16 Mayıs 1873 Tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 4

16 Mayıs 1873 tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 4
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LUSIGNANi'S END. The Italian Wife Murderer Executed at Morristown, N. J., Yesterday. STORY OF THE CRIME. A Tal8 of Love, Jealousy, Deser tion and Revenge. THE TRIAL, C3NVICTI0N AND SENTENCE. IIow the Repented Efforts to Save the Trisoner's Life Failed. THE LAST DAYS OF THE MURDERER. He Spends Ills Time in Sing ing and Prayer. The Closing Scones in the Condemned Cell. The March to the Scaffold and Execution. FIGHTING FOR TIIE DEAD MAN'S BODY. MoKHiaTOWN, N. J., May 15,1873. At twcnty-flvo minutes past Pleven o'clock this morning Lulgl Luslgnanl, the Italian, was exc cuted, in the presence oi about two hundred peo ple, for the murder of his wife. story ok the crime. The crime for which Luslgnanl has offered up his fife was committed on the 7th of November last. The actors in the tragedy, besides Luslgnanl, were phiiip Massallnl, Giovanni Bariottl and Johanna Moosi. The parties were all Italians, possessing in a marked degree the fiery and impetu ous tempers which are characteristic of the children of the sunny Southern clime. Two or three years ago Lulgl Luslgnanl was in Italy, living with his aged father an* mother In his native province of Bobla. He was oue of thirteen children, two of whom now only survive a sister, and a priest who lives near Rome. The early portion of Luslgnaul's life had been adventurous and stormy. He worked while quite young on a plantation near his father's home, and while here one of the great risings in the cause of Italian liberty took place under the leadership of Garibaldi. The martial youth of Italy, flred with ideas of patriotism and dreams of freedom, were everywhere flocking to the standard of the great leador, and Luslgnanl, sharing the infection, enrolled himself as a soldier In the Garibaldian ranks. From the stories told by him self and others of the campaign in which he bore a part, It is evident he acquitted himself bravely, and a wound which he received in battle, nightly laming htm lor lire, bore evidence to his valor. When the brief war was over and Garibaldi had re turned to his home in Caprera, Luslgnanl re turned to his native piaee, but feeling restless and unsatisfied, he manifested a desire to emigrate to America. His parents tried to dissuade him from this resolution, but as his mind was tilled with, visions of what he fondly hoped was an El Dorado, He would not consent to remain at home, and some two years ago he arrived in this country. He tried his hand at a variety of employments, but leit them In succession until he went to work in the shop or Giovanni Bariottl, an Italian like himself, and the future source of all his future miseries, who kept a shoe shop in Centre street. THE MEETING WITH JOHANNA MOOSI. If the career of Luslgnanl in America, up to this date, had not been very prosperous. It was, at the least, happy; but the fates were about to gather around him, and the circumstances beginning to develop themselves which led to his untimely and Ignominious death on the scaffold to-day. Like most of the Italian residents of this city, Luigl hoarded in the Sixth ward, and in the classic pre cincts of Baxter street lie met the woman who was afterward to t>e his wife and his ruin?Johanna , Moosi. Johanna was a splendid type of the pe cullar style of beauty for which the peasant women of Italy are so justly celebrated. She was of medium height, but her form was rounded to perfection, and her step was like that of a queen. She had glorious black hair, a set of pearly teeth, small nandB and feet, an* a broad. Intelligent forehead. She was just such a woman as wouia make a deep impression upon a young and ardent nature like that of Luslgnanl, and the poor lellow, who was easily moved to fury or to laughter, to tears or to love, adored Johanna with all the Btrength of his hot Italian blood. Whether Johanna really loved Luigi or not cannot be ascertained, but she lent a willing ear to his suit, and, alter a brief courtship, the couple were married by an Italian priest In Hobofccn, and commenced keeping house on Baxter s'reet, Luslg nanl still continuing to work in the shop of Bariotti. TUK BEGINNING OK THE END. For a short honeymoon all went merry as a marriage bell. Luigl was indus trious, Johanna was a good housekeeper, and her wedded liie gave fair promise <>l happiness. But the clouds were already gathering and the dream of contentment w is about lo be rudely dis- j pelted. Bartotti t.euati to lose lus business in i Centra street, and it finally became so t an that lie j Hold out Ids stock aud went to live in t e mining \ town or Dover, ou tlie line of the Delaware and i Lackawanna Railroad. While Luigi was working in j the shop of Bariottl, Johanna was in the habit of | bringing him iiis meals, and liariotti l?egan to look with unholy eyes upon the swarthy | beauty. She received his advances graciously, and j when lie left Centre street she displayed consider able regret, which did not escape the observation , of her husband. When he had iron*' away the true | nature of Johanna began to manifest itself. She shunned the company of Lulgl, and commenced to | lreuueiil the low Italian drinking saloons of Bax.er street. Not satisfied with this, she displayed a marked nreference for other men over her hus ba'id and Uie latter was at length compelled to interfere and, if possible, rescue the woman irom the downward course which he saw she was rabidly Dursuiiig. lie remonstrated with her, at first genUybutfirmly, but she refused to listen to him, and rows becimc of frequent occurrence, wtitch HOTuetimew ended in blown, Ltisijrnani ii variably coming out of these encounters second best. Finding that remonstrances and threats were of no use, Luslgnanl had recourse to a stratagem, and one day, when Johanna was out, he having previously procured apartments in the upper part of the city, liail her clothes removed to the new resilience. He hoped, by removing her from the contaminating InUuence of tne neigh borhood, to work a reformation in her character; but in this he was doomed to disappointment. When Johanna heard ot the ruse which had been practised upon her she became furlons and de manded back her effects. l.ulgl very properly re fused to give them to her; and, having given vent to her indignation, she suddenly disappeared?left the city and for months Lusignam could find no t race of her. JOHANNA ANP HER rARAMOVR. Lulgl