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WASHINGTON, D. O.. WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 0, 1890.
lis First Victim.
IN THE EMBRACE OF DEATH.
The Electtlclde Walks Firmly to
HIS PASSAGE OVER 10 ETERNITY.
Horrible Scenes in the Silent Cham
ber of Death.
THE AUTOPSY THIS AFTERNOON.
Iho Body Badly Bumal by tho Elec
trodesTwo Shocks Were Nece3
BaryOno Lasted for Fivo
Minutes A Sicken
Atnunx. N. V., Aug. 0. With n
short, slmrp shock, painless so far as the
world will ever know, tho soul of WIN
llnm Koromlcr was separated from his
l-ody at 0 10 o'clock this morning.
A cup adjusted to tho head of a mnn
bound captive In a strange looking
chair, a lever quickly swung around
tho arc of a scml circle, n quick convul
sion, a sudden revival of muscular ac
tion, anothor turn of the lever,
n pause, H room filled with sick
cnlnc fumes and twenty-sevon wit
nesses of tho first electrlclde In history
knew that the death of Tlllle Zlegler
liad been avenged In law, nnd the crime
of William Kcmmlor expiated so far as
hum. in hands could force its expiation.
An execution Is always a ghastly
sight. A lynching bee has about It
an attendant excitement, born of hur
tled, boisterous action, which lends an
artificial strength to the nerves of par
ticipants and onlookers alike. Hut the
slow solemnity of a public execution,
the quiet, formal preparations for a
judicial killing are depressing enough
to weaken the nerves and undermine
tho courage of the bravest.
So while Warden Durston could have
found a hundred willing substitutes for
any one of the twenty-seven witnesses,
which the law had compelled him to
call in, It Is safe to say that no one of
the twenty-seven found any hilarious
enjoyment In the speetaele. It Is
something to be able to say that
you have witnessed the first
electrlclde, perhaps that thought
repaid many of the witnesses for the
endurance of the silent horror of the
spectacle. But the scene in that little
room, deep-walled within the Auburn
pilson, will live la tbe memories of
tb o c who saw it as the fearful de
ceptions of Zola's fresh-born atroeltiei
haunt the mind and appeal la the seeoa I
sense for months a ad eve years.
The efforts to surround tbe affair with
a halo of mystery, such as the law eoa
teinnjateJ, was not altogether success
f u" The outer world did not know the
exsa hour which had been fixed
for the event, but it knew the
time approximately sad tke Utile
assemblage of loiterers at the gate of tke
prison before daw this moralag was
gr.od evidence that tke interest kt tke
event was keea aad general Besides
these curiosity seekers aa active, anx
ious corps of newspaper reporters gath
ered lu the broad road m fleet of Use
prison grounds ami watted to Use
signal that should Wdl them tkat tke
execution was over.
Just across tke seed, ia kke dimly
ligbud freight room of Use Kew Ygik
C iimal Kailrosd. at little tables Impro
'vised for tke purpose, tat a wag w' of
uic.rgph operators sept from Mew York
ly the Westers Union Tetegraph Uoav
pan watching for tke sbja et release
en a dcea message aled let dWesenl
Itaru.i3 la New York city aid eUewkete,
TU imgers of tke operators hung Ue
Lling oer the key.
liu. nrst click trout tke aouader
ii I..M iu ike we at tke other end of
,.., ill that tke tragedy had
a. .J At oae eed of tk
ci, u.s sat aa operator el the United
Pre--;,, anile the sjMMnal a?aiulsnlaej&re
cfiUi. I olted Press, wis? had come w
Aot urn at tke mvMeJio el Warden
DLriun, uu among the juryman in the
iittk piUoa cell notiag tke adjust meal
c t tic straps tkat bound tke prisoner
t the imUu chair and all the
j.-cra.: aa wUcb, swLnly prsccdd
the last act In the celebrated Kemmler
The witnesses of the execution had
gathered. In response to the call of
Warden Durston, atO o'clock this morn
ing. Tho law named twenty-seven as
Ihe number of those who should witness
the execution, as assistants or In some
Of these District Attorney Qulnby and
the sheriff of Brie County, the county
in wk'ch Kemmler was convicted, were
two. The prisoner had been allowed
the privilege of selecting two spiritual
advisers, and he had chosen the chap
lain of tbo prison, Mr. Yates, and Dr.
Houghton of tho First Methodist
Church, his constant companion In hit
affliction since the light of religion first
dawned upon htm. The law furihe:
n med as persons to be Invited to the
execution by tho warden ono judge of
the Supreme Bench of the State, two
doctors, two electrical experts, and a
jury of twelve persons. These, with
tho warden nnd his six assistants, make
tip the list of twenty-seven.
The list of those who witnessed the
execution Is as follows: Dr. Carlos F.
McDonald of New York, chairman of
the State Lunacy Commission: Dr.
George F. Shrady of Now York, editor
of the JMltiil Jleeonl; Dr. A. 1. South
wick, the father of tho electrical exe
cution bill; Dr. Gcorgo E. Foil, Dr. C.
