09 July 2007
Atlanta Constitution, Georgia
3 July 1891
He Hangs This Day,
Washington's Last Glimpse at the World,
He Prayed and Sang Till Midnight and Then Dropped Asleep - His Last day on Earth,
Today Washington Hangs.
Between the hours of 12 and 1 o'clock today he will mount the scaffold.
A few minutes afterward the trap will spring and the slayer of Oliver will be hurled into eternity.
Everything is in complete readiness for the execution.
The black vest and breeches, the alapaca coat, the yellow flannel shirt, requested by George - the embroidered slippers - all were brought to the jail yesterday afternoon by Deputy Barnes.
The condemned man will this morning don them - the last clothes that he will ever wear.
The gallows stands looking more grimly than ever, as though impatient for its victim.
The rear fence has strips nailed against and above it. The three triggers, one live and two dead, were arranged yesterday afternoon...
Attending the execution will be: Rev. Lee, Rev. Jones and Rev. Hall; Dr. Griffin, Dr. Alexander, Dr. Gregory and Dr. R. W. Westmoreland, representatives of the press, and any relatives of Washington who may care to be present...
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