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AN ACCOUNT OF THE EXECUTION OF GUITEAU. Guiteau was hanged at 12.40 on Friday, June 30th. The Times has published the following interesting particulars of the wretched man's last hours, and his execution, given by their American Correspondent:— On Thursday he abandoned his belief in aarespite and began preparing for execution, at the same time appearing more composed and seeming to think less about it than any one else in the gaol. He received the Rev. W. Hicks, his spiritual adviser, and Mr. Reed, his counsel, cheerfully. The former announced the failure of the efforts to get the President to interfere. Guiteau said, "That's all right; that settles it. I want you to examine the scaffold and make sure it's all right, too, so that there may not be any bungling. I want to be hung at 12 o'clock sharp." His sister sent him a bouquet; Guiteau kissed it, weeping for a few minutes. Then he suddenly rallied, saying, This does not become a man about to meet his God for doing God's will." This was the only exhibition of tenderness shown up to that time. Mr. Reed wrote for Guiteau the following, which he calls his will Washington, June 29. To the Rev. William W. Hieka. I, Charles Guiteau, of the city of Washington, District of Columbia, now under sentence of death, which is to be carried into execution between the hours of twelve and two o'clock on June 30, in the United States Gaol in the said district, do hereby give and grant you my body after such execution, provided, however, it shall not be used for any mercenary pur- poses and I hereby, for good and sufficient considera- tions, give, deliver, and transfer to the said William Hicks my book, entitled 1 The Truth,' and removal and copyright thereof, to be used by him in writing a truth- ful history of my life and execution, and I direct that such history be entitled I the Life and Work of Charles Guiteau;' and I hereby solemnly proclaim and announce to all the world that no person or persons shall ever in any manner use my body for any mercenary purpose whatsoever, and if at any time hereafter any person or persons shall desire to honour my remains they can do it by erecting a monument, whereon shall be inscribed the words—' Here lies the body of Charles Guiteau, patriot and Christian. His soul is in glory.'—CHARLES GUITEAU." This has two witnesses. Guiteau's sister and brother, at his request, signed a paper consenting to his disposition of his body. Guiteau also wrote a paper expressing unbounded appreciation of_ Mr. Reed's services as his counsel and requesting him to meet me in heaven." He took leave on Thursday of Mr. Reed and also of his sister and brother. At times he violently denounced the President and those wretches, as he termed them, who had hounded him to the scaffold. Finally, calming down, he requested the warden of the gaol to hang him at twelve o'clock sharp. A coloured woman, whom Guiteau owed 60 cents for washing, called, and he sent her 50 cents by the gaoler, astonishing him by saying. "Tell her I will pay the balance on Monday." At the parting with his sister, Guiteau said, "Let me kiss my sister through grated bars. Let it so go on record." Then, kissing her, he turned to his brother and handed him a dime, saying, "Here are ten cents-due to the washerwoman; I guess you had better settle that balance to-day." His sister and brother then left. Mr. Hicks and Guiteau's brother called on Thursday night, but Guiteau de- clined to see his brother. He told Mr. Hioka that he felt like a child going home to his father, and that he would see his Heavenly Father in the morning. After prayer Mr. Hicks left. Guiteau ate hearty meals on Thursday with evident relish. He was composed throughout the evening, and at midnight was in a quiet frame of mind. He said he expected to enjoy a good rest, and later was quietly sleeping. The gaolers report that Guiteau was restless during the latter part of the night, but towards morning, from exhaustion, fell into a sound sleep. He break- fasted heartily at 6.30 on steak, eggs, and potatoes, and told the cook to bring dinner promptly by eleven o'clock. Mr. Hicks visited him, when Guiteau asked him to speak with the Warden and have the trap sprung as soon after twelve as possible, also to see that the scaffold was perfectly safe, as he feared an accident. Guiteau then read a poem composed by himself, entitled Simplicity, or religious baby talk," after- wards trying to sing it. In conversation he firmly held to the "inspiration" theory. He then arranged for his execution, telling Mr. Hicks that he desired him to offer the first prayer on the scaffold. He (Guiteau) would then read his favourite Scriptural passage, the 10th chapter of St. John, afterwards offer prayer on his own account, and then read the above poem. He desired that just as he uttered the last word the drop should fall. At 9.15 Guiteau took exercise by walking briskly in the corridor. The gaol office was given up to correspondents and telegraph operators. Crowds assembled outside, where booths were erected for selling cakes, &c. At ten o'clock Guiteau asked for a bath a large tub was taken into his cell, when, in the presence only of the death watch, he nervously disrobed and plunged into the bath. The watchers said he did this evidently to get employment and to divert his thoughts from death. At this time Mr. Hicks. with John Guiteau and Warden Crocker, examined the scaffold, carefully testing every part. A detachment of police which arrived was posted outside the gaol; the Artillery Company on duty was sta- tioned inside. Guiteau, having finished his bath, called for paper at eleven o'clock and then for twenty minutes wrote a copy of what he called