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Cincinnati Weekly Enquirer (Newspaper) - December 12, 1877, Cincinnati, OhioThe Cincinnati weekly enquire wednesday morning. December 12, 1877.deadly drops. Hanging Bergin at it Vernon for the murder Mcbride. The h not a Ivy in nne a the warm Fml Man it All to the ground Ime ked up �?�<1 my Naff the second i line and Aleph minted it cml the horrible a Treg la with death cont Nln for to two minutes axe Sutlon John u. Collins at / a born new York for the Morder William e. Howard. Special dispatch to the enquirer. It. , december 7.�?Tho first execution that Ever occurred in Knox county took place Here to Day when we. Smith Fie Gln was Hung for the murder Thot. J. Mcbride. From the Peculiar nature the murder and the sad botch that was made the execution both events bid fair to become prominent landmarks in the history the to minty. Tiff. Murdered maw was the Junior member the firm t. J. Mcbride a son and was at the time the murder june 15th, the present year Ono the lessees the Bergin House in this place. To was about thirty five years old at the time his death and came originally from cadi/., in Harrison county where he was engaged in the hotel business lio Hal lived in it. Vernon about five years and was Well respected in Tho Community. While in Cadi he was married to the daughter James Stewart a prominent merchant that place i 1 by her had two children who with their Mother survive him though to Day it was reported Here that one the children was so sick that it was thought it would not live through the week. The murderer. William Smith be Gin was born a farm in Meigs county near Pomeroy August 15, 1848, and was consequently Twenty nine years old when the Law put a period to his existence. When he was quite a child his parents removed to Newburg. Now a Ward Cleveland where he lived until he was ten years old and then his parents moved to mount Vernon which he has Ever since called his Home. His father opened the Cataract House which prospered under his management and then he moved to the Franklin House which he purchased and tiie name which he changed to that quot Bergin Young Bergin received his education in the Public schools it. Vernon and was noted lit his youth for his smartness and aptitude for learning. In behaviour and Demeanour he did not differ materially from other boys his age being neither better nor worse than they. When Tho War broke out he evinced a Strong desire to enter the army but his wishes were opposed by his parents. He ran away from Bis Home three times with the avowed purpose becoming a Soldier boy but each time his father caught him before heh id effected his purpose twice in Cincinnati and once in Newark. Finally Bis parents seeing that he was determined to enlist gave their consent and he entered the army As a private in the one Hundred and Twenty first 0. V. I., then under colonel h. B. Banning now member Congress from the second Ohio District. He became very popular in his regiment account his tender years and his sprightly disposition and served under Sherman until the Battle Altoona Mountain was fought in 1864. After this engagement while prowling around the Field Battle he was shot in the right wrist the wound being so severe that it was found necessary to amputate his Arm just below the Elbow joint a couple weeks . In the fall 1864 he received his discharge from the army and he at once resumed his studies in the schools it. Vernon. In 1865 to went to Colum bus and worked around the Stute House As a messenger but having influential friends he was Given a clerkship in the adjutant general s office lie kept this place and made Many friends while occupying it until the fall the year and then through the instrumentality hon. Columbus Delano he received an appointment in the War department at Washington. The Gay life to National Cap tui proved too much for the Young clerk he fell into Bud habits and worse company and finally lost his place through dissipation. Returning to mount Vernon he spent a Short time with his friends and then he suddenly left his Home and the next that was Beard him he was in California where he was acting in the capacity Book keeper to a mining company. He left this position to accept another with a surveying party with which he quot roughed it quot through several the territories for a couple years the wild life seeming to suit his now nomadic tastes. Upon his return to his Home after leaving the surveyors it was noticed that lie had become a hard Drinker and a quot Tough generally. Thenceforth lie led a wandering life travel g Here and there As his fancy led him to stray through the length and breadth the latin. He had a Lippy go Lucky manner quot heating his Way Over railroads and quot standing up quot landlords for his boat that enabled him to dispense with much a tourists out Lav while his Jeuial disposition and Bonhomie ways enabled him t<5 make friends whosoever he desired. In this Way tie travelled from the quot pain Eisz t exam to the wineries Maine and from e Atlantic to the Rocity mountains. His letters to his friends Home were Rich in descriptive matter. And showed time he possessed a seen wit As Well us a observing Eye. While Home he often got into Drunken scrapes and evinced a very a a dirty temper being prone to pull out a knife a pistol but having Only one Arm he was usually knocked Down and disarmed before having time to use his weapons. The last time lie was West in 1876. He was acting in the capacity quartermasters clerk in the regular army and was stationer at fort Feti Erinani in Dakota territory. Shortly after the Battle with the indians the Little big Horn River june 25,1876, in which general Custer lost his life Bergin went Over the Battle Field and saw the remains the sail ant officers and men who were engaged ill the get. A correspondent the Chicago Tribune was with the party and Bergin was engaged by him As bearer dispatches to that newspaper. He was very fond notoriety and while in Chicago palmed himself Oft As a Cut being dad in the garb a frontiersman and a Bohemian reporter got hold him to whom he related some wonderful Munchausen dories. After this experience he made his head quarters in it. Vernon making occasional trips to different h to film Bergin left the office and a second time sought . Hart but could not and him. He then went to the inn store Charles p. Greg try and after asking him How business was stated that he wanted to Purchase a Good pistol he was shown several and finally picked out a thirty two Caliper quot Blue Jack to quot revolver which he asked . Gregory to Load for him. In order that he might test its Quality. Or. Gregory refused to permit him to try it in the Back Yard Tho shop Ian put two cartridges in it. And Bergin took it saying that he would go Down to the Creek. Which was South the town try it there and come Back in about Flluen minutes. This was nut a Twenty five minutes past seven clock. His pistol was loaded with the two cart edges As requested and Bergin took it and started off. He walked Down the East Side main Street to front and then crossed Over to the Bergin House entering it through the main Street door the weather was warm and . Mcbride was setting with a Friend the front Street front the House