left no stone unturned to obtain some clue to the whereabouts ol the missing woman, but tor a long time he was unsuccessful. At length fortune befriended. A wandering Italian organ grinder, , o'lssinir through Dover in his rambles, recognized fnTthe streets Johanna and Bariottl. H?.made inquiries about them, and heard that they were living together roan and wife. When he returned to New York he communicated the intelligence to Lulgl, wh?, ** t?,man(1' J-'iti? mined, 11 possible, to recover hie wile, iand with this end in view he consulted a laY/cr?7,.u. twice him to write to the woman. He wrote twice, offering her forgiveness If she wonld return, but hin letters were unanswered, and In couseqaence ho determined to proceed to Dover ?'I rose if. An old friend of Ms childhood, Philip Massolini, con Hen ted to accompany him, and ou the <th or No vember they took the early train Irom HoboWD. They arrived lu Dover about ten o dock in tne morning, and the llrst news they heard wax that liarl ?ttl had become bankrupt, and that lu asking to be released Irom the consequences oi sis bank rupts* he had nworn that he was a married man, securing himself f7.'?o by Ills oath. TilK PRATII WKI'OflUt Luslgnanl aud Masbollni at ouce proceeded to tue residence of Barlottl on heannir ^ rtnews Tlje house occupied by tlie latter cons sted.of a. wugw room, the rear of which was used JVf. wnJa ?itL!t?i the iront by the shoe >?hop. Bartottl wm attU # working when the couple entered and Johanna was in (lie rear cutting a piece of meat pre oar a torv lor cooking. (What IoUowh m the. atory 'Lulgl himselt tells, and there is no reason ^ believe iit is untrue.) The parties all loosed at each othor in si I 'lic", a silence oainousol the approaching tragedy. At length Lulgl spoke, aud, addressing Johanna, asked her to re'urn with tilm to New York, llus *h" flat 1 v refused to do; out Lutgl renewed HU en treaties and asked to speak to her privately, and ms there was no inner apartment the unhappy pair c une nut upon the stoop to talk. They conversed in Italian, and as their conversation was getting to tie very exciting, Bartottl came out and said that. If Luslgnanl would return to New York he would promise that Ills wile should lollow him. This did no-satisfy. liUigi. and lie still urged the woman to return, but she became savage, accused Luigi of robbing aud ill-treating her, saying that 110 perauasion could Induce her to ever live with him again, ttassollnl all this time sat upon a bench aud did not interiere. When the Ill-mated husband and wife had taiked some time upon tilt stoop they returned Into the house again. While Lulgl was standing with ills back to Johanna, she suddenly (as Tie stated) raised the carving knife and mulcted a wound In the abdo men the wark of which he has earned with Sm te bis grave. He was at the same time struck behind the ear with a liamiuer. He grasped her around the waist and rtercHy strug gled for the possession of the knife. In the en counter the woman received a cut upon the I?rews? liUlffi ffot the knile and Johanna suddenly tnrew herselt forward and attempted to m"5? kJ!!c{|" maker's knile which lay upon Uarlotti a bencn. l.uigi's fierce blood was learned to an I rS fonvard! AuXr K blow, the knile penetrating far intotheback, and nho (ell t.o the floor a corpse. When Johaniiaieii H iriotri snrantr upon Luij?i. but the Intter, with the bloody knife. Inflicted two wonndr' *? ?"*? which disabled htm irom further combat, lini, who hart sat through the tragedy J" * slate, at this point jumped up and jested the knile from the hands ol Uugi and flung 't jnto the street They were both soon afterwards j*r'ested, and when the Coronor's Inquest had been heluthey tare mm to the Countv Jail at Morrtstowti. I'ariotti'a lite was lor some time despaired of, but youth and skilful treatment triumphed and he re covered. TI,K TRIAIl ani> sbntbncb. Luslgnanl wns brought to trtal on the 17th of February, Massallui having been previously dis charged; and after an Impartial hearing, which oc cupied lour days, the case was given to the Jury. I rom the maiiy extenuating clrcuuistauces con nected with the case no one surmised that a heavier verdict than murder In the second degree or manslaughter in the tlrst degree wonld have b *en rendered; but the jury thought different, and, to the surprise and consternation 01, nearLy every one In Court, a verdict or murder In the lirst. de gree wis brought in. Messrs. WurtsA Chi Ids counsel for the prisoner, apked to have the verdict set aside on account of irregularities oonnectt d with the jury, and Judge Dalrymple, suspending sentence, appolnteJ a day for the hearing oi the argument in the matter. The arguments were heard and alter three weeks' consultation the mo tion was denied and Luslgnanl wiwsentencedt.be h&mred en Ihe 1st of May. When sentence was pronounced the prisoner became greatly excited, and In his broken English, denounced the judge and jury, saying that because he was poor he must be hanged. TB| FI(]HT likk. The devoted counsel of Lusiguanl were deter mined that he should not perish without a strong eflort being made on his behalf. A petition was drawn up, which was signed by nearly all the In habitants of Morristown, Including every man or resnectnblllty and uole, and presented to the Governor. The case was laid before the Gaurt of Pardons, but the Court refused to Interfere, and orders were given that the preparations tor the execution should be proceeded with. The day pre ceding the execution Governor Parker, who was said to be personally in favor of com mutation of sentence, granted a reprieve of two weeks on strong representations which had been brought to bear upon him by prisoner's counsel, and the case was again taken before the Court of Pardons, but that body was inex orable and the Sheriff was notified that Lusiguanl must die when his reprieve had terminated. LPSIUNANi'S PRISON I.IKK. Since sentence was passed Luslgnanl has acted strangely, but many of the stories which have been published relative to his conduct are entirely lalsi. Flii "oarage never for an instant dropped, and lie displayed no terror at the thought ol his approach ing end. Te those persons who had belrlended htm he was deeply gratelul, and manifested his grat nudl^y eloquence of voice and gesture The people of Morristown had become greatly attached to him, and lie has, since sentence was parsed, not been compelled to eat the prison lare, deUcaciea of all kinds being treely supplied to him by the Sheriff and others. Father Vassalo, an Lallan