Shortly before 11:30 a.m., the sheriff, the jailer, the county physician, and several deputies appeared before the first-floor cells along the south corridor in which the condemned men had been placed. Sheriff Matson stood in front of August Spies's cell and read him the death warrant. He then did the same with Fischer, Engel, and Parsons. The four men were bound with leather belts around their arms and torsos, and their wrists were handcuffed behind their backs. They were then draped in the muslin shrouds specially made for them before they began their final walk to the north corridor, where the scaffold awaited.