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KNOXVILLE. TENN. : WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 18, 1S75. WHOLE NO 18915 HANGMAN'S DAY DEATH OF JOHN 0. WEBB. A Written Statement from Him. The Somie ftt the Gullowa. Letters from Ayera to Wobb. Execution of Berry, the Wifa Murderer, at Rogars.il e He Protests His Innocence lo the Las . G.OOO People Witness tho Han. -iog at Tazewell. Honeycutt'e Confession a Denial of tho Charge of Murder. 'from Knoxrille Chroniclo. Aug. 1 1E75.) Yesterday afternoon, about 20 min utes past one o'clock, John C. Webb died on tiie gibbet, erected on the rail road lot near the C'liuton Pike, to ex piate the crime of murder, committed on the 5th of March, 1S74, when Rich Reynolds died at Die hands of two as sassins, a full detail of which was giv en In the Chronicle at the time. Early yesterday crowds of people could he i-een passing in from every direction, and every country road or turnpike, leading Into the city, whs thronged with men, women, boys and girls, some riding in wagons, some on horseback and others walking, an I we veuture the assertion that among the latter were thousands who came many miles to satisfy that morbid appetite to see a man banging in mid air at the end of u rope, dying. Thus it was that ere nine o'clock in the morning the streets of Kuoxville were crowd ed with strangers. The jail was sur rounded by a dense crowd, and it was with difficulty that the NINETY GUARDS, which had been summoned by Sheriff' Swan, could persuade the people to keep out of thejail yard. Thu hill-side adjoining the Turner Hall lot was lilt ed with a living muss of humanity, and Prince street, beyond Main was perfectly blockaded with human be ings, all anxious to see what? a fel low creature sutler and die. ' ' FKKSIt ARRIVALS. About ten o'clock the Maryville train arrived with six coaches and a box car filled with representatives of Blount county anil " r-outh America," while the ferry boat was kept busy bringing others over from that side of the river, swelling the crowd considera bly. Shortly after this the train on the Kuoxville and Ohio Railroad arrived with 13 cars, crowded to their utmost capacity with men, women, anil chil dren, making a large crowd of itself, say from 1,500 to 2,000, the largest ma jority of whom at once repaired to the place of execution TO GET GOOD BEATS as we heard some of them express It, and by 10:30 o'clock the hillside, the railroad track and open ground near the gibbet was crowded with people, bo much so that the train in pas-ting had to go very slow and blow the alarm usually given when anything obstructs the track. Wagons with families in them were on the ground s early as 8 o'clock in the morning, remaining there in the hot sun all day, merely in order to have a good beat, and a place close to the gibbet. The truius on the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad, brought more recruits and by the time the hour for the execution had arrived the crowd was being estimated all the way from TEN 10 TWENTY 'THOUSAND. Yet the majority of those expressing an opinion In regard to the number of witnesses of the last struggle of Webb, gave the number at about fifteen thousand. This is truly a sad commentary od the state of the moralsof East. Tenner see, to be compelled to state that ten thousand people witnessed a hanging, when but live thousand attended the funeral of such a man asEx-Presldent Johnson. THE LAST NIGHT, Webb's wife remained with him until about midnight, and sometime after she left him he retired to rest, request ing to be awakened in the morning, which was done. He ate a hearty breakfust, remarking that this was tiie lust opportunity to enjoy a meal. After breakfast Webb was visited by Father Walsh, his confessor, aud some old rye whisky having been given him, his spiritual adviser asked him not to drink, hut he Dually drank. Among tho visitors who called upon him iu the morning wereOen. Cooper and Justice Ochs. He conversed with the General in regard to his war record, and with Justice Ochs In regard to his lirst trial, lie bid Mr. Ochs farewell, and said he did not think hard of him, as he had only done his duty in binding him over to Court. About ten o'clock the) prisoner was furnished a new suit of clothes provid ed by hla brother, and it is said that he used boiuo very bitter lauguage when a razor was refused him. Fatti er Walsh remained with him all morning, aud