(HO45/18066 - Evening Standard)
AMAZING EXECUTION SCENES
OUTSIDE THE GAOL. - Left, Mrs. Van der Elst in conversation with a police officer. Centre, loud-speaker vans and sandwich-men in the demonstration. Right, one of the 'planes flying a streamer bearing the words, "Stop the death sentence."
Airplanes, Loud-Speaker Vans And Praying Women
ASTONISHING SCENES TOOK PLACE OUTSIDE WANDSWOTH PRISON TO-DAY WHEN THE EXECUTION TOOK PLACE OF STOKER PETTY OFFICER LEONARD ALBERT BRIGSTOCK, THE WAR-SHIP MURDERER.
Three airplanes roared overhead with banners bearing the words "Stop the death sentence." Loud speaker vans played hymn tunes. Sandwichmen paraded in a procession a half-mile long with boards with the words "Stop Capital Punishment." Women knelt in prayer.
The demonstration was part of a cam- paign against capital punishment organised by Mrs. Van der Elst. She fought hard to get a reprieve for Brig- stock, who died for the murder of Chief Petty Officer Deggan on board H.M.S. Marshal Soult at Chatham on Janu- ary 19. For more than an hour and a half before the time of execution men were distributing leaflets against capital punishment among the crowd outside the prison gates.