priest from Orange, has been with him nearly all the time, and the Sisters ol Charity Irom the St Kiiyiiiieth Convent have been unwearied in their labor of love! Luslgnanl Irequently talked of the disgrace his execution would bring upon his lam ilv, but for himself, he said, death had no terrors, as he had faced it like a soldier and would die like a soldier. When speaking of his soldiering life he would frequently break out Into one of the pa iriotic songs of his country, and his deep, rich voice could be heard from the street by the PMsers-by. lie was visited by the Italian Consul of this city, who exhorted him to die like a man, which he promised to do. Father Sheeran, the parish clergy man and Father Hickey, of Hackensack, have also been Irequent visitors in the condemned cell. THB I. AST l>AY. Yesterday the scaffold was erccted In the rear of the jail. There was no raised platform, but, instead, plain boards were placed along the ground. In place of having the weights whuli held the rope run over to the north end of the scaf lold, a patent spring was attached to the weights, which the sheriff could, by touching, work so as to make the weights drop. This istheflrsttime this I contrivance has been used in the State or New ' Jersey. The yard?In which the scaffold was erected was screened from view upon all sides. The Court House conceals it from the street. The Clerk's and Surrogate's offices form the rear, and a high wooden wail runs along either side. The cell window of the prisoner looks out upon the yard, and the condemned had an op portunity of witnessing the awful preparations, lie was not in the least affected by the sight, but laughed, and said to the Sheriff, "Me go out and dig hole; dig deep. ' There was very little excite ment in Morristown durlug the day, but toward evening the late trains brought in numbers of strangers, aud a stroug lorcc of reporters made the town look more animated. Father Vassalo, who stayed with the prisoner lor three or four days preceding the execution; Fathers Ronaldo and i llickev, of llackettstown; Father Sheran, of Mor I rlstown and two Sisters or Charity 1 were wuh the prisoner during the entire I dav In tli.' morning a barber catue aud mado the I last toilet oi the unhappy man, and on leaving was stupid enough to leave his scissors behind him. ! Lulgl picked them up and sent for the Sheriff, i When the Sheriff came lie produced the scissors 1 and said. "H me want to kill myself, look here 1 1 But no; don'i lose my soul; I am a good catholic." I Every now and then tie would burst Into snatches i ol sacred song, and as he had a natural gilt for ' noetrv he would cotnposcuaud sing at the same time dragging in every little Incident that was transpiring around, lie seemed to be Hi the best I of spirits, and laughed and joked incossantly, his 1 gayetv communicating to his visitors, noiwitli s Lam line ' * TUB SOI.KMMTY OF THB OCCASION. He once brought out and sang "Shoo fly. don't bodder me," but recollecting himself he changed this inelodv loran Italian hymn. During the day a voiiug lady named Carting, or Monmouth county, who has remained a raithiul irlend to Lualgiianl durinir all his trials, visited liini in the cell, and on parting they both wept like children. When the hole had been dug and before the scaffold was erected a screen was placed in rront of the window to corneal the apparatus from view. Every tune Luslgnanl would hear the noise of the hammering lie would say, passiouately clasping the erucitlx to his breast. "Me uo afraid to die; me go to heaven young." He would then break Into fervent praying In his native tongue, which would be followed by singing. At six o'clock the Sisters of Charity lett hmi for the night. He bade them farewell with great fortitude. Alter they had leit he called for his supper and ate a hearty meal of neeisteak and pie. Soon alter, the priests left Dim alone tor a little while and weut to supper. While they were away l.usignnni amused himself by sing ing, and in lus voice there was not the slightest quaver. Till I.AST M0T1T. At ten o'clock the three priest* returned to pass tne night with the prisoner. They were accom panied by a reporter of the IIkkalp. who was warmly greeted bv Luslgnanl on entering the cell. The prisoner was dressed in deep mourning and wore a white rose In his button hole. His counte nance was ghastly pale, but his pulse was regular and his heart beat at its usual rate. He talked rationally upon the subjects connected with his ex ecution. and spoke of his trial and of the people who had befriended him. At times he would get very excited, and when thinking of hhi lamilv he would press his hands to his temples with a look of lntenM agony. A bottle of Khlne wine of a weak utiality was upon the table Reside J'1"1 and from this he would drink fre uucntly. He kept continually repeating that he was not afraid to die, and would place his Angers npon his throat, pointing to it as tne place where the rope would go. asted the Hbkai.i reporter to contradict the stories which had pubitsiied of his profanity, as they ^ere entirt ly Incorrect. What made people believe he was swearing whs the habit he bad of repeat ing a prayer which Father Sheran had taught him?"My God, my God, forgive rnc for ray crime." This was mistaken by the people wha heard him for blasphemy. The nervous tits which seized the prisoner were some times very severe, but ttiry generally were over In a moment, le said that they were not the result of fear, but that they came upon him when he thought of his family, once wlien he became excited he struck the chair with Ids flat, and said, "l am man, not wood," and I must feel. The Sheriff at tins time cane into the cell to bid the prisoner good night, aud Luslg nanl sprung u)i and kissed him on the cheek, say ing, "Von sorry lor me, Sheriff, 1 sorry for you." He said lie was grateful t? the sheriff lor his kind neas, and thanked him sincerely. He iald to the Heram> reporter, "Stay here all ntght. I boss or this cell." Aieleven (/clock the three priests coaaacd iu an?dowrr!Dth^ '.FW'"e h/had rlSion f,^?nion,lc'"H,:inr1 "Ie f"le9t? i?<Mitrut. from tlu> Iwil J,! i H but tio suddenly jumped r?ivon hlm h? th.? . 0r ,,,ore W10e- w**?ch was to a eon ami Sru 1 11 "'aH imP0*?"'le turn ??Mir i prater was a^aio iiiffaL'e<i in For half an Hour or ho IiUHiffnant renminbi verv miiei but at the end ol that time one of b?nervoufiiu came upon him and he burst into a paroxysm m' mtV ha?'Ul ?r[ V?" !t,,a confe?or towitSew that -he had boon guilty of no crime ^'10 ('|f' wan done in an tin' guarded moment, *vitlionr. any thought of the con sequences. Anon t one o'clock he becan S hausted and lie a/aiti tried to sleep, but. he could not, und Katuer litckoy llUd his S&cSk prmsr.