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THE SUN, SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1915.
BECKER BECKER FUNERAL MONDAY MORNING; WIDOW STRICKEN Hotly Hi'oupht From Prison to Ilronx Apartment in Auto mobile Hcnrac. CliOWl) AT DOOR KEPT HACK BY POLICEMEN Mr? Helm Lynch Becker, Charles Hfcker'a widow, wns nlmost frantic with grief ysterday when nil that km earthly of the man she loved was brought back to her from the death house at Sins Sin. When first the cotlln was carried Into her little parlor she said not n, word. Her Hps quivered, that was all. Thfn, sup ported by her brother, John Lynch, ahe moved forward an the black cloth covcr lr mas drawn aw.iy. Still she did not speak, but all tho bright color left her cheeks. Sho took two more stops for ward. "Poor Charley! Poor Charley!" she whinnered. Then suddenly nil her rent up anguish seemed to rush over her uncontrollably, as If notwithstanding that she had heard from Oov, Whitman himself a little less thin twcntyJfour hours before the words that removed her nusuanu a last cnance, her own last hope, ehe had mot quite rail zed what It meant. "Charley, Charley," she cried, throw ing her arms about the body, still cov ered with a gray, shroudlike cloth. "Oh. Charley." She kissed the dead Hps Kaln aird again, her arms clinging yet more tightly. For a moment nobody moved nor spoke while- the stricken woman's voice went on, spoaklng to her dead. Then. her brother stepped forward and gently led her away, both sobbing. Innocent, She gay. 1 don't care what they say, I say fee's Innocent." Mrs. Becker cried as she entered her bedroom In tho rear of the apartment, where she sat silently In her black dress while the undertakers went about what they had come to do. It was a few minutes after 4 o'clock when the automobile henrsc of William T. Btruwc, whoso undertaking establish ment Is at 2 West Fordham road, The Bronx, n few blocks from tho Becker apartment at 2251 I'nlverslty avenue, drew up before the door. Mrs. Becker had awaited Its coming anxiously, won dering at the delay. A little after noon, however, came a message saying that the hearse, which started from New York shortly after . o'clock In the morning, had Just reached Ossinlng. Mr Struwc, who went with the hearse, said ho had to stop live times because of tiro trouble, but expected to be In New York aKaln by 2 :30 1'. M. On the return trip, however, the engine went wrong In front of Lyndhurst, Mrs. Fin ley J. Shepard's home, and delayed him attain. Mrs. Becker was very nervous when finally the hearse stopped before the apartment house, more than an hour late. Already her brother and her sister. Susan Lynch, were worried about her, fearing lt the strain and the fitful sleep that was all she had after her return from Ossinlng might cause her to break down. She refused all day to see any callers except close friends. A crowd of perhaps 100 persons gath ered about tho door as the hearse stopped, and would have pushed forward had not a mounted sergeant and two patrolmen kept them far from the en trance. After a moment's delay tho plain box with Its black cloth covering was lifted out. The crowd pressed forward, looking from the load tho undertaker's men were lifting to tho shaded windows of Mrs. Becker's apartment on the third floor. They could Just hear a woman's muffled, tobs from behind them, blotted out Imme diately oh Borne one In another apart ment struck tho first notes of a song cn a piano. Suddenly the piano topped ; the subs went on. "Slowlv the black box was carried through the door and up the stairs, the four bearers stooping a little. The leader of the strom; arm sauad was a powerful man. ono remembered. For a moment, as the body was taken Into the apartment the front window shade waa raised then quickly lowered. While he was at Sing Sing Mr. Btruwe prepared the body, doing his best to nnba lnvlnltiln tho burns on the lore- head mado by the electrodes. So well did he succeed that Mrs. Becker waa saved tho naln of seeing the brands. Thn rnffln waa nlnced In the parlor, at Ma head a nine branched brass candle stick snnnorted on a heavy braes stand int. Airn.iflv some flowers had arrived. and soon after the hearse came a great floral cross was brought in. None of the family would say from whom tho llow irs came. Instead of the usual black t rape there wan hung on tho door a gar- snd of nalm leaves, wniio lines uuu irMtA nnrl mirnlo asters. It was not until evening that any of thn fomllv consented to see reporters. John Lvnch. Mrs. Backer's brother, finally stood In the doorway ot her apartment and said that she waa In far loo serious a condition to taw or mao a statement. Very Drnrr, Saya Brother. ".She has been very bravo," ho said, "a wonderful woman, but this haa been mur than even she could stand. Thank heaven she didn't see the burns on Ms Mr Lynch was told of statements In that Mrs. Becker had tii. I (nt hpfore her husband waa exocu ted that sho would never rest until ahe had cxjwsed thn methods uod by Gov. Whltmun and some others when ho waa District Attorney in nrostcutlng Uecker, methods Mhn considered unjust, and that hn had asserted at a family conference that she wanted Mr. Whitman and these Sam aids sued for IlOO.ouo. Will Mrs Becker say If that Is true, (r can you tell us whether It Is or notr r.e was asked. "I do not want to discuss It myself, h answered, "and Mrs. Becker oonnot ten anv one." 