M. Daniels, and Dr. Charles Fowler of
Buffalo, Dr. W. I. Jenkins, deputy
coroner of Now York; Dr. Louis
Batch, secretary of the Stato Board
of Health of Albany; Dr. J. W. Ncl
lis of Albany, Dr. Henry A. Argue of
Corning, Hon. Tracy C. Becker of
Buffalo, the referee, who took testi
mony on tho first nppoal as to tho con
stitutionality of tho law; Frank W.
Mack of the Associated Press of New
York, Itobort Dunlop of New York,
District Attorney Qulmby of Buffalo,
who had charge of tho murderer in
Buffalo; C. It. Huntly of Buffalo, an
electrician; 0. G. Bain of tho Unltod
Piers, Washington; Drs. T. K. Smith,
J. M. Jenkins nnd II. K. Alllsin of
District Attorney Qulmby of Buffalo
saw the preparation for the event, but
ho was taken sick and ho left tho cham
ber before the execution. He fitlnted
In the hallway.
At 5 o'clock this morning thero was
a rapping at room doors nnd a general
awakening through the hotels of Au
burn. Wardon Durston had left a
quiet "call" for his witnesses and they
were ordered to report at the prison at
0 o'clock. An hour before their com
ing Itvv. Dr. Houghton and Chaplain
Yates appeared at the gates of the
prison and woro admitted. After brief
consultation with the Warden they
wore taken down to Kemmler's cell
where tho condemned man was already
awako and talking with his keeper.
The wltnosees as they arrived, gathered
lu the Warden's ofllce. In an Inner
room Dr. McDonald and Dr. Daniel
went over the Instruments and the para
phernalia for the autopsy. They had
been In conference until 2 o clock pre
paring the preliminaries.
In his dining room on the second
lloor of the prison building, Warden
Durston had spread a luncheon and
convict prisoners in white caps and
aprons served coffee and sandwiches to
the hungry assemblage.
Outside the prison gate there was a
constantly augmenting crowd which
examined each newcomer with curious
Interest. Across the street was a group
of newspaper correspondents, two of
them perched on a platform twenty
feet from the ground In constant com
munlcatloa with New York city by tele
phone, reedy to give the world the
signal that the execution had taken
The consultation of physicians latt
night did sot determine the programme
of the autopsy. Its details were left
until lite last minute is doubt. Warden
Durston told Dr. South wick at 8.15
that when Kemmler was dead be
would determine what wastobedoae
with the body. The Warden kad not
aemvUBced tke time for the execution
i a take place, but it was tke general
impression that it was to occur before
the prisoners kad keea let out of their
cells esriy la the mofftiag. Tke ptU
oeer (Kemmler) was supposed to be U
ignorance of tke time ixed uatit tke
Warden should summon htm from his
eetl to eater tke execution chamber.
Bat tke little murderer was not ea
tirely hjeoraet, lie kaew from his
guards that it kad beea tke ialeatio to
ixeeute kim early ia tke mo eig of
some day ia tke ftset part of the week
mat April He had felt from the time
tkat Moaday came tkat tke peaatty
would he ieiteted e Tuesday or
Wedaeaday moraiag. Monday it could
not be, because kis good friead aad ad
viser, Dr. Uoughtoa. kad aot keea aear
him all through Sunday, aad he kaew
well tkat if kis doom kad keea Im
mediately impeadiag Dr. Hough toe
tk wkea Tuesday moruleg broke aad
the gray teaWad light stale dowa the
lUik corridor aad no tummoas came,
he fU that ike last day of his life kad
kegea-tkatke had tweaty four hours
worn i which to prepare himself lor
thia Li.irttr Ma aaeat tkat last day
Japm pbhb'ssf" aww jfp -t w "e
muck as he kad those Uamodi
ately Urfore it ia isrideg oa cards aad
scrap of paper the moaotoaous wptu
tkw of his aame, ia talkiag with his
Uaekl kkKaugktoa, the keeper, who
has keea wkh him horn tike beUwiag.
aad who tot led kis thoughts ia the
dkevtiU-a of reUgUm, was with him
from uooa to mhiaight. Keaiwkir
talked kh him wmrtkm akout take
Mtkie stories l wklck he has lakea
auck aa tatereat. '-The good DeW."
as the murderer has keen pleased to
chrisleo him, was moved deeply by kis
cUlldbdi t hatter A strong friendship
has grown up between, these two mea
Sv dufi.r.iil iu. UitU ijpuoluusw aad ia
their lives. It was no stranger though,
than the warm Interest which had been
developed In this brutal man by Mrs.
Duieton, the Warden's wife, whose
emotion was so great that as the time
for the execution approached she wat
obliged to leave the city to prepare her
self to undergo elsewhere the nervom
shock of the man's death.
So "the sjood Daniel" and the con
demned man sat nnd talked occasion
ally about religion and sometimes
about more commonplace things until
midnight arrived nnd then the keeper
joined the watchers In the execution
room, who were giving the fatal chair
the last touches. It stood nt one end of
a little square room Hchted from a
point seven feet from the floor by two
windows, ami through their openings
could be seen the gray dawn, whoso
light the murderer had not known for
more than n month.