a apprehensive any danger although he saw Bergin Appato acting. The latter it a it ened the front Street door the hotel and when within three four feet his victim extended his Arm and fired the fatal shot. Mcbride was sitting in a choir which was tilted Back again to the Wall the House. The Trail struck him in the right Temple and his head fell Over his shoulder. His companion jumping up exclaimed quot my god. What does this mean quot ller Gin replied quot i shot him by god and 1 did it like a a dozen people saw the murder com pit ted hut before any them could reach the scene Bergin walked to the curb the Street and fired a second shot into the Gutter. He then took a seat in the chair vacated by Mcbride a Friend and As the dying Many a father rushed out the House to bragged "1 shot him and i sii t him with this a exhibiting the pistol which the old Geisleman wrenched from his hand and then with it struck him in the face. The wounded m n was taken into the House and died in about two hours. Bergin was a arrested Ami his Way to the jail made no at a tempt to deny his guilt shortly after being locked j up in his cell he told w. A. Lime it gone the jailers i that he did not know How lie would aet out Bis i trouble unless he played the quot insanity Dodge and that a said be a is pretty Well played his trial a a com before judge Adams at Tho lat August term the court common in ideas and lasted six Days. The accused was defended by general gee. W. Morgan and William m. Koons. While the interests the state were looked after by prosecuting attorney Clark Irvinc assisted by colonel Cooper. The tes Timon As to the commission the murder was the most positive character and no attempt was made to deny it the defense setting up that at the i time the Perpe Traron the to murder Bergin was j not a free agent that his Grandfather died insane committing suicide that his Uncle his fathers brother was insane and committed suicide that a insanity was a transmissible disease like consume Tiou. And that the p i Sotier a father when voting was subject to epileptic fits that the defendant when j a to it was gentle Ami tractable but losing his Arm j in the array his nature became changed and that a by the excessive use liquor he had so impaired Bis mental faculties As to he irresponsible while under its influence that the morning the murder he had drank five glasses liquor was in i sane and not in a fit condition to premeditated murder and that without any volition huge own he rushed up and shot Mcbride. The excitement Over the trial was intense and the court room was crowded daily almost to the Point suffocation. All that tiie skill his counsel could do for him was done but the jury being out less than three Quad ters an hour brought in a verdict murder in the first Deg be. An attempt was made to procure a new trial but it failed and Bergius was duly sentenced to death. Heroines version the murder. Before being sentenced Bergin arose and spoke follows i Bergin. Without a to the j Edge no tried my Case 1 return dry sincere thanks for the indulgence and impartiality which have Nia it ked his bearing throughout my trial. Eints in the state and for several weeks previous his arrest claims to have been a heavy Debauch which resulted in the killing Mcbride. The Mur kit a was without the slightest just cause provocation. The night before it occurred begin was Light and falling asleep in the cars was carried past it. Vernon to Fredericktown. He took the next train Back and Aniced at the depot before Midnight. Giving a Small Valise which he had with him to the a bus Driver the Bergin mouse which was then owned by his father though leased by the Mcbride she walked up to that establishment and asked for a room. The clerk the House . H. P. Courtier seeing that to was under the influence liquor and knowing that he was a a who would never pay for the use the room told him in a pleasant manner a to go borne Ana go to sleep is they did not want any customers the a a. Bergin without a bowing any signs anger left the House and slept in a Yard near . Burrs House. In the morning he was up Early and begged for a drink. He was Given n mixture whisky and Bromide potassium which he drank a a girly. He then went to the Bergin House and meeting Mcbride asked him for Valise. Mcbride knew nothing the a bus Driver having taken the Valise the night before and told Bergin to amp to lie did not know any tiling about it and asked him to come Back when Tho clerk Hud gotten up and he would attend to him. Ice Ign became angry and again demanded his Valise whereupon a Mcbride reminded him that he owed a Little Bill to the House Itiat he ought to pay before making so much fuss about his Valise which he said he should have As soon As the night clerk got up. Tills did not satisfy Bergin. And Mcbride to get rid him As much As any thing else went up. And waking courtier ask him about tiie Valise. Courtier disclaimed any k owl Edge it and referred the matter to Willis Dunn the Driver the a bus. Mcbride came Down stairs and reported the result his visit to the clerk to Bergin who became More incensed than Ever claiming that it was a trick to defraud him Bis baggage which contained his pension certificate and other papers and that he would have it if he had to Appeal to a quot higher court for it went away but shortly returned swearing that he would get out a writ Replevin for it. He went off in search a writ Ami called at the Law office . Abel Hart jun., to get his assistance in the matter but that gentleman was not in. He then went to the office another attorney . H. H. Greer and told him his trouble with Mcbride. Or. Greer told him that if Mcbride Hod his vails be could get it in due time without any writ Replevin and that if a did need one any Justice the peace would give and i regret that the members the jury Are not present that 1 might have the Opportunity thanking them for their kind and patient attention during the investigation the charge made against me. A the killing Mcbride the widowhood his wife and the orphanage his children i sincerely deplore. The act my part was without malice and fire meditation and the result an instantaneous Piil e which overthrew my reason and my Power self control. My mind had become totally broken up by a week Debauch and it May be the taint the hereditary disease for the existence which i feel that i am not responsible before almighty god. Quot although it May not have been the result a bad motive the testimony several the witnesses was a distortion tiie facts. When i left the office . Greer it was still my purpose mind to obtain my Saybel by the simple process the Law and with this intention i went to the office . Hart for tie second time that morning and found it closed. And although i had strained my will to the utmost tension to control my mind leaving . Harts office a feeling despondency overcame me. I started Down Street without a motive a feeling utter destitution and abandonment took Possession me and i determined to relieve myself the burdens this Earth and for this purpose i went to the shop . Gregory to procure the instrument by which i should end my nil Happy life which i had determined to Lake at the Bridge. Why 1 selected that place i do not understand myself and therefore can