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MURDERERS OF G
Kirby, Fox and Gappins Face W. E.
Itraell, Whose Son They Killed, in I
Death House at Peitentlary. To 4
Die in Chair Friday4 Tell Sanet
Stories as Ever Before.
The State, June '12.
'%I-low does it feel to stand here face
to face with the father of the boy you
This question was asked yesterday
morning in the death house at the I
state penitenfiary of S. J. Kirby, C. I
0. Fox and Jesse Gappins by W. E. 1
'Brazell, father of William Brazell, 4
the young taxi driver, for nwhose mur- I
der Kh'by, Gappins and Fox are to I
die in the electric chair Friday, and I
the only answer the three men coulu I
give was the repetition of their stories 1
as to how the crime took place.
It was Mr. Brazell's first visit to
the three men since their sentencing,
although be had sat through the trial
and had twice heard Kirby, Gappinb
and Fox sentenced to die. The trip
was made at the request of Kirby,
'who asked iMr. 'Brazell 'to call at the
death house to see him before the
electrocuti'on., None of the three men
recogniz(ed Mr. iBrazell when he con- I
fronted them, separated from them
only by the barred coll doors. I
"I'm glad to see you," Kirby told I
the murdered boy's father, "but not I
here. I wanted to see you before I I
left this world to tell you that' be
fore G0od I an sorry for 'what I did. I
l would to God that I could exchange I
with your boy and would gladly lay
down my life if I could bring him I
"What I never could understand,"
-ir. Brazell interripted, "is why you
'three 'big straLpping men 'had to kill
my little boy to take his car."
"It's 'a mystery to me, too," Kirby
said. "I'd never seen -him before. Gap
piins and Fox were waiting for me at
the Seaboard station and they told, me
first to get Big Bill's car and it Ihad
'been Iurned up so they told me then
to get any car and ii saw your boy's
car parked near Main street. It was
the first one I came to and that's tne -
reason that he was killed."
"Kirby," Mir. Brazell told him, "you I
have talked a good deal about your I
iwife and I am sorry for her, but did
you ever think of my poor 'boy's moth
er, who was an invalid at .the time
of the boy's murder and ever since?" I
"I am sorry for them and for you,"
Kirby answered. "I am sorry for what I
I did .and I wish that the 'boy had t
killed us all three rather than have i
it happen as it did. 'But I want some
one to look out for -my wife and child I
when I am dead."
"'Wll," ir. Brazell told him in
pat-ting, "as far as you are concerned
I leave it up 'to you and your god." I
Gappins deyted any knowledge of I
the fact that young Brazell was to V
-have been-killed, claiming'that-he had I
thought that Kirby iwas to ipick uP F
a car on the street wrich ithey could i
then drive to 'Florida and sell. "If I
had knowvn Ito was to be killed," Gal)
pins told Ldt'. )3razell, "I would not
have gone. If it had been ldft to me 1
ho would have been alive today."
"You held his hand while he was I
-being killed," Mr. !Irazell told hIm. (
"You drove the car. It could not have
.h'een carried out if you had left them.
Why didn't you qutiu You 'have had a '1
lot to say about your mother since I
you have been here. Why didn't you
*think albout thte m'other of my 'boy?
lie was the only companion she had;
'I was away from the house during
theo day. 'Why didn't you think about
her and your mother before you corn
.mitted the crime?"
* GPDIRB hlnhg Ia he~pd " k!1W' hoW:
* his mother feels," he said. "And I'm
sorry for her."
Mr. Brpizell turned to leave. "Gasp-4
pins," he said, "I .believe you are the
worst of the three of you. You have
.tr~ed to shield yourself 'behind Fox
and Kirby and you and ,Kirby lacked
th orage to play the part that Fox
Mm ready to moot mny God with
the story I've told,' Iappins eaid,,ang
-Mr. Brazeli then turned' to Po who;
'is confined ini the adjoining cell.
