"Thirteen members of the 24th Infantry found guilty of complicity in the riot and mutiny at Houston, Aug. 23, were hanged on the military reservation at Fort Sam Houston, at 7:17 a.m. Tuesday.
"Without a tremor they stepped out with soldierly terad and singing a hymn they walked to their places.
"Resuming their song they stood erect and displayed the greatest fortitude while the ropes were adjustced." -- News item, December 11, 1917
7:17 A.M. December 11, 1917
Lord, these are Thing! With soldierly tread--
Without a tremor--they go their way--
Singing a hymn--they march ahead--
Singing a song-- of peace today!
Lord, these are Thing who pay their price
For what a freeman's soul is worth--
Whose madness is their sacrifice
that what they love may live on earth!
Lord, these are thine!
Published in The Crisis, January 1918