Pardon Granted to Murderer Martin. 1885
ELLISVILLE. Tbe Governor of jrziasisslppl Grants a Respite le the MarJerer Martin. Special to the Picatdnk. . Elusvillb, Miss., July 8. Sheriff Mo-Manus returned from Meridian this morning without Martin, who was to have been hnng here to-morrow. Gov. Lorr granted a respite until Aug. 35. The Governor has now beloie him a petition for commutation of sentence. The petition bears 1870 names 300 from this county (Jones), where the crime waa committed, and the rest from Clarke, where his stepfather and brothers reside. Thy are people, of respectability and inline nee, and are making great efforts to save Martin from the gallows. Martin was aeen In jail at Meridian a few days ago. He still saya he will not hang. Martin lays tho blame of his career npon politics. After the war,- being young aud without family, be was led into drink and became a reckless man and desperate politician, saying that he committed any act in which tbe boys would back him np. The hanging waa to have taken place tn a hollow surrounded byplne trees between the old and new towns. - William Watta, a colored section hind at East abac hie, went to steep alongside the Northeastern Railroad track on Monday oiht The down freiahs train oameatong and woke him np. He sleeping threw one leg on tbe rail, and It waa cut on below th-kn e. He was brought to Eillsville and died before medical aid arrived.