Father Murron hastened down to the jail ad soon as he arrived on the 11 o'clock train. IN THE CELL. About ') minutes of 12 o'clock, m., Sheriff" Swan, accompanied by one half dozen deputies, and the Aic, Chroniclf., and Chicago Time re porters, proceeded to the cell of the condemned man for the purpose of reading to him the Death Warrant, preparatory to his journey to the scaf fold. Webl was on his knees in prayer with Fathers Marron and Welsh, when the Hherlff' entered, and was permitted to finish Ills devotions On rising from his knees, he carefully took up the piece of rug on which lie had been kneeling and placed it in its proper place at, the foot of his mattress, as coolly as though lie had not a thought of death. Indeed he was the coolist man of the party, judging from bis n.ani., r. Sheriff Swan htrnelf seemed some wliat agit'ittii, so much so as to inter fere with his reading distinctly. After he had linished the reading, Webb de sired to read the document himself, and taking it from the sheriff' read it deliberately from beginning to end ; after which, lie lifted his baud con taining n crucifix, which had been given him by Father Marron, and said, " I swear before God that Ism to be hun ir unjustly," and other assertions of like nature, then kissed the crucifix as if to seal the oath. Just before the reading, lie had shaken hands with the sheriff' anil disavowed any hard feel ings toward him. He was then led out Into the hull, handcuffed, ami having expressed a desire to speak to Ayers, Ins supposed aeeunipliee.was led to the door of ids cell. He called Ayers up to door and said, "Joe, you will have to pray mighty bard, old fellow, to get for giveness for all the men you have kill ed you will, old fellow." This was all his parting to his fellow prisoners. Being led to the door, he was joined by his weeping wife, who never left bis side from that moment until the fatal noose was adjusted preparatory to his swing into eternity. He was driv en to the place of execution in a large baggage wagon, seated between bis wile and tiie Sheriff", with gome six deputies on the front and rear seats, aud about fifty more armed with double barreled shot guns following the wagon. The route of the lugubri ous cavalcade lay up Prince street, to Union, down Uuion to Walnut, down Walnut to Asylum and down Asylum to the place of execution, out on the Clinton turnpike, between files of gaping, curious sight-seers, who lined the walks, perched on the fences and tilled the doors and windows. AT THE SCAFFOLD. The arrangements were all complete for the reception of the sad cortege. A rope had been Btrctchid some UK) feet from the scaffold as a center, form ing a barrier against which surged the crowd by tills time swelled to not less than eighteen or twenty thousand. The scaffold was a plain structure of 3cantliug, made in the old fashioned way two uprights with a cross-beam overhead, the uprights braced, and midway of the crossbeam a "staple put to receive the rope, while near by was the coffin. THE o'CONNER ZOUAVES Were drawn up to the south of the scaffold at rest, while on the hillside overlooking the place of execution from tho north and west, were station ed the Dickinson Guards, surrouuded by an immense throng, which covered the entire hill side, and looked on at the (to them) rare show. THE DEATH OF HIS SISTER, and her buriul today, and that his fath er was expecting his (John's) body that night. Webb seemed somewhat affected by this, but soon recovered his cool bravado of demeanor. To a ques tion of Mayor Staub, he stated that he had put all the statement he had to make in the hands of G. Washington, Esq., who would give it to the world. V HIS WIFE seemed to bear up very well until it come to the final parting just before the adjusting of the noose when she gave way lo bitter Bobs aud moans of au guish, which were heard all over the grounds. Just before the noose was adjusted Webb stood up and shook hands with the sheriff and said. "You've got hold of the best old soldier ynu ever had hold of ; you have," he then bid the sheriff" good bye the last prayers were said by the spiritual at tendants, and Webb stood up on the seat of the wagon witli the rope dang llhg just over his head, game to the last. . HIS LAST WORDS were "Well I thank you all for com ing out to see me hung, I forgive all, aud hope God will forgive me. Good bye. God bless you!" to his wife : "I'll try and meet