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

Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging

melancholly [sic] the reflection that she who loved so well could
not have loved more wisely. Or, why could he not, 'Taste the
honey, and not wound the flower.'
A Mr Floyd who was arrested on the charge of being a member
of the organization attempted to escape, and was fired upon and
killed by the guard.
[CONCLUSION]
We have now written what we designed to write concerning the
proceedings of the "Citizens Court." The Jury as well as all others
who were connected with the scenes of that day desired that all
the evidence in each case should be published. It is to be re-
gretted that it has not been done.
But it is the opinion of all that a complete transcript from the
record of the Court would have been unnecessary to vindicate
the course pursued, and would also have made a volume of too
large a size for general public notice.
The evidence reveals a plot which, for its magnitude, infamy,
treachery, and barbarity, is without a parallel in the annals of
crime.
The testimony, while it has satisfied the public of the exist-
ence of an organized body of men associated together for the
purpose of the overthrow of the government and the destruction
of life and property, also, justifies the citizens in the course they
pursued in bringing the offenders to justice.
It is objected by some that the measures adopted by the citizens
were rash, hasty, and unwarranted by any urgent necessity, con-
tending justice would have been meeted [sic] out to the crim-
inals in due time by due process of law. But we feel assured that
those who make this objection have not been advised of the facts
as they are now shown to the world.
But still, some will condemn the action of the citizens and jury;
but it will be only those who sympathise with the conspirators and
who would have given aid and comfort to their infamous designs.
The guilt of the conspirators is questioned by none. That they
deserved death, is granted by all. To have given them time to have
matured their plans for the accomplishment of their purposes
would have condemned the citizens to eternal infamy. That their

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