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SEDALIA WEEKLY BAZOO.
SBDALiIA, MO, TUESDAY, KQYEMBER 3, 1891. NUMBER. 22. Pi THE PRICE, Thos. A. Williamson, the Murderer, Meets Death on the Scaffold. His Last flight Spent Fairly well and with About Four Hours of Sleep. Vi ava tto a Tint B wtiUner in the room. save ihe low. solemn voice 01 a gwu sister speaking words of encourage Christian aasur- ance to the aged prisoner, he was told to arise and step forward , Attorney John Uashtnan stauaing si . r T1 ifll lain his left nana, airs. .inus. jiuiu at the right and the priest immediate ly in his front. The latter read the rtual, mostly in uauii, muugu questions and responses were in Eng lish. The old man answered in a subdued, though steady voice, which indicated pertect intelligence ana sol emn sincerity. A VIAL OF HOLY WATER the crown 01 nu onri tliTa tntTPther with the re ucau auu vo j mainderofthe ceremony, occupieu half n hour. A nA an in thi nresence of the SOOd priest, the Bweet-epirited sisters of Aoritv ami nthor friends, and in the dusk ot the descending twilight, who mv dare tn sav that the 80ul of this maa nnrnrtiinntA heinT WR3 not Shriven of all sin and washed white in iu nr th kmh. ha mav nave otnnil in the holv heht ot the portals of the Palace of Peace and Redemption. The prisoner and some of the party tn the unner story. The old man was evidently forlahTo in his Sunday clothes, tnnk them off. Dut on his pink striped shirt, and sat down at i i ...1.1,. ; liia atiirt. RlPATea. mo innir 1 1 1 1 r- i.n inc. au w.... v .." - . . , Th rWemonv had made a deep im- Thfi Dron Fell at 10 OdOCK ana . , h-.m ftnd he seemed to I lllTOOIUll UJJWa - be thinking 01 anoiner www Sedalia Carpet Company. Large Crowd Surrounds the Place of Execution bnt only Members of the Press, the Jury, Physicians and a Few In vited Friends Present. His Speech was Short and was Merely a Warning to Boys Who Like Himself were Prone to be Wild and Unruly. IvDit Rnkham: "My son.I wis just thinkine bow our little Rronp 0 three EJJLS what can be SVtSlng th tuc fact"that my vigorous health is reproduced In your darling ciniurcn. Thc normal life, well-being, and happiness of mankind depend upon the physlca health and penccuon i . , . crfah ratcf nl Tbousanus 01 m -. "V"", .lSir 1.1ms Us discoverer. remembrance oi uic vicuiu wuii, - j LYDIA E. PINKHAWrSSS Ib the only PaMitirr car mm ?s,:r;- Orpmlc IMjcc oi tne VtVI t in ci f taec and chtcks any tenJcLcy la lrc and exneU Tumora from the Uteres at an w y HaRc, n r K.h.n,1on. " ... c.wma atnrnPM. rmroas i lumur. duwm-o - -- - -i. k ia.-i.Mitv imiiniion. " .. . utnmn a .nns lit v uua v --r- Sf SiffiESaS he whole ".ptST For the cure of Kidney Con.,.lalnts of ,-ither .ex. -)o(- nloe to ladies. wiwiipiBcy"J"'w'"B Headquarters for Carpets, Fur Smyr- nas andMoquet Rugs, Chenille Portiers aud Table Covers, Lace Curtains, Window Shades, Plain and Fancy Silks and Plush es Cords, Ornaments, Headrests, Silk Throws, &c. Corner Third and Lamine. P. A. f LARKE, Manager. At 10:15 He was Pronounced 'Dead -There were No Hitches and the Ex ecution was a Suc cess in .Every Particular. thii. oblivious to hia immediate eur- At 7.30 o'clock Friday night bhenfl .Smith CALLED A MEETING of doctors, officials, reporters and Votliar Mnrnhv. for the pur- r06e of consultiug as to the pro- fnr the morrow morning Attpr linn rnnpidciatiou of the mat tn. ;f tria ilptprmmert mat. aner seven o'clock a. m., no one, but the cWiff ml the sniritual adviser should h fi.lmittpfi to the presence of the nvisnnnr alsn. that all Dersons hold- tinlrPt nf admission must be within the enclosure at 9:30 o'clock, oni il,t tlio xecution should take - . - t.lni-f. r balf hour later. Ihe order ot nrnnMHinn to the frallows was agreed .r - . Inimn 99 tnllnics: A lie Dn&UUtjr Willi I i?.