* knee" 'ol^Paih^v^", leal',H* ",H >'??<? "P? the , ?* ?' ' atl,P' VaHWiio. He continued praying tor some time, and when he had concluded iclt considerably relieved. He lighted a cigar aml con - minced pacing up and down the cell. When Ne had sinoked the cigar he Hung snatcnea of hymns ana by turns conversed with the Eu At three o clock tie drank inore wine Home Venose iwi l1"!>'Tec^,Jal ???rt to obtain , , ?<*poae. He fell into a done, tor the firat tuna during the night, but it only lasted a few momenta an lie sprung up, wildly exclaiming "Oli mv mother' my mother I idle! Idle" father'vS! aalo put his arm around Mie poor fellow and tried to quiet him, but his agitation was so great that it was some minutes before he could be Dacifled in i when the nt had passed he dropped^to a c'ha?r completely oxhausted. At lour o'olock the ur esis made another effort to Induce Imsignanl u> sleeu ? I DIB LIKE A MAN." Ilo continued to pace the cell furiously and vrmiirf pot sit Still for a moment Ui the same nSSw h? frequently sung, and prayed o ten ciasmn^ th? crucifix to his breast, and IIdsat in A I? < about haJf-past four the sun commenced to rise' ami It poured a flood of pale light Into the cell brlu'crimr into bold relief tho shadow of the scaffold m i he rear. Father Vassalo extinguished the light and Uslgnanl, looking up, said, "That? my lEME? It shines for me to-day in heaven " The .uii nt 2uy i,F*,SZ r0H,> a,,d ?00" shone wjtti Thn tuightoeaa upon the weary watcher* The countenance ot Lusignani was vor? l!?J?i?eM '??ketl wld and wandering bul he talked collectedly, and readily answered all questions which were asked him. Aboit Ave 0 clock one ol the most nervous attacks or tlm night came upou him. He was praying with the priests, when, in a moment, he struck his forehead with his clenched list, and then buried his lace in the chair, exclaiming in a heart-rending voice ? '?My poor parents I Oh. my poor parents'" His frame for some moments shook with agony, but It was agony for others not. for himself. He remained in this way for some time, but he gradually quieted down anil Father Ilickey, leaving at this time the other priests, knelt down and prayed fervently. They remained In prayer for nearly an hour, 'ualgnarh listened attentively, every now and then throw ing himself iuto the lap of the priest. He held un a cross when they arose, and said, "Me die by this^ mo no airaid. " Ao was quiet for a I "tie time and he then got wild again. He lit. a cigar, but threw It away after smoking a minnte or two and dr ink some wine. When he had drank the wine he seemed to be stronger, and sang in a loud clear voice, the "Miserere." alter which he sank'inio a - , THE LAST IfOtTRS. 1 he Sisters of Charity arrived at the jail shortiv ' .a"eF o cloc", and relieved Father vissalo who jeft to procure some breakfast. The Hkkai n re. fhe s^reJff -rfthe 8amo tt,ue and came out'upon the street, The morning was beautilul- the hum was pouring a perfect flood of glory upen the houses and squares, and all nature seemedrelolc* prisou wa!ls,0CHvethlsf tim?inf,.'apPy man wlt,"u thc i n??u wans. |iy this timo the *#own Commerireil to get alive with excitement, people beghmfn^n come in from the country in the vain hope of'ob? tatuing a view of the proceedings. Al?out one hun twenty-five passes were Sd by the Sheriff; the reporters havinar to trust to Providence mission.0 r uauiuJ Moore to obtain ^l! . . THE last meal. At seven o clock the Herald reporter retnrn#?ii to the cell of the prisoner. Lusignani was Hittini? upon the bed waiting for his breakfast He Vmd k s"'ue V,me l>efore for something to eat and said he would liko chicken; but he changed his inind and ordered some beefoteak and toast Tins was provided for him and he made a hwty meal observing that it was the last one he slmuldTver eat. At nall-past aevei o'clock Father Vassalo re rites of? the jaii' tt"11 a('ministered the last J?i he Koman catholic Chureh to Lui^l. He seemed to be ^reatlj strenirtheniMi by the ceremony, and he Hang the "Stabat plater " with peculiar sweetuess. fathers Sherans and iyt?soon altt'rward came, and all the priests thllwr a ?'nm8ei Te8 'II tlletr veflt?iients. a raging thirst seemed to possess Lusignani, and he called frequently for wine, which was Invariably furnished him but as it was not much stronger than water i"r<! iUi?} Xe much effect upon him. He ad dressed himself to the Hkkai.d reporter the onlv reporter who was admitted to the cell du?lug the morning, and asked to have it stated fn n? Jj not tremole and was not afraid !?' m and walking the cell he mi hi ? y fo^lve me tor my crime. You died upon the croaV'? VH0rnVtren?tn to <,,e "ke 14 "f i .. e flrave "iterance to many more beautilul sentiments, some of which were very pot tlcal, asking for wings to rty up to heaven and for ill? fri^r I11-'w?ullJ be with tne angels praying *}'? Mends before night. He sang impromptu sonnets ahout the priests and every one In the room, and speaking ef the Sheriff, said he was good to die. provl(Je'1 "u" with everything necessary NEARINU THE END. At nine o clock the priests engaged In nrnver Lusignani kneeling at Father Vussalo's knee de voutiy repeating ufter the priests. While thus en gaged another nervous tit came upon him and he poured tortn a hurricane of talk In h s native Ian guage about his crime and his friends In Italv Ha partlcumriy wished his brnther to be n o'rmed that he died penitent and a good cithnife This attack lasted longer tLn any other' and it was nearly an hour before he was himanfr again. He turned to the reporter and said "M? S!