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How B'qqzj Garrity's Murderer Spent
His Last Hours.
'DanD'riseoH.lhe Whyo loador, whomur
tloredBoezio Garrity, was hanged la the
Tombs yard at 7.3 A. u, in tho presence of
Sheriff Grant, the Sheriff's jury, some jail
officials and ten reporters.
At 1 o'olock he was awakened by the olang.i
Ing of the Franklin street door-belL
At 3 o'olock he sat up, and forty minntes
later ho dressed himself and walked about
1 his coll.
' lie remained awako until 3.
At 6.45 Father Golinag read mass and ad
ministered sacremont to tho doomed man.
DrisooU showed no change and was im
movable. "
O.ID x. it Joo Atkinson, the hangman, ar
rived, dressed in black, and hurried through
the empty corridors fo the callows.
6.22 x. it. DriscoU, in answer to & question
from one of the deputy sheriffs, Bald i
" Yes, I think I will take e, little something
to cat. I don't wont much.
It you will get me a little toast and coffee it
- vHUdolv I.don't want any1 TaUk or sugar In
the ooffeo. Tho breakfast wag already wait
ing on tho stove in Warden Walsh's kitchen.
A Deputy Sheriff brought it into the oell
and DrisooU sat on his oot and ate the toast,
supping the coffee in small swallows.
0. SO a. m. Tho oondemned mi finished
his lost meal and inquired tho hour. Ho then
paced slowly up and down tho coll, with his
hands hanging loosoly at his sidos. DriscoU
J s possossed of good nerve, and tho deputy
sheriffs think thers is no danger of his losing
his courage.
0.85 Undertaker Sexton arrived at tho
Franklin-street door, and a moment lator
Coroner Messomor arrived. All are now hero
but Sheriff Grant and his deputies.
Tho Sheriff arrived a fow moments be
fore 7.
SrUooIl Sleep Same, Ent Well and Smokea
Partlna; Aaootc.
Tho soft, Bwoot notes of the little organ
and voiees raisod in hymns ol praise to Ono
Who watohes over tho destinies of us all,
Bounded with peculiar significance through
the grim corridors of the Tombs yosterday.
It was the regular Sunday service, and
Chaplain Low's volco waB moved by a ton
demess that shone in his eyes as ho spoke.
Sunday, happy with pure, innocent recol
lections to thousands of hearts. Sunday,
glad with chimos of reverence and praise,
unday, the last day on earth for a man who
the law decrees must pay tho penalty with his
Tho gTay spirit brooded ovpr tho place and
even the small but curious crowd that came
t in to witnoss tho services, with tho hope of
seeing the condemned man, showed that
they, too, felt the ohill pressuro by the
quick, hnshed look on their faces.
And the simple hymn of tho sorvico
soundod thoro with the sweet solemnity of a
voico from another world. The singers sung
with an involuntnry and quick sincerity.
Hearts prow tender in the face of death.
And tho man between whom and the im
pcnotraulo gnlf tho brief spnu of light and
darkness intervened sat silently in his cell and
listoiiod. His face showed no emotion, but
whaUrinoHoiis were stirred in his breast wore
known only by himself.
Ho spoke not. and , tho gravo-faced men
that watched nt bis cage tho death-watch
were as silent as ho.
Nuw tho measured voico of tho chaplain
Founds along tho corridors. His volco has a
Rnrtdor ring than it has had for many Sup
days. There have been few such as this.
Iho littlo organ peals out plaintively again.
Tho service is over. DriscoU raises his head
as if suddenly Interrupted in some train of
He had arisen at 7 o'clock in tho morning
md appeared in bettor spirits than for many
days previously. There was a high color in
ni; f ape and all his former nervousness had
left him,
A black suit gave him a noat, dressed ap
pearance and while he read tho evening pa
pers, as was his usual custom on arising,
ue chatted pleasantly to Deputy Sheriffs
Young, Walsh and Carroll, the death-watch,
Whose eyes, unrelontlne as the fatewhioh
awaited nim, had noted nis every movement
throughout the silent hours of the night.
lie did not mention his impending fate,
and In his apparent burst of good spirits
seemed anxious to avoid doing so.
It is very cold out," said one, after he had
Bunk Jnto a meditative silence.
"Is it?" asked DrisooU, as he looked up
Absently ; "I thought it was like summer."
ji. on " couapsed into silence again, and
the crlm watchers did not interrupthim.
