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SEMI-WEEKLY INTERIOR JOURNAL.
VOL. XXVII. STANFORD. KY.. FRIDAY. AUGUST 11). 1898. NO. 48
George Stephenson Strangled
Rope Stretched or Meek
Would have Broken.
Bravo to tbo Last ho Dial Without
& Splendid Job. Quickly Oopc.
SttphetHiu spent hU last night
on earth :n calmly and slept a
as If nothing was on his mind, lie
complained a little of being disturbed
by nnUo about tbo jull and said tbat
but for that ho would have slept all
night. Mr. Dollord, who hud been
vorv kind to hi in all the time, prepared
n nice breakfast for him with especial
care, which he nte with great relish.
Ol !!(. 1. STI.IMI I.SSOS.
Tho condemned had dressed himself
with scrupulous care In a black suit furnished
by the sherl IT and looked more
like he was nbout to bo married than to
bo hanged. At S:20 the march to the
scalTohl bewail, Stephenson walking unattended
and still showing no signs of
omotlon. Headline the gallows Shor-III
Owens told him that ho could say
anything he wanted to. Pacini: the
crowd, which occupied the hill above,
forming a sort of an amphitheatre, the
Nogro said In tones loud but not
"I want to talk to the convocation .
My sins are pardoned and I am going
to my resting placa. It makes mo love
God and all my onomlus. In my heart
Irt the spirit of Jesus. If I should sue
you all no more, I hope to moot you In
Heaven. I have nothing against anybody.
That is all I have to say."
Row G. W. Glllisple, colored, of the
Paint Lick Baptist church, then prayed
long and fervently that God would
save the dying man and when ho concluded
at 8:30, Stephen-on stepped on
tbo trap, buttoned bis coat and smooth,
ud himself out. Sherlll Owens at once
began to adjust tho noose, while Deputy
V. Logau Wood strapped the legs
and arms, tho latter behind him. Deputy
J. C.Lynn pullod tho black cap
over tho still calm looking face, Sheriff
Owens stepped quickly to the lever and
ut S:a2 the form shot through tho trap.
There was a slight swing around, some
drawing up of the feel and efforts to release
the hands, then the motion almost
ceased. Drs. W. II. O'Uannou and C
M. Thompson took hold of tho wrists
and found that the pulse showed 112,
an Increuso of I from the time he loft
tho jail. Heart beats continued for 23i
minutes when ho was pronounced dead
and cut down.
Tho rope stretched two feet and It is
thought that from that fact his neck
was not broken. Tho death by strangulation
was not, however, with tho usual
awful contortions and the face afterwards
showed no signs of anguish,
nor had the rope cut Into bis neck.
Coroner Wm. Langraf with the fol
lowln" jurors examined tho remains:
Samuel Helm, T. U. Wright, William
Cordier, Sam Bishop. C. P. Epperson
and John Baugh and returned a verdict
In accordance with tho facts.
The body was taken to the house of
Lindsay s'tcphenson, a brother, who
lives in town, where It was kepi till
tho afternoon when It was taken to his
father's and Interred.
Beforo starting to tho
told a reporter of this paper that
ho was going to maintain to tho last
tbat Tllford was tho boy who threatened
to kill hliu, as he was suro of It, but
lu his speech he said nothing about It.
Tho triggers used were tho ones
made by John M. Stone for tho scaffold
built for Anthony Alcorn, who was
Owing to the dimness of tho light In
jail, Sheriff Owens got one of our reporters
to read the death warrant,
Stephenson standing unmoved during
SHKHIKKSAM M OW I.N,
Who sprung the trap.
Sheriff i- le "unitulatcd
on the uextM and xeelif noy that he
performed a uuty. He did
his work coolly and deliberately and
has the sail-faction of knowing thai
everything pushed off in the most satisfactory
inannu. There was no disorder
and the Job over before half the
people in town knew that It was progressing.
Gov. Bradley sont a dispatch to
Sheriff Owen-, Wednesday to proceed
with the execution as he would not
There Is one of two things certain.