you ill heaven," aud finally, " I'm the best piece of furniture that ever stood up here; I am." The black cap was then drawn over his face, and the noose adjusted, his legs tied, his hands hand-culled be hind him, and without a tremor, or perceptible giving way of that tremen dous jihysical or brute courage charac teristic of the man, John Webb stood ready to step Into eternity. The dep uties, clergymen, his wife, and all oth ers stepped down from the wagon. The horses were started, and in a mo ment more a shapeless bundle of clothes, dangled uuder the beam and and Webb was Hung. finale. The body swung back and forth two or three times, and turned around with the twisting of the rope, until Sheriff' Swan stepped forward and took hold of tho legs aud stopped the motion. Drs. Alexander, Brake and Mcltey uolda, promptly stepped forward and took note of the action of the pulse and heart. The following is the RECORD OP DEATH : Swung off' well and hearty at 27 minutes past oue, pulse SO, or there abouts ; ut each minute the record showed the following changes : pulse-23, S2, 37, 27, 82, H7 ; fluttering and intermittent, 18, 20, 23 aud inter mittent, 22 and fa ble. At the end of 0 minutes the pulse ceased entirely. The action of the heart was percepti ble for a minute aud a half afterwards, when it ceased also, and at the end of 15 minutes he was pronounced dead; and at 40 minutes past one, after hang- lug just 1:1: minutes, the boily was tak en down and placed in the coffin, the limns composed and cap removed. The features were imt distorted In the least, and only a slight discolors tioii perceptible about the neck from the action of the rope. The colli n was a m at affair, lined with white, and whs wiili I he remains enclosed, turned over to the friends who took them to Aniler-oii county on the 4 o'clock train for interment. And so was i lie law vindicated (?) and vengeance taken for the murder of Kichur-l lleyi olds nnd the, end in not rt. INCIDENTS. Ouite nn excitement wnsruNid at one point in tiie proceedings by the inauguration oi u list Unlit, outside the ropes. The iruard brought their shot imiiis ton present some of them cock ed reMily lor destruction ; womei screamed, men shouted, boys hnwle and whistled, and things looked oinir mi for a not. it was soon quelle! liotveve r, and tiie hanging proceedei A short time after t lie gallows sect i was over, and the multitude hud dii persed, a man came in a great hurt to the office of one of our leading ph- sicians, and teqiicvted his services im mediately lor Ins (milliliter, who had been ciwicntr, and under the excite ment and fatigue of the day an abor tion hud resulted. He lived several miles away from the city, and he, with his d a lighter and other me in tiers of the family, had, notwithstanding her con dition, coma to see the hanging. This was one of the sickening features of tiie day, from which humanity naturally revolts. WKIlll'S WRITTEN STATEMENT. The following is the statement written by Webb and placed in the hands of George Washington, Esq., as above referred to: "The first beginning of the case for which now I am under sentence of death was on tho first Monday in March, 187-1. I receive a letter from Foster lirown nmlJosoph Avers which informed mo thnt something was on tlio hoard. I knew lirown very well, and lie wanted me to meet him anil Ayers at the head of Poplar creek on the 3d of March, 1874, as they had some particular bisiness. I went to the placo to sco what was on hand, find about 10 or 12 o'clock that night they enmo to tho gale and hallowed. 1 told them to come in, when lirown came in and said ho had a friend with him that had coma a long ways to see me. I asked him who ho was, hut he did not say for some time ; at last he asked mo if I had got a letter from him and somebody else. I told him that I had, when lie said -that is the man who is with mo. Ho then said it was Joseph Ayers. I went out to where Ayers was, aud lirown gave me au introduction to him, nnd Ayers said said that ho had come a long Kays to see me, and that lirown had told him all about nie. Then he told Die his business. lie said ho was getting up a crowd of K. K. K's. to go and whip an old rebel and make him leave the country, and that he would give me a good horse, saddle and bridle if I would go with him and help him give him thirty-nine lashes. I told him that 1 would go up, and asked him when we would go. He said for me to tho