At 10 o'clook, after pacing slowly up and
aown his narrow cage, tho oondemned man
threw himself on the cot and kw with hi
eyes turned toward! the ceiUng. Thinking r
Ilu's asleep," said tho grim watchers,
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but-their eyes nover loft his moUonloss
At J o'clock the still flguro on tho cot
moved. Awake again 1 Awako to lifo and
sidor Brim' Bray V10"01106 nt hl'
Hungry? A dinner of roast, ohloken, col.
cry, potatoes and rolli. The moal bver, a
clsnr. Thore Is flctitlons solaoe in smoking,
and tho man smokes as hn paces up and down
with lho presence nt his side.
In tliis monotony of existence tho hours
must drag! Wo, thoy oven cheat ono in their
eogornots to escape.
Tho watches are changed.
It is 2 o'clock. There are sounds of foot
falls In tho corridor, and the man pauses in
his preoccupation.
Visitors! Their footfalls say so. Not the
regular, methodical echo of tho tread of the
watchers, thnt sounds as some giant olock
marking tho seconds between life and death.
Two women and a thrce-year-old cirl. His
wife and a relative. The mother's face bears
evidonco of the terrible strain she has under
BPKe,'. Tears and lamentations. The little
child looks with wide-open eyes of Jwonder
mcut. At least it does not suffer. Bobs,
l'ftrJ wrung by agony. And through
all. the gray presence drew oloser and olosor
to the man.
And at this timo in tho bleak prison yard
below two men Btand on a grim and awful in.
strument gaunt, bare and fordidding. Tho
gallows 1
The mon were tho oxecutioner and Ids as
sociate. Their work was for tho morrow, and
thoy would be suro of It.
At 3 o'clock tho condemned man's mother
?Pd?.?t,10,' arrived, and a fow minuteB later
the littlo group was joined bv Father Gelinas.
Half an hour sped by and then one of the
watchers said that thoy must make their faro-wells.
Tho old mother tries to avoid a scene.
" Good-by. Dan," she sobs. "Good-by."
Bhe could utter nothing else as she clung to
" Good-by, mother," he says, as tho lines
tightened around his mouth in the effort to
lie calm. " I am all right," ho says gentlyas
her sobs Increase. Dear up anol don't feel
A, last embrace and a "God bless you,
,Dan." and she staggered out of the narrow
Brothers are fflco to face one about to go
out into the free, open sunlight, the other
with tho gray presonco oloser and mora ex
ultant than before. One is in tears; tho
other's eyes are dry, but strained in.thoir ex
pression, " Good.by, Dan."
"Good-by 1" fairly with an almost unnat
ural ring in tho voico. A convulsive grip of
the hands and thoy are apart.
The wife and child ore back again. Now
the strong Bpirit of the man gives away a lit
tlo in the presence of the little one. He
does not break, howevex.but kisses the little
one a dozen of times. To the tearful wife
ho says:
" Idle happy. Take care of yourself. I'U
pray for you, Mary."
They clasp each other In a long, tender em
brace, and even the Btern watchers turn away
their faces to hide their emotion; but Dris
coU did not have any tears to hido.
Aesin ho kisses the devoted little wife, and
bends and whispers something to her. The
stern watchers do not hear what it is. Around
her neck he , hangs a small medal. The Bis-'
ters of Charity who visited the prison gave it
to him and it may still do good.
More kieses for the littlo one, a last em
brace to tho wife, and at 4 o'clook they part
forever. And as the voices crow inaudible
down the corridor the man sits on his couch,
thoughtful and silent. Tho sad-faced sisters
whisper some words of consolation and, too,
pass silent away.
At 8 o'olock good Father Golinas came to
tho cell. He is followed by Mrs. Livingston,
who has been visiting prisoners. Tho kind
priest talks long and oarncstly, and as he
comes from the cell his oyos shine happily
through a mist of tears as he cays :
" Dan bears up bravely. Ho is reconciled
to death and thinks that it will be his salva
tion. Ho is willing to dio."
A number of friends follow, but the time
allotted them Is short, and tbey soon pass on.
Tho watches aro changed again. This
watch is the lost Delmour, Carrahcr with
the condemned man for a half-hour. when
he was Joined by Father Gelinas. who pro
pared to remain for tho night. They prayed
for a long while and Father Golinas occupied
tho adjoining cell to DriscoU.
