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BARONET AND EXECUTIONER.

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BARONET AND EXECUTIONER. Sir Claude C. De Crespigny, of Ileybridgc, near Maldon, having been interviewed upon the state- ment which has recently appeared in print, to the effect that a well-known baronet" was the person who ac:ed as Berry's assistant at the triple execu- tion of the Netherby llall burglars on the 8th inst., Sir Claude admits that he was the individual in question, and states that he had no difficulty in mak- ing arrangements with Berry as to the carrying out the work. Sir Claude says he could not order a man to do what lie wa s afraid of doing himself, and as he might be Sheriff of Essex some day, he should like to be able to undertake an execution if Berry should be engaged elsewhere. He said, in the course of the interview, that he pinioned Baker on the morning of the execution while Berry performed the same operation upon Martin and Rudge. One of his principal reaso ns for going to the prison on tlie Saturday before the execution was to make any suggestion which might in any way prevent "bung- ling." Berry did not examine Baker after he (Sir Claude) had pinioned him. Sjr Claude slept in the prison the night prior to the execution, but stayed at the principal hotel on the Saturday. He admits telling the governor of the gaol who he was, but can- not understand how his name became known in con- nection with the execution. He considers Berry a most plucky man, and although he has been fre- quently threatened he pays little heed to the warn- ings lie receives. During his life in India, Sir Claude saw many executions, but he considers that they are not conducted with half the care which is shown in England. This is the second execution Sir Claude has attended, his former experience being at the hanging of James Lee, at Chelmsford, for the Rom- ford murder. Upon being at-ked whether lie felt at all upset at the executions, Sir Claude replied, "Very little, indeed,"and lie concluded a long con- versation by showing some photos of the prison at Carlisle, and one of Berry, the executioner, whom lie considers a public officer of great importance.

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