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On Christmas Day another scene was enacted, similar to the one just related.The cooks and others employed to provide for the prisoners during their confinement, came to say their last "good-by" to them.It was erected upon the main street, directly opposite the jail, and between it and the river.The shape of this structure was a perfect square, and not, as has been stated, a diamond.The cause of this latter error being made was because the sides of the structure was not parallel with the front line of the jail; but being built on an oblique across the roadway presented a point or angle to both the river and jail.The base of the gallows consisted of a square formed by four rough logs, one foot each in diameter, and twenty feet long.It is presumed by many that the condemned had been previously informed of the fate awaiting them, and this may, in a measure, account for their unconcern at the official announcement.
In the evening the sacrament of baptism was solemnized by Rev. Many of the Indians availed themselves of the opportunity to receive this Christian rite.To-day has been an eventful one for this hitherto quiet little town; and a scene has been here enacted the like of which, those of us who witnessed it, desire to see again nevermore. RIGGS (well known to the Indians in his missionary capacity) interpreted Col.I allude to the execution of thirty-eight of the condemned Indians, ordered by President LINCOLN to be executed for participation in the late massacres in this State. MILLER, of the Seventh Regiment Minnesota Volunteers, together with his Staff, some clergymen, and a few citizens of this place, visited the condemned in their cells, and informed them of their fate. MILLER's remarks, and told the miserable men that their Great Father at Washington had ratified the action of the Military Court, and sentenced them to be hung on the following Friday, Dec. They were informed that spiritual advisers, both Protestant and Catholic, were present, and would do all in their power to minister to their comfort during the few days of life still remaining for them.Consequently there was no moving about, their locomotion being entirely obstructed.It was a sad, a sickening sight, to see that group of miserable dirty savages, chained to the floor, and awaiting with apparent unconcern the terrible fate toward which they were then so rapidly approaching.From each corner of this platform a rope or cable was fastened to a movable iron ring that slid up and down middle mast by means of a rope fastened to one of its sides.This rope was taken to the top of the mast, run through a pulley, and returned to a point between the ground and the second frame or platform, and made fast.Every convenient place from which to view the tragic scene, was soon appropriated.The street was full, the house tops were literally crowded, and every available place was occupied. WILKIN, in all about 1,500 men, were detailed for special duty at the execution. BUELL, with a company of cavalry, did efficient service in keeping the crowd back from too close proximity to the awful scene.As the hour appointed for the execution drew near, the clergymen in attendance addressed the prisoners in feeling and eloquent terms.They bade them nerve themselves for the terrible ordeal through which in a few brief hours they were to pass, and looking to the Great Spirit for aid to make a firm resolve to be brave and die nobly, like men.