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The Sedalia weekly bazoo. (Sedalia, Mo.) 187?-1904, July 15, 1884, Image 7

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of his confession before the coroner a
inquest last month and which has
been published in all of the papers
time and again. He told his horrible
efory without the least tremor, and
spoke as if he were relating the ex
ploits of some dime novel hero.
At half past one in the afternoon
tae trial of Charles Hamilton was re
sumed, the jury appearing and taking
their seats a few minutes before that
Mr. Longan then read the exposition
of the law and instructions to the ;ury
on behalf the state, and was followed
by Mr. Sparks with those asked for
the defense.
At 1:50 Mr. Logan began his argu
ment, making a general resume of the
case from the inception of the horrible
crime in the mind of Aultman until
the arrest and incarceration of the two
men. He ruthlessly tore to pieces the
only hope of the defendant sympa
thy and scattered $he frail fabric to
the winds. Ordinarily, Mr. Logan is
an eloquent, logical speaker, but on
this occasion, "with the punishment of
brutal and horrifying murder before
bis mmd s eve, every word rang out,
every syllable bore might, and had the
balloting for a verdict been permitted
-among his hearers at the close oi his
speech, it is sate to say tnat nine-
tenths of them would have read
Mr. Sparks arose, and in a low but
distinct voice began his speech. He
introduced his cause by saying that
his task was
He had been appointed by the court
to defend a prisoner whose own open
-conression had condemned mm : ne
was laboring without hope of pecunia
ry reward, but would do the best he
could to" establish the innocence of his
client. He took the confession of
Hamilton, incident by incident, hop
ing to draw therefrom some proof of
the innocence of the unfortunate
young man. He pictured Aultman's
as the master, controlling spirit, draw
ing as with a chain of steel the weaker
mind of Hamilton. All the occur
rences of the tragedy save one, the
striking of Steidle with the track
wrench, were proven to have been the
work of Aultman ; by him the plans
were laid ; by his strong will and
were they executed. Hamilton had
struck the blow that stunned their
victim, but beyond this none of the
fiendish work had been his. He did
not see anything of Steidle until the
night of the murder; Aultman had
coaxed him away from Sedalia, de
ceived him at Montserrat, walked
with him to Warrensburg, enticed him
into the gloomy railway track in the
dead hour of night, cursed and abused
Hamilton for not striking the blow,
and after the murderous weapon had
fallen upon the head of the helpless
:and unsuspecting German ,
of their contents,and rolling the writhing
body over to secure the pistol in the hip
'pocket, leaving the body between the
rails to be crushed beneath the wheels
of the approaching: tram. But of no
-avail was Mr. Spark's plea for the life
of his client. After speaking for more
than an hour he vielded the floor to
Prosecuting Attorney Wood, to whom
was assigned the duty of closing and
igiyingr the case to the jury. Mr. Wood,
though at times a forcible and brilliant
orator, needed not to say much on this
occasion, for the verdict
He finished his speech at 4 :45, and,
after hearing the instructions of the
court, the jury retired.
Just an hour later, that is 5:45, the
jury signalled to the sheriff that they had
corne to a conol3ion and filed in and
took positions before the court. The
usual legal questions were asked and the
foreman handed the verdict to the clerk.
A silence lasted a few minutes, when
the clerk was commanded to read the
verdict. It was as follows :
" We, the jury, find the defendant,
3has. Hamilton, guilty of murder in the
first decree,, in the manner and form as
charged in the indictment.
41 Andrew S. Campell,
" Foreman."
Mr. Spark then asked that the jury be
polled, which was done. The clerk
called their name3 one at a time, and
after answering the court propounded
almost identical with that adduced in
Charles Hamilton's case, it is not re
produced. At the conclusion of the
evidence for the state, the defendan
was placed on the stand. He told a yery
I rr- . K 1.1 lOJ 1 W 1 :
uinerent swry irum mat wjiu uj vuanic,
and tries to lay all the blame for the
killineron the latter. Hesavs he knew
nothing whatever of Charlie's intention
to murder Steidle until the blow was
struck, and was then compelled, at the
point of Hamilton's pistol to choke the
man to aeatn ana roD mm oi nis money.
All the planning: was done by Charlie:
he mapped out the work and threatened
Billie's life if he did not execute it.
Aultman's story ail through was a whin
nine: hypocritical plea for sympathy, and
is easiiv contradicted. It shows that it
has been studied more for its effect on
the jury than the hope of having it be
lieved by the mass of people.