* 'ox/' he eaid, "I fedl florry for
'you. I've met your f ther4 id I founid
hirm to be' gontloim 9 8x told pi
,P:, thwt 'be '1iall ti to zdiseo 'y 'gt
ut stipiog y*Mthei
h Ot~n tru h~ " oib o.ir
i~ nWo *hWerd tyf109*
i WITH FATHEF
t good man and I don't say so becaus
e Is my father. I've nothing .to sa;
tgainst my 'raising. Gappins told m
tbou-t it first and then about a wee]
ater Gapirins and Kirby and I talkei
t over together and that night Kirb;
vent and got the -car while we waitei
Lt the Seaboard station. Then we go
n 'and Kirby told him Where to go.
iad the -black Jack which had beel
riven .to Gappins by Kirby and to cm
>y Gappins. Several times along th
-oad Gappins and K-irby got out of th
,ar and talked together and each tim
hey would come back and tell m
vhat they had plotted. Finally Kirb
rot in the back seat with me and tol
ne to tell the 'boy to stop and then t
lit him with the -black Jack. I did an
.he black Jack flew- to pieces and Kir
)y and Gappins got out on the righ
land side of the car with the 'bo;
vhlile I got out on the left. When
,ame round the -back of the car the;
vere holding him and Kirby 'wa
hoking him. I had opened my knif,
tnd Kirby told me -to stab him-tha
'omething had to be done. And
tuck the knife in him while the othe
wo held Ihim. 'Once my conscience re
'olted against it and I stopped away
>ut they -told me to go on and I did
in not denying my -part. I am sorry
was' in with them and had promisei
o help them and I did."
"I hope you have found peace, "th
)oy' father told Fox in leaving. "I
s 1 betiween you and your God.
vi - howed the -most genuine enio
ion of ic three while Gappins ap
eared to. be 'in an argumentative, al
nost dellant mood.
"It ever three men went to hell,
4r. Brazell said as lie left the deatl
iouse, "I believe these three will go.
Sra * a * a a S S S S *
GRAY COURT NEWS
* * * * * * * S e * e S
Gray Court, June 12.-A very happ:
vent of the week iwas .the surprisi
oirthday dinner given to Mrs. Beltoi
)wens on last Tuesday by her daugh
ers, .Mrs. Langdon Brooks, Mrs. T. T1
3abb and Mrs. Dr. Beason, being giv
n at the .beautiful home of Mrs. 'Lang
Ion Brooks. All of her brothers an(
isters had been invited, and all wera
iresenr for the celebration. At th
ppointed hour the dining room wa:
hrownI oibn and all invited .to pal
ake of the 'bountiful dinner which la<
een prepared for the happy occasion
In the centre of the table was th4
arge birthday cake which 'bore 7'
ihose present were Mrs. Carolino
;ray, Mrs. Belle Gray, of Fountafi
nn, Mr, and Mrs. Rufus Gray, Mr. an(
Irs. Walker Gray, Mrs. 'Emmie Reeves
Irs. C. V. 'Hiipp, Miss -Sue Gray, o
den section, Mr. and Mrs. John Arm.
trong, of -Laurens, Mr. T. H. Babb an
anily, Dr. and Mrs Beason, Mr. ani
trs. Belton Owens, Messrs. Gray Hipi
nd Rufus Gray.
Mrs. Leon Yeargin iwas at home or
ast Friday afternoon, entertining witI
'mriscellaneous shower .in hlonor of
irs. Leonard Owings (nlee Miss 'T
fraig Hlunter) a recent bride, Whier
11 the guests had arrived a cupid con.