'Thus far the funeral plans are not rompltite. Mrs. Becker Is In no con Bltlon to discuss them much. We have leclded. however, to Jvave the funeral htvi At to o'clock Monday morning. lh Hev. Father Nicholas' J. Murphy Kill nri.i.! nt a solemn high requiem mass at the Church of St, Nicholas of lolentlne, Andrews avenue and Fordham road. Burial will be In Woodlawn Come tsry. where their little baby, who died tfhen ho was one dny old, Is ounea. "No. we have not yet decided on pall bearers. To-morrow evening a few friend, win come in. and the funeral will tu private. Now, you must not ask me sny more. I ennnot talk mucn now," tunl he closed the door. . A little crowd hovered about the apartment house until well Into tho evening, watching thoso who left or en lrd. Amonir them were two of Mr. Hock's girl pupils of the graduating clasa t Public School 90, 221 West 148th Itreet. The Bronx. "Sho was awfully good to us," ono of tliein said. "I never had a nicer teacher. phe used to alt still sometimes and not DIES WITH PICTURE OF WIFE OVER HEART Mrs. Helen Becker. Picture of his wife worn by Chnrlcs Becker over his heart ns he was put to death. BECKER'S LAST STATEMENT MADE BEFORE HE WENT TO HIS DEATH My Dying Declaration. GENTLEMEN: I stand before you in my full senses knowing that no power on earth enn save me from the grave that is to receive me. In the face of that, in the teeth of those who condemned mo and in tho presence of my God nnd your God, I proclaim my absoluto innocence of the foul crime for which I must die. You are now about to witness my destruction by the State, which is organized to protect the lives of the innocent. May Almighty God pardon every one who has contributed in nny degree to my untimely death. And now, on the brink of my grave, I declare to the world that I am proud to have been the husband of the purest, noblest woman that ever lived Helen Becker. This acknowledgment is the only legacy I leave her. I bid you all good-by. Father, I am ready to go. Amen. CHARLES BECKER. thought she was thinking about him. She told one of the girls once that having the graduating class was the only thing thut made her keep on teaching when things got ho bad. Sho said sh was afraid If she left us maybe wo wouldn't all graduate." few minutes before 6 o'clock Capt. John T. Rclth of the Hlghbridge station. In which precinct Mrs. Becker's home Is situated, went In for a few moments. 'I Just went In to pay my respects," he said. "I know Mrs. Becker, nnd I knew Charley." There was a catch In the captain's voice. The only other caller who was ad mitted was Lieut. 1'atrlck Shea, who came with his wife. Lieut. Shea e-tl-fled that he nnd Mrs. Shea were with Lieut, and Mrs. Becker on the night, several nights after Rosenthal waa shot, when It was asserted that Becker was aiding the gunmen to get out of thn way. Lieut. Shea would say onthlng when he left. Tho Hev. Father Murphy, who Is to conduct the requiem mass for tho dead man, la now In Philadelphia, but It was said at the rectory that ho would return to-morrow afternoon to consult with the family In regard to final plans for the funeral. Until then It Is not likely Mrs. Bocker will go nny further with them. EXECUTION WITNESS HURT. Fdltor nrturnlns; Prom Sins; Slnit nadir Injarrd In Aatn Accident. Beacon, N. Y July 80. Returning from Ossinlng, where he was one of the witnesses of the execution of Charles Becker, Charles II. Wlllloughby, editor of the llttstleld, Mass., Daily Eagle, was badly Injured to-day at Wapplngers Falls, seven miles north of here, when the auto In which he was riding crashed Into tne side of a runanout. Both cars were overturned and the four occupant were burled beneath. Wlllloughby Is the worst hurt Several bones are fractured and he has suffered a nervous collapse. Both cars were speeding and came together at a cross road. SING SING LOWBROWS WIN. Welfare League Klrrtlon Mar Un seat Prison Jndge Wlllett. Oseinino, N. V.. July 30. The ele tlon of the Mutual Welfare League, tho self-government organization of the State prison, were held to-day, and the low brows won decisively, electing 43 out of BE delegates to tho central govern lng body. Among the highbrows' cnndl dates who were defeated were Burton W. atbson, former New York lawyer. and Hoffman Brown, also a former lawyer. The lowbrows In the larger committee then proceeded to elect from tholr num ber all the nine members of tho executive committee. Among the lowbrows who received this honor are Tough Tony Ma reno, Thll Alibe, O. K. BUI Myers and Kid Dropper Kaplan. As this committee rule the prison court It in likely tnnt Chief Justice William Wlllett of the prison court will loe his Job. A VACATION FOR YOU AND "TENEMENT TOMMY" We know many puny children down In Allen, Cherry and other crowded streets who are starving for fresh air. Three dollars will pay for a week's seashore vacation for one of them. Will you give at least one the same health-restoring opportunity you are going to have this summer? Multiply the number of days you expect to be away by forty-three cents, send us the amount and we will keep at least one of these little victims of povertyf at Sea Breeze while you are away. Send con tributions to GEORGE BLAGDEN, Treasurer, Room 311, 105 East 33nd Street. The New York AnsocUWon for Improving the Condi Uoa of the Poor. CORNELIUS K. BMSB, Jr.. ftMident. 