Turk's Boarding of "The Dolphin"
DYING DECLARATION OF THE PIRATES.— The Catholic Sentinel of Saturday contains the following declaration of innocence, written in Spanish by Capt. Giber; and signed by his companions. The substance of it was delivered from the platform, a few minutes before their execution, by the Rev. Curtin, one of the Catholic clergymen in attendance :-
"Americans we, the undersigned, were reduced to this sad and ignominious fate by misfortune, not by guilt. In this world we have nothing to hope; but in the next, we confidently expect salvation from the benign mercy of our heavenly Redeemer. Then, Americans, we declare to you with our dying breath, that we are innocent; and we now ever so in the hearing of that God before when we must in a few moments appear ;—but our souls will not, at that sacred tribunal, be charged with debasing the last act of our lives by the utterance of falsehood. We speak the solemn truth ;—we are not culpable,—and we reiterate here, under the gallows, what we declared on our trial, 'that we die innocent men.' May God forgive those who brought us to this fatal end, as we leave the world in peace with all men. Farewell, Americans.
Angel Garcia, Manuel Boyga
Juan Montenegro, Manuel Castillo." Pedro Giber,
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