(V,jr- Murnliv nn one side and A. .4 .U . " I J Sheriff Kmith on the other, then TVnntiAs R. W. Jiarnett Lmi RntW Dixon. This party, to cTAtliPr with the twelve iurvmen who Pat in the trial, were stationed on the Ucaffold, whiie within the enclosure iron tso Tennrters. nnvpicians ana 8IONALLEU T1IE 8U.1R19E, and attracted the attention ot I poor old Uncle Tom, who bad been accusiomeu m iicu tr. ;ta shrill voice to muuv mornings in this past twelve months and more. Atter wasning anu .uiuug yu u. shoes and coat, he oc:upied hU time in nacinc the corrider or in sitting at the rear door. No one waB allow- ed to linger, but all were hurnea right along, having time, nowever, 10 view the remains sumcienwj. Shortly after three o'ciocb: me un dertaker's plain wagon was driven up to the front entrance of St. Vinceni a p.ihnHri church, the neat coffin, con- i - ... . i ..ininnihn hndv. nrecedeu dv me nffin;.;r. nrieot and two chancel boys, 1 uiu-ia.-Mh r . t was slowly borne up me eaai we, w the altar, ana aiier uemg djjiiub.: . O . Ar hinT-a TltP ever met oomc m j ""i- i tne aitar, auu iuu uvuu "r1" n,. let me be an example to I ,:., v-nW water and incense. theKev. you. if you don't it will go hard with J . D. Murphy began an eloquent you." . , , discourse betore a coogreguuuu st mr to his arms and Deputy L'ixon I PPW. rflrf 0f the spacious audito- t .1 t.:-. l.o llmr ofrnrw. I T nnAaoinnflil Plirintl T I i'i 1 .1"' ' 3 nilU i,ua - w I Till Til. lb ibcaotwiivi - Williamson spuke in a low, treinb- reflection3, indeed, that he who had T-.nu TIo iiinuiited the scanolu i,inndv lifn and had died an H.. RPPm-1 while s-rapswete being put on. . . Tt. ft fin. a rttii in m 1 :i. 1 lie riM 1 1 r uu sulu tun ed to cling to compauionsuip who j o some one,tor b tec- were w-um ,.g . s . . DEATII OS THE SCAFFOLD only a few hours before, should now . I U noM Iho hnnnr of SUCll 3U aSem- 7Z " n into the river called Jor- Shenil bmitb coouy aajusieu tne . b 1 nnnP. I b ... . r n 4 a Sl eriir Smith nut on the blackcap, anguage and bougu as lei. ,r Ali'tie laternni uieiueii-i" v:ii:.,meil l,-,.l nothing more to "PS t tne ueiovea auu ofseveral bells. a-noundng BoUrtJ JJ.rSiT pS-or- - . . Qo.nr.lnr ninrnint' the olsi oi uciooer, i " --- 1 . ... w.tlior Mnrnhv betran DV announc" hroke the solemn silence of the city. P a 'V llC"" m " ; that, in accordance with the wish The sun rose red nd radi-.nt and s.ying, "tne noru na.e u.jr u" and deg;re of lhe dead man. made on there was every promise that this last po"rLSJ"'- ... . Vr.rrr the raorniuc before he was led to exe- dayofthe mourn of October would lu cuUon, he wished to convey to Shenfl lira-1 - - -- -od hn r nrettv one. and vet a day motio with the doom of a human Km Risinrr still lui'lipr from the u"u6' --c.-- - . tinrirnn. tim inms ot tne oroaueuuisT ' ... 1" 1 morning tipped witb a strange ngui the TCr OF THE G ALLOWS 1 1IO.ttAS A. WI 1 3I&OK. At four o'clock Friday afternoon KKoriffF.llis R. Smith carried to the ex. were t3e reponere, puntiaua apartment on the second floor of the Undertaker R-imsey and assistants. fail, a large paper bos, cc ntsiuing a t 7 o'clock Friday evening Wil- part of the wearmg apparel in wnicn iiamson Uncle Tom was to be baptized and in atk a heaetv suweb, which he was executed yesterday Consisiing of coffee, meats, rolls, moraine. With the assistance of the pickles, eggs, cake and fruits, kind official and some friends stand- Father Murphy called at 8 o clock inrr bv the old mun stripped ofl and remained with him an hour his underwear and old or so. Uncle Tom was vest and was not hng in a variable mood, and spent a lew in donning a neat undershirt and a minutes