Source: Bisbee Daily Review
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “World’s Deadliest Cane!”
City of publication: Bisbee, Arizona
Date of publication: 18 September 1921
Volume number: 25
Issue number: 224
|“World’s Deadliest Cane!” Bisbee Daily Review 18 Sept. 1921 v25n224: sect. 2, p. 1.|
|William C. Patterson; Auburn State Prison (employees).|
|Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley; William C. Patterson.|
|The article is a picture story, featuring an uncredited photograph of William C. Patterson (with an inset illustration) accompanied with the text below.|
World’s Deadliest Cane!
You’ve read of sword canes, and pistol canes, but here is the world’s deadliest cane, in the hands of its possessor, the world’s oldest executioner. For 33 years William C. Patterson served as guard at Auburn penitentiary, New York, his principal duty being to lead men to the death chair. On his cane are engraved the names of 54 men and one woman he took to their last walk. Now, at 80, Patterson has retired on a pension to his home in Hornell, N. Y. Among the names on the cane is that of Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley. Once Patterson had the cane lengthened, to permit of the inscription of additional names.