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THIS DAILY NEWSPAPER USES ONLY BIG TYPE
AND IS EASY ON YOUR EYES
THE DAY BOOK
500 SO. PEORIA ST
p VOL,2,NQ.65 Chicago, Friday, Dec. 13, 1912 OffE CENT
OREGON'S BLOODY FRIDAY' SEES FOUR MEN
SWING, AS "GUESTS" CHAT AND LAUGH
"The Blood of These Men Is Not on My Head, But on the
Heads of the People Who Voted Down Abolition
of Capital Punishment." Governor West.
Salem, Ore., Dec. 13. There
was little sleep in the penitentiary
of the sovereign state of Oregon
The warden spent the night in
"his private office, pacing" up and
down, smoking- cigar after cigar.
The silent guards moved
through the corridors with fur
tive steps and. downcast eyes.
Occasionally some nightmare
tortured prisoner screamed aloud
And from cell to ceTT, from
wing- to wing; from warden's of
fice to the solitary cell, went the
row; iVLorgan ana laarnson;
Fauldner and Roberts- they all
must swing- tomorrow."1
From thTe bleak north wing- of
the prison came muffled sounds;
a chocked sob ; a mqanrag-prayer ;
a childhood hymnsung-hxa qnav
The death cells are m the up
per tier of the lonely north wing.
There the men a Christian: peo
ple order killed must spend then
last hours, alone with. God and
their own memories.
Shadowy workmen shuffled in
and out of a deIapidated,old building-,
standing; in the yard near thfe
Inside the old building- they
worked with muffled fools on a.
gaunt, ugly strurLtrre a dbnble
gallows built to send two fenman
being- into eternity; at one jerk off
The workmen: were restaur this
part; and tesfxng-tfia part; going-
Four men must swrag- tomop- i over every inch ipf the- scaffold.
For had not the warden- as he
bit nervously into a cigar, told
them the day before:
"Go jover it att; go over It all.
Make sure it's working; right;
make sure there will be no mis
o- the- yfoxfeiueg. tesfedl if oyer