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1 TIIE J3IG .TOUR Lachc:! I-to Eicnity by Hit; :. j. r Uj'Fatlier Caiis tie Tur . - " ' El-Starred Eoy. . '. ' Old Xab Raber's Jtardcrers TUj a f :..r LnjasTmeut at Lebanon, Feuc. A Georin Sheriff Bucceeca 1 ChcL a Colored Gentleman to Death. Seenes aad Iacideats Oa and Aroand the Esf- f olds Histories ef th Crimes Which Le d to the Eaarmaa't jToese. Dwws ond'Stfcruler F1U ni nt Lebanon, Pennsylvania. SPBCIAI, BIsrATCH TO THB KXQrilKK. Lebanon, Pehs., November 14. The eiecu- tton of Charles Drews and Franklin Siichler to-day was witnessed by. about three hun dred people admitted to the loll yard and t-y many who took positions on the prison tower and house-tops from which a view of the gal- -lows could be had. On the outside waiting for hoars thousands of men, women and chil dren had congregated, anxiously waiting for the end of the drama which was to partially avenge the cruel murder of Joseph Ruber. Tree to his promise lost evening, Drews did not Kieep during the night, whiling awsy the weary hours by reading a German Bible by the light of a tallow candle, holding intercourse with thd watchmen and ' all others who honored him with their pres ence, and smoking elgara.- For the flr-t time since application was made to the Governor for "u reprieve he realised last night that he would expiate his crime on tho gallows to-day, but he nevertheless appeared la the most cheerful mood. This morning he continued to receive visitors, with whom be conversed with the utmost freedom. He spoke of many vicissitudes. A few years oi-o he owned a cosy home, but latterly hend been very poor, but poverty waa not the in- elllngcauaeof the murder for which he would be swung into eternity by the hangmnn's noose. The crime waa the outcome of fear, he having been threatened ' with a violent death If he failed to carry oat the hellish do-, signs of those who employed him to kill KMber. He himself had never Intended to do the old man any harm, but he hired young Stickler to do the drowning. He strictly adhered to that portion of his original confession. In which he admits his presence at the murder, but denies the story of Stiehler that ho assisted in keeping Rabcr -under the water. Ho appesixd much exercised because of the poverty"of hia large fum. ily, the children having scarcely enough clothing to cover their nakedness, and wus greatly cheered wheu informed that a coll, tioa would be taken up In jail for hia wlf benefit. . Drews inclined to the belief that It had been foreordained that he should die on the gallows, ns be had beeu subjected to many perils on land and water and never received an injury. For throe years he had- beeu color-bearer In a Pennsylvania regiment, which had participated In many destructive battles, and yet he always escaped unharmed. Drews' appetite fulled him a few days ago. and last evening and this morning he ate very little. After he had completed his breakfast he threw off his prison clothes aud put on a new cheap suit, furnished by tho county, In which, he made his appearance on tho gallows. After he had arranged his final toilet, the Sherifl's son conducted the veteran sinner to the various cells, all of which be entered to bKr . farewell to hia prison atwoelates. He vigorously puffed a cigar on the trip, and " bore up well under the trying ordeal uutU ho ' reached the cell of two young mrncne of whom was serving oat a term for aliortion aud the other for fornication and bastardy. When he shook hands for the last time with these men tears coursed down his checks, and he was forced to the remark that it was hard to-psrtwlth them. LjSoon after he appeared In the cell of Wise, who had evidently prepared himself for a visit, from Drews. Wise has leen convicted as cne of the Raber murderers, and, fearing tho hangman's noose, he is snxlous to make it appear that he discouraged the drowning. At Court last week he testified to this effect, aud to-day endeavored to have hia evidence confirmed by Drews, whom he says he admon-. lshed not to commit the crime. The old man stoutly denied that Wise had so advised hhn snd all efforts to get a different story fron him signally failed. Having been baffled In his attempt to get a aotlsfactory statement from Drews, Wise asked him whether he had not told him (Wise) (thst he had placed Ms-toot on Ruber's head after he had been thrown into the water by Stiehler. This brought an emphatic "no from Drews. The controversy between the two criminals became quite, animated, when it was suggested by a spectator that ft had better terminate. Drews and Wise then shook bands arid asked and received each other's forgiveness,, and parted forever. Of another prisoner Drews mirthfully inquired whether he would not like to accompany him to the other world, en route the gallows, and the person addressed answered ' in the negative. The old man said be might Just as well go along. Drews also had an interview with Brandt andHammel. two of the men who employed him to murder Raber, but nothing of note passed between them. Stiehler also visited the prison cells, but he harried through .them ss rapidly as powlblc. Unlike lrews, his young associate in crime, he fairly devoured the big meal set before him this morning. Stiehler was naturally reserved unless his passions were aroused, when he be came very communicative, and this morning iie una -rcry nine 10 ssy except that be was prepared to meet hie Impending doom. He informed a friend that he would make a state ment on the gallows, setting forth that his ignominious end was not attributable to his home education, and that Joseph Peters swore falsely when he said he had seen the crime committed. Although Peters' description of the drowning was correct except in one particular. Stickler always maintained that be was not a witness or the murder. Nearly all of the last hour of the condemned was spent in religions exercises conducted by. four ml ulsters, representing the Lutheran and Methodist denominations. Tlis condemned entered Into the ceremonies with grest seat. At 10:30 the Sheriff Informed the murderers that the fatal hour had arrived, and soon after they were on the way to. the scaffold, whose steep steps they ascended as easily ss j... uisters wno accompanied them. A heavy mist was falling at the time, but, notwithstanding the disagreeable weather. t'ie services on the gallows were continued about fifteen minutes, the culprits pray lug and sln-- ing with the preachers, t-tichltr appeared particularly prayerful. It was thought the yoong man would have the most nerve, he naming expressed a wililugncfs to dia for several days; -but Stichler-s knees became very shaky as his end approached, while x;rews- wss as Brm as rock, aud .occosaoiwii; v Siokc encouraging words to his friend. Although he had Intended, Slichler made - no itement- Drew also, declined to make a " dying speech. After the old man's hands lisul been pinioned behind his back and his legs had . been bound with straps, and the white cap had been drawn over his head, he exclaimed in German: "Frank, now WS IF. Ing to heaven." Afew moment before thov were launched into eternity he remarked, "T' is the last sLi ;, a remark quite Kat-iral ' '"I man, w ho. never urcd of r.. er ring to Lis rvifts in the army. - 'About 11 oV. -c b:.c-. :3 U f : the I :..tforn, and as ho ca tiie :r he ;.ruEg u-e trap, sarros'.iii that t' j i r. ' i ' , r:'i it 1 I been ren-.v !. , . i , 1 r,i -1 the 1 "....'. ri.i i . , , . . , , t . I . . t ' ;

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 15 Nov 1879, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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