his prayer ;n the scaffold. His sister, Mrs. Scoville, then appeared outside the gaol seeking admission. The Warden de- clined unless the prisoner requested it. After finishing the prayer, Guiteau dressed for execution. He declined to admit his sister, saying he wanted no scene. John Guiteau went out and dissuaded her from entering. She sent in flowers. Guiteau then sent for a shoeblack and had his shoes polished. At 11.30 he demanded dinner, which was brought in. He ate with relish lib. of broiled steak, a dish of fried potatoes, and four eggs in an omelette, with slices of toast, and drank nearly a quart of coffee. Mr. Hicks had some religious con- versation with him and on coming out said Guiteau was ready; he committed himself to God with the utmost confidence. Mr. Hicks thought Guiteau might show some emotion, the nervous strain being so great. At noon Warden Crocker entered the cell and read the death warrant to the prisoner. About this time the artillery formed in the Rotunda of the gaol. Some 150 privileged spectators were ad £ gfcted to see the execution. The rattle of the ItitteKets on the stones startled Guiteau in his cell; he seemed overcome by emotion, and wept freely, show- ing great anguish. The soldiers were drawn up on one side of the Rotunda and the speetaters on the other side awaiting the prisoner. After the death-warrant had been read in his cell Guiteau became more composed, brushed his hair, and assumed his usual sang-froid style. At 12.25 the steam whistle was blown at the goal workshop this had been pur- posely delayed, as Guiteau knew it was usually blown at noon. Two minutes afterwards Warden Crocker led the possession to the scaffold, followed by Guiteau, with pallid face and the muscles about his mouth moving nervously, but otherwise showing no signs of faltering. His arms were pinioned. The procession moved quickly to the scaffold, Guiteau ascending the steep steps with comparative steadiness. At the last step he faltered, and the officers assisted him. About thirty spectators wit- nessed the closing scene. Guiteau gave a quick glance over the crowd and the scaffold, and the Warden waved to the spectators to uncover their heads. Mr. Hicks prayed, and then held up the manuscript of Guiteau's prayer before the prisoner, who read it mostly without emotion, though occasionally with a husky voice, shedding some tears. The following is the prayer My dying Prayer on the Gallows.-Father, now I go to Thee, and Saviour I have finished the work thou gavest me to do. I am only too happy to go to Thee. The world does not yet appreciate my mission, but Thou knowest it. Thou knowest Thou didst inspire Garfield's removal. Only good has come from it. This is the best evidence that the inspiration came from Thee, and I have set it forth in my book that all men may read and know that Thou Father didst inspire the act for which I am now murdered. This Go. vernment and nation by this act I know will incur Thy eternal enmity, as did the Jews by killing Thy man, my Saviour. Retribution in that case came quick and Bharp, and I know Thy DiviflB law of retribution will strike this nation and my murderers in the same way. The diabolical spirit of this nation, its Government, and its newspapers towards me will justify Thee in cursing them, and I know Thy Divine law of retribu- tion is inexorable. I therefore, predict that this nation will go down in blood and my murderers, from Executive to hangman, will go to hell. Thy laws' are inexorable, O Thou Supreme Judge Woe unto the men that violate Thy laws! Only weeping and gnash- ing of teeth await them. The American Press has a large bill to settle with the righteous Father for their vindictiveness in this. matter. Nothing but blood will satisfy them, and now my blood be on them, and this nation, and its officials. Arthur, the Presi- dent, is a coward and an ingrate. His ingratitude to the men that made him and saved his party and land from overthrow has no parallel in history, but Thou, righteous Father, wilt judga him. Father, Thou knowest me, but the world hath not known me,' and now I go to Thee and my Saviour, without the slightest illwill towards a human being. Farewell, ye men of earth." Guiteau submitted to the preliminaries of the execution, arranging the rope and cap, &c., with calmness, not showing any terror. When he had finished reading this prayer he surveyed the crowd and then said, with a firm voice I am now going to read some verses which ar,e intended to indicate my feelings at the moment of leaving this world; if set to ipusic they may be rendered effective. The idea is that of a child babbling to his mama and papa, I wrote them this morning about ten o'clock." He then chanted the verses in a sad, doleful style :— "I am going to Lordy I am so glad I am going to Lordy; I am so glad I am going to Lordy; glory hallelujah glory hallelujah I am going to Lordy I love Lordy with all my soul; glory hallelujah! and that is the reason I am going to Lordy glory hallelujah glory hallelujah I am going to Lordy." Here Guiteau's voice failsd he bowed his head and broke into sobs. Rallying a little, however, he went on with his chant:— "I savad my party and my land; glory hallelujah but they have murdered me for it, and that is the reason I am going to Lordy; glory hallelujah glory hallelujah I am going to Lordy." The drop fell at the close of the chant. Not a movement of the limbs or body was detected, and death followed instantly. When the announcement was made that the drop had fallen the crowds outside the gael raised deafen- ing shouts, making it impossible to hear a voice inside the gaol. At 12.43 the physicians pronounced life extinct.

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