/.!?!?' ',rnttlng his hand upon his breMt * -Me heart all rlghL It door would oi>eii and some nn? would say, Luigl, prison for life, trie would no care lam reconciled to my (iod. and am willim? to <iia Father Hlckey at this motuent out 1 s hlnrt 2!S:I wuhe*id ?r pri80npr' nntl "afl to him, "Hug! " wish I was going with you where vou <Tr. going to-day." Luigi turned round and ni .vf.fiw answered. "Well, take my place ?l e im nnrt^.Ll bed." Father sheeran said "Luff f have Jjd mass for you this morning," at which I ukrl^ Herve?j,e would pray ior all present m'heaSiS THIS PROCESSION TO THE SCAFFOLD It wns now ten o'clock, aud, with the exception of the priests, every one. including the Sisters of Chariiv, whom Lulgl tenderly embraced at part ing. left the cell. Outside the preparations had been all completed. Company A, of the Fifteenth regl meiit ?r New Jersey, arrived from orange at about nine o'clock, and surronuocd the Court llouse at all points. Ail who were not prepared with passes were refused admission, and it was with great difficulty that some ol the members <>i the press not Into the I Court House. Kvery vantage ground In the vicinity | had been eagerlv seized upon, and the adjoining i trees and housetop were alive with spectators. ! The windows of the clerk's office opening upon tho I yard were filled, as were also the Court House win ' ilows. one side of the yard was sot aside i for reporters by the Sheriff. There were ! In the yard altogether about two hundred and fifty I persons. At half-past ten l.ulgi could be heard singing in a clear, firm voice, "My <;od, my nod, I forgive me." As his life came to be counted by minutes he prayed earnestly with the priests, but showed no sign of faltering At a few minutes past eleven o'clock the Sheriff entered Luslgnanis cell and said to hlin, "Luslg liant, your hour ha* arrived.'' Lusignanl said, "Me all ready: me want to die quick." Mr. Eastman, the jailer, then commenced to pInI? ? n the prisoner, at wbich the latter became very indignant. thinking that the act implied that he wanted to run away. When he was informed that It was necessary to pinion him he quietly submitted, and when his arms hail been tied he "turned to the Sheriff and said"Hang me quick; me say noth ing" A guard of soldiers now surrounded the scaffold and the passage lending from the rear of the Court House to the gallows was cleared. In the cell the priests commenced to chant the prayers for the (lying, and In a few seconds the voice of Lusignanl could be heard singing the "Miserere''' as he advanced from his cell. When the mounful procession came into view the sight was peculiarly affecting. I.uslgnanl walked between the noble form of Father Vassalo and the venerable one of Father Sheran. His step for but an Instant faltered, but he sp< cdily recovered himself, and, wtiil sinking, reached the scaffold and bis head was fixed under the noose. TnK LAST SCKSB OF AM. The face of Father Vassalo was wrnng wtth an guish and the tears were running down the cheeks of Fathers Hlckey and s>heran: but Lusignanl never quailed, and be stood firm ami steadfast, without twitch or tremor. As he stepped upon the board he said, In a voice of exultation"Me no tremble; no afraid to die; me good < atboiicim." He said rapidly, In Italian"()od forgive, me and forgive all whe Injured me. I am going to heaven." The black cap was upon his head, but was not drawn over nis eyes, and, recognizing several per sons in the crowd, he said to the Sheriff, "floodby, Sheriff," and he spoke to the priest*. turning them upon the cheeks as he bade tnem goodby. When the rope was about to be adjusted it w*s found that it was too short. A box was hastily obtained and niaced under '.be doomed nun's feet. He jumped upon r with a bound, stamping his foot firmly, and. saving, pointing 'o the rope, "Up, up1" When lie got upon 'be i>ox lie ag un said, "Lri? nit' par'tirru" idod pardon me md added Hone other words :n Italian. While hi* was yet speaking the black <\ip was pulled over his face, and the rope sprung i' the une instant. The body of Lusignanl wu. hI.o' violently up, and the crucifix which lie held in tin hand dropped to the ground. He died very eaailj tnd with ihe excep tion of a lew nervous twitche* tti inn back and iirtui he showed sign ol suffering, in two minutes after the -ope was sprung h;s pulse hi ut 140, in lour minutes it wan 130. and in seven minutes and a half the pulse had ceased to beat and IIP* wssextii *.t. Alter the body hal been suspended about thirty minutes it was cut down . pUCtt'J 1" * coffln. Tlui feature# were otr.BcUr calm and there wan no appearance of discoloration. Deaf !i wan caused by strangulation. The body was covered with black, and a plate to (fee lorui of a cross wore the inscription > LUIJI LU8IQNANI, > $ Died May 15, lH7:t. \ - Aged 24 years. \ KKHJTINCJ POK TilK BODY* According to arrangements inude by the priests the bouy was to be interred in the Catholic grave y.ird and services were to be held in the cftmch. When the body wan placed in the coffin Father Vassalo asxeii that it be delivered up to him, but he met with an unexpected obstacle. The doctors insisted 'hat a post-mortem examination .should be made belore a certificate of the cause or death was^iveu. Father Vansalo in dignantly objected to tills being done, and very properly, too, its it was altogether unnecessary, an it was suggested with no other motive than to graniy the curiosity of the doctors. Notwitlistand mg the protests of the priests the body was taken Into the cell and the coffin-lid and clothing taken off. The two Italian priests were very much excited, and alter tormally protesting they left and said they would abandou the body, and would not burv it after It had been mutilated. They left and the post mortem was made. The neck of l<u?tguani was cut open and it was found that It was not broken or dislocated, and that death had resulted trom asphyxia. A ccrtitlcate was granted to this effect, and the body was replaced In the coilin and taken out into the Court House hall, where It lay until late in the afternoon, when it was carried to the town cemetery and placed in a vault. The conduct of the doctors Is severely commented upon, and their action is gen erally condemned. .Ho ended the last scene In connection with a crime which, with its origin in love, was prompted by Jealousy and consummated by revenge. Luslg naul is the first Italian who has ever been executed In this county. AMUSEMENTS. Central Park Garden?Opening ot Theo dore TliOman* Hummer Seaaon. Perhaps tlie rusli after postal cards IB the only recent pleasant public excitement to which the attendance and excitement witnessed on the opening or Central Park Oarden, and tne reappear ance oi Mr. Theodore Thomas and Uis celebrated baud can be fitly compared. The changes that have baen mado In the hall and Its adjaceut corridors are not important beyond the banishment of i-he ornate mirrors, which had the questionable advantage of re minding ono of a defunct ice cream saloon. which had long since known its palmiest days. Everything susceptible of looking letter beneath a fresh coat of paint had beon thus recomplexioned, and a variety of plants were picturesquely disposed in vases and slender festoons. The appropriate ness of letting well enough alono has seldom been more