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LEBANON, OREGON, FEBRUARY 6, 1896.
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Binder Hermann Congressman
William P. Lord Governor
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1 It 11 Metiwhan, Treasurer
(i. M. Irwli. Siipt. Public Instruction
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Lloyd Montgomery Hanged
at? o'clock Friday Morning.
THR SCENE ON THE SCAFFOLD.
He Was Game to the Last, But Con
fessed the Triple Murder The
From Athany Herald, and Democrat, Jan. 81,
Lloyd Montgomery, the murderer of
Ills father and mother and Daniel B.
McKerchcr, paid the penalty of his
awful crime by death on the gallows at
7 o'clock this morning. Hie full name
is Loyal Bryson Montgomery, but he
has always been called Lloyd, and was
tried aud convicted under that name.
The execution took place as required
by luw in an enclosure in the jail yard,
and lu the present of about fifty peo
ple, there being lu addition to the
twelve electors required by law a num
ber of newspaper reporlera, physicians,
sheriffs of other counties, ministers of
the gospel, and a tew other citizens.
The execution was portormed with
Loyal Bryaon Montgomery, the Murderer.
Thin cut was kindly loaned by the Albany Herald.
marked precision and perfect order.
Every precaution had been taken to
prevent any accident to add terrors to
an already terrible punishment, and
there was not a slip in tbe arrange
ments for tbe execution of tbe death
Following is a list of tbe electors
present: W. C. Coolev, Brownsville;
R. L. White, Harrlsburg; J. H. Scott,
Tangent; J. VV. Glas, Orawfordsville;
A. J. Juhnsou, Scio; Win, Faber, Al
bany; John Clelun, Albany; Joseph
Hume, Brownsville; Jerry Shea, Fos
ter. D. Irvine, Brownsville; Charles
McDowell, Brownsville; M. M. Peery,
H18 LAST NIGHT.
Lloyd Montgomery spent his last
night on earth iu a very oool manner.
He was completely braced up for the
occasion, On a stand In his cell
worked on u white spread In evergreen
aud a mixture of red be.-rlea were the
words, "Jesus Saves," which no doubt
hud much to do with his apparent
peace of mind. He declared that he
was reconciled and ready lo die. The
Salvation Army have made him many
visits, and through them claimed con
version, and he said during the eve
ning that bis sins were forgiven aud
he was not afraid to die.
During the evening visitors were al
lowed free I" the corridor, mid
the condemned nmn a.vmed ! enjoy
their visile. Annum othvrs were sev
eral Brownsville neigliliors. Meveral
hundred people ir'uuhly looked
through the grate ut Hie unforlunaie
boy, who faced Item with wonderful
oomp'wure, not lieinir In the least dis
turbed by the inuimer In which they
Blared at hint.
Monlgomei'.V showed Utile truces of
prison confinement, and looked strong
and healthy, still In the shadow of the
gallows. He was 18 years old oil
August 26th hist.
In the early part of the evening sev
eral boys were before hint, wheu lie
"Trust lu God, boys, and If ever you
go to do wrong remember me."
And yet during the evening he in
sisted that his McKtrcher version of
the murder was oorrent. Borne of his
fel'ow prisoners remarked lo the Dem
ocrat man that he had told this so
much that he really believed It. Chris
tian people and other visiting him
persistently tried to Induce him to con
fess to bis version of the murder given
before the grand jury, but he as per
sistently adhered to tbe McKercher
The Democrat man had a talk with
the Fox brothers, who had known him
for life. They said that for several
nights Lloyd had been restless and
hardly slept at all, nor would he let
tbe other prisoners, sometimes forcibly
awakening them so that they would
talk with him, and In consequence
they were about tired out.
Hhorifi McFeron remained with
Montgomery all night. Others occa
sionally dropped in.
In the fore part of the night Mont
gomery said he was not sleepy and
preferred to talk with his jailors, vis
itors and fellow prisoners on this, his
last night on earth. He was much
pleased with a new suit of clothing
furniahed by Sheriff McFeron, and in
sisted on putting them on at ouce. He
admired theii fit and seemed very
proud of them. He rehearsed the story
of killing McKercher after the latter
bud killed his parents. A noticeable
(suture of his conversation was that be
spoke of the killing iu the off-hand,
reckless way in which one would
speak of shooting blackbirds.
"Life is uncertain," he remarked to
a reporter; "now you might die yet
before I do," meanwhile eating an
apple with evident relish.