It was not a very formidable object,
this chair of death. It was bultt like a
rough rolline chair, without cushions
or springs to make Its embrace more
comfortable. Small difference to the
mnn who was to sit In It, whether Its
surface was padded or bnre. At the
sides and on the arms of the chntr were
straps of heavy loathcr. with sturdy
buckles, capable of holding prostrate
tho most energetic of struggling men,
should tho prisoner prove recalcitrant,
or of subduing thu twitching or tho
convulsions that might. In sptto of
theory and experiment, pervade the
frame flooded by tho electric current.
Above tho head of the chair hung a
rubber cup containing a sponge.
Tho wlro by which it was suspended
passed through n wooden flguro four,
clamped to tho back of tho chair and
made adjustable to any height above it.
At tho lower part of tho back ot the
chair was another cup and sponge. The
wire from these cups ran to tho two
poles of the dynamo, whoso wire
wound arms woro kept whirling nt
inpld speed through most of the night.
On their way to tho dynamo room they
patted through the voltauo metro which
hung on the wall of tho cell and
through the circuit of two rows of In
ctndoccnt electric lipids that hung on
the wall of thcadjcdnlug room.
These Incandescent lamps, like the
voliaecof tho metre, were intended to
test tho force of tho electric current.
And as the electricians swung over the
lccr that threw the lamps Into circuit
with the big Wostlnghousti dynamo
thu blaze that Illuminated the chamber
gave evidence that whatever faults the
electric apparatus might possess, a weak
current was not one of them.
In one corner of the execution room
was a small sink. This room had been
used as a reception room for convicts,
and here they had been washed before
being put In prison. On the wall di
rectly opposite tho window were several
gas and woter pipes. From the centre
of thu ceiling were suspended two ordi
nary gas fixtures with double arms.
The wall and celling had been painted
a quiet gray. The floor was of tough
board. To the right of the box which
held the Incandescent lamps in the next
room was the lever, eighteen Inches
long. It closed or opened the circuit In
which the lumps were placed. To the
right of this was another lever, like the
first In conttructlon. By Its operation
the circuit connected with the electric
chair was closed, while at the same time
the electric lamps were thrown out of
All of this apparatus had been tested
aesin and again. The last touches,
which told of Its security and promised
faithful performance of its duty, were
given less than twenty-four hours before
the time fixed upon to Hit it into prac
tical operation. There was no question
in the Blinds of the three electrleal ex
perts who looked over the simple
mechanism about the capacity of the
engine of destruction to do all that was
required of It.
lu tke cell oaly a few feet away
wbtre Kemmler had speut so many
moatl s the eoademaed man was lying
oa hi. little iroa eot, saatckiag a few
h uis' rest. The "woaderful serve"
wl ick had beea the subject of so much
comment aad which bad beea used so
of tea to illustrate the brute character of
tie mae, steed by him to the last. He
hud assured Mrs. Duretoa ia his con
versation with her maay moaths ago
that he did aot fear his fate, aad that
be would meet it quietly aad bravely.
He believed tke assuraaces she gave
tkat tke ex per wage wsukl he a painless
oae. He kaew aotkiag of Uw seieace
of wkkk he was to make suck a aovel
eipetimeat. But he kad faith ia tke
word of those about him, aad he retard
oa what they had told him. lie slept
through tke arst eight of tke week "like
a baby," as oae of kis atteadaats said.
Tke Uatb "
At M tke door at tke right of tke
execution ekair WadUig toward the ese
cuiloa room opeaed. aad Wardee Durs
ton s ftgure appealed ia tke doorway.
Behind him walked a spruce ioohiag,
hf pad thiiHtktrrffd Utue asae, fidi
heatded, with carefully arranged hair
cluateriag arouad his sorehead- He was
dressed ia a suit of aew clothing sack
coat aad vest of dark grey material,
trousers of a mixed yetiow paUera. aad
a white shirt, whose polished frost was
exposed directly below a Uule bow of
lw of a Waek aad white cheek pat
ters. 'Ibis was William Kemmler. the
was who was about to uadergo Uw
aeateace of death- Beklad him walaed
Dr. Y. - Uougktoa aad C'hapUl
Yates. KemmJer ww by far the cootat
maa w the patty, lie did aot look
about the room with aay special degree
of interest, tie kfiilattt-l at the door
was ckiaed behiad him aad carefully
baked by a aUrmtae oa the other
side, as though he dai aot kmvw exactly
what lo do.
Jive me a chair, will you'" said tke
Warden. Some ooe quietly handed
buu a wooden chair whu h he placed la
front and a UiU to the rttfut A Uic- ex
ecutlon rhalr, faclne; the little circle of
r . . j a.11..
men. ivcmmier am uouiarai"ji
looked about him ami then up and down
without any evidence of fear or of
especial Interest In the event. His face
was not stolid It was not Indifferent.
He looked, If anything, as though he
was rather pleased at being the centre
of Interest. Warden Durston stiod at
the left of the chair, with his hand on
the back of it, ami almost at the moment
that Kemmler took his seat, he be;an
to speak In short, quick periods, "tfow,
gentlemen," he said, "this is William
Kemmler. I have warned him that he
lias got to die. ami If he has anything
to say he will say It."