felicitously illustrated. This thin embroidery of leafage, accentuated here and there with a heavier aigrette or flowers, set off the large room lightly and airily, and Insinuated a conviction of Hummer much more impressively than a pre ponderance of loo kins glasses could do. II we cannot have Summer here in reality, let us, by all means, aid imagination. We do not propose giving a formal report of the manner in which Mr. Tkoinas and his bi"li'vt?ri; nreted the programme. The average New York audit-nee may do Cyrenaic In Its passion lor change; but a New York audience that is fond of music?aud such was the character of the audience at Central Park Oardon last night?desires, no more novelty than Mr. Thomas Rives it, and last evening he eertalnly gave it nothing that can be called absolutely now. There was French and Italian and German mnslc, and selections from Auber and Weber and Beethoven, contrasted with melody from Schubert and the sparkling phrenay of Strauss. There were movements as rich a9 the red-flushed russet of Autumn, and har monies as single and unpretending as the buttercup's Infant simplicity. For Mr. Thomas presided, and the orchestra he commanded k?composed of instfcmentallsts who have worked together long enough to coalesce with as much perfection as the different proportions n a em; oeramcnt, From the overture to "Masanlello with which the concert began, to the 'March by Hichaelis, with which it ended, the orchestral in terpretations were beautifully There were no tantalizing undulations of effort, resulting In protlclcncy in one number and medi ocrity in the next. The rich stateliness and har monic treatment of Weber, as evinced In the selec tion from "Precloso," received as adequate and con scientious expression as the eighth Symphony of Beetlioveu, which, quite as much as any other of that great composer's symphonies, Is the exponent of his spiritual experience during the years he was deprived 01 that exquisite sense which he lavished his existence In gratifying In others. The ' Ama ryllis-air, composed by Louis XIII., Is very much what might be expected to prooeed from the in vention of an effeminate and eccentric monarch, so chaste in repntatlon that no scandal ever at tached to the court ladles who became his favor ites, yet so abnormal In the amours that he did have that even his accomplishments, like his taste for musical composition, for instance, were tinged with a bizarre sensuousness. The rendition <pf this air was not among the shining successes of the evening, being greatly eclipsed by ""coverture fo "William Tell" and Strauss' waltz, "Wine, Woman ^l'heae garden concerts have now obtained a hold which enMtle them to rank as Institutions. It is something to have within easy distance a hand some and respectable resort, where music, moon Hhiue and Moselle may be enjoyed simultaneously; where we may applaud -Martha" white we sip Markobrunner, and imbibe equal proportions or "Lohengrin" and lemonade. Amid such surround ings even the business man flnds himself mellow ing Into momentary romance, and we should scarcely be auia/.ed to hear that Mr. Gosclie him self, overpowered by the lights, music, the flowers and the Rudeshelraer, sometimes wishes that managing the financial department of garden concerts were compatible with his being a boy again. Some cynic declares that all our Joys are somewhat like those shy creatures that, when ever they are watched, roll themselves up into a ball and pretend to be dead. At any rate, this does not appear to be the case with the Joy of garden con certs. Another cyclic, this time a poetical one, re marks . , For not to man on earth is Riven The ripe lulflhnent of desire: Desire ot' heaven itself is heaven. Unless the passion taint ami tire. Evidently the passion for Thomas aud his Snmmer concerts lias not yet fainted and grown tired, though we cannot precisely think that the wish to enjoy them is quite tantamount to the enjoyment itselt. Musical and Dramatic ffolci. On Saturday evening Terrace Garden Theatre, on Third avenue and Fifty-eighth street, will be opened for a Summer season of operetta and light comedy. There is sad need of rerorm In the management of the choirs of some of our leading churches. In many cases the music is an insult to religion, and would be unworthy or the smallest concert hall. Mr. William A. Lflllendahl, the business manager of Wood's Museum, takes his first benefit at that establishment this afternoon and evening. Mr. Lilliendafcl has many friends, who will turn out en masse to-day. Mr. Gye, or Covent Oarden, has announced the name of Mm?. Lucca as one or the attractions or his present season, although that ladv has not the slightest intention or crossing the Atlantic this Summer. She goes to Narragansett Pier on the 2l?th. Mme. Natalie Testa, one or the best contraltos that over appeared in opera at the Academy or Music, Is stopping lor a lew days at the Fifth Ave nue Hotel. Her rame some six years ago drew many a crowded audiencc to the Irving place opera House. Mile. Louise Liebhardt has a benpflt at Stelnway Hall this evening, at which Rubinstein, Miss Mehlig, Mile. Pauline Canlssa, Mile. Draadll, M. Sanret and Mr. Millar* wlli appear. The feature or the concert will be Schumann's "Andante" and variations ror two pianos, which will be interpreted by Rubinstein and Miss Mchllg. This is the benefit season for the artists and at taches or the theatres. Mr. I). H. Ilarklns, stago manager at the Union Square, takes his benefit this evening. Miss Fanny Davenport, of the Fifth Avenue Theatre, Is to play "Frou-Frou," Miss Ettie1 being still too sick to appear. The Hoard of Education seems to have forgotten entirely the question of music lri the public schools. A good, sound musician, who has proved hlmseir worthy of a forrmoat rank In art., should be selected as superintendent of music, and the results would t?e highly beneficial, it Is a disgrace to the me tropolis thai, through the shortsightedness of a few persons, th? children attending the public schools should be left III complete Ignorance of the divine art. Aa for the ill-directed efforts ot em bryo music teachers, they do more harm than good. There has been a friendly contest out West be tween the admirers or Mme. Lucca and Miss Kel logg The latter was presented with a valuable set or jewelry In St. Louis, and a rew days after the Germans of Chicago decorated the "Klclne Pauline" with a diamond cross. Of course uotli ladies made nice little speeches, pressed the de sirable gifts to their hearts, looked forward