Two cells in the "death house" at the Charlestown (Mass.) State Prison last week failed to receive two occupants who were scheduled to move into them. For Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, sentenced to be electrocuted during the week of July 10, were given a one-month respite by Governor Alvan Tufts Fuller of Massachusetts to permit further investigation of their seven-year case. A similar respite was also given to one Celestino F. Madeiros, condemned killer, whose testimony is an important factor in the Sacco-Vanzetti investigation.

In granting the 31-day respite, the Governor...

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