At midnight DriscoU retired for tho night.
Highly OrlslnnI Way In Wlilcu a SlUalisIpp
Steamboat Captain Collected a Debt.
I JVot St. louit mpvbUcan.1
Mr. Haines saja, tafclnr all things Into considera
tion, tnat he would prefer steamboat engineering
tordlroa'l engineering. Lift on the MUslulppl
flltj years ago wj full or the charm of excitement.
He tells many amnalug Incidents. Once while
making a trip from LouIbtIIIo to New Orleans on
the steamboat Caledonia, Capt, Buatell command
ng, the boat stopped for an hour at Natchez.
There were two towns of Matches at the time
Natchez on the hill and Natchez under tho hill.
They were both In the same municipality, but tne
respectable people lived on ths bill, and a band of
outlaws outcasts and robbers under the hill.
Natchez under the hill hid the reputation of being
about tho tougheat place In America at the lime.
Steamboat captains always warned their paaaen
uers when a atop waa made at Natchez to beware of
Natchez under the hill. On the occasion of the
Calcdonla'a stop one of the passenger., au adren
turona fellow, thought that he would explore
Natchez nnder tho hill for the fun of the
thlUK. Within half an hour he re
turned to tho boat add told the captain that
ho had Deen robbed of $1,000 In a houie about fifty
yards away. Tno captain told him to return to tne
home and make a demand for tno money. He Old
ao.anu wan ordered out of Uio houae to avoid being
Iclotted out. He returned and reported to the cup
tain. Tho Catatonia's commander aworo a mighty
o.ttb and, anmtnonlng aeoral of tho orew, ordered
them 10 bear a chain and follow him. When the
robucra saw the cautiln approach they barricaded
their doors and prepared for siege. That wm not
the capialn's game, however. He ordered the
men to ttrtng the chain around the hoiue. It waa
a two-atory trame building, set on aplles, and waa
aiuereahelL II stooi outhoiUeot the hill, ami
the foundatlou waa only graded tlu exact alzr of
the home. The captain ordered iheroobrra to
surrender the money or he would pull the house
Into the river. Tbey returned a defiant anawcr.
He ordered the chain, hitched to the boat and or
dered the engineer to pull two feet out
In the river. 'J tie drat plunge given by the
boat the chains tightened about the non.e
and it squeaked. There were In the houae two men
and four women. The captain again demanded
the money and was refused, tie ordered Ualnea,
the engineer, to null out two feet more. Ualues
obeyed promptly, and the house was Jerked off Its
pile foundation and stood In a half toppling, half
upright ronton. Tne inmatea of the house were
scared by this time and tried to get out, but the
chains were around the doors and they could not
eaoape. The captain made another demand for
the moaey and met with a refusal. " l'nll out two
feet more," laundered the captain. "Hold on
there," said one of the robbers, "here Is your d
moaty," and be handed a roll through a broken
window. The captain ordered the owner to count
It. He did so and found 10 mlaalng. "Put out $3
mere, "said the captain, "or lnte the rUerot
the shanty. " The robber patted oat the 13 and the
chains were released, one poll of a foot or more
and tne bouse would be jerked over the hill and
tato the river. Thai reformed Natchez nnder the
hill, at least the denizens of the region preyed no
more on steamboat passengers.
A club composed entirely of druggists finds relief
from soda water and preicrlptlons by bowling
weekly at Hchloeffel's, Third avenue and Dlty.
eighth street.
thhjfti- t&fe sjibtt1Aih''Ji Ails' -Aafyfot,.1'
The Crime far Which Drlaeell waa Hanged I
Committed While HreUlna Krvenge.
John MoCarthy ran n disroputable lodging
honso in 1880 directly opposito Hilly McGlo
ry's danco-houso in Hotter street. No. 1G3
was known as a disreputable resort, and was
tho scone of many flghls.
Ono day Dan DriscoU made a call with Uio
intentiou of cleaning out the house, Ho was
cleonod out himself, however, and mad his
exit with less dignity thau bruises, Froprie.
tor MoCarthy aocoinpauying tho last applica
tion of his boot with tho advlco to DriscoU
nut to come again if ho wanted to prcservo
his features intact.