est ,Was held, 'Misses Sarah Yeargin
largle Ropp and Mrs. Leonard Ow
ngs'making a tie. 'Miss Sarah Year
iln drew the lucky number for thi
rice, a beautiful hland-made handkor
hief, .being -presented 'by Mrs. Year
~in. 'Mrs. 'Festus 'Curry had bee1
~sked to 'be toastmistress for th
~hower, and as she was making he
enal to the 'bride 'Mrs. 'Loon Yeargil
iroug'ht 'in a large .box of gifts and pre
oentedl them to the bride. Delightfu
nusic was given throughout the ev
mning by 'Miss Mary Gray. The hostes
,va assisted in serving a salad cours
vith tea by hter sisters, 'Misses Claud
mnd Mary Gray. Those present wer
Wfisses Eva Shell, Margie Ropp, Bes
3olt, Sarah Yeargin, Claudell -Holdei
U.lle 'Babb, 'Mrs. Festus Cur-ry, Mrn
U1bort Gray, Mrs., Cary Bolt, Mrs. ',
la. Pace, Mra. R'erbert. Owings, Mrs
Moenard Owings and Mis Marguerit
There is a good deal .it fever 11
?&', 'anid'ti-s John Putnaw, of Ow
ags,' apent .'Lhursdpy 'i h Mr'. an
Ibd 'illy' 'n IGreanp d asotian"
Saturday visiting Mr, Jeff Willis, who
Miss lRuth Owings visited relatives
in 'Laurens last week.
Mr. Bartlett Owings and family vis
ited Mr. and Mrs. A. C. -heli last
Miss 1olcomb, after spending sev
eral days with Mrs. Jane Owings, re
turned to her home near Harmony last
'The protracted meeting is being
t held at the Methodist church this
t We still have lots o
Shoes and Caps for men,
Going Fast Th<
Men why go crazy
have lots of Palm Beach
men and young men. Pj
.One lot Wash Shirts,
2 and 2 1-2 inch T4
W ew stilorav lfts in
* QCROSS IIILL NEWS *
Cross Ili, June 12.--Wr. and Mrs.
T. B. Crews spent Friday In Asheville.
Mr. Furnian iGrillin is at home from
Mir. V. T. Speapman is spending
awhile In Columbia with his daugh-'
Mr. E. W. Kennedy, Miss .Lucile,
James and Craig Kennedy were guests I
f Bradley Bathing Suits,
women and children.
,se Hot Days
with the heat when we
and Keep Cool Suits for
Prices up to $7.00, going
)rschon Lace, price up to
of Gingham and HI
Special prices while
Chine Tissue G
a de Chine A few pieces be~
vide. Spe-- Ginghams, 32 inc
.75 ets. Special fo
d- 49c th
hds wide. One case col:
Going out Dresses, 40 inche
25cts. Extra spe<
. 5c th
Lauren2s Best Sore..
>f Mr. and Mrs. Crews, Sunday.
Misses Virginia and Dorothy Set
itertained a number of little friend
>n Saturday afteronon.
Miss Jennie Claton (oddard, o
Warshington, D. C., Is the guest o
'Miss Copeland, of Clinton, Is visit.
ig Miss Sue Leaman.
.Mr. and Mrs. Hillhouse, of Abbevill4
Lre guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. .a
Mr. '1-assell IMiller, of Whitinire, if
he guest of relatives here.
S W.E E
A few colors in Dress
and shrunk), 40 inches m
One big case Dress
price 25c yard. Special
Venida Hair Nets i -i
best Net money can buy,
Double and single He
muse Dresses. Se
t quality Tissue One Io
Les wide. Price 40 inches
r while it]i
e Yd. .
'ed Voiles for A few
s wide. Price 40 inches
ial for goes. S]
-Quality Made It S
MiSS Gladys G1 rIflhii attended Due
a West cwun IcmInet las week.
dr. an M's. J. H. Nance spent
Thursday at Oparta nburg.
To Cure a Cold in One Day
rake LAX TIVE BROMO QUININE (Tablets.) it
stops the Couh and Headache and-works off tile
Cold. E. W. GROVE'S signature on each box. 30c.
600 quIckly relieves Colds, Consfipa
tion, B1Ilotusness and Headaches. A
Linens, (all Pure linens
ride, going for
Gingham, 32 inches wide,
cap or fringe shape, the
ir Nets in cap or fringe
these while we
t colored Dotte1 Swiss,
wide. Price 65cts, going
$5e per Yd.
sh Skirt Goods
pieces Wash Skirt Goods,
priced up to $1.00, out it .
19e' the Yd.
p an y