not a great Effort i assumed an air indifference a in order to get the fatal Pisto it i can not recall a the facts As stated by . Gregory for my mind was verging toward a state confusion. During ii this time i did not once think killing Mcbride and this i solemnly declare in the i Escure almighty god to whom i must answer for All my nets in this life. It is impossible for me to say where i crossed main Street my doing so was the result instinct and habit and i have no recollection it whatever nor can i explain Why 1 entered the Bergin House instead continuing Down to the j Bridge. I Only remember seeing. Mcbride and the i fatal impulse which was beyond Iny control and which resulted in his unpremeditated death. It was the work an instant and not the result j ills East night Earth a was passed More cheerfully than could have been expected under the circumstances that is alter his Mother and relatives had taken their last Adieu him. A Friend sat up Wiir him until the will i Gay in obedience to his request went to pass the night with him and to the Friend lie talked in a i Calm dispassionate manner that was perfectly surprising. Between times he read a Book and 1 smoked his Cigar with the utmost nonchalance. It was expected that he would make important reve j lation Sof unknown mysteries to the sheriff but it 1 turned out that apart from his society his sole in tenting in getting the sheriff to come to his cell wus to obtain from him the Boon having Alu newspaper reporters excluded from the execution. To effect this purpose he used every argument in his Power winding up i with a a my in ther is the Only Friend Earth that 1 care for and she does tint want any newspaper a reporters present and her wishes must be respected. It is my last request Johnny 1 and you must Grant the sheriff Trieff it it it explain to him that his request was unreasonable and that newspaper men were a1 ways admitted such a ocasion this arg Umei t did not mollify him i the Iez st and he broke in a tirade abuse against ail the series in Gen Era and a local one in particular and declared that Thuv had never done him Justice. Finding mat thi 8 Scriff would not Grant him the Boon he asked tie angrily declared that he would have his lawyers get out an injunction and prevent the at Tendance the obnoxious Pencil pushers. Or. Gay told him that that was his privilege but that an injunction would do him no Good us the Law permitted him to have Asma y assistants As he wanted and he made an quot As is Tanto everyone to whom a card admission a my been granted. Sec iii Itiat he was beaten he Melinu wished the Point and again become sociable and Friendly with the sheriff. About four clock m r. Gay left him and he went to sleep awaking about eight clock this morning. Preparing for the end. As soon As Bergin awoke lie sent for sheriff Gay and Hud quite a talk with him. Ending it with the request that he had often made before that he sheriff Gay would hang him himself and not let any one Eise do it. A capital breakfast was sent him from the Curtis House which he ate with a Hearty relish. His Mill ister Rev. Or. Thompson accompanied by Rev. Burrows then called him Ana after prayers and exhortations the sacrament the lords supper was again administered to him he having partook it the night before. Then came general Morgan and colonel Koons his counsel Ami a few other intimate friends and the parting with them was marked by far quot More emotion their part than his. Quot indeed a said a gentleman who witnessed it quot no one would think f. R a moment to look at Bergin that in a few hours he was to offer up his life the Gallows As an expiation for the gravest crime against the Laws god and he thanked his counsel in the kindest manner for their efforts in his behalf both during the trial and since. He said that he would show that he had As much bravery As Tom Young and declared that he Felt Content to die. As his Mother was convinced that he did not mean to kill Mcbride and he again reiterated his Oft repeated assertion that he had never premeditated the murder Tom Mcbride but had Only kill al him while yielding to an impulse that he could not control. He also declared that he would sooner die the n have colonel Coopers conscience. Colonel Cooper was one the attorneys for tiie prosecution and Bergin it is said since the trial had been heard to declare that if he had killed Cooper in the court room he would be willing to die. Sheriff a1 Beebe Montgomery county with an assistant arrived from Dayton Early in the morning bringing with him the fatal ropes that were to end the existence the doomed Man they were shown to several parties in the office the Curtis House and attracted great attention. They were plaited Cotton and cat gut Ona half Inch in diameter and each was provided with a running noose. The Way the curious inspected the Hangman a knots each noose would Lead one to inter that thare Ware a great Many in the Community anxious to become quot Jack . Baba and hit Helper came Over to a a Aalst sheriff Gay at Tea latter solicit lion and about ten clock a was presented to the latter received him cordially and out evincing the slightest tremor nervousness. As the hour noon approached the crowd around the jail and court House numbered fully two thousand persons the most whom were from Tho country. Among them were s Large number women and children. No one unprovided with a tickets which read As follows admit the hearer assistant. Execution w. S. Heroin december 7, 1877. At 12 m. Join f. Nav. Sheriff Knox co., 0.�? could got into the la closure in which the hanging was to take place and As the Fence forming the enclosure was fully twelve feet High and guarded by the it. Vernon guards under Tho command Captain Woods the crowd might As Well have been ten Miles away for All the Chance they Contd get to see any the proceedings inside. This crowd commenced to Guiher As Early As seven clock in the morning and though the weather was my and cold inane the quot Inross backs quot stood their watch until after the hanging was Over. The place execution was a Large Yard made by boarding up the space Between the court House the jail and Trie sheriffs office. This Yard was about one Hundred feet Long and from thirty to forty feet wide. Tiie Gallows was borrowed from Dayton it and was the same that Murphy and Adams were Hung . It was erected in the East end the enclosure right up against the court House. It consisted a platform with two uprights surmounted by a Cross beam from which depended the fatal noose armed rope in the platform was a trap door worked by a trigger. And at its North Side was a pair stairs leading from the grop tid. Shortly before twelve clock those having tickets admission were admitted to the enclosure passing through the courthouse to get into it. When All were admitted it was Lound that the quot privileged few numbered be tween two Hundred and two Hundred and fifty persons among them were the following sheriffs Breckenridge Huron county Beebe Montgomery Sherart. Of fut am Thompson Franklin Richey Richland Schofield Licking Butler Holmes go scr sheriff elect Holmes Lett Nan. Of Coshocton and sex sheriffs Armstrong and Beech Knox. A space about eight feet wide in front the scaffold was bounded offend inside this Barrier