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EE DEATH DIP , tfreen Braxton, the miir-,'' miir-,'' miir-,'' ' derer. Pays Death's-' Death's-' Death's-' - Penalty.,. BY THE- THE- NECK TILL DEAD. How the Doomed Man Spent His , Last Hours, s T''iM GOING TO' GLORY ? WITH HAHDCOFFS OS."' ' A BCNGLffiG ACCIDENT DROPS A DEPUTY SHERIFF,tWrOUOH THE TRAP. . A Rlioaklng Depth Scene. The. Deid Mao-V Mao-V Mao-V Wlll,--Hi8to7 Wlll,--Hi8to7 Wlll,--Hi8to7 Wlll,--Hi8to7 of the Crime. -. -. ,1 -i. -i. ' - ' - Green Braxton paid the extreme . penalty of the law yesterday in the County jaiL . : ' The trap was sprung at eight minutes past 12 o'clock. . . .. After hanging 11 minutes his heart ceased to beat, and in twenty minutes he was pronounced dead by the physicians physicians present . His body was then out down, turned .' over to, his friends and was carried to : his home in the country for burial. ; I' . BOW HE 8PENT THE NIGHT. The prisoner had a good night's rest. '. There was no death w&ton placed upou "Mm, and as the night watchman made - bis rounds he noticed that the condemned condemned man slept soundly, no doubt dreaming' of his wife and children, with ' i little thought of the poor old man : whom ho had helped to usher into eternity without a momenta warning. ' The sun rose clear and bright, but brought no ray of hope to the condemned condemned man. y He ate no breakfast, although although solicited to do so, and refused a drink ot whisky offered him. Braxton Braxton seemed, to fully, appreciate the Sheriff's kindness. " Abut 10 o'clock yesterday morning , Dr. W.G. Alexander and Elders Al-stock, Al-stock, Al-stock, Washington,. Poster and Weath-ington, Weath-ington, Weath-ington, colored ministers of the varl- varl- . ' ous ohu'roh deiiomin'ations, called at his cell and held rolieions services and ad-. ad-. ad-. ministered the Lord's supper to him, r The communion was administered by ; Dr. Alexander and prayer was offered r byyEldes -XL -XL -, -, J. Washington. He r was exhorted by the ministers to make '' a clean confession, but " he said, "he had said all: ha bad to say and that it was the truth, He seemed truly penitent penitent and very much broken up. His eyes were red from weeping, and his frame' was convulsed from emotion. Sheriff Westcottgave him new suit of clothes, and a black neck tie, whioh ne put on early in the morning and then he fully realized that his end was near - and cried bitterly. CWhile waiting for. the hour ofc execution to ,. arrive ' the ;v minister stayed by his cell and yrajiiQnth him. He prayed aloud himself, in that , dreary monotone so i habitual with- with- negroes of his class. His prayer was pathetic at times, his mind dwelling mostly on- on- his wife and V children. The sentiments of the hymns sung were explained to him, and to - which he gave his attention, but most if of the time his body swayed to and - fro as if keeping time to the rythm of the hymns, - tihortiy before 12 o'clock two aged ne-, ne-, ne-, gro men from his home were brought in, and the first words be asked them were, "Have you come for my body?" . They said yes,and shook hands with him. -J-He -J-He -J-He -J-He i asked t about his wife und children, and ent .them word to meet him in heaven;4 He saidf Bury me by the.chinaberry trees in the field." He fully realized, -bis -bis position, and gttve one of the negroes a piece 'of paper upon which he had written his will -fhe -fhe gist of the letter was giving his wife tbree head of cattle and nine head of stock, besides his household goods. It was full of endearing expressions to his wife and children, and beseeching her to raise them op good children, and meet him in heaven.- heaven.- As the Capitol clock struck the hour of .twelve, Sheriff Westoott, assisted by Policeman Boiling Young, came out of the cell of the condemned man with .the prisoner . between them. Handcuffs Handcuffs were placed upon him while in the aisle leading to the gallows, and as the group approached the gallows, the loud exclamations of "Farewell every- every- body! Good-bye Good-bye Good-bye to all! I'm going to Jesusl" eta, etc., uttered by the pris-oner, pris-oner, pris-oner, made the scene an impressive -if -if not a solemn one. ;; - . . ON THE SCAFFOLD. ' . The way Was. cloared, and the prison, er, with steady step, mounted the iron' stairway that lea to his doom. The colored ministers, some justices of the peace and reporters followed him, and then began a soene that staggers staggers belief. The crowd below cried out, "stand awayl" "let us see!" "down in . froutr and other egressions that were in ill . accord with the place and scene, r'- r'- " Opposite the trap there are two iron doors, anS in tnem, less than two foet from the trap; stood the thre daughters daughters of thejanrdered man, Lewis Pugh, and with them was another lady com-, com-, com-, panion, They witnessed the scene, and continued to gaze