3& DEATH HOUSE LETTER SENT TO MRS. BECKER Inmates Write Consolation to Doomed Man and Condemn Capital Punishment. Mrs. Becker late last night received a elter written by the prisoners In the death house at Sing Sing to her hus band Just before his death, asserting conlldcnce In his innocence nnd pro testing against present penal methods this State, particularly capital pun ishment. Tho letter, written on official Sing Sing prison stationery, and addressed 'Mr. Charles Becker, Ossinlng. N. Y.," was composed by Hans -Schmidt, mur derer of Anna Aumuller, In collaboration with Carol Dranowitz, who was con victed uf a Kast Sldo murder. Tho document was signed by all tho Inmates of tho death house. It follows: 't'lvuhu accept these few lines of fare well from tho companions In misery whom you will leavo' behind, and who will sooner or later follow you. Your manly behavior during the trying days waa a sourco of Inspiration and edification to us all. 'It Is In situations like this that man shows his true mettle. Wo who have lived with you through these days In the human stockyards of Slug Sing express to you our heartfelt sympathy. "Surely some day your case will oe cited, clttd by historians of human prog ress, ns one of the best arguments against antiquated legal conceptions chambers of horrors, death houtes, con denmed cells, &c, ns conducted by the Stato of New lork as a remnant ol iiges gone by. "Wo all who know you from your actions In the human slaughter house ot tho Umpire State feel sure that In the couiso of time further developments will prove to nil that the State has killud you as an Innocent victim of cir cumstances. "Tho Stato claims that tho sacrednesa of human llfo must be Impressed upon the people, while at the samo tlmo the State Itself gives the worat example, forcing Its employeca for a paltry sum to help and assist In taking Uvea with cruel deliberation and premeditation at Slug Slug. "Thereby the State Itself more than any other agency lowers the standard of publlo morals: It has a brutalizing ef fect UR)u Uio publlo mind, cultivating uud strengthening the lower Instincts of man, Uio spirit of vengeance uid blood thirst. "Dear Mr. Becker, we who offer these lines of farowell are unfortunate our selves, We aro all at a loss to offer you any consolation except tho example of One who was executeu anu wnoso last words were: " 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what thoy do BIDDING FOR BECKER'S CELL. Dlnyers In Want .Death llnnse Annex Vacant Quarters. Ossinino, July 30. Flvo murderers In S ng S ng or son's deatnnouso annex ne. gan bidding to-day for the two cells va cated In the deathhouse by Charles Becker and Sam Haynea, despite the gloom cast over the prison by the exe nrtlnn at thn two men. Oaeto Montlmagno. slayer of Michael Oalmerl, the politician, was' one of the men who pleaded for Becker's cell. Those In the annex occupy the cells once used for solitary confinement, which are more stuffy than thoso vacated by Becker and llaynes. Warden Thomas Mott Osborne will probably move the two successful bidders from The annex to tne ueam bouse on Sunday after the empty cell have been cleaned. Huns Schmidt, who was In the eel next to Becker, bemoaned his absence yesterday. "Boor fellow," said Schmidt "He out ud a hard fight, ii we miss nun rreaxiy. tmia i;&roii "We rati him creauy," aara caroi BUNGLING AT TO GREWSOMENESS OF Continued from Fir)t I'agt. havo had tho strapping been done cor lectly. The ndded forward bow of his body Jerked Becker's head down slightly from the helmet so tho leather cover ing of tho lower part of his face slipped far down on tho chin. Tho lower half of his face, livid from Instantaneous swelling and strain, bulged v.l.era the restraining strap had slipped and un covpred his mouth, ohln and part of the neck. Witnesses averted their eyes. As soon ns tho tlrst contact of sixty seconds duration was over tho attendants quickly rearranged tho face straps so oil but thn lips were covered. Quickly the guards also buckled tho chest strap properly. During tho second and final shocks, which lasted respectively tell nnd the seconds, thero wns no mora bungling. Tho terrorstrlcken manner In which the giant Becker went to his death and tho hasty mismanagement of tho first strapping wero tho details which seemed j to stand out most In tho minus ot wnite faced official witnesses and newspaper men when they came from tho death chamber shortly after 0 o'clock. Again and again out on tho prison lawn after Becker was dead witnesses wero neani 10 voice incirur ici uiai iu m... ..,.-.. ............ 111(111 PVLUIIUI) IUIIhl-li UtVII HICII nim I liar. Known uecker durinif hin most j powerful days In tho Tenderloin and thero were severnl such present gaepeil with relief when the first shock of electricity mercifully burned conscious ness from his brain In a tlnsh. Itiiyne stronger of Tiro. At Becker's own request, mado a few days ngo, he was permitted to dlo In the chair ahoad of tho mulatto Sam llaynes. who was put to death less than ten minutes nftrr Becker's limp body had been carried out to tho autopsy room. It sn happened, however, that In per mitting Becker to sit In the chair llrst thero was no violation of tho general rule of the death chamber, wlilcli Is mat ' tho stronger of two men condemned to die the same day must go through the greater strain of waiting for his turn after ho has heard the weaker prisoner led out of the death house cell room. I llaynes. who had a spotless record during fifty years of his life, or until ' In u lit of drunkenness he killed Mrs. 1 John Harrlton of I'atterson. l'utnim I county, had not received certain privi leges granted to Becker In his last