none but doctors whom there were a dozen present and those immediately assisting the sheriff were allowed to go. While the crowd was assembling in the enclosure she iff Beebe ssi sied by sheriff Armstrong went up to Bergins cell and pinioned his arms above the elbows. Previous to this he Haa been permitted to drink an ounce and a half whisky to steady nis nerves. He made no objection to the binding his arms but when it Cine to putting tiie Black Cap his head he protested saying that he wanted to face death and we not ashamed to show his face while doing so. The impropriety this course was then told him when he submitted to having the Cap placed his head. It had a Long apron like appendage to cover his face and this was thrown Back Over his head. The execution. Just As the Bells the town clock were announcing the hour High noon sheriff Gay attended by . Beebe walked into the enclosure. Arid going up to the scaffold had the mo<1u� operands working the trap and adjusting the noose explained to him for the last time. They went Back into the jail and in about five minutes Mere turn loud raps were heard the Gate the enclosure leading into the passage Way running from the jail. The door was opened by the attendant and in walked sheriff Gay. Bareheaded and a couple feet behind him followed Bergin attended by sheriff Beebe. Bergin was dressed in Black coat and pants White Vest anti shirt striped stockings and Deerskin slippers. He stepped briskly into the enclosure but As his Eye met the sea faces turned towards him he started a if stung to tiie Quick and in a Low pm voice hardly audible to those within five feet him he 8lid quot this ainu to right there should not be so Many people tih Eritt Beebe answered saying quot done to mind them come he walked briskly to tiie foot the scaffold shaking his head in a half demonstrating half menacing manner. At the foot Tho Gallows sheriff Gay gave imn the assistance his Arm but Bergin did not require it a d would have Dis Tensed with it if lie could. Revs. Thompson and Burrows followed him to the platform the scaffold and while sheriff Beebe was i cing the doomed Man in the proper position tiie trap to have the noose adjusted and his Lens bound they took up their positions one each Side him. When Bergin was arrested he is said to have weighed a bout one Hundred and fifty five pounds. During his imprisonment he lost about thirty pounds flesh and yesterday he did not weigh More than one Hundred and Twenty five pounds. As he stood the scaffold facing death his face was a Yellowish pallor that was death like in its Hue. His lips which wore a sneer like snide were tightly compressed and his eyes Rose quickly Over tiie crowd As if singling out acquaintances. Among the crowd he could have seen Tsvor the jury men who ban code med him to the death lie was about to suffer. After a couple moments fumbling wit i the noose to get the knot right under the left ear the sheriff was satisfied with its position and a ked Bergin if he had any thing to say to Tho Public. He replied a no nothing at Tho Black apron the death eap was thrown Over his face and then the Rev. Or. Thompson began a prayer to the almighty the soon to lie Man. The prayer was spun out for fully five minutes Bergin standing meanwhile As rigid As Iron and far More Cool and c deleted than any other person present. At last the prayer was ended the minister stepped Buck and sheriff Gay sprang the trigger the trap w the his Heel. The body Bergin descended through the opening the platform with a thud that Sti uck terror to the souls All who heard the awful sound. The same second a cry anguish broke Fiton the crowd As the body Bergin was seen to fall to the floor beneath tiie platform and Tumble Back against one the supports. A ooh. God god a exclaimed one the sheriffs a the rope has broken a it had it but an Accident fully As horrible i d happened. The end the. Rope protruding from the knot had been Cut off too shot and when the sudden Strain Bergins body had come upon i tie noose the end the rope slipped through the knot Whitti thus became untied Ami let the hanging Man full to the floor. For a moment All seemed petrified with horror then there was u cry a pick him up pick him up a a Hundred men tarted to jump Over the Barrier in obedience to this Behest but they were stopped by the runs the soldiers present. Sheriff Gay ran Down the Steps the Gallows and was the first to reach the dying Man. As he raised him up he partly threw Back the apion from his face and the sight thus disclosed will never made from the memory those who saw it until their dying Day. A Broad blood red band fully two inches wide was Cut deep into the neck the unfortunate murderer that showed How terrible had been Tho momentary grip the life strangling Cord Ere it relinquished its hold its almost victim. Stalwart men rushed to the assistance the sheriff and Bergin was pushed up through Tho trap door the scaffold. He was hut temporarily stunned by the fall however but upon one the attendants in pitying tones remarking a a that a too bad a he replied quot . Lean stand it a quot i can stand it a und he did stand it without a quiver a tremor. The crowd recovering from its terror broke out in exclamations admiration bar Gina a wonderful Pluck quot its a pity a said one a to hang so Brave a "1 nay should let him go free a said another. Quot he a the games Man that Ever died a said a third. It was full three minutes before the Gallows was prepared again Lor its victim and As the noose was being fastened round his neck the second time Bergin remarked to sheriff Gay. Quot choke me off Quick. Johnny this is worse than neither the clergymen offered to read any prayers and the Sherif to divert Bergins attention until he could Spring the trap again asked the Rev. Or. Thompson to offer up a Short prayer a to the throne while he was complying with this request Bergin stood As firm and erect a an Arrow and again exclamations admiration for his undaunted courage were heard issuing from All parts the enclosure in the Middle Tho prayer. Site iff Gay stepped the trigger the trapdoor fell and a second time did Bergins body descend with a thud. This time the knot held fast and As the body swung round in a Semi pendulum movement a sigh Relief went up from the crowd for they hoped that soon All would be Over with the victim the Laws Wrath. In this Thev were mistaken for soon the terrible discovery was made that the knot the noose had slipped round under Bergius Chin and that instead having his neck broken being even strangled be was slowly dying asphyxiation. In about a minute the body the hanging Man was surrounded by . Gins sister who declared that she would not cease begging for a commutation her brother a sentence while she knew he was alive and it was to convince her the futility her prayers mat the governor asked for the information the time Bergins execution. No blame Camii attach to sheriff Gay for the unfortunate mishap that necessitated the second hanging Bergin. As he had Dowie All in his Power to Procuro the assistance exit Crie iced men to Aid him in his most disagreeable Tusk. It appeared that the knots were tied by Deputy sheriff Freeman Dayton and if the should fall upon any Ono he should be i to receive it. While bar Gina a body was a it is said that preacher Burrows remark Bis is All wrong it is against the Law god and Gay was not a Leone to receive it. Jog a. Nil Nivus ii 1.1 it fimian Fallu in Man a and wanted to know if sheriff a responsible in Stone manner for the Accident. Bergins body was taken from the court Bouse Hall to tiie residence his sister. Mrs. Lester Hadley. By the undertaker under the direction Robert Miller marshal the funeral which will take place to Morrow afternoon at two clock. In hanging Bergin. His neck was not broken dislocated. Public sentiment seemed satisfied at the death while the preparations were being made for me hanging the second time. A real estate agent from Columbus named ii Udley fainted and Hod to be taken from the enclosure. A watch was also taken from another gentleman and a Man has been arrested who is thought to be the thief. So ends the first execution in Knox. Mcmillan and several other physicians who began the dying it beat 72 at three execution John tolling at Auburn new York. Special dispatch to the enquirer. New York december 7.