Gabriel, the murderer of Edwin, will be executed today. Numbers of people are flocking in from the country, to witness the execution and the “fun” (!!). The following verse, from a poem by Thomas Dunn English, is very appropriate on this occasion:
Up and make ready, ye lovers if fun!
On with your holiday dress and be gay!
Now that the Sheriff has work to be done,
Business with pleasure, he mingles to-day.
Some may hunting with guns; and a few,
Rods in their hands, little fish may pursue;
Ours is the sport which is sanctioned by law –
We go a-hanging, a hanging! Hurrah!
P.S. 12 o’clock, M. Gabriel has just been launched into eternity. At the “drop” the rope broke, but they swung him up again; it was useless, however, the poor fellow was dead.
From the Burlington Advertiser, December 14, 1849