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last parting of the'man from his
"The guards" were kind. When
the relatives "were brought in,
they used to screen the man's cell
"But the curtains didnot shut
out the -cries ci and screams of
agony. And we who heard them
"Fathers, mothers, sisters,
brothers, sweethearts! They
went hy us to the curtained cell,
weeping. They were carried out
fainting. They were dragged out
"We used to feel for these
scenes coming on, and an awful
silence would fill the death house
just before them and long after
"We were supposed to be hard
ened criminals. But not one of
us exer wanted to be the first to
break the srlence after onq oi
"The last man to go through
the little green door in there was
'Albert Wolter, who "was convict-
ed of the murder of Ruth Whee
ler. "I do not believe Wolter was
guilty. I cannot believe it. I
heardhim on his knees swear to
his father and mother that he was
"That was just the Sunday be
fore he went through the little
green door, the day of the last
"And no man who wen,t
through the little green door all
the time I was there was more
calm than Wolter.
calmly and with" a firm step and
his head was held on high like
that of a proud man unjustly suf
fering. "The man who behaved worst
in passing through the door was
Joseph Garallaj, who was con
victed of murdering a friend.
" "Garalla cursed God arid Christ
and the church; he threw down a
crucifix and stamped upon it; he
tore up and spat upon sacred pic
tures; he was blasphemous be
'"They had to drag him, groyel-
rling, crying, begging for mercy,
through the little green door.
"Only once did we sing for a
man on the morning he went
away. That "was in the case of
"Usually we sang 'through the
night, and in the morning a ter7
nble silence would fall over the
deajh house and we would not
even whisper to each other.
"But Swinton begged us the
nightyjbefore to sing 'Safe in the
Arms of Jesus for him as he
passed out, and we did so.
"But we did not sing yery well.
We all felt a strange contraction
of the throat, and I choked before
I was half way through the hymn.
"It seems strange to sing 'Safe
in the Arms of Jesus' to a man
who is goin gto be twisted and,
crumpled in the electric chair in
a few minutes."
According to the law, Lustig is
waiting a new trial., The verdict,
o fthe lower court has merely
been reversed. But it is probable
that he never will stand before a .
"He walked to his going away j
judge and jury again.