DriscoU was whipped, but not satisfied,
and he vowed ho would kill McCarthy. In
May. 188G, Elizabeth Garrity. known among
her friends as " Beozy," a dark-eyed, weU
formed girl, Bixteen years old, became fnsei-
Sated with the Whyo chief, and, forsaking
cr home in Leonard street with her aged and
respectable widowed mother and younger sis
ter, declared her allegiance to Dan DriscoU.
On the night of Juno 25, 18M, as Haekmau
Patrick Brennan stood'waltiug for customers
In front of Yorkio's saloon in Chat hum
square, DriscoU, liewzy Garrity and another
woman, all dnink.halled him, and he drove
them to McCarthy's. 103 Hester street, where
all got out. DriscoU and Ueezy ascended the
steps to the door. Tho other woman walked
hastily away, and who Bhe was no one but
herself on earth now knows. It was then
8.60 a.m.
DriscoU and the girl entered the house.
Two weeks before DriscoU had drawn a bead
on McCarthy, but the bullet had missed the
mark. As the two entered. McCarthy saw
thorn and attempted to close Uio door of bis
room. DriRcoll tried to foroe his way into
the room, but the door was held partly
closed by McCarthy's foot. Then DriscoU
whipped out a revolver and flred. Tho bullet
was buried in the wall of tho room.
DriBColl ran to tho door of tho back room,
thinking to surprise McCarthy from tho rear,
but McCarthy anticipated his intention,
bolted the back door, and jumped out of a
Ueezy Garrity, when tho door of tho front
room was freed from the pressure of Mo.
Csrthy's boot, ran into the roar room and
unbolted the door to lot DriscoU in. DriscoU
imngtnod it was his enemy behind tho door,
and when it openod a crack ho flred another
Beezy threw up her arms, orylng " I am
shot!" and DriscoU ran away.
Carrie 'Wilson, of lU Chrystio Btreet, who
saw the whole affair, said on Drisooll's trial
that Beezy looked into the front room and
then nodded to DriscoU, who thereupon flred
the first shot. That shot brought John
Greene, a newsman, out of his bedroom
across the hall. He "and Emanuel De Vos, a
ball-player and peddler, who was watching a
game of cards in another room, and Ryan,
Harris and Mattie MoCarthy; who were the
players, all saw the Moond shot.
Policeman John Mulholland, whose post
waa on Hester street and the Bowery, heard
a shot and walking toward the source of the
sound met n woman, who gasped i " Fox
God's sake go down to Mike Ryan's. Dan
DriscoU is killing everybody in the houso."
Dan 'DrieeoU"Berga. from Bulllvn'n'a
house juBt then, and the policeman gave
chaso. DriBOoll ran into Baxter street and
up the stairs at 128, where his molher had
lived on the third floor. There he succeeded
in hiding himself for fifteen minuteB. His
mother nod moved away, nobody knew
where, the janitor Raid. Her rooms were
empty and the key mislaid.
The polioemen there were four of them by
that timei went through a room in No. 120,
pawed by tho fire-escape to the windows of
128, got in and found DriscoU lying face
down on the floor. Ho feignod drowsiness
and said he had been there all night, sleeping
off the effect h of intoxication.
His old mother put in an appearance at this
point and said t ' Yes, Dan, you have boon
hero since 8 o'clock."
Then DriscoU announced that he had found
a coat and vest in the ompty room, and asked
h s mother to bring him his own. The old
woman brought out another coat and vest
and DriscoU put them on. Ho was put un
der arrest, but proclaimed his innocence. He
'' Gentlemen, I would rather put my right
arm on tho railroad track than see that cirl
hurled. It's no use to toko mo to her, for she
would not rap me."
When DriscoU was taken into tho pTesenoo
of the wounded girl she whs unconscious.
But before becoming unconscious true to
her infatuation she said to a policeman who
suited her who had shot her that it was " the
man with thercd whiskers."
That was McCarthy, and presently he ro.
turned to tho house and surrendered himself,
handinc his revolver to a policeman. It was
fully loaded and was perfectly cold.
Beozy Garrity was taken to St. Vincent's
Hospital. There her poor old mother and
her sister visited her. The mother stoutly
affirms under oath that in a short period qf
consciousness Ueezy opened her eyes and
"Is that you, mamma1" Then after a
moment added : " Mamma, I am going to
' Who killed you?" asked the mother.
And the dying girl replied falnUy:
"Danny DriscoU."
