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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 30, 1915, Lethbridge, Alberta Dies With Protest of Innocence on His Forgiveness For Those Who Put Him. to Death Osslning, N. Y, July SQ.-Charles Becker was put to death in the' ehair here this morning for the killing of Herman Rqsenthal, the New York nambler. The former New York police lieutenant retained his composure and protested, his innocence to the last. He went to his death with a photo- graph of hi. wife pinned on his shirt over his heart. Three shocks were fifven before the prison phycicians pronounced Becker dead at 5.55 OCIOCK. Becker Leads Way Becker led the'way to his own exe- cution. The condemned man sat up all night on the edge of his cot, calm- talking .to-Deputy warden Charles H. Johnson. "I have got to race said Becker, "and I am going to meet it quietly and without trouble to any; one." The deputy warden left Becker about an hour before the .time set for tho exe- cution and "Vh'en the priests. Fattier iW. B. Cashin, Uie prisoner's priest, and Father Curry, of New York, came to administer the late rites they found the man who instigated Herman Ro- eenthal's murder with his face resting on his hand, gazing at the 'prison floor. The prieetft. remained with him to the end. It was shortly after 5 o'clock the ftrat 6r the witnesses of the execution began to assemble outside tfce prison walls. Quietly their names were checked off iby the deputies. 1 Then the' witnesses -were led to thc place of execution in the death cham- where four young men were put death over a year ago. When the I irltnesses were War- i den Johnson nodded to the Uie prin- jPrederjier, and they left the'; radio." through' Ja small wooden door that-led-to" the cells be- yond where'Becker was .praying with ;his spiritual.'advisers; ;Becker rose to his, feet :Tfhcin lie-saw- Johnson and cfuclflx tronv' the hand of the .-V-'ibriijbtt Becker gave "message as he took hls-Vplace flit the head of the illttle file of men that marched to the room of death. Becker's message he uttered to the priest was: am not guilty by deed or conspir- acy or in any'other way of the death of Rosen I am sacrificed to my Hardly a minute 'elapsed before the electrode was applied to the right log, a slit having been- previously cut in the trousers leg from -Athe knee down. After the elect'code had been firmly adjusted, pie looked at Deputy .Warden surveyed the" figure that, was still." mumbling tha death, prayer in the chair. Johnson half turned his head and the executioner jammed the switch; The shock lasted a full min- ute and the executioner said that it was 1850 volts and ten amperes in strength. It came while Becker wao still commending his soul to His (Maker. Two prison physicians step- ped forward to examine the collapsed figure that sat supported In'the death chair by the black leather strap. TO.G stethoscope was applied at the heart and when Dr. Charles Farr, the prison physician, pressed liis finger against the artery in the neck there was still a fee-bio fluttering of the heart. The physician stepped back from the rubber mat and again tho electric current pulsed through the body, the shock lasting seven sec- onds and; the current was again turn- ed pff. .After hasty examination Dr. Farr aakod that a third shock bo given. This lasted 5 seconds. An examination that took several min utes followed. Three physicians among, the witnesses then made an ovjiniinstion, and''Dr. Farr, at 5.55 quietly 'annouriced: "1 pro- friends. B6ar this message to world and my1- Amen." the The one tlmp- police. officer hesi- tated as he-entered the execution1 room. It seemed to tha witness as If he -was startled that the death chair ivas so near at hand. He looked quietly at the double, row of witnesses, glanced at the floor, swept with his eyes the whitened "walla of the room and then, suddenly, as if coming to himself, briskly, over the rub- toer mat and seated., himself in the electric chair. priests, chanting the prayer of death "Was repeated by. the condemn- ed man. "Jeaui, Joseph, have mercy on, my nervously spoke Becker as the deputy wardens step- I ped forward and adjusted the straps. -man Declares Innocence Becker's message, given out just be- fore he went to his death, read; I stand (before you in my full sense, knowing that no power-on earth can save me from the -grave that is to receive me. In the face of death, in the teeth of those who con- demned me and in the