As the warden finished Kemmler
looked up and said In a high-keyed
voice, without any hesitation, and as
though ho bed prepared himself with
the speech: "Well. I wish everyone
good luck In this world, and I think I
am going to a good place, and the
papers have been saying n lot of stuff
that Isn't so. That's all I have to say."
With the conclusion of the speech ho
turned his back on the jury, took off his
coat and handed It to tho warden. This
disclosed the fact that n hole had been
cut from the band of the trousers down,
so as to expose the baso of the spine.
When his coat was off Kemmler
turned In the direction of tho door
through which he had como Into tho
room and began to unbutton his vest.
At the same time the wnrdon was draw
ing tho Interfering drapery of his shirt
through tho holo In tho trousers nnd
cutting It off, so ns to leave the little
tutfnee of flesh, against which ono ot
tho electrodes was to press, absolutely
bare. Warden Durston called attention
to the fact that It was not necessary to
remove his vest, nnd Kemmler cdmly
buttoned it again nnd carefully arranged
his tic. "Don t hurry about this mat.
tcr," said tho warden. "Be perfectly
cool." Ho was perfectly cool. Ho was
by nil odds the coolest man In the room.
When his tic was arranged, ho sat
down In the electric chair as quietly as
tlinutli he was sitting down to dinner.
Wardon Durston stood on the right
nnd George Vlellng of Albany on the
left. Thf-y began Immediately to ad
jmt the straps around Kemmler's body,
the condemned man holding up his
ai in , toss to give them every assist
ance. When the straps had been ad
justed about the body, the arms were
fastened down and then the warden
leaned over and parted Kemmler's feet,
so as to bring his legs near the legs of
While the straps were being arranged
Kemmler said to the Warden and his
assistant: "Take your time. Don' t be
In a hurry. Be sure that everything U
all tight." Two or three time he re
pealed these phrases. Warden Durston
reassured him with the remark that It
would not hurt him and that he (Durs
ton) would be with him all through.
But It was not fear that Kemmler folt.
It was rather a certain pride in the
exactness of the experiment. He
seemed to have a greater Interest In its
success than those who had madu the
preparations for It, and who were
watching Its progress to Its final fatal
When the straps had been adjusted to
the body and limbs the warden placed
his hand on Kemmler's bead and held
it against the rubber cushion, which
tan down the baek of the chair.
Kemmler's eyes were turned toward
the opposite side of the room. Before
they had followed the warden la hU
movements about. Then the con
demned man made nee or two remarks
In a perfectly clear, composed tone of
voice. "Well, I wish everybody good
luck," was oae of them, and "Durston,
see that things are all right," was
Deputy YimiBguafasteaed the thumb
serews which held tke figure "1" at
tbe back of the cbalr ia place ami be
gin to lower it so that tke rubber eup
w kick Uelil tke saturated spoage pressed
against tbe top of Kemmler's bead. The
v. aidea assUtal ia the preparation by
loldieg Kemmler's head. Whea tke
eup had beea adjusted ami clamped ia
puue, Kemmler said: "Ob, you'd bet
er press that down further I guess.
Pmsthat down." So the head-piece
was uaeumped ami pressed further
White it was heiag doae Kemmler
said: "Well, I waat Jo do tke het I
eaa. I eaa't do aay better tkaa that."
Wardee Durstoa took ia kis aaad tke
leather harness which was to he ad
justed to Kemmler's head. It was a
munle-of broad leather straps whlctt
weal across the forehead aad tke cfaia
of the maa la tke ekair. Tke top strap
pressed dowa against tke mote of
Kemadet uatit it iatteaed it dowa
aUgkily over kis face. As the harness
was put ia place Dr. Spfezka, who was
aUndisvg eat the chair, said softly.
inielrmsfd maa aaswered. "Thank
The donjr VjadlaAT ksao ike root where
tbe switches were arraaged was partly
opea. A maa stood ia the doorway.
Beyoad him there were two ether mea.
Which of them was to touch the lever
yfdl make the coaaectioa witk thechair
lp ffm Wl .mPbP aa WaH3 BbbwbWip J
k aever will be kaowa. Te dya
ta the maicklae thinr was suaalag at
good speed aad the volt metre oa the
wall registered a little more tkaa l.oou
volts. Wardea Durstoa turaed to the
assembled doctors tkjoae tai&diat-
srouad the taecuMoa chair aad sail
"Do the doctors say U kt all right? "
the adjuatmeat of the straps The:,
was ao time for Komm.bji' to hat
weaaeaed, even if Us marvelous eour
ae had aot has H to the test -t
But there was ao fear that he wou J
have lost courage He was ascaluiu
the chair as he had been before he -tcred
the room aad Juriag uw pi -
of his confinement by the straps which
held him c.1oe.
At the Warden's qneStlon, Dr. Fel
stepped forward wtth a long syringe In
his hand and quickly but deftly wetted
the two sponges which were at the
elettrodes one on top of the bead,
and the other at the base of the spine.