in writing some kind of com- blackvesfand frock coat. In bis munication with a lead pencil, left clean white collar was a plain black handed. He pulled at a cigr and necktie, but he had not been used to jested considerably with the several little extras of this kind, and was un- persons who sat around him. When able to tie it in the regulation bow. he would put aside his cigar and no mm i.:.n.. Anna i.7 n loili- nml nnn pnimtrMil him in conversation, he when he stood forth with polished seemed to be lost ma faraway, dreamy Doubtless he was immaculate shirt front, he thinking of that unbound- 8EEMED ratiiee proud ed bourne whence no trave er OM- . relurneth. Just in front of him and those who looked upon hun be- . , 8tack of re thpught how that, with the darksome euvelopes, containing W criminal disposiUon removed from to various friends, his heart and surrounded by happier d c,everI and circumstances, he might have been a b j. the well-appearing man and a good citizen. V . hM tranBlcted eo AW being in readiness, the fej. fa for hia compan- Father J.T. D. Muhy slow y led d Qn a 8teat tbeway, down tne the head of the stairway, only a few by Williamson Sheriff Smith several u stretched in its white, leporters and others, to the .. . If S parlor where the solemn rite of ,uU lenBtn tne baptism was to be administered pet of the prison anH where were assembled TTnole Trim's hia cat. four or five sisters of St. Joseph, the At 11:20 o'clock a negro carried anorifl'a familv and a few officials and the nlrl nmn'a cot dawn stairs to other friends. Oa a table at the south the north corner of the corridor and window stood a miniature marble ne who was so soon to awaken to a . . -r .1 DImmiJ THmwim lirtliltnfv 1 j, 1 .1 AnM A the infant Jesus; and one of the covering himself with a thin spread, fiawinr nTlorl trt the C1TOS3. There I uraa cnund salnAn in a fflW minntftH. able. SheriQ Smith sprang the trap. First puls3, 112. Tjrs. r iTfTuson. Uressel and lrue. the latter of Nevada, AIo., noted pulse. At 10:10, pulse 10U. l'ulse censed at iu:il, on nis par- same 1 I i .1 - -. nlwMfWA t.na a nrfnr inm v-i 111 ouauzu . . . " . . P.. .i... ahzed si.:e rmht s dc at contrast wun uiesuauo u.u i - . . - . -n wouia so soou uesceuu uiwu r, , i iiivL-an rnni RiiniR Hnuu i . . . . . . i r n ,i -r t.J Wfirl'inir sllchtlV. At K:;iU ociocK. rat'ier .uurnay -- s'.iil l!o1 nnrl hp. with Williamson and vutivv - w two or three friends, repaired to the nnrlnr.- where the sacrament of the holy communion was adiuisitere 1. A litor Mrs. Smith sent in a l iron -fW nf r.,iflee. cheese, ham. beef steak, oysters, potatoes, rolls and nrsioa "Tlif filil niAa nluced it on a Iwnph in t ho corridor aul sittins down, ATE (JRECDLY r nlmn.t fiverv dish ex2nt the ovstr3. Thev are thq onlv thinzJ tiiat AnnU tnato crnnl." said he. A white ot wa nil thi while aflec'.ionntelr (1 about his feet and he liKarnilv qh-ir.'d hii meal with it. When he cot throuch he called to one nf thn r-nlnmii nrisouers to brine him ..1 .1 A I a pan in wnicn to iaKe away av nlates. That part of the breakfast At 10:10. pulse IS. R ulv wai taken down at 10:18 and examined by Drs. Collins aud Scales. Tlc neck was broken. The rope did nut cut into the s ilt parts. cy:s parity upeu uuu muuiu urcu when rope wa3 removed. Tongue didn't ptotrude. An interesting point was mat tne pulse stopped on the paralyzed side (right) and continued heveral min- uUs on the lelt side. 