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Execution of a Murderer. --Geo. C. Hersey, of Hingham, Mass, was hung in the rotunda of the Dedham county jail, near Boston, on the 8th inst. He was convicted of poisoning Betsey Frances Tirrell, a young lady of good family, in Weymouth, about a year since. He was engaged to be married to his victim, and a post mortem examination showed that she was enciente. A sister of Miss Tirrell, with whom Hersey was intimate, had also died suddenly and mysteriously, as had Hersey's wife. He signed a confession before his death acknowledging the crime for which he suffered, but denying that he poisoned his wife or the other sister. His age was twenty-nine years. Hersey was executed on the same gallows on which Washington Goode, McGee, and Dr. Webster were hung.--The rope was a small cord of Italian flax, which had been tested with a weight of three thousand four hundred pounds.