TOM MOORE, EUGENE
Pay The Death Penalty for
Nervy to the Last
Indian Territory the Scene and Camp, Palmer and McGuire the Victims
A Flurry of Excitement
Paris, Tex., Sept. 28 -
Tom Moore and Eugene Fulks paid the penalty of their crimes upon the
gallows this afternoon. They died game. Perhaps men never met death
so bravely as they. Both had been nervy all along and both were game
to the last.
Yesterday they were taken
from the death cell, in the upper story of the jail to the guardroom
on the lower floor, where the barber shaved them and cut their hair.
They were given a bath and furnished with a neat new black suit,
shirt, cravat and underclothing. They were not carried back to the
death cell again, but were kept there during the night.
The men talked with their watches and guards until about 3 o'clock,
when they went to bed and slept soundly until 7 o'clock, when they
arose and ate a hearty breakfast. They were in excellent spirits and
jested and laughed with those about them.
At an early hour a big
crowd began to gather round the jail. United States Marshal Williams
was there before 8 o'clock getting things in readiness for the
execution. Tickets of admission had been issued and those receiving
them were notified to be on hand early. Shortly before 9 o'clock
Marshal Williams read the death warrant to Moore. When he concluded
he turned to Fulks and said:
"Eugene, I will read
your's for you now."
"Suit yourself about
that, Mr. Williams; I don't care anything about it." Was the
reply. After it was read he wanted to know when the job would be
finished up. He was told that it could not be before 10 o'clock.
There was not a minister
present, and the marshal asked them if they wanted any spiritual
consolation. Moore said he did not and Fulks replied with his usual
"If they have any
pardons or commutes for me, would like to see the preachers,
otherwise I prefer their society better if they will stay outside. I
think ifyou would get about four to talk to Major Ryan it might do
him some good. I'll get my pardon at the end of a three quarter
Mrs. Lou Bowers, who was
with Key Durant when he was killed at Caddo, I.T. last year and who
is in jail on a charge of whiskey peddling, who knew Tom Moore
before he was in jail, and between whom there was a tender
attachment, and Pell Austin, another female prisoner, were permitted
to talk to the prisoners.
At 9:30 each prisoner was
given a drink of whiskey. Fulks puntilliously insisted on Moore
drinking first, saying:
"Tom I want to get
you hoxey" Choctaw for drunk.
Marshal Williams was
called out by a telephone message and during his absence the men
chatted and smoked.
Just before 10 o'clock
Moore was taken out in the jail yard to have his photograph taken.
As he sat gazing at the gallows, with its dangling ropes and other
paraphernalia of death directly in front of him, he was slightly
nervous for a moment and his cheek turned a shade pale, but he was
soon himself again. The work of the photographing over and he was
escorted back to the guardroom. Marshal Williams told them to get
ready to go, but Fulks said he wanted his photograph taken with his
new clothes. His request was granted and guards were ready to take
At 10:15 a.m. a telegram
was handed Marshal Williams. He read it.
"Does it concern
us?" asked Moore.
the Marshal, and in company with Deputy George Oglesby he hurried
out. Everybody was in suspense and wondered what it meant. Minutes
waxed into hours. All was nervousness and anxiety. Oglesby came back
and Fulks' photograph was taken.
At 11:30 an elegant
dinner was given the minute, but they ate rather moderately. After
dinner they smoked. It was given out that a telegram had come from
Washington inquiring if the men were insane. A rumor was current
that Fulks had been reprieved. The spectators waited, expecting the
marshal to return every moment.
At 1:40 he came in at a
side entrance. His face showed that he had an unpleasant duty to
perform. He went to the guard room and told the men that the last
vestige of hope had gone, as he had orders to proceed with the
It was not long until
everything was in readiness and the men were brought out and led up
to the scaffold. Moore was escorted by Deputy Marshals D. E. Booker
and D. J. Harper and Fulks by Deputy Marshals Best Browne and George
They were asked if they
had anything to say. Mooer's voice was inaudible to those below. He
told Marhsal Williams that he could tell him many things but it
would do no good. After thanking the marshal and attendants he asked
that he be given a decent burial.
Fulks spoke clearly and
distinctly. He said: "I was jobbed into this. Misstatements
were made and I must die for them." Turning to Moore he said:
"Tom old boy, I don't know what country we are going to meet in
next, but if we get separated, you'll know my tracks; I'll be
While the noose was being
adjusted he looked up at a window of the jail and seeing a former
fellow prisoner, exclaimed:
"Goodbye Charlie, By
God it's tough to die this way but I reckon it's fair."