The arguments were began by Mr.
Loan. of the counsel for the state. It
is unnecessary to say anything of Mr.
Loeran's reputation as an orator, for
that is proverbial. He spoke earnestly
and honestly that justice be done an out
raged commonwealth. Uol. bhepherd,
attorney for the prisoner, made a strong
a. t a r .
argument against a uopeiess mountain
of prejudice, speaking with much
warmth and fervor. Hon. A. W. Rogers
spoke in behalf of Hamilton, pressing
upon the minds of the jury what little
hope there was in the testimony, and
analyzing and fitting together the story
of the defendant. It were well that men
could set aside their own personal feel
ings and thus enter the lists to clear the
stain from the soul of a self confessed
murderer, otherwise what would poor
criminals do, the whole world against
At eight o'clock court was called, and
Mr. Wood began the closing argument.
He spoke tor nearly two hours, saying
ji i . f
many tnings 10 impress upon uie minas
of the jury the guilt of the defendant.
His speech was impressive, and did
much to influence the verdict.
At 9 :40 the case was given to the jury
which retired to its rooms.
The court room was crowded in al
most every foot of available space
Many ladies, representing the highest
class oi society, had assembled and were
given seats inside the bar, drawn thither
by the interest in the case. The pri
soner sat almost motionless, head erect,
eyes wandering from judge to jury, and
from thence to the lace oi tne speaker:
restless, uneasy and, at times, almost
with a wild appearance. His face was
paler than its wont, and the lines about
his eves and mouth were more defined
than usual, but one not acquainted with
his history, and meeting him anywhere
else than in a crowded court room,
would not think that he is the hardened
sinner that he is. His restless eyes, the
twitchings at his mouth, the nervous
posture, all portray the terrible mental
. V - -3
he is undergoing.
to each this question, "Mr. , is this
your verdict?" to which each answered
"yes," and they were discharged.
. The prisoner watched the jury closely
irom the time they entered the room un
til the reading of the verdict, not a nius
cle being moved. At its conclusion he
wiped the perspiration from his forehead
with his bare, hand, his chin fell upon
his breast and he remained in this posi
rtion until the shrieff disturbed him to
take him back to prison. His face,
naturally pale, wore the pallor of death ;
his eyes were fixed ; his hands folded
idly in his lap, his body rigid as marble.
3So tears came to his eyes. Perhaps the
fountain of his soul has dried up, who.
The case of Charles Hamilton being
thus disposed of on Friday, May 14.
Was called in the same court, and like
the former case, occupied the greater
part of two days. As the testimony was
At an early hour Saturday
the streets were alive with people inter
ested in knowing, as soon as possiple,
the verdict of the jury in the Aultman
case. When the court adjourned last
night, the case had bean only twenty
minutes in the hands of the jury, ana
only one ballot had been taken, result
ing in 9 for guilty of murder in the first
degree and 6 for acquittal. jL wo of these
three stated on their ballots that they
had not fully made up their minds on
the case, and only voted to save time,
and it is supposed the other one only de
sired to know how the other eleven felt
before committing himself. The jury
were taken to the bimmons house, where
they had a long talk and earnest talk on
the matter. This morning, after they
had arisen, and before breakfast, an
other ballot was taken, resulting in a
unanimous verdict of guilty. It became
known long before 9 o'clock, at which
hour court was to meet, that the jury
had found a verdict, and were ready to
report. This rumor had the effect of
flllino t.Vip rrnrr. rnnm f-.n ovorflmvinov
At 9 o'clock the prisoner was brought
into court, little dreaming that he was
within a few feet of the men who were to
condemn him to death.
After the transaction of some minor
business the Aultman case was resumed
and the jury placed in front of the
bar. The usual legal questions were
asked and answered, and Mr. Jeremiah
Beattie, the foreman, stepped forward
and handed to the clerk a folded paper.
The clerk opened it and read
We, the jury, find the defendant,
William H. Hamilton, guilty of murder
in the first degree in the manner and
form as charged in the indictment.
Jeremiah Beatie,
The prisoner, who had been sitting
motionless, with his eyes resting upon
the jury, here let them fall and the lids
closed over the almost sightless balls.