presence my God and your God, I proclaim my absolute innocence of the foul crime for which T must die. You are 'now about to witness r.iy destruction, by the state, which is organized to pro- tect. the lives of the innocent. May Almighty God pardon everyone who has contributed in any degree to loy untimely death. Eulogises Wife 'And now, on the brink ,of m'y grave, I declare to tho world that I euini; am proved to have.been the husband Behind Becker .followed the prison of the' purest, noblest woman that ever lived, Helen 'Becker. .This ac- knowledgement is the only legacy I can leave her. I fcid you all bye. Father, I am ready to go. Amen." (Signed) CHARLES BECKER. Britain Bound by Honor tonight, Says British M.P. "We were'bouhd'allltVby honor and Interest to enter .this war. Had not gono into the, war. when we did, j we as .British people, would have brought, punelvea down to" the same low morml level that the Germans did they violated a treaty ot neu- trality and hacked their way through .Belgium." r George N. Barnes, Brl- M.p. for one of the divi- Bions..' ot of-- Glasgow, and member of the .British commission in i Canada to'select for .the munition 'factories, who was one of the at the public meeting in the Majeitic 'Theatre last nigbt. Mr. Barnes, leaner, from'the standpoint of the la- bor classes of the when he I ...voiced tiie sentimeiit that Britain was in honor bound to :eliter the war. I M r. BarnM followed Rutherford, I. vho had been, speaking on the im- portance education. The Britiih'. member said he could fcoartHT'asree with sentiments expressed, that the first consideration of the people of Canada should be the of the agricultur- al communities. Mr. Barnes brleljy referred to his mission. had led to It; When the car broke out, he said, the pwipie (if England predicted in- depression, in which the fsc- lories would, close, and there would Jte vast uriemplqynienjl which would bring'great'dlslresa.-1 So firmly had this Idea rpinds of the peo- ple that Farllameht had actually pass- ed an providing government twenty millions of dollars In relieving the expected distress. As a simple matter'of fact, noth- ing '.ike this had happened. It had been exactly the reverse, and that in- stead of haying unemployment, every industrial centre was as "busy as It couia possibly be. Since they, had left England, the act providing money for the relief of distress: from unemploy- ment had been repealed, and the money turned to other uses. Clear of Why had a'ii this, come he asked. Simply Because ithe British navy bad kept the seas free of all 'ene- mies. Because the sailors of the iElm- pire during the past twelve months had kept their silent watches of the seas, and had swept every German flag from the ocean, and ira'norts were going on pretty much the same as in times of peace! And as a result of all this, they in England had begun, to fee'J the pinch, not of unemployment, but of the lack of sufficient labor to carry on the ia- dustries. i This had synchronized with iod of depression and.- unemployment In Canada. Mr. Barnes spoke with great seriousness of1-the- unemploy- ment problem as ii6'had found hie tour ol' Canada, saying; thnt the depression from end of minion to the other-had amounWid'to stagnation such as 'he--had never be- fore witnessed. ...He had inet' yfth crowds of Wyndham had had no less'than of'his life had been e turning -down so many, of those 'wn LETHBRIDGE, JULY 30, 1915 PAYS THE EXTREME PENALTY NUMBER 194, -----0 COMMIS CLEARS Process of Abandonment Now Going on Military Supplies are Russian Army Still Intact Winnipeg, .July 30, That charges London, July made by P. Fullcrton, K.C., on; third city of Russia, and thc ncal for behalf of M private rr.wibeis ol tlic: which the German armies in the east legislature, were unfounded, is the have been striving since October last, finding marie by the Royal Commis-j is at last in the throes of abandon- siou of which Mr. .Justice Perdue lament. Germans in overwhelming public at 11 o'clock numbers arc at the nates of the Polish today. The commissioners report thai! capital, and dispatcnes from that city it is impossible to say "That nego-iand also from Petrograd say that fur- ther resistance would he unwise. Discounted not ortlv through France and Great Britain, but in Russia it- self, the fall of the city Is expected tiationa' which attended thc resigna- tion of the Ilohlin government were in any dcgrcs improper or unfair." Tiie" Commissioners, Mr. Justice ___ _ _ Perdue1, Mr. Justice Gait, and Mr. i hourly, and the problem now is to Justice Rohsoii, were unanimous their findings. Howden's Unworthy The commissioners state that they move the Russian armies intact, threatened as they are from the south by the Austro-Germans', and more seriously from the north, where ac-CBpt the denial of .Premier Xorri'sjthe German forces which have swept that he bad any knowledge of the through Poland arc aiming at the Police Lieutenant Chas. Becker, of New York, -who died today in the electric chair at Ossining, in expiation of the'crime'of-'which he-was convicted of instigating the plot which led to the murder of Herman Rosenthal. the New York gambler.' The insert shows Chas. S..'Whitman who, as district attorney of New York, succeeded in convicting Charles. Becker of instigating Uie murder of Rosenthal, and who, as governor of, New York, last night refused Becker's wife her last plea for the life of her husband. i deal am! say Howden admitted he was concerned in such an attempt makes his evi- dence unworthy of credence. July re- laxation in the regulations regarding tiie qualifications ofrrecruits offering' for service in Canada has been aRrecd upon by the militia council, whicH should add largely to the enlistment throughout the Dominion without de- tracting from the efficiency of the Canadian forces. The changes follow A change in height requirements from 5 feet 4 inches for infantry tp 5 feet 2 inches from 5 feet 6 inches for artillery to 5 feet Get, Nor B N7.- Uarhes, labor member of MARKETS July wheM OctoMr Wheat October oati 104% 41 WEATHER High Low Fvricnit: Fair and warm, ncnt of civiliza- to thc isolated e grc-it centres. I would'go to the agricultural com- 'the cities and towns surrounded bj prosperous agricultur- al inhabitants, where there -is inr of's> mpathy and understanding between ;the professional "and business men and the producer. Mr. Dunham declared-that the mid- dle classes which he called the farm- ers, were the the na- tion. the-test? of the.inhabi- tants flepcnded for their prosperity Wednebdaj the anniversary of the opening of the war. Saul Bonnell. this evening for Victoria to joiti the 11. C. medical corps, now, mobilizing for" the front, was made the occasion of a banquet hy the old- timers of Fcrnic to their old com> raiie iii citizenship in the .town. Ferhie was located 09 thft" map, so was Dr. and he has heen a citizen from the first. No phy- ician in. the west is better, or wider his tho great esteem in which he has been held as a citizen.: Always a leader in; a.L, that pectained to the welfare the town, and always ready, to ;sac- rifice his time and money for- the good of. thc district, he will be miss-? ed: perhaps more than almost any, other citiz-n The doctoxs of Fcrnic have surely, did their "little bit" towards swering the call of the king. Dr. Anderson and wife-are some-, where at'Ihe front; Dr. Corsan has two sons serving m the ranks, unfortunately, now being laid up in an hospital because ot re en ca at the front in northern. I Trance and now Dr Honnell has cast in his lot with.the medical service. His many old-time gathered together tonight and ten- dered him a Godspeed farewell at tho Fcrnic hotel. A. I. Fisher .presided, and speeches were made by Sherwood Herchmcr and others. He" was surprised by the present-ar tion t1 e ered guests oi substantial leather trunk which will be of service to him on trip, and arduous duties when he reaches his destination it goes the heartfelt'good wishes of everybody .who knew there are, none, who do the hope .-thijit he miy return to his old home and friends. Dr. BonneH's departure is; felt more keenly because of ,ttie (fclJart ire C' his ife and family for Mrs Bonnrll's' old home in St Stephens, she mil reside until thc'cbsu of'the war.. AMERICAN RED CROSS TO -HALT AID un puge Washington, DC July can. Red Cross doctors and nurses will be withdrawn from the European battlefields, October 1. because of lack of funds to maintain them at their stations. -It is possible that units in Bel glum, -where the Greatest need exists, will be continued, but tne'other four- teen detachments to the United States, v j CASGRAIN SAYS THERE WILL BE NO CONSCRIPTION Ottawa, Ont, July -28 tion of conicri.nticn, Tvhich It bain! railed by agltaton, -rn province of novtr considered or discuttcd the ernment, according to Hon T Catgrain, Fostmaiter Central 'I am pretty accurate In my poltt- leal predictions, and 1 can lay that there will he no ;