upon the form of the dead netfTO until the coffin lid was closed upon him. The prisoner was asked if - he had anything to say, and he said yes.. He spoke about as follows, is a very ratnb-. ratnb-. ratnb-. ; ling, excited way: "Farewell, brethren, I'm going home to glory. Meet me in Heaven. Heaven Is my home. : Farewell everybody, White friends farewell Farewell hand-cutfa. hand-cutfa. hand-cutfa. Meet me in glory. -No -No handcuffs there, no jails there, - God wants olean hands, clean face, v "clean feet, clean heart lam going to heaven with my ' handcuffs on. ' There is going to be an ' earthquake soon, . The earth is going to be dark. Farewell mother, farewell brothers, sisters, . farewell wife end - ebWdren, farewell." : ; '-.! '-.! '-.! . The prisoner then remained quiot -while -while the noose was , adjusted, he aa-. aa-. aa-. latin in this unpleasant duty by raising it himself and placing bis. head under it His feet were then strapped together and his hand were being fastened behind him, when ocourred an aooident that seldom has a parlallel in the history of hangmen's day. It had peen ; the intention of Sheriff Westoott to have the ministers present sing and pray with the prisoner, but before the hands were properly tied, the black eap placed over bis face, or the handcuffs taken from off of his hands, those who were in the hangman's cell supposing a signal was given from Sheriff Westoott, cut the rope and I i)', '".."'X.:-,.;. '".."'X.:-,.;. '".."'X.:-,.;. ,:,- ,:,- P :; v'.,: : '' DOWS WENT THE TRAP,.; '. with "4'slckehlng thud, carrying with it not only the condemned m&n, - but Deputy Deputy Sheriff .Charles E, Parks, who was stooping at the feet of the negro tying them. Fortunately Mr. . Parks fell upon his side and no bones were broken, but he was badly bruised up, and Dr. M. L. Wood attended to him promptly. , , ', . .; . The whole thing transpired so suddenly suddenly -and -and unexpectedly that those who were standing upon the gallows, and under it, ecaroely realized what had happened, r'; . ' ; .. : . . But from amidst their surprise there they saw the negro swaying to and frtf; his lips moving as if trying to speak, and his body twitching in the agonies of strangulation, for his neck was not broken, the noose having slipped from behind his ears and was near the centre of the neck at the back. The body was examined by the physicians, physicians, of whom there was a large number number present After banging twenty minutes the body was cut down and given over to his friends. Sheriff Westcott had ordered a coffin from Stephen Reeves, the colored undertaker, undertaker, and he was on hand with it, and as the body was taken down, it was placed in the coffin. The noose was given to Chief Gerald, and will be kept at Polios headquarters in the museum of ghastly relics of crime that is there. The rest of the rope was then cut up as souvenirs, the daughters and friends of Mr. Pugh, each getting a piece. The body was then taken to the country in a wagon for burial, , ; . The physicians and justices of the peace made out the following form, as required by law: . ' . - : Coontt Jail, j . Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 24, 1890. J . We the underaigned do hereby certify certify that we were present at the county jail, of Montgomery oouuty this day to witness the exeoution of Green Braxton a prisoner oonfined therein, and hereby hereby declare we witnessed the execution of said Braxton pursuant to his sentence sentence and that -ho -ho was bung by the neck until he was dead. W. D. Wesicott, -Sheriff. -Sheriff. H.H. Matthews, Clerk of the City Court W. & Stokes, J. P. J. R Jordan, M. D. K J. Goodwyn, J. P. L, L. Hill. Jr. M. D. Cius. K. Duncan, M. D. B. R, Pearson, M. D. M. L. Wood, M. D. W. T. Kendriok, M. D. - Glenn Andrews, M. D. J. H. N'aftel, M, D. C. N. Dobsette, WC D. L, J. Smiley, J. P. Jas. Jackson, J. P, There was a large crowd present, at least seventy-live seventy-live seventy-live or a hundred people and amidst the hum or voices ana confusion confusion it will probably not be known how the premature cutting of the rope hapoened. Someone might have dropped their handkerchief accidentally, out any way the man was dropped ' before the Sheriff was ready, and a serious acci dent to' Deputy Parks came near being the result. When the trap was sprung there arose a wild wail from the negro women prisoners who heard the fall ana toe ett act ot their wild screams was thrilling in the extreme. ; - 0CTSID8 THE STEEET. ' There must have been 'fully one thousand people of aU ages, colors and sizes, gathered in the street gazing with eager eyes and straining every (acuity to near trom those within what was going on. - Nor did they leave until the wagon containing the body was driven away, and then' the many colored people followed it. impulsively drawn by that strange morbid fascina tion possessed by many of their