Quotation by for the State of Montana

George Shears ... was hanged in a barn near the store. The rope was thrown over a beam, and he was asked to walk up a ladder to save the trouble of preparing a drop for him. "Gentlemen," he said, "I am not used to this business. Shall I jump off or slide off?" He was told to jump.
For the State of Montana, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Montana: A State Guide Book (The WPA Guide to Montana), p. 213, Viking Press (1939).

Regarding an 1864 incident in Hell Gate.
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