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A Murderer's Fearful End

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A letter from Littleton, W. Va., gives the following particulares of the [ ing of John Wallace, who murdered ] Mis. Oeorge Wallace, her infant, and Miss Church : A. party of flf teen resolute men met in a building on the outskirts of the town and laid their plans carefully to take the prisoner irom the house where he was confined and hang him. y were all armed with revolvers, and were determined to fight the guards, if necessary. They marched silently through the streets to the house in question, where they were joined by ten more men, also armed. They npproached the first guard and demanded admission. He refused, and they drew their pistols and fired several shots in the air, and the man ran off. Entering the front door noisily, they began knocking off the lamp-chimneys with their pistol-barrels, and, as the wind was blowing strongly, the larsps were soon extinguished and the place was in utter darkness. Then the mob began firing into the ceiling, and shouting as though they were so many devils. They ñrod about in such a reckless manner that several of their party were slightly wounded. When Wallace heard the uproar he began sobbing and praying, and, as the door of hie room opened and the first of the lynchers made liis appearance, he sprung behind one of the guards and screamed: "My God, don't kill me ! Save me! Save me!" The mob laughed at his cries, and, níter knocking the guard down and trampling on him, they threw Wallace on his back and begnn to tie his arms. Agam he screained in agony, as great drops of perspiration rolled down his face, "Don't murder, don't kill me, for God's sake ; giye me timo to prny ; I want to see a minister. " After placing a rope firmly about his neck, they dragged bim down stairs head-foremoet and out of the house on to the railroad track, where he uttered the most horrible cries, ciiTsing, praying and begging them to let him go. They paid no attention to him, bnt began running wit.h him as thongh he were a log or a barrel. Wallaco did not stop begging for mercy imtil he had been dragged nearly a quarter of a mile. He vainly tried to "regain his feet and stand up bnt whenever he did so the mob would pull the rope sudilenly and jerk him on his back. After going nearly a mile below Littleton, they stopped and hanged the body to a tree. At 6 o'clock üe was found dangling from the limb of an apple tree, alongside of the railroad, his feet about three feet from the ground. When the body was examined, the spine and neok wero found to be braken, and the body horribly mnngled and bruised. He cama in cautiously and lnquired, " Oaa the ORflkHng of hens properly be, oaUod heutUusiasm ?" W si-op tlio press to say tiui he slceps Rtf f;:b. VÍ%


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