hours, such oa the unprecedented one of taking Becker from the death house early on tho evening preceding his death and per 1 mining him to remain In one of tho . prison otllces to receive relatives and counsel until half an hour after midnight yesterday morning. llaynes, back In the death house, had put In thesa hours nnd the succeeding time up to the moment of his death talking quietly with his only friend from thn outside world, John Lowry, the Now York business man who walked to the death chair with him. llayms, when his turn came to die, entered the death chamber with firm step and sat down In the electric chair with tho samo calm ness. Mils Motionless In Chair. "fJcntle-men." he said In a steady, fer- vent volco to tho witnesses ranged In front of him, "I die strong In Christ." i nose were ins oniy wuros irum m moment he cnnie Into the little room until his death. Throughout the strap ping and adjustment of the apparatus he sat In the chair motionless txeept for u slight movement of his lips as he prayed silently, Becker waa oftlclally pronoun' ed dead I nt 5:53 A. M. nnd carried a way. Tho r01ilil rtiiriMm'nmnnt nf Wiivn..'. ,itli ' was nnde thirteen minutes later nnd ho too was carried to tho autopsy room Just back of the electric chair by tho white clad Internes of tho prison hos pital. The statement which Becker had hoped to mako verbally in the death chamber until dissuaded from trying to do so by his closest advisers waa supplementary t.n U,,..,.,,A., VtA ..l.t.-..nJ . Ha,, Whitman on Thursday and released for publication that night after his lawyern , and others had persuaded him to tone,,' A. .t.-.t .tt.. ..rlnl.t.il II.. n.,nl. ltl.i .t,l,,t,l-c lhl L.nnn.i ,,,,., "Mv- Dying Declaration. After he had made his confession nnd As Decker finally nave his declara tlon out In written Instead of oral form he therefore signed It, "Charles Uecker," with a fountain pen. Ilia very last message, which h de livered to Father Curry tlvo minutes bo- fore, going to the chair, waa brief. It ran: 'I am Innocent I am not millty by deed or by conspiracy or In nny other way of the death of Herman lloscntha. I am sacrificed for my frlonda." Neither Mrrpa .Nor Kat, From tho time Father Curry nnd Father William E. Cashln, the Catholic chaplain, went to Fathor Cashln's houso In ONdnlng to pet a few hours sleep before the trying ordeal In tho death chamber, Uecker spent his laHt seven or elRht hours on earth without sleep or food. After Mrs. Uecker had said her last farewell to him In ono of tho prison otllces at 12:30 A. M. Uecker waa con utantly occuplod In conferences with prison officials, In prayer or In look ing after tho reloaso for publication of h! final messages to the public. Decker had left nn Inner otllco and was back In tho death house before 1 o'clock, where he remained until a small red door leading to the electrlo chair room wjs opened for him at 5;42 In tho morning, or two minutes before the first shock was administered which blotted consciousness from him forevor. All of tho seventeon condemned men In the death houso proper an over flow of eight men Is housed In the old but remodelled punishment cells while twenty-five now cells nre nearlng com pletlon were awake nnd waiting for Decker as bo returned to his own death house cell. The condemned men had remained awake so they themselves might con duct a last religious service for Decker and Ram llaynes and also to say their good-bys. Their services, led by vari ous prisoners In the death cells. In eluded readings from tho Scripture, the Lord s l'rayer nna otlier prayers which altogether lasted an hour, At 2:30 o'clock, or un hour after the denth house Inmates had finished their service, Uecker recelvod a most un usual visit, considering the hour, the length of the visit and the visitor. Decker's caller was Warden Osborne, who tries to avoid death house visits unless such calls concern the prison management In g-eneral. Warden Os borne remained In conference with Deckor until 4 o'clock. Rven a general notion of what was discussed between Mr. Osborne and Uecker during the hour and a half they talked togcthor In low tones could not be learned. When Mr. Osborne had left the death house Decker made a request that showed the affection In which he held his wife. A phutograph of Mrs. Decker which had decorated the wall of his cell had been removed, together with everything else except his cot and wvwrgrvu "v. - - m r h , i" TPJ: "'Ting th" two jears or mor., and ; aperture as h opened th door very noVr ? i iZi'.r ... ,,V J. ' Cr, J I've prayed for you often." sllchtly lie heard vole, and shutnin CU ., ,h JSlZT f 1 11,6 "I '" ""r. ns he stood feet. Then th stout little old ward 211. ,,? m. oi'V ?l?.s fr ' "P " Kripped Mr. I.owry a hand. "Ami I pulled the door knob toward him, opened gave out hli final brief statement. , knnw ...... . ., n,rl.,m, ,,f. ; h( ,,. ..,, Ml,nPe,i aside. LAST MOMENT ADDS for execution. Thin photograph, As sistant Warden Johnston had announced, would be malted Immediately to Mrs. Becker. Becker made a last request, however, that he bo permitted to wear tho photo graph pinned to his shirt when ho went to the chair and that the picture be burled with him. It was finally sug gested that ho pin tho photograph to his undershirt beneath the soft shirt of light material which he wore when he died. lie pinned the picture beneath his outer shirt therefore soon after Warden Osborne had said goodby to him. It was said later at the prison that tho photograph