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SHOCKING SCENE AT AN EXECUTION.

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SHOCKING SCENE AT AN EXECUTION. On Monday morning the execution of Moses Shrimpton, aged 65, of Birmingham, for the murder of Police-constable Davies at Aivechurch, took place in the Worcester County Gaol. After condemnation Shrimpton's behaviour was becoming, and he paid due attention to the ministrations of the gaol chap- lain, the Rev. A. Telfer. In his letters to his family he expressed himself as willing to die, and as believ- ing he should meet them in heaven. He, however, made no confession, as far as can be ascertained; the gaol officials, however, are very reticent. Three re- porteis were admitted to witness the execution. The condemned man was understood to have slept well on Sunday night, and arose at six o'clock on Monday morning and breakfasted, and up to the time fixed for his death-eight o'clock-he was attended by the chaplain. A few minutes before that hour a pro- cession was formed from the condemned cell to the Treadmill House, where the drop was erected, Shrimpton being attended by a warder on each side, the hangman (James Berry) following, and the Rev- A. Telfer leading, and reading the Burial Service. All arrangements being complete, Berry performed the last offices, the fatal bolt was drawn, and at the same moment the raising of the black flag announced to outsiders the carrying out of the final sentence of the law on one who for the greater part of his life had set it at defiance. Death was instantaneous, but the body presented a shocking spectacle—the long drop had had the effect of partially severing the head from the body, and a terrible gash appeared in the throat. The usual formal inquest was held. Sbrimpton was a native of Long Crendon, Bucks- His first conviction was for apple stealing, when, at the age of 15, he was sent to Aylesbury Prison for a month, a Mr. Dodswell being the prosecutor. On a subsequent occasion he effected his escape from gaol, And was pursued for ten or twelve miles, bloodhounds being employed in the chase. Finding that he was- being overtaken, Shrimpton jumped into a millpond, and remained there until his pursuers came up and arrested him. He was about 25 years of age wheji he went to live at Headless Cross, near Redditch. At the time lie was apprehended for the capital offence he was living at Birmingham with the woman More ton, who was indicted with him as accessory after the fact, she being, however, acquitted.

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