�?a time special from Auburn n. Y., sums John c. Collins better known tut Harvey n. Thome was hanged in the jail in this City to Day for the murder we. E. Howard known among has companions As the quot Rochester in 1868 Collins was sentenced to two years in the Albany Penitentiary Fop burglary and two years after october 11. 1875�?was again convicted the same charge and sent to sing sing prison for five years from Ulster county the 16th the same month he was one a Transfer forty nine convicts from sing sing to Auburn prison. His bad name had gone before him and the prison officials Here looked him As a Man to be feared. In the summer 1876 an enmity was engendered Between him and the negro Howard whom he aft Erward murdered. This convict was under a sentence for Twenty years for the rape a girl aged nine years in the suburbs the City Rochester. He had been a hotel waiter and had served a term for illegal voting. None the convicts liked him and in various ways they made him their general enemy. In september 1877, the two convicts Collins and Howard one Day came to blows while Flar chitin to their cells. After this Collins armed himself with a bar Iron which he concealed in his clothing. On the 25th tiie same Mouth the gang in which Howard and Collins marched to the bucket ground were returning from the locality and by intention Accident. The two Meu came together Howard falling into the line behind Collins. The pair quarrelled All through the line March. Going up the stairway to their cells Howard stepped ahead Collins and the latter in his confession claims to have stubbed his toe and accidentally struck Howard s heels with his Billet Iron. This precipitated an encounter in the third gallery during which hard words were used and blows exchanged. No sooner had Howard shown a disposition to fight than Collins whipped out his Billet Iron and felled the negro against the railing Over which the Man rolled falling headlong to the pavement a distance seventeen feet. As he was descending he cried murder three times very distinctly thus summoning the keepers who placed Collins in close confinement. Collins did not pretend to deny that lie had struck Howard but maintained that it was in self defense. While he was awaiting trial he attempted suicide by cutting an artery in his right Ann and when found was greatly exhausted from loss blood. The trial was begun october 3d last before judge Ramsey and Tho 11th the jury brought in a verdict guilty in the first degree. Sentence death was then pronounced against him to Day being designated for its execution. The Gallows was erected in the Interior the jail yesterday and is the same mounted by Thomas the negro executed Here last March. The knife which in the hands Thomas caused the Deuth his victim and then severed the rope the Gibbet when he died for his crime was used to perform the same service to Day. The condemned Man spent the Best part the past two Days in religious Devotion and manifested a devout belief in the Catholic Faith which he embraced. He slept from three this morning until half past five when he arose dressed and Knelt several minutes in prayer. After this he personally bade Farewell to All the prisoners in the jail shaking each by the hand. Two Catholic priests visited him at 8 45 and heard it is confession. At ten clock the sheriff came i into the jail and informed Collins Itiat Tiff. Hour his death was approaching and escorted him to the con i de tuned cell. While these preparations were going within the Veteran company the eighty ninth regiment marched to the jail and surrounded it Oil All sides this precaution being necessary to keep out the rabble. A crowd Large enough to completely fill the corridors the jail and All about the Gallows had been admitted and awaited the coming the condemned Man. The weight the drop was placed in position and at 1u38 a. Collins was led out and placed beneath the beam the clergymen standing either Side him. The sheriff then Lead the death warrant after which Collins in a Low and doleful tone said a i am not guilty a premeditated murder a and then relapsed into a sort stupor. Then the prisoner and two clergymen Knelt and repeated the lords prayer the ave Maria and the Creed. Absolution was pronounced. His hands and feet were pinioned the Black Cap was drawn Over Bis face and the rope wa8 Cut. No apparent struggle ensued death resulting front strangulation. His neck was unbroken the rope having slipped too far Back. His body was left suspended Twenty seven minutes and Theu Cut Down and subsequently placed in Public View in inc Yard for a few most foul. A Story the South. To note the beating pulse the dying Man. At two minutes it beat 72 at three minutes 84 at four minutes 96 at five minutes it fell to 60 Ai six minutes 96 he meanwhile res Piring distinctly at intervals about ten seconds. At seven minutes after the fatal drop the handkerchief he held in his hand fell from his hand. The pulse in his wrist now became so faint that the physicians thenceforth noted Bis heart beats by Means a Stethoscope applied to his naked breast. He showed Rign Sof life for thirty two minutes when he was pronounced dead but it was not until he had Hung forty two minutes that his body wus lowered Down and the noose taken from around Bis neck. His face and neck were terribly distorted and discoloured and he was a fearful sight to look upon. In obedience to the request his Mother the crowd was not permitted to gaze upon his remains. Which were taken at once into the court House when they were placed in a coffin then in waiting for them. While the body was hanging the following dispatch was handed sheriff Gay a Columbus o., december 7, 1877. Quot sheriff Gay Knox it. Vernon a please Telegraph me when the time the execution Bergin takes place. Thus. L. the sheriff immediately answered by d saying that he had been Bung at 12 1& t1____ caption this dispatch was to them much comment As it was thought that possibly the governor had intended to commute Bergin sentence. It was afterword Asker Tai de that the governor had been import nod in Columbus by by in Light robbery and capture a Loui Minna murderer. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Houston Texas december 10.