same place the next night, and he would have a man there that would show me the way to where tho crowd would meet. He said that ho would bo there with a large crowd, when I asked him where was the horse that ho was going to give me, and he says I will give you this blue horse which I am riding, and he lighted a match and showed rao tho horse. On tho next night I went to the same place, mid a man came up and called my namo and shook hands with me. I told him tffat I did not know him. IIo told mo his name, and then pulled a letter out of his pocket nnd said this will make you no me. The letter was from Joseph Ayers, telling me to come with Dave Duncan, and lie would show mo the way to the meeting ground, where lie wtedd be, and would tell me all tho natiir s and particulars. Ou the morning oi' ti e .1th me and Dun can started and went on to the upper end of Clinton, and he said that he had somo particular business to see to, and for me to meet hitn at the bridge in two hours. I went down in Clinton to John Martin's and got my dinner and then went down into town to the grocery and got somo whiskey, then I went up to tho bridge and Dun can was thero, and wo went on to liull liun, and about one mile from there wo came to tho crowd on top of the Sebon point, this sido of liull Run creek. There was Joseph Ayers and Lum Ayers and Foster lirown and one more man. Wo all set down on a log and I asked them if that was all of their crowd, and they said it was all that they wanted. Ayers pulled out a roll of money and counted out three piles and gave Duncan one pile and tho other man one of tho other piles, and offered me oue pile. I told him that 1 must know all about what they was going to do. His answer was this : "Wo are going to kill an old rcb cl to-night and bum him in tho house, for ho killed my father," and he told mo all about what they was going to do. I told him that if they was going to kill him that I was going back, for I had never done such a thing in my life, and I was going back. They nil begged me very hard to go on with them, but I told them no, I was going back if life lasted. When they found out that I was going sure, they all stopped mo and snid that if 1 would not tell on them that they would go on and kill him. 1 told them that I should not tell nothing, and for them to do just what they pleased, but I thought they had better let that part of it alone. I started back, and 1 went just as fast as I could. I run a part of the way so as that I could get back to Clinton. I got to Clinton a few minutes before the sun set ; 1 went to John Martin's nnd tlicy asked nie where I had been gone so long, that they had been down in town hunting for rao, I told them that I had been just straying around ; and supper was ready by tlmt time, then John 15. into and Joseph K. Webb came in and we all sat down to supper, nnd all of us eat supper, nnd cat together, and stay ed there all night, and eat breakfast together next morning. I staid there till about 8 or 'J o'clock on tho Ctli. I told my sister that 1 thought that I would go out to Samuel Henderson's and I might conic back and take the train that night ; but as I was on my way out to Henderson's, about half way I was stopped by Dave Duncan, and he asked nie where I was going ; I told him where I had started, and I asked him what ." Webb's manuscript ends abruptly here, but he continued with a verbal statement to Mr. Washington, to the effect that Duncan had told him that Ayers wanted Duncan to kill him (Webb), and that Ayers had agreed to pay Duncan one hundred dollars to commit the deed. Ens. SOMETHING AllOUT THE l'LOT. When Webb's wife tlrst arrived she called on Ayers and asked Mm if be hired John to kill Reynolds, when Ayers replied that lie knew nothing nbout it whatever. Sheriff Swan in re lating the incident lo us, staled that he fell silt islied that he did, having Ihe documents in his pocket to prove his guilt. We asked to see tliedocunients, and were shown the two letters given tielow. We understand, however, that the counsel for the defense pronounce these letters as a forgery, and that they will call for them to-day. ISut here are the letters : "March th 1 1S74 "Mr John 'chb "Dear Sir I have, been informed by Mr. lirown that you air one of the old war hoys and will do to depend on I write you this in order have a interview with vou and if you will go with me to help KKKamtin i will give your own price in money or