This week in 1890

January 1st, 2013 by admin

“I killed the men. I do not regret [it], but they tell me it was wrong. If so, I am sorry. You see how I am here. Try and help my people. If so, tell them how I died, and warn them not to do as I did, or they may die, as I have to die. Be kind to my people and see that they do not want. I am glad you come and I thank you for being here and for what you have done for me. See that I am buried with my people.”

— Pierre Paul, convicted of murder, hanging, Montana.
Executed December 19, 1890

Paul, a member of the Pend d’Oreilles Native American tribe, participated in the shooting of two white men. He addressed his final statement to two Native American chiefs who were attending his hanging. Afterward he said “Good night” to his defense attorney and then amended it to “Good-bye.”

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