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■| J. H. EbTILL, Kiilor and Proprietor f
HORRIBLE STRUGGLES AT THE
HOW THE NIGHT PASSED
■ Hurrah for Anarchy," the Death Cry
of Fischer— Death Results Thirteen
and a-Half Minutes After the Trap
Fell—No Disturbance in the City A
Strong Force of Police About the
Chicago, Nov. 11.—Anarchists Parsons,
Fischer, Engel and Spies, the convicted
Haymarket murderers, have been throttled
by the law, the self-same that they had
hoped to throttle. Their scaffold drop fell
nt 11:54 o'clock this morning.
At 9:10 o'clock tills morning Chief Deputy
Gleason arrived at tlio jail with the fatal
' documents authorizing the execution.
Mr. Gleason immediately went into
dose conference with the Sheriff
in a private apartment that was
locked and bolted at once on the inside.
While they were still conferring Spies’ in
ternal fever had so increased as to induce
him to order a glass of Rhine wine, which
was brought to his cell and swallowed at a
gulp. A few minutes were then occupied
by him in writing autographs for officers
attached to the Sheriff’s office.
SINGING THE MARSEILLAISE.
At 10 o'clock Fischer was singing the
Marseillaise, in which the other prisoners
At 10:10o'clock Parsons, Fischer and Spies
asked for twenty minutes each on the gal
lows, in which to make speeches. The
Sheriff did not immediately return any
answer to the request.
Following close upon the telegraphic re
port from Springfield this morning that
Gov. Oglesby had decided once for all, the
deputies commenced at 10:27 o'clock dis
tributing tickets to the reporters who were
to watch the march to the gallows. The
greatest bustle and excitement prevailed in
the jail office, but Spies in his cell continued
writing ou uninterruptedly, and the others
remained equally nonchalant, notwithstand
ing the confusion that marked the beginning
of the end.
At 10:54 o’clock the reporters were ad
mitted into the cell room to view the exe
cution. They were conducted to the north
corridor and soated within a few feet of the
At 11:12 o'clock the condemned were eat
ing their final lunch. At 11:28 o’clock the
Sheriff commenced to read the death war
rant to Spies. The death warrant was read
first to Spies, then to Fischer and then to
Engel, and at 11:43 o’clock the Sheriff was
nearly through with Parsons.
Spies, Engel and Fischer were in their
shrouds standing at the grated door and
saving adieus to friends in the visitors’
At 11:40 o'clock the death march to the
As already stated, the trap fell at 11:54
Kisoher died very hard, as did also Spies.
Parsons also struggled and kicked fearfully.
Fischer's last words were, “Hurrah for
Anarchy;' 1 The pulse of all the Anarchists
stopped beating in thirteen and a half min
At 12:13 o'clock the coffins for the An
archists, plain black, with but the silver
heads of the screws for ornaments, were ear
ned to the gallows.
CHICAGO’S HANGING SYSTEM.
A Mysterious Way of Cutting the Rope
that Does the Work.
Chicago, Nov. 11.—All the common
prisoners, to the number of about 200, were
left in their usual cells last night. The
practice of hanging at Chicago is not to re
move them until a few hours before the
execution takes place. Sheriff Matson de
cided to follow the old rule. At the ap
pointed time all of those located in the tiers
'•t celts facing north, and winch partly com
mand a view of the scaffold, are marched
mto the tiers facing south, where not a
glimpse of the execution can be had.
The gallows for the present hanging are
located in the extreme northeast corner of
the cell room. An inspection was made of
1 heio during the night by an Associated
i'ress reporter. They are the largest ever
erected in Cook county. They were origi
nally built for swinging off three Italians.
" ho killed a fellow country man and shipped
his remains in a trunk to Pittsburg. At (he
time the murderers were hung the trap was
made to comfortably hold three men, but to
accommodate the Anarchists it has been en
larged to the extent of two feet and a half
THE ROUTE TO THE GIBBET.
To reach the scaffold the men who are to
he executed are escorted from the jail office
through the lower corridor of the cell room
to the iron stairway, which leads to the
second tier. This is a distance of ten feet
l com the ground floor, und the platform of
ihe gallows is even with this tier.
I he woodwork of this structure is
painttd or rather stained a very
'lull reddish brown, and as seen by
[he dim light of the gas jets was anything
hut pleasant to look upon. The weird effect
was heightened by a little sentrv
uox which is located just back
of the trap. In this is stationed
the man who really is the executioner.
Into this box extends a rope. At a given
signal the unknown man Inside cuts the
rope with a brand new and especially sharp
ened chisel of wide dimensions by striking
' he chisel a heavy blow with a mallet, down
goes the trap a distance of six feet, and at
the same time the murderers are launched
HOW THE NIGHT PASSED.
All the Condemned Nonchalant—Par
sons Sang a Sonar.
