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excused days. his for is and understand far which on hats. THE THEORY HELD GOOD. Plato Edney, 34-year-old Henderson county man was under sentence of death for killing his wife. He protested throughout that the killing was an accident. Tyre Taylor, governor's counsel, made a thorough investigation, was convinced of Edney's guilt and refused to recommend pardon or commutation. Edney protested that he didn't have a fair trial, that his wife's father hired capable attorneys to prosecute, and that one of the jurors had expressed an opinion that he was guilty before trial. But when none of the protests availed him and he was seated in chair Edney confessed that he had lied as to the killing being an accident; he had deliberately shot his wife. The Edney confession almost in moment of death, just before the current was turned on to kill him, supports the theory that the average person is indisposed to take chances in the hereafter with a lie on his lips. The courts recognize the theory to the extent that a statement in the presence of death, with the knowledge that death is the waiting why evident is on to of and done the until Supreme advise the who is to be ,senously considered because the circumstances under which it is made tend to support its truthful- ess. It isn't accepted without ques- ion. That persons have gone to eath with a He on their lips and ull knowledge that they were utter- ng untruth, must be admitted. ence after death has on occasion demonstrated that the dying statement of one about to pass into eyond isn't always dependable. Al- a ways it is possible that the of death has bewildered and 10 that the subject is not entirely conscious or responsible. Then there are those who are not afraid hereafter and who'go to death in yetXi spirit of bravado, reckless of the 1 sequence. But unquestionably the _ ast statement of one who is Tne ning the journey through the valley lans - - - ...... · of the shadow will be taken seriously as a general proposition. For the average individual, whether a religious professor or not, has some concern the last act of his life charged against his account. about his future state; and no ter how bad he may have been he doesn't care to enter eternity with' am

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  1. Statesville Record And Landmark,
  2. 26 Jul 1932, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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