rested on his breast be neath his shirt when he died and that It would go Into the coffin with him. There waa a faint hint of day In the east shortly after 4 o'clock whon Father Curry, his white head bowed nnd his dark brown eyes downcast, came down the hill to tho prison with tho young, keen eyed and very popular Father Cashln. Some of the witnesses who soon were to enter the death chamber had been talking In subdued toneB In groups faint ly discernible on the prison lawns as Becker's last day began to brighten. Tn ,ma hoiM, nou ncr0 from , -prin waK ndng forth a steady rattle of typewriting and telegraph keys telegraph keys as evening newspaper men and their opera tors worked on In heat that was collar wilting even at dawn up on the second floor. So Sleep for oniclnl. Reporters and witnesses stopped talk ing nnd raised their hats respectfully ns tho two priests entered tho prison. The warden's offices and offices sur rounding It were, and had been Blncn sunset, brilliantly Illuminated. None of thn officials of the prison, from Warden Osborno and Mr. Johnson, hli assistant, down, had got a wink of sleep. Like tho newspaper men and newspaper girls, too or the trusties working as telephone operntors or at office desks, the drivers of village automobiles which Hhot back and forth from tlm nrlon p!Xtes steadily, Mr. Osborne had had no dtep for almost twenty-four houis. Daylight came quickly after Father Cashln nnd Father Curry cnterej the main entrance of the prison and disap peared behind clanging gates. A little group strolling Idly up and down the gravel roadway In front of the prison office windows stoppe 1 suddenly and gazed toward an Ivy covered brick wall that separates lawns and tennis courts fiom tho death house. Smoke and steam hail begun to rise In the brightening daylight from low stacks Just back of the north end of tlm wall. Tho steam was beginning to come from tll0 llttlo stoc,5 lutt!llB up from llu. lly, namo houso which supplies electricity of lilgli voltage to tho death chair. Very young men who soon were to see a man's life snuffed out Instantly in the chair now were beginning out on thn lawn nervously to light fresh cigarettes every few minutes from half burned stubs. The groups In front of the warden's (ilUi'o could only Imagliio what u'.is hap pening during these last few minutes In the death houso across the wall IMi feet away. They knew that spiritual ad visers were with the men about to dlo before thn sun really had Hushed the east strong men In perfect health. In jth prime of life, about to ceabe to exist oi ui rutiii m .t iiiiKrr. Had the waiting groups outsldn known It. Becker and Sam llaynes greeted tho arrival at this t.me of the two priests fitt.l M Ijiu-ri. ,1, ,, . ...i, I.,. it.,. .,,,l.,,u onlv friend, ciadlv. even thoiich thev liilKt IliiV., rMl(r...l tlvit tlm ..rrl.,,1 ..f spiritual adviser meant a quick prepa- rauon ior inc w.iik inio tnc uoam House. SpenU Words of t'herr. The young nnd the older Catholic priests had a word of cheer and spiritual hope for Sam Hanes, 1'iou slant, when they went Into the death cell tow; audi .Mr. Lowry, a Methodist, who does not even so much us suggest to the con- i tlemncl men ho works with that they i Join his chinch (Just as Father Curry, who llrst knew and grew to like Becker when the then polkem.in was i a Lutheran, never nrkeil 11,-cker to em- ice the Catholic faith) went Into Becker's cell with a last serious word. (!ood-liy. Charlie." .Mr. Lowry said to Becker, who was Hitting on Ins cot be- Hood-by." Tho most beautiful nraver In the l athollo Church, Decker said then, turning to Father Cnshln and Father Curry, when Mr. Lowry had gone on past three coll doom to Sam llnynes's cell, "la tho Halve lteglna. Will you both say It over with me 7" Decker nnd th priests knelt on the cll tloor together, and In soft tones whlspeied tho prayer which begins Hall, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness nnd our hope!" Decker at this tlmo had received com munion and under the i tiles of tho church he might break hW f.ist and eat break fast. Ho did not want breakfast. H had told Assistant Warden Johnson so after Mr. Johnson had com Into the death houso to shake Decker's baud for the last tlmo, "lod In permitting me to die," said Docker to Father Curry Just after ho had received communion, "must have soino wise design. Father. I must bo dying for come purpose di His I don't know -what." Prnyrrs for thr Dylnir. The priests began to say th prayers for the dying then and HivKtr Joined in where he could. "My Lord and my Ood," Decker and tho prlebta snlil In unison as tjiey be gan the prayer which brings with It nn Indulgence granted by Dope I'lus X., "oven now ond willingly nnd cheerfully I accept -whatever form of death Thou wilt be pleased to send me, with all its anguish, sorrow and pain," Jim O'Toole, a blueclad guard, be tween whom and Deckor nn especially strong friendship had grown up because of O'Toolo's kindnesses to the condemnod man nnd especially to Mrs. Decker, came to the cell door hesitatingly and entered. Decker, who worn hln soft shirt with soft collar of grayish -white, black trous ors and blnck allk socks, advanced his right leg without being told. O'Toole, -without a word, silt the right leg of tho black trousers quickly up to tho knee. Ho carefully cut a slit In the leg of Decker's underclothing at th right ktiee also. Then he rolled up tho Blashed trousor let and bared the kne. Following tills ho shook hands with Deckor and