Chicago, 111., Nov. 11.—At 1 o’clock
this morning a change was made in the
deal b watch. Deputy Hartkee had been
guarding Spies since S o’clock. He reported
that he had quite a long talk with the An-
archist. Spies declared that he had no
reason to be afraid, and then launched
into a tirade against the courts. He asserted
that the Judges who had any connection
with tlie case had reason to tremble, while
tlie Anarchists could bold up their head.-,
and walk to their death with steady foot
steps. The deputy also related the manner
in which Rev. Dr. Bolton was received by
Spies. The divine asked him if he would
not accept spiritual consolation. Spies,
w ith a shake of the head, declared that he
hail no use for any clergymen.
'‘l’ll pray for you all night,” cried the
‘‘Pray for yourself,” retorted Spies,
“You need it more than I.”
PARSONS SINGS A SONG.
At 11 o’clock last night Spies lay down on
his cot and closed his eyes but he did not
sleep. Several times he got up for a drink
of water,but his every movement betokened
a firmness which was astonishing. So it
was with the rest of the Ana raises. Par
sons had the nerve to entertain his guard
with song. His selection was “Annie
Laurie ” He sang the sweet song entirely
through and when he finished rested his
head on his hands for a few moments and
then repeated the song. His fortitude was
the wonder of all who heard him.
TESTING THE GALLOWS.
Between 1 and 2 o'clock this morning the
Sheriff and his assistants tested the gallows.
Heavy bags of sand w ere attached to the
rope and the traps were sprung. The ma
chine worked to perfection, and in all re
spects was satisfactory to the authorities.
Then the usual quiet prevailed in the jail.
The only noise in Hie cell room was the low
voices of a few deputies, the turning of a
key in the lock, and the rapid ticking of a
telegraph instrument which was telling the
world of the last hours of the four An
THE NEWSPAPER NIGHTWATCH.
During the long hours of the night tlie
only newspaper men who were admitted to
the inner precincts of the jail were the rep
resentatives of the Associated Press. They
had quarters in what is known as tlie
lawyer’s cage, and were within 10
feet of the Anarchists. At 4 o'clock
one of them made a tour of tlie lower corri
dor, where [spies, Parsons, Fischer and
Engel were confined. In each cell were two
stalwart guards, who stood watch over the
Anarchists. The former chatted in low
tones, and whispered jokes among them
selves to w-hile away the time.
THE ANARCHISTS ASLEEP.
But, the talk and w hispered jokes were all
lost ou the prisoners. Each one was in the
heaviest of slumbers.
Spies lay on one side with his head on his
arm ami slept as peacefully as a babe.
Fischer had turned over on his back and
the consequence was that he frequently let
out a snore that echoed in a startling man
ner through the silent corridors of the
Engel lay motionless, as did Paisons, ex
cept that at times the latter started uneasily
as if dreams were coursing through his
WATCHFULNESS OF THE GUARDS.
Then at intervals the silence was broken
by the steady w’allt of an armed guard, who
made a tour of the lower corridor to see that
all was well. The only other disturbing ele
ment was the mewing of the jail
cat, which kept up a noise
so persistently that at last a
deputy bore down, captured and removed
her to the basement, where her cries could
not lie heard.
Some time after miemight Parsons eom-
J Gained that the hum of conversation in the
Failer’s office annoyed him and prevented
him from sleeping.’ The w ooden door be
tween the office aud cell room was closed
and the Anarchist dropped into an uneasy
slumber. In the office a busy crowd of report
ers stood writing at a high desk or lounged
about talking with the deputies. Occasion
ally heavy steps sounded on the iron stairs
outside, and the door was opened, revealing
a candidate for admission to the hall. From
within tlie lawyers’ cage came the sharp,
metallic click of the Associated Press in
struments dispatching the gather
ing incidents of the night. Along
the otherwise silent corridors sound
ed the slow, regular tramp of
the deputies, composing the death watch, to
and fro ceaselessly in front of the cell doors,
behind which were the lour forfeited lives.
At brief intervals, when tlie hum of conver
sation sank low, could be heard the meas
ured tick off the clock on the office wall
marking the time for those for whom time
would soon be no more.
Now and then a louder voice than com
mon floated out from the cell room where
some ordinary prisoner had awakened with
a cry. but from the cells of the condemned
came only the low murmur of conversation
between the guards and their wards.
About 1 o’clock, while there was compara
tive silence, the occupants of the Sheriff's
office were start led by a crash and bang
from the northern corridor. It was only
tiie Sheriff and a few other officers experi
menting with the scaffold and testing it
and the ropes. A few minutes after 2
o’clock Spies stood at (he door of
his cell looking and talking through the bare
with his guard. As the slow hours swung
along eve * the proximity of death grew
“Come and look at Limrg,” said Sheriff
Matson to agrup of reporters. Between
o and 4 o'clock the rumble of wheels out
side penetrated the thick walls and a wagon
drove up and unloaded four coffins, one for
Sp c s . one for Engel, one for Fischer and
one for Parsons. At o’clock all the
Anarchists were asleep. Fielded and
Schwab in their cells in the second tier hav
ing retired before midnight. In the first
flush of relief to them imprisonment for
life was a very small matter and they could
sleep in safety. About 4 o’clock Fischer
woke, and after refreshing himself with a
draught of water relapsed into slumber.
gov. oolesby’s decision final.
