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       The Murders for which Hicks suffered.
little after the Costigan manner, in which he
told us he had rayported the murder from the very
first, that he was opposed to capital punishment,
that he didn�t see Hicks hanged, that he was for
having the laws executed and much more, dis-
cursive and iterative to a degree.       He was one
of your elderly, anxious-looking Irishmen, with
the national tendency to amplify and improve occa-
sions.      To complete the atrocious taste of the thing
somebody proposed three cheers and one actually was given, Rynders
checking the others, with a brief expression of obliga-
tion.          And we reached the city about 1, being
landed at the pier at which I had seen Bob Gun
off.              This Hicks was an unmitigated
villain and had been engaged in many murders.
Those for which he died were extremely horrible.
Engaging as a sloop �hand� on purpose, he killed
its captain and two boys with an axe, threw
their bodies over board, landed in a boat at Staten
Island, came to New York and was captured
within two days or so at Rhode Island, having
left trail all the way.      There�s a so-called �Con-
fession� of his published, in which he claims to
have been engaged in a hundred murders � evidently
lies, exaggerations and melodramatic rot.   The
fellow couldn�t write or read; Charley Gayler had
a hand in his �Confessionx.�           Home, rather
	x Wrote it.               
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