land My land lays in hickory countv Mo. ho is a rebel mid ho (killed my) father nnd if you will meet me and lirown where lirown has said i will sat isfy you for all trouble anil moro too i liav got plenty of money anil plenty of property and a full store aud i will give vou your own price. We will be here by 10 or 11 o'clock that nitc. "Yours truly Joseph Ayers, "You will find nie one of truest K K K." In thy original tlioi tvurdi areoraw-J. "March the 3 1S74 "Mr. John Weiih you conio with dave dtincan and he will show you the way to where wc will meet then i will "ivo vou all the nroceedincs i have nlen- ty of whiskey aud i will liavo one ilun- ureu iioiiais in money lor you aim l win give you a hill of sale for that blue horse that i showed you tho other night be sure and bring "two good pistols with you and if you haint got a rig it dont matter for i have got plenty of black muslin be sure and come and wc will have good times and i will stisfy you for an more too "please tear this un "You will lind mo one of the truest K k k "Joseph Ayers" HnHKtuirof Kerry nt Rnicpravlll. Itogersville wob alive yesterday with people to witness the execution of William Xicholus Berry, tho wife murderer, the particulars of whose crime, ttiai aud conviction our read ers are familiar. The crowd began to gather as early as Thursday morning, aud last night all the inns and boarding houses were crowded to their fullest extent, but this morning began toswellln earnest, and the public roads and byeways leading into town from all directions were thronged with people of all ages, colors and conditions, aud at an early hour every nook and corner seemed to be jammed with au impatient mnlti ti de anxious to see the "sight." Good judges estimated the crowd at five thousand people, which was per haps one of the largest ever assembled in Itogersville on any occasion. All the counties around wero largely rep resented, and many from Lee aud Scott counties in Virginia, and from "over on Clinch" they came cn masse. Iu company with one of his counsel we visited Berry's cell late Thursday evening, and found there Father Mar rion of Kuoxville, speaking wiln the doomed man about hisspiritual condi tion, and advising him, if he were really guilty of tho crime for which he was condemned to die, to make a full confession of the same, and not die clinging to a falsehood, aud thus be uuprepared to meet In ptaco that Be ing who knows the secrets of all hearts, and from whose unerring judgement there is no appeal. asserts innocence. Berry positively asserted his inno cence, and declared he was In no way guilty of taking the life of his wife. The priest told him that the proof and public opinion was very strong against him. Berry replied by saying, "I know it is for they have sworn lies against me, but never mind let the world have the whole matter as It will, God lias it right and in that great day It will he seen that an Innocent man has been put to death." After a few words with Berry about his youngest daughter to whom he( Berry )seemed much attached the priest bid htm an affectionate fare well saying that lie had done all he could for him and would return to Kuoxville early this morning to pray with and comlort Webb in his last hours. Berry seemed ' GREATLY AFFECTED, so much so that we took our h ave, but before parting with him lie requested us to return this morning as he wished to make his last statement, which he desired to be published in the news papers of the country We then bid him good night promising him to call in the morning which we did, and with him had the following INTERVIEW. Beporter Good morning Mr. Ber ry, how are you feeling to-day? Berry I am feeling very badly. Had such pains iu my bend and side that I could not rest at all through the night, in fact, my health bus not been good for several months. Reporter How have vou been t.ass- iug away your time in your cell ? jierry most all or mv t mo has of lute been consumed in reading my Bi ble and in earnest uruver to Almiuhtv God that He might pardon me and lean me lo mat bright and happy world above. I have now found peace with my Lord, and have no tears ot dying, for the troubles of this world are many, and I feel willlim and ready to leave my prison cell. iteporier sir. Merry, dnl you really murder your wife, or were yon in uuy way connected with tbe same? Berry I positively did not kill my wife or have anything lo do with it in any shape or