Springfield, 111.. Nov. 11.—The con
ference between Capt. Black and Gov.
Oglesby was at an end at ! o’clock this
morning and the Governor announced his
final and irrevocable decision. He emphati
cally refused to further interfere in behalf
of tne condemned men.
GUARDING THE JAIL.
Hundreds of Police Armed to the Teeth
beady for a Riot.
Chicago, Nov. 11.—At fi o’clock this
morning 300 policemen, Rrrned with rifles,
bayonets, revolvers und full cartridge
boxes, wore on duty at the jail. Chief
Ebersold was in command in person, his
stuff being Capts. Buckley, Hub
bard and Schaaek. A battalion of
throe companies of |K>liee,that was quartered
in the jail and Criminal Court building
since the new orders went into effect, did
duty inside the building to-day. The offi
cers in command were instructed to dispose
of their men, a detail having been made for
every advantageous post.
A COMPANY ON THE OUTSIDE.
In addition to the battalion on the inside
there was a force on the outside, composed
of a oompuny from oacli of the five pre
eincts, commanded by a lieutenant, and
three companies from the Central detail.
This force was armed with rifles, and sur
rounded the entire block in which the jail
SAVANNAH, GA.. SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 12, 1887.
is situated, which in addition to these cor
dons of police was inclosed by ropes. The
lieutenants had orders to station their com
panies in open order, with loaded pieces and
fixe t bayonets, and were especially instruct
ed to hold their positions, no matter what
happened, until they received ordei'S from
their superior officers.
OBJECTS OF THE ORDER.
The object* of the order were these:
The men were to be deployed in open or
der so if they were attacked, especially
with bombs, the execution would not be so
great, while at the same time the police
would be able to return the tire with greater
effect and less danger to themselves, and in
ease of attack they were not to break, but
hold their position till re-enforced or
called back. A police official said in
speaking of the arrangements that the chief
desire in case of attack was to keep the
police from being thrown into confusion.
If this could be prevented they need not
tear any mob. The entire force was to bo
held in the position described until as late iu
the day as might be thought wise. The
members of the police department not on
duty at the jail were to be held in reserve at
the various stations in readiness to mass at
any point at a moment's notice, except a
very few who were to be out on post. De
tectives were stationed outside the police
lines and mingled with the crowd. Lieut.
Steele was there to look after his men.
ON THE STREET.
On the street armed policemen paced their
beats, and ail who had no business in the
neighborhood were promptly ordered to
move on and if they did not move at onco
they were arrested.
The jail proper occupies F.linois street
from the front of the building, while that
part used by the Criminal Court fronts on
Michigan street. On the latter front
is the main entrance, through which
all who enter must pass. This opening
was guarded by a heavy double iron door,
which was kept closed aud fastened bv a
padlock and chain. Immediately within
the door stood two trusty policemen, armed
with breech loading rifles and carrying
thirty-eight rounds each in a convenient
HOW ADMITTANCE WAS GAINED.
A step sounds in the outer vestibule and
from the watchful sentries comes the stern
cry, “tVho comes there?”
A voice from outside responds, then the
padlock opens, the chain rattles and the
doors slide apart a few inches and a survey
is made by the guards of the individual
applying for admission. If his credentials
are satisfactory the doors are opened
sufficiently for him to pass in.
Inside other guards bearing rifles
moved about over the tile floor
and at the head of the wide stairway lead
ing to the upper floor the muzzle of a loaded
rifle in the hands of an officer projected over
the steps. The court rooms above were oc
cupied by several companies of policemen
with a whole arsenal of weapons and am
munition. Ou the roof were numerous sen
tries ready to open on any suspicious-look
ing individual who might approach on sur
rounding roofs. The gate proper was
reached by crossing a narrow court, dismal
and cold in darkness. In this part of tlie
building 3j>ecial preparations hail been
made for the reception of unwelcome
DAWNING O? THE DAY.
The Doomed Men Shake Off Sleep and
Prepare for Death.
Chicago, Nov. 11. —Not many minutes
from 6 o’clock came daylight, cold and piti
less as the law about to be avenged, and
bustle, different from that of the night, in
vaded the seclusion of the prison. The day
of the hanging arrived. Six o’clock came
and the rumbling of wagons, the blowing
of whist les and the ringing of bells told that
the people outside were astir, but the An
archists slept on. It was just 6:43 when
Engel awoke. Within the next
ten minutes his three doomed
companions opened their eyes.