race. The colored ministers talking to an Advertiser reporter were loud in their praise of Sheriff Wescott, Who did allin his power to aid them in their, ministerial ministerial duty to the condemned, and they spoke freely of his kindness to the prisoner and to thenvpr. C. N. Dor- Dor- sette, was present at tne oxocution,ana signed the statement: made above. Many of those who were present think that too many people were admitted and had there not have been suoh a laree crowd it is possible that the ac cident of yesterday would; not have nappencu. HISTORY OF THE CRIME. The crime for whioh Green Braxton paid the death penalty yesterday was committed la May of last year, it was murder, cold-blooded, cold-blooded, cold-blooded, brutal murder. The Advertiser published an account of the crime at thetime.and the details shocking in the extreme are still fresh in the minds ot the people. On Monday night, May 27 1889, Mr. Lewis Pugh, an aged and respected citizen of Montgomery county was murdered at his home near Pine Level The bloody deed was done between 10 and 11 o'clock. It was evident at the time that Mr, Pugh was murdered for his money, and murdered murdered by human devils who knew his habits at home, and this ; theory grew stronger and stronger as the case was worked up, until it became an established established fact. On the night of the murder the only person in the bouse with old Mr. Pugh, tne gray-haired gray-haired gray-haired victim to' the assassin's gun, was little Jas. Pugh, his grandson, grandson, aged 13 years. Little James was also shot and severely wounded by the red-handed red-handed red-handed robbers, but bis remarkable remarkable pluck did him good service and he escaped with his life. : . . 4 The boy was the first to speak of the terrors of that awful night, . He saw his grandfather shot down by his bed side, and after being - wounded hlmsell ne watonea tne rouoers aim murderers as they entered the room and carried the old mans trunk out into the night, Though wounded and bleeding he lay silent and motionless until the bum of voioes and'tbe tramp of feet that "ran to deeds of death and evil and destruction" bad died out in the distance. - Having witnessed the crime with his own eyes, and come near being a victim himself, he escaped from the scene of blood and horror and reached his father's house about midnight, almost overcome wlthiright and loss of bloodi-. bloodi-. bloodi-. Then he told the story of that night of terrors - ; , - -' -' THE BOT'S TOUCHING STOBT. i'W : "Soon after we went to bed and before before grandfather went to alep, we heard a noise on one of the front win-dows. win-dows. win-dows. Grandfather got np and lit the lamp, got his gun and stood it by the bed, and lal4 down again; AH as quiet for some time and I was most asleep again when we were startled ... by a muoh louder noise at the. window, like some one tearing off the casing and breaking open the window. Grandfai ther jumped up and reached for gun, but before he oould use it, in - aa instant, the window was thrown openj I saw a ; flash - ot . light .. atld heard , a gun shot ' Grandfather Grandfather groaned and fell down by the bed. y.l jumped up and one of the me at the window spoke to me and told me to blow out the lamp or he would 'kill me. 1 said to him: "If 1 blow .out tmi light you won't kill me, will you?" He shouted back angrily and said: .'. 'Blow out the lamp, G d d n you. or I will kill you!' I blew out the lamp and ran back to bed. and just as I was getting on the bed they fired on me. I rolled over and fell down on the otbor side of the bed and crawled under the bed- bed- I didn't cry, and I didn't say a word, because because I knew they would kill me if I spoke, The robbers then entered the room. I heard one of them say 'bring on the trunk, and if another one rises I will kill him!' They picked up grandfather's grandfather's .trunk and . carried it - out through the window. I remained under under the bed and kept ' still and quiet until they went off. .Then I gotjup, slipped slipped on my pants and left the house without shoos or coat I got out the back door and ran off in an opposite direction to that which the robbers bad taken. ; I ran down to an old negro's house, about a quarter of a mile from the house, and told him what had happened, happened, I was sick and ' soared and weak, and the old negro picked me up and helped me to my father's house, about a mile and a half away." When the wounded boy reached home his father, Mr, John Pugb. sent for Mr. Alford, one of - his neighbors, They examined the boy and found that he was not seriously . wounded. He had received a charge of shot in the fleshy part of one thigh, and the result result was a severe and painful flesh wound. As soon as they could leave the wounded boy Mr. Alford and Mr. John Pugh went to the scene of the murder and robbery to see what had befallen the old