The water which he pttt on them was
Impregnated with salt. lr. fpttzka
answered the Warden's question with
a sharp "All right," which was echoed
by others about htm. "Heady," said
Durston, again, ami then "Oood-hy."
He steppeti to the door and through
the opening ssld to some one In the
next room (but to whom will probably
never be known with certainly): "Every
thing Is ready." In almost Immediate
response, and as the stop watches In the
hands of some of the witnesses regis
tered C 18 j, the electric current was
turned on. There was a sudden con
vulsion of the frame In Ihe chair. A
spasni went over It from head to foot,
confined by the straps and springs that
holp It firmly, so that no limb or other
parts of the body stirred more than a
small fraction of nn inch from Its rest
The twitching that the muscles of tho
face underwent gave to It for a moment
an expression of pain. But no cry es
caped from the lips, which were free to
move at will; no sound camo forth to
Higgcst that consciousness lasted more
than an Infinitesimal fraction of a
second beyond tho calculation of tho
human mind. The body remained In
this rigid position for seventeen seconds.
Tho jury and tho witnesses, who had
up to this moment remained seated,
came hurriedly forward nnd surrounded
the chair. Thcrownsno movement of
the body beyond the first convulsion.
It was not n pretty sight this man In
his shirt sleeves, bound hand, foot,
body, nnd even head, with a heavy
fiamcwork pressing down on tbe top of
his skull, still with the stillness of
death. Dr. McDonald held his stop
Whtah In his hand, and, as tho seconds
Iliw by. he noted their passage. Dr.
Spltxka. too, looked at tho stop-watch,
and, as the tenth second expired, he
criid out: "Stop;" "stop," cried other
volcea about. Tho Warden turned
to the dootway and called out:
"Slop" to the man at the lever. A
quick movement of tho arm nnd the
i lectilc current wasswltched off. Thore
was a relaxation of the body In the chair
a slight relaxation hut the straps
held It so (Irmly In the chair that there
was not a quarter of an Inch variation
In the position of any part of the frame.
The quiet Utile group around the chair
grew buslners like.
"He's dead," said Dr. Spltzka,
calmly. "Oh, he's deed," re echoed
Dr. McDonald, with firm confidence.
The test of the witnesses nodded their
acquiescence. There was no question
In the mind of any one hut that the stiff
upright object before them was lifeless.
This was the programme; this the In
evitable effect. The next question was:
What was to be done with the body.
Dr. Spltzka stepped forward and
calUd attention to the appearance of
the noMj, which, he said, uad au un
doubted post-mortem color. No one
disputed this. Dr. Spluka turned
around In a business like way and
pointing to tbe harness said: "Oh. undo
that. Now the body can be takes to
tbe hospital." The Warden replied
that he could not let aay of tbe wit
nesses go uatl' he had their certificates.
All of this conversation took but a
minute. Dr. Batch was bending over
the body looking at the exposed skin.
Suddenly he cried out sharply: "Dr.
McDonald, see that rupture." In a mo
ment Dr. Spltzka and Dr. McDonald
bad bent over and looking where Dr.
Batch was pointing at a Utile red s t
o tbe band that rested on tbe right arm
of tbe chair. The index ringer of tbe
band bad curved backward as tbe aexor
muscles contracted, ami bad scraped a
small bole la the skin at the base of tbe
thumb oa the back of the hand. There
was nothing strange In this, alone,
but what was strange was that the
little rupture was dropping blood.
"Turn the current on instantly."
"This maa is aot desd," cried Dr.
Spiizku. Faces grew white aad forms
fell back from the ekair. Wardea
Durstoa sprang to the doorway aad
cihd: "Turn oa the current." Itut
tbe current could not be be turaed oa.
When the sigaal to stop had come, the
operator had pressed the little button
Which gave the sign to the
engineer to stop the dynamo. Toe
diaamo was almost at a sued
still aad tke volt-meter registered aa
almost imperceptible current. The
operator spraeg to the button aad gave a
sharp, quick, sigaal. There was a rapid
fespoase. but quick aa it was it was aot
quick enough lo anticipate the signs of
what may or may aot have keea reviv
As tke group of horror stricken
witnesses stood helplessly by, ail eyes
fixed oa tke ekair. Kemmler's lip be
gan to drip spittle, aad, ia a mom eat
more, his eheat moved, aad from his
mouth came a heavy stertorous sound,
qukheaiag aad Increasing witk every
resoiraifcm if reepirelioa it was.
There was ao voice but that of tke
War tea, crying to the operator to turn
oa the eurceat. aad the whoMiag
touad, half groaa, wkk-k forced itself
oast tke tlehtlv closed liw souaded
through the still chamber with ghastly
Some of the witnesses turaed away
from die sight. Uae of tkew lay dowa,
faint aad sick. It takes a kmg, long
nine to tell Urn story. It teemed a kmg
time KaskJng a climax. Ia reality
there were but seventy three seconds ia
lUe later vl wkkk elapsed between the
uwhmm whea As art sound issued
from Kemmler's Up until the response
to the sigaal came bom the dyaamo
icom. It came with the same suddea
oese that had marked tke iirt shock
which passed through Kemmler's Uly.
