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CASEMENT HANGED FOR TREASON GOES TO
DEATH SMILING KIN DENIED BODY
London, Aug. 3. Roger Casement
paid the penalty for treason today
with his life. He was hanged at Pen
tonville prison at 9:07 a. m., today.
Ten minutes later his body was cut
down, life being pronounced extinct.
The Irish "leader's last words,
spoken while he waited fearlessly for
the drop to be spring were: "I die for
The Rochdale barber, Ellis, the
prison's regular executioner, sprung
the drop after he had adjusted the
hempen noose not the "silken
cord" which the former knight had
hoped up to a few weeks ago would
be granted as his instrument of
death, in accordance with the ancient
privilege granted men of his title.
The hanging was witnessed only
by officials of the prison. A large
crowd waited outside the grim gaol
and when the bell tolled announcing
the law's satisfaction there were a
few cheers intermixed with groans.
Several Irish women, standing at the
rear of the jail, attempted a demon
stration, led by an Irish member of
parliament, but were quickly hustled
away by the guards.
Several of the Irishmen in the
crowd outside the jail fell on their
knees and prayed fervently during
the tolling of the bell which an
nounced Casement's death. A few
other women and men waved
hats and handkerchiefs.
Casement expected a reprieve and
communtation of his sentence up to
last night, but when darkness came
he realized there was no hope, and
without emotion went about setting
his affairs in order.
He went calmly to his death, led
by a Catholic priest who ministered
to him when he retired last night for
the last time at 10:30 and when he
arose early today. Ths Irish leader
has only recently been converted to
Leaving his cell on his summons
to death, Casement appeared slightly
nervous, but there were no signs of'
a breakdown and he smiled gravely
at his guard and remarked: "It is a
Just one boon had' been granted
him before his death that was per
mission to wear his own clothes in
stead of prison garb, to which he ob
jected strongly on his incarceration
in the condemned cell. He did not
wear a collar. He assisted the ex
ecutioner in adjusting the noose and
pinioning his legs.
JjVhile he was waiting of the noose
tolighten, he responded to the priest,
in a clear voice:
"The Lord have mercy on my
Solicitor Galvin Duffy, who was
Casement's counsel, was indignant
at refusal of the prison authorities
immediately to turn over the body of
the Irish knight after the law had
"Representing the deceased's rel-.
atives at the inquest," he said, "I ap
plied to the home office for 'posses
sion of the body. Their refusal to
turn it over to me was a monstrous
act of indecency."
Sir Roger Casement was arrested
on April 28 after having landed at
the Irish coast from a German sub
marine which was conveying a Ger
man troop steamer loaded with arms
and ammunition for the Irish revolu
tion. Two days later the Dublin re
volt broke out.
The Irish knight was taken -to Lon
don on May 15, charged with "high
treason within the realm." He was
held to have plotted to overthrow
British rule in Ireland, and was con
victed. The government turned a deaf ear
to all pleas for commutation of the