FINAL WORD 3
Wellington, March 8 Arthur Rottman, the young German who was sentenced to death at Wanganui on February 13th, for the murder of Joseph McOann, Lucy Mary McCattfc, and John Joseph McOann, an infant, at Ruahine, on December 28th, was executed at the Terrace gaol at 8 a.m. to day, The arrangements, which were supervised by the sheriff (Mr W. A. Hawkins) were carried out without a hitch, and death was instantaneous. On the scaffold, when asked by the sheriff if he had anything to say Rottman, in a firm, but low voice, remarked, "I know nothing of what I have done to those poor people. I am willing to pay the penalty of the crime. It does not appear to me like a horrible sentence, but a great relief. I will die happy, facing the great en trance into a better life, and may God forgive the man that caused my death and a great many more deaths If tbi3 war had never taken place, I would still be a free man. I say ' good bye to you all, and God be with you till we meet again."
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ROTTMAN EXECUTED., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3404, 9 March 1915
ROTTMAN EXECUTED. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3404, 9 March 1915
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