The touad which had horrined the lls
waes ahfltj the chair was cwl of
bMr aa the body oace more became
The attmy oom still dtoppoJ from
tke mouth and raa loly ia three
Uses dowa the beard aad on to the gray
vest. Twke there were twitching of
the body aa the electrician, m the nest
i "Osa tiew the current oa aad off
There was to he ao miuake this time
about the killlae The dynamo
a as run up to iu bigUcot opted,
and tiuig a&ti atuu J.Ut- f all tvi rt.nl of
.',MWv.vlbl Wiastfll Uxra3UlUc oj4)
in the. chair. How lone It wai kept In
action no one knows. To the excited
group of men about the chair It seemed
an Interminable time. For tbe men who
stood In front of the volt metre In the
adjoining room ami threw the switch
lever over backward ami rotward time
had no measurement.
Dr. Daniel, who looked at his watch
excitedly and vtbo throughout had an
approximate Idea of the time at least,
said that It was four and a half minutes
In all. The Warden's assistants, who
stood over the dynamo, said that on the
second signal the machinery was mn
only three and a half minutes alto
gether. It will never be known with any
degree of accuracy what the space of
time was. No one was anxious to give
the signal to stop All dreaded the re
sponsibility of offering to the man a
chance lo revive or to give again at least
those appearances of returning anima
tion which had startled ami so sickened
the witnesses a few minutes before.
As the anxious group stood silently
watching the body, suddenly there
arose from It n white vaport bearing
with It a pungent and sickening odor.
The body was burning. Again there
were rrles to stop the current and again
the Warden sprang to the door ami
eravc the enilek order to his assistants.
The current stopped and again there
was the relaxation of the body. No
doubt this time that the current had
done lis work, if not well, nt least com
pletely. Dr. Fell, who stood at the side
of the special correspondent of tho
Unl'cd Press, turned nnd said "Well,
there Is no doubt about one thing, the
man never suffered an lota ot pain."
The autopsy was begun at about 0
o'clock. It was In charge of Dr.
Jenkins of New York (who handled the
knife). Dr. Daniel, Dr. McDonald nnd
Dr. Spltzka. Dr. Foil prepared the
blood ilrnwn from llio Dotty ror exam
ination under the microscope. It was
found when the body was spread out on
the table that n very severe rigor mortis
bad set In.
There was little relaxation, and It was
with difficulty that the corpse was
slrnlchlened out. On examination It
was found that the second electrode had
burned through the skin and into the
flesh at the base of the spine,
making a scar nearly five Inches
In diameter. The heart, lungs
and other organs were taken out nnd
were found to be In good, healthy con
dlllnn. They will be preserved for
further examination. The brain also
was taken out nnd It, too, will be care
KKKKCT or TIIK NKW I.AW OX l'RICM AND
Nkw Yokk, Aug. 0. The pres as
sociations made elaborate preparations
to telegraph to papers In Hits State aud
all over thu country the fullest details
of the cxrr-utlon of Kemmler, and the
Western I'nlon Telegraph Company
placid the amplest facilities unru
ecrvtdly at their command. By sodolng
all are liable to prosecution for violating
the prohibitory clauses of tbe Electric 1
Execution law. which make it a mis
demeanor to publish any details of
an execution beyond the fact that the
convict had been killed In accordance
William It. SomervlJIe, superintend
ent of tbe press bureau of the Western
I'nlon Telegraph, was much surprised
when the law was called to hi atten
tion. He said the company regarded
Itself merely as a medium of transmission
and under a statutory obligation to
transmit all messages riled with it, e
cept such as revealed upon their face
an obscene or indecent nature. Mr.
Somenllle laid great stress upon tbe
views that tbe newspaper publishers
lueinselves were tlie only persons con
cerned In the publishing, and held that
tbe Telegraph Company was wholly
without responsibility In permitting the
use of tbe wires.
Frederick Mason, ia charge of tke As
sociated Press in this city, said they
were merely agents for tbe collection of
sens and had nothing to do with it.
Judge Bedford, acting District At
torney, declared that tbe 'press associa
tions and tbe telegraph company were
liable, but would express bo opinion In
regard to tbe course to be pursued.
rollllps la Oklakama.
Gi'THMts, Oklahoma. Aug. 8. Yes
terday tke nrst election in tbe Territory
was be hi for members of the legislature.
There were three tickets in tbe field
the lb pubitcaas, Democrats aad Alii
awe. Tbe iedieatioas are that the Al
lisaee will carry the seven counties
but that the eoatest a ill he close ia tke
ton. In Guthrie 2.000 votes were
pt.lUd, and it is thought tbe He publi
cans will kave a small majority. Purely
local issues were at stake.
SuHfiUwea na a Httlku.
IhDuvii'OUS, lau., Aug. C The
switchmen of tke PeaasylvaaU liaes
have keea ia coasttltatioa for some days
witk tke omeUU of Uw tul endeavor
ing to adjust wages. Tke mea de
maaded tke Chicago scale. Last evea
iag Superiateadeat Darlington gave the
company's ultnuniu, refusing Ike de
mand, aad forty ave of the swUehmeu
trouble will prove serious for half the
Uses centering here are uader the Peaa
Aa OUwr Minnts a Mttu.
