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Hanging of William Cerbitt and Patrick Fleming for murder.

Chicago, December 15.
--To-day, for the first time in Illinois since 1859 the death penalty was suffered by two men for murder. The unfortunate culprits, named William Corbitt and Patrick Fleming, were convicted on Tuesday, November 31, of murdering Patrick Malony Cicero, about six miles west of Chicago. It was a cold-blooded affair, as they had no personal enmity towards their victim, but did it for a paltry fifty dollars given them by a man named Williams, who, for some years past, had cherished a bitter animosity against Maloney.

The two men were thoroughly prepared for their coming doom by their spiritual directors, Dr. McMullen and Father Murphy, aided by the Good Sisters of Charity, and no one would have thought, by their calmness, that they were so soon to have been sent before their Maker. At twenty-five minutes before three the doomed men were led forth from their cells to the scaffold, and after a few remarks the caps were drawn and the ropes adjusted, and at precisely ten minutes before three, William Corbitt and Patrick Fleming swung off into eternity. The execution took place in the court-house, and was witnessed by very few besides the number required by law.

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