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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 13, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4',
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In spite of the fact that the con-,
demned man went all to pieces the
day before his execution, he was a
game man on the gallows. He walk
ed to the noose with hisfrerve under
perfect control "Not a falter mar
red the proceedings," as the execu
tioner would say.
Smith bade his parents good-bye
Friday. As his mother left him for
the last time she patted him on the
back and said: "When we see you
again, Roswell, everything will be all
right." The mother knew that the
last hope had died. Roswell did not
Smith walked to the scaffold at
10:05, He repeated prayer after
Rev. Dr. Aldrich of the First Con
gregational church. After a white
shroud and cap were placed over
Smith, and handcuffs were placed on
his wrists, a strap around his ankles,
and the noose on his neck, officials in
attendance stepped aside and with a
clang the heavy trap door dropped.
Smith was still repeating prayer as
his body shot downward.
For eight minutes he swayed in air,
his heart growing fainter and fainter
until at 10:17 the jail physician pro
nounced him dead.
Roswell Smith's wife secured a di
vorce from him the early part of the
week. He never had any children.
Only his parents will mourn.
The whole affair will die down now.
The state has been satisfied. A
mother and father have been robbed
of a son. And the eye-witnesses of
the hanging, rreporters, doctors and
there, are wondering about capital
i o o p
DOUBLE-BARRELED PROBE OF
VOTE FRAUDS GOES ON
Fifty investigators from the elec
tion commissioners' office set out to
day for a sweeping quiz into the reg
istration books of the 18th, lflth and
An early report from the men
shswjed that the 7th precinct of the
19th. ward contained at. least 100
chief clerk of the election commis
sion. This is a Harrison ward.
Hoyne's inquiry has been pushed
hard,- according to a statement from
his office, and although no new ar
rests have been made today Hoyne is
expected to spring something sensa-
tional tonight. 1
Bullets threatened to take the place
of affidavits in the vote fraud war
when Tom Gary, Sweitzer worker
and Barney Grogan man, met Joe
Gordon, Harrison' worker, with drawn
guns after a fist fight They were
separated by policemen.
The trouble is supposed to have
arisen from a scrap in the city hall
when Gordon is accused of punching
Grogan. Gordon since has tojd his
friends that Grogan men were out to
"get him." His brother, after giving
him. a loaded revolver, according to
the police, called the Desplainea st
station and a patrol hustled out to
find the election battlers.
Gary and Gordon met in front of
the saloon of Clements & Hanno, 40 -S.
CanaL A. fist fight ensued and
then the pair are said to have drawn
revolvers just as the police arrived.
Meanwhile the affidavit and court
fight continues. Judge Scully and
the -election commissioners have
been flooded with graft claims made
by Sweitzer men. The Harrison
bunch are accused of filling the west
side with "floaters."
Four men arrested by State's Attly
Hoyne were released on bonds of
$600. Another, Henry KelUng, ass't
secretary 18th ward Democratic club,
according to Hoyne, Has confessed to
Between 900 and 1,000 suspect no- ' w'
tices were sent out by tie election
commissioners. The 18th, 19th and
20th ward voters were aimed at.
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Pittsburgh. "Short dresses wlH
featt oetipar. ' read a First
Presbyterian church sign. A series
of ten-minute talks didn't Interest
many men in the jam audience that
attended. , .JanJtoE's.saietake, ?. u
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