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« on: November 23, 2006, 07:43:49 PM »

The New York Times
New York, New York
October 5, 1903

WILL BE OWN EXECUTIONER
Cheyenne Sheriff with Compunctions Will Use an Automatic Scaffold to Hang a Man

Special to The New York Times

CHEYENNE, Wyoming, October 4 --Sheriff Smalley has let the contract for the scaffold upon which “Tom” Horn, the notorious cattle rustler, will be his own executioner on November 20, to James P. Julien.

When Charles Miller, fifteen years old, was sentenced to hang, Sheriff Kelley had compunctions about hanging the boy.  Julien, an inventor, told Kelley he could contrive a gallows which would work automatically.  Miller’s scaffold was the result.  The simplicity of it’s construction makes the operation sure.  When the condemned man steps on the trap his weight opens a valve in a vessel of water under the scaffold, and when the vessel becomes empty the counter balance operates and jerks the plug under the trap, letting the drop fall.
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