left thn cell silently. This was at C :1G o'clock. A few seconds before Kill o'clock Act ing Principal Keeper Fred Dorner for tho first time In his llfo came to a con demned man's door to tell him to wnlk out to the electrlo chair. Decker, ashen pale now, arose and made a movement forward -without further signal than merely a glanco of the eye from Dorner. Father Curry wns about to pee his first electrical execution and, as he snld later, he feared ho would weaken, espe daily ns tho man about to dl had been his friend for so many years. Ho stopped Decker, who with tho terror of death now gripping him had begun mechan ical y to walk out ot mi ceil. i-,an t.s .,uiu -- UAn. fon ..ft, .fi.i k onro iiirouiiii an ui' ji EXECUTION out from this death house bearing mallco toward any one?' "Father," answered Becker In the strained voice which a few seconds later was to begin to tremble so violently, "I forgive every one. From those I may have wronged I pray forgiveness." Turn Ilnek for Coat. "You'd better put on your coat, Charley," Father Cashln, who has seen many men go from the room to death, said after a pause as Becker again led the way coatlcss. Becker turned back to his cot and obeyed. Tho shunting of feet out on the south veranda of Warden Osborne's quarters a few steps from the death house could be heard by tho condemned men. Assistant Warden Johnson was out there on the porch telling In whispered tones almost two sooie of men to form In lino. A few minutes before this Warden Osborne, who at the last minute had changed his announced plan to spend tho night and dny in Manhattan, had put on a golf cap and started off with head bowed and hands clasped behind him. Mr. Osborne, who does not believe In capital punish ment, slowly climbed the grass terraces across the road from the prison nnd dis appeared over the brow of the hill. Some of the physicians, the official witnesses and tho newspaper men grouped on the veranda had begun to remove their hats. There was light enough now for a moving picture man to set up his tripod. Following orders from Warden Osborne the guards com pelled the moving picture man to take his machine wny before he had got pictures of the lino of witnesses filing down thn porch steps nnd through the small door In the Ivy covered wall which admitted them to tho condemned nun's everclse ground between the high wall and tho death house, "Walk quietly, please, and don't talk." Mr Johnion cautioned tho witnesses In a whisper "When you pass through this wall door you will be Just outside of Becker's cell. He's In there still with the priests nnd will hear you." Two by two tho witnesses and re porters entered the death chamber. Mr Johnson cautioned them not to speak nnd not to try to lenvo the room, once the condemned man had entered It, until the prisoner was pronounced dead. . Two lines of stiff backed benches were stretched across the rear of the death chamber. These two rows of bench were quickly hut quietly tilled. Back of the second bench n line of men stood along the south wall. Ten Feet From Clmlr. Ten feet In front of the middle of th first bench was the electric chair not i a macslvo chair as many think, but of light but solid con.- ruction. Heavy strips and loops of leather dangled about Its legs of tawny ellow and from the chair arms. Five steps to the rlcht of the chair as on faces It Is a small red door which lead. Into th old death chamber, now being remodelled Into an extra cell house, and then on Into tho cell room where Bicker already was be ginning his walk to death. To bright llu-hts blazed high up on the gray celling of the ne death houe. A step back of th chair and to tho left was a long lever agalnM the wall, with an electric switch above It. Dr. Charles N. Farr, th prlon phvsl clan. and his assistant. Dr. Henry Merencsj". Jr., wcie waiting beside tho electric chair Anlst nit Warden Johnson was stand ing against the gray plastered wall near ' ",0 -mall led door, his cnin in ni neni gazing thoughtfully ll'llld .H"l ll'.S CCS at th floor. Around th cilalr were Etotiped four guards in blue uniform". ovh ready to strap an arm or a leg to "'' oll Ur . ....... A heavy twl"led wire, thickly' In sulated, dangled abnvn the chair. Then tuck of th chair a mall. alert man. l.ild ev.-ept around th temples, and wearing a Cray co.it and trousers, a s'ripei shirt, no aitco.it. a polki dot tie and newly polished patent leather shoes, looked over the switch and lever In a buslne-sllko way. He was the Stat electrician. At his own request his name never is given out for publica tion. Over neir th red dnor leading to the rel's a -hort, r-dy pol little gu ml. while haired whpi he wasn't bald, peeked from tlm to tune amid the ec w ide silence inrougn an 1 Decker cam Into the r"om, hut not thn Uecker thn reporters present nan known in th days vvnen tno ponernu hcvd of th strong arm squad domi neered In the Tenderloin. Ills body seemed shrunken nnd his face showed fear. There were two priests In long black cassocks, reading th litanies In steady, but subdued voices, and between them walked the doomed man. One lg was bare from ths kn down to the top of the blnck sock nnd the slashed trouser leg had been rolled up Into a knotty bulge. It wasn't the old Decker, but a shadow. II had bem directed Into th chair. Glial ils droppid down on one knee and strapped app.n.itui to either anklo In seconds that seemed minutes. Other guards ns quickly kvvuiik and buckled strap that fatened his wrists to the arms of the