Execution of Major Panitza.
Major Pauitea was shot on Saturday morning, June 28, at Sofia. All the telegrams describing the execution report that he met his doom bravely. Prince Ferdinand signed his death warrant on board ship at Lorn Palanka, being then on his way to Vienna. Panitza went to bed on Friday night without knowing that he was to be executed on the morrow. On Saturday morning, at ten o'clock, he was driven from the house of detention to the drill-ground of the sarewtter encampment outside the city m. a closed carriage. A priest and a gendarme were with him. On arriving at the ground Panitga took the Holy Communion from the priest, said a prayer, and walked j with a firm, step towards a tree, against which he whs told to stand. The whole garrison of bhe camp—that is, fbuir 'regiments of infantry and one of artillery— were drawn up on the ground, and Panjtzti, recognising several of the officers, saluted them as he passed. When he reached the tree a sergeant stepped, forward to blindfold him, but he took' the handkerchief from the man's hstftds and adjusted it himself, crying m a Joud voice, before he did so, " Long-,lro> !" Panitza was then tied round 1 the chest and waist to the trunk.of the;tree, and a firing party of twenty-one soldiers, commanded by a suh4ieatenant* took up its position at, $wonty paces from him. The command was hot given by word of mouth but by strokes of ft*, officer's sword, and at the third, cut of the sword through the m the squad fired. Death was instantaneous, and Siibsertuehtlv it w^ftMtnd- that all the twenty-one bullets had: struck. Immediately after- the execu - toon the troops w.ere .maisched back to I their quarters m companies, all filing ipasfc the tree were Panitza stood, halffallen, with his head drooping. When ; the corps© had been exposed for an nour it was. carried off the ground m a c«rt and handed over to the dead man's ! widow. Mdme. Pamtzsi did not hear that fler husband was to be executed until eleven o'clock on Saturday morning, when he %vas already dead. ,Tlio remains of 'Ma|or PaqjP;za were buried on Sunday afternoon m the cemetery of Sofia, his widow and ,i. few friends- only beinsr present. There was no public: dettvwstra*jti.Qn.Qf. ajuykiud.
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Execution of Major Panitza., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2500, 25 August 1890
Execution of Major Panitza. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2500, 25 August 1890
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