They tumbled out of their cots and hast ily
dressed themselves. No conversation took
place between the Anarchists and their
Siards. Spies and Parsons simply bade
lem good-by, and in a few minutes the
deputies emerged from the cell room. They
w re relieved by others. Fischer was the
fir t one to emerge from his cell. Accom
panied by deputies, he stepper! over to the
pla u iron sink and took a good w ash. His
every movement was closely watched. Spies
next performed his ablutions, aud seemed
to enjoy them. Old man Engel followed
the young Anarchist, and the last to wash
BREAKFAST BROUGHT IN.
At 7:30 o’clock two waiters from Marfell’s
restaurant brought to the prisoners their
breakfasts. The edibles were carried in a
large, new clothes basket., and the linen and
tableware looked bright and clean. A lit
tle incident occurred when Faisons stepped
out to wasli himself, which was described
by Lieut. Laughlin. All the other An
archists contented themselves with wash
ing at the tap. When Parsons walked up
to the sink be exclaimed:
“I see no wash-basin here. 1 am accus
tomed to washing in a basin, and I want
His manner was extremely defiant, but
though he reiterated his request for a basin
in gruff tones, he did not get the desired
utensil. He exhibited by far the most bra
vado of any of the Anarchists.
PREPARING FOR THE HANGING.
Active preparations for the execution be
gan at 8 o'clock, when Chief Bailiff Chaiil
arrived at the jail and assigned i lie deputy
sheriffs to their various |Kisit:ons. During
the event it was announced that Jailer Fob,
with Deputies Galpin, Spears and Cleveland,
would conduct the prisoners to the scaffold
anil superintend the actual hanging. Deputy
Leibrawlt, with Deputies Fusk, Hanks, Car
ney, Mahler and . olmson were assigned
to guard the main entrance to the
Criminal Court building. The duty of
taking the passes was given to Deputies
Burke and Peters. To guard the stairs and
court yard were assigned Deputies Mosher,
Casey, Stewart, Josephine, Gass, Santa.
Duryea and Blumgartn. Inside the jail
proper were placed Deputies Frake, Harke,
Beers, Gross, Hamilton, Morgan, Foley,
Scanlon, McC’raney, Brainerd, Holy, Fries,
Lynch, Dooley, Walbridge, Wall, Gorger
ARRIVAL OF THE CLERGYMAN.
Rev. Dr. Bolton arrived at 7:47 o'clock,
and after depositing his satchel on a chair
and hanging up his overcoat in the jail of
flee passed into the cell room, passing flrst
into Parsons’ cell. Ho attempted to engage
the doomed Texan in religious conversation.
Parsons had not yet finished his breakfast.
What passed twit ween them was not di
vulged. In the meantime Spies had
called for paper and envelopes, and when
they were furnished him he began w riting.
He Was interrupted by the Sheriff, who ac
costed him and stood in front of the cell
door while they talked. The Sheriff took
note*of the conversation, and then pass's!
on. After a stay of eighteen minutes in
Parsou's cell, I)r. Bolton emerged, und,
walking to Spies’ door, stood looking at
that individual, who glanced at the clergy
man and continued fus writing. Dr. Bol
ton remained standing in front of Spies two
or three minutes, but receiving no recogni
tion, he walked away.
PARSONS AND FISC'HER WRITING.
Writing materials were furnished to
Parsons and Fischer, who immediately set
about preparing statements. Engel made
no request for pen or paper, but sat stolidly
on his bod looking ut the opposite wall of
his coll. The clergyman passed around into
the north corridor and from the gallery
overlooking the scaffold took a view' of that
grim structure. Then he returned and
paced nervously backward and forward iu
front of the cells containing the Anarchists.
arrival of the spectators.
It was now nearly 8:30 o’clock and not SO
feet away from the coming victims a mas
sive iron-barrad door was clanging con
stantly, admitting crowds of news
pajier men and Deputy Sheriffs,
crowding tlie little room almost to suffoca
tion ami indulging in a loud buzz of conver
sation, that could be beard plShiiy in the
cells. Nearly everybody in the roopi was
smoking, and what with the fearful feeling
of depression felt by the most hardened,
the place was nearly unendurable. It- was
at this moment that Dr. Mayer, Assistant
County Physician, passed through ami
rapidly walked totlieeellsof thecondemn“d.
He asked each if there was any desire for
stimulants, and all save Engel at once re
plied quietly in the negative. Engel
asked for some port w'ino.
It was given him at once,
and he gulped down three large glasses.
Spies preferred water, and seemingly con
sumed by burning thirst swallowed nearly
two tumblers of the pure cool liquid. Iu
the jail office Deputy Burke was now' pass
ing around among the throng, and taking
up the tickets of admission, apparently in
dicating that the execution was not far
distant. This unusual proceeding was
objected to by some, but all w'ere compelled
to submit. While standing in front of
Engel's cell Dr. Bolton was in danger of
becoming involved in a religious con
troversy for the condemned man boldly
combated the proposition of the divino.
A RAY OF SUNSHINE.
The Sheriff and Ills chief deputy were still
peering over their document*, and the
gloom wus deepening on the face of every
one in the jail, when suddenly a buist of
sunshine came through tho topmost win
dows, and went straight to Schwab's evil.
