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September 9, 2016

1879 Advice from the Scaffold Hanging of Frank Davidson in Warrensburg, MO


Hung on March 9, 1879 in Warrensburg, MO
Denison Tx Daily News July 20, 1879
Advice from the Scaffold. 

Frank Davidson, the young man who was executed at Warrensburg, Mo., on the 9th, for the killing of Wm. Haggerty in a fit of drunken frenzy, made a dying statement in which he says : "I would say to young men of the State of Missouri and especially of Johnson County: Take warning from me and lay aside your revolvers; stop dram-drinking; never frequent places unbecoming the dignity and honor of gen-tlemen; strive to make useful, intelligent and honorable members of society. I say once more, I die with ill-will toward none. I forgive all, and hope to meet you all in heaven. Farewell. To my old gray-headed father, sisters, brothers and friends: I am sorry to bring so much trouble upon you, but it is unavoidable now. My prayer is that you may all live right and prepare to go to a better world where politics do not reign supreme and poverty is no disgrace."

GENERAL TELEGRAPH NEWS; SUFFERING THE DEATH PENALTY. HANGING OF FRANKLIN DAVIDSON IN MISSOURI A DRUNKEN FARM LABORER'S CRIME.
WARRENSBURG, Mo., July 9. Frank Davidson, who killed William Haggerty Sept. 21, 1878, and who was sentenced to be hanged today, spent a very restless night, and only slept from a little after 2 o'clock until 5 this morning. He was baptized this morning at 8:45 o'clock by Elder Foy, of the Christian Church.

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