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the duty to society that remained.
He commanded that the minis
ters make the confession public
He said :
"It is right that this should be
known. It is my son's wish that
my son's confession be made pub
lic. "I desire to thank the public
for whatever sympathy was felt
Henry 'Beattie slept well last
night. He awoke tovgaze from
his barred window on a sodden,
rain-soaked world. , " .
But impending death within
nnd deep gloom without failed to
Shake his iron nerve. He turned
" from the tyindow, and asked that
his spiritual 'advisers be sent for.
He had completely dressed
' when the ministers entered the
room. And it was evident that
he had made his toilet carefully.
He smiled 'to the clergymen,
and then be"gan the astounding
At the end of it, he wenbto the
window once more to ' take his
last long look at the world of 'out
A morbid crowd had gathered
outside the penitentiary. They
were kept on the move by special
squads of policemen. '
Seven o'clock Tang through the
old, prison, and the guards enter
ed Beattie's cell. They did not
speak, Beattie smiled, and plac
ed himself between. i.
Thus, 'they began the march
to the death chamber Beattie hi
the center, flanked by guards, and
clergymen and the prison sur
geon, Dn ,W. T, Pppenheirqer.
Seattle held his little Bjble Jtn
his hands. -' ,
The procession crossed the cor
ridor, and 'stopd on the thresh
"ridor, and stood on the
threshold of the. room of death.
The room was in murky dark
ness. As the condemned man
stepped to the doora "blazing, re
flected light burst forth froiii a
cluster of incandescent globes v
immediately above, tliechjrnsy,
polished oak chair with its fit
' tings of death.
The lights threw -a circle of
weird ' illumination about the
chair, that intensified the dark
ness of the remainder of the mus
ty room. v
Across the room, in the dark
ness, sat a dozen men on little
They were huddled very close!
together. Their knees were
shaking, and the;r teeth were
The ministers by Beattie's side
were, shaking' like leaves in a
Beattie smiled at the twelve'
dim men in ythe 'far earner. He
turned to the ministers and shook'
hands, and. then his head dropped ,
on his breast and' he murmured
a few wordsvof prayer.
Then while' the sijent men
watched, he drew himself to his
full height, and marched steadily
to the chair- He never faltered
nor hesitated once.
Beattie sat down. The five 'at
tendants, each with certain du
ties to do, fastened on this Me
chanism and that.
A dim hand reached out in an-s