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TOM MOORE, EUGENE FULKS

Pay The Death Penalty for Three Assassinations
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 nonchalance:

"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 rope."

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 him out.

At 10:15 a.m. a telegram was handed Marshal Williams. He read it.

"Does it concern us?" asked Moore.

"Yes," replied 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 execution.

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 Oglesby.

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 barefoot."

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 cut down.

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 Thompson


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 11:38.

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 Thompson


Brutal Crimes Traced to Bill Hudgins, the Outlaw

Paris, 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.

On 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 imprisonment.

Soon 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.

A 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.

Evidence 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. --Kansas City Times, March 27, 1891, page 4) Submitted by Peggy Thompson


 

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