�?a Romance in real life Lias just occurred in this part the state that might serve As a plot for some ambitious writer yellow Back dime novels. In the month August 1875, a bloody murder occurred at the Village Abbeville Vermillion Parish Louisiana. The do artiste is among the most prominent the old aristocratic families tiie Parish. Two Brothers Francois and Adrian creoles As the name indicates the latter forty five and the former sixty years age quarrelled Alnut the division some property an altercation ensued in which Adrian killed Francois and like another Cain fled to parts unknown. The fugitive was followed by g. B. Shaw the sheriff the Parish to Galveston where to was arrested and turned Over to two policemen. Who let him go after receiving a bribe seventy five dollars. Adrian d artiste then escaped into the country and took up his abode near Victoria. South Texas where he was robbed by a Man Namen do vat Marceau $3,000, nearly All the Money be took away with him at the time his flight a Short time ago the murderer with his family a wife and six Beautiful children removed to the Northern part Harris county the coast and took up his abode a Small farm near a Creek. In the mean time. Marceau became a prisoner in the jail that county and the fact the robbery and the whereabouts do artiste became known to the sheriff some time ago. Sheriff Shaw was a visit to Houston and in a conversation with the Texas sheriff the latter incidentally mentioned the d artiste robbery. 8haw immediately discovered this Wes the same Man he had been looking for. And arming himself with a requisition from governor Nicholls besides taking a Texas Deputy and a posse the House the murderer was surrounded at night and do artiste arrested after having two rifles pointed at his breast. Do artiste was carried Board a Gulf Steamer at Clinton near Houston and thence Back to the scene the murder to stand his trial. Mrs. D artiste took leave him at the Houston jail and the Farewell the two was most affecting Kentucky killing. A cock fight at Bowling Green end in murder. Special dispatch to the enquirer. Bowling Green ky., december 10.�?John to Bald was hot and killed last night by Jim Newton. A crowd Law Breakers were drinking and cock fighting near the City several them began to quarrel and Robald was trying to prevent a fight and approached . Vinson when he Vinson told Newton to shoot the son a by. The killing occurred at the Steamboat lauding about 6 p. Jeff Vinson was in a Row with a brother Jolt Rabold who attempted to interfere and Newton Aud John became engaged resulting in Newton s shooting him through the heart it la stated to Zyx a knife Newton when Haa hot Vinson has be arrested As accessory Newton has not been found but it 1� thought be is not far away and May Home in. Rabold was buried this afternoon. Newton is pm a boy Rabold Twenty three Twenty four rears fag. Al Naoom a trial Oomes off in the morn horrible butchery near Mansfield. On Man killed and a a tale family beaten nearly to beat lib the object plan der a pentacle at the Beene the Laii Grater. Special dispatch to the pm Reirer. M a Nufi eld o., december 7.�?one the most brutal murders that Ever was perpetrated in Richland county in the state was committed last night Between twelve and one clock at the residence William s. Finney his farm one mile and a half South West this City the Lexington Road. On entering the House this morning the body . Finney was found lying covered up near the place in the room where the foul crime had been committed. The remains were terribly mutilated the face being one Masa bruises and covered with blood while it ghastly wound in the Back the head showed where the fatal blow had been Given. The wife was in a bed near by propped up with pillows in an insensible condition. Her head and face near the right Eye were mashed out All semblance to humanity. In an adjoining room the son. Rev. J. P. Finney was sitting in a chair with his head bound up in a handkerchief clotted with blood and the right Side his face mashed to a Jelly while in a room upstairs his wife was lying a bed with her face bandaged up. And showing evidences the murderous affray. It seems that mrs. J. P. Finney who with her husband and children occupied a room adjoining that her father and Mother was awakened about Ticle clock by moans proceeding from their room. She got up and going to the door intervening was confronted by a Man who was either disguised As a coloured person was the prisoner now under arrest. He immediately struck her with a gun Over the head and knocked her senseless. Or. Finney then grappled with the murderer grasping tiie gun in his hand. The Assassin succeeded in getting it away and struck . Finney with the barrel the Stock having been broken off . Finney fell to the floor but soon recovered and went up stairs to arouse the hired Man who slept there. On coming Down they went to the fathers room and encountered the ghastly spectacle his body lying dead near the door where the murderer had entered while the bed Lay the bleeding form the Mother. The alarm was quickly Given and the neighbors aroused. Foot Printa leading from a broken window in the Kitchen showed that the villain had taken a southerly direction and about a Hundred Yards from the House a broken lamp was found. The robber evidently had effected an Entrance through a window in the Kitchen out which he had broken a pane Glass and opening the door leading thence to the old gentleman a room was confronted by him. When the terrible result followed. It Jas discovered that the gun used by the Assassin had been stolen last fall from the son in Law . Finney who lives the place. The object the murder was no doubt to obtain Money As . Finney was known to have sold some hogs november 29th, for which he had received $78 93, and it is supposed he had Otner funds in his Possession. His pocket Book was missing. Or. Finney was about sixty years age. And was the last three Brothers. A negro named Webb has been arrested and is now in jail. The tracks leading from the House were traced to with in a Short distance his House in the South Western part the City. An examination his clothing disclosed blood stains his coat sleeves and it is said the tracks found correspond with the shoes worn by him. Other evidences Point straight to him As being tiie murderer. An examination the negro Webb a House revealed a suit child a underclothing which was identified As having been stolen from Finney a House last fall and the Springfield Rifle used in the murderous assault has been recognized As one which had been stolen from the son in Law Ayers House about two months ago. Every thing Points to Webb As being the perpetrator the crime. This negro was arrested suspicion being concerned in the mrs. Lunsford murder ome years ago but was released for want prot a f. A Post Morlyn examination was made at the instance the Coroner in which drs. Craig Mowry and race assisted. They found that . Finney a death was caused by a blow the right Side the Temple producing a fracture which extended through the base the brain producing almost instant death. Three terrible text tragedies. Houston Texas. December 4.