He remained in this position until after
the jury had been polled and discharged,
a perfect pictvre of a lifeless man. His
attorney placed his hand upon his
shoulder and spoke to him, when Ault
man raised his eyes and let them wander
among the faces before him . His frame
was in a tremor; his face pale as death,
and his fingeis working nervously at his
Charles Hamilton was then brought
into court that he might receive the sen
tence of the law. When asked by the
court if he had anything to say why sen
tence should not be passed upon him,
he arose, and in a clear voice said:
"Nothing, only that I did not kill
the man. 1 admit that I struck
him with the wrench, but that fel
low" pointing his finger at Aultman
"cammitted the murder."
The court then began the address
usual in such' cases, saying, "Charles
Hamilton, it now becomes my painful
duty to pass upon you the sentence in
such cases."
He was interrupted by Hamilton with
"The sooner you get through the bet
ter." There was no fear in his voice, nor yet
was there any spirit of the bravado
about him. He showed by his action
that he was steeling himself to the or
deal, and was hghting down any animal
fear he might possess.
Judge Ryland then, in an address full
of land and fatherly advice to prepare
for the future, condemned him to be
lunge by the neck, on Friday, the 11th
day of July, 1884, until he be dead.
William H.Hamilton then stood on
his feet, and whe asked why sentence
should not be passed, broke completely
dpwn, and between his incoherent sobs
were heard these words :
"I know I did not kill that man; 1
only know I am not guilty. Do as you
will with me; I am ready."
At this point Charlie broke in with:
"Straighten up your face, you cur."
The sentence of the court was that he
also be hanged on the 11th of July.
There can be no doubt that the grief
of Aultman on this occasion was since;,
whatever may have been his motives
yesterday. He rested well last night,
ate a hearty breakfast to-day, and said
he felt very goodjust as if the jury
were going to acquit hira.
After the sentence had been read and
everything had become quiet, he sobbed
"I wish I hadn't done this! God help
me! God help me!"
An order was made by the court pro
viding for the appointment of two men
as the death watch in the Sedalia jail,
whither they will be taken to-night.
One will be confined on the south side
and the other on the north side of the
jail, and will not be allowed to come to
gether, as Charlie is very ferocious and
says he will whip Billie. even if he has to
do it on the gallows. This afternoon they
are both quiet, Charlie writing letters
and poetry; and Billie, moody and si
lent, doubtless busy with his own sad
thoughts. Both are heavily ironed and
strong guard is over them.
And thus ended the ferreting out, ap
prehending and bringing to justice the
perpetrators of one of the most diaboli
cal and cunningly conceived crimes
which ever disgraced the annals of the
state. A brief recapitulation of the
crime and history of the
slayers and the slain
may not be out of place here.
Carl Steidle was born in the city of
Wurtemburg, Germany, and trained in
the shops oi that country as a mechanic.
He soon found that his sphere in that
land was too narrow, and, hearing of
the advantages offered skilled laborers
in this country, took ship and sailed for
this land of freedom. Scarcely had he
landed on the shores of America, and
before he was able to speak the lauguage
of the couutry, work was offered him in
the railroad repair shops at Sedalia.
Thither he came, and folio wed his trade.
His free open nature won for hira many
friends there; his skill afforded hira the
esteem and respect or his employers.
While living in Sedalia he by chance
formed the acquaintance of one
whose life, it transpires, had been
clouded by a terra in the penitentian.
This Aultman was a mean, cunning man.
and by his serpent-like, insinuating man
ner, soon won tne commence oi tne
German, and he then made up his mind
to rob him of his hard earned wealth.
amounting to about 8200 in money and
a good stock of clothing
in the state prison this Aultman
formed the acquaintance of a fellow-
whose term of imprisonment would ex
pire a lew months later than that of
Aultman. Hamilton, or Nalskev, is a
young man, just past the age of 2
years, of a disposition as tractible as a
and can be led about as though
he were one. After the expiration of
Aultman's time, knowing: that he could
not write to Hamilton in prison other
wise, and needing him in his nefarious
business of robbery and perhaps mur
der, he addressed a letter to him as his
brother, from whence he got the name
Billie "Hamilton." In that letter he
persuades Charlie Hamilton to come to
Sedalia and meet him there. This Char
lie does, and they renew the friendship
begun behind the bars. The rent and
furnish a room, Billie agreeing to vouch
lor unarlie until ne ( unarne j can secure
work. Billie was at work in the paint
ing department oi tne car snops, and
Charlie, after spending the dav, as he
says, m search or work, wouiu go at
night to the narrow gauge depot in Se
dalia, and there the two friends would
discuss their future.
in the Pacific shops,
it was but natural that he should meet
and form the acquaintance of these two
men, and tell them of his plans also.
