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July 25, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(4):159-160. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410820035009

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An official record of the four executions by electricity at Sing Sing prison on July 7th, has now been published, and it fully confirms the correctness of the first newspaper reports as to the admirable manner in which they are conducted and the instantaneousness and painlessness with which death was in each instance produced. In accordance with the provisions of the new statute the warden of Sing Sing has sent to the county clerk formal certificates of the four executions accompanied by a report of the observations of Dr. Carlos F. MacDonald, President of the State Commission on Lunacy, and Dr. Samuel B. Ward, of Albany, who served as the official physicians at the executions.

In their report the physicians state that all of the condemned walked into the execution-room unaided, with firmness, and without assistance, quietly seated themselves in the electric chair and submitted without

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