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January 30th 1920
Boston Daily Globe
BANDIT HAMBY GOS TO CHAIR UNMOVED
Spends Last Day ‘Talking’ With Ouija Board
‘Never Start Doing Wrong,’ His Message to Young Men
Ossining, NY. Jan 29 – Gordon Fawcett Hamby, murderer, bank robber and train bandit, whose crime record reached from coast to coast and culminated in the murder of two Brooklyn bank employees in December 1918, was electrocuted in Sing Sing prison tonight.
Hamby maintained to the last the iron composure which marked his demeanor from the hour of his arrest in Tacoma, Wash. last June. He refused the offer of the Protestant and Roman Catholic chaplains to accompany him to the chair and walked to his death unaided and with a firm step.
After he had seated himself he turned to Warden Lawes and asked permission to make a statement. In a clear voice which betrayed not the slight symptom of emotion he said:
“I want to say that any one who had the misfortune, for indeed it was a misfortune, to come in front of Jay B. Allen’s gun had a chance and a good chance. That’s all. Go ahead boys.”
From the time of his trail Hamby had insisted that his right name was Jay B. Allen.
Hamby spent his last day in the death-house writing letters in his cell, reading copies of New York newspapers and “talking” with the ouija board. He expressed relief when he learned that an eleventh-hour effort to get Gov. Smith to give him a reprieve had failed.
When asked what he wanted for supper Hamby ordered lobster salad, of which he ate heartily. He then proceeded to enjoy some of the cigars and candy which his companions in the death house had furnished him.
Fr. Wm. E. Cashin, the Roman Catholic chaplain, spent a half hour with the condemned man this afternoon, who did not actually refuse spiritual consolation, but requested the priest and Rev. Dr. A. X. Peterson, the Protestant chaplain, not to accompany him in his walk to the chair.
When asked by Fr. Cashin if he had any message for the youth of the country, Hamby said: “I don’t wish to appear in the light of a moralist, but you can tell them for me never to start doing wrong. Once you get started in crime you can never stop.”