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KNIFE FOUND IN CELL OF GHOLSON; THREE DIE TODAY First Triple Electrocution Takes Place at Pen Early Today. PINE BLUFF WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT ALLEN Women Prisoners Sing and Pray Outside Death House. Hope Abandoned. For the second time In.two weeks tho doors of the death house at the state penitentiary opened yesterday morning at 5:30 O'clock to Admit Hiron nnr,' Will Allen and Chesley Graham, from Hardin County, and Hamp Gtiolson, from Shelby County convicted of murder, murder, who will pay the extreme penalty in tha electric chair at sunrise this morning. Allen Bud Graham, convicted of the murder of Harry Allen, a storekeeper at Hooker's Bend, walked from their cells In the main prison- prison- to the death house ueemlngUy In good spirits. They talked freely with their guards and, offered offered no reBlatnnce when led into the death bouse. ' Late Monday afternoon guards watching over Gholscn In the main prison noticed the nervousness of the man, and Investigated. After a search of the cell they found; hidden beneath blankets a large knife, but the negro refused to divulge where it came from. Guards surmise that some conrlct passed it through the bars to Gholson. , Removed to Another Cell. Shortly after the finding of the Knife Gholson was removed from bis cell to another, the bars of which were covered covered with thin wire netting, so as to prevent any further weanon being passed to tho condemned matt. Gholson told other prisoners that be would put up4a fight before being led to the death house, but when the time came he went peaceably and caused' no trouble. During yesterday the three ' negroes occupied separate cells in the death house.' From Wnrden J. T,- T,- Lynn they received three good meals .during the day, consisting of tho best the prison afforded, Fried chicken, pork, .Tegcta-bleifi: .Tegcta-bleifi: .Tegcta-bleifi: AVb'tte 'bread and , biscuit, watermelons- watermelons- watermelons- soft drinks, and' plenfy of smokes 'ere 'givebthe. men. ". f v X':.. ' ; Nothing waa" spared . them, during their last day ou , earth. Clean sheets nnfi pillowB covered the bate bunks and the sides of the cells so as to allow tbctn a few hours of comfortable sleep. After the prison supper last night about twenty of the negro women prisoners prisoners at the pen' were allowed, to go to the death house, and the congregation started to praying, singing hymns and old darky songs. , , Prays for Mercy. The prayers and old-time old-time old-time melodies of the negroes brought tears to the eyes of Graham and Allen; but that was all. On Gholson, instead, the effect wns pitiful. pitiful. He walked "P and down the narrow narrow cell, crying and yelling, shaking at the Iron bars and 'praying for mercy. He cutne near a complete breakdown but hl uerve was restored him by the quieting words of the women on the outsldo of his cell. ' Soon after the departure ;of the women women from the death house, quiet reigned ouco niori. Allen, who .bad been talkative, talkative, fell into a brooding alienee, Graham Graham talked but Httlo and Gholson re mained as if stupefied. For some time tho stillness was so Intense thnt the pitter-patter pitter-patter pitter-patter ot tho rain on the roof of the death house could be heard distinctly. . About 0 o'clock last night Allen fell asleep, his last on this, earth. Graham lay In bis bunk, but complained of a severe headache. Gholson sat on a stool and, using his bed as a desk, wrote a lengthy letter to bis 'mothet and sister in Arkansas. Hope for executive clemency was abandoned by the thr-c thr-c thr-c met) last night. Gholson, who bad for some time thought that the Governor would commute commute hla sentence, rcsigued himself to his fate. . "I have made my. peace with God," he said. "I have nothing to fear and he will take care of me." Graham, in speaking of his alleged confession. In which he was said to have taken all the blame and exonerated Allen, stated (lint he had not confessed n thing and tbat he would go to the chair an innocent onn. Inquiry Received. At o late hour yesterday afternoon n telegram was1 received by Chief of Police J. W. Smith from the police chief of Pluo Bluf, Ark., Inquiring about a negro ..:ued Will Allen wanted there for the murder of a -deputy -deputy sheriff in The Pine Bluff authorities, were inquiring, u see If the condemned man hero was the same one wanted there, so as to be able to clear up tbe 0-yeur-old 0-yeur-old 0-yeur-old 0-yeur-old 0-yeur-old mystery. Allen wns asleep by the time Detectives Detectives Gus' and Earl Klger of the local department came (o i Investigate last night a:"d as the matter bad no, bearing bearing nor could not stay execution here the information' and photos of Allen sent to Pino Bluff todny. Allen (Continued on Page Three.)

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  1. The Tennessean,
  2. 17 Aug 1921, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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