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PLEA FOR QUICK DEATH TO
SAVE XMAS SORROW GRANTED
Ossining, N. Y.f Dec. 19. Stanley
Millstein, 19, and Charles Kumrow,
20, gave up three days. of life in
which something might have- inter
vened to save them that they might
spare their families the sorrow of
Christmas funerals, and went calmly
to their deaths in the electric chair
here at dawn today.
The execution was set for Friday.
They asked to he permitted to die
Millstein was the youngest prison
er ever sent to death in Sing Sing.
Out in the prison office, unknown
to Kumrow, his father sat from 3
o'clock in the morning until after his
son's electricution. The elder Kum
row had traveled all day and all night
in a day coach in hope of seeing his
son before he died. This privilege
prison authorities denied him. The
old man sat silent among official
witnesses waiting in the warden's of
five until the hour of electricution.
He watched them pass out in single
file behind the dapper little execu
tioner and tall, white-haired keeper
of the death house. His eyes fol
lowed them out the door grimly, but
he said nothing. He was. sitting in
, the same position-they had letf him
.when the little group returned.
Only once in his lonely vigil from
3 o'clock until the hour of. death did
the father speak and then it was to
utter a plea that he be permitted to
see his son.
"I just want to see him for a min
ute. Just for a minute," he begged.
"His mother is nearly crazy over this
and 1 can't go back to her without
some word from him."
At 5:56 the guard stationed be
tween the gaping chair and the lit
tle gray door snapped his fingers at
his waiting assistant.
A boy's voice called out, "Good-by,
everybody," and young Millstein
stepped ihto the death chamber.
A tall, black-haired boy, with even,
pleasing features, he did not appear
to be more than 18 years old. He
glanced quietly at each person in the
bare little room as he sat down and
extended his arms and legs for the
attendants to fit the straps and elec
trodes. Kissing the crucifix grasped in his
hand, he suffered the electric helmet
to be fitted over his head and his
face, masked in black leather. At
5 :58 the little electrician, in full view
of the witnesses, shoved home the
clutch and sent the charge of death
whining through the wires into the
praying boy's body.
Execution of Kumrow followed im
mediately. LANDIS, ON 'pkRJURY TRAIL,
- HOLDS BONDSMEN
Judge Landis got an inquisitive
streak again yesterday and ten more
members of a bankruptcy and bond
shark ring found themselves in trou
ble. Action started when a gang of
bondsmen and attorneys appeared to
get Charles- Silverman, bankrupt,
shoe dealer, out of jail. Landis
looked over the bond, called a dbzen
witnesses, and started things.
When he finished, Bondsmen H.
Goldsmith, Louis Cohen, Hyman Sie
gel, Hyman Galowich and Henry
Weil were held to the grand jury on
perjury charges. Att'y Eugene Mo
ran was suspended from federal
practice, along with Att'y Abe Ru
benstein, whose case was reported to
the bar ass'n. Att'y Arthur Fink was
warned of jail. Ray O'Keefe and Mrs.
Elvina Stiles were ordered-to pay
back money taken for bonds.
Landis is going to look over the
case again today.
Washington. Pres. and Mrs. Wil
son celebrated 'first wedding anniver
sary by going to movies after dinner
party. Was their first visit to movies.
Ottawa. Canada has begun to
tear up 1,000 miles of railway, so ties
and rails can be used on battle front