SW'phcuson either did not rcalUo the
situation or was the mot thoroughly
converted and satisfied man that ever
lived Lot us hope the latter Is true.
It was originally Intended to have
the hanging at 11 o'clock, but for some
reason the sheriff changed h's plans
and many got here nftor .the job was
owr T e town wn. however, pretty
Wfil iiiii ith people, many arriving
here by il.ix.ight.
Men word In the top- - "' trees and on
bou.es tvy.ng to get 11 glimpse of the
awful srene, whll.. hundred- of 0Vt., '
pierced through the cracks of the plank
walls. About a doien were on the
scitlold and possibly .0 insido the
John Ncvius and John DeBord wore
the death watch and say that Stephenson
slept Ilk) a log. Ills last night
they awakened him about 10 o'clock to
oat watermelon, when he got up ate
heartily and wus soon snoring again.
These are the jurors who indicted
the murderer: Dr. J. K. VanArsdale,
H. J. McRoberts, A. C. Carman, A. C.
Dunn, W. T. Thomas Rankin,
J. E. Wright. J. W. Huydun,
Wouden T. Smith, Thomas D. O.
Peyton and J. T. Harris. The trial
jury was a- follows: G. E. Alford, J. G.
Baugh. C. F. Epperson, W. M. Beck,
J. P. Rlffe, L. C. Carpenter, W. G.
Cowan, A. B. McKluney, W. K. Shu-gars,
J. A. Glvens, G. C. Keller, Jr.,
and T. A. Coulter.
On the afternoon of the Ith ot July
last, while the town of Crab Orchard
w.it tilled with puoplc gathered to attend
n llug raising and hoar patriotic
speeches, they were startled by llva
pistol shots tired In rapid succession. It
was soon spread through iho crowd
that Guorge Stcphcr.son had killed Joo
Tllford, a whltj boy of 1.1. After tiring
the shots, live of which took effect in
the boy's body, killing him instantly,
Stephenson llod, but win captured after
a chase by Marshal J. A. Shannon and
others. While ho was being takon to
the littlo jail there, friends of the dead
boy shot at him 10 limes aud one fellow
drove a knife into his right shoulder,
which made n sevoro wound, not fully
healed 111 tho timo ot execution. The
olliccrs tlnally got him in tho lock up
and then followed a scene hitherto unknown
oven to this section.
For hours a howling mob, with rope
in hand, sought to deal diro vengeance
on the Negro and more than once it
seemed like 11 lynching could not be
prevented. Sheriff Sam M. Owens happened
to be in town and ho went to the
jail to thwart the designs of tho mob if
possible. He was almost powerless, for
while many preferred to have the law
tako Its course, they yet did not desire
to risk their lives to that end. Mr.
Owens threatened, begged and entreated,
Judgos M. C. Sautley and J. P. Bailey
did likewise and it was through
tho herculean offorts of these olliccrs,
Cols.T. P. Hill, W. G. Welch and
others that tho lynching was prevented.
Judge Saulley promised an immediate
trial, Hill and Welch promised to
prosecute the Nogro nnd ho was permitted
to bo started to Stanford. A
mile or two this side of town they were
met by a posso of 25 heavily armed
mon ordered thither by tho sheriff, and
tho prisoner was safely landed In jail.
Truo to his promise Judge Sautley
ordered a special grand jury next day
and an indictment being found nt once
tho trial proceeded as soon as a jury,
which was easily gotten, was obtained.
Cols. Hill and Welch assisted Commonwealth's
Attornoy Owsley In tho prosecution,
while the court hud to appoint
lawyers to defend. Ho named Messrs.
J. B. Puxton and J. R. Bush and thoy
mado the best of a poor cause.
