Denton County News. (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 25, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 17, 1895 Page: 6 of 9
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We Challenge a Comparison of Pmees Ulith
HOUSE IN NOR5H GEXAS.I*
Me have tbe largest anb Best Sclectcb Stock of Di^ (Scobs that wc bavc Ever Gacvieb, anb we
tlbinl?, at tbe IRiobt iprices.
We bought our entire fall stock of Boots and fj
Shoes last March and will sell them at old prices as j§
long as our stock lasts,
anyone sn Shoes and Boots.
We don't take a back seat for j§
I CLOTHING. ^ 1
*' ■ ^
j| When you come in take a look at our Cloth- S
$ ing aud get our prices, (that's all we ask) and espec- §
^ ially our odd Pants. We don't think there is a house ^
j»j in Texas that can match our prices 011 pants. £g
* CLOAKS AND CAPES.
Four members of our different firms and our
resident buyer spent five days in buying this line of
goods and all we ask you to do is to compare our prices
with other houses.
Our Facilities for Buying Goods Cheap are not Equaled by any House
IN NORTH TEXAS.
East Side Square.
J. Q. A. Crews Paid the
Death Penalty on the
Gallows in Denton
that "lie could do John 110 further preparations." Crews combed his
good," told him good-bye forever, hair carefully and announced his
COOL AND SMILING TO THE LAST.
His Address on the Scaffold—The Religious
Services—Hojeful of Reaching a Bet-
ter World-Died Without a Strug-
gle—The Crowd Was
A large crowd, estimated by
many to number 10,000 people,
some of whom were from Cooke
and said John was the last of
his brothers that he expected to
see in that kind of a difficulty.
Ife then left his son and Crews'
faithful wife with the prisoner.
Elder F. G. Roberts, pastor of
1 the Hickory Street Christian
; church, came a'. 9:30 o'clock, and
1 ai 10:30 held the final
readiness to start, the march be-
ing then made to the gallows, ac-
companied by i!ie officers, report-
ers and faithful spiritual adviser.
The song, "All Hail the Pow-
er of Jesus' Name," was sung,
following which Elder Roberts
religious j prayed earnestly in the prisoner's
services to be held in the jail,' behalf, after which Crews was al-
reading a selection from the fifth j lowed twenty minutes to address
chapter of 2nd Corinthians. Dur , the audience. Only those who
ing the reading, Crews read in 1 were in the immediate vicinity of
his own Bible with seeming great j the scaffold were able to hear his
attention aud knelt with the min- j words.
as his voice
ister in an earnest, fervent prayer,! strong. He said:
and other counties, was in t>en-! showing sineerity in every move., "Ladies, gentlemen and fellow citi-
ton Monday. The occasion <>fj The other prisoners during this zens: 1 see a great assembly hero be-
zens: 1 see a
11 . 1 . ii i . ~ | fore me to witness the end of a
me unusually large assembly \vas 1 service were deeply attentive and unfortunate man. Many have
the public execution by law of | maintained respectful and rever-
J. Q. A. Crews. \ eutial silence.
Crews spent his last night on! At 10:40 o'clock Crews began
earth in the calmest possible man-j jjjg final preparations, dressing
ner, conversing quietly with his j himself neatly and carefully, lie
guards till 12 o'clock, then he was dressed in a well-fitting black-
retired and slept peacefully till suitj frock eoat, nice white shirt,
lay-down collar, black bow-tie,
a j patent-leather low-quarter lace
hearty breakfast, consisting of 8)loes aiui a pair of dark gloves,
fried chicken, of which he was un- j,j9 entire outfit being new, and he
sually fond, jellies, coffee, biscuit, j presented a far-from-unfavorable
e*e- Iappearance. His last few hours
Up to 9:30 o'clock Crews enter- j were then devoted to writing,
tained the.hope that his sentence stopping occasionally to speak to
Mould not be executed, looking J his wife who kept her
At 7:30 o'clock he partook of
thought as much of her as I did my
sister. A great many wrongs have
been done me but I forgive every one
Can say again I want the aid of all
this crowd to enable my wife to pub-
lish my book and thus have me set
right before mankind. I am well
prepared to go, only 1 hate to leave
I my wife. I have ho posterity and am
Of Hi Tie World is too
wicked forme to remain. People are too
busy struggling to get what pleasures
they can out of this life. There is
now only a dark vale between this and
the other world and when our eyes
are,closed in death we can see a
Will say again I leave it between my
enemies and God, as I have nothing
against anybody aud forgive every-
one, even all my ennemies. 1 could
meet them to-day and shake their
hands. In the face of immediate
death I feel no fear. 1 am as between
man and man fully justified, my neck
pays the penalty. I, in violating
God's law am amenable to God for the
violation and feel that I have made
peace with Him. He promises for-
giveness for those who repent and be-
lieve in him. Good-bye."