Billie acquainted Charlie of the finan
cial condition of Steidle, at the same
time hinting at his plan for getting the
German's money. This suggestion
Charlie says in his testimony before the
coroner's jury, he repudiated with scorn,
and left Sedalia, in order that he might
Ind employment elsewhere, get away
from Aultman, and begin a new and
better life. He came to this city, penni
less, and applied to Mr. Cottrell, the
proprietor of the Simmons house, for,
employment. Mr. Cottrell, having just
lost the services of his porter, engaged
Hamilton to take his place, paying him
therefor S2.50 per week and board. Mr.
Cottrell gave hira credit, while in his
employ, of a strict attention to the
duties assigned hira, and
Here the depraved Aultman again
found him. Writing a letter from
Sedalia telling Charlie to resign his po
sition, draw his pay and go with hira to
Kansas City, and thence to" California or
Colorado. He talked the matter over
with Mr. Cottrell, and at the earnest
solicitation of that gentleman, agreed to
remain with him another week.
On Sunday, Maich 30th, Aultman and
Steidle left Sedalia with the intention of
going west.
Steidle had packed all his personal
property, including the clothes he wore
in the shops, and his mechanic's tools
in his trunk, had it hauled to the depot,
und taking the passenger train west
from Sedalia Sunday afternoon, came to
Montserrat. this count', where taey
alighted, Steidle supposing be was in
Warrensburg. When he discovered his
being a workman
mistake the two men proceeded on foot
to this city, arriving here at Might.
Leaving Steidle at the depot, Ault
man went to the Siamons house, met
Hamilton, and
The German, he said, was an ignorant
greenhorn, unable to speak or under
stand the English language, and pos
sessed of $200 in money and considera
ble other property, which they could
easily get by striking him on the head
and "stunning him to unconsciousness.
Charlie demurred to this, but his weak
will in the hands of this man was over
come. After settling up with Mr. Cot
trell, and receiving a balance of some
$4.30 due him, he went with Aultman
to the depot, when he met and wa3 in
troduced to thi3 new friend. The three
then came up town in search of some
thing to drink, and applied to J. D.
Eads, druggist, corner of Holden and
Pine streets. This Eads refused to sell
them. "It will make no difference,"
said Billie;
and are going to Kansas City by the next
train." Eads still refusing them the
wine, they left and went to Jacobs1 res
taurant, half a block further up the
street, and asked fr liquor. Mrs. Ja
cobs, the wife of the proprietor, in
formed the men she had nothing to
driuk but lemonade. They drank three
glasses, and returned to 'the depot.
After sitting there awhile Aultman pro
posed to Steidle that they take a walk
up the street. Charlie went around be
hind the depot and secured an iron
wrench, such as trackmen use to tighten
the nuts on the track bolts. He over
took the two walking up the track,
Aultman in front, Steidle just behind
him. When Aultman knew that Hamil
ton was present he began abusing and
cursing him in English for his coward
ice, and asking him
When thej' had passed the Miller street
bridge, and were just entering the deep
cut there, Hamilton, at a given signal
from Aultman, struck Steidle just above
the right ear, felling him to the ground.
Aultman immediately seized the man by
the throat, choking him as he rifled his
pockets. The choking continued for
five minutes, or until, as Hamilton says
in his confession, life was almost extinct.
watch, pistols, papers, etc., even turn
ing the body over until he could remove
hi3 overcoat. Express train Xo. 4, go
ing east had just arrived at the depot,
and Hamilton says he became afraid of
being seen by the train men in-the glare
of the locomotive's headlight, and went
up the bank in the dark. Aultman re
mained below, and after getting all he
could from the pockets of his victim,
dragged the body between the rails and
fled from the scene. They stood on the
bank until the express train had passed,
crushing the body in its progress, and
then went away. "They then returned to
tuc uujjul aim oiaiicu iunu iuc uoj
going west. A mile or more from town
they went out a few yards from the rail
road, built a fire, and by its light divided
and sorted their booty. All the papers,
photographs, a pocket knife and other
small article? they burned, and buried
the watch and chain in the earth.