Kate Courtenay heard DriscoU say to
Beezy jast before they entered tho house:
" You , I'll kick you in the gutter if
yon don't stick to mo !"
And his companion replied : " Yes, Dan ;
you shoot him and I'll show you how I'll
The bullet from Driscoll's 33-calibre revol
ver passed into Beezy Garrity's abdomen. In
his report of the poBt-mortem examination
Dr. O'Meagher said that tho young woman's
form was aimoht perfect in development, and
that she was a remarkably beautiful womuu.
Coroner John It. Nugent held an inquest
July 1. The jury found that DriscoU did tho
shooting. DriscoU was tried before Recorder
Smyth ond found guilty. On Dec. 8, 1680. he
was sentenced to bo hangod on Dec. SO fol
lowing. Stays were had, appeals mado, and argu.
meats were heard by tho General Term and
tho Court of Appeals. The Judgment nns
fiually affirmed. On Dec. 2 last Hocordor
Smyth again fixed the time for Dribcoll's
death for last Friday. Gov. HU1 granted ft
ropriovo until to-day.
A Thiol, a Fighter and an Inmate of the
Penitentiary at Fifteen.
DrisooU was thirty-three yean old. He
was fifteen years old when bo waa sent to the
penitentiary for six months for picking
In 1875 he got a sentence of eighteen months
in prison for stealing a wateh from man.
In 1870 he was concerned In a row about a
woman in Barney Wintermeyle's Five Points
saloon. It was three-cornered, Burglar Pat
Flaherty holding up one corner and Thief
Murphy having the third, Knives and pis
tols were used in the argument. Murphy
was shot in the shoulder by DriscoU and
Flaherty's right arm was broken by a ball
Caw's "Dasaaway" Pen.
A donbla-fMd foanUIn pan that tmr f alia. OaWiIak
and i'aa Co., UV Jwoadwar, eypoaiu John at, .
-; III ,
nftb of tAtUllur. J'C.KST jyt i , 65 HE5TER 51
from Driscoll's pistol. But Flaherty, using
his left arm, uhot DriscoU through the body
and then ran away.
Murphy and -DriscoU were taken prisoners
to Ohnmoers Street Hospital. During the
iiiuht a coach drovo mi to the door. Dris
coU, bunging between life and death, got out
of his bed, walked down to tho carnage, iu.
terod and was driven away. Ho was found a
few days later in bed in his mother's house
in Luouaid street, opposite the Tombs.
Meantime the olhor men had disappeared,
and as no complainant cumo forward he was
Iu 188:1 DriscoU shot a sauerkraut peddler
and his wilo in Chrystio street. I'oliceiiiiin
Stull, of the Eldridgo street squad, chased
him so veral blocks, mid catching tip just as
DriscoU boarded n street car. clalbod him
into submission and took him to the station
housn, I'nttv Wulnh, for so long l)is keeper
as W arduu of tho Tombs, interceded for this
time and he was released.
In 1881 ho instituted a house-cleaning at
Paddy Green's saloon under bis own home
in Poll stteot, and in tho fracas wot shot, re.
ceiving a severe wound in the head, no
escaped 'y a (iiiibblu of tho law this time.
In 1SS2, whllo on tho way to the poniten
tiarv for a minor offense, ho tradod names
with a ten days' man in the pribon van and
got off by paying a small fluo.
Dan DrUeoll a Tlolent JalUDIrd, wttn a
Political Pull and a Devoted Wife.
The crimo of which Dan DriscoU to-day
paid the penalty with his life was the olimax
of a long series of violations of the law. He
had been in prison many times. He was
known to almost every detectivo in the ity.
He was the acknowledged leader of that gang
of more than one hundred this ves, out-throats
and scoundrels known as the Wliyos, on ao
oount of the peculiar cry with which the sen
tinel placed by them near at hand while
they were committing a crime warned them
of the approach of danger.
He waa the terror of the Sixth Ward, the
hero of countless bloody enoounters, the
subject of a dozen indictments, and he had a
political pull which was usually brought into
play successfully to save him from the law's
punishment of his misdeeds.
His face looks out from portrait No. 1,112,
of tho Rogues' Oallory, token some years
lie went under the alias of George Wallace
at the time, and was quite a different mail in
appearance then from what ho wes when ho
oxpiatedhls hlch offense against society this
mornini;. He was burly, stout and broad of
form. His face woio 1111 expro siou of bravado
iu all manner of difficulties, aud ho swaggered
liko tho bully that he was.