He came to the bars and blinked and basked
in the welcome light.
The ■ overnor's decision on the application
for executive clemency was brought to
Chicago by Gov. Oglesby's son. Deputy
Gleason intercepted the messenger
on the train near the city
limits. and the official copy
was at once brought to tlie jail by tlie
deputy. It was just 0:80 o’clock when in
formation ticked from the Associated Rresi
telegraph instrument, a few feet distant
from the cells, that (’apt. Black was at that
very moment again pleading with Gov.
Oglesby at Springfield. The message was
handed to Sherd)' Matson, who glanced at it
a second and then crumpled the paper
slowly in his hand. Whatcve the Sheriff's
thoughts no expression of their purport,
crossed his compressed lips. Five minutes
Intel' the Sheriff emerged ami in reply
to a chorus of inquiry said trial
“He has not just fixed the time as yet.'’
The manuscript which Spies, Parsons an l
Fischer spent a portion of the morning in
preparing were iu part written statements,
the nature of which would not be divulged
by any of the official*. These were deliv
ered into the hands of < ierk Price, who
turned them over to the Sheriff, and that
official locked them in his personal rate. It
was stated by the Sheriff that Spies, Par
sons and Fischer had, in addition, written
letters, which he had also locked up securely.
Parsons’ letter was add rear and to his wife
and children, that of Fischer to his wife,
but Hie address of thnt of Spies the Sheriff
refused to divu'ge. It is supposed thut it
was for Nina Van Zandt.
GIVEN MORE STIMULANTS.
Before 10 o’clock Dr. Gray went into tho
prisoners’ cells for the second time, bearing
in his hands three wine glasses and a liottie
of Jarvis brandy, with which to brace up
the men. All of them partuokof the stimu
Adjutant Hance, of the State militia,
came into the jail at 10 o’clock and was ini- |
mediately closeted w ith the Sheriff. Opin- :
ion as to his appearance was divided, some ,
thinking it rotated to some new \
disposition to be made of tho militia
while others believed lie carried ,
a supplemental message from Gov. Oglesby. I
About this time Police Inspector J. O. Bon
field, who commanded the police at the
Haymarket, entered the jail looking as
grim as he did within hair on hour lifter
the famous bomb massacre. Fischer con
tinued to make a display of bravado. Soon
after singing the “Marseillaise” he said to
Turnkey Htubbe. in a laughing way: “When
I get to heaven I'll put iu a good wonl for
you.” When Fischer woke up this morning
he turned to one of the officer* and said :
“I dreamed about Germany last night.’’
Then he relapsed into silence for quite a
At 10:55 o’clock fully 250 newspaper men,
local politicians and others, among them
the twelve jurors who were to view the
bodies after execution, hud passed through
the dark passage under the gallows and be
gan seating themselves. The bailiffs said a
few words to the journalists, begging them
to make no rush when the drop fell, but to
wait decently nml in order. Parsons was
given a cup of coffee a few minutes
before the march to the scaffold was
begun. The rattling of chairs, tables and
benches continued for several minutes, but
by 11:05 o’clock (here began to fall a hush,
and conversation among tho crowd sank
almost to a whisper. The bare white-washed
walls made a painful contrast with the dark
brown gallows, with its four noosed ropes
dropping ominously near the floor, A
gleam of sunshine shooting through tlie
window at this instant fell on the corner of
the death machine and in a slight degree
relieved its sombre hue.
Through the window could be seen a
number of policemen armed with rifles,
looking down from the roof of the Dear
born street wing on the proceedings. The
Chief Bailiff' began at 11:10 calling off the
names of the persons summoned us jurors,
and bringing them forward to the row of
little stools directly in front of the gallows.
No other sounds were heard in tho long,
high corridor, but the solemn, monotonous
voice of the Bailiff and the rustling of tho
jurors as they tip-toed forward through the
ON THE GALLOWS.
The Melodramatic Manner in Which
the Four Met Their Death.
Chicago, Nov. 11. —It lacked just seven
minutes and a-half of the hour of high
noon, when a single white-shrouded figure,
above which was a face of yellowish pallor—
the face of August Spies—pissed the first
post of the gallows. The gaping crowd, ten
feet below,half rose in voluntarily from their
chairs at the first glimpse of the apparition,
advancing across the scafflold. Spies looked
calm and glanced at tlie reporters with a
trace of his old-time cynical smile. He
walked firmly over the drop, guided by the
grasp of a deputy, to the farthest edge of
Following close came Fischer, close enough
to touch Spies’ shroud had his hands
not been pinioned under white mus
lin. Fischer’s countenance had a peculiar
glirtcn totally uulike the ariiiness of Engel’s
heavy features, and in strange contrast
with tho and. ad lack of color in the piuched
lineaments of Parsons.
PARSONS PLAYS A PART.
The ones jaunty, vivacious Texan came
last, a withered old man. He hail aged
‘2O vears since the day, scarce twelve months
before, vision he tripped lightly into court
before Judge Clary, and flippant
ly declared that he was ready
to bo tided at once for his life.
