The first trial, conviction and execution for murder in Lebanon County, Pa: paper read before the Lebanon County Historical Society, April 18, 1902

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Page 167 - It is the sentence of this court that you be taken from hence back to the county jail of Yoknapatawpha County and there on the thirteenth day of March be hanged by the neck until you are dead. And may God have mercy on your soul.
Page 173 - answers SAL, " and he '11 die like a man ! " Elegant talk for young maidens, but — pshaw ! Shout for the hanging — the hanging ! Hurrah ! Prayers are all finished, and now for the fun ; Over his features the cap has been drawn ; KETCH, and his comrade, the preacher, get down ; Crack ! goes the whip, and the carriage moves on. Wonderful sight for the Christian to see ; Merrily dancing on nothing is he. Though there's no fiddler a hornpipe to saw, Light are his leaps — he's...
Page 175 - Seid nüchtern und wachet; denn euer Widersacher, der Teufel, gehet umher wie ein brüllender Löwe, und suchet, welchen er verschlinge.
Page 174 - BUB hanes the cat, in the manner he saw Hung at the gallows, God's image! Hurrah! Rouse ye, good clergymen, servants of God ! Stand by my side while I fight for your fun ; Hanging preserves us from shedding of blood ; Remedy like it, there never was one. Rally your forces, thump pulpits, and be Clerical guards of the good gallows-tree ! Vhat if our SAVIOUR denounces the law ? You go for hanging—for hanging!
Page 173 - ... comes from hanging — from hanging ! Hurrah ! Look at the criminal ! please ye to look, Standing beside him, the hangman you see : There is the priest with his gown and his book — Galloping gaily, they go to the tree. Thanks to the priests, who the hangman befriend, Choking such knaves as 'twere labor to mend. Hanging, they say, is LEVITICAL law — Cheers for the clergy, they're...
Page 173 - Ours is the sport which is sanctioned by law, — We go a hanging — a hanging ! Hurrah ! Two months ago, on a rare, drunken bout, Billy, his comrade, the criminal slew ; Murder's a deed that is vile, without doubt — Ergo — the law will turn murderer too ! As to the place where the liquor he got — Liquor which maddened him — yonder's the spot. Sammy, who keeps it, approves of the law — He goes for hanging — for hanging ! Hurrah ! Bright shines the sun, on the place where you see Yonder...
Page 173 - Hods in their hands, little fish may pursue ; Ours is the sport which is sanctioned by law, — We go a hanging — a hanging ! Hurrah ! Two months ago, on a rare, drunken bout, Billy, his comrade, the criminal slew ; Murder's a deed that is vile, without doubt — Ergo — the law will turn murderer too ! As to the place where the liquor he got — Liquor which maddened him — yonder's the spot. Sammy, who keeps it, approves of the law — He goes for hanging — for hanging ! Hurrah ! Bright shines...
Page 173 - Hurrah ! Firmly and proudly, the culprit looks round, Holding his head with a satisfied air ; Murmurs applauding go over the ground — Down pops the priest with the felon to prayer. " How interesting his looks are ! '•' says Ann. " Yes ! " answers SAL,
Page 173 - ENGLISH. Up, and make ready, ye lovers of fun! On with your holiday dress and be gay! Now that the Sheriff has work to be done, Business with pleasure he mingles to day.
Page 173 - Does not the clergyman settle the thing? Home go the people, and talk of it all, Children in nursery, servants in hall; BUB hangs the cat in the manner he saw Hung at the gallows God's image! Hurrah!

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