Ckium Fxlls. Iowa. Aug.
Monday sight Policeman Tm Sting-
ley shot D. X. J ones aad George miller,
two young farmers. Miller was some
what intoxicated ana joaee was iryiag
to take him home whea the ameer la-terferred-
Joaee was shot la tke ab
domes, sad died aa hour afterward.
Miller was aouaded la the thigh.
SOagky l ia jail at Waterloo.
Threats of lymbiag him are freely
TsrmlliiiB esa Visa.
mxiuMM, P-. Aug- Th
btudaes part of VermUttoA is buralag.
Eighteen buildings have already keea
destroyed and the flames r rapidly
rpdig. There is ao be apparatus
J J3m wjps? w9pyF wW wapW WPWiwWP PPWawWsw
j ipjji $wvbiiy fee buroa.
Lo. BAat a, J , Aug- t. The
is the vtwhed mA ow. which cam
i ashore here feuaday night, prose to he
I a hoax-
i KiikSAS I'm, Mo . Aug. I Yaw
' KepuWUans of the second District re-
uoiuiuatcd I'oBgccsaiUiia 1 aiuta ye
' Uida l anlAauiiju
IN HIS DEFENSE
MANT WITilESSBS TESTIFY TO
I.T. GUY'S GOOD CHARACTER.
I FAITHFUL M YIG1UWT OFFICER.
Kx-CommisaiOfwr? Webb aid Wst
on fo SUad
10 IMPEACH IURQESS1 REPUTATION.
tke Trial Prating IbJ SRW Leaf
Afaag' Ah AeJMrDMfsl Taken
Until Saturday Kerning.
The trial of Lieutenant Guy was re
sumed this morning bfore Commis
sioners Dotiglen, Hlne and ltobert at
the District building on the part of tke
altotney at-law, wsa the first witness
called by Mr Clatighton. He testified
that he knew Lieutenant Guy; his repu
tation for character was eood and he
had always heard of the Lieutenant as
being an ifllclcnt ollicer.
Ex Policeman George Shurland, now
an employe of the Government Printing
Office, testified that he knew Mrs. Mc
Donald; he never told Mrs. McDonald
that had bu carried out the orders glren
him on the night that he went to Mrs.
Boyd's house on Sixteenth street he
would not have been dismissed from
tho force; ho denied that he was drunk
on that night.
Mrs. Mary McDonald testified to
knowing Shurland, he came to her
house to see her husband, he said to
me: "I am the man who got Into trouble
In Lieutenant Guy's precinct; tiad I
done as Lieutenant Guy toldtnel would
not have gotten Into trouble;" he said
that he went down town
a xii "oot rrr.i.."
"I will swear to this anywhere," con
tinued witness, "and ShurUnd need n it
try to deny what he ld to me."
On cto examination witness said It
was iluec years last Marrh when Shur
lsrd came to her house. It was after
datk. Lieutenant tiny, she said. It id
saved her husband from being dismissed
from the foice on the charge or lntoxl
cation: at the time .Shurland came to
her house her huslmtid and Shurland
worked together In the Government
She had a letter written to Lieutenant
Guy by a friend In which she told him
she thought she could contradict Shur
Samuel S. Nolaml was called.
At this stage of the proceeding? Mr.
Clatighton cited the latest autborltlet in
WHAT qt-KaTlONS SHOCt.D UK ASKED
witness. Whether as to the general
reputation of a party on trial, or his
character for truth and veracity in the
community where he resided.
"There may be different forms of
questions that may secure lUe proper
i wull." replied Mr. Harelton: "tbe
question of reputation must aot be a
narrow but a general one."
"I concede that," sahl Mr. Claugh
ton. "Mr. Nolaml. do you know Sergeant
Burgess t" was asked 'witness by Mr.
"Yes, air, I knew 1dm in George
"Do you know what was hts general
reputation for truih and veracity '"
Commissioner Douglass Yon must
ask in tbe community where be reside.
"Do yru know what iiurgest reputa
tion for truth ami veracity U?"
"He has been out of my neighbor
hood for some time ami I cannot siy."
"Has it beea more than rive years
since Uurgesswasia Georgetown, ia the
"What was hts general reputation
while ta the First Ward, at George
District Attorney Ilsreltoa objected.
He said the questioa should be asked:
What is bis reputation aow
Oa again beiag questioned, witness
saht that Burgees' reputation ia George
town FOK TBLTU ASH VBKACm WAS BAD.
Whea he Brat saw Burgess ia George
town he (Burgess) was working at
CuA's carriage factory, Oa cross ex
auiaatioa wltaess said he tint struck
Burgess' repuiatioa wkea he was oa the
polite force ia Georgetown. He was
known to get luaehes without paying
for them- Aaotker time Burgess had a
party eoavicled ia tke Police Court
whom he (itaeas) thought was iaao
irat. He had heard people talkiag
"Mr. Soland, you have given two ia
staaces of improper comiiut oa the
part of Burgess, was it from these thtt
you formed aa opinion of the general
repuiatioa of Burgess V was asked
witness by Mr. Ciaughioo.