form. I always lov ed her, and never spoke but two cross words to her iu all my life, although she being very high tempered, often said harsh things lo me, but I would go on paying no attention to her. Beporter Then Mr. Berry, since you declare your innocence so positive ly, can you tell nie who you think perpetrated the fiendish deed? Berry My skirts are clear, so help me God, in this my dying hour, but I have always believed the crime was committed by my father, Patsy Dot son, James MeFerin, Hannah Berry, my cousin, and Henderson Berry, my half brother, as my father and others of the party named had threatened to kill her on various oeaasions. Beporter How about the recent statement of your daughter, who de clares you murdered your wife with your own hands? Berry She was scared into moll a statement by my father and other ene mies of myself and family. They also promised if she would turn against ma they would get up a petition fur the pardon of her husband, who was sent to the State prison some time ago for stealing a beg. May the Lord have mercy ou tbe poor child and pardon her for a falsehood so great. I have tried to raise my children right but they have all turned out very bad ly, except my youngest daughter who was always quick to mind whatever myself or her mother told her to do. Reporter: ''Mr. Berry, do joii leal ize the fact that you are to die on the gallows before the setting ot' the sun, aud that it is of tbe utmost importance to your soul's eternal welfare that you tell nothing save the truth?" Berry: "Yes sir, I do. I know this body of mine will soon tie cold and lifeless, and I look for no pardon from human hands whatever, and mv Maker has already pardoned me for the many sins 1 have committed against His holy law. I give you a true state ment of the unfortunate affair, know ing that grim death now looks me in the face and that nothing unclean shall enler ihe house of God. and that all liars shall burn everlastingly in that lake of lire and brimstone." Beporter: Tell us something about your past life, where you were horn, yourage, occupation, aud so fourth ? Berry: I was born in this countv. and was forty-live years old the loth of last Uecember. I went to school but little while young, aud the most of my education I received by hard and faith ful study after I was full grown. I was conscripted into the Con federate army during the war and nut in Col. Backer's regiment, Gen. Pegram's brigade, which I deserted in July, 18(53, when Bird aud Sanders made their rade thro' Fast Tennessee. and went home to my wife who was men very sick, bince the war 1 have tried to live a peaceable aud quiet citi zen, attending to my own business aud letting the affairs of others alone. LEA VINO TIIE CELL. The hour for the execution having arrived, we left the cell, but before leaving he thanked us for the interest manifested iu his behalf, aud said he wanted us to have everything pub lished he had triven iu his conversa tion, aud that he should make no re marks at the gallows, for the people were so prejudiced against him that his words would probably do him more harm than good. STARTING FOR Til E CI ALLOWS. At 10 o'clock Sheriff' Spears took the prisioner from his cell and placed him in a wagon, which contained a plain. though neat walnut coffin, and with a heavy guard ou each side, started off' ior me gallows one mile southeast of town, followed by a dense crowd, con taining about 5,000 persons, aud upon coming to the designated spot, we found at least 2,000 more awaiting the arrival of the doomed man, which made In all, about 7,000 people on the ground; more than one-half of the w hole number were women and chil dren. the gallows was a rude structure consisting of two upright pine poles, Joined together at thetopby a third of the same material. The wagon containing the the' prison- ' er was driven under the cross beam at fifteen minutes past eleven. REMARKS I'.YTHE MINISTER. At Berry's request the Rev. Mr. Harden, of the Second Presbyterian Church, of Itogersville, made a few very appropriate remarks, and offered up a fervent prayer in the prisoner's behalf. HE SI APE NO SPEECH, But spent about fifteen minutes in bidding farewell to bis kindred and acquaintances, assuring all that he was fully prepared, willing and even anxious to leave Ihe wicked, unfriend ly world, and hoped that nil would meet him In that heavenly lest. THE MUIMIEIII'.I) WIFE'S RROTHER. Among the pi rsons