�?at Canton Van Zandt county to Day a desperado and murderer named Bow Moore was shot and killed by Constable Parker. In the town Wortham a terrible tragedy was enacted to Day. The town marshal Jackson Barfield got into difficulty with three desperate characters Alf Rushing f. P. Carter and Haver Scruggs. Rushing shot the marshal while his Back was turned. A tragedy also occurred at Tyler yesterday in the dining room a hotel Wiiliam Sogue being shot dead by w. R. Magill. The latter was arrested. The land forgers Are being tried at Austin. Ham s Case comes off in a Dav two. A Heil m exposed. Mrs. Bennett Aliar . Nichols Alian . Currier is taught at her own games a spirit seized and proven to be a i Vine human being a a struggle and a indic your escape. From the Boston Herald december 5th. During the latter part last october . Prescott Robinson and . William h. Mann both whom Are firm believers in spiritualism Learned that a mrs. Nichols was holding materializing seances at the House . A. T. Weymouth at the Corner Eliot and Tremont streets and at the Earnest solicitation a Friend . William b. Walker they visited the seance in Good Faith not doubting its genuineness during their visit however they were far from being favourably impressed with the actions the medium and suspicions were aroused in their minds that All was not right. They said nothing however their suspicions and continued to visit the seances once a week for three weeks. Or. Weymouth was taken sick and it was decided to hold the seances at the rooms mrs. Nichols at no. 86 Chapman Street. The medium at this time for some reason Best known to herself changed her name to Currier. This medium had promised . Robinson More than one occasion that his Little daughter Ella who had been dead for some time would appear to him and bring a Rosebud in her hand from the spirit land. In the meanwhile messes. Robinson and Mann succeeded in getting several their friends among them mrs. Agnes Davis Hall the Well known spiritualist lecturer admit cd to the seances and from Itiat Lime Forward a quiet but Earnest and thorough investigation was carried by them. They were determined that right and truth should have every Chance but that every thing in the shape fraud should be exposed. A test. Thus matters continued till monday evening november �?~26th, when it was decided that the following evening matters should be brought to a crisis the medium having promised that at that time . Robinsons daughter would appear with a Rosebud. The plans were accordingly Laid. Each one the seven had an allotted part to perform at a Given signal and although All Are devout believers in spiritualism they entered heartily into the spirit their task. At the appointed hour they assembled at the rooms the medium. Besides the party above mentioned there were present Walker and wife and two three other friends the medium. The rooms Are located the Street floor and Are two in number a front and Back Parlord connected by folding doors. A red Cambric curtain looped in the Center stretched across the open doors. Doors also led from the entry Way into each the Parlours. The company occupied the front parlor and when every thing was in readiness the Gas was entirely extinguished in both rooms. After a few moments breathless silence a spirit appeared purporting to be red Lily an ii Dian Princess. She was led by the medium and accompanied by a second spirit who however did not Matte her identity known. Red Lily and companion remained a few moments Bueno seemed disposed to Converse with her and she departed. In a few moments the medium again appeared leading by the hand a spirit ? who claimed to be the daughter . Robinson. That gentleman was asked if he recognized the spirit and As he looked at its form he thought it was rather Large for a child the age his daughter and he bad some doubts about its being her but for the purpose the occasion he answered in the affirmative. He was requested by the medium to step Forward and address his daughter. A Bulky a child . Robinson stepped Forward and gently took a Rosebud from the hand the visitor and he then addressed her in affectionate terms at the same time patting her hand. Slowly but so by and perhaps unconsciously to the a spirit a . Son Pas de his nand along that the a a spirit till Emfred her wrist and once there he grasped with a vice like grip. The quot spirit a which had la aced As far As the folding doors braced herself against thin and began to pall Back. Or. Robinson then passed he Arm around her Waist and found it to both form a robust healthy looking female weight about one Hundred and sixty pounds and who had entered the room walking upon the Knees. Tire medium who. It May As Well be stated Here was my. Bennett Mclean Street Fame attempted i remove Robinsons hand from the wrist the prisoner but All in vain and . To Valse rendered what assistance he could by throwing himself Upo Robinson and attempting to pull his baud away from its grasp but with the same result. In the mean time Robinson s action was the Cue for . Mann to turn the Gas. Which he did in an instant. One the ladles whom we will Call Man c. Rushed into the entry und to the door leading to the Bock parlor so As to prevent the a spirit from escaping in that direction while mrs. M went partially up the flight entry stairs to turn the Gas in tire entry but she Cottis not find the thumbs screw and thus failed in her purpose. Chasing a di8rorkp As soon As . Mann turned the Gas he sprang to . Robinsons assistance and grasped the Otbo a wrist the spirit but at this moment he was Aat upon by . Walker and a scuffle ensued Between the two men the result which was that Walker was thrust unceremoniously into the Corner the room and obliged to remain there. During the scuffle Between messes. Mann and Walker the combined efforts the a spirit quot and the medium succeeded in forcing . Robinson to release his hold the former a wrist and she the attempted to escape through the door which mrs. C. Had been sent to guard but in c. Was there. It should be stated in this con Neo a Tion that the door leading from the entry to the rear parlor was locked prior put the seance and til key Given to mrs. C. But when she went to Ful Fitt her part the programme the door was unlocked. Mrs. C. Is a medium sized lady but Shebed the courage to face that 160-Pound ghost and As it approached the door mrs. <7. To 11 it to go Back and it obeyed. A moment after when the door was Ungan irked amid the confusion that existed Ana which can a better imagined than described the quot spirit rushed past mrs. G. Out into the entry and Down Sain into the basement. During All this time mrs. Amp a was vainly endeavouring to and the Thumbscrew the Gas Pipo in the entry and As she was thus engaged she was astonished at seeing a female form very scant clothing and bearing articles wearing apparel in her arms flit past her and disappear in the darkness. Quick As a Flash mrs. Ceased Bee quot thumbscrews Schieli and started in Pursuit. The fleeing a a spooky gained the first flight ahead her pursuer and the second flight. Mrs. M., in attempting to follow struck her foot the lower Stair mid fell. As there Are other parties lodging in tee House and not knowing into which room the flitting creature had entered mrs. Gave up the Pursuit and returned downstairs where every