with pleasure to the time they tftionld return and brushed away a few tears. These are pleasant episodes during a prima donna's season and are never regarded as intrusive. In fact, the more freouent the more weicoiue thwr pryvu to be THE SHADOW OF DEATH. ? Solemn Approach of Nixon's Fearful Fate* THE LAST DEAR DAY. Pathetic Parting from His Wife anil Children?A Child's Love. HE GLANCES AT THE GALLOWS. "I Feel That the Hand of God Is Upon Me." RESIGNATION AND DESPAIR. The Murderer's Prayers to His Maker. Pull Text of His Last Will and Testament. Yesterday waa a sad day Tor Nixon, the mur derer. lie received the news that the General Terra of the Supreme Court had affirmed the judg ment of the Court of Oyer and Terminer sentencing him "to be hanged by tho neck till he waa dead." He passed a sleepless night. He went to bed at eleven o'clock and got up at five o'clock yesterday morning. The two Deputy sheriffs watched him very closely, but Nixon was very quiet. He lay in bed all night, and asked several times for some cold water to bathe his hot, throbbing forehead with. How wild, how strange he looked as he cast his eyes up to see if day was breaking! The pale light stole through the slant ing chink in the wall as he tossed both his hands out of bed and burled his face In them. He raised himself Into a sitting posture. "Not yet daylight?" he said, In a strange, hollow voice. "Will the night last forever ?" What a night It must have been. lie had some hope yet, but HB PELT THAT HE MtTOT DIR. In a few hours he would know his fate. Die! He looked up and felt the warm rays of the sun streaming In, and thought, "How beautiful Is life!" He thought of his wife, his dear little children, of the bright days of his youth and the fond visions of his future. He paced his cell, and then sat down on the bed. "So It is too lato 1" he sighed. The Deputy Sheriffs said nothing. They looked at him aghast. His cheeks were hollow, his eyes stared wildly out .before him, his hair streaked his forehead, his hands trembled as he tried to dress. There was something terrible in his whole appear ance. He remarked that It was a beautiful day, and glanced tin at the chink in the wall. What a long look I He must have thought of the hundreds and thousands who were now stirring in the beau tiful sunlight, animated by hope and pleasure and joy, and he tn the cold cell, with the gallows before him l Father McKenno, Father Duranquet, Father Mc Brlde, ef Mott street church, and ether priests came to see him. He greeted them reverently. They asked him how he felt. "I am happy," he replied. The words were spoken in a VOICE THAT WAS INFINITELY SAI). "We'll ge to mass," Father Duranquet said. "Oh, yes; I'll go to mass," said the doomed man, his face lighting up. They went across to the female prison, where the chapel is. How many prisoners have attended mass there and heard the prayers that were being offered for their souls I Nixon listcnod calmly to the solemn prayer. His lips were compressed, his face became whiter yet, but not a sound escaped Ills lips. He partook of the communion and looked almost cheerful as he did so. It seemed to relieve him, and he grasped the hands of the priests when they had finished. He returned to his cell. As he walked through the yard the sun shone brightly upon his head, He drew a long breath. There was something delight ful even In the tainted air of the prison yard. H<$ looked up at the sky. How glorious it looked I He looked at the grim walls or the prison that had held bo many men who had died on the gallows be fore him. His chin sunk on his breast. He sighed and he quietly walked back to hla cell. He stretched himself on the bed and shut his eyes. He was tired, having been unable to sleep a wink during the night. He put his hands before his eyes as though he were shutting out SOME UKEADFCL. HIDBOl'9 SIGHT. What could it have been that made him shudder and start? Was it some wild picture that rose up before him? Perhaps he saw his own lifeless corpse the coffin at which he had looked the day before. Perhaps he felt the tight gripe of the rope, for he started up and grasped his neck. God! what could he have thought of ? After two hours he rose and the priests spoke to him again in accents of kimincss and sympathy. ! He listened to them attentively and clasped his , hands and breathed a prayer toward heaven. They < all prayed; they prayed that he might not die for- j ever, that he might bo forgiven, that he mijtht not j part Irom Ills beloved ones forever, but that he ; might again meet them in heaven. Nixon believed every word he uttered; there never was a more j fervent prayer. He was asked to partake of some breakfast, but i shook his head aud did not seem to understand | what had l?een said to him. Hm thoughts were wandering far, far away. He recalled himself: i "Oh, yes," He said. He w.is able to eat something; bnt what a sad brcaklast It wasl He knew that in a little more than TWENTY-Font nni'ttS HE WOfLD BE PEAK. The sound of hammering l>roke upon his ear. He became still more white. Were they erecting the gallows on which he was to be hanged ? He prayed again, and spoke to nls Maker. No one can tell what lie said to his Clod as he kneeled on the floor, his lace thrilling with an expression of tho most intense emotion. No one in the cell spoke while be was praying In whispers. Ins low tones of anguish tell sadly on the ears or the priests, but no one oould help linn?no one lmt God. All earthly hope had fled. Mr. Hummel, associate counsel with Mr. Howe, came to tell Nixon that there was no hope. The little ! counsellor was pale and agitated. NJxon started i up as his counsel entered. There was yet a gleam j Of Impe. How hard' It is to accustom one s self to the thought of death! There was hope yet. Per- | haps Ills counsel inlnht bring him Joylul tidings. I Mr. Humntel grasped his hand. ??Well?" Nixon a*ked, tn a tone of Intense 1 anxiety. How mucn he said in that one little j word! Life and death WERE TREMBLING IN THE BALANCE. Mr. Hummel scarcely had the heart to speak. "I am sorry," he said, "but?" ??What!" Nixon cried, springing to bis feet and : uttering a yell of terror. ??What, all hope is not gone ?" That one cry was enongh to make one's heart ; bleed. Here was this poor wretch still clinging to i lne, and instead of lite and hope the gallows loomed tip before him. Mr. Hummel pressed his hand. "I am sorry to tell you,'' he said; "but. t here is no hope." Nixon staggered ami held his hand to his fore head, as though he were afraid of becoming