About a o'clock on the morning of the 31st
they arrived an I coiner to the house of S. J
olipbant, who keeps & hotel, woke him up and
He toM them it was too early for his wife to
get up, but he would eive them a light lunch,
ihey suying they wou'd return for breakfast. He
.ave uiem lour siuses or ciuer, s mo ch esc and
crackers and two slkea of cake which they ate
und then went away. Bil ie ate a very hearty
breakfast, but Charlie ate not more than one or
two bites and drank a cup of coffee. Charlie
naii Mr. Olipuan and thev went awav.
At the dciit they board -d a passmsr freight
tram and rode to Kansas City. The conductor
noticed that thev had been drinking heavily.
and that one of them slept for nearlv an hour.
Oi'Ce within the limits of Kansas City the con
lucor lost track of them anl saw nor heard
nothing more of them until they were arrested.
thev took Stcidle's trunk from the baggage room,
and took it to th restaurant of one James But
ler, m Kansas City, Kansas, where they spent
the night ol April lit. In the morning Charlie
?ay& they took Steele's clothe and traded them
to n second-hand dealer for a new salt, paring
tne atnerence ia money. iny iruacu nis revol
ver iora larger one, and at a Jewelry store
Charlie bought a silver watch and chain. All
the articles in the two trunKs clothes, boots,
tools, etc., were positively identified by several
wrnesde. ana mere was no doubt as to the
t ruth of Charlie's story. This statement was
substantiated all the way through by the testi.
niony of the lame number of witnesses for the
state, each one' eviitnce appearing to be a link
to make tno cnata corap cte. .acn one seemed
to have smie new incident to relate, they all
titling together to make one who'c, like the dif
rere t piec of a watc'i. One witness swore to
t ic friendship of Steidle and Aultman: another
becran with their depa turc from Sedalia; an
other fount them a' -Montserrat: ti e fourth dc
tiibtl their arrival in this city; Hamilton finLh
edthe storv until their arrest, and ho on. no one
fontradicingtheothcr. each forming an addi
tional line in the indestructihle chain, whose
last link b nds them to the gallaws.
A'ter their sentence had been passed it was
d cided to brins them to b'edalia and place
them in charge of Sheriff Connor, to await the
fatal day of execution. The fart heme known
hat the would arrive on the midnight train Sat
urday, created quite an excitement and hun
dreds of people t ironged the depot long before
the tra n was uue, in the nop or catching a
g'irapseofth mon their arrival.
The condemned men in charge of two deputy
sheriffs alighted on the south side of the train
and were escorted to the jail followed by a cu
rious crowd. -
A Bazoo representative had a brief conversa
tion with the murderers atter they had been
lockel up, they being placed on opposite sides
of the jail,
Charlie was quie communicative and safd tint
he had been given a fir trial and expected to
meet hi? fate like a man when the time came.
He said that he telt tha he wa not guilty of
murder as he had been lead into the commission
of the terrible deed by Aultman ali.ts Billie
Hamilton, and th it he was satisfied nehad the
sympathy of the better class of people in War
rcusburg. He stated tint Aultman bad ad led
to his t rrible crime the sin of perjorv, the state
ment made by hira on the witness stand to the
effect that be bad ' hoked Steidle to aea'h by his
(Chirlic's) command and whi'e covered with
his revolver biug abso utely fal-e.
Wr en asked if lie had be n visits by any cler
gyman Ot'bnd made any profession of religion,
he replied in the negative, but added that he
had been visited bysome kmd ladies and inti
mited that he would, in time, make a profession
of religion.
In answer to the question if be had any hope
of a reprieve or cimmutation of h s sentence
he re died that he had requested his attorney
to take his case to thesupremc court and sup
poscl that he would do so.
Btllic Hamilton, alias Ed Aultminwas cal'ed
on but said that he had no statement to make as
he was worn out. He invited the reporter, how
ever, to ca 1 on him thi3 mo ning, at whlca time
he desires to make a statement,
According to promise the next day the Bazoo
reporter catl d upon Billie Ha nilton aliis Ed.
Aultman, at the county jail. Both of the mur
derers jere asleep, bur Billie suee HI r arose to
his feet when informed that a newspaper repor
ter desired to talk "wi'h him. He came to the
gr&'ing and for half an hour conversed with the
reporter who subjected him to a rigid examina
tion. Nothfng new was learned, an! the murderer
persisted in his story., previously re ated and
published, that Charlie Hamilton wa the guilty
party, and at the point of his revolver, pr -vent-e
l him from mterrerin while he choked Steidle
to death and rifled his pockets of their content-.