'ihe body was placed in a neat cof fin and carried through an opening in cast side enclosure, and taken directly to Rimsey's. at the undertakers. Smith and his excellent lady thanks for their many acts of kindness to him during his long term of imprisonment. ro th "snid the nastor 'is universal in this world, and there is scarcely a family that has not felt its cruel dart. It attacks us in every walk of life. snrelv and mafee3 no aiinntinn hatween the noor aud the iho vnnurr and the old. We know only too well that our tune will come, but oh ! when and how ? Fifty ,w rMn nrrn. the man here encased. was born. Ibinic you mat nis irieuus innn pntprUinpd tha idea that, on the Ia3t day of October, '91, he would be hung ? Whpn he snoke to me of his dead ninth Pr his aped frame shook with emotion, and YOU MAY BRAND HIM na vnn will, but I would dare the as nertinn that there are worse men than i he was. Like him, we clirg with sweetness and manhood a strength to the memory of motner. Tcir after tonr iHime to his eves as he spoke to . . , .i i ti me ot the tenderer siae oi num&imy. . . . i but feeble intellect and a constitution that was not strong. Under these- circumstances he fell into evil comp any, but conscience still remamea and led him to the footstool of divine mercy. The lesson of to day's event should admonish the young the folly of for- ... .1.- 1 .1 nf KtA until getting l lie UUUH u too laie. This, to the deal man before me, caused more snguuu than hanging could possioiy ao. I heard this morning, which must have been from 'savage lips' said the priest, a certain person declare mat Pettis county should be glau that she r:d of the old crank and murderer. This expressjors the pa3tor severely condemned. This dead man entitled, said he, to tie same rights aud privileges of the church as though he were a PRINCE-, OF THE CnUKCH. We make no distinction on account of poverty or nvsfortune. It was for iust such men as Uncle lom inai. J . . i . i.i,;i Christ came anu cnureuej mo "'; Does he not deserve a little prayer We ask a prayer for thi3 poor man, and it prayer can reacn tne tnruuc u God. why not pray for our dead Lr UncleToni Williamson? After the sermon, the body was takea to the Catholic cematery u-;hin hrief time, a newly ' w - covered crave had hidden away tor- ever the lace ana lorm oi iuuui Andrew Williamson and brougni lo an end one of the strangest careers- known iu local annals. plates. That part oi me unautiasi 8treet me oqh were dosed four bzen lell all alone in me woria anu wFch was left, he gave to the negro, minute, against the surging crowds of he had strayed far away from proper After eating he eat around for a few women and bovs. white and teachings and influence. A minute, in his shirt sleeves, of misfortune came and then suddenly arcae from .hB :,;i oremises and clamored to him and he left everything and put on his coat, saying ihit be fop a 8j ht of the aeaa nraa afraiil hn wonld Cdtcb cold. I t- : A.... At twelve o'clock the renorter and a few other gentlemen, who had rallnil fnr thn I oat time dnriucr the night, were invited into the dining room bv Mrs. Smith, who had pre nared a sumptuous supper for her Savior nailed to the cros3. There were also two tall candles, their yel low wicks throwing out a faint light. The closely curtained room was growing quite dusk with THE WANING AFTERNOON, . ., jj r- I sriioata and tne cnanaeuer, euupeuucu uum . .. f, nf th ;i;nc w. lighted. From 11:20 o'clock p. m. until r--;---j7om oVWV a. m.. the od man AlontC me pavement uuuuuu auu i-- , - , even in the narrow front yard, curi- slept as gently "babe, not even fla chil- Bpint ot a dream, gooa or naa, yunung dren were passing to and fro, trying bim in his deep dumber. He was to get a glunpse of what was going on awakened by someone entering the in the parlor The people were or- corridor, the heavy iron door tumiog i i v j 1 :..! hanMv nnnn itn hinom. And then. distnrhance occurred. m a neighboring yard, a Mastering After a brief delay, during which' bantam Unon the arrival of Williamson's Blame him not, for he tried, to he nnJorlolrinrr rnnma nf I Kmit nf hl.H abllltV. tO Q0 WUBl W8S UUUjr ul lire " I . , . 