The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging

ask his advice, and to aid them in presenting their defense to the
Court, while many under the gallows addressed their last words
to him as a friend, none seeming to remember him as the prime
author of their ruin.
At the close of the war, many speculations were indulged in on
the subject of the dangerous position he occupied, many prophesy-
ing that he would fall a sacrifice to the revenge of those whom he
had betrayed. But so far from this being the case, no citizen
seemed more indifferent upon the subject of his personal safety;
though in a short time after quiet had been restored, he with his
family and brother removed northward. In giving his testimony
before the Court, the accused would give his statements the
closest attention, and in no instance did they attempt to deny his
answers. They all accorded to him honesty and veracity.
Ephraim Childs, brother of Dr. Henry Childs, the first mem-
ber of the order to uncautiously and unwittingly expose its exist-
ence and designs, was the second brought before the Court for
trial. He was regarded as among the zealous and active members
of the "Organization" and was often appealed to for counsel and
assistance when the interests of the organization were in any
way involved. His over-zealous conduct and premature revela-
tions of the designs of the "Institution" opened the way to detec-
tion and final ruin of himself, his brother &8 his friends.
Being brought before the Court and the charges read, he entered
the plea of not guilty.
J. B. McCurley sworn.
[WITNESS.] Some time in the month of September last, I met the
accused at the hotel in the town of Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas.
He asked me if I did wish to go into a society for the good of the
country, and continued by asking me if I were not a good Union man.
I told him I had been one. He then said let us go into the room. It
may be you are one still. After entering the room he gave me signs,


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