EXECUTION OF HIROKI.
[by telegraph.] New Plymouth, To-day,
Hiroki, for the murder of McLean, at Momahake, was executed in New Plymouth Gaol this morning, at 8 o’clock. Last night the prisoner enjoyed a quiet, natural sleep, but on waking this morning the recollection of the solemn proceedings distressed him, and he wept somewhat freely ; he, however, recovered his composure directly afterwards. Archdeacon Govett attended, and was engaged with him for some time in spiritual devotions previous to his being taken to the gallows. The scaffold was erected m the north-east corner of the prison, in front of the cells where Te Whiti and Tohu were confined. Shortly after 8 o’clock the prisoner was brought out from his cell, and pinioned in the usual manner. He ascended the scaffold with a firm step, and, although his countenance was pale, ho betrayed no other sign of emotion. He stepped forward to the spot indicated by the executioner, and stood firmly. The rope having been adjusted and the cap put on, the last words of the burial service had scarcely been spoken, when the drop fell, and Hiroki disappeared out of sight. Death was instantaneous as scarcely a muscle was moved.
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EXECUTION OF HIROKI., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 657, 8 June 1882
EXECUTION OF HIROKI. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 657, 8 June 1882
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