"Yes. ibis and the eomataa tlk
among the people."
fan you remember aay one persoa?
asked Mr. HarkHo.
-You have hall a had oplaloa of Bur
gess siace tkat arrest '
Yea. X did aot think he did right. '
Major Morgan had kaowa Lieuteaaal
Guy for twelve yearn. Witaess had beea
major aad superiateadeat of poaee
from Fehtuary, ln. to Sovember.
lff. Guy was a rg$aat thea. he
tAUMjrt'I. 4KJ KHUIKSX OVVtcES
all the aay through, he did his duties
x Comnjisaioaer Webb had kaoara
Heuteaaat Coy fc tweaty year WU-
aesa was aUtte4 t owlQser io
July, iwso Guy's prcla:t was aa e
celleut oae he was good oUiasr ia
every way bad aw heard aaythiag
ag;4iUuy' perspnal character, had
sever heard it awfcded.
Commissioner West had kaowa
tjuy siace lsa. whea wltaeas mm Cj
mteioaer. Guy was tteuteaant his
othVial and personal character were
good, he iwUaeaa) was Commissioner at
the time of the ihurbtad trial, he did
aot order any omdal iaveatigattoB ia
to GatUghi Company, was called.
ami teatined that he was toltaWawJw
Guy's precinct, thugs have keea hash
and more ttvdet aiace Ueuteaaat Guy
had cb&nre of the precinct
Cloa.i KobvU Ckrbty aiwraey at-
law, had known Llenteiwnt Oaf since
the winter of 1879; hrs sttfutto fmd
been efrrwelnlfy cnlreri to Welrtismot
SKVRRAL TRT rwrtMlTASt MWtTllAjie
ami the ewwlhsni report Jrt m-s; Js
ttrrcreney m imwwbm?,
vtHnmmm ti wm enmi.
Cwnmttwmer Dwtflirts inn way
get any gratuity from tk lwr re
"But you did as conaiet," added the
'Oh, yes, I did," was ih tetrtf .
Colonel Christy w cowipHmenleXt
on making inch a good witness.
Policeman McNeily tesUflsri ifcol he
had climbed on the top of a irm hot, Hut
COrt.D StOT SIM OAMBMSt
in Hetlrog's place from tbe street, m
had been testified to yesterday by De
tective Block, be cold see a mtns
head who was: seated at a tnble; Ser
geant Harbison ami Officer Caltell were
with him (witness) at the time.
Detective Block sdd the room rweit
pkd by the fishing club at IlatlMMfs
ws on the second floor, Irat Otftcer
McNealy said It was on the fottrth
Atll 13 a. m.. an adjournment wnt
taken until Saturday morning al 10
SENATOR BRICE'S NEW VENTURE,
,..,..t y-..-, ...f, 1 a... ..
Ho Itnyi. lli i.lnitlnnnpntl Knnttnet"
nnd Will Itouto It Cumrurlatiiy.
Senator elect Calvin S. Brice, chair
man of the Democratic National
Committee, 1ms purchased the Indian
apolis Snttinrl, the organ of the
Indiana Democracy. He has also
bought the Occidental Hotel (known
before and during the war ns the
Palmer House) property, on the corner
of Illinois and Washington streets, the
most prominent corner In the Hootler
Capital. On this he propiees to erect
a magnificent building to house hts
newspaper. This property was pur
chased some years aeo by Mr. Scumill,
a roffee merchant of ImlianaolIs, for
8.00O. Mr. llrlce paid f 300.000 for It.
This shows a healthy advance la In
Mr. Brlce's intention Is to give the
Indiana Democracy a first class paper,
something they have never yet had.
Indiana ovine a doubtful Stale, thU
may be the means of putting her Mfely
ami stctirely In the Democratic
column. Beside. It wilt enable Mr.
Bricetohavea say as to the Indian i
delegation to the next Democratic Na
The Ilnpnrt IlrntfMl.
lMHAii.vroi.i9, Isu .Aug 8 There
port from Washington that Senator
Brice had purchased a controlling in
terest in the Indianapolis Sntirt Is de
nied by the manager of the piper. Who
sajs there is not the least foundation for
Civil .Snrvlre CmiHla(n
Ullitir IIhIjIhh AutHnr.
The Civil Service Commissioners be
ing In doubt as to tbe proper con
struction of the last clause la tke ap
propriation act, providing tkat "every
person making application for examina
tion for tbe Departmental service in
Washington limit have the orHcUl oer
tlncate of aa ottlcer of the county aad
State in which he is a resident."
ask the Attorney General if the word
service In tbe last clause can be held
to mean classified Departmental service;
If promotion in ether branches of the
Government can be held to mean pro
motion in other branches of tke clari
fied Departmental service, aad what
officers of a county or State can unke a
The Attorney-General replies attrm
atively to the first three questions, ami
to me last replies mat no county on
cer have been designated by Coagress,
ami therefore the muter U left to the
regulation of the Commission.
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thms, ftunUhta by o. T. Xavemw.
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