gentleman, Mr. Lewis Pugh. The boy knew that his praod-father praod-father praod-father had been shot and wounded, but did not know whether he was dead or alive. When the men reached the house and entered the old gentleman's bedroom and struck a light, they were confronted with a ghastly scene of death. Mr. Lewis Pogh was lying in a pool of blood where he had fallen by his bedside, dead. The entire charge of shot from the assassin's gun had taken effect in his neck, and death must have been instantaneous. The neck was broken by the charge, and the head almost almost severed from the body. It was found tbat the outside casing of the window hod been torn off, and then the window was forced open. The old gentleman's .trunk was found near the house, where the bloody robbers had broken it open and left it. The robbers overlooked and left in the trunk a small pocket-book pocket-book pocket-book 'Which contained contained S14.5, mostly in greenbacks. That was the pocket-book, pocket-book, pocket-book, which the old gentleman always carried when he came to Montgomery or went to Pine Lievel to make pnrchases. He had dropped it into a separate place and the robbers did not find it. But they found another large pocket-book pocket-book pocket-book and several small bags containing gold and silver. The bags had been emptied and left in the trunk. The robbers got several thousand dollars. - Mr, Lewis Pugh was one of the eldest citizens of Montgomery county. He was 72 years of age and had lived jin the county over fifty years. He came to this county from Pike and settled in the Fine Level neighborhood, where he raised a family and accumulated con siderable property, tie was a successful successful farmer and in good circumstances, and was esteemed and respected by all who knew him. The manner of his death was peculiarly sad and shocking, ' BROUGHT TO JUDGMENT. Within a few days after the murder was committed, a number of negroes who lived on Mr. Puga's farm and in the neighborhood, were arrested on suspicion, among the rest, Green Braxton, Braxton, who hasfgone to render account of deedsdone in the flesh at the judgment bar of aim who judgetn in great love and mercy. An investigation in the courts developed the fact tbat Green was one of the murderers. The other negroes who were arrested with him, were nnally acquitted. John and An derson McKinnon, negroes and brothers, brothers, and two of the ring leaders, fled from the neighborhood to escape the vengeance of the law. They were fol lowed, by a Sheriff's posse through South Alabama and into Georgia, but they had the start and kept it, nnally baffling all efforts to capture them. Green Braxton had a preliminary trial in a J ustice's Court and was bound over to the grand jury. He was tried etthe last fall term of the City Court, convicted of murder in the first degree degree and sentenced to death on the gallows. The case was not appealed to the Supreme Court, because the at torneys found no grounds on which to raise a bill of exceptions. . As stated in yesterday's Advertiser, Hon. F.C. Randolph, Judge of Probate, Probate, and Mr. W, D. Westcott, Sheriff, made application to Governor Seav to grant the doomed man a respite, in order order that a formal plea for a commutation commutation of the death sentenoe might be made on the ground that the prisoner was weakminded and not a proper sub- sub- joot for the severest penalty of the law. The Governor declined to interfere, because the prisoner had been given a fair and impartial trial before a jury of twelve of his country men, . who affirmed his responsibility. :. LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST. Observer's Office, Signal ) Service, U. S. A. Montgomery. Ala., Jan. 24.-8 24.-8 24.-8 d. m. Forecast for the next 24 hours, ending at 8 p.m., January 25, 1890. 7 . FAIR. "'' '; N. B.Thls forecast is strictly local in character and does not replace tha general system of forecasts issued from the Chief Signal Oiflse, but only intended intended to supplement team; in faot, it is only a conjocture of the weather for 21 hours, based largely oa lpaal signs ana on suca aaca as is avauaoie to tne local observer . mm , Funeral tiot e. The friends and acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Bell and of H. J, Morris and family are requested to at tend the funeral of Mr. Bell from his late residence) C25 Columbus street, at 3 p. m. to-day. to-day. to-day. . The only genuine Spanish hand made cigar out of the finest imported leaf is made in our city by H, Ross. Don't -v believe in Northern mold or machine made goods of which the market is stuffed, buy home made ci gars if they give satisfaction. Havana Clippings, the best smoking tobacco in the world at 50 cts per pound. 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  1. The Montgomery Advertiser,
  2. 25 Jan 1890, Sat,
  3. Page 7

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