The moment his feet touched the scaffold
Parsons seemed to lose his identity and to
fed that his -pint, was no longer part of his
body. He had wrought himself up to an
ecstasy of solemn self-glorification. Only
he, the one American, seemed to realise to
the tu'l Hint he must die iD a manner to
impress if possible on all future generations
the thought that he was a martyr. No
tragedian that has faced the s'age in
America ever made a more marvelous pre
sentation of a self-chosen part, perfect
in every detail. The upward turn of his
eyes, |, s distant, far-away look, and above
nil the attitude of apparent complete resig
nation that every fold of the awkward
shroud only served to make more distinct,
wns by far the most striking feature of the
entire gallows picture. The squat, form of
Kngel alongside, with stupid, wide-jawed
face, made a hideous contrast to Parsons'
assumption of the halo of a itiarlyr.
Fischer was head and shoulder! taller
than the other three, making his occasional
looks of too evident bravado more m l ive
able than they might otherwise have been,
and at a sorry disadvantage compared with
the steady coolness of Spies. The latter's
exhibition of quiet, thorough nerve far
surpassed ns a wonder the demeanor of any
of his comrades.
ADJUSTING THE NOOSES.
The four burly deputies standing in the
rear of the four condemned men, began
without delay to adjust the ropes. Side,'
noose being the one first placed. I!c did riot
apiiear to regard it of any more
consequence than anew linen collar. The
knot was slipped down the cord close bgainst
Ins neck. Bides did not show a tremor, but
when the same process was being carried on
with Fischer lie turned and quietly whis
perod to the bailin' to make a suggestion
concerning the rope. Fischer’s occasional
ardor was quite noticeably less when he
felt the hempen strand, and Engel bit his
under lip hard when his turn came. Just
then Dr. Murphy, a young physician, stand
ing back of Engel whispered a Joke at
Engel’s ear. incredible as it may
seem, the low-browed Anarchist- laughed
outright with the rope around his
neck, and while another was be
ing fastened on Parsons by his side. But the
grotesque laughter stopped in a single in
stant, and Parsons meekly as a saint turned
his eyes upward at the dangling line above
Before the four Anarc' -is had ru inkling
of what was to he done white raps were
deftly slipped upon their heads and drown
quietly down to the neeks, shutting off the
view of each as completely and with less
warning than does the camera doth of pho
•ran aast words on the gallows.
August Spies was the hist ol’ the four
doomed men to make uso of his wits, while
he could, lu a tone of intense bitterness of
spirit, he, the man who wrote the infamous
revenge circular, hissed out between his
tightly clenched tooth:
"There will come a time when our silence
will be more powerful than tho voices they
are strangling to death.”
The last syllablo of Spies' concluding
words, hoarse with suppressed passion, hud
not reached tho end when Engel, raising his
voice, wildly cried:
‘ Hurrah for Anarchy!”
Fischer caught the lire of the utterance
and still more loudly exclaimed: “Hurrah
for Anarchy,” adding: “This is the happi
est moment of my life.” There was silence
like the grave, broken abruptly by the slow,
measured intonation of Parsons, like a
white-robed priest before the altar of sacri
fice. Not ns a dying request, but rather
like a command or warning, he sounded
“May I be allowed to speak!”
Then, with slow ontrenty, came:
“Will you lot me speak. Sheriff Matson f”
There was another agonizing pause.
Muffled through the shroud broke out, ui
unnatural hollow accents: “Let the voife
of the people be heard.”
A crash as of a falling house thundered
through tho corridors. The slender ropes
were teut. In full view of the 200 men ill
front were four white, writhing shrouds.
The ropes could be seen slowly
tightening about the necks, that between
cup and shroud could be noticed blackening
and purpling. Nine minutes passed. Thou
it was known to a certainty that not a neck
had been broken. The four Haymarket
murderers had been literally throttled anil
strangled by the law which they had defied.
It is generally conceded that the men met
their fate with coolness and courage. Spies
listened attentively to the reading of the
death warrant just before the execution
and at its conclusion he looked for a mo
ment at Sheriff Matson steadily, but with
out any malice, and then said: “Sheriff,
you are about to commit a judicial murder.”
All the prisoners walked to tho gallows
steadily without support and met death
CUTTING DOWN THE CORPSES.
The Remains Taken from the Jail to an
Chicago, Nov. 11.—It was wonderful to
note how quickly the excitement which had
filled the jail all the morning calmed down
after the execution. Tho 200 prisoners con
fined in the place, who had been in fever
heat during the tragic event of the day,
regained then" usual spirits. They cracked
jokes from cell to cell, and as
they had had nothing to oat since breakfast,
they soon began to veil for “Soup,” “Soup.”
The spectators, who had witnessed the
hanging, walked rapidly out of the in
closure, and tho weary deputies went to
dinner, tho only ones left in the jail office
being the press representatives.