7,, . : TJ Li rt.r.;.! Kimnr nn WMt fswnnri ntrriL. in a Vinruau duiiii. uou . t, nyara xinuii fnnr I h-PTi left all alone in the world anu SCAFFOLD SPLINTERS. Hon. W. D. Steele witnessed the hanging. Editor Crawford, of the bentinei was present. There was a tremendous crowd' around the jail. Under:aker Spnhr, of Boonville assisted Undertaker Ramsey. Sheriff James Callaway, of Henrr county, wa3 on the scaffold. I'iprre Ridrfv. of the Boonville 0 j i Democrat was among those pre-cnt. Mr. Walter of the Versailles Statesman represented that excellent paper. Williamson talked with parties in the corriders almost to the last mo ment. The net of the orison. Tom's white cat. he will to Mrs. Ellis Smith. Sheriff Smith was compolled to refuse a great many applications for big: The jury in the Williamson case man was afraid he would catch cold. Darin these four minutes Mr. he smoked A cigar Ramsey, assisted by Undertaker W. aud Beeing a reporter sitting opposite L. Spahr, of Boonville, embalmed bim, with a cigarette in nia mourn ne tne remains uy mo ao said, "young man, that is the worst Sullivan process, ana no thing you can do." Williamson then neater piece of work of this kind was began wanting up ana aown me cor-1 ever aone m oeuim or eiwwuere. ridor, Baying that he wanted w jolt imunen wuiiarasou was cut uowu v bis breakfast down. me gallows and the black cap re- Two sisters, from the M., K. & esoved, the face and neck were nee- 1. hospital called at 8 o'clock and vB&nly discolored, and tne leaturcs snent a few moments with the con- Lery much distorted, but under the demned man. At o.-v ne was aressea i kuuui treauneui, ui iuccero. uauuoj for the scaffold, iu the sime suit in and bpahr, the corpse, when made which he was baptized. ready tor tbe public gaze, was wnony i?athpr Mnmhv reached the iail. I chaneed in appearance. The features for the final scene, at 8:20 o'clock and were in at once repaired to a cell on tbe sec-1 natural and placid repose, ond floor, where he spent the re- nnt , ip,,t indication of mainder of the time with Williamson diseolorzation and he who, but amo untU the moment for the starting of t wore had expiated hia the procession to the scaffold. crimes upon the scaffold, lay in the ine proceHBiuu ui utuw uiuiiu t... .iun no.r.il onri not nnnlAan. I above mounted the scaffold at 9:45. Lnt to nno Williamson BPXAxa. I Fl0m the time the doors were Witliamann then amid: I am in thrown onen for the admission of the 1 l.ot T Dan mav milra an I nntilin nntil Itlat nrttvioUH to the (lfi- I impresBion on your mm as. j. nave partore oi nr. wmw jur uw uirco been going down hill for many years, o'clock funeral, 5,185 persons bad I was a lost boy before I met Father passed through the establishment anu Thn sheriff ami his wifa inawprl thft hodv as it rerjosed in its ... r . , . .1 m f 1 nave been liae a iatner ana moiuer icomn. umcer uomge ww gwuoueu i to me and they are the best people IJat the front door and Ufficr Mooney that was good and kind. He had Continued on Fifth Page. Delicious. BISCUIT. MUFFINS. WAFFLES. CORN BREAD. GRIDDLE CAKES DUMPLINGS. POT PIES. PUDDINGS. CAKES. DOUGHNUTS. Can always be made with Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder. And while cakes and biscuit will retain their moist ure, they will be found flaky and extremely light and fine grained, not coarse and full of holes as are the biscuit made from ammonia baking powder. Price's Cream Baking Pow der produces work that is beyond comparison and yet coat no more than the adulterated ammonia or alum powder. Dr. Price'! stands for pure food and good totltb.