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md over again; tested the strti
hire; tested the ropes; tested the
trapdoor; tested the two levers.
The reason for the two levers
is a curious one; but it was a
The warden did not want to
have the sending of four men into
the next world on his soul.
Not a guard in the prison would
have this terrible thing on his
So the warden called in the
"Make two leyers," he said,
"both to spring the same traps.
Make them both so they will do
the same work at the same mo
ment. "Then I shall give the word,
and I shall pull one lever and a
guard will pull the other, and
we'll never know which of us sent
Ehe men over."
A clever idea, is it not? And
surely it will be a great relief to
the consciences of the warden and
the guard! For they will not
know who did the actual mur
And while'the warden was pac
ing Up and down his office; while
the silent guards were sidling
through the corridors; while the
condemned men were praying;
while the workmen were testing
the .gallows; petitioners were
flocking to the governor's man
sion. "Reprieve the men F they cried.
"Give them their lives; give them
a chance; do not commit murder
ai the name of Oregon F
And to each petitioner the
yiung governor, his face drawn
...id white but set in stern lines,
gave the same answer:
"I shall not interfere.'
"I gave the people of Oregon
their chance. I reprieved the men
Until the people could pass on the
constitutional amendment abol
ishing the death penalty.
"And the people defeated that
amendment two to one, and now
the people must pay the price.
"The blood of these four men
is not on my head. It is on the
heads of the people of Oregon,
the people who voted against the
"If I pardoned the men now we
might not see the end of the bar
baric practice of hanging in our
"I must teach the people of
Oregon a lesson. I must make to
morrow Bloody Friday in the
state's history, ar thing for which
the people forever after will be
"At the cost of four fives, you
say? Yes, even at the cost of four
lives. It is the price we must pay
for this reform."
In-the morning the work of
preparation went steadily on at
the penitentiary. The first two
men were to swing at 11:30.
Noble Faulder, who slew Louis
Gilbert in a drunken fury, was
calm after a night of torture, and
ready for his march to the gal
lows. Mike Morgan, who killed John
Yorke, spent the morning with
his confessor, the Rev. Father
Moore, and he also was ready.
Frank Garrison, who was found
guilty of slaying Roy Perkins,