cn.ur. a guaru reaencu from behind nnd dtmv his head back. The helmet was pressed down on his head and the dangling wire connected with It. , M Decker's weakening voice and the voices of tho prie'ta weie th only sounds, Leather shut out his sight sud denly forever Allium tho last tones he was phjslcilly able to utter came from lips that showed idlghtly between tha uppor and lower leather face bands. The alert but unperturbed electrlclnn looked over Decker's head to want Dr. Farr. A slight hand movement by tho prison plivslnan told the electrlclnn that nil was ready. The electrician leaned forward and watched Dicker's chest us thn now sightless man In th chair tried for tho last time to pray. When a mo ment later tho electrician noted Decker's chest nt tho end of an exhalation the electrician shot over a long lever In stantaneously. Father Curry turned away his head from strnps thnt had creaked sharply. A few minutes later a, telegram, as re qulied by law, was being sent from the wai den's olllce. It was to (!ov. Whit man and rad : "CharlPS Decker nnd Pamuel llnyns have been executed In conformity with th law this morning, Thomas Mott Osborne, Warden." FORD TO TAKE N. Y. CONVICT. Prisoner, .Si-nfencr fonunntt-il, to Work In A ut I'Bi-tury. At.rant, July 30. Henry Ford Is tn get another New York State convict for reformation In his automobile works In Dstro t. upon representations irom .nr, Ford, Oov. Whitman commuted to-duy the sentence of Chnrles Wilson, n. young Drooklyn stenographer, so that he will be released from felng Sing prison to morrow. Wilson was sentoncrd December 11, 1311. to a term of from five to nlno vears and ten mouths for assault, first i.WS U W fivfiO ft woo,! jjnsoflW, l The Equitable is a worthy home for the New York Law Institute Library The New York Law Institute, by its decision to move its Law Library into the new Equitable Building, has selected quarters and facilities well worthy of an institution of its particular dignity and character. . Heretofore, the rather inaccessible location of this -great library in the Post Office Building has militated against a full enjoyment of its benefits, nor were its old quarters consistent with the importance of its advantages to the legal profession. In the Equitable Building, however, this won derful storehouse of law literature will be so centrally, so conveniently situated, as to in crease its use by members and licensees, and to enhance the attractions of membership toothers. Obviously, the use of the Library is restricted to members and licensees. Building now open for tenants Equitable Building Corporation 120 Broadway MANTON PREPARES ATTACK ON WHITMAN I'ubHcntion Depends on An swer Governor Mnkcs to Lawyer's Telegram. FAIHXKSS TX QUESTION Locked up In oh of the desks In the office of W. Dourko Cockran and !ar tin T. Manton. Decker's lawyers. Is a statement which has been carefully pre pared by Mr. Manton for publication, nnd yet may nvr see the light of day. It Is un attack on Oov. Whitman for several things which Mr. Manton be lieves tho (Jovernor has said or done, and Its release for publication depends on the inihwcr Mr. Manton receives from tho (Jovernor In response to the following telegram, sent yesterday : Th U'orM In n despatch from Albany reports you saying: "To Decker's denial that he had agreed to make revelations of grafting tho (Jovernor said Martin T. Mnnton had given him a statement containing thn names of tlvo men, two dead and three living, who were implicated In th grafting." Did you inak this statement or authorize, it .' Answer prepaid. ManTis T. Manton. Will Wnlt for Answer. Tho Oovernor's answer was not re ceived when Mr. Manton's office was closed for the day, but Mr. Manton said he would wait a proper length of time for the (Jovernor's answer. Other newspapers besides tho U'orM printed practically tho same Albany despatch, but as Mr. Manton said: "Suppose thu liovernor denies h said anything of the kind, ns he has denied saying that Decker offered to plead guilty to murder In tho second dcgicc, what would bo the use of giving out the statement?" Mr Manton refused to say yesterday t wnetner ne nan given too uovcinor in names in live men who snareci m Decker's graft. "It will all be In thn statement," he said, and refused to say more. Dut those who havo been meet ing him dally for thn last few weeks and know something of his feelings ex pec that his forthcoming statement will deal with live jirlnclpal points, which Mr. Manton will say Indicate that the (Jovernor has not ncted fairly. Three of them concern statements attributed to tho (Jovernor In Albany despatches ; ono other dtfhls with an alleged state ment by tho Governor to Mr. Manton that Joseph Murphy, the Sing Sing con vict whoso afllduvlt was a featuro of tho last resort to the courts to savu Decker's llfo, was not In the Tombs at the time ho said ho had overheard a conversation between Vallon, Webber and Ilosn Indicating that they planned to frame up Decker. Subsequent Investi gations by Mr. Manton disclosed that Murphy was actually In tho Tomba when ho nald he wan. Trllmtr to flecker. Mr. Manton paid a tribute to Decker's courage yesterday. He saw Hooker Thursday afternoon and said that Decker's last wordi to him were an assurance that he had neither piocuied, Instigated or had anything to do with any plan to kidnap, asault or murder Herman Rosenthal, "How could any man mak n state ment llko Deckers last and he guilty? ho demanded About reports that Mrs. Decker