I It wa proved that when Tllfnrd eamo
n'ong the Htreet, he was confronted at
Wallln's by who
'shot him without warning and without
provocation. Stephenson he
was corroborated by several colored
that he had hud trouble with
Tllford about a b.so bull bat and that
he threatened to kill him. When bo
came up th strict and saw bun. Steph-
ensou said that Tllford cm-sod him and
thre.v hi- h'ltid behind him as If to
draw a pUtol. It was then he tired, as
he thought. In defense of his life. The
Commonwealth had witnesses to nrore
that no tiueh demonstration or words
wire U'ed by Tllford and that
over the but described by Stephen,
son was with another boy. After
copying the ciiun for two days and in
tlin'O after tlu murder, Stephonon uuui me itieamotici,
vetdW of tho jury, which , vluo & Beattyviile railroad, mny buy
sild he must die He showed no the property when it is offerel for sale
tlon whatever, nor when the judge pronounced
the sentence next day and fixed
Aug. IS for the execution.
Since his confinement. Stephenson
has professed religion and, as has been
stated, was buptbed, a bath tub being
used for the purpose. Jailer DeBord
says ho has been a splendid prisoner
and has given him no trouble at all.
Prison fare and eonllnement seem to
agree with him, as he has gulned 25
pounds of llesh since his arrest. No
prisoner ever condemned to death has
ever gone through the ordeal so bravely.
A reiwrter visited him Wednesday
and asked him how he felt: "Oh, I'm
all right." he said. "Doesn't the fear
ol the gallows alarm you?" was asked.
"No sir, 'taint bothorln' me?" In answer
to questions he said he didn't
have anything to say more than he has
said all along, thut he was willing and
ready to die, and that he would make a
speech on tho gallows. If allowed. Asked
if he wuiited any thine, he named a
watermelon and a picture of himself 1
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",,u . , ,w ' i 1 V
e sit for it, both of which were given
hlui and he seemed as huppy as 11 man
under the mot favorable
Stephenson was the son of Chus.
Stephenson and wus raised near Walnut
Flat. He was accused jointly with
his brother. Robert, In the shooting of
another Negro named Newland, and
staid In jail here some time, but he was
acquitted. He claimed to be but IT
The rope was obtained from F.
llie Cincinnati expert In such
mutters, was made of hemp and cost with
express 310..W. It had been carefully
tied and ail that had to be done on the
scaffold was to dtp the noose over the
.IAILKI5 O . w. DliHOItl).
If thoro ever was a white man hanged
In this county by law, the fact does
not appear. Three other Negroes have
oeen hanged, the lust about 10 years
ago, when one was executed for striking
Levi Hubble, now deceased. That
hangings and many aro needed here,
thore can bo no gainsaying, but It Is a
pity with such good white material for
the work, that the revival of the business
could not have commenced with a
One white inau, Jasper Rowsey, was
hanged by mobs and two Negroes, the
last to bo lynched being u Negro for
assaulting a 12-year-old child. He was
swung from South Fork trestle.
About one month ago my child,
which Is fifteen months old, bad an attack
of diarrhoea accompanied by vomiting.
I gave It such remedies as arc
In such cases, bums nothing
gave relief, we sent for a physician
aud It was under bis cure for a week.
At this time tho child had been sick
for about 10 days and was having about
2.j operations of tho bowels every 12
hours, and wo woro convinced that unless
It soon obtained relief It would not
live. Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera
and Diarrhoea Romedy
and I decided to try It. soon not-Iced
a chango for tho better; by Its
continued uso a complete euro was
brought about and It Is now perfectly
healthy. C. L. Boggs, Stumpton, Gilmer
Co., W. Vu., For sale by Craig &
Queen tc Crescent low excursion rat
G. A. R. Encampment at Cincinnati.
Ask your agent.
NEWS IN THE VICINAGE.
Boyle county will vote In November
on Issuing bonds for the purchase of
On Horse Lick, in Jackson county.
Jamo- Garri'tt shot and mortally i
wounded Tnomas Johnson, as the re-'
ult of an old feud. I
Fred Schafer. a tailor, who had been
mis - ing several davs from Richmond,
wus found wandering around in a field
near that city, a raving maniac.
A dog belonging to Charley Parks, of
Parksvllle, bit .1 little daughter of W.