crazed. There was a gloomy silence. "All hope is not gone ?" he asked. "All hope gone," echeed the counsellor. Nixon was silent for several minutes, There was a feverish quivering of his lips and a nervous work ing of the muscles of the lace, but he uttered not a s\ liable. ? o, I knew that my case was a hopeless one," he s,ild, Taiutly, alter a while. Mt Hummel told him that Mr. Hewe (Nixon's leading counsel) had been prostrate ever since lie heard of THE PJtAt. DECISION IN THE CASE. Nixon thanked him lor tho tioubio lie had taken to save his life. "Yes; I always felt that I should have to suffer for this crime," Nixon said, gloomily. Two Misters of Mercy wen- in the room. Tlmy had sponeii to him as thougti they were his own sister-*- -in such words of kindness ami love and forbearance. "Oh, my child,".said one now, in a ouc oi U^cd "ivu not, t-lUlpk jortrnr affairs, rou must Ue prepared to tncet /oar COUHwroil'lhoHe o^tKfnU ?8ter eve8 eo" ^sssslsf Chrut ? ?S '^7? as&fws? ?tt? a .'in "II1118 ,!iCe for munv a day? n/?w ?V All, I could never aie Iiannier than spoke k ?^eH?e0|kf'VllrhiUJ|'1 h'f 1,ps freait,|e<l hh lie me." fraud oi (iou were upou 0f"e th(*n wkeJ t&a,; Mr. Hnmmel might take care SnrEKT CBIL?M?. "we :tfTtES"1, * **?""' trembled inVfe^ nihility." UKa care 01 "?em-we and liodA? .. thanked tier and said'?That1* a.11 nnw I liave nothing mare upon my tulnd " r- i'Srei'""""? ?"J 'Mend. and with the love or kTrd\.fren " rTM days with Home of his plaViuate^inj U'V8? anssHg Sr k&zsusi to look death in the face 40(1 bow hard u W1W And now cam* Hl? HOUR OK niH Li PR to imV thlmbrougKt hiH ,ur,e children and he waa" terrible wonl P?reVpr' aud walked m H,,. !!'tried to compose himself, were. The dear utUe ml?0^ wi,-?re tl,e ch?dreo in the arma or the moiS-L 2h? T*8 a mere bttb* The curly-hea(led damnif did not ^ed 11 f0I,(1,y mother's irrler hnfah!!^. 7 ' understand lus too. There WM ?a HmJW an.(1 tll? C"?W cried, m&m ^MSSXSAVAlnanaKOnyof bittpr r!?HPu "ea<, a?a,nHt h|s heart, and wept her hafrf but care98etl her?ently and smoothed r?M?,tt?""""" wlth ?11 tha'Cry" ,fat,,or- de*r father!" she cried. -t aZr th?r8ins tlol!vn hia liu:c: but/thewilderto almost blinded him61? anff"i8hf and the team ^S=S5 in^,!TrK1rasrcrie'1 m ? i"-m ? S SW?551 MS Ihe faithful wire held out her hand, but y?y-?fy0?4B MaA/uod protect good, kmd husbanil.'" *" ^ 0f Ue8?alr: "W It is Impossible to describe such a sceno nr SSsSt ga^JKaaaiaSsSSffi BScE??^^wis^be? uV^aM Mr? n? .x*iMsr. es^es: sSSE???m Th? hM , NIXON'a LAST Wn.L. The following is Nixon's last will:? Jnut!,V,a?1?;,f0<><l, "men. and declare this to b ?n?v hiTwm LIS.*?' "rd""'. publish and denorlbed as follow*! t,. ^v.t. u' a"i' kn"w'? northerly parallel with (V?in. . 1 riiiitiln? thence eauterly parallel with ffi"^trooTm "fJT; !,h*nco Ste;;,?k the northerly ltno of p'no strm>t^fJf ft. Ye.Hti riy "lon? hi it"1!11"1' heil"{ '"t* Nos. 47. 48 49 anif ??T,f SSifl?*'""""""" ?SSS?K William F. Howe. A. H. IltJMXEU the'pfiei'nce "P?-. "? name a, a witues# thereto at the ?Xf the "ill " " The Affirmation of Judgment in the Case of \ixon. Before Judges Ingraham and Brady. On the opening of the Supreme Court yesterday, JudfTA Ingraham, who ou the clay previous rat on the bench with Ju.'ltW Davis and heard the argument in the ca.se of Niton, g3Ve their joint derision In the matter. The de cision was embodied in a written opinion, prepared by Judge Ingratliuu. It is a succinct, clear and able exposition ot the questions of law in volved in the case, but as the unfortunate Nixon will have suffered the extreme penalty of the law by the time tliis Is read by the majority ol' the Hkkai.i> readers the points considered will have lost their public interest. It is onlv necessary to state that the exceptions presented at the trial?the first to the panel, the second to part of the evidence and the third to a portion of Judge Brady's charge?were each overruled and the judgment of the Couri of Oyer Mid Terminer affirmed. ART MATTERS. Antiquities at Clinton Hall?Second Evening's Sale To-Alight. The premonition which these May evening* begin to give of June's nearness iliri not prevent a large nnml>er of connoisseurs assembling last evening at Clinton Hall, for the sake of partaking in the sale of those antiquities to which attention w;ih asked In Tuesday's Hkrai.d. The more salient articles, however, are reserved for this and to morrow evenings, and among the members which will then solicit the mintages of the public area unique and elegant collection of antique stone Intaglios, many of them set in eighteen carat solid red geld. A large majority of these are of Ktrnscan workmanship, and illustrate tnose mythological Actions with Which all the world la familiar, taking ns back, as they do, ta the golden age and the rich simplicity of Arcadia; bot, beau tiful and valuable a* these intaglios are, they ought not to be mentioned to the exclusion of the coins, bronzes and medals; the engravings on copper, the enamelled ware, the snuff boxes, the water colors in Oonasche, the shell cameos, the oil paint ings. the medieval carvings, the antique chesta, the ivory miniatures and the innumerable convent relics. We have never seen so large a collection that was less of a heterogenous jumble, and yet sufficiently miscellaneous to come within the cate gory ef an important cabinet selection. As to night and to-morrow night will close the sale no more pointed allusion than a mere reference to that, fact can be necessary. JUDGE LAWRENCE NOT A RAILROAD CAN. DIDATE. Nkw Yori, May 15, 1873. To the KntToh ok thk Ukrald:? HtR?Your extract rrom the Chicago Time* lit this morning's paper In reference to Chier Justice Lawrence and subsequent criticism does injustice to a gentleman of spotless Integrity. Judge Law rence is not the candidate of the railroad compa nies, but when urged by the entire Bar ol the Htate to allow his name to be put lorward for re election consented. At an opinion given some months since by the Supreme court of Illinois anil delivered by the Chief Justice the farmers took tiiiiorage, have had several conventions, bitterly denouncing Mr. Law rence and advocating the election of a candidate who shall be pledged to their interests?a state of things which Judge Lawrence, in his letter ol acceptance to the liar, justly terms without par allel In this or aay other country. Ily giving these facts in your valuable and widely read paper you will coufer a favor "'pon the Iriend* vf trulU tutu juatici. VJfcttUAd.

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