and read "chapters from
the Bible and pray.
"And as we did these things
for the man who was to go
through the little green door on
the morrow we thought always of
the day when we would have to
"I used to break out into cold
sweats of horror'as I thought of
this and listened to the chanting
voices of doomed men.
"But perhaps the agony of that
night before a fellow went away
was not so bad as the day ol the