About midnight he asked for aome
envelopes. He seated himself at a
small table and wrote two letters to his
relatives at Brownsville. The scratch
ing of his peti over the paper was the
only souud to be heard. The watchers,
out of respect to his feelings in writing
a lust message to the remnant of bis
broken family, remained perfectly
quiet. Presently he finished writing
and broke the silence with tbe remark
able statement: "It Is hard for a fel
low to seal an envelope with a 'chaw'
of tobucoo in his mouth."
Some of the visiting sheriffs asked
Montgomery to play his violin. lie
did so, and -ployed "Home, Sweet
Home." There was not a tremor in
his hand as be drew the bow across
tbe strings. The spectacle was one
not soon to be forgotten, A youthful
murderer, within a few hours to meet
a miserable death on the gallows, sat
quietly playing the fiddle with as
much unconcern as If he were seated
by his own chimney corner. He
played a few other aelectlore; gradually
the music grew lower, and he fell
tislii'p lu Ills chair. His cell-mate
shook liiui and wuked him up uuil
.. ik'i; sled I hut he lie crown, which he
liiil. and was soon sound asleep.
HIS LAST HOURS,
As Hie night wore iiway tlie death
wiilchers enversed In whispers und
discussed in subdued tones I he dread
event lo lake place in the early morn
ing, wlille the deep, regular breathing
of tlie condemned man told that he
slept soundly. Strange as It may ap
pear, with I he awful fate III store for
him so near at hand, Lloyd Mont
gomery, who fell asleep soon after
midnight, did not awaken until be
was aroused by the sheriff at 420, and
then he had to be shaken sharply be
fore be waked Up.
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Sheriff McFeron told him he had
only a few hours more to live, and that
if he had any requests to make, he
would do anything he could for bim.
He asked to see a model of the trap
upon which he was to stand, which
was shown to him and its workings
were explained. He asked if a great
crowd would be present to see him
hanged, but was told that there would
be only a few. He said he wanted
a prayer offered for him, and that
he desired to say a few words on
the scaffold. He was assured that an
opportunity would be offered.
The sheriff apprised him of tbe hour
tho execution would take place, and
admonished him to tell the simple
truth. During the next hour Lloyd
listened attentiyely to earnest talks
from Rev. J. M. Shulse, of the M, E.
church at Shedd, Rev. J. E. Bnyder,
pastor of the First Presbyterian church
at Brownsville, and Rev. Riley Little,
pastor of the United Presbyterian
church of Albauy. He said he had
placed his reliance iu God, and wanted
prayers said for bim at the lost. He
exhibits every indication of his sin
cerity, but still adhered to his story.
About half an hour before the time
set for the execution Jos. Hume, a
brother-in-law of the sheriff, of
Brownsville, and a neighbor of the
boy, went to him in his cell. He sat
down beside him and placed his head
on his shoulder and cried out, "Ob,
Lloyd; Lloyd, Lloyd," and then he
prayed as few men ever pray, a prayer
from tbe soul, one making a deep im
pression on tlie several who heard and
saw tbe sceue. Then he told the boy
impressively that be was in no condi
tion to meet his Uod without milking
a complete confession of his crime, and
not dying with a lie on hii lips. Tbe
shortness of the time weighed on the
condemned man, and be hurst out cry
ing and a few words at a time admitted
his guilt, that lie killed nil three, his
father, mother and Daniel McKercher,
ou that fatal November l'Jtli, but no
details were given. It wits not neces
sary. At bis own desire he wrote a
confession of bis guilt, and signed it,
"I did it. I am guilty. Oh, God,
have mercy ou me; take me as I am, a
poor sinner. I am sorry for what I
have done. God, do have mercy on
my poor soul; for my sake do, and for
give all my sins and each and every
one of them, and forgive those who sin
against thee; oh, God, help more
precious souls to see tbe ways of life;
for my sake do help them and guide
them through this life. Amen,
At 7 o'clock tbe jury of twelve men
were ealled into the jail and the deatli
warraut was read to the condemned
man in their presence.
During the reading of the warraut
Montgomery looked at the sheriff in a
oool manner as if he pitied him for the
unpleasant task, and theu remarked
to the sfierift aud Jury: "Don't feel
bad, boys, I deserve to die. I hope you
will forgive me and not feel too bad."
Then be kissed each of the prisoners,
who were filled with emotion.
At 7:05 o'clock a. in. the prisoner,
with the sheriff, deputies J. A. Wilson,
Q, E. Propst aud W. E. Chandler, Revs.
Shultz, Snyder and Little, murebei
through the residence rooms of the
sheriff directly upon the scaffold. Tbe
murderer took his place upon tbe trap
with great coolness and nerve, and iu
a strong voice, though somewhat hus
ky, made the following statement:
"I am sorry for what I have done.
