As was often the case, in the period between the murderer’s final appeal and his execution, public sentiment began to turn in the prisoner's favor. Through the efforts of Carlyle Harris’s mother and sympathetic newspaper articles, a petition circulated, gathering thousands of signatures, requestiong the governor of New York to pardon Carlyle Harris.
|Harris in his Cell, New York World|
Here is Puck’s reaction:
"Carlyle Harris's Hand." New York World 25 Mar 1893.
"Concerning Popular Sympathy." Puck 5 Apr 1893: 0.
"In his Death Cell." New York World 24 Mar 1893.