There were the scars of forty or fifty affrays
on his head, face and body, and an ugly gush
ditsllgurcd his sou a re iaw. Ho had been cut,
pounded, scratched, shot and rouged.
Yet he had u patient, devoted little wife
and two children, with whom ho lived whin
not iu confinement or a fugitive from justice,
at 11 Pell street, a tumbledown, inUorablo
littlo tenement.
Keventy-Flve Per Cent, of Drltcolps I'nU
Either, In PrUan or Pnslllvea.
The Whyo gang, though still iu existence,
labors under the disadvantage of having
75 per cent of iu membership
either In Sing Sing or the penitentiary or
fugitives from justice. It consUts of pick,
pockets, watch "twisters," sneak thieves,
confidence men and other second-rate crooks
who come from the slums of Pell, Park.
Mott and Baxter streets and tho lower end of
Mulberry street.
Its palmiest days dote back a dozen years
or so, before so many of the Five Points
rookeries had been razed to make way for
factories, and when a Whyo too closely
pursued by the police could enter a hallway
at Leonard and Centre streets and make hu
way over fences and through a maze of
crooked alleyways aud hallways clean
through to Baxter or Park street, and thence
through similar labyrinths to a aeonre hiding
place. t
Ths gang got its name from the peculiar
piping cry of " Ob-why.oh.why.oh," which
its scouts sent forth as a signal to warn the
boys of the approach of the poUco, In old
times the Whyos wero a political power in
the Sixth Ward, and prominent statesmen of
the ward feel impelled out of common grsti.
tudo to do them occasional favors.
The gnng nover had a lender in the sense
of one who gave orders or laid plans : but, as
iu tho case of DriscoU, the most danng and
destierato of tho number was recognized as
their chitf.
After tho shooting of Bcozio Garrity cut
short Driscoll's career in tho Sixth Ward
Owney liruen wns hailed as the new chief.
Ho has heon " up the river " and was Dris
coll's bosom friend. Ho was with tho latter
on the night of the murder. A few months
aso he jumped outof a hallway in Park street
and fired thro shots at a iiollromau of the
Kllzjtbetli street station, who wns pursuing
another of the (,'iiut;, Druon waH arrested and
taken to tho Tombs, hut for some reason or
other tho case was dropped anil ho wits set
" Poll " Su'llvau, who was stabbed to
death at the corner of Leonard and Centre
streds last sprint,', and "Kid" Hunt, now
doint; live years iu King Sing for the crime,
wi're ooth prominent Wliyos,
Other members of tho gang now iu forced
retirement aroToiuinylJurriugtou, sentenced
to tour years for robbery with violence j
" Mousie" Quiun, sentenced to five years for
playing the gteeu-goodn gamo s McCarthy,
Driscoll's mortal enemy, sentenced to five
years for counterfeiting ; Jimmy Dunn,
serving one year iu the penitentiary for
watch grubbing, and Timothy Galvin, serv
ing two years and six mouths for burglary.
There is on record but a single case of one
Whyo betraying auother. Soon after Di Is
coil's incarceration for the crime which ho
expiated to-day, he gave $100 to Jim Fits-
feraid, a well-known member of the eang.
itzgerald was to us the money, not exactly
to pay counsel, but for the purpose? of Dris.
coil's defence. It was a secret-service fund
raised by several .raffles and by private sub.
scriptlou. Fitzgerald did not use a cent of it
in Driscoll's behalf, but ran away with the
money to Philadelphia and has not been seen
Quite recently it has been judicially de
termined that it Is nota crime to kill a Whyo.
Dan Lyons, a friend of Bruen's, was killed
four mouths ago in Dfvn Murphy's saloon, 199
Worth street, by being; hit on the head with
a hottlo by the saloon-keeper. Tho Coroner's
jury nbsolvcd tho latter of blame, and he wu VjfH
nover indicted by tho Grand Jury. 'VtI
Proposed Elr Ctrl o Executions Under Senator Jol
Cocaesuall'e Pendlnr BUT. ' .'i&H
Tl)cr has long existed a feeling against
hanging convicted murderers, and conaci-( -''Jl
entio'uB scruples on the subject have d'.squaL. 1p
ified fully 40 per cent, of the total number of '"$1
citizens summoned to act as jurors in capital JH
cases. ' .