LOWERING THE BODIES.
When the coffins were brought to the
scaffold Sheriff Matson exclaimed: “His
will be done.” The bodies were lowered in
the following order: Spies, Fischer. Engel
and Parsons. All looked natural. The
eoflin lids were quickly screwed down and
pajier tabs were pasted on each for identi
fication. The bodies were taken away from
the jail about 1:45 o’clock this afternoon.
For Spies a hearse had been provided.
There was some trouble in getting away
from the crowd that tailed cn to
the last wagon, but rapid driving
freed the procession from this annoyance.
Followed by a string of cabs and preceded
by a carrige containing the committee, the
hearse and wagons moved speedily along.
There was no excitement and only a few
persons gathered. The corpses were taken
to an undertaker’s shop where they were
dressed and allowod to rest until they were
taken to the homes of relatives this even
Extensive arrangements have been made
for a grand funeral demonstration over the
executed Anarchists on Sunday.
Sheriff Matson sot in his private office
this evening verv pale and dark rings be
neath his eves snowed that he was worn
out with thinking, worry, excitement and
hard work. Ho said he thought the execu
tion passed off as well as .n unpleasant
thing like that could. Upon being asked
whether he apprehended any trouble a' the
funeral of the dead Anarchists he replied:
“No. Ido not. 1 think the better judgment
of the friends of the unfortunate men will
prevail and that nothing will be done to
cause a repetition of to-day’s work.”
“Why was the execution delay oil from lo
to 12 o’clock?’
“Merely to give the men all the chance to
escape their doom that there was. It was
rny intention yesterday to have the work
promptly over at. 10 o'clock, but when I
heard that (.'apt. Black was at Springfield
pleading with the Governor I decided to
hold oil' and give them the benefit of their
counsel’s work. I did not care to have It
said that we had rushed them to eternity
when there was a chance of their being
•saved, and so I waited."
The centre of attraction for idle and cu
rious jieople has been transferred to-night
from the ml to Milwaukee avenue, where,
m the home-, of their relatives, the bodies
of the dead Anarchists are lying in their
coffins. There were little crowds here and
there along the street throughout the
evening, but, although the execution was
everyw hero discussed, there was little ex
The only sign of open interest to-night
was shown at Auroriu Turner Hall on Hu
ron street, near Milwaukee avenue.
Here a flag was t half-mast, and In the sa
il on below groups of men gathered and ex
pressed their disapproval of the hanging.
There were some scowling faces here and
the stranger was not cordially greeted,
while clinched fists and ugly glances told of
the unpopularity of the English press. The
saloon at the corner of Fullerton and Lin
coln avenues, which is the rendezvous for
the Socialists of the north side, was closed
up this morning by the |*>lice, who mounted
a guard there all to-day to prevent its being
opt mil and stop the Socialists from congre
gating in any place.
ENGEL’S BROTHER TALKING.
Jiate last night a crowd of about 800
people assembled in front of the store
formerly kept by Engel on Milwaukee ave
nue, and w as harangued by a brother of the
doomed man, who spoke in English and in
German. He protested against the banging
of his brother, and called it the murder or
an innocent man by the government, which
was for the benefit of a few, and at the
cost of many, a government which George
Engel has sought to overthrow. As he
spoke the clangor and rumble of a patrol
wagon from the West Chicago Hvenue sta
tion wus heard, and ten or a dozen police
men cleared the place in an instant, pushed
Engel into his store and made him lock the
place up and put out the lights.
The Arbciter Zeitung was not Issued to
(PBicnnio tvEtR i
t SCENTS A COPY, f
>\ny tho employes hflving decided that they
could best testify their jvspect for the mem
ories of “ 1 heir befit comrade* of the paAl/’
by closing the office. The building was
draped a little, a streamer of black and
white having been strung from the top
CHICAGO KEPT COOL.
Tho News of the Hanging Caused No
Chicago. 111., Nov. 11.—When the
news that tho end bad come finally reached
the public there was but little excitement.
Extra copies of the afternoon papers wer*
eagerly bought, but that was all, and busi
ness soon went on as usual. A visit to
numerous prominent manufacturers, wucra
huge forces of workmen are employed,
showed everything to be quiet and
| ica <•< able with the regular employes
in full numbers in their places. Around the
jail it was a military scone and the crowd
was impressed with it. Over 300 police, all
armed with repeating rifles, kept guard on
all the street s for a distance of a whole bi< ck
from the jail. When the intelligence came
outside that the men were od the scaffold,
the officers who were outside the lines of the
police went to the northwestern corner of
the jail, on Illinois street, and waited.
SIGNALED FROM THE ROOF.
On the roof of the Criminal Court build
ing, where they could look through one of
the jail windows, were posted nine police
men and a deputy sheriff. From thetr po
sition they could see the scaffold and the
condemned upon it. As the fatal moment
approached, the men on the roof kept the
officers below informed of the proceedings
inside. As 12 o’clock drew near, a police
man, who was straining bis eyes
to see the interior of tho jail,
raised his hand, and without turning his
head said, in a thrilling undertone, “They
are putting on the caps!” For an in fant
the cluster of officers below waited with
bated breath to hear the noise of the drop.