will devote her life to exposing tho methods by which her husband was convicted Mr. Manton said: "1 know that has always been her frame of mind." Mr. Cockran had not rgalnd his conipnsmo when ho reached his oftlc. Reporters asked him nboiit th Alu.my story lh.it Mr Manton I-nil offered to tell Gov. Whitman tho names of flvo men who shared Decker's graft, nnd Mr. Cockran answered by dictating the fol lowing : "I am not going to enrage in a con troversy with any man who traduces the dead. If Gov. Whitman has the names of flvn mn, why doesn't he make them known? "Am legards this phase of the case you would better see Mr. Manton about hat, for he was the ono who had tho eonvms.itlou with th Governor As a matter of fact, however, tr.e Governor asked Mr. Manton If Decker would lm plicate a man who to-day holds public olllc. Mr. Manton said he didn't know whether Decker know anything about the mm, and that ln Mnnton, only came to the Governor with the offer from Decker that he would go on the wltnes stand and tell the whole truth Mnnton said ho wan not In a position to answer such a question, "Isn't It a terrible thing that Becker was scut to his death without a chance of having the Judgment nf the last ootirt reviewed by an Impartial au thority? , "Tho Rxecutlve to whom the l.w gives ultimate decision wan the vr' officer who prosecuted him. What a pity that he didn't submit tho record for the te view ot nuch minds -io those of Kllhu Root or farmer. eWol Judg Cullenyt HISTORY OF MURDER FOR WHICH 5 DIED Tli roe Years and a Fortnight Since Herman Rosenthal Was Killed. MANY LEGAL MOVES Three years and a fortnight have elapseil sln-o Herman Rosenthal waa shot to death on tho sidewalk In front of the Metropole, nnd In that tlmo tlvo men have paid the penalty for the crime In the death chair nt Sing Sing. With Decker's execution yesterday tho legal curtain seems to havo b'en rung down upon the case, n cause eclcbre In the criminal annals of this city. It waa early In July. 1912, that a policeman was placed day anil night In side of Itosenthal'-i gambling house nt 101 West Forty-fifth street to keep him from opening up. On July 13 Rosen thal's resentment took tho form of an aflldavit published In a newspaper ac cusing Decker, partner tn his gambling house, of persecuting him. District Attorney Whitman had Rosenthal heforn him two days later, heard part of his story ann arranged for him to come back the next motiiing, Tuesday, July 16. to finish and swear tn his charges. About 2 o'clock (hat morning th gambler was called from th Metropole testaur.int nnd shot 'to death on the sidewalk by th four gunmen. Dut for tlm fact that a vaudeville actor named Gallagher had caught the number of th big nutomobll In which th gunmen sped away, th clime might still be among New York's unsolved mysteries. That number 41313 N. Y. obtained by Mr. Whitman, disclosed th owners of the car, Llbby nnd Shapiro, and led to thn disclosure by them that It was Jack Roe, gamblr and graft collector, who hud hired It. After that the detection nf th criminals moved on qulekiy nnd unerringly. Rose surrendered himself two days after th murder, Webber nnd Sam Paul three das later Vallon and Decker's friend Jack Sullivan also wero caught In the District Attorney's net, nnd on July 22 Mr Whitman gave out tho names of tli four gunmn Gyp tho Dlood, Lefty Louie, Whltey Lewis and Dago Frank Clroilcl. Decker was Indicted nnd arrested on July 29 after Mr. Whitman hnd ob tained the confessions of Rose, Wchbor and Vallon. Th search for the four gunmen went on nil over the country for several weeks. Dago Frank waa arrestod In a Harlem lint Whltey Iwls In thn Catskllli nnd Gyp the Dtood and Lefty Louie In u Rldgownod Mat. Decker vv.us put on trial Octobr 4. 1912. Jto.s", Welilier and Vallon, al though under Indictment themselves, took the stand against Decker on thn priiinlso that If they told the 'truth they would not be, prosecut'd. Sam Schcpps, arrested at Hot Springs, Aik., though not an accomplice, i-orroborntcd Ros. Webber nnd Vallon Th tlrst Jury took eight hours to decide Chat Decker was guilty. ,Tlu gunmen were tried a month later, convicted, practically on the same testimony, und executed on April II, 1914. Dago Frank boforn going to th chuli- made a confession, given out by thn w.uden, that hn bid rot been engaged iu tho nctunl killing, which wan done, b said, by tho thren others. Ho also said that so far as ho knew Decker had nothing tn do with It. Tlm Court of Appoals granted Dnknr a new trial largely through dl-watls-f.ictlon with thn character of the testi mony concerning the Harlem i-onfrnce at which Decker ordered Rosenthal killed. Reck!7.! second trial began May 6. 1914, and at this Jainns Marshall, a negro, former Mool jilgeon for Hecknr, oJTered further cnrro)irat!v evidnncn of th meeting. Decker wms found guilty for tho second tlmo on May 22, 1911. and his conviction this time ns upheld by the Court of Appeals on May 2S last. Tho last move, outside of the final appeals to Justice Ford nnd the Gover nor, was an effort to have his oase re viewed by tn I'nlted States Supreme Court, which was refused. LAKE HOPATCONG C TOMORROW -Also Every Sunday end Holiday Lr, W. IU St. f .S3 : Lv. Llb'ily St. 1 .00; Lr, Jackion Avr,, JmryCuy, Q.I7a,m, Lv. Bioid St., Neomk, 8, JO a.m. MAUCH CHUNK TOMORROW m sin l'w 3M8l.ll JOj Llb.ity St. g.Mi 91 .DO Jickioil Ave, Jril-y City, 8.7 l.tn, Biod St., Ntwjik, 8.1S a.m. HARD COAL NO 8M0KK COMFORT lay word f or (wo or tnreafainuUhffi