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Text for Page 094 [07-13-1860]

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	   Going to an Execution.
bustle and hum aboard, and a lively business
done in lager-beer and sandwiches.  The vessel
lay for a long time just beyond the dock, while
the hum and buzz and heat seemed to increase,
and all was expectation as to the arrival of
the prisoner.   Presently we heard of his being
taken to the cabin below, from whence Welden
emerged with the information that he, Hicks, had
�forgiven� the man who captured him!  Anon we
steamed up the river, past the Great Eastern,
and then, turning, directly to Bedloe�s island,
arriving there at 11.       We of the press-going
populated the after-saloon, which, though full
enough, was hardly so crowded as the outer portion
of the �Red Jacket.� I never saw so many newspa-
per fellows together.    England of the �Tribune,�
Smith of the �Courier,� Strong of �Yankee Notions,�
and others, I gossiped with promiscuously.        Repor-
ters buzzed about busily, now booking items, now
comparing recollections as to former hangings, stand-
ing, sitting, in groups or looking out of the open
windows at the inquisitive faces, the bay, sun-
light and bright water.       Amidst us now and
tightly-buttoned, a look of conscious importance
and authority upon him.   Here, one of the physi-
cians dictated an accurately-spelt list of names, of               
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