“ISh!" murmured a man on tte r >of. A
loud thump t amo from the h erio ■ of the
jail. It was the sound made by the fnl ing
trap. Every one in the group ueardiedi -
tiuctly, and every one knew what it meant.
POLICE CLAP THEIR HANDS.
The policemen on tho roof threw down
their guns and clapped the r hands, aud
then ceased suddenly, as though ashamed of
tie act. A reporter jerked a white hand
le u-ehief from his pocket and waved it as a
signal to the crowds passing along North
Clark street. It was understood. A cry
wont, up, and in an inceedibly short time the
intelligence was blocks away, and the buzz
and hum of excited conversation sounded
like the rising of a tide. In tight minutes
newsboys were darting through the crowds
howling out: "Extra! extra!” “All about
the Anarchists bung!”
The immense crowd which surrounded
the jail at tho time of tho execution was
kept back by ropes, guarded by armed
jKilice, and nothing was said or done to
create disorder. Great excitement was
caused immediately after tho execution by
tho furious driving of a fire wagon through
the dense throng, with cnee of:
“Fire! Make way! Make way!’’
and shortly afterward the crowd
was driven upon the. sidewalks in wild con
fusion by a runaway team of horses, but no
one was seriously hurt. About, the same time
the police undertook to arrest a man who
was haranguing the crowd in an excited
manner from the curl stone. He drew a
revolver and showed fight, but was over
powered, disarmed and sent to the station
house. There wa sno other disturbance.
Five hundred dollars was presented to-day
to the widows and orphans of ths met
killed at the Haymarket. The money was
the gift of a prominent business man who
refuses to allow the use of his name.
PARSON3’ COLCstED WIFE.
A Fruitless Attempt to Reach Her
Husband in the JaiL
Chicago, Nov. 11. —Rome excitement was
caused at the jail about 0 o’clock this morn
ing by a determined attempt on the part of
Mrs. Parsons to gain entrance for the pur
pose of seeing her husband. She appeared
in widow’s weeds, with tour-swollen ey s,
leading her two small children and aooora
pini dby several other relative-.of the con
demned men. She was stopped by the |kv
lice and Informed that she could not enter
“I must go,” she cried, as her dark eyes
flashed forth fire. “I am Lucy Parsons;
these are my children; we must go into the
jail; they must see their latner.”
“It is "impossible,” exclaimed the officers.
“No one can pass here; enlranee can only
be had at Doarborn stree 1
UNDER THE ROPES.
“I will go,” exclaimed Mrs. Parnons, and
with a determined effort she dart's! under
the ropes. In an instant four office s had
her in hand. She was lilted over the ropes
and once again stood outside the lines.
“You must obey tho law,” the officers said,
“or it may go hard with you.”
“The law!” she yelled, “ (That do I care
for the law anrl my husband being murder
ed. Shoot mo if you will.”
Mrs. Parsons then went to the Dearborn
street entrance of the jail, and renew© 1 her
effort to gain admission with so much de
termination and stubbornes* that Capt.
Bucltey was compelled to arres t her,and sent
her in a patrol wagon with the children
and one of her friends, narm and Mrs. Holme*
to the Station home, where she was kept
locked up until after 2 o’clock.
Wnen finally released, she asked:
“Is the bloody business over!”
and upon being informed that it
was she suid she h.ui eorra to the ja.l on the
promise of a deputy officer, who promised
that the children should have a last oppor
tunity t > see their futbor, but the promise
had not boon kept. Bhe then started for
her home, passing through the crowd with
out apparently being recognized
by anyone. Every moment a news
boy would thrust a paper in her face, cry
ing: “Full account or the execution.” She
frequently broke down and sobbed, and as
they passes! along took her boy more flrmly
by the hand and walked more rapidly,
keeping her head bent down.
He Declares That the Dead Were the
Victims of a Conspiracy.
Chicago, Nov. It. —ln an interview with
a reporter to-day after the 'execution,
Schwab said: “I beaid the trap fall, and
knew at once that the end had coma They
are dead men now, and what I say cannot
influence their fate or conciliate mine, but
I say, and with the consciousness that it?
vi.tims were under the same roof
with me, that the blind prejudice of
an unholy conspiracy has m rdered
five meu as innocent of tho charge on which
they were convicted as a babe unborn. Bui
it is done, and cannot be undone. Spies.
Engel, Damons, Fischer and Lingg were n
more connected with the death of Mathias
J. Degau than you ore. It is useless to pro
test trie innocence of men caught in til*
drag-net of the State’s attorney and Capt.
Sob track. I expect to spend the rest of my
natural life In prison, and am virtually
dead to the worla, but the crime for which
we suffer will some aay be cleared up. II
may come in time to save Fielden ana me.
but tb imh who forfeited their live* to day