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Confession and Execution of Horace B. Conklin : Tried at Utica, October 9th and 10th, and Executed at Whitestown, November 21, 1851, for Arson in the F
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I turned and went back a few steps, and I saw Butterfield draw a match and touch it to some shavings and come away.
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Excerpt from Confession and Execution of Horace B. Conklin: Tried at Utica, October 9th and 10th, and Executed at Whitestown, November 21, 1851, for Arson in the First Degree
I turned and went back a few steps, and I saw Butterfield draw a match and touch it to some shavings and come away. We came up to Fayette street together, and Butterfield went down Fayette street, saying he was going to Sayre's store, and wait until it broke out. Orcutt and myself went across Fayette street and through the lane by Mr. Sayre's house, to Columbia street, down Columbia street to Genesee street, down Genesee street to Liberty street, up Liberty street to where Mr. Cozzens lives, so as to see if it burned or had gone out. We saw it burning very brightly. We then went down Liberty street to Washington street, up that to Fayette street, then down to Genesee street, and I went to Sayre's store to tell them that it would soon break out. I went into the store, and there saw Butterfield, Sayre and McIver; and I think some other persons, but am not positive. Butterfield and Sayre had their firemen shirts on; think no one else. I left the store and went with Orcutt on the west side of Genesee street bridge, and I gave the alarm. Before I gave it the second time, I saw Sayre and Butterfield come out of the store. They run up Liberty street. Orcutt and myself went up Genesee street to the engine house. I did not know that the house was to be fired, until Butterfield came and called me to the door, and told me, he had meant merely to make a sham fire; not a real one. Either the same night, or very soon after, I told Robert W. Chapman, the foreman of the company, of this, in substance as now related.
A short time after this, I received a letter purporting to come from some one, who wanted a $100 of us for not telling, as he said he was acquainted with the whole transaction. I immediately informed Orcutt and Butterfield of it, and Butterfield said he would do nothing about it. That if any one came to him, he would sue them for trying to obtain money from him by threats. He took the letter and burned it up. This was at the engine house. The letter was signed by Hale or Bale, which I do not now recollect.
When Orcutt and myself left Butterfield, on the night after the fire was set, Orcutt told me that the fire was kindled in the following manner.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781332115822
  • ISBN-10: 1332115829
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 20
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.04 inches
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