In answer to the que ion if he was aware
that Steidle had been inveigled into g ing tap
the railroad track, in order that tie might be rob
bed, he stated that he knew nothing of any such
intention on the pat t of Charles Havriltou until
he heard the sound o the heavy iron w ench on
Steidle's heal, Charlie coming up in the rear.
He was qu-stioned closelr as to his action, and
the position he occupied while Charlie Hamilton
was chokinr Steidle, as he alleges, and rilling his
pockets. Hedenieuba he touched the murder
ed man, or assisted in any way in the murder.
He aaya that he wa covered by Cnar ie Hamil
ton's revolver during the entire tiuK, and could
not go to the assistance of Steid e whom he says
wa his dearest friend.
"We re, you aware, queried the reporter, pre
vi us to the murder in it Charlie Hamilton bad a
"He did not have a revolver, he took one from
Steidle's person.
''How did he manage to keep yon covered
with a revolver and go through Steidle at the
same tim2"
"Well I tell you, repliel the murderer, who is
a German anil talks rather broken English, he
is a bad man and a tho gh he laid his revolver
on th - ground while he roboed Steidle, I knew
from tlie look in his eyes that he would shoot."
"Did you not take a portion of Steidle's
"Yes, but he, Charlie, forced me to take it. I
was afraid to disobey him."
"Didyouipend any of the money you re
ceived?" Yes, but I had imney of my own to make it
good and I sent all of the money I received be
ong ng to cJieidle, to his sister."
"Were you and Cha-lie li mnton nnder the
influenced liquor when Steidle was murdered?"
"No, sir, we were perfectly sober, and had not
been drinking t alt."
"Whee did vot unde-stand that you and
ChailieandS eidle were going when you started
np the ra Iroad trafe?"
"Charlie told us that as it was quite awhile
until train time he would take us to ?ee some
young ladies with whou he was acquainted."
Yet pos tively deny, then, tnat there was
any preconcertel scheme between yourself and
Charlie Hamilton to murder Steidle?"
"Yes, sr, I do. The understanding was that
we were to meet at "Warrensburg and irom there
go to Kansas City where our future movements
were to be determined on."
Persistent questioning failed to el'ctt anything
in addition about the 'owardly murder irom
what is already known and been published.
Aultman says that he bad known Steidle from
boyhood, they having learnd their ttades in
Siutgardt, Germany, tie esteemed the murdered
man as his dexrest frienl.
Aultman wa also interrogated as to the
charge made against him some weeks aijo of
having poisoned; Mrs. Mossimtin, the sister of
bisbetrohed When this question wa broach
ed Aultman became very much excited and de
nounced the charge as emanating frm Charlie
Hamilton, whom ke designated as "that trash
ou the other sh'c of the jail." lie said that'be
report was too ridiculous to even talk about,
and went on to say that Mrs. 31 tssiman was as
dear to him as a sixter and that he believed that
her deth was caused by the Hhock of the news
that h had committed murder.
The condemned man said that he had always
attended the G-rman Evangelical church, of
which his parents were members, and in which
he had been baptized in his infancy. He ex
pressed i desire to ee Rev. Stanger, the pastor
of the church, and Deputy Sheriff Fred Conner
promised to have the reverend gentleman sent
In reply to the queatnn if he expected his at
torney to do anything to avert his impending
fate, he said that he would prefer not to answer.
He expressed himself as surprised at the verdict
of the jury, and declared that his life had been
sworn away by Charlie Hamilton, lie desired
the reporter to express his sincere thanks to his-'
attorneys. Col. J. M. Shepherd and Hon. A. W.
Rogers, who he said worked nobly sor him, al
though he was not able to pay them.
said that he had nothing m addit'on to say to
the statement he had already made, lie pro essw
to be penitent for his crime, and says tnat he is
trying to obtain petee and comfort from the con
solation anoraed by the cnnstian religion. He-1
denies the statements raide by Aultman, and
pers'sts m the assertion that while very much
under the influence of liquor he was induced by
Anltmau to oinmic the crime for which he will
forf it his life on the gallows.
lit'le worthyof no'e bas trans ired. Each has
stuck t his story regarding the matter with a
pertinacity worthy a bc'ter cause, nd while ac.
knowlcdging to:ln killing, have told much that
is obviously false. They have been allowed
every comfort and freedom compatible with
heir circumstances and the law. by SherifiT Con
ner, and have been only sufficiently watched to
prevent their escape or their doing bodily harm
to themselves. Wm. Hamilton is of a rather
morose and sullen disposition and his natural
nervousness has brought upon him such disease
as to reqnire the constant use of stimulants.