with whom he shook hands was his murdered wife's brother, who seemed deeply affected. Berry manifested a great deal of feeling, and the tears rolled freely down his thin cheeks w hile convers ing with Msriends, but as soon as he was through talking with them his teals ceased to flow, and without as sistance he deliberately stepped upon the wagon seat with as happy a coun tenance as we ever saw, and while the Sheriff was adjusting the niKisearnund his neck he rolled his large blue eyes up in the Sheriff's face, nod raid, " How do you feel about this?" To which the Mierill replied, " Very bad s', Nick." THE KNOT TIKI). The fatal knot was tied, the blank cftp drawn ou aud all things made ready when the doomed man muetlv signified his willingness to the Sheriff" to die, the whip cracked, the horses moved forward, aud at precisely 0 min utes to 12 his body was dangling in the air. HIS LAST AUM11LK WORDS were " I now bid this world farewell and hope to meet you in that better world above wiiere parting i not known." He struggled very little but seemed a long time in dying, in fact the physi cians did not pronounce him dead un til 7 minutes past 12. The body re mained hanging in all 3'J minutes, when it was taken down aud delivered to friends who had promised the un fortunate man at his earnest request to hurry it along side of his murdered wife. Nearly everybody was of the opin ion that he would acknowledge his guilt under the gallows, Imt in this they were dissappointed, aud we heard a number say, alter seeing that lie had held out to the lust, that he was not guilty, that he may have been inno cent after all, but be this as it may, the proof was all against, him, and a very large majority believe that he undoubtedly perpetrated thecrimefor which he was sentenced to die. OPINIONS OF THE PUI1LIC. Many believed that the reason why Berry did not confess was through pure malice towards his father, broth er and tfie others whom he implicated as above stated, as the murderers of his wife, while others thought that he had told somauy falsehoods about the affair that he really believed lie was then telling the truth. Take It all iu all this is one of the most extraordinary cases in many re spects which ever came to our notice. While we are a strong believer in capital punishment, for certain high, crimes, at ti e same time not express ing our opinion as to his guilt or in nocence, we do think the proof shuuld ba most positive from wituesseso' un doubted varacity, before auy should be condemned to death, for it is better that many guilty should go unpunish ed than one innocent man die such, an ignominious death. Berry i. ., -eared to h a ipuiet, deli cate, iut'll'. nsive kind . . n man, with no trace of ihe brutal o, vicious what ever to hr found in lim composition, but from what, his neighbors tell us, it. won' seem he was only human in in y'. For It is claimed, some time lief : nurdering his wife, whom ha had bwui'ii to protect, that he killed hia own son, auu then declared he was kicked to death by a mule ; and more than all, if possible, itissaid he became so depraved and lost to every humane seuse, that he" regularly ;co-habited with his own daughter. HnuifiuK of iloneyrutt at Tazewell. The quiet and rural little town of Tazewell, early Friday morning, be came alive with humanebeings to wit ness the execution of Auauius Huney cutt, the murderer of Thomas Ausniua in January, 1874. Many had come from " miles away" to see the prisoner launch his frail bark on uncertain waters, aud to look at the living, man for the last time. GUARDS FORM A. LINE. At 11 o'clock the guard, consisting of fifty men, fell Into line in front of the Mayers' House, und was marubed to the jail, a block distaut, and took charge of the prisoner. MOVING TOWARD THE HALLOWS. At 12 o'clock the procession moved, iu tbe following order: A two-ltorse wagon, preceded by a portion of the guard, containing Honeycutt, bis coffin, etc., and the Bevs. Crutehfield and Greer, followed by Sheriff' Mayers and deputies, encircled by a guard, and close iu the rear was a large concourse of pen lc ; hlso to the right, left and in front did the citizens clini in great numbers. At 12:) o'clock the proces sion gathered within t lie enclosure al lotted them, a rope encircling the gal lows. THE CALLOWS Had been erected, lat Saturday, iu Acadtiuy Hollow, north of the town, aud upon both sides the ground rote (Continued on Eighth rage.