thing was in confusion und nearly every body greatly excited. Discomfiture the neither tiie so called spirits were subsequently seen. After a while order was restored and a More chagrined set people was never seen than mrs. Bennett and her allies. Or. Walker attempted to excuse himself in various was. Mrs. Bennett finally acknowledged that she Fiad been assisted but begged . Robinson and friends not to expose her that if they would keep their mov tim shut she would give them a private seance at any time they might select and show them she was not a fraud Only not to expose her for it would Kiu her Mother to whom she had promised not to engage in the business again after her exposure a year ago. _ general Cary tyke Issue. He declares the people will not be nails Rietl with merely monetizing Milf ver and the anti resumption act. From a letter to the Irish world while we say All Honor to Ewing and other Nobl men who Are persistent in their efforts to repeal any portion the obnoxious resumption act we would give them notice that the people will not to satisfied with any half Way measure. The most odious and Damnable feature the resumption act was left untouched by the recent action the House representatives. The Section the act which authorizes an unlimited increase in the number National Banks and limiting the volume their circulation Only by the amount outstanding government Bonds still remains. This is the great Citadel the Money Power us tel that is demolished we see nothing worthy a bonfires and illuminations Over a Victory achieved. Lot the proclamation be made through the Irish world and All other Independent journals that no Man can have the suffrage the independents who is not Earnest and outspoken against All Banks Issue and who is not fully committed to to doctrine an exclusive government Money adequate in volume to the demands business. It will be said that a a half loaf is better than no Aud if we can not get rid the whole resumption act let us be Content with abolishing a part. But Why not be rid the whole is the Money class so powerful that the suffering millions must make a truce with it and yield to its demands we say no members the House senators and presidents Are the creatine the agents the people and they will be swept one by one from place and Power if they fail to execute the people s will. The condition the toiling millions is too pitiable Ana perilous to admit Tempo izing. The Bonds their enslavement Are growing daily More severe and their ability to resist is getting feebler hour by hour. The repeal the most harmless half the resumption act and the re monetization the Silver Dollar will bring no Relief from impending bankruptcy and starvation. We regret that our Noble f7wing did not stand by the measure As he presented it. He proposed to wipe out from the statute Book the whole act National Bank clause and All but finding that would not prevail a consented to tiie modification. That was a mistake better be Defeated temporarily. The whole country would have been , a Public sentiment would rapidly form which could not be resisted the modified reveal effected in the House will hardly pass tiie Senate. The agitation the question will bring Good and help educate the Public mind. An adequate Supply full Legal tender government Money which involves the cancellation an equal volume government Bonds and the suppression All Bank notes will restore Confidence infuse new life into All business operations give labor full and profitable employment inaugurate new enterprises a ready Market for All products labor invite emigration and make us the most prosperous nation the face the Earth. Without a circulating medium a tool Trade an instrument Exchange with which to employ labor and distribute its production with enormous and increasing taxation loaded Down with debts without Means payment we must continue to sink lower and lower until our Whoie social Aud political fabric is a ruin. With less than one half the circulating medium per capita any civilized nation the Globe while the area our circulation the diversification our industries and the extent our exchanges Are twee As great As theirs How absurd and ridiculous to claim that we have an abundance Money fully assured that our principles Are sound that their adoption and enforcement can alone bring Relief and that the sympathies the honest masses Are with us let us press Forward making no concessions compromises. We can afford to be branded by a subsidized press As fools lunatics repudiation its quot rag baby advocates quot and such other epithets As their vocabulary May furnish. We can afford to wait for the salvation the lord. Yours it acc. S. F. Cary. The new Senate. Chicago times the Senate the forty fifth Congress As it win be organized for Tho regular session to Day providing the Senate ratifies the action the election committee in reporting favourably upon the claims James b. Eustis Democrat Louisiana will consist the following members. There Are republicans in roman39 democrats in italics36 Independent i Small caps1 total 76 Alabama term expires. 1879 George e. Spencer. 1883. John t. Morgan. Arkansas. 1879. Stephen w. Dorsey. 1883. Aug h. Garland. California. 1879. Aaron a. Sargent 1881. Newton Booth. Colorado. 1879. Jerome b. Chaffee. 1883. Henry m. Teller. Connecticut. 1879. We. H. Barnum. 1881. We. If. Eaton. Delaware. 1881. Thomas e. Bayard. 1883. Eli Saulsbury. Florida. 1879. Simon b. Conover. 1881. Char is w. Jones Georgia. 1879. John b. Gordon. 1883. Benjamin h. Hill. Illinois. 1879. Richard j. Oglesby 1883. David Davis. Indiana. 1879. Daniel w. Voorhies Mississippi. Term expires. 1881. Branch k. Bruce. 1883. L. Q. C. Lamar. I Missouri. 1879. David Armstrong. 1881. Francis st. Cockrell. Nebraska. 1881. A. S. Paddock. 1883. Alvin Saunders. Nevada. 1879. John p. Jones. 1881. We. Sitar . New Hampshire. 1879. B. Walt Ign. 1883. Edward h. Rollins new Jersey. 1881. Thro. F. Random pm. 1883. John r. Mcpherson. New York. 1879. Roscoe Conkling. 1881. Francis Keman. North Carolina. / j 1879. Aug. 8 Merrymon. 1883. Matthew w. Ransom. Omo. 1879. Stanley Matthews 1881. Allen g. Thurman. Oregon. 1879. John h. Mitchell. 1881. Joseph e. Mcdonald. 1883. Lafayette f. Grover. Iowa. J Pennsylvania. 1879. William b. Allison.�1879. J. I maid Cameron. 1833. . Kirkwood.jl881. William a. Wallace. Kansas 1879. John j. Ingalls. 1833. Preston b. Plumb. K y. 1879. Thomas c. Mccreery. 1883. James b. Beck. Louisiana. 1879. James h. Eustis. 1883. We. P. Kellogg. Maine. 1881. Hannibal Hamlin. 1833. James g. Blaine. Maryland. 1879. George r Dennis. 1881. William p. Whyte. Massachusetts. 1881. Lenry l let Wes. 1833. George w. Cloar. Michigan. 181. L f christianity. 1883. Thomas w. F. Rry. Minnesota. 1881. A j. R. Mcmillan. 1888. William Windom. Rhode Island. 1881. A. E. Burnside. 1883. Henry b. Anthony. South Carolina. 1879. John j. Patterson. 1883. M c Butier. Tennessee. 1881. James e. Bailey. 1883. Isham Harria. Texas. 1881. Samuel b. Maxed. 1883. Richard Coke. Vermont. 1879. Justin s. Morrill. 1881. Geo. F. Edmunds. Virginia. 1881. Robert k. Fiutem 1883. John w. Johnston. V quot to Virginia. 1881. Frank 1888. Henry q. Baloo. Wisconsin. 1879. Timothy Howls 1881. Wagnac

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