D. Cozatt while she was playing with
It, which should remind parents to keep
their children uwuv from dogs.
The Louisville Times mt' that D
Shanahun Sc Son. of Louisville, wno
lu September under decree of the Federal
Sutro, the California millionaire
left 8.1,000 to each of these members of
the House of Representatives in 1370
who assisted in passing the Sutro Tuu-nel
bill: William P. Kelly, of Pennsylvania,
R. E. Ferris, of New York, Gov.
Austin Brewer, of Michigan, Judge
Wlllard, of Delaware, Strickland, of
Maryland and J. Proctor Knott, of
Dr. W. M. Gibson, of this city, who
went to Jackson county to look after
the small-pox thete, reports six deaths
an duo well developed cases. He be
lleves that the epidemic Is practically
under control and has recommended to
the State Board of Health tbat the
quarantine, which applied to the en
tire county, be raised Immediately.
LAND AND STOCK.
O. P. Hutltuan bought of J. H
Baughman 3:j hogs at 3jc.
White Fulu seed wheat, clear of
smut, for sale. J L. Beck,
Frank Holtzclaw sold to
Bright a lot of yellow Fultz wheat
Fou S.VLK. Prime seed wheat, pure
bred Southdown buck lambs and fresh
Jersey cows. F. Reld.
The Minneapolis Journal estimates
the wheat crop of Minnesota and the
Dakotas, at 190,000,000 bushels.
At Henry Duddlugs' sale of Lincoln
sheep In England, one yenrllng ram
sold for $j,000 and o2 yearling rams
Sales of 100 stock ewes at $3 o0,
stock hogs ut 3j, shoats at 3i and heifers
at J1J are reported In the Harrods-burg
Ten carloads of machinery and 50
operators have been sent from Lexington
to help thresh the enormous wheat
crop of Dakota.
W. E. and Thomas Baughman bought
of the other heirs the Bausrhmnn farm
on the Lancaster road at 40. It contains
32,1 acres. Advocate.
Bird Matheny bought of W. L. Law-
I son, of Garrard, his farm near Preach
crsvllle containing 2n0 acres for S1.S00
and will move to It at once.
Allen Kenney and George Barman
raised between them about 12,000 bushels
of wheat, says the. Advocate. The
former sold to Cogar & Co. 5,000 bushels
Henry Neill, the cotton statistician,
says a crop of 10,500,000 bales Is now
assured, with a million to u million
and a half more witbiu the range of
S. M. Owons made 1,5-10 bushels of
wheat ou 70 acres of land and Cash k
McCormack threshed It out In less than
a day. It was necessary to move the
machine three times.
George F. Auderson sold to Ike Dunn
50 ewes at $3.50, and to Robert Stephens
50 at the same price W. M. Robinson
bought of different parties about
200 hogs at Jlc Advocate.
Robert Collier, of Boyle, has 417
hogs which he has bought recently at
3 to 3.00. He will feed them on new
corn. Mr. C. bought 31 ncres of growing
corn In Garrard, which promises to
make from 10 to 12 barrels per acre, for
$300, fodder and all.
M. S. and II. C. Baughman have both
had to bring their Naboth pacers home
and turu them out. They took tho
pink eye In Will Owlngs' stable at
Danville and have not sufficiently recovered
to be raced. The gelding,
belonging to tho former, stepped a
quarter in 32 i seconds a short while
Auctioneer Ben. P. Peak reports 47S
cattle ou the Georgetown market; no
feeders; yearlings brought U to 4f per
It).; heifers 3i to 3J; mulo colts 10 to
835; horses $35 to $100, according to
quality; no sheep; a few shoats sold at
83.25. Kindlg Bros., of York, Pa.,
bought on court day 19 mule colts at
from $12 to $30. Lun Ferguson sold to
Jonas Well 120 cattle, averaging 1,535
pounds, at 41. Times.
Queen tc Crescent low rates to Cincinnati,
Sept. 3d to 9th.
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