1915-07-30 FARR DR CHARLES W PRISON MD

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1915-07-30 FARR DR CHARLES W PRISON MD - CLEMENCY REFUSED BECKER DIES TODAY Continued...
CLEMENCY REFUSED BECKER DIES TODAY Continued From Page One. her for the usual hair clipping given to prisoners who are to go to-the elec tric chair" After a bath his clothes were changed for the "death suit" 'of black and he was taken back to his cell. He found that all his personal belongings had been 'removed. Becker obtained paper and began his statement finishing the first draft' about noon. Meantime at the suggestion of Father William E. Cashin the prison chaplain his ator- neys W. Bourke Cockran and Martin T. Mantdnt\ were summoned from New York. They went to" the cell and read the statement. Neither would discuss its contents but it was understood that Becker subsequently modified the original draft. "All I can say Is that the statement Is not legal matter. Mr. Cockran said. Father James Curry of New York who has been Becker spiritual adviser since his first conviction was a visitor today. He left .him a prayer book and testament marked with consoling passages which the prisoner promised to read. Late in the afternoon Jackson and John Becker brothers and Mrs. Katherine Geuigher a sister visited him and remained with him in his cell until long after .his evening meal which Becker ate with apparently his normal appetite. Mrs. Geuigher was weeping When she came out. Resigned to His Fate. Dr. Charles V. Farr the prison -physician and Dr. Henry Mereneas. his assistant made a customary physical examination of the prisoner at noon. They reported that his pulse was normal. "Becker seems to have a strong grip on himself .said Dr. Farr. "When we entered his cell he half -smiled and said "Well I suppose you've come to say goodby Tonight Becker seemed coldly resigned to his fate. Prison officials reported that while he awaited the arrival of his wife somewhat impatiently his composure was remarkable. "He was seated in his cell Smoking a cigar said Leon C.- Wetnstock commissioner of prisons who saw the prisoner in the death house at about 10 o'clock. "He was as cold as ice. When I re marked that he seemed to be. takirig'K easy he said 'What else can I do I've got to face it haven't I Becker was to be followed In .the death chair by Samuel Haynes a ne gro murderer. Becker requested that he be the first of the two to die. Twenty-seven witnesses prison officials physicians priests and newspaper men rexpect to be. present at the execution. Father Curry was to Hear Becker's spiritual confession at 4 a. m. ahd give him the Catholic communion. At .1:40 he was to-be taken to the execution chamber. "Mrs. Becker finally arrived at 11:20 o'clock and went Immediately to her husband's cell to tell him of the unsuccessful result of heTr conference with Governor Whitman. 'Mrs. Becker was -accompanied by 'her counsel. John B. Johnston. Both de limed to make any statement and hurried Into the prison. Their chauffeur stated .that they did not leave Pough- keepsle until 9 o'clock. WIFE OF BECKER Poughkeepsie. N. Y. July 29. Mrs. Charles Becker whose husband must die tomorrow morning at Sing Sing 'for the murder of-Herman Rosenthal. 'pleaded- vainly here tonight with Governor Whitman to commute her husband's sentence to life imprisonment. .Weeping slightly but maintaining such control that the governor later remarked on her composure Mrs. Becker based her appeal solely on her belief in her husband's innocence. There was. no- offer either by her or John B. Johnston one of Becker's attorneys who accompanied .her to expose -anything in exchange for the convicted man's life. "Governor. I know Charlie is no saint was her repeated assertion "but he is 'not the- foul' murderer he has been branded. z The. governor was visibly affected but he shook his head negatively. "I cannot- "he "aid "but I want you to feel free to tell me everything. Is there anything that you know that you have not told that you think would help your husband or that I should know You may tell It to me now with the fullest"assurance that.lt will be re garded as absolutely confidential "Know He la Innocent. There is nothing to tell Mrs. Becker replied.--- "I only know he Is innocent. The conference between Mrs. Becker and the governor lasted about fifteen minutes. Mr.'Johnston and Major John Stanley Moore the governor's military secretary were present. Prior to seeing-Mrs. Becker the governor conferred- for more thaji'an hour with Mr. Johnston. The attorney appealed for a reprieve that the case might go to the court of appeals and also asked governor to permit for- I mer Justices Edgar M. Cullen and William DP Andrews to pass on the appeal for a commutation or reprieve as specially appointed commissioners. The executive declined both requests. Asked.to grant a reprieve that new ev idence might be submitted the governor said there-was none. When the governor had completed his conference with Mr. Johnston the 1 doors of the room we e. opened and the governor walked over to Mrs. Becker he arose immediately and began "to talk .to him Governor Unstrung. As between.Mrs. Becker and the governor she appeared to have her nerves 'under better control than he. His face i flushed his collar wilted and he stood wearily clasping his hands together when he saw several newspaper men soon after he had left her. "I suppose B slowly you 1 i I i From f r theusuat aJ J w re taken'ba.ck H beiongingshad I n ys t ell t. -t s B ts o pm f oJ v I fs a a 'd. Whchth I jo t d ke ebr s ong t II.tewith app rently Geulgherwas hen Rt "Y. hy- a' I r ported we. good by otflcia. IS re porte. cellS'moklng I' In. as re- e S have 't de i k a u l1 witnesses-prison phnidans.prlests am .5:40 to' e. and'went' by'her de- ke p le O k. 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  1. The Atlanta Constitution,
  2. 30 Jul 1915, Fri,
  3. Page 9

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