While Charlie, being much mdtler and less ex
citeab e, hs been able to bear u- under the
strain remarkably well. He has turned his
mind more to religious preparation and listening
to the councils of the ministers, who viit them
regnla lvt than has Billie. Charlie has also tried
his hmd at li erature by way of divers on, and
among his otner production have appeared the
folk wing verses:
There is a friend beyond the grave
That will cling to you closer than a brother;.
Our fri nd next to him to mi he gave;
'Tis our dear beloved mother.
It is our duty to look up and live
In God and our blessed Savior;
Ak him to pardon and forgive
That we may live forever.
The time will come when yen will know
. That this world is but a puzzle:
When God his mighty kand will show
And put on his deathly muzzle.
Prepare yourseir to meet your God,
For your daya are short and few ;
"Wake up and from.yohir sins depart,
And commence your life nnew.
That hour wiJlcome when you must
When.you will re..t beneath the sod;
Be honest through vour patha in life;
Now place your trust in God.
I've b en a sinner to this day ,
Forgetting God until this hour,
But now I.look to him and pray ,
For all protection in his power.
Christ is my Savl r and my frien 1 ;
My prayers to him from earth I'll senc.
I ask him for a hand to lend,
And ask him to pardon me in the end.
I think of mother so Mr away
And wonder what she thiuk3 to-day
Of the boy that's gone from her astray.
Can I tell her that I fae my srave?
Sooner or later she must know
That my body's to swing on earth b opt
Forgive me mother: I beg it now
Before cold dea h shall press my brow.
Friends, from thi I a warning give
If my lif rover 1 had to live,
I'd read my btble, watch and pray :
Then I'd be prepared for tne judgment daJr.,
cu n er i ?
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My life hangs upon a thread to-day,
I'm doomed to die the judge does say.
My heart to God I freely give.
It is because l now do live.
I've told you several times before
I di 1 not kill the boy that lives no more ;
God is the judge of all rov sins,
I'll live, my case to plead with him.
But shame fills my heart with nam
T o think of the murder's treacherous game
Hi life he'd save, and mine condemn.
For he's at the bottom of the whole scheme,
I've served this world of sin and shame,
Probibly never to return again. v
My davs are short and I must die
In God I trust, upon the gallows high.
Altho gh I die for committing a wrong,
I'd ask you to pray for me now;
My life, of course, I cannot save.
But remember me when I'm in my grave.
I'm doomed to die. but will not cry
"When the rope around my neck they tie;
But think how dreadful it must be
For the young to look at and aged to see.
Christ if mv protector and my friend,
A prayer to Hira in Heaven I'll send,
Asking pardon, peace and me to forgive.
In heaven with him IM like to live.
A stone to mark rav resting place,
A friend to place flowers upon my breast;
For me I ask you all to pray.
And remember this my dying day.
Yours respectfully,
Charles Hamilton.
Is a type of ca
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fThe following lines were composed and are
frequently suncr by Char ie Hamilton, now in
jail at Warrensburg, under sentence of death
for murder, ji has a yery goo t oaritone vol 'e,
and sings tha words to a tune of his own impro
vising. He ha- a mother living somewhere in
Iowa, and wants some one to write to her, alter
his de th. and tell her he is dead, but not at the
i - At i
nanus o tuu law.j
Dear mother, I've wandered from borne and
menus-- .
I've traveled this busy world o'er:
O, could I return and be with you again
I'd reave vou asrain nevermore:
But while the dark wavs of life they intend
To Keep me so tar, tar away.
The tears fill my eyes while thU blessing I ask:
U, thins or your coy wnen you pray.
In your prayer night and morning remember
your ooy.
And let hira forsrotten ne'er be:
Forgive his transgressions and love him again,
1 - - - , . A L
tor ne pruys nignt anu morning lor wet
O think of your suffering boy when you pray
lie longs tosee you again;
Onesigtofhs home an. I the 'o .ed ones so dear
Would lessen hU rorrow aid pain
No kind word of comfort e'er cheers his sad
As he wanders from day; unto day;
But angels oi't whisper this gently in dreams:
Oh, tnink of your boy when you pray. cuid
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