The mind of the senslUve or kindly hearted' JJgM
person revolts' at the idea of taking the Ufa Jl
even of a murderer by this method. Aprin-' 'H
olpal obJecUou is the belief that a large per- 'H
centago of the deaths by hanging are not, H
sudden, by the breaking of the neck, hut aro- 3?fl
slow and In the nature of torture, the aabjeet cH
dying by strangulation. t , r$S
a' rooa
ran bxbbahous iotboo, JhH
Then, too, many execuUonera bungle thek, jiillH
work. Men have boon hoisted in such man. HH
per that death could not f oUo w, .while shook H
tap suffering, both mental and physical, 'was, ,',kIH
Inflicted. Jfl
The Anarchists of Chicago were hanged by aH
the "death-trap" method. Each stood on a e-fl
trap-door. At a signal the supports wero VH
knocked from under tbe trap-doors and they' JoH
fell, the pinioned men f oUowing them tiU tho M
ends of their ropes were reached, when thcr 'slH
were to suddenly checked as to break their vv'bH
necks, or at least to render them uncon. , r;'JM
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The method followed in the execution ot -cJM
DriscoU, as of bis predecesors in this city,
was to break his neck by the fall of a weight t-B
thrice heavier than himself. Tho rope passed iiB
over pulleys from the nooso about nis neok. '"Jani
following the outline of the gallows. Ths Sjifl
weight was attached to the other end of this , J5?B
ropo and the ropo was very slack at each end. $M
The weight was drawn up four feet from tho &M
ground by means ot smaller ropes. When aU - YMt
was ready tho hangman cut this rope and the . 'Ui
weight fell, taking up the slack in the hang.
ing-ropo and jerking DriscoU into the air. rUH
Senator Coggeshall's bill before the Stata 'nRfl
Senate would do away with all this, as weU ' -WJM
as with the description of the death struggle nB
in newspapers. It provides that the exact . 'JaH
dav of exooution shall not be known except ItSI
to the oxecutioner, two physicians, the Sheriff -1aK
and the District-Attorney, a Justice of the "HH
Supreme Court, twelve citizens as Sheriff's mU
Jury, and two priests if the condemned wishes baufl
them. -ihflo-1
Tho Court shall sentenco the prisoner to ,'SU
death within a certain week, naming no day jfl
or hour, and not more than eight nor less XaH
than four weeks from the day of sentence. "TleH
Tho execution must take place in the Stata itfiH
prison to which convicted felons are sent by 'JSM
the Court, and the executioner must be ths tlH
agent and warden of tho prison. '""ftnH
I ITr-i I Sl
No newspaper may print any details of tk ;4Kufl
execution, which is to be inflicted by else. -9
tneity. A current of electricity is to bo W
caused to pass through the body of the con- ''jH
deuined of sufficient intensity to kill him. 'H
and the application is to be continued until WH
ho is dead. olllH
Several plans for inflicting death by elec HI
tricky have been devised, but the " death, IB
chair " is probably the most feasible. This 4)1
chair is made of steel. Concealed in its arms 'Wk
aro wires, which are to connect with a eon. '-StSoi
cealed dynamo. The oondemned sit in ths MmjH
chair, his bare feet resting on dampened i hS!m
ground. At a signal a button is touched, the 'JKafl
electno current is turned -u from the dyn. hH
amo, the hands on the arms of the chair and jpffl
the body of the oondemned connect the poles al
of the battery and the victim is dead, the) &lfl
electricity passing through him into ths !flH
ground, iHsfl
The wires of the death-chair could be con- kI
necteeTwith an ordinary electrio light wire, iMI
from which electricity enough to kill a dozen '3?fi'B
persona could be obtained. Mlfl
Another method would be by a collar or h1bH
steel band clasped about the neok, with a wet C4b9b1
sponge squeezed between the band and tho bbH
neck at the base of the skull. Sf!!B
Still another plan provides for a tightly ' 3jH
clatpod steel band about the top of the bead, -3Ko.il
Death could also be inflloted by compelling 4t$oH
the condemned to take the poles of a battery ''i riisai
in his hands. ufloH
By the electric method there will be no suf. ;.aH
fering, utter unconsciousness being ths in. !SIB
stanUneous result of ths first shotk, and ' M
death is painless, fH
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