Greenbank Workhouse Stay of Execution 1917
LAST HOUR REPRIEVE HALTS 3 HANGINGS Delaware Nepes Were Ready For the Scaffold. Wilmington, Del., July 28.—Fifty minutes before (lie first of their number number was to have mounted the scaffold at the New Castle county workhouse, Greenbank, Del., three negro murderers murderers were reprieved for sixty days. Secretary of State Everett Johnson telephoned to Warden Cross that the reprieve papers had been signed hy Governor Townsend and would be forwarded. forwarded. The men were on their knees in their cells, swaying to the rhythm of an old-fashioned hymn. The rope was ln place ' the J" ry was assembled and lone relatives of the condemned men were sUting on Ule roadside, their Il<?ai1s in thfiir hands - when notloe n£ the reprieve was telephoned from the state cnpitol at Dover. Nothing more dramatic than what followed is in the criminal annals of Delaware. The cells of the three men face upon a wide corridor. The warden closed the telephone, went hurriedly up to the c-eill rooms and stood before the open grr-iings, where he could sec all three men. "Boys," he said, "the governor has granted you a stay. You are reprieved reprieved for sixty days." Two of the men fell face downward on the floor, as if they had been clubbed, clubbed, and began to weep. The third, Adam Hargus, wavered to his feet and lifted long arms toward the celling. "Oh, the good God!" he whispered: "Oh, the good God! The good Gnd; He does not forget those who are weary and under great burdens." He was quoting from the scripture lessons learned In his cell.