After the black cap was
on and the knot adjusted he remarked to Deputy Oglesby:
This damned thing is
choking me; don't let it do that till I drop."
They were placed in
position and the trap sprung by deputy Marshal Oglesby at 2:05 pm.
At 2:19-1/2 they were pronounced dead. Four minutes later they were
Both their necks were
broken by the fall. The execution was perfect in every details and
the death of both was instantaneous and painless. Moore was buried
in the potter's field. Fuilks gave his body to Dr. S. S. Robinson of
Arthur City, who had it embalmed and will dissect it. --Dallas
Morning News, September 29, 1894, page 1, Peggy Thompson
CHARLES H. KEY
CHARLES H. KEY HANGED FOR
MURDER COMMITTED IN THE CHICKASAW NATION
Paris, Texas., September
13 - Charles H. Key met his death on the gallows today for the
murder of Smith McLeothin in the Chickasaw Nation on July 21, 1894.
Key mounted the gallows at 1:07 p.m. and made a rambling talk of
fifteen minutes after which the trap was sprung. He was pronounced
dead in ten minutes, his neck having been broken. He died without
making confession. --Columbus
Daily Enquirer, September 14, 1895, page 1, transcribed by Peggy
SILAS LEE; GEO. L.
WHEELER; HICKMAN FREEMAN
A TRIPLE EXECUTION
The White Man Asked to Be
Allowed to Go First - He Did
Paris, Tex., Sept. 4 -
Geo. L. Wheeler, white and Silas Lee and Hickman Freeman, colored,
convicted in the Federal court for the eastern district of Texas for
crimes in the Indian Territory were hanged this morning. At the
request of Wheeler, he was hanged alone, and mounted the gallows
firmly. The trip was sprung at 11:16 and he was pronounced dead at
The negroes mounted the
gallows at 12:05. The trap was sprung at 12:12, and they were cut
down 15 minutes late. All three necks were broken. Freeman was
remarkably cool, while Lee nearly broke down. --State,
September 5, 1896, page 1, transcribed by Peggy Thompson
THREE TEXAS HANGINGS
One White Man and Two
Negroes Executed at Paris
Paris, Tex., Sept. 4 - At
11:04 this morning, Geo. L. Wheeler white, was hanged for the murder
of Robert McCabe in the Chickasaw nation, June 12, 1895. He lay in
wait for his violin and shot him in the presence of his 5 year old
son. Immediately after the removal of Wheeler's body Silas Lee and
Hickman Freeland the two negroes who murdered Ed T. Canady, Jeff
Maddox, Paul Applegate and an unknown man on the shanty boat at Hear
river on November 14, 1894, were placed upon the gallows. They were
dropped at 12:05. All three of their necks were broken. --Sioux
City Journal, September 5, 1896, page 1, transcribed by Peggy
Crimes Traced to Bill Hudgins, the Outlaw
Tex., March 26.
Since the capture of Bill Hudgins and most of the members of his gang
February 5, Paris, Tex., March 26. Since the capture of Bill
Hudgins and most of the members of his gang February 5, and the
killing of Aleck Davis and the capture of Bill Poe on the 17th
inst., officers have secured information that shows Hudgins connection
with at least four murders that have heretofore remained a mystery.
July 9, 1890, Aleck Handlin was shot
from ambush about thirty miles west of Purcell, while driving along
the road with his wife. She drove sixteen miles to the nearest house.
Two men named Samuel and Ramey were arrested for the crime and brought
here and the case was thoroughly investigated. While there was some
strong circumstances against them, the case was dismissed. They were
arrested in Greenwood county, Kansas, by Sheriff Bookover, and are now
suing him for false
after the opening of Oklahoma
an old German and his son and a man named Casey fell out over a claim
and one night they were called out and shot down. Casey was suspected
of the crime, but no evidence could be obtained against him and the
matter almost passed out of mind.
year or two ago the office of the Santa Fe railroad at Horton, in the
Cherokee strip, was entered. No other house was near. The agent was
shot and the station robbed. The agent leaned over his table and while
his life blood ebbed away tapped this message: Help, am dying;
station robbed. A special train went down from Arkansas City, Kan.,
and the agent was found.
is now accumulating that will undoubtedly prove that Hudgins, who is
well known as an outlaw, committed all of these murders, and three
others have been partially developed besides these against him. Murder
cases have been worked up on five other members of the gang. Hudgins
is only 22 years old and all of the members of his band are young men.
City Times, March
27, 1891, page 4)
Submitted by Peggy Thompson