lie then shook hands with all
those aronnd him on the
here through curiosity alone, but 1
know and feel that such an occassion
tends to arouse curiosity. lam very
sorry though to be the center of at-
traction on this occassion. All or
most all of you are familiar with my
recent troubles through the medium
of the newspapers. Now, of you, this
crowd assembled here to-day, I make
the request of a donation sufficient to
publish my book which I have written I suit him and he remarked,
and which is Intended to clear up '
many of the falsehoods which have
and bade them good-bye, after
whnh his arms and legs were se-
curely fastened. Some difficulty
was experienced 111 getting the
rope adjusted around his neck to
ie mo so tight, I'm tender," then
Thomas Murrell at bis farm near Cal-
isburg in Cooke county, April 12,
1894. Crews, who had formerly
worked for Murrell and had had
some misunderstanding with Iv.ssons,
went to the barn of Murrell early on
the above morning and when the lat-
ter came to feed, shot and almost in-
I s'^nt'v killed him with a Winches-
ter also shot Mrs. Murrell, wife
' of Thoina^MurrelJ- when she came
I running to 'iam hearing the
II. other shots. Crews maintain-
ed that the shoo.ing of Mrs. Murrell
was entirely accidental. After "''j*
shooting Crews saddled Murrell's
horse and rode to the home of the hit-
ters son, several miles distaut, and
killed lii:u i:i the field. Crews was
tried for killing Thomas Murrell in
Gainesville in .lime, ls'tl. and the-
verdict axs-'ssod death. but he was
later awarded a new trial and a
change of ve.ia-3 t.» Den to a county.
He w.is given a life sentence in each
the oilier .'.ituve I eases, and before he
was bro ighr to Denton served six
mot 11 j:s I 1 the t-tate penitentiary on
these two latter cases. After
shooting the Murrells Crews made his
<•ONTI.Nl-i::> ON SUl'PLKMKNT.
ior executive clemency. At that
hour Sheriff Hawkins handed him
the telegram announcing that the
governor would not interfere, and
told him there was 110 further j
hope. Crews remarked, that "if!
there was bound to be a hanging,
watch at the bars near him, aud
12:30 when his dinner was car-
ried up to him, which he, his wife
and nephew ate in company,
Crews eating with his usual appe-
The coffin was brought
been circulated concerning me. It seeing one of the Murrells in the
gives my life, my trials and troubles : IT , .
and the dates of all events of moment, j ' said, Howdydo, Mr.
and you can take the dates and prove 1 Murrell!" Again he complaimed
up my assertions of truth. My father .,
died when I was three years old and " ^ tightness of the
I was raised with my grandfather till I fastenings on his hands, sayin»,
I was twelve years old. I then went „A ,.
to California. I did not kill all those j tight, I want the
men attributed to me in that state, blood to circulate." The cap was
One man I had trouble with there
persecuted me and he died with bis
boots on. The law executes me for
what I have done here in this state,
not in California. I have made peace
then pulled over his face, and all
was ready. One vigorous blow
of the hatchet severed the rope
before. I hope that we all here may
meet there without the loss of one.
Young people, 1 advise you ro seek
God early and join some good church.
rig- x, lt„ 1 . ■ This is all of life, preparation for the
he could iur nisli the neck. "e j down at 11 o'clock and placed) life to come. Non-religion did not
for under the gallows. necessarily bring me to my present
' b predicament, yet were I religious God
1 At 1:25 p. m. Sheriff Hawkins
At 10 o'clock he ate with great rea(I the (leath
telish some California
with my Cod and believe I will meet that held the trap and Crews was
again with my folks who have
then began his preparations
grapes, which reading Crews listened at-
fyhjfCh were presented to him by tentively and impassively. After
Elder Roberts. Upon being ad-1 the reading the sheriff asked if
','8 ^ro^er the religious services in
Ifttt&pj he would shake bauds with tbe jail were finished, and Crews j my talk up in as g<x>d shape as possi
him.,When he had finished his aIlswerillg i„ the affirmative, J-'S, 1 h»ve k*u tried in this ease
® ' j for the murder of Mrs. as well as loin
grapes. the sheriff said: "Mr. Crews, Murrell. Can forgive them now ami
Jesse Crews, the condemned you have three minutes shake their hands, yet I do not be
would have helped me in many of my
troubles. You can take the Bible
from the first verse of Genesis to the
last verse of Revelations and it runs
exactly like the links of a chain—God
has come up to every promise be has
ever made. There are many here
who can't hear my voice and 1 would
like for tbe reporters present to get
man's brother, then remarking before we go down. Make
,. lieve i could get justice. I am sorry
iour Mrs. Murrell came into this for 1
launched into the unknown eter-
nity. He fell six feet, and died
without the slightest struggle.
Not even a quiver denoted pain.
The drop was at 2 o'clock, and at
2:1.1 1-4 County Physician Dr. Pi-
ner, and other physicians in the
city and different portions of the
county, pronounced Crews dead
and he was cut down and the
body placed in a neat coffin and
given to his brother who, in com
pany with hisown son and J.Q. A.
Crews' wife, started iu a wagon to
their home in Montague couuty.
history of the crimk.
Crews was executed for killing Mr.
"Saved My Life"
A VETERAN'S STORY.
"Several years ago, while in Fort
Snelling, Minn., I caught a severe
cold, attended with a terrible cough,
that allowed me 110 rest day or
night. The doctors after exhaust-
ing their remedies, pronounced my
case hopeless, say-
ing they could do no
j, more for me. At
5* this time a bottle of
.. Cherry Pectoral was
S>|sent to me by a
friend who urged
me to take it, which
I did, and soon after I was greatly
relieved, and in a short time was
completely cured. I have never had
much of a cough since that time,
and I firmly believe Ayer's Cherry
Pectoral saved my life." — W. H.
Ward, 8 Quimby A v., Lowell, Mass.
Highest Awards at World's Fair.
AVER'S PILLS curt Indigestion and HeadacM
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Denton County News. (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 25, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 17, 1895, newspaper, October 17, 1895; Denton, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth505519/m1/6/?q=%22dr.+piner%22+crews: accessed January 24, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Library Consortium.