The Doomed Man

The British Colonist
February 8, 1862

"Charley," the Cowichan Indian convicted of the murder of Thomas Holmes, will be hanged at daylight this morning in front of the Police Barracks. We visited him yesterday, and found him in good health and spirits and very communicative. He says that he saw "Tom" kill the man, and complains bitterly that the true murderer is not to die with him. The executioner is one of the convicts, who will receive as a reward for his services a pardon and $50 to re-commence life with. A Catholic priest has been daily in attendance upon the doomed man since the date of his sentence, and will be with him at the last moment. The scaffold-- the same on which Allache was hanged a year and a half ago--was erected last night.

Source: "The Doomed Man," British Colonist, February 8, 1862

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