I hope you will forgive me. I want
God to have mercy on me, a poor sin
ner." Then Rev Snyder, of Brownsville,
stepped forward and prayed for the
uiu u on the trap, and that (bo termi
nation of his life should be an nwlul
example to the rising generation. The
prayer was somewhat Ion, but it tlid
net seem to disturb the one most In
terested. He coolly raised his head
and looked ut the rope above bim, and
at tbe leyer on the side. Then be
coolly viewed the audience, but all the
time there was a slight nervousness
be could not conceal.
At the conclusion of the prryer the
sheriff placed the black cap upon his
head, when he again cried nut: ''Good
bye, friends, I hope to meet you in
heaven. I ask God lu take me, a poor
sinner." The noose was placed by tbe
sheriff and bis deputy, Q. E. Propst,
over bis head and drawn tightly to
his neck, and three straps around his.
arms and legs. Tlie knot had b-en
tied by the sheriff and deputy. While
this was being done he cried out:
"bod have mercy on me, a sinnt i.
Take me as I am."
As it was completed he for a fourth
time spoke: "Kind Jriends, farewell,
farewell." The last wored was only
uttered as the sheriff stepped upon Hid
lever, and Lloyd Montgomery shot
downward, a fall of six feet. There
was no struggle, only a slight tremor
of the frame. Tbe physicians Imme
diately approached the body and noted
the pulsations. Dr. Starr fell of his
pulse, Drs. Ellis and Davis kept track
of tils heart aud Dr. Maston held the
watch. Tho beats were normal at firef,
then rapidly increased. At 4 minutes
the rate was 173 a minute, then it
gradually decreased and at 6 minutes
was 126, at 8 minutes 68, with very lit
tie pulse, at 9 no pulse, at 10 only a
flutter, nt 11 an uncertain sound, at 12
minutes a slight movement, which
was felt up to 14 minutes. At 14 min
utes he was pronounced dead Ilia
iieck was broken high,
Justice had been done. .
During the scene about fifty men
witnessed the very impressive event,
frequent comments showing their feel
ings. Among them were a good many
strangers, sheriffs from other counties,
reporters, eU Among the number
was John McKercher, brother of the
murdered MeKercher,"a baud of crape
around his hat. He watched tlie pro
ceedings without any demonstration,
but witli apparent satisfaction, and
when the rope was cut waj one of tho
lirst to secure a piece, and a good-sized
one ut that. Alnuy followed soil, and
the sea grass rope that stretched Lloyd
Bryson Montgomery will bo exhibted
in many places iu Oregon.
The hour hid been anticipated and a
large crowd surrounded the enclosure,
anxious to bo lu the presence nl death. ,
Tlie body was taken down, placed
ou a litter aud left in the courthouse
for publio iuspection. iuany taking ad
vantage of the occasion to see the face
of tbe perpetrator of one of tbe coldest
blooded and worst murders in tbe his
tory of the Pacific coast.
Afterwards it was turned over to the
physicians, who held ail autopsy, re
moving the brain for examination.
The physicians interested in the au
topsy were Drs. Wallace, Ellis, Davis,
lieers, Maston, Hill at, (I Irvine, of
Albany; Dr. Cusick, of Salem, aud Dr.
Starr, of Brownsville.
The autopsy showed a strong,
healthy, unusually muscular physioul
organism. Brain large, weighing 4:1
ounces, not well developed, as the con
volutions which indicate mental
strength and activity were not deep.
It was thought by some that on the
left lobe of tbe bruin were some indi
cations of previous inflammation, but
nothing showing any abnormal condi
tion, the general opinion being that
the brain was in a healthy normal
condition. Tlie autopsy also developed
the fact that the fourth cervicle of the
vertebra was dislocated but not broken
by the fall when the trap was sprung,
tbe latter beiug tbe usual case.
The brain will be retained by tbe
medical association for future exami
nation. THE bukial.
There being no application for the
remains, they were buried by tho
county in the cily cemetery, Saturday,
services being conducted by Revs. Lit
tle, Poling and McKee. Tlie relatives
refused lo have anything to do with
Hie body, and it is said Its burial in
the Brownsville cemetery was not de
John Montgomery and wife and
Daniel McKercher were murdered by
Lloyd Montgomery ou November
10th, and seveuly-threo days after
wards the murderer was